News & Messenger Closing
MANASSAS, Va. — In business for more than 100 years, The Manassas News and Messenger and its companion website InsideNova.com will publish it’s last edition on Dec. 30.
The News and Messenger was purchased this year by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Company, which owns The Omaha World Herald.
The company stated the news organization, which covers Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, was located in a competitive media market just outside Washington, D.C., is losing money, and “had a tough time finding the sense of community that a community newspaper needs to prosper.”
Berskshire Hathaway purchased News and Messenger and InsideNova.com, as well as 62 other newspaper properties from Media General. The Manassas-baesed newspaper is the only property that will close its doors.
A statement released by the organization notes they will continue to publish a 20,000 circulation, weekly paper, the Stafford County Sun, the Belvoir Eagle at Fort Belvoir and Quantico Sentry at Quantico Marine Corps Base.
The company will sell its building in Old Town Manassas as well as a nearby parking lot it owns.