Local newspapers in south-central Indiana have seen steep circulation and staffing declines since being purchased by companies with strong private equity ties. What have the ownership changes meant for the communities being served by these Hoosier newspapers?
Paper Cuts: When private equity firms control local newspapers is a project on the influence private equity has had on local news.
The Paper Cuts team includes editor Bob Zaltsberg, reporter Sarah Vaughan, data analyst Jainish Shingala, researcher Cathy Knapp, digital editor Katy Szpak, digital producer Eoban Binder, and reporter George Hale.
Officials at Gannett would not talk to WFIU/WTIU for these stories. They sent a statement attributed to Jill Bond, news director of The Herald-Times.
Paper Cuts The reporting is supported by a grant from the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school and research organization in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Omidyar Network.