The Shelburne News and The Citizen, which covers Charlotte and Hinesburg, are joining the Stowe Reporter newspaper family.
The purchase took effect last week.
That brings to five the number of micro-local weekly newspapers in the Stowe Reporter group; the others are the Waterbury Record and the News & Citizen of Morrisville.
“We believe in community journalism and community newspapers,” said Greg Popa, publisher of the Stowe Reporter group. “We’re excited that the Shelburne News and The Citizen are joining our family.”
The newspapers have been owned by Holly Johnson, who decided to sell them.
Expanding into Chittenden County is a natural move for the Stowe Reporter, Popa said. The newspaper company already has many advertising connections there through its membership in the Burlington Area Newspaper Group.
Popa said it’s important to continue the tradition of local news coverage provided by the Shelburne News and The Citizen.
No immediate changes are planned in the newspapers, Popa said.
“Our first job is to get acquainted with the staff members and get the feel of the organization,” Popa said. In the long run, Popa said, features of the Stowe Reporter will be introduced in the Shelburne News and The Citizen, such as a beefed-up news report, strong business coverage, and more enterprise reporting.
Popa will be publisher of all five newspapers owned by the company. Tom Kearney, former executive editor of the Stowe, Waterbury and Morrisville papers, will work with Boston Neary, managing editor of the Shelburne News and The Citizen, to strengthen the newspapers.
The editing lineup is being rearranged for the Stowe, Waterbury and Morrisville newspapers.
Hannah Marshall, who had been assistant editor, has been promoted to managing editor, in charge of overall news operations of the three newspapers.
Tommy Gardner will continue as news editor and story coach, with special attention paid to the content of the News & Citizen of Morrisville.
Tom Kearney, who has been executive editor of the three newspapers, will become deputy managing editor, primarily responsible for editing news content to ensure quality.