About Us

Independent's mission is to support every American's First Amendment rights — and to encourage and assist citizens in exercising those rights responsibly.

We have pursued this mission by publishing newspapers since the 1950s, by providing printing services to other publishers since the 1970s, and by creating citizen-driven community websites at for the 21st Century and beyond.

Our unique structure is designed to maintain our independence. While we are a for-profit, tax-paying company, we are held in sacred trust by a rotating group of five trustees who believe in our mission and are pledged not to benefit personally from their involvement. There are no special interests to be served. The trustees elect the company's directors. There are no shareholders. No dividends are paid, so all the after-tax profits are reinvested in serving our mission.

Our Business Values

1. Service: We strive to help our communities become better places to live and work through our dedication to conscientious journalism and by providing a vigorous advertising marketplace.

2. Ethics: We intend to be a company of which we can all be proud, known for its integrity, fairness and respect for others. Our business relationships are built on honesty, service, quality products and value. We seek all-win relationships. We believe we can be successful without victimizing anybody.

3. Value: We strive to provide our customers with valued products and services at competitive prices. We are constantly in search of ways to improve the value and service that we provide and to increase our effectiveness and efficiency.

4. Improvement: We set only one goal - continuous improvement. But we do lots of measuring of trends, so we also know how we are doing.

5. Consultive Sales: We reject manipulative sales tactics in favor of a consultive approach. We achieve long-term success by helping our readers and advertisers become more successful.

Online display advertising

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Newspaper display advertising

The Delaware State News is the daily paper serving Dover, Delaware's capital city. The Sussex County Post, Milford Chronicle and The Journal are weeklies serving communities in downstate Delaware. Contact for display advertising opportunities.

Newspaper and online classifieds

Our online classified program offers FREE ads— including photos — to anyone. Not only are the ads free, but there's no limit on the number of ads you can run. We make it easy and affordable to add enhancements, including videos, and for a modest fee you can extend the reach and readership of your ads by also placing them in one or more of our popular community newspapers.

Classified ads are the perfect medium for businesses that maintain an inventory of unique, one-of-a-kind items that are individually priced. For example, smaller car dealers might want to upload a brief description of each vehicle for sale on their lot.

You can also opt to upgrade your classified ad to a Top Ad. By choosing this option, your classified ad will be fed to a highly-visible breakout panel that appears on all our classified pages.


Coupons are more popular than ever. Research shows 8 percent of the population use online coupons, and on average, an online user will print 15 coupons a week.

To satisfy the rising demand for coupons, we have partnered with Valassis, a national coupon house, to create an online coupon pages where consumers can review coupon offers for major brand names and print the ones they want.

We've used this partnership to create a special Community Coupons program for local advertisers who rely on coupons as a crucial part of their marketing. A local advertiser can buy a link at our coupon pages that will lead a consumer to a full-sized coupon that can be printed and then redeemed.

To make our local program more appealing and to increase the exposure of local coupons, participants also receive the added value of having their coupon links e-mailed to readers who subscribe to the e-Editions of our newspapers.

Our Community Coupons program is more affordable than direct mail and offers unmatched flexibility, while positioning your offer "front and center" in the eyes of consumers actively searching for coupons.

Packages start as low as $25 per week; eight-week commitment required. For detailed pricing information, please contact us.

Help Wanted

Our newspaper network in Delaware has partnered with Monster, an online leader in the recruitment marketplace. Monster offers unbeatable reach, sophisticated search and match technology and unparalleled expertise in the field of recruitment.

Monster partnered with our newspaper network creates an even more powerful combination because of our local reach, readership, branding and our capacity to find the right local candidate to fill any of your help wanted needs.

Employers who wish to attract both active and passive job seekers will benefit from our comprehensive employment solutions. With a wide variety of products, placement and targeting tools, we can customize a package to satisfy all your recruiting needs and any budget.

Our co-branded jobs page allows you to post jobs, search resumes and identify the perfect candidate for your job opening.

Contact us today for a comprehensive needs analysis and an "outside the box" set of solutions.


Our online business directory, BizSearch, boasts thousands of local businesses and services, sorted by quickly searchable categories and subcategories.

Every business on the Delmarva Peninsula is offered a free listing that includes name, address, and telephone number, along with an online map of the business' location.

For an affordable monthly fee, a business can enhance its listing with additional features. Businesses that opt for an enhanced listing will, in time, see the Internet search results for their business or service offering begin to improve and climb in the rankings.

Our affordable packages are significantly less than traditional Yellow Page books, and our online directory offers any business, no matter how small, the opportunity to take advantage of rapidly shifting consumer shopping habits.

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Publish Your News

Every successful business, even the very smallest, depends on dedicated and committed employees. And in every part of the economy, individual employees accomplish remarkable, noteworthy things — of which you as a manager or a supervisor are rightfully proud.

Often, however, the challenge is finding a suitable way to recognize an ordinary employee for doing something extra-ordinary. But we all know recognition motivates people to even higher levels of achievement.

We have created the perfect online/print option for applauding any extra-ordinary accomplishment, whether large or small. Achievements is a special category of our Celebrations service expressly designed to recognize individual accomplishments. You can submit your own achievementannouncement in the Celebrations section of our Publish Your News page. This site is the perfect way to honor someone for reaching the Million Dollar Club in sales or to acknowledge someone's recent promotion, among other things.

Basic and expanded packages available. Prices start at $9.99 for an announcement approximating 100 words. All packages include online photo gallery, guest book and profile page.

Have a news release, announcement or other item you want to see in print? You can have it published in the newspaper of your choice, along with a photo or corporate logo, through our Publish Your News page's Special Announcements service. A Special Announcement in the newspaper costs $25 for the first 100 words and one photo. Each additional word is 25 cents. You can choose the publication, and your announcement will also appear online.

Commercial Printing

Delaware Printing Company in Dover boasts a one-of-a-kind KBA Colora Press that maximizes quality, while emphasizing speed and color capacity. Delaware Printing can provide color quality from web offset without the cost of heat-set printing. With a five-high tower, the press can run two webs of 20 to 50 inches, which reduces costs and significantly maximizes page count.

Press speed provides quick turnaround on tight deadlines. The KBA Colora also offers unique sheet size, like square tabs, perfect for booklets or catalogs.

For more information follow this link, or click here to e-mail an inquiry.