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Dainik Jagran:
The genesis for Dainik Jagran was in the year 1942. The year when the freedom struggle of India reached its crescendo and found expression in the “Quit India movement”. Dainik Jagran was launched during this time with the vision of our founder, the revolutionary freedom fighter, Late Shri Puran Chandra Gupta “Create a newspaper that would reflect the free voice of the people”. This vision was as much a reflection of the time when it was propounded as much as it is relevant to us today. Even as on today, when Dainik Jagran markets control the political destiny of the largest democracy in the world, the vision continues to guide us.
The tradition of truth that Shri Puran Chandra Gupta heralded was carried forward by literary stalwarts like Shri Narendra Mohan. Apart from strengthening Jagran’s editorial stance, he embarked on a drive towards modernization and building interaction between the paper and its readers.
the first edition of Dainik Jagran was launched from Jhansi.
the 2nd edition was launched from Kanpur.
Rewa & Bhopal Editions followed in 1953 and 1956 respectively.
And thereafter began a trail of expansion :
Varanasi, Allahabad, & Lucknow
Hissar & Patna
Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bhagalpur, Panipat
Haldwani, Ludhiana
Muzaffarpur, Jammu, Dharamshala
Indore, Siliguri, Amritsar
Bhatinda, Mathura, Haridwar, Rae Bareilly, Faizabad
In June 2005, Dainik Jagran entered into a strategic alliance and partnership with Independent News and Media Plc. The company shortly after went public in 2006.

Dainik Jagran has explored newer content delivery platforms over the last few years. The e-paper is one such expression. Another content delivery platform was explored was the Short Code service 57272. Widening the distribution chain has been an important development. Today, Dainik Jagran is being distributed across various hotels, airports, trains and educational institutes. Its news portal Jagran.com is the world’s largest portal amongst Hindi categories. The next wave is to explore more on various types of content delivery platforms.

Apart from Dainik Jagran, the flagship brand JPL has also launched 2 more newspaper titles :
I next:
A 24-28 page bilingual morning compact newspaper targeted at age group 18-35 from SEC A,B1 residing in Mini-metros of North India. Launched from Kanpur & Lucknow in December 2006.

I next is what is most relevant and meaningful not convention and rules for the sake of them. It is interactive, integrated and inventive. It is an agent of change not continuity.

The essence of I next is seeing things with a different perspective. It will attempt to always seek below the superficial, expose different dimensions, be meaningful rather than material, and be the nerve centre of our readers’ minds.
City Plus:
Weekly tabloid format newspaper and will editorially cover topics on lifestyle, health, fashion, food, gizmos, shopping guides, etc. Apart from this, there will be contests, coupons, puzzles, quizzes, crosswords, polls and other interactive devices involving the use of our short code 57272.Apart from this there will be an online version called www.jagrancityplus.com which will become the hub of all city related information. The portal will in due course of time get into an e-commerce model developed for the city. The heart of the product is interactivity at various levels – offline and online and on the mobile platform.

City Plus is targeting at selected upmarket residential localities and local gathering joints like the malls, multiplexes, coffee shops, restaurants, clubs, gymns, hospitals, etc. Therefore, we’re targeting the English reading , premium, upmarket , high profile, decision making audience.