Tallahassee is the county seat of Leon County, Florida and is home to several colleges. The city is the state capital, and is known as the "Sunshine State" because of its abundant sunshine and warm winters. The Associated Press, which publishes Florida Today and The Tallahassee Democrat, is the company that owns the Tallahassee Democrat. In addition to providing Tallahassee with local news, the Associated Press also owns other newspapers in the area, including the Fort Myers News-Press and the Pensacola News-Journal.
The Tallahassee Democrat is one of the most prominent newspapers in the state. Its circulation is estimated between 36,670 and 49,233, according to Ensley and Gerald (2005). The paper has a large readership and is a leading source of local news in Leon County. In the early 19th century, Tallahassee was the center of slave trade in Florida. However, as the United States entered the Cold War, the city's population grew and was forced to relocate to the south.
The city's population was growing so fast that Tallahassee had to be served by two television stations. The first was WCTV, which is based in Tallahassee, which was the first television station in the market to convert to HD. The second was WTWC, which carries only local news. In contrast, the second station, WTXL, is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company and broadcasts a variety of news on the weekends.