Monroe Media Inc. has acquired the assets of Your Local News Inc. This includes the Monroe Local website and Walton Living magazine, leaders of both companies announced today.
Monroe Media Inc. is owned by Patrick Graham, owner and publisher of The Walton Tribune. Your Local News Inc. is owned by website and magazine co-publisher Sharon Swanepoel and her equity partner Melanie Jackson.
The acquisition closed at the law firm of Preston & Malcolm Law Firm on Wednesday.
“We are thrilled to be able to add great products like Monroe Local and Walton Living to The Tribune portfolio, as well as great people like Sharon and Melanie to our team to help us run our operations. Words cannot express how excited I am, Graham said, “each of them has an extensive history of contributing to our community, both professionally and personally, to better serve our readers and advertisers.” It will greatly enhance our ability to deliver.”
Swanepoel and Jackson have both worked for the Tribune before, so the transition is a bit of a homecoming for the pair.
“It seems fitting that The Walton Tribune should take over Your Local News. Personally, I feel like we’ve come full circle,” Swanepoel said. started my journalism career as a and here we are again.”
After leaving The Tribune, Swanepoel worked briefly at digital company Patch before founding Your Local News Inc. in 2013. The following year he purchased Walton Living magazine. Jackson joined Swanepoel in 2016 as a co-publisher.
“We have been serving the communities of Walton County and East Gwinnett for the last nine years,” says Swanepoel. “It has been a concern of mine for some time about what will happen to publications if they choose to finally run off into the sunset at a slow pace. A dedicated staff ensures continued service.After all, The Tribune has been around for over a century now, so I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.This seems just right. .”
Jackson added: As we take life’s turns and experience change, we don’t want to lose what we have, but move on to new horizons and new opportunities. I think you can not only give to us, but perhaps even serve your community more than ever before.
“I look forward to the future and what it will bring for all of us.”
Graham said there are no immediate plans to change the currently configured product or its format. He added that he is looking forward to Swanepoel and Jackson returning as contributors rather than competitors.
“Sharon and Melanie have set a high bar in terms of their dedication to community journalism,” said Graham. “It is an honor and a privilege that they have entrusted us to build on the solid foundation of services they have established.”