The South Marion Citizen is a free weekly community newspaper that publishes on Fridays. It serves the southwest area of Marion County, on the edge of Ocala. The community identifies itself as the State Road 200 Corridor after the major highway that runs through it.
Circulation of the Citizen is 15,000 per week, serving the upscale, gated retirement communities and multi-family neighborhoods in the area. Papers are distributed by individual carriers, through vending boxes in communities, shopping centers, counter tops in businesses, hospitals and libraries.
News - Friday, 1 p.m. - the week before publication
Classifieds -Noon, Tuesday before publication
Display Advertising - Monday, 5 p.m. before publication
The South Marion Citizen is driven by its readers, with more than 90 percent of news written by volunteer columnists and writers within the community covering a diverse range of topics: politics, health, computers, cooking, religion, humor and others. The paper also covers local political issues that directly impact the community.
John Provost is the general manager; Jim Clark is the editor; Michel Northsea is the office manager and in charge of inside ad sales; Tom Rapplean and Susie Mirabile are the display advertising sales staff. Barbara Jaggers is in charge of circulation.