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Hearst Newspapers bulks up in Illinois as Civitas sheds Alton Telegraph, Journal-Courier IN JACKSONVILLE

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Hearst acquired two Illinois dailies from Civitas Media, The Telegraph of Alton and the Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

With the addition of the Illinois dailies to its Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, Hearst Newspapers' stable of newspaper properties includes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies across the U.S.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Civitas Media in the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Known as the oldest continuously published newspaper in Illinois, the Journal-Courier was founded in 1830 in Jacksonville. The Telegraph was established in 1836. Together, the newspapers have a circulation of more than 30,000 in the southwestern Illinois region.

"We are excited to strengthen our commitment to quality journalism in the local communities of southern Illinois," said Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam said. "Combined with our Edwardsville Intelligencer media assets, the additions of The Telegraph and Journal-Courier will enable us to upgrade our enterprise reporting across the region while serving advertisers with the most comprehensive media solutions."

Jeff Bergin, Hearst Newspapers vice president of vertical strategy development, will oversee business and news operations for the acquired properties.