Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract] Income Taxes Income Tax Disclosure [Text Block] Quarterly Financial Information Disclosure [Abstract] Quarterly Results (unaudited) Quarterly Financial Information [Text Block] Restructuring and Related Activities [Abstract] Severance and related costs Severance Costs Reversal of prior accruals Restructuring Reserve, Accrual Adjustment Severance and other costs assumed from acquisition Restructuring accrual assumed from acquisitions Reserve increase representing the amount charged against earnings in the period from a business combination for a specified incurred and estimated type of cost associated with exit from or disposal of business activities or restructuring pursuant to a duly authorized plan. Other costs Other Restructuring Costs Cash payments Payments for Restructuring Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract] Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block] Retirement Benefits [Abstract] Schedule of Defined Benefit Plans Disclosures [Table] Schedule of Defined Benefit Plans Disclosures [Table] Retirement Plan Type [Axis] Retirement Plan Type [Axis] Retirement Plan Type [Domain] Retirement Plan Type [Domain] Postretirement [Member] Other Postretirement Benefits Plan [Member] Defined Benefit Plan Disclosure [Line Items] Defined Benefit Plan Disclosure [Line Items] Effect of 1% increase in health care cost trend rates [Abstract] Effect One Percentage Point Increase In Assumed Health Care Cost Trend Rates [Abstract] Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation Defined Benefit Plan Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation After One Percentage Point Increase Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation after the one-percentage-point increase in the assumed health care cost trend rates on the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation for health care benefits. Dollar change Defined Benefit Plan, Effect of One Percentage Point Increase on Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation Percent change Defined Benefit Plan Percentage Effect One Percentage Point Increase On Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation Percentage of the effect of a one-percentage-point increase in the assumed health care cost trend rates on the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation for health care benefits. Effect of 1% decrease in health care cost trend rates [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan Effect One Percentage Point Decrease In Assumed Health Care Cost Trend Rates Abstract Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation Defined Benefit Plan Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation After One Percentage Point Decrease Accumulated postretirement benefit obligation after the one-percentage-point decrease in the assumed health care cost trend rates on the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation for health care benefits. Dollar change Defined Benefit Plan, Effect of One Percentage Point Decrease on Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation Percent change Defined Benefit Plan Percentage Effect One Percentage Point Decrease On Accumulated Postretirement Benefit Obligation Percentage of the effect of a one-percentage-point decrease in the assumed health care cost trend rates on the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation for health care benefits. Related Party Transactions [Abstract] Related-Party Transactions Related Party Transactions Disclosure [Text Block] Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Accounts receivable, allowance for doubtful accounts Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable, Current Property, plant, and equipment, accumulated depreciation Accumulated Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Property, Plant, and Equipment Intangible assets, accumulated amortization Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Accumulated Amortization Common stock, par value (in dollars per share) Common Stock, Par or Stated Value Per Share Common stock, shares authorized Common Stock, Shares Authorized Common stock, shares issued Common Stock, Shares, Issued Common Stock, shares outstanding Common Stock, Shares, Outstanding Treasury stock, shares outstanding Treasury Stock, Shares Statement of Stockholders' Equity [Abstract] Statement [Table] Statement [Table] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Components [Axis] Equity Component [Domain] Equity Component [Domain] Common stock [Member] Common Stock [Member] Additional paid-in capital [Member] Additional Paid-in Capital [Member] Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income [Member] AOCI Attributable to Parent [Member] (Accumulated deficit) retained earnings [Member] Retained Earnings [Member] Treasury stock [Member] Treasury Stock [Member] Statement [Line Items] Statement [Line Items] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Stockholders' equity, beginning balance Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent Shares, beginning balance Shares, Outstanding Net (loss) income Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent Restricted share grants Stock Granted, Value, Share-based Compensation, Gross Restricted share grants (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Restricted Stock Award, Gross Net actuarial gain (loss) and prior service cost, net of income taxes of $0 Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, after Tax Non-cash compensation expense Adjustments to Additional Paid in Capital, Share-based Compensation, Requisite Service Period Recognition Offering costs Offering costs Cost incurred directly with the issuance of an equity security. Exercise of stock options (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercises in Period Exercise of stock options Stock Issued During Period, Value, Stock Options Exercised Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount Stock Issued During Period, Value, New Issues Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, New Issues Purchase of treasury stock Treasury Stock, Value, Acquired, Cost Method Restricted share forfeiture Stock Issued During Period, Value, Restricted Stock Award, Forfeitures Restricted share forfeiture (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Restricted Stock Award, Forfeited Repurchased common stock, shares Stock Repurchased and Retired During Period, Shares Repurchase of common stock Stock Repurchased and Retired During Period, Value Purchase of treasury stock (in shares) Treasury Stock, Shares, Acquired Common stock cash dividend Dividends, Common Stock, Cash Common stock (in shares) Shares, ending balance Stockholders' equity, ending balance Non-current deferred tax assets (liabilities): Components of Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities [Abstract] Accounts receivable Deferred Tax Assets, Accounts Receivable Deferred Tax Assets, Accounts Receivable Accrued expenses Deferred Tax Assets, Tax Deferred Expense, Reserves and Accruals, Accrued Liabilities Inventory capitalization Deferred Tax Assets, Inventory Pension and other postretirement benefit obligation Deferred Tax Assets, Tax Deferred Expense, Compensation and Benefits, Pensions and Other Postretirement Benefit Obligation Deferred Tax Assets, Tax Deferred Expense, Compensation and Benefits, Pensions and Other Postretirement Benefit Obligation Definite and indefinite lived intangible assets Deferred Tax Assets, Goodwill and Intangible Assets Net operating losses Deferred Tax Assets, Operating Loss Carryforwards Fixed assets Deferred Tax Liabilities, Property, Plant and Equipment Gross non-current deferred tax assets/liabilities Deferred Tax Assets (Liabilities), Gross, Noncurrent Deferred Tax Assets (Liabilities), Gross, Noncurrent Less valuation allowance Deferred Tax Assets, Valuation Allowance Net deferred tax liabilities Deferred Tax Liabilities, Net Net actuarial gain (loss) and prior service cost, income tax Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, Tax Schedule of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Schedule of Components of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) [Table Text Block] Schedule of Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation Schedule of Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation [Table Text Block] Schedule of Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities Schedule of Deferred Tax Assets and Liabilities [Table Text Block] Schedule of Uncertain Tax Positions Reconciliation Summary of Income Tax Contingencies [Table Text Block] Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract] Fair Value Measurements, Recurring and Nonrecurring 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Carrying Amount Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests [Roll Forward] Fair Value, Liabilities Measured on Recurring Basis, Unobservable Input Reconciliation, Calculation [Roll Forward] Beginning of the year Fair Value, Measurement with Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Recurring Basis, Liability Value Net loss Fair Value, Measurement with Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Recurring Basis, Liability, Gain (Loss) Included in Earnings