Newspapers in Western and Northern Finland to collaborate more closely through LÃ¤nnen Media
Alma MediaÂ CorporationÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Press ReleaseÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5 February
2014, 9.00 a.m. (EET)
NEWSPAPERS IN WESTERN AND NORTHERN FINLAND TO COLLABORATE MORE CLOSELY THROUGH
Six Finnish newspaper publishers have signed a memorandum of understanding for a
significant extension of their journalistic collaboration.
The newspapers Aamulehti, Satakunnan Kansa, Lapin Kansa, Kainuun Sanomat,
Pohjolan Sanomat, Turun Sanomat, Kaleva, Ilkka, Pohjalainen, HÃ¤meen Sanomat,
Forssan Lehti and Keskipohjanmaa are planning to establish in 2014 a company
called LÃ¤nnen Media to provide shared content for all the participating
If the collaboration plans materialise, LÃ¤nnen Media will provide the domestic
political, financial and societal news for the twelve participating papers. In
addition, LÃ¤nnen Media will provide news from abroad, weekend materials, theme
pages and domestic online news.
LÃ¤nnen Media would serve as a joint editorial team consisting of journalists
around Finland. It would process the shared material ready for printing, and
each individual newspaper would be able to focus its resources on strengthening
its local contents and services. The joint team would be comprised of
approximately 40 journalists.
At the same time, the participating papers in LÃ¤nnen Media would increase their
collaboration with regard to other journalistic content, design, product
development and training. One of the most important objectives of LÃ¤nnen Media
would be to expedite the product development of digital content.
The establishment of LÃ¤nnen Media is part of the newspaper publishers' campaign
to ensure the survival of high-quality newspaper media in Finland. According to
the Editors-in-Chief, the deeper collaboration is a logical next step to follow
the mutual journalistic cooperation which has been going on for a long time.
The total reach of the LÃ¤nnen Media newspapers is nearly two million (1.933,000)
Finns. The aggregate circulation of the printed newspapers is 542,783 (2013) and
the number of readers 1.32 million.
The establishment of LÃ¤nnen Media will have no direct impacts on employees of
Alma Regional Media.
For more information, please contact:
Jouko Jokinen, Senior Editor-in-Chief of Aamulehti, tel. +358 (0)10Â 665 3100,
Kari Vainio, Senior Editor-in-Chief of Turun Sanomat, tel. +358 (0)2Â 269 3266,
Markku Mantila, Senior Editor-in-Chief of Kaleva, tel. +358 50Â 311 7777,
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