Colorado Community Media is the new owner of the popular monthly newspapers Life on Capitol Hill and The Washington Park Profile. By adding the two newspapers, as of May 25, CCM now owns 20 community publications across the Denver metro area.
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CCM, the largest family-owned community media organization in Colorado, purchased the monthly publications from Jill and Jay Farschman, owners of The Washington Park Profile since 2015 and Life on Capitol Hill since 2016. Thriving through the decades, Life on Capitol Hill started printing in 1975, and The Washington Park Profile began in 1978. The publications have a combined print circulation of 39,500.
Jill Farschman said she chose Colorado Community Media because of the company’s commitment to “journalistic integrity.”
“You are in good hands,” she said in a farewell column to readers. “Our papers are kind of the ‘donut hole’ for CCM’s ‘donut’ of local papers serving communities throughout the greater Front Range. Our publications fit really well into the mix, so the decision to sell to CCM, in particular, makes a ton of sense.”
Owned by husband and wife Jerry Healey and Ann Macari Healey, CCM currently publishes 18 weekly community newspapers in Douglas, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Denver, Adams and Elbert counties. CCM CEO/Publisher Jerry Healey said the new acquisition is an exciting step forward.
“For some, community journalism is a passion,” he said. “At CCM, it’s never strictly about dollars and cents, but rather connecting people and businesses in a way that no other medium can. This is why we have decided to expand in Denver. While we are the new owners, we will work hard to continue to carry on the strong legacy and reputation both of these publications have earned.”
Kailyn Lamb will take over as editor for both monthly publications. Lamb is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked for the Summit Daily News and the online publication BusinessDen.
The Colorado native said she is ready to get to work.
“I’m excited to dive in and learn more about what these communities celebrate, what they fight for and how they will grow,” Lamb said. “These newspapers are the heart of the community, and the stories we write will have a direct impact on our readership. It’s an honor to take up that mantle in the community I call home.”
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