Down East 2013 ©
The company that has purchased the assets of the Village Soup newspaper chain is considering reviving the weekly Camden Herald. The Herald ceased to exist in 2008, when it was merged with Village Soup’s Rockland-based Courier-Gazette to become the Herald Gazette . That paper was renamed the Village Soup Gazette, shortly before the company folded earlier this year.
Reede Brower , publisher of the Free Press in Rockland, bought the remains of the Village Soup operation and has hired four people to develop plans to revive some of the papers. One of those people is Dan Dunkle, who held editorial positions at Soup’s Rockland and Belfast papers. Dunkle said the new management group is preparing to resume publication in April, although he declined to give target dates because there are too many details still to be resolved.
While the new operation will definitely have weekly papers in Rockland, where it’s likely to revert to the Courier-Gazette name, and Belfast, where the Republican Journal masthead will be revived, Dunkle said the managers are still discussing whether there’ll be a third weekly in Camden. A decision is expected in the next couple of weeks.
Dunkle said he’ll be editing at least one of the new papers. He declined to name the other members of the management team, describing them only as “veterans” of the newspaper business who are familiar with the Village Soup operation.
Disclosure: My weekly political column ran in the Village Soup papers, and I have had discussions with Dunkle about continuing it in the new publications.
Al Diamon can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org .