GateHouse Media Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 27, is joining other publishers in order to institute a debt-for-equity swap. Fairport, N.Y.-based GateHouse has about $1.28 billion in debt. The company owns the Wicked Local group of websites in Massachusetts, publishes The Herald News, based in Fall River, Mass., and the Saugerties Post Star, based in Saugerties, N.Y., and many other publications.

GateHouse, like other publishers, has seen print advertising revenue decline as audiences move to the Internet and mobile devices.

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