Hopkinton Independent Newspaper now under new ownership

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The Publisher/Founder of the Hopkinton Independent, Sarah Lothrop Duckett, announced today that the 20-year-old publication has been sold to two local people. The new owners, David Bagdon and Susanne Farber, bring a wealth of experience in community journalism to their new roles. Bagdon, who will serve as publisher, has been the independent publisher of the Community Advocate Newspaper for 34 years. Farber, who will be the director of business development, has been the advertising account manager for the Hopkinton Independent for 16 years. Duckett will be continuing as the editor of the Hopkinton Independent.

According to Duckett, it was extremely important to preserve the legacy and integrity of the publication by selling it to a locally-owned team.

“When I made the decision to sell the paper, I was committed to finding individuals who would treat the Independent with the same level of passion and respect that I have had since I started it,” she said. “I’ve known Dave and Susanne for many years and to me, it was a clear choice. I knew they would become very involved in the community and would keep the paper true to its mission. I am thrilled that they have asked me to stay on as the editor.”

Bagdon noted that Duckett’s trust carries great meaning.

“Susanne and I are grateful for the trust Sarah has placed in us. Most local newspapers these days are sold to conglomerates and investment banks, but she was determined to ensure that the Independent would be carried on as a locally-owned publication,” he said. “Although we do plan a few updates based on reader input, the goal of providing high quality, community-based journalism to the people of Hopkinton will not change.”

The first issue under the new ownership team will be published in late August.

About Hopkinton Independent- The publication was founded in February 2000 and has circulated to 100 percent of Hopkinton residents and businesses since its inception. The publication, which currently boasts a bi-weekly circulation of 7,600, features content exclusively about the people, places and happenings in Hopkinton. Those wishing to submit content to the paper may do so c/o [email protected].

For press inquiries contact:
David Bagdon
Publisher, Hopkinton Independent