Purchases Fair Value, Net Derivative Asset (Liability) Measured on Recurring Basis, Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Purchases End of the year Statement of Cash Flows [Abstract] Net (loss) income Net Income (Loss), Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Cash flows from operating activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities: Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income (Loss) to Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Depreciation and amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Non-cash compensation expense Share-based Compensation Non-cash interest expense Noncash interest expense The non cash portion of cost of borrowed funds accounted for as interest. Deferred income taxes Increase (Decrease) in Deferred Income Taxes Net (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Property Plant Equipment Non-cash loss on early extinguishment of debt Non-Cash (Gain) Loss On Early Extinguishment Debt The difference between the fair value of the payments made and the carrying amount of the debt at the time of its extinguishment. Impairment of long-lived assets Impairment of Long-Lived Assets to be Disposed of Goodwill and mastheads impairment Goodwill and Intangible Asset Impairment Non-cash charge to investments Equity Method Investment, Other than Temporary Impairment Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations Increase (Decrease) in Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Obligations The amount of pension and other (such as medical, dental and life insurance) postretirement benefit costs recognized during the period for (1) defined benefit plans (periodic benefit costs include the following components: service cost, interest cost, expected return on plan assets, gain (loss) on assets, prior service cost or credit, transition asset or obligation, and gain (loss) due to settlements or curtailments) and for (2) defined contribution plans (to the extent that a plan's defined contributions to an individual's account are to be made for periods in which that individual renders services, the net cost for a period is the contribution called for in that period; if a plan calls for contributions for periods after an individual retires or terminates, the estimated cost is accrued during the employee's service period) in addition to the amount of cash or cash equivalents contributed during the reporting period by the entity to fund its pension plans and its non-pension postretirement benefit plans. Changes in assets and liabilities: Increase (Decrease) in Other Operating Assets and Liabilities, Net [Abstract] Accounts receivable, net Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Receivable Inventory Increase (Decrease) in Inventories Prepaid expenses Increase (Decrease) in Prepaid Expense Other assets Increase (Decrease) in Other Operating Assets Accounts payable Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable Accrued expenses Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Liabilities Deferred revenue Increase (Decrease) in Deferred Revenue Other long-term liabilities Increase (Decrease) in Other Noncurrent Liabilities Net cash provided by operating activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities Cash flows from investing activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities [Abstract] Purchases of property, plant, and equipment Payments to Acquire Property, Plant, and Equipment Proceeds from sale of publications, real estate and other assets, and insurance proceeds Proceeds From Sale Assets The cash inflow associated with the amount received from the sale of a portion of the company's business, for example a segment, division, branch or other business, during the period in addition to the cash inflow from the sale of long-lived, physical assets that are used in the normal conduct of business to produce goods and services and not intended for resale. Also includes the cash inflow associated with the amount received from insurance. Acquisitions, net of cash acquired Payments to Acquire Businesses, Net of Cash Acquired Net cash used in investing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities Cash flows from financing activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities [Abstract] Payment of debt issuance costs Payments of Debt Issuance Costs Borrowings under term loans Proceeds from Issuance of Long-term Debt Borrowings under revolving credit facility Proceeds from Long-term Lines of Credit Repayments under term loans Repayments of Long-term Debt Repayments under revolving credit facility Repayments of Long-term Lines of Credit Payment of offering costs Payments of Stock Issuance Costs Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock Purchase of treasury stock Payments for Repurchase of Common Stock Payment of dividends Payments of Dividends Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Restricted Cash Equivalents, Period Increase (Decrease), Including Exchange Rate Effect Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period Supplemental disclosures on cash flow information: Supplemental Cash Flow Information [Abstract] Cash interest paid Interest Paid, Excluding Capitalized Interest, Operating Activities Cash income taxes paid Income Taxes Paid, Net Equity, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Equity, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Equity Stockholders' Equity Note, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Stockholders' Equity Note, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Subsequent Events [Abstract] Subsequent Event [Table] Subsequent Event [Table] Business Acquisition [Axis] Business Acquisition [Axis] Business Acquisition, Acquiree [Domain] Business Acquisition, Acquiree [Domain] Schurz [Member] Schurz [Member] Schurz [Member] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Events [Line Items] Subsequent Event [Line Items] Schedule of Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed Schedule of Recognized Identified Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed [Table Text Block] Subsequent Event, Pro Forma Business Combinations or Disposals [Text Block] Subsequent Event, Pro Forma Business Combinations or Disposals [Text Block] Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract] Schedule of Goodwill and Intangible Assets Schedule of Intangible Assets and Goodwill [Table Text Block] Intangible Assets Future Amortization Expense Schedule of Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Future Amortization Expense [Table Text Block] Summary of the Changes in Goodwill Schedule Goodwill Text Block [Table Text Block] Tabular disclosure of changes in goodwill. Disclosure details may include, but are not limited to, the carrying amount of goodwill, goodwill acquired during the year, goodwill impairment losses recognized, goodwill written-off due to the sale of a business unit, goodwill not yet allocated, and any other changes to goodwill. Income Statement [Abstract] Pension and other postretirement benefit items, income tax Schedule of Goodwill [Table] Schedule of Goodwill [Table] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Axis] Consolidation Items [Domain] Consolidation Items [Domain] Segments [Axis] Segments [Axis] Segments [Domain] Segments [Domain] Income Statement Location [Axis] Income Statement Location [Axis] Income Statement Location [Domain] Income Statement Location [Domain] Range [Axis] Range [Axis] Range [Domain] Range [Domain] Goodwill and Intangible Assets [Line Items] Goodwill [Line Items] Goodwill, Impaired, Accumulated Impairment Loss Goodwill, Impaired, Accumulated Impairment Loss Schedule of Earnings (Loss) Per Share, Basic and Diluted Schedule of Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Table Text Block] Schedule of Stock Option Activity Share-based Compensation, Stock Options, Activity [Table Text Block] Schedule of Changes in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) by Component Schedule of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table Text Block] Reclassifications out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table Text Block] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table Text Block] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table Text Block] Finite-Lived Intangible Assets by Major Class [Axis] Finite-Lived Intangible Assets by Major Class [Axis] Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Major Class Name [Domain] Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Major Class Name [Domain] Advertiser Relationships [Member] Advertiser Relationships [Member] Customer Relationships [Member] Customer Relationships [Member] Subscriber Relationships [Member] Subscriber Relationships [Member] Other Intangible Assets [Member] Other Intangible Assets [Member] Goodwill [Member] Goodwill [Member] Weighted average amortization periods Acquired Finite-lived Intangible Assets, Weighted Average Useful Life Amortization expense Amortization of Intangible Assets Goodwill impairment Goodwill, Impairment Loss Intangible assets impairment Impairment of Intangible Assets, Indefinite-lived (Excluding Goodwill) Discount rates, low range, percent Discount rates, low range Interest rate used to find the present value of an amount