Newspaper Media Group group acquires the Sun Newspapers in New Jersey

Richard Donnelly, principal of Newspaper Media Group and its affiliates, announced that he has acquired The Sun Newspapers based in Haddonfield, N.J., from Elauwit Media. The Sun Newspapers are published weekly in nine towns in South Jersey as well as in Princeton in Central Jersey. The Suns have won numerous awards for distinguished journalism over the last decade, including a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in categories competing with daily newspapers.

Donnelly, president of Donnelly Distribution in Pennsauken, N.J., recently purchased Broad Street Media, where he was a minority owner. This acquisition represents his intent to grow the business in key markets and further build out Broad Street Media’s news and content enhancement strategy.

“Journalistic excellence and community involvement is a key piece of our strategy,” Donnelly said. “This transaction cements us further in key communities in New Jersey, and enhances our team with a high-quality editorial component.”

Joe Eisele, publisher of The Sun Newspapers, will continue to lead the advertising and business operations of The Sun group. Tim Ronaldson, executive editor and general manager, will continue to lead news and production. Dan McDonough Jr., founder and chairman of Elauwit Media, will join the Newspaper Media Group team as a consultant helping to leverage the news and digital acumen of The Sun Newspapers for the entire Newspaper Media Group organization.

Broad Street Media, founded in 2010, publishes a group of community newspapers and specialty products with a total combined circulation of more than a half million. These include South Philly Review, Northeast Times, the Star and Philadelphia Weekly in Philadelphia; the Midweek Wire in Bucks County, Pa.; Montgomery County Living magazine in Montgomery County, Pa.; the Wire newspaper, and Gloucester County Living and Burlington County Living magazines in southern New Jersey; Employment Weekly in Philadelphia and New Jersey; the Princeton Packet in New Jersey and Football Stories magazine in New Jersey.

Elauwit Media, founded in 2004, has been named multiple times to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., and has been named by Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing companies in South Jersey. The Sun Newspapers are published in Haddonfield, Moorestown, Voorhees, Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Medford, Shamong, Tabernacle and Princeton.

Together, the companies employ more than 100 employees in the region.

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