Dow Jones & Co. is selling the 25,000-circulation Santa Cruz Sentinel to an Alabama-based newspaper conglomerate that owns 93 other daily newspapers. The Sentinel will be first daily to be owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. west of Texas. The Sentinel is one of six papers Dow Jones is selling to CNHI. Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group, which acquired the Mercury News and Contra Costa Times in July, appears to have been outbid for the Sentinel. Today’s article about the sale in the Sentinel quotes Editor Tom Honig as saying no significant changes in the paper’s news coverage are planned. “From what I know of CNHI, … they have no interest in controlling editorial policy. Their interest seems to be mostly financial.” Honig said. “The difficulty in running a community newspaper is getting enough resources and that question won’t be answered for a while.”

SF Press Club News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>