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Knoxville Mercury (newspapers)

Identifier: NWP 0055

Scope and Contents

Founded in response to the sudden closing of Metro Pulse, the Knoxville Mercury was an experiment in publishing an independent weekly paper on a nonprofit model, one so unusual it drew some national press upon its launch in March, 2015. Although owned by the educational nonprofit Knoxville History Project, it was allowed, within strict accounting guidelines, to accept both donations and advertising revenue. Its staff included three former Metro Pulse editors, including Coury Turczyn, long-time editor of Metro Pulse, as editor of the new paper. Although it was never fully capitalized, it published weekly for two years and four months, experimenting with biweekly rhythms in its final months. Jack Neely was the key staff writer. Other former Metro Pulse staff writers were regular contributors. The Mercury earned dozens of awards in competition with regional dailies and weeklies, especially for investigative journalism and arts criticism (and one national award for cartooning), and maintained a weekly pickup rate of about 20,000. Despite healthy readership and more than 2,000 donors, the Mercury finally ran out of money in July, 2017, when it closed. A few articles published after that appeared only on its website. Its online archives are still maintained by the Knoxville History Project. --history information provided by Jack Neely The library holds a complete file of all 108 published issues.


  • 2015-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


1 box (108 issues)


see also NWP 0004
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States