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About Us

The Courier Journal is located at 1828 Darby Drive (in the Florence Plaza Shopping Center), Florence, Alabama. The phone number is 256-764-4268 and FAX is 256-760-9618. The Courier Journal's print edition features a direct-mail, total saturation circulation of over 68,000 into Northwest Alabama. It is the largest weekly newspaper circulation in the state serving Colbert, Lauderdale and portions of Limestone and Lawrence counties. Our staff takes pride in publishing a weekly paper that is neat in appearance, cost effective for the advertiser, and an asset to residents and businesses of the Shoals.

The Courier Journal was founded in 1884 as the Florence Herald. It was the premier publication in Northwest Alabama for many years serving the entire area as a subscriber-only newspaper. A change of ownership in 1982 brought about some favorable revisions including a new name, purpose, and a switch to the incomparable effectiveness of direct mail distribution. Today, the Courier Journal receives recognition and respect on the local, state and national levels.

The Courier Journal is home owned and operated, helping the local economy prosper and allowing us to offer the lowest print advertising rates in Alabama (2007 Alabama Press Association figures).

Editor & Publisher

Tom Thomas V. Magazzu
phone: 256-764-4268 ext. 114

Tom has been with the Courier Journal since 1984. He started as a part-time employee in the composition department, became the editor in 1989 and assumed the publisher's position in 1999. Tom earned his B.A. in Commercial Art / Business Administration from the University of North Alabama.
Tom is an active member of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman in 2003-04. He also recently served on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Alabama and the Christian Student Center at the University of North Alabama. Tom also does volunteer work with United Way of the Shoals and with Boy Scouts of America (Westmoreland District) and was a founding member of the local preservation group "The Old Railroad Bridge Company, Inc." serving as its president for several years.

Advertising Executives

Our sales staff has a combined 80+ years of experience serving clients at the Courier Journal. They know the paper, know how it works for current advertisers and know how to make it work for your business.

JudyJudy Cox
phone: 256-764-4680 ext. 109

Judy has been with the Courier Journal since 1995, serving the needs of advertisers in Colbert County. Her current territory includes everything west of Woodward Avenue. A native of Iuka, MS.

Cynthia Johnson
phone: 256-764-4680 ext. 110

Cynthia has been with the Courier Journal since October of 1988. She has developed an extensive client list in the downtown Florence area, the Regency Square Mall / Parkway area and businesses on the north side of Florence Boulevard. Cynthia is active in historic preservation work and local genealogy.

Sadonna Magazzu
phone: 256-764-4680 ext. 108

Sadonna started working at the Courier Journal in 1986 utilizing her prior graphics training in our composition department. She joined the sales staff in 1989 and has successfully used that knowledge to the advantage of her clients. Sadonna's territory includes northern and western portions of Lauderdale County, North Florence and portions of Cox Creek Parkway. She has served as treasurer and secretary for the North Florence Business Association and as a board member of "The Old Railroad Bridge Company, Inc."

Steve Lubich
phone: 256-764-4680 ext. 112

Steve joined the Courier sales staff in October 2007. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and customer service. He is currently serving the advertisers in Colbert and Franklin Counties.

Anena Freeman
phone: 256-764-4680 ext. 111

Anena joined the Courier sales team in July 2011.

Graphics Coordinators

256-764-4268, Ext. 115 • E-mail:

Russell Roden
phone: 256-764-4268 ext. 115

Russell has been a part of our graphics department since 1999.

Jim Allen
phone: 256-764-4268 ext. 119

Jim joined our graphics department in April, 2004. Jim's long career as a graphic designer and artist includes eight years as an Art Director with A. Tomlinson/Sims Advertising and five years with the local daily publication.

Andrea L. Gray
phone: 256-764-4268 ext. 115

Andrea has been a member of our graphics department for over 9 years and in the field of design since 1992. She has a B.F.A. from UNA with a concentration in Graphic Design and a Minor in Interior Design. She is also the coordinator for Kidsville News!, our free monthly publication for kids, parents and teachers. She is a member of the Shoals Artists Guild and is an active volunteer with Girl Scouts of America of N. Central Alabama.

Gwyn Jones
phone: 256-764-4268 ext. 115

Gwyn joined our team in January 2008. She has an AAS in Computer Graphics from Calhoun Community College. Previous experience includes photography and graphic design for a local printing company.


Office Staff / Classifieds


Janie Brasfield
phone: 256-764-4268

Janie, a native of Florence and has worked in Birmingham, Atlanta, & Greenville, SC for global firms. She joined the Courier Journal in October 2004 and manages our front office area. Janie's primary responsibilities include receivables/payables and billing work. She is also the liaison with our printing facility in Nashville, assists customers and works closely with our display advertising and classified ad staffs.

Cheryl Jackson
phone: 256-764-4268

Cheryl will likely greet you when you call or enter the Courier Journal. Cheryl oversees the classified department and works with our display ad staff. If you need to place a classified ad, Cheryl will be happy to assist you. She can also direct you to an advertising executive for your display ad or free standing insert questions.

Amy Atherton
phone: 256-764-4268


Joe Thomas

You might see Joe driving around in our patriotic themed delivery van making sure papers are at all area post offices in a timely manner.


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