Eastword was launched as a community newspaper for the market area comprised of Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, Nicoma Park and Tinker Air Force Base. With a weekly circulation in excess of 8,000, it has a firmly established base of readers, observed TMG Publisher, Bill Bleakley.
The transfer of ownership will firmly complete the evolution of the publication as a community newspaper, Bleakley said. The publishers, owners and staff all reside within the market it serves.
Heading up the new publishing enterprise as publisher and co-owner will be current Eastword editor, Tim Farley (pictured). Staff members, Scott Wanish and Sara Atkins, will continue their current positions. Farley will be moving the newspapers offices to Midwest City. Local investors will share in its ownership.
From the perspective of Eastwords readers and advertisers, the transfer of ownership should be seamless, said Bleakley. Tierra Media has provided Eastern Oklahoma County with an outstanding community newspaper. Tim and the staff will take it to new heights, with strong local roots.
Farley plans to keep Eastwords websites operating as the online component of the newspaper.
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