“You just have to look at what has happened at the Lakeland Ledger to see how GateHouse runs its company.” So said FSU communications professor Jennifer Proffitt in a Tampa Bay Times article about the likely effects of the planned merger between Ledger owner GateHouse Media and Gannett.

After GateHouse purchases Gannett, 20 daily newspapers in Florida will fall under the same owner, and only five will remain in the hands of three other owners. Reporter Rick Danielson cites a reduction in Ledger news staff from 99 to 15 since 1999, resulting in “a newspaper where aggressive corporate cost-cutting has undermined the ability of reporters on the ground to report on the public’s business and to hold those in power to account.” Read more

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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  1. With the staff down to 15, as you state, they obviously cannot cover anywhere near all the news. With Gannett owning 20 Florida dailies, it would not surprise me to see them consolidated into a lesser number of newspapers, and loss of municipal identity.

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