Keyser Newspaper Sale Announced by Pending Owner, WV News
KEYSER – WV News has announced that it is taking ownership of the Mineral Daily News Tribune effective May 1.
The News Tribune, which has served Keyser and surrounding communities for more than 100 years, is currently part of Gannett’s USA TODAY Network.
In addition to the News Tribune, WV News also purchased the Jackson Star and the Jackson Herald from Ripley. WV News is West Virginia’s fastest growing media company, he said.
“We are excited to be able to expand into other communities in West Virginia, providing significant local and national news coverage, as well as sports and activities that are a part of those communities,” the president said. and owner of WV News, Brian Jarvis.
“We appreciate Gannett’s willingness to work with us in acquiring these publications as we seek to grow our footprint,” said Jarvis. “We look forward to getting into these communities and helping businesses and the region grow.
“We are also committed to retaining local staff in place, as well as developing our staff in certain areas of the operation.”
Jarvis said the leadership of WV News, which is made up of all West Virginia natives, looks forward to working with local staff and communities.
“We look forward to learning more about Keyser, Ridgeley and other locations in Mineral County, as well as Ripley, Ravenswood and all of Jackson County,” Jarvis said. “We believe in the importance of local journalism across print and digital platforms and look forward to these communities joining our family.”
Bernie Szachara, president of Gannett US Publishing Operations, released a statement on the impending sale.
“Our mission is to empower communities, and our decisions are driven by our commitment to serve them best,” he said. “We are delighted that WV News will continue to lead these newspapers into the future.”
WV News already produces eight newspapers: The Exponent Telegram, The State Journal, Fairmont News, Weston Democrat, Bridgeport News, Preston News, Preston Journal and Garrett County (Maryland) Republican.
It also produces trade publications, including Your Bulletin Board, a private print and digital marketplace for people looking to buy, sell or trade. WV News additionally produces West Virginia University’s sports-focused publications, Blue & Gold News Magazine, and a lifestyle-focused quarterly glossy magazine, NCWV Life Magazine.
All of these publications are supported by digital sites while the company also operates a statewide website – wvnews.com – as well as a Morgantown-based site, morgantownnews.com.