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209 Multimedia acquires Gustine/Newman papers

209 Multimedia acquires Gustine/Newman papers

UnnamedManteca-based 209 Multimedia Corporation has acquired the Gustine Press Standard and Westside Index newspapers and related assets from Newman-based Mattos Newspapers, the Turlock Journal reports.

209 Multimedia publishes the daily Manteca Bulletin and the weeklies Oakdale Leader, Ceres Courier and Turlock Journal.

“We firmly believe that local community news organizations remain vital to our subscribers as the trusted local source for news and information,” said Hank Vander Veen, pictured, who along with his wife Kelly Vander Veen, own 209 Multimedia. “We provide a forum for community discussion, public notices, obituaries, wedding engagements, sporting/community events, service organizations and everything else in-between. We are committed to fostering that environment while meeting the needs of all of our dedicated advertisers and subscribers.” Hank Vander Veen is a CNPA Board director.

“We are so pleased to have such a distinguished company step in to continue the long tradition of quality local journalism on the West Side,” said Susan Mattos, who had been with the Newman operation since 1978 and publisher since 2004. “Hank and Kelly share the same locally-focused values and high standards our readers have come to expect, and for that I am so grateful.”

Elsewhere: Community newspapers were a labor of love (Susan Mattos, June 17, 2021)