She brags about how GateHouse combined the operations of four newspapers into one and how nearly no one noticed, which she took as a compliment:
Our once-competitors are now our sister papers: the Herkimer Evening Telegram, the Little Falls Evening Times and the Mohawk Valley Pennysaver in Fort Plain. And as we’ve settled into GateHouse, we’ve been seeking ways to work together.
We started with printing. Rather than continue to maintain separate press sites, in January we consolidated printing at the O-D’s pennysaver press facility in Yorkville. The Herkimer, Little Falls and Fort Plain publications are printed in Yorkville, then transported to Herkimer, where advertising supplements are inserted.
Then, they’re packaged for delivery throughout Herkimer County and the Fort Plain area.
A few months ago, we worked together to create a new monthly publication, mvFamily. Distribution has since grown by nearly 25 percent.
And two weeks ago, we consolidated all the ad composition and layout functions, the accounting offices and the classified call center.
Nowhere in Ms. Donovan's column did she mention the jobs that were cut when these moves were made or the news that does not get covered while her newspapers are pushing niche magazines. After watching what was done to The Carthage Press and other newspapers by Gatehouse Media and its predecessor, Liberty Group Publishing, by these journalism "experts," it is sad for me to see them actually bragging about the tactics, which have done so much to disconnect newspapers from their communities.
GateHouse Media owns The Carthage Press, Neosho Daily News, Pittsburg Morning Sun, and more than 300 newspapers across the United States.