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September's Meeting a Big Hit

Those who attended the Sept. meeting at Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Morris Plains were treated to two delightful experiences - an inside look at the state of New Jersey journalism and an epicurean experience that was extraordinary. William (Bill) Westhoven, who has been a reporter/editor/reviewer at The Daily Record of Morris County since 1969, explained how the print media has consolidated over the years, decreasing the number of reporters on the beat and doubling the workload of those still on the job. Westhoven often takes his own photos that accompany the article, another example of doing more with less.

His own paper, owned by Gannett, is an example of the changing landscape in the industry. Gannett recently acquired the North Jersey Media Group, which included The Record of Hackensack (now The North Jersey Record) the Herald News of Passaic, affiliated digital companies, weeklies and its printing facilities in Rockaway, NJ. All of this makes Gannett the largest newspaper operator in the Garden State.

Gannett publishes The Daily Record, The Record of North Jersey, Herald News, Asbury Park Press, Home News Tribune, and Courier News. Gannett owns USA Today, the international, middle-market daily that is its flagship.