to be paid or received in the future, low range. Discount rates, high range, percent Discount rates, high range Interest rate used to find the present value of an amount to be paid or received in the future, high range. Revenue growth rate Long Term Revenue Growth Rate Long Term Revenue Growth Rate Effective tax rate, percent Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Percent Fair value exceeds carrying value, percent (less than) Fair Value Exceeds Carrying Value Percent by which the reporting entities fair value of assets exceed carrying value. Royalty rate, low, percent Royalty rate, low Royalty rate used as an input to measure fair value, low. Royalty rate, high, percent Royalty rate, high Royalty rate used as an input to measure fair value, high. Debt Disclosure [Abstract] 2019 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Next Twelve Months 2020 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Year Two 2021 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Year Three 2022 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Year Four Total outstanding debt Long-term Debt Less: Short-term debt Debt, Current Less: Remaining original issue discount Debt Instrument, Unamortized Discount Less: Deferred financing costs Debt Issuance Costs, Net Long-term debt Long-term Debt, Excluding Current Maturities Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table] Net actuarial loss [Member] Accumulated Defined Benefit Plans Adjustment Attributable to Parent [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Line Items] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Line Items] AOCI Attributable to Parent, Net of Tax [Roll Forward] AOCI Attributable to Parent, Net of Tax [Roll Forward] Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications OCI, before Reclassifications, Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss Reclassification from AOCI, Current Period, Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Net current period other comprehensive loss, net of taxes Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Portion Attributable to Parent Payables and Accruals [Abstract] Schedule of Accrued Expenses Schedule of Accrued Liabilities [Table Text Block] Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Category [Axis] Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Category [Axis] Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Category [Domain] Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Category [Domain] Net periodic benefit cost [Member] Net periodic benefit cost [Member] Pension Plan [Member] Pension Plan [Member] Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used in Calculations [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used in Calculations [Abstract] Weighted average discount rate Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used Calculating Benefit Obligation, Discount Rate Weighted average discount rate Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used Calculating Net Periodic Benefit Cost, Discount Rate Rate of increase in future compensation levels Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used Calculating Benefit Obligation, Rate of Compensation Increase Rate of increase in future compensation levels Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used Calculating Net Periodic Benefit Cost, Rate of Compensation Increase Expected return on assets Defined Benefit Plan, Assumptions Used Calculating Net Periodic Benefit Cost, Expected Long-term Rate of Return on Plan Assets Current year medical trend Defined Benefit Plan, Health Care Cost Trend Rate Assumed, Next Fiscal Year Ultimate year medical trend Defined Benefit Plan, Ultimate Health Care Cost Trend Rate Year of ultimate trend Defined Benefit Plan, Year Health Care Cost Trend Rate Reaches Ultimate Trend Rate Business Combinations [Abstract] Schedule of Business Acquisitions, by Acquisition [Table] Schedule of Business Acquisitions, by Acquisition [Table] Trade Names [Member] Trade Names [Member] Noncompete Agreements [Member] Noncompete Agreements [Member] Technology-Based Intangible Assets [Member] Technology-Based Intangible Assets [Member] 2018 Acquisitions [Member] Two Thousand Eighteen Acquisitions [Member] Two Thousand Eighteen Acquisitions [Member] 2016 Acquistions [Member] Two Thousand Sixteen Acquistions [Member] Two Thousand Sixteen Acquistions [Member] 2017 Acquisitions [Member] Two Thousand Seventeen Acquisitions [Member] TwoThousandSeventeenAcquisitions [Member] Business Combinations [Axis] Business Combinations [Axis] Business Combinations [Domain] Business Combinations [Domain] Stephens [Member] Stephens [Member] Halifax Media Group [Member] Halifax Media Group [Member] 2015 Acquisitions [Member] Additional Acquisitions [Member] Business Acquisition [Line Items] Business Acquisition [Line Items] Current assets Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Current Assets Other assets Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Other Noncurrent Assets Property, plant and equipment Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Property, Plant, and Equipment Software Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Software The amount of identifiable software recognized as of the acquisition date. Trade names Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Trade Names The amount of identifiable trade names recognized as of the acquisition date. Goodwill Goodwill Licensing agreements Licensing agreements The amount of identifiable licensing agreements recognized as of the acquisition date. Noncompete agreements Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Noncompete The amount of identifiable noncompete agreements recognized as of the acquisition date. Advertiser relationships Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Advertiser The amount of identifiable advertiser relationships recognized as of the acquisition date. Subscriber relationships Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Subscriber The amount of identifiable subscriber relationships recognized as of the acquisition date. Customer relationships Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Customer The amount of identifiable customer relationships recognized as of the acquisition date. Mastheads Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Mastheads The amount of identifiable mastheads recognized as of the acquisition date. Goodwill Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Goodwill Amount of goodwill arising from a business combination, which is the excess of the cost of the acquired entity over the amounts assigned to assets acquired and liabilities assumed. Total assets Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Assets Current liabilities Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Current Liabilities Debt assumed Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Current Liabilities, Long-term Debt Pension obligations Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Pension Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Pension Other long-term liabilities Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Noncurrent Liabilities, Other Total liabilities Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed, Liabilities Net assets Business Combination, Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired, Goodwill, and Liabilities Assumed, Net Business Combination, Acquisition of Less than 100 Percent, Noncontrolling Interest, Fair Value Business Combination, Acquisition of Less than 100 Percent, Noncontrolling Interest, Fair Value Number of Options Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding [Roll Forward] Options outstanding, beginning balance (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding, Number Exercised (in shares) Granted (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Grants in Period, Gross Options outstanding, ending balance (in shares) Exercisable (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Number Weighted-Average Grant Date Fair Value Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Nonvested, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value [Abstract] Outstanding, weighted-average grant date fair value, beginning balance (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Option, Nonvested, Weighted Average Exercise Price Granted (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Grants in Period, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Outstanding, weighted-average grant date fair value, ending balance (in dollars per share) Weighted-Average Exercise Price Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding, Weighted Average Exercise Price [Abstract] Outstanding, weighted-average exercise price, beginning balance (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding, Weighted Average Exercise Price Granted (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangements by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Grants in Period, Weighted Average Exercise Price Outstanding, weighted-average exercise price, ending balance (in dollars per share) Exercisable, weighted-average exercise price (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Weighted Average Exercise Price Weighted-Average Remaining Contractual Term (Years) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Additional Disclosures [Abstract] Outstanding, weighted-average remaining contractual term (years) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding, Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Term Exercisable, weighted-average remaining contractual term (years) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Term Outstanding, aggregate intrinsic value Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Outstanding, Intrinsic Value Exercisable, aggregate intrinsic value Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Intrinsic Value Revenues [Abstract] Revenues [Table] Revenues [Table] Revenues [Table] Revenues [Axis] Revenues [Axis] Revenues [Axis] Revenues [Domain] Revenues [Domain] [Domain] for Revenues [Axis] Adoption of ASC Topic 606 Adjustments for New Accounting Pronouncement [Member] Change from Gross to Net Reporting for Certain Licensing Transaction [Member] Change from Gross to Net Reporting for Certain Licensing Transaction [Member] Change from Gross to Net Reporting for Certain Licensing Transaction [Member] Revenues [Line Items] Revenues [Line Items] [Line Items] for Revenues [Table] Bad debt on receivables Bad debt on receivables Bad debt on receivables. Deferred revenue recognized during the period Contract with Customer, Liability, Revenue Recognized Commercial printing, other revenues and operating expenses Commercial printing, other revenues and operating expenses Commercial printing, other revenues and operating expenses. Leases [Abstract] Leases Commitments Leases of Lessee Disclosure [Text Block] Revenue Recognition Disclosure [Text Block] Revenue from Contract with Customer [Text Block] Defined Benefit Plans and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans Disclosures [Table] Defined Benefit Plans and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans Disclosures [Table] Deferred Bonus and Profit Sharing Arrangements, Individual Contracts, Type of Deferred Compensation [Axis] Deferred Bonus and Profit Sharing Arrangements, Individual Contracts, Type of Deferred Compensation [Axis] Deferred Bonus and Profit Sharing Arrangement, Individual Contract, Type of Deferred Compensation [Domain] Deferred Bonus and Profit Sharing Arrangement, Individual Contract, Type of Deferred Compensation [Domain] Publishers' Deferred Compensation [Member] Deferred Profit Sharing [Member] Executive Benefit Deferred Compensation Plan [Member] Executive Benefit Deferred Compensation Plan [Member] Executive Deferral Deferred Compensation Plan [Member] Executive Deferral Deferred Compensation Plan [Member] Defined Benefit Plans and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans Table Text Block [Line Items] Defined Benefit Plans and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans Table Text Block [Line Items] Maximum annual contributions per employee, percent Defined Contribution Plan, Maximum Annual Contributions Per Employee, Percent Company's matching contributions Defined Contribution Plan, Cost Employer discretionary contribution amount Defined Contribution Plan, Employer Discretionary Contribution Amount Number of deferred compensation plans Number of Deferred Compensation Plans Number of Deferred Compensation Plans Vesting period in years Vesting period in years Number of years that the benefits under the plan vest at. Percent of accrued benefits that have vested Vested Percent The percent of accrued benefits under the benefit plan that have vested. Compensation expense Deferred Compensation Arrangement with Individual, Compensation Expense Percent of annual compensation that can be deferred Annual Compensation Defer Percent The percent of employees annual compensation that employee can elect to defer under the benefit plan. Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract] Property, Plant and Equipment Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure [Text Block] Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract] Basis of Presentation Basis of Accounting, Policy [Policy Text Block] Use of Estimates Use of Estimates, Policy [Policy Text Block] Fiscal Year Fiscal Period, Policy [Policy Text Block] Accounts Receivable Trade and Other Accounts Receivable, Policy [Policy Text Block] Inventory Inventory, Policy [Policy Text Block] Property, Plant and Equipment Property, Plant and Equipment, Policy [Policy Text Block] Business Combinations Business Combinations and Other Purchase of Business Transactions, Policy [Policy Text Block] Goodwill, Intangible, and Long-Lived Assets Goodwill and Intangible Assets, Policy [Policy Text Block] Equity Investments Equity and Cost Method Investments, Policy [Policy Text Block] Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest [Policy Text Block] Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest [Policy Text Block] Disclosure of accounting policy for redeemable noncontrolling interest. Revenue Recognition Revenue Recognition, Policy [Policy Text Block] Income Taxes Income Tax, Policy [Policy Text Block] Fair Value of Financial Instruments Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy [Policy Text Block] Cash Equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, Policy [Policy Text Block] Deferred Financing Costs Deferred Charges, Policy [Policy Text Block] Advertising Costs Advertising Cost, Policy, Expensed Advertising Cost [Policy Text Block] Earnings (loss) per share Earnings Per Share, Policy [Policy Text Block] Stock-based Employee Compensation Share-based Compensation, Option and Incentive Plans Policy [Policy Text Block] Pension and Postretirement Liabilities Pension and Other Postretirement Plans, Policy [Policy Text Block] Self-Insurance Liability Accruals Self Insurance Policy [Policy Text Block] Disclosure of accounting policy for self insurance. Concentration Risk, Credit Risk, Policy Concentration Risk, Credit Risk, Policy [Policy Text Block] Reclassifications Reclassification, Policy [Policy Text Block] Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block] Schedule of Related Party Transactions, by Related Party [Table] Schedule of Related Party Transactions, by Related Party [Table] Related Party Transaction [Axis] Related Party Transaction [Axis] Related Party Transaction [Domain] Related Party Transaction [Domain] Management Agreement [Member] Management Agreement [Member] Management Agreement [Member] Gatehouse Management and Advisory Agreement [Member] Gatehouse Management and Advisory Agreement [Member] Gatehouse Management and Advisory Agreement [Member] Holdings I Management Agreement [Member] Holdings I Management Agreement [Member] Holdings I Management Agreement [Member] Related Party [Axis] Related Party [Axis] Related Party [Domain] Related Party [Domain] New Castle Investment Group, Inc. [Member] Principal Owner [Member] Fortress and its affiliates [Member] Beneficial Owner [Member] Holden [Member] Holden [Member] Holden [Member] Affiliated Entity [Member] Affiliated Entity [Member] Related Party Transaction [Line Items] Related Party Transaction [Line Items] Percent of the company owned Beneficial Ownership Percentage Percentage of the beneficial owners interest in the reporting entity's outstanding common stock. Percentage of the Company's outstanding warrants Beneficial Ownership Warrant Percentage Percentage of its beneficial owners interest in the reporting entity's outstanding warrants. Stock options held Stock options held Number of stock options held Dividends paid Dividends Payments to acquire businesses, gross Payments to Acquire Businesses, Gross Commercial printing revenue for a related party Related Party Commercial Printing Revenue Revenues from commercial printing services rendered to a company that a an officer of the reporting entity has an interest in. Management fee expense Management Fee Amount of management fees that reporting entity recorded in the period pursuant to the management agreement. Incentive fee expense Incentive compensation Amount of incentive compensation that the reporting entity recorded in the period pursuant to the management agreement. Management fees paid Paid management fee Amount of management fees paid by the reporting entity in the period pursuant to the management agreement. Incentive fees paid Paid Incentive Fee Amount of management fees paid by the reporting entity in the period pursuant to the management agreement. Reimbursement for expenses Reimbursement for expenses Amount reimbursed to other parties by the reporting entity for expenses paid on other parties behalf. Management incentive fee liability Management incentive fee liability Management and incentive fee liability. Initial term of management and advisory agreement Management and Advisory Agreement, Initial Term Management and Advisory Agreement, Initial Term Renewal term of management and advisory agreement Management and Advisory Agreement, Renewal Term Management and Advisory Agreement, Renewal Term Percentage of GateHouse's gross equity used to calculate the annual management fee Annual Management Fee Percent The percent of the new holding company's gross equity used to calculate the annual management fee the Plan Sponsor will receive for managing the new holding company. Annual management fee Annual management fee Annual management fee