At GateHouse Media, our mission is to deliver high quality and trusted journalism, products and services that enrich the communities we serve — our readers, commercial partners, employees and investors.
GateHouse Media is one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the United States. As of December 2016, we publish 125 daily newspapers, more than 600 community publications and 535 websites that reach more than 20 million people each week. You’ll find our publications in 36 states and 535 markets.
In 2016, we continued to acquire daily newspapers — including publications like the Erie Times-News, The Fayetteville Observer and The Columbia Daily Tribune. We also entered the business-to-business publishing space with the acquisition of The Dolan Company and subsequent purchase of Journal Multimedia — the combined entity rebranded as BridgeTower Media. Our Propel Business Services division, providing marketing and digital business services to small and mid-sized businesses, continues to grow. The 2016 acquisition of ThriveHive provided Propel Marketing with a SaaS-based guided marketing platform.
Our Center for News & Design, based in Austin, Texas, employs more than 230 individuals and now serves several newspaper partners, in addition to GateHouse papers. In early 2017, we announced the Dallas Morning News is moving its design to the center.
While we have experienced significant growth over the past four years, we continually strive to make ourselves not just a bigger company, but a stronger one.
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Daily Newspapers with total paid circulation of approximately 1.5 million
Weekly Newspapers published up to three times per week, with total paid circulation of approximately 315,443 and total free circulation of approximately 1.9 million
‘Shoppers’ published up to 4 times per month, with total circulation of approximately 3 million – generally advertising-only publications
Local Websites extend our franchises and reach 35 million unique visitors each month
Community InvolvementGateHouse employees giving back to their communities
City of Disparity series – Journal Star, Peoria, IL
The Journal Star hosts monthly meetings with readers and community leaders at sites throughout Peoria’s south side to provide more comprehensive coverage of the neighborhood. The community, which is one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, is also striving to improve. At the meetings, the group discusses possible story ideas and talks about the paper’s coverage from the previous month. The meetings resulted in an ongoing City of Disparity series that investigates challenges in the neighborhood and what community leaders are trying to do address problems.
Operation Sunshine – Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY
Operation Sunshine was created in May 1968, when Victor T. Ehre, then-president and general manager of Utica Mutual Insurance Co., partnered with Mason C. Taylor, then-executive editor of the Observer-Dispatch to provide a summer camping experience for needy children in the area. The effort was such a success that a second campaign at Christmas time was launched to assist local families in need. Today, Operation Sunshine continues with two annual campaigns. Most recently, the O-D has strengthened its holiday campaign by adding partners — including Townsquare Media, TimeWarner, New York Sash, Utica Mack and WUTR in its toy drive.
Friend-In-Deed – State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL
Friend-In-Deed is a holiday help program, a not-for-profit charity, that began in 1960. It’s one of the State Journal-Register’s signature programs, completely volunteer run, with administrative support from the newspaper. Each year, about 500 community residents contribute their time to Friend-in-Deed, doing everything from processing application forms, organizing and filling orders for food, or delivering the orders just before Christmas. The newsroom also covers the program, writing stories that profile volunteers, provides an overview of the need and tells the stories of some of the recipients of the help. A daily thermometer graphic tracks the donations and provides information on how to give.