Richard Anderson, CEO of VillageSoup® is pleased to announce the addition of the Iowa-based Inland Media Company to its global network of legacy and start-up news enterprises. Inland Media joins six other news entities – the Maine-based Herald Gazette, Republican Journal, Capital Weekly and Bar Harbor Times, as well as Wareham Week in Wareham, Mass., and Cape Gazette in southern Delaware – that are presently part of the VillageSoup® network. This diverse group of local news sources is focused on sustaining professional journalism in the 21st century by redefining the way news and community information is shared in the digital age.

“We are very excited about this collaboration and the opportunities that it will provide for both our readers and our advertisers,” said Darwin Sherman, Publisher for Inland Media Company. “With this solution, we will be able to give local businesses a state-of-the-art web environment to market their products and services, and give our readers the ability to contribute to the content of our products by seamlessly connecting them with each other and our staff. Of all of the platforms we looked at, VillageSoup was the most reader and user-friendly. Not only is the software great, but it’s going to make it easier for us to share information across our network, allowing us to remain a viable member of the media family in this day and age.”

Anderson says he is particularly pleased with this addition to the VillageSoup Common as these communities are within 30 to 50 miles of his hometown Burlington, Iowa. “Seeing communities in my home area stepping out and leading the industry is very rewarding,” said Anderson. The Inland Media group is a news and advertising source for nine southeast Iowa counties that provides coverage to its audience through three daily news publications and five weekly publications. Its daily publications are the Washington Evening Journal, the Fairfield Daily Ledger and Mt. Pleasant News, and its weekly publications include Journal Adventure, Mt. Pleasant Shopper Guide, Washington County Shoppers Guide, Fairfield Town Crier and North County FreePress.

VillageSoup® is an independently-owned software company providing publishing tools that help generate participation and revenue not achieved with traditional newspaper operations. The tools support both online and print news formats and integrate content posted by professional journalists, businesses, and community members side by side. The VillageSoup platform creates a Digital Main Street™ that preserves and strengthens the flow of information in urban neighborhoods, suburban villages and exurban towns and generates new revenue for publishers.

For more information about VillageSoup®, please visit www.villagesoup.com.