Independent contractor hopes to build publications back stronger for future buyers

Upper Cumberland ­– According to reports, Daniel Richardson, the CEO of Magic Valley Publishing has reopened four recently closed newspapers: The Fentress Courier, Livingston Enterprise, Citizen Statesman and the Jackson County Sentinel.

The papers recently shuttered after the publisher at the time, Holler Media, announced the sudden closures. Richardson is also looking to reopen the recently closed Shelbyville Times-Gazette and the Marshall County Tribune.

He told News Channel 5 the LLC’s still exist with operational funds still available and he hopes the reunited crews will work to improve content when future buyers come into the mix.

According to Richardson, he is interested in reviving the papers as an independent contractor, but not purchase them. Papers have been losing circulation and closing shop at an accelerated rate for years. The U.S. has lost close to a third of its weekly publications between 2004 and 2023.

This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates. 

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