Sentinel & Enterprise

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Sentinel & Enterprise
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)MediaNews Group
PublisherMark O'Neil
EditorCharles St. Amand
FoundedDecember 20, 1838 (1838-12-20), as Fitchburg Sentinel
Headquarters808 Main Street,
Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420, United States
Circulation15,031 daily
17,119 Sundays in 2012[1]

The Sentinel & Enterprise is a morning daily newspaper published in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with a satellite news bureau in Leominster, Massachusetts. The newspaper covers local news in Fitchburg, Leominster and several nearby towns in northern Worcester County and northwest Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is owned by MediaNews Group of Colorado.[2]

The main competitors to the Sentinel & Enterprise are the county's largest daily, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester; on the west, The Gardner News; and on the east, Nashoba Publishing weeklies and The Sun of Lowell, also owned by MediaNews.


The exterior of the Sentinel & Enterprise building in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Formed in 1973 by the merger of two newspapers covering adjacent cities, the daily traces its lineage back to the Fitchburg Sentinel (founded 1838) and Leominster Enterprise (1873).[3]

In the 1980s, the paper was known as the Fitchburg-Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise, and published only six days a week, Monday through Saturday, in the afternoon. In the later years of this arrangement, the Saturday paper was published in the morning and called the "weekend edition." In 1990, the Sentinel & Enterprise debuted a Sunday morning edition. The weekday papers remained afternoon publications.[4]

By 1997, the Sentinel & Enterprise had switched to seven-day morning publication.[3] Its longtime owner, Thomson Corporation, as part of a nationwide divestment of small-market newspapers, sold the Fitchburg paper to MediaNews. No price was released in the transaction between two private companies. Average circulation was given at the time of sale as 19,640, daily, and 20,087 on Sunday.[3]

Following MediaNews' purchase of The Sun and Nashoba Publications weeklies covering several towns between Lowell and Leominster, the company consolidated printing in 2002 for all of these properties at a new $7 million press plant in Devens, Massachusetts. The move was said to have a beneficial effect on traffic in downtown Fitchburg and Lowell.[5]


  1. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ MediaNews Group. "Our Newspapers". Denver, Colorado. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Elfland, Mike. "Sentinel & Enterprise Sale Set." Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), January 8, 1997.
  4. ^ Snell, George. "Sentinel Plans Sunday Edition." Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), March 2, 1990.
  5. ^ Vaznis, James. "Media Company Merging Print Sites; $7M Plan Includes Move to Devens." The Boston Globe, August 1, 2002.

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