Recent Sales and Closures


The following is a list of major sales, closures and acquisitions that have occurred since the publication of The New Media Baron and the Emerging Threat of News Deserts. Please let us know if we are missing something by filling out this form.

DateNameCityStateActionDescription
2016-11-11New York ObserverNew YorkNYStopped Print EditionThe New York Observer stopped printing its paper and dropped New York from its title.
2016-11-8Gold Nugget PublicationsNAIllinoisSoldPaddock Publications continued its growth in Southern Illinois with the acquisition of four weeklies from Gold Nugget Publications.
2016-11-3Brehm Communications & Community Media GroupNAIllinois & IowaSoldTwo dailies, the Daily Democrat and Daily Gate City, both in Iowa, and one weekly, the Hancock County Journal in Illinois, were sold to Community Media Group from Brehm Communications.
2016-10-16Star Local Media of 10/13 CommunicationsDallasTexasSoldS.A.W. Advisors, LLC acquired Star Local Media from 10/13 Communications.
2016-10-13LaGrange Daily NewsLaGrangeGeorgiaSoldBoone Newspapers Inc. acquired LaGrange (GA) Daily News from Civitas Media.
2016-10-01Princeton Daily Clarion, Mount Carmel, The StandardNAIndiana & IllinoisSoldPaxton Media Group has acquired three newspapers from Brehm Communications.
2016-09-23Columbia Daily TribuneColumbiaMissouriSoldNew Media/GateHouse acquired Columbia Daily Tribune.
2016-09-01Jones MediaNATennesseeSoldJones Media sold to Adams Publishing.
2016-08-22The Daily HeraldProvoUtahSoldLee Enterprises sold Provo (UT) Daily Herald to Ogden Newspapers.
2016-08-22Highlands TodaySebringFloridaSold/MergedSun Coast Media Group purchased the Highlands Today and then merged it into its newspaper, Highlands News-Sun.
2016-08-11Rutland Herald and Times-ArgusRutlandVermontSoldThe Mitchell family sold The Rutland Herald and The Times-Argus to partners Chip Harris and Reade Brower.
2016-08-10ECM PublishersNAMinnesotaSoldAdams Publishing Group acquired ECM Publishing, which includes 50 individual publications.
2016-08-09Fauquier Times, Prince William Times, Gainesville TimesNAVirginiaSoldNewly-formed Piedmont Media acquired three newspapers from Virginia News Group.
2016-08-01Houston Community Newspapers and Media GroupNATexasSoldHearst purchased the Locally-focused Houston Community Newspapers and Media Group from 10/13 Communications, including 1 daily and 23 weeklies.
2016-07-28Fayetteville ObserverFayettevilleNorth CarolinaSoldThe Fayetteville Observer was sold to Gatehouse/New Media by locally-owned Fayetteville Publishing Co.
2016-05-26Glenville SentinelGlenvilleGeorgiaMergedThe Glenville Sentinel was sold to Russ Rhoden by former local owners Terry and Pam Waters.