the reporting entity will receive for managing the Variable Interest Entity (VIE). Maximum annual management fee Maximum annual management fee Maximum annual management fee GateHouse Media will receive for managing Local Media. Minimum percentage of common stock outstanding required to exercise Shelf Registration, Minimum Percentage of Common Stock Outstanding Required to Exercise Shelf Registration, Minimum Percentage of Common Stock Outstanding Required to Exercise Schedule of Related Party Transactions [Table Text Block] Schedule of Related Party Transactions [Table Text Block] Equity Funds [Member] Equity Funds [Member] Fixed Income Funds [Member] Fixed Income Funds [Member] Cash and Cash Equivalents [Member] Cash and Cash Equivalents [Member] Other [Member] Other Plan Asset [Member] Dollar Assets, Fair Value Disclosure Percent Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Actual Allocation, Percentage Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Restricted Stock [Member] Restricted Stock Grants [Member] Restricted Stock Grants [Member] Employee Stock Option [Member] Stock Options [Member] Stock Options [Member] Fortress and certain of the Company's officers and directors [Member] Fortress and certain of the Company's officers and directors [Member] Manager [Member] Manager [Member] Officer [Member] Officer [Member] Options [Axis] Options [Axis] Options [Axis] Options [Domain] Options [Domain] [Domain] for Options [Axis] 2014 Options [Member] 2014 Options [Member] 2014 Options [Member] 2015 Options [Member] 2015 Options [Member] 2015 Options [Member] 2016 Options [Member] 2016 Options [Member] 2016 Options [Member] Equity - Additional Information [Line Items] Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Line Items] Common stock warrants outstanding (in shares) Common stock warrants outstanding Number of shares of common stock outstanding. Antidilutive securities excluded from computation of diluted income (loss) per share Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share, Amount Restricted share grants Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number Stock options excluded from diluted income (loss) per share (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Grants in Period, Net of Forfeitures Term of warrants Warrants Length In Years Length of warrants to be issued in years. Percentage of New Media issued and outstanding shares allowed to purchase under warrants Issued Outstanding Shares Right To Acquire Under Warrants Percentage Percentage of issued and outstanding shares of the holding company allowed to purchase under the warrants. Strike price per share (in dollars per share) Strike price, per share Strike price per share. Equity value of New Media for strike price calculation Equity Value For Strike Price Equity value of the holding company used to calculate the strike price for warrants. Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount (in shares) Issuance of common stock, price per share (in dollars per share) Share Price Option to purchase shares of common stock, price per share (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation, Shares Authorized under Stock Option Plans, Exercise Price Range, Exercisable Options, Weighted Average Exercise Price Fair value of options granted to manager Fair value of options granted to the manager. Risk-free rate in valuing options granted to manager, percent Risk-free rate in valuing options granted to manager, percent Risk-free rate in valuing options granted to manager, percent. Dividend yield in valuing options granted to manager, percent Dividend yield in valuing options granted to manager, percent Dividend yield in valuing options granted to manager, percent. Volatility in valuing options granted to manager, percent Volatility in valuing options granted to manager, percent. Volatility in valuing options granted to manager, percent. Expected term in valuing options granted to manager Expected Term Percent of options exercisable on the first day of each month for 30 months Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Percentage Exercisable on the First Day of Following Thirty Calendar Months Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Exercisable, Percentage Exercisable on the First Day of Following Thirty Calendar Months Expiration period Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Expiration Period New strike price due to return in capital (in dollars per share) New strike price due to return in capital New strike price due to return in capital Restricted share grants (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period Liability settlement Liability settlement amount. Dividends declared (in dollars per share) Dividends Payable, Amount Per Share Dividend payable date Dividends Payable, Date to be Paid Dividend record date Dividends Payable, Date of Record Common stock authorized to repurchase Stock Repurchase Program, Authorized Amount Weighted average price per share that have been repurchased and retired during the period Weighted average price per share that have been repurchased and retired during the period Weighted average price per share that have been repurchased and retired during the period. ASSETS Assets [Abstract] Current assets: Assets, Current [Abstract] Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $8,042 and $5,998 at December 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Accounts Receivable, Net Inventory Inventory, Net Prepaid expenses Other Prepaid Expense, Current Other current assets Other Assets, Current Total current assets Assets, Current Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $219,256 and $171,395 at December 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Property, Plant and Equipment, Net Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $101,543 and $67,588 at December 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Intangible Assets, Net (Excluding Goodwill) Other assets Other Assets, Noncurrent Total assets Assets LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY Liabilities and Equity [Abstract] Current liabilities: Liabilities, Current [Abstract] Current portion of long-term debt Accounts payable Accounts Payable, Current Accrued expenses Accrued Liabilities, Current Deferred revenue Deferred Revenue, Current Total current liabilities Liabilities, Current Long-term liabilities: Liabilities, Noncurrent [Abstract] Deferred income taxes Deferred Income Tax Liabilities, Net Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations Liability, Pension and Other Postretirement and Postemployment Benefits, Noncurrent Other long-term liabilities Other Liabilities, Noncurrent Total liabilities Liabilities Stockholders’ equity: Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Common stock, $0.01 par value, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized; 60,508,249 shares issued and 60,306,286 shares outstanding at December 30, 2018; 53,367,853 shares issued and 53,226,881 shares outstanding at December 31, 2017 Common Stock, Value, Issued Additional paid-in capital Additional Paid in Capital, Common Stock Accumulated other comprehensive loss Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) Treasury stock, at cost, 201,963 and 140,972 shares at December 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively Treasury Stock, Common, Value Total stockholders’ equity Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and stockholders’ equity Liabilities and Equity Gross Carrying Amount Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Gross Accumulated Amortization Net Carrying Amount Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net Mastheads Other Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets Total Intangible Assets, Net (Including Goodwill) Disclosure of Compensation Related Costs, Share-based Payments [Abstract] Schedule of Share-based Compensation Arrangements by Share-based Payment Award [Table] Schedule of Share-based Compensation Arrangements by Share-based Payment Award [Table] Title of Individual [Axis] Title of Individual [Axis] Relationship to Entity [Domain] Relationship to Entity [Domain] Director [Member] Director [Member] Employee [Member] Employee [Member] Employee [Member] Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award [Line Items] Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award [Line Items] Share-based compensation cost Share-based compensation cost, unrecognized, related to non-vested rewards Employee Service Share-based Compensation, Nonvested Awards, Compensation Cost Not yet Recognized Weighted average period remaining stock comp expense recognition Weighted average remaining stock comp expense recognition The weighted average period over which unrecognized compensation is expected to be recognized for equity-based compensation plans, using a decimal to express in number of years. Restricted share grants authorized Restricted share grants authorized The number of grants authorized during the period on other than stock (or unit) option plans (for example, phantom stock or unit plan, stock or unit appreciation rights plan, performance target plan). Aggregate intrinsic value, unvested RSGs Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Aggregate Intrinsic Value, Nonvested Indebtedness