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What The Gannett-GateHouse Merger Means For The News Business


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The Gannett-GateHouse merger would create the largest newspaper company in the US. Photo by Steve Rhodes

Gannet and Gatehouse announced a merger this week. Gannett’s newspapers include USA Today and Florida Today, while GateHouse papers include the Florida Times Union, the Palm Beach Post and the Gainesville Sun. 

 The deal would create a newspaper giant with a circulation of 8.7 million, and the aim is to combat declining ad revenue and circulation. 

So where does that leave newspapers in Florida: the journalists who report the news and the people who read it? 

We dig into the fine print of the merger with Rick Brunson, associate instructor of journalism at UCF; Sara Fischer, media reporter for Axios; and  Rick Edmonds, media business analyst with Poynter. 


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A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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