''Hamar Arbeiderblad'' (often referred to locally as "HA") is local newspaper published in Hamar, Norway by Hamar Media. The paper is edited by Carsten Bleness. HA was one of the first newspapers to place the internet edition of a newspaper behind a paywall. Access to the internet edition is free for annual subscribers to the print edition. Access to the internet edition costs the same as the print edition.
== History ==
The first edition of ''Hamar Arbeiderblad'' was published on 30 March 1925 with a print run of 1200 copies. Local branches of the Labour Party
in Hamar, Vang, Stange, Romedal, Løten, Ringsaker and Nes were behind the founding of the newspaper. It was considered that Hamar and the surrounding areas needed their own newspaper. The paper's first editor was Nils Hønsvald. The paper got its own printing press in 1927.
The paper was originally distributed to municipalities around Hedmarken. In 1932 distrubition was extended to include Østerdalen.
The paper is now the largest newspaper in Hedmark. It has also grown from being a party organ of the Norwegian Labour Party to being a politically independent local newspaper, but it kept its original name all the same.
A new period of investment started in 1985, which meant that new equipment and a new production site came on stream in May 1987. Starting in January 1998 the paper began a gradual change to tabloid format, a process which was completed by 12 April 1991.
The paper published a 20 page supplement when HamKam was promoted to the Norwegian Premier League in 2003. The paper has published a feature-heavy magazine called ''HA Pluss'' on Saturdays since 2005.
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