Debt Disclosure [Text Block] Employee Benefit Plans Employee Benefit Plans [Text Block] The entire disclosure for an entity's employee benefit plans, including, but not limited to, defined contribution plans, non-qualified and supplemental benefit plans, deferred compensation and other benefit plans. Schedule of Quarterly Results Quarterly Financial Information [Table Text Block] Additional Acquistions [Member] Additional Acquistions [Member] Legal Entity [Axis] Legal Entity [Axis] Entity [Domain] Entity [Domain] Schedule of Assets and Liabilities Sold Schedule Recognized Identified Assets Liabilities Sold [Table Text Block] Schedule Recognized Identified Assets Liabilities Sold [Table Text Block] Schedule of Unaudited Pro Forma Results Business Acquisition, Pro Forma Information [Table Text Block] Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments Due, Fiscal Year Maturity [Abstract] Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments Due, Fiscal Year Maturity [Abstract] 2019 Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments Due, Next Twelve Months 2020 Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Due in Two Years 2021 Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Due in Three Years 2022 Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Due in Four Years 2023 Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Due in Five Years Thereafter Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Due Thereafter Total minimum lease payments Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments Due Operating Lease [Abstract] Operating Lease [Abstract] Operating lease rent expense Operating Leases, Rent Expense Operating lease minimum lease term (in years) Operating Lease Minimum Term The minimum lease term of the reporting entity's leases, in years. Operating lease maximum lease term (in years) Operating Lease Maximum Term The maximum lease term of the reporting entity's leases, in years. Defined Benefit Plan Name [Axis] Defined Benefit Plan Name [Axis] Defined Benefit Plan Name [Axis] Defined Benefit Plan Name [Domain] Defined Benefit Plan Name [Domain] [Domain] for Defined Benefit Plan Name [Axis] George W. Prescott Publishing Company LLC Pension Plan [Member] George W. Prescott Publishing Company LLC Pension Plan [Member] George W. Prescott Publishing Company LLC Pension Plan [Member] Times Publishing Company Pension Plan [Member] Times Publishing Company Pension Plan [Member] Times Publishing Company Pension Plan [Member] Alternative Securities [Member] Alternative Securities [Member] Alternative Securities [Member] Cash or Money Market Funds [Member] Cash and Money Market Funds [Member] Cash and Money Market Funds [Member] Number of pension plans Defined Benefit Plans, Number of Plans Defined Benefit Plans, Number of Plans Target allocations Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Target Allocation, Percentage Accumulated benefit obligation Defined Benefit Plan, Accumulated Benefit Obligation Fair value of plan assets Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Amount Aggregate net actuarial loss and prior service cost recognized in other comprehensive income Aggregate Net Actuarial Loss Prior Service Cost The aggregate amount of the pretax total of net gain (loss), prior service cost (credit), and transition assets (obligations), as well as minimum pension liability if still remaining, included in accumulated other comprehensive income associated with a defined benefit pension and other postretirement plan(s) because they have yet to be recognized as components of net periodic benefit cost. Aggregate net actuarial loss expected to be amortized in the following year Aggregate loss expected to be amortized in following year Aggregate net actuarial loss expected to be amortized in the following year. Subsequent Events Subsequent Events [Text Block] Reconciliation of Unrecognized Tax Benefits, Excluding Amounts Pertaining to Examined Tax Returns [Roll Forward] Reconciliation of Unrecognized Tax Benefits, Excluding Amounts Pertaining to Examined Tax Returns [Roll Forward] Uncertain tax positions, beginning balance Unrecognized Tax Benefits Decrease resulting from prior period tax positions Unrecognized Tax Benefits, Decrease Resulting from Prior Period Tax Positions Increases based on tax positions in current period and tax attribute reductions Unrecognized Tax Benefits, Increase Resulting from Current Period Tax Positions Uncertain tax positions, ending balance Defined Benefit Plan, Change in Benefit Obligation [Roll Forward] Defined Benefit Plan, Change in Benefit Obligation [Roll Forward] Benefit obligation at beginning of period Defined Benefit Plan, Benefit Obligation Service cost Defined Benefit Plan, Service Cost Interest cost Defined Benefit Plan, Interest Cost Actuarial loss (gain) Defined Benefit Plan, Benefit Obligation, Actuarial Gain (Loss) Benefits and expenses paid Defined Benefit Plan Benefits Expenses Paid The amount of payments made for which participants are entitled under a pension plan, including pension benefits, death benefits, and benefits due on termination of employment. Also includes payments made under a postretirement benefit plan, including prescription drug benefits, health care benefits, life insurance benefits, and legal, educational and advisory services. Also includes expenses paid which are associated with maintaining the pension and other postretirement plans. Employer implicit subsidy fulfilled Employer implicit subsidy fulfilled Employers implicit rate subsidy that is fullfilled. Implicit rate subsidy is the difference between the age-adjusted premium for retirees and the actual blended premium for active employees. Participant contributions Defined Benefit Plan, Benefit Obligation, Contributions by Plan Participant Projected benefit obligation at end of period Change in plan assets [Roll Forward] Defined Benefit Plan, Change in Fair Value of Plan Assets [Roll Forward] Fair value of plan assets at beginning of period Actual return on plan assets Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Increase (Decrease) for Actual Return (Loss) Employer contributions Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Contributions by Employer Benefits paid Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Benefits Paid Expenses paid Defined Benefit Plan Expenses Paid Expenses paid which are associated with maintaining the pension and other postretirement plans. Fair value of plan assets at end of period Defined Benefit Plan, Funded (Unfunded) Status of Plan [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan, Funded (Unfunded) Status of Plan [Abstract] Benefit obligation at end of period Funded status Defined Benefit Plan, Funded (Unfunded) Status of Plan Unrecognized actuarial loss (gain) Defined Benefit Plan, Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Gain (Loss), before Tax Net accrued benefit cost Defined Benefit Plan, Amounts for Asset (Liability) Recognized in Statement of Financial Position Defined Benefit Plan, Amounts for Asset (Liability) Recognized in Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan, Amounts for Asset (Liability) Recognized in Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Accrued liabilities Liability, Defined Benefit Plan, Current Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations Liability, Defined Benefit Plan, Noncurrent Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income Defined Benefit Plan, Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, before Tax Net accrued benefit cost Defined Benefit Plan, Plan with Accumulated Benefit Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan, Plan with Accumulated Benefit Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets [Abstract] Projected benefit obligation Defined Benefit Plan, Pension Plan with Accumulated Benefit Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets, Projected Benefit Obligation Accumulated benefit obligation Defined Benefit Plan, Plan with Accumulated Benefit Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets, Accumulated Benefit Obligation Fair value of plan assets Defined Benefit Plan, Plan with Accumulated Benefit Obligation in Excess of Plan Assets, Plan Assets Defined Benefit Plan, Net Periodic Benefit Cost (Credit) [Abstract] Defined Benefit Plan, Net Periodic Benefit Cost (Credit) [Abstract] Expected return on plan assets Defined Benefit Plan, Expected Return (Loss) on Plan Assets Amortization of unrecognized loss Defined Benefit Plan, Amortization of Gain (Loss) Net periodic benefit cost Defined Benefit Plan, Net Periodic Benefit Cost (Credit) Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, before Reclassification Adjustment and Tax [Abstract] Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, before Reclassification Adjustment and Tax [Abstract] Net actuarial loss (gain) Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Defined Benefit Plan, Gain (Loss) Arising During Period, before Tax Amortization of net actuarial (loss) gain Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Defined Benefit Plan, Gain (Loss), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI, before Tax Total recognized in other comprehensive income (loss) Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, before Tax Goodwill [Roll