About Us


The Courier Journal is located at 219 West Tennessee St. in downtown Florence, Alabama. The phone number is 256-764-4268. The fax is 256-760-9618.

The Courier Journal's print edition features a direct-mail, total saturation circulation of over 71,000 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. It went through various changes over the years. 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 (Alabama Press Association figures).

Editor & Publisher

Thomas V. Magazzu


Tom has been with the Courier Journal since 1984. He started as a part-time employee in the graphics department, became the editor in 1989, and added publisher's duties in 1999. Tom earned his B.A. in Commercial Art / Business Administration from the University of North Alabama. Tom has been an active with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, serving as it board chairman in 2003-04. He has also served on the boards of Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Alabama, the UNA Christian Student Center, Westway Child Development Center, and has done volunteer work with United Way of the Shoals and with Boy Scouts of America. Tom was also a founding member of the local preservation group, "The Old Railroad Bridge Company, Inc." serving as its president for several years.

He currently serves on the board of Shoals CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

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.

Judy Cox


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.

Sadonna Magazzu


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."

Gregg Scott


Gregg joined the Courier sales team in December 2015.

Heather Ridingner


Heather joined the Courier sales team in 2016.

Toyce Dixon


Toyce joined the Courier sales team in 2018.


Graphics Department


Russell Roden


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

Jim Allen


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 10 years with the local daily publication.

Andrea L. Gray


Andrea has been a member of our graphics department for over 20 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


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: 256-764-4268

Janie Brasfield

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.