Sherman’s March

If you’ve been wondering what erstwhile Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick has been doing with his spare time since his responsibilities at the paper were cut to the bone in November, here’s the answer: forming his own media empire.

Frederick and partners Tim Dahlberg, a sports columnist with The Associated Press whose work often appears in the R-J, and Tom Smith, a Phoenix accountant, formed Battle Born Media in March. Right now they’re shopping for newspapers to buy.

“The purpose is to create a media company specializing in acquiring and operating newspapers in smaller community markets,” Frederick says. “We currently are looking at a handful of newspapers in the mountain West.”

Battle Born made its first moves on May 31, purchasing the Ely Times and the Eureka Sentinel from Stephens Media Group, which owns the R-J.

Dahlberg, who says he’ll keep his day job at the AP, believes the market for small papers is solid. “People claim the newspaper industry is dying. But it’s not dying in small communities.”

Battle Born hired Kirk Kern, the first editor of the View newspapers Frederick founded at the R-J in the 1990s, as its chief operating officer.

Frederick plans to continue blogging and writing columns for the R-J.