Wisconsin Media Group to acquire Unified Newspaper Group – Wisconsin Newspaper Association

OREGON, Wis., June 10, 2021 (Wisconsin Media Group) – Wisconsin Media Group, LLC, an affiliate company of O’Rourke Media Group, announced plans to acquire Unified Newspaper Group, which is owned by Woodward Communications, Inc., according to Randy Cope, of Cribb, Greene & Cope, which represents Woodward Communications, Inc. The transaction is to close on June 30. Terms of the transaction were not released.

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Unified Newspaper Group is composed of four weekly newspapers and digital websites that serve the communities of Oregon, Verona, Fitchburg, and Stoughton. Additionally, Unified Newspaper Group produces a shopper publication, a Hispanic publication, and other niche/lifestyle publications and related events, all of which are included in the transaction.

Woodward Communications, Inc., acquired Stoughton Newspapers in 1993 and Schroeder Publications in 1998, which were then brought together under the name “Unified Newspaper Group.”

“Joe Mathes and I are extremely excited about entering the Madison market with this excellent group of community newspapers and talented team that’s in place,” said Jim O’Rourke, CEO of O’Rourke Media Group. “We’re confident that our company’s strategy to exponentially grow digital revenue and audience will take form quickly in these markets as we continue our expansion in Wisconsin.”

“We are very pleased to be able to transition Unified Newspaper Group to Wisconsin Media Group. They have built a solid community-oriented newspaper company,” said Bob Woodward, VP of Woodward Community Media.