What’s Ahead for Alaska’s Merged News?

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By: Sara Morrison | Columbia Journalism Review

One of the more fascinating local media experiments in America is playing out in Anchorage, AK, where, last week, the sale of the Anchorage Daily News was finalized.

ADN, owned by McClatchy since 1979, was bought for $34 million by Alice Rogoff, a veteran media executive and wife of the billionaire David Rubinstein, who already holds a majority stake in the online-only news site Alaska Dispatch. The newsrooms have already merged, under the leadership of Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger; soon, the websites will merge, too.

The two outlets, once rivals, are now one. The obvious question: Why?

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