2018-02-28 / Front Page

Village News sold, stays in family

Elliott Fausz takes over Chester paper

A Chester-based weekly newspaper may have a new owner, but it’s staying in the family.

Elliott Fausz, son of Chester Village News co-founders Linda and Mark Fausz, purchased the paper from his parents in February and officially takes over as publisher March 1.

Mark Fausz confirmed the sale last week, noting that he and his wife are both ready to retire and “enjoy our grandchildren” after two decades in community journalism.

Fausz was still running his own cabinetmaking company when he and Linda launched the Village News as a home-based business in 1998. He said it was Linda’s idea to start a newspaper.

“For the most part she had always worked in the corporate world and was tired of it. She took a few months off. When she decided to get back to work she wondered what to do,” Fausz recalled. “I asked her what made her happy. She helped start a newspaper in her hometown after college that is still in business today. She really enjoyed it.

“Small papers can be profitable if you develop a relationship with your clients, which Linda is great at doing. I spent a lot of time promoting the paper, speaking at clubs, volunteering, accepting positions on boards and trying to create a sense of place in Chester, not just publishing a newspaper.”

Elliott Fausz “has done just about everything” at the Village News, his father noted. He began working for his parents in high school, then worked there on and off while pursuing a bachelor’s degree and an MBA.

The younger Fausz also has been very active in the community. He succeeded his father as president of the Chester Community Association, the umbrella organization for the annual ChesterFest. He also volunteers with several other local groups.

He takes over a paper that had as many as eight employees in 2008, when it was regularly putting out 36-page weekly issues. But as the economy slowed during and immediately after the recession, they gradually began relying on freelance writers and columnists to provide most of the paper’s editorial content.

The Village News now has four employees, Fausz said, plus two freelance writers and five columnists. Its weekly circulation is 12,000. |



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