Forward] Goodwill [Roll Forward] Net goodwill, beginning balance Goodwill acquired in business combinations Goodwill, Acquired During Period Goodwill impairment Goodwill related to divestitures Goodwill, Written off Related to Sale of Business Unit Measurement period adjustments Goodwill, Purchase Accounting Adjustments Net goodwill, ending balance Mutual Fund [Member] Mutual Fund [Member] Significant Other Observable Inputs(Level 2) [Member] Fair Value, Inputs, Level 2 [Member] Fair Value, Inputs, Level 1, 2 and 3 [Member] Fair Value, Inputs, Level 1, 2 and 3 [Member] Fair Value Measured at Net Asset Value [Member] Fair Value Measured at Net Asset Value Per Share [Member] Total investments at fair value Property, Plant and Equipment [Table] Property, Plant and Equipment [Table] Balance Sheet Location [Axis] Balance Sheet Location [Axis] Balance Sheet Location [Domain] Balance Sheet Location [Domain] Long-term Assets [Member] Other Noncurrent Assets [Member] Long-term Debt [Member] Long-term Debt [Member] Adjustments for New Accounting Pronouncements [Axis] Adjustments for New Accounting Pronouncements [Axis] Type of Adoption [Domain] Type of Adoption [Domain] Accounting Standards Update 2015-03 [Member] Accounting Standards Update 2015-03 [Member] Property, Plant and Equipment, Type [Axis] Property, Plant and Equipment, Type [Axis] Property, Plant and Equipment, Type [Domain] Property, Plant and Equipment, Type [Domain] Building and Building Improvements [Member] Building and Building Improvements [Member] Machinery and Equipment [Member] Machinery and Equipment [Member] Furniture, Fixtures, Computer Software [Member] Furniture Fixtures Computer Software [Member] Description of Business, Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies [Line Items] Property, Plant and Equipment [Line Items] Operating Lease, Right-of-Use Asset Operating Lease, Right-of-Use Asset Number of publications Owned Operated Publications Number of publications owned and operated by the reporting entity. Markets operated in Markets operated in Number of markets the Company operates in. Number of states Number of States in which Entity Operates Majority of company's paid daily newspapers have been published for, in years Years Published Number of years the Company's paid daily newspapers have been published for. Number of reportable segments Number of Reportable Segments Weeks of operations in the year Operating Year Number of weeks of operations in the fiscal year. Property, plant and equipment useful life minimum (in years) Property Plant Equipment Useful Life Minimum The minimum useful life of long lived, physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include land, buildings, machinery and equipment, and other types of furniture and equipment including, but not limited to, office equipment, furniture and fixtures, and computer equipment and software. Property, plant and equipment useful life maximum (in years) Property Plant Equipment Useful Life Maximum The maximum useful life of long-lived, physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include land, buildings, machinery and equipment, and other types of furniture and equipment including, but not limited to, office equipment, furniture and fixtures, and computer equipment and software. Advertising expense Advertising Expense Changes in funded status of pension and other postretirement liabilities recognized in other comprehensive loss Change In Funded Status Changes in funded status of pension and other postretirement liabilities recognized in other comprehensive loss. Income taxes for changes in funded status of pension and other postretirement liabilities recognized in other comprehensive loss Change In Funded Status Income Taxes Income taxes for changes in funded status of pension and other postretirement liabilities recognized in other comprehensive loss. Deferred financing costs Operating Lease, Liability Operating Lease, Liability Line of Credit Facility [Table] Line of Credit Facility [Table] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Domain] Credit Facility [Domain] Gatehouse Credit Facilities [Member] Gatehouse Credit Facilities [Member] Second Lien Credit Facility [Member] Second Lien Credit Facility [Member] Local Media Credit Facility [Member] Local Media Credit Facility [Member] New Media Credit Agreement [Member] New Media Credit Agreement [Member] Advantage Credit Agreements [Member] Advantage Credit Agreements [Member] Long-term Debt, Type [Axis] Long-term Debt, Type [Axis] Long-term Debt, Type [Domain] Long-term Debt, Type [Domain] Term Loan A [Member] Term Loan A [Member] Term Loan B [Member] Term Loan B [Member] Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Letter of Credit [Member] Letter of Credit [Member] Swingline Facility [Member] Swingline Facility [Member] Incremental Term Loan Facility [Member] Incremental Term Loan Facility [Member] Term Loan Facility [Member] Term Loan Facility [Member] 2014 Incremental Term Loan Facility [Member] Additional Incremental Term Loan Facility [Member] 2015 Incremental Term Loans [Member] Replacement Term Loans [Member] 2015 Incremental Revolver [Member] Other Incremental Term Loan [Member] May 2015 Incremental Term Loan Additional incremental term loan [Member] 2017 Incremental Term Loan [Member] Two Thousand Seventeen Incremental Term Loan [Member] Two Thousand Seventeen Incremental Term Loan [Member] 2018 Term Loan [Member] Two Thousand Eighteen Term Loan [Member] Two Thousand Eighteen Term Loan [Member] Advantage Florida Debt [Member] Advantage Florida Debt [Member] Advantage Alabama Debt [Member] Advantage Alabama Debt [Member] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Domain] Variable Rate [Domain] Eurodollar [Member] Eurodollar [Member] Base Rate [Member] Base Rate [Member] Line of Credit Facility [Line Items] Line of Credit Facility [Line Items] Debt, principal amount Debt Instrument, Face Amount Maximum borrowing amount Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity Debt covenant - maximum leverage ratio Debt Covenant Maximum Leverage Ratio Per debt covenants of the Credit Facility agreement, the maximum leverage ratio that may be maintained. Debt covenant - minimum fixed charge coverage ratio Debt Covenant Minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio Per debt covenants of the Credit Facility agreement, the minimum fixed charge coverage ratio that may be maintained. Maturity date Debt Instrument, Maturity Date Debt fee percent Debt fee percent Debt fee percent Debt fees expense Debt fees expense Debt fees expensed Additional revolving commitments Additional revolving commitments Additional revolving commitments. Amount outstanding Long-term Line of Credit Original issue discount Debt Instrument, Unamortized Discount (Premium), Net Long-term debt, percentage bearing fixed interest, percentage rate Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Fixed Interest, Percentage Rate Long-term debt, percentage bearing variable interest, percentage rate Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Variable Interest, Percentage Rate Weighted average interest rate Debt, Weighted Average Interest Rate Percent of assets as pledge of equity interest Percent Assets Pledge Equity Interest Percent of Assets as Pledge of Equity Interest. Repayment amount as a percent of original principal amount Repayment Amount Percent Original Principal Amount Repayment Amount as a Percent of Original Principal Amount Frequency of periodic payment Debt Instrument, Frequency of Periodic Payment Debt Prepayment Premium Debt Prepayment Premium Debt prepayment premium. Percentage of excess cash flow to be paid - alternative 1 Prepay Alternative 1 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the percentage of Excess Cash Flow earned during the fiscal quarter if certain conditions are met. The first of three alternative payment percentages. Percentage of excess cash flow to be paid - alternative 2 Prepay Alternative 2 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the percentage of Excess Cash Flow earned during the fiscal quarter if certain conditions are met. The first of three alternative payment percentages. Percentage of excess cash flow to be paid - alternative 3 Prepay Alternative 3 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the percentage of Excess Cash Flow earned during the fiscal quarter if certain conditions are met. The first of three alternative payment percentages. Percentage of excess cash flow to be paid - alternative 4 Prepay Alternative 4 Prepay Alternative 4 Leverage ratio - alternative 1, less than or equal to Prepay Leverage Ratio 1 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the required minimum leverage ratio for the loan parties that is required to pay the first percentage of Excess Cash Flow. Leverage ratio - alternative 2, greater than Prepay Leverage Ratio 2 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the required minimum leverage ratio for the loan parties that is required to pay the first percentage of Excess Cash Flow. Leverage ratio - alternative 3, less than or equal to Prepay Leverage Ratio 3 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the required minimum leverage ratio for the loan parties that is required to pay the first percentage of Excess Cash