The Jacksonville Daily Record, Jacksonville Record & Observer and deliver the news and information business leaders rely on to thrive and grow in Northeast Florida.

Started in 1912 by Jacksonville businessman John Hall McManus, the newspaper was known for a century as the Financial News & Daily Record.

Throughout its history, the newspaper focused its editorial coverage on Duval County and Jacksonville business, law and the courts. Since 1926, it has served as the official newspaper of the Jacksonville Bar Association. And for more than 50 years, the 4th Circuit Court of Florida has designated the Daily Record as the official court newspaper of Duval County.

For three generations, McManus and his descendants built the Daily Record into a Jacksonville news media institution. Succeeding McManus as publisher was his son-in-law, James Bailey. Bailey served as publisher until 1974, when he turned the family business over to his son, James Bailey Jr.

Bailey Jr. expanded the business operations to include a commercial printing business. In 1998, Bailey began publishing Realty-Builder Connection, a monthly newspaper devoted to covering Northeast Florida’s residential real estate and homebuilding industries. In 2017, after 43 years as owner and CEO of what became Bailey Publishing & Communications, Bailey sold the Daily Record and Realty-Builder to Matt Walsh, owner of Sarasota-based Observer Media Group, which publishes a business and legal weekly on the West Coast of Florida and eight community weeklies in Sarasota, West Orange County and Ormond Beach.

Continuing the newspaper’s evolution, the Daily Record has dropped “Financial News” from its name and now is known as the Jacksonville Daily Record. It publishes Monday through Friday and has a daily readership of more than 3,000.

The Jacksonville Record & Observer, a free weekly newspaper and companion to the Jacksonville Daily Record was introduced in the spring of 2018 to broaden our readership. The Record & Observer is distributed in key business nodes in Northeast Florida and mailed weekly by requested subscription. These two publications have a combined weekly print reach of more than 23,500. They also publish their news online at, drawing more than 35,000 visitors a week.

The newspaper’s editorial content continues to emphasize breaking business news, with a concentration on development, law, economic and business trends, real estate and how local government affects business.

Jacksonville Daily Record Staff

(Jacksonville Daily Record;
Publisher - Angie Campbell
Editor – Karen Mathis
Managing Editor - Monty Zickuhr
Director of Advertising - Jay Lesowitz
Legal Advertising Manager -Rhonda Fisher

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