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Turlock (CA) Journal Sold to Morris Newspaper Corporation of California

TURLOCK, CA, March 6, 2004 - Morris Newspaper Corporation of California has purchased the Turlock Journal from Pacific-Sierra Publishing Co., Inc. The sale was announced by Charles Morris, president of Morris Newspaper Corporation. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger-and-acquisition firm located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Pacific-Sierra Publishing in the transaction.

The Turlock Journal has a daily circulation of 6,000. In addition to the Journal, Morris owns and operates a cluster of newspapers in the Central Valley including the daily Manteca Bulletin, and weeklies in Ceres, Oakdale, Escalon and Riverbank.

“We are excited at this opportunity to be associated with the community of Turlock,” said Morris. “Community journalism is what we specialize in and, working in partnership with the residents of Turlock, we hope to build on the solid reputation of the Turlock Journal.”

“This is a wonderful development for Turlock,” said Mike Thorpe, publisher of the Journal. “Charles Morris has a solid reputation in the newspaper publishing industry because he and his associates understand community newspapers and the value of providing readers with local news, features and sports.”

In addition to Morris Newspaper Corporation of California, Charles H. Morris is president and CEO of Morris Multimedia, Inc. whose subsidiaries own and operate about 90 publications and four television stations in eight states and the Caribbean.

For additional information contact Phil Murray at Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, phone: 505/820-2700 or fax: 505-820-2900.