It’s been a busy few days for local island newspapers, both the Jamestown Press and Block Island Times announced they have been sold during Christmas week.

Jamestown Press

Jamestown Press announced on Christmas Eve that their company had been sold by Jeff McDonough to Robert Berczuk. McDonough had owned the newspaper for 25 years.

According to LinkedIN, Berczuk currently calls the Greater Chicago area home and is a veteran journalist with 20 years experience as a reporter and editor for many newspapers including two with the New Jersey Herald.

Block Island Times

The Block Island Times announced on Christmas that their company has been sold from Fraser and Betty Lang to Michael Schroeder. The Lang’s had owned the newspaper for 10 years.

Schroeder is the publisher of New Britain Herald, Bristol Press and two other Connecticut newspapers and manager of News + Media Capital Group LLC, the company that bought Las Vegas Review Journal.

Providence Journal with more information on the sale – Connecticut publisher to buy Block Island Times

Schroeder is currently in the man behind many controversial stories that are catching headlines over the last week…

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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