September 22, 2021

Shaw Media purchases four Whiteside County weeklies

STERLING – Shaw Media has acquired four weekly Whiteside County newspapers from Morrison-based WNS Publications, Shaw officials announced Monday.

The acquisition of the Whiteside News Sentinel in Morrison, the Prophetstown Echo, the Erie Review and the Fulton Journal was completed April 1. Terms were not disclosed.

Although the publications themselves are older, WNS was founded in 1983 by owner and President Tony Komlanc. Its main office is at 100 E. Main St.

The weeklies are the latest addition to Sterling-based Shaw’s portfolio of publications, which includes more than 150 titles in northern Illinois and Iowa, including Sauk Valley Media, publisher of the Daily Gazette in Sterling and the Telegraph in Dixon, among other regional newspapers.

Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its founding in Dixon in 1851 by B.F. Shaw.