By CITIZEN STAFF
Pioneer Newspapers Inc., the company that owns The Preston Citizen, Tremonton Leader, Montpelier News Examiner and Logan Herald Journal, announced Friday it has changed its name to Pioneer News Group Co.
The change reflects the company’s successful evolution expanding its news and advertising products to digital platforms and the full nature of its services.
While publishing newspapers in print remains the company’s foundation, an increasing emphasis on providing local information through a variety of digital formats including mobile and e-reader devices along with different websites is a rapidly growing part of the business.
“We have become much more than a print-oriented newspaper company,” said Marnie Roozen, chairwoman of Pioneer’s Board of Directors. “Producing newspapers in print continues to be an important part of our focus combined with meeting reader expectations for our services to be available in a growing array of digital products. Our new name allows us to more fully convey the scope and nature of our expanding business to help us best serve the communities we are in with empowering local news and advertising information.”
“Paid print circulation remains strong and when coupled with growing online subscriptions, our total audience has never been higher,” said Mike Gugliotto, president and CEO of Pioneer News Group. “We are also helping businesses connect with more customers through a growing menu of online advertising options, including a wide collection of social media services. Between print and online, we are connecting with more readers and advertisers than ever.”
Pioneer Newspapers Inc. was formed in 1974 by James G. Scripps who was followed by his daughter, Susan Wood, as chairwoman. Marnie Roozen, Susan’s daughter, succeeded her as chairwoman last year.
The Scripps family has a long history in newspapers, starting with E.W. Scripps in Cleveland in 1878.
Pioneer News Group Co. is a family multimedia business owned by members of the Scripps family that is based in Seattle. The company owns and operates 23 print and online daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Oregon.
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