NEWTON – The New Jersey Herald, in operation since 1829, is being sold to GateHouse Media.
In announcing the pending sale to Herald staff Thursday morning, Ralph Oakley, CEO of Quincy Media, the newspaper's current owners, said, “We are proud to have been associated with the New Jersey Herald for more than 50 years.
“The paper has done a wonderful job of covering the Sussex County area. This change in ownership will allow the newspaper to continue as a very important institution in this region.”
Joe Vanderhoof, regional vice president of GateHouse's Mid-Atlantic group, who was present for the announcement, said, “I'm very excited about this pending acquisition of the New Jersey Herald and continuing the legacy of award-winning community journalism.
“We also value the paper's strong relationships with readers, advertisers and the broader business community.”
In a welcome message distributed to New Jersey employees, Bernie Szachara, president of GateHouse U.S. Newspaper Operations, wrote, “After many conversations with the leaders of Quincy Media, we understand and support the Herald's legacy. We value your nearly 200-year history of outstanding public service and applaud your recent wins — including many first-place awards in the New Jersey Press Association's annual contest, including Best Local News Coverage and the Lloyd P. Burns Memorial Award for Public Service.
“Your values are very much in line with GateHouse's, and we look forward to working together to ensure the bright and successful future of local news.”
GateHouse Media, LLC, headquartered in Pittsford, New York, publishes hundreds of weekly newspapers and more than 150 dailies including The Burlington County Times, in Westampton, The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., and the Pocono Record in Pennsylvania.
Ron Wallace, vice president of newspapers for Quincy Media, said, “The history of the New Jersey Herald and its commitment to coverage of the Sussex County area is unparalleled. We are confident with GateHouse, that legacy can continue.”
New Jersey Herald Publisher Keith Flinn said, “We look forward to being part of the GateHouse family and taking advantage of the many newspaper resources that will become available to The Herald. We share their commitment to publishing a quality product for our community.”
GateHouse is a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc., which is focused primarily in a high quality, diversified portfolio of local media assets and on growing existing advertising and digital marketing and business services. The company operates in over 615 markets across 39 states, reaching over 22 million people on a weekly basis and serves over 200,000 business customers.
It is anticipated the sale of the newspaper will be completed sometime this summer.
The New Jersey Herald building at 2 Spring Street in Newton is not part of the sale to GateHouse, and will be sold. The new ownership is looking for alternative sites for the Herald's continued operations.