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Brooklyn Paper, Courier-Life sold to Schneps, which already owns Brooklyn Spectator and Brownstoner

Update via Brooklyn Paper: "The newly combined company will be known as Schneps Community News Group and will have a total printed weekly circulation of more than 300,000 copies, a digital reach of more than 2.5 million page views per month, and host more than 40 events every year."


Update via staffer Juliane McShane: The Bay Ridge Courier will not be published.

A Brooklyn neighborhood news monopoly, at least in print, is approaching and the Brooklyn Paper is on its fourth owner in less than a decade. (Update: I should have included the Brooklyn Eagle, which is independently owned and publishes in print and online.)

The Brooklyn Paper, once a crusader opposing Atlantic Yards in editorials and offering tough coverage in news, changed upon the sale by Ed and Celia Weintrob in 2009 to the Rupert Murdoch-owned Community News Group (CNG). Murdoch's News Corp. in 2014 sold CNG to Les and Jennifer Goodstein.

Now CNG is selling, as reported 9/11/18 by the New York Post, its many properties, including the Courier-Life chain, Gay City News, The Villager, and Bronx Times Reporter to Schneps Communications.

Schneps owns the Queens Courier and much more, the Brooklyn Spectator (which focuses on southern Brooklyn), and Brownstoner, which it bought in 2017 from Blank Slate, which had bought it from founder Jonathan Butler in 2015. (Schneps owned Brokelyn, buying it in 2016 from its founders, but sold it last year to the owner of Greenpointers and NYC.)

Schneps--before the CNG sale--bragged on its home page about 18 publications and 35 annual events. See below.


What does it mean for Brooklyn?

“We’re looking to build our print, digital reach and events business,” publisher Josh Schneps told the Post's Keith Kelly.

That doesn't necessarily mean they'll diminish the Brooklyn Paper and Courier-Life, which have their virtues and flaws, but essentially are shoestring operations, which produce a lot of content with a small staff.

But it doesn't necessarily mean they're looking to do good journalism. Under Schneps--or was it already under Blank Slate?--Brownstoner has lessened its news/watchdog function. The Schneps Contact page states that they are "at the forefront of local advertising and marketing in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island."

Keep watch to see if newspapers are combined, and/or staff and production is shared.

What's left for readers? That still leaves fledgeling online outlets like Bklyner, which has a shoestring staff but covers a broad range, and The Bridge, focusing on business, for which I've written. Then there's BK Reader, which produces relatively little original content, and Kings County Politics, which embraces pay-to-play, as I wrote yesterday.

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