What Would GateHouse-Gannett Merger Mean For Massachusetts?

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The Herald News' proximity to Fall River Government Center, left, makes it easy for reporters to keep an eye on public officials. But recent cuts at the GateHouse-owned daily have left a newsroom staff in the single digits. (Callum Borchers/WBUR)
The Herald News in Fall River. (Callum Borchers/WBUR)

What do communities lose when fewer journalists fill their local newsrooms?

That's one question surrounding the proposed $1.4 billion dollar merger between newspaper chains GateHouse Media and Gannett. The companies hope the merger will help expand digital coverage and boost revenue, but the merger also hints at massive changes for local publications — including employee layoffs.


Callum Borchers, WBUR Bostonomix reporter. He tweets @callumborchers.

John Carroll, WBUR senior news analyst and blogger at It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town. He tweets @john_r_carroll.

This segment aired on August 28, 2019.


Callum Borchers Reporter
Callum covered the Greater Boston business community for Bostonomix.


John Carroll Cognoscenti contributor
John Carroll is a journalism professor at Boston University and a media analyst for WBUR.


Tiziana Dearing Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.


Paris Alston Host, Consider This
Paris Alston was WBUR's host of the Consider This podcast and a former producer for Radio Boston.



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