About Us: Introduction

The Huntington County TAB and newspapers such as ours were the early pioneers in total market circulation, and have become the trend-setters in the newspaper business. Once scoffed at and ridiculed by the paid newspaper industry and given names like “throw-aways,” “shoppers,” and worse, newspapers such as ‘The TAB’ have now become the industry “business model.”

Advertisers are facing a large variety of choices in advertising media and paid newspapers are facing a dwindling base in subscriptions.

Because of this, most newspapers are forced to offer some alternative to their outdated subscription-based delivery system. Following industry trends in the newspaper business, many of them are moving to free total market distribution newspapers.

The Huntington County TAB has always offered a Total Market Circulation, or as it is more commonly referred to in the industry, “TMC.” It is our only business and as such we have taken constant steps to maintain and improve the quality of news and advertising, as well as the integrity of our distribution.

Subscription-based newspapers† continue to struggle while trying to maintain a daily paid circulation and still compete in a market of broader circulation newspapers.

With ‘The TAB’ you can always be assured you will be reaching the most complete distribution in the market because both issues, Monday and Thursday, are TMC deliveries with a circulation of 15,400 copies each issue distributed to 97.2%*** of Huntington County’s households along with fringe areas of surrounding counties. ‘The TAB’ is the only area newspaper† to offer two TMC distributions in a week - and when we say 1/2 price, you get 1/2 price at full distribution.

'The TAB' has delivered to the entire Huntington County market area since 1985, when we began with one issue per week. Since 1991, we have been distributing a 'TMC' twice a week. As the newspaper industry continues to evolve, 'The TAB' has changed with it. In 2009, 'The TAB' launched a free online edition at www.huntingtoncountytab.com to connect more potential customers to our advertising clients.

The Huntington County TAB will continue to strive to provide the most for our clients' advertising dollar, and deliver local news and information free to the residents of Huntington County with the support of our advertisers.

† Other Area Newspapers ** Paid
Circulation
Primary
County
* % of
Primary Co.
The Herald Press, Huntington 2,481 Huntington 15.4
Chronicle Tribune, Marion 10,464 Grant 33.0
Wabash Plain Dealer, Wabash 2,450 Wabash 16.9
The News Journal, N. Manchester 781 Wabash 5.4
The News Banner, Bluffton 4,424 Wells 37.9
Columbia City Post & Mail, Col. City 2,972 Whitley 21.4

 

County Population Housing Units
Huntington 36,726 16,142
Grant 64,544 31,731
Wabash 30,982 14,472
Wells 26,837 11,674
Whitley 32,291 13,908

Source: Americam Community Survey released Dec. 14, 2010, a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

* % of primary county is based on total paid circulation in primary county compared to housing units and assuming all distribution is in primary county. Actual percentage will be lower depending on number of out-of-county or mailing subscriptions for each newspaper.

** Source of circulation figures: Publishers’ statements and/or 2013 United States Postal Service statement of ownership, management and circulation published in the corresponding newspapers.

*** According to 2011 Publication Audit Report conducted by Circulation Verification Council.