CAMDEN — The long-time local newspapers of Midcoast Maine combined forces under a new company name — MaineStay Media — and will continue to deliver news online and in print.

Headquartered in Camden, Maine, MaineStay Media encompasses The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald, The Republican Journal, The Free Press, The Ellsworth American, The Mount Desert Islander and the Knox and Waldo County VillageSoup websites.

The newspapers are among many publications throughout the state owned by Reade Brower of Rockport. MaineStay Media is under the leadership of Publisher Chris Crockett, who has worked for decades in the newspaper business, starting his career at The Ellsworth American.

In the Camden office, The Free Press and Courier papers have merged to combine efforts particularly in areas of sales, finance and design. The news departments of the various publications, however, will continue to provide content tailored toward their specific coverage areas including spot news, human interest pieces, political coverage, sports, obituaries, arts & entertainment and municipal news.

In the past year, and have been updated as WordPress sites. The former VillageSoup sites were cutting edge and innovative when they were introduced and updated around 2008, but the changes were needed to bring them into the 2020s and better serve the readership.

In 2022, we anticipate updates to our advertising and subscription rates, but for the most part, other than offering a new business name that provides branding for an expanded team, readers should not see much change in the news and advertising offered by these publications.

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