Big news out of GateHouse Media today, but what happened isn’t entirely clear. From what I’ve been able to figure out, the struggling company has decided to close or combine some of its weaker weekly papers in Massachusetts and pump additional resources into about 10 stronger ones.
South of Boston, for instance, I’m told that the Norton Mirror will be folded.
And for an example of a combination: the Stoneham Sun, the Reading Advocate and the Wakefield Observer will be grouped. There will still be three separate papers, but most of their pages will be common to all three.
I also hear there will be no layoffs accompanying this particular restructuring, though some job descriptions may change.
GateHouse, based in suburban Rochester, N.Y., publishes about 100 weekly papers in Eastern Massachusetts as well as several dailies.