By: James W. Tankard Jr.
LOREN GHIGLIONE, THE longtime owner of a Massachusetts newspaper group, has joined the staff of the Freedom Forum Newseum.
He will serve as professional-in-residence to help with content development and research.
Ghiglione formerly was president of Worcester County Newspapers. In November, the company was sold to Stonebridge Press Inc., a newly-formed company.
Ghiglione was president of Worcester Country Newspapers for 26 years. The company consisted of six paid weekly newspapers, one paid daily, and three shopper publications.
Ghiglione built up the company from just one newspaper, the News, in Southbridge, Mass. He also served as a president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
In an interview, Ghiglione said that a variety of factors influenced his decision to sell the newspapers, particularly the “economic situation in New England.”
Additionally, he cited increased competition from cable television and zoned editions of local dailies.