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GateHouse Media announced this week that it will locate its two news production centers in Rockford, Ill., and Framingham, Mass.

In January, GateHouse Media announced it would create two central production centers to handle the copy editing and page design of all of its daily and weekly newspapers.

• The metro desk, for daily newspapers over 5,000 circulation, will be located at the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Papers at this desk will start launching in June.

• The community desk, for daily newspapers under 5,000 circulation and non daily publications, will be located in the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., where most of the company's weekly Massachusetts newspapers are produced today, along with two daily newspapers. Papers at this desk will start launching later in the summer.

The two centers will be slightly reconfigured to accommodate the desks and the new employees. The desks won’t be in local newsrooms, they will be in separate areas of the building.

The move will bring more than 70 jobs to Framingham and 60 jobs to Rockford.

"Locating the desks in communities where we have established newspapers means we have greater opportunity to retain local talent, one of our top goals in building the desks in states where GateHouse owns nearly 200 newspapers," said David Arkin, Vice President of Content & Audience. "It also means that we're reinvesting in communities where we own newspapers."

Centralized newspaper production is a trend in the industry, adopted by such companies as Gannett Co. Inc., Media General and Scripps.

GateHouse Media will launch a website at the end of February to begin the hiring process for the copy editors needed.

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