Flow. Leverage ratio - alternative 4, greater than Prepay Leverage Ratio 4 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the required minimum leverage ratio for the loan parties that is required to pay the first percentage of Excess Cash Flow. Leverage ratio - alternative 5, less than or equal to Prepay Leverage Ratio 5 Per the prepayment provisions of the credit facility agreements, the required minimum leverage ratio for the loan parties that is required to pay the first percentage of Excess Cash Flow. Difference between present value of cash flows under two credit facilities Difference Between Present Value Cash Flows Under Two Credit Facilities Difference between Present Value of Cash Flows under Two Credit Facilities Previous deferred debt fees written off to loss on early extinguishment of debt Previous deferred debt fees written off to loss on early extinguishment of debt Previous deferred debt fees written off to loss on early extinguishment of debt. Current debt fees expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt Current debt fees expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt Current debt fees expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt. Third party fees capitalized Third party fees capitalized Third party fees capitalized. Debt fees allocated to lenders that exited, expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt Debt fees allocated to lenders that exited, expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt Debt fees allocated to lenders that exited, expensed to loss on early extinguishment of debt. Consent fees amortized Consent fees amortized Consent fees amortized. Third party debt fees Third party debt fees Third party debt fees. Debt Instrument, Unamortized Discount Debt fee Debt Instrument, Fee Amount Deferred finance costs, own-share lending arrangement, issuance costs, net Deferred Finance Costs, Own-share Lending Arrangement, Issuance Costs, Net Deferred financing costs capitalized Debt Issuance Costs, Gross Loss on early extinguishment of debt Gain (Loss) on Extinguishment of Debt Underwriter fee percent Underwriter fee percent Underwriter fee percent. Interest rate Line of Credit Facility, Interest Rate During Period Margin rate for LIBOR Margin Rate For Libor The percentage points added to the LIBOR rate to compute the borrowing rate on the debt instrument. Maximum secured debt Secured Debt Long-term debt fair value Long-term Debt, Fair Value Goodwill and Intangible Assets Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Text Block] Subsequent Event [Member] Subsequent Event [Member] Dividends [Abstract] Dividends [Abstract] Dividends paid Number of daily publications acquired Daily Publications Acquired Number of daily publications the reporting entity acquired in the business combination. Number of weekly publications acquired Number of Weekly Publications Acquired Number of Weekly Publications Acquired Number of other publication acquired Shoppers Acquired Number of shoppers the reporting entity acquired in the business combination. Schedule of Error Corrections and Prior Period Adjustment Restatement [Table] Schedule of Error Corrections and Prior Period Adjustment Restatement [Table] Minimum [Member] Minimum [Member] Maximum [Member] Maximum [Member] Income Taxes - Additional Information [Line Items] Error Corrections and Prior Period Adjustments Restatement [Line Items] Tax Effects- 2017 Legislation Tax attribute reduction Finalization of tax attribute reduction adjustment from cancellation of indebtedness. Tax valuation allowance release Tax valuation allowance release Tax valuation allowance release. Change in tax rate Change in tax rate Change in tax rate. Refundable amounts of Tax valuation allowance released Refundable amounts of Tax valuation allowance released Refundable amounts of Tax valuation allowance released. Future refundable amounts of the tax valuation allowance released Future refundable amounts of the tax valuation allowance released Future refundable amounts of the tax valuation allowance released. U.S. federal tax rate, percent Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, at Federal Statutory Income Tax Rate, Percent Decrease in valuation allowance Valuation Allowance, Deferred Tax Asset, Increase (Decrease), Amount Valuation allowance recognized in income Valuation Allowance Deferred Tax Asset Recognized In Income The amount of the change of the valuation allowance for a specified deferred tax asset that was recognized in income during the period. Valuation allowance recognized in accumulated other comprehensive loss Valuation Allowance Deferred Tax Asset Recognized In Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss The amount of the change of the valuation allowance for a specified deferred tax asset that was recognized in accumulated other comprehensive loss during the period. Net operating loss carryforwards for Federal and state income tax purposes Deferred Tax Assets, Operating Loss Carryforwards, Subject to Expiration Uncertain tax positions Interest and penalties included in uncertain tax position accrual Unrecognized Tax Position Inclusions Interest and penalties included in uncertain tax position accrual. Income tax examination, statute of limitations, term Income Tax Examination, Statute of Limitations, Term Income Tax Examination, Statute of Limitations, Term Income tax benefit related to acquisitions Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Acquisition, Amount Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Acquisition, Amount RSG Activity Schedule of Share-based Compensation, Restricted Stock Units Award Activity [Table Text Block] Number of ceased print publications Number of ceased print publications Number of ceased print publications. Number of ceased print facilities Number of ceased print facilities Number of ceased print facilities. Impairment of retired equipment Impairment of Property Plant and Equipment The charge against earnings in the period to reduce the carrying amount of real and personal property to fair value. Impairment of intangible assets Impairment of intangible assets The amount of impairment loss recognized in the period resulting from the write-down of the carrying amount of intangible assets to fair value. Accelerated depreciation Restructuring and Related Cost, Accelerated Depreciation Numerator for earnings per share calculation: Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Denominator for earnings per share calculation: Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted [Abstract] Basic weighted average shares outstanding Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic Effect of dilutive securities: Earnings Per Share, Diluted, Other Disclosures [Abstract] Stock Options and Restricted Stock Grants Weighted Average Number Diluted Shares Outstanding Adjustment Diluted weighted average shares outstanding Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted Basic (loss) income per share (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, Basic Diluted (loss) income per share (in dollars per share) Earnings Per Share, Diluted Schedule of Principal Payments of Outstanding Debt Schedule of Debt [Table Text Block] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Domain] Product and Service [Domain] Advertising Advertising [Member] Circulation Subscription and Circulation [Member] Commercial printing and other Commercial printing and other [Member] Commercial printing and other [Member] Restatement [Axis] Restatement [Axis] Restatement [Domain] Restatement [Domain] Revenues: Total revenues Revenue from Contract with Customer, Excluding Assessed Tax Total revenues Revenues Operating costs and expenses: Operating Costs and Expenses [Abstract] Operating costs Operating Costs and Expenses Selling, general, and administrative Selling, General and Administrative Expense Depreciation and amortization Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Nonproduction Integration and reorganization costs Restructuring Charges Net (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Property Plant Equipment, Excluding Oil and Gas Property and Timber Property Operating income Operating Income (Loss) Interest expense Interest Expense Loss on early extinguishment of debt Other (income) expense Other Nonoperating Income (Expense) Income (loss) before income taxes Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes, Domestic Income tax expense (benefit) Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest Net income (loss) attributable to New Media Income (loss) per share: Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Abstract] Basic: Earnings Per Share, Basic [Abstract] Net (loss) income (in dollars per share) Diluted: Earnings Per Share, Diluted [Abstract] Net (loss) income (in dollars per share) Dividends declared per share (in dollars per share) Common Stock, Dividends, Per Share, Declared Other comprehensive income (loss): Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax [Abstract] Pension and other postretirement benefit items: Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, after Tax [Abstract] Net actuarial (loss) gain Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Defined Benefit Plan, Gain (Loss) Arising During Period, after Tax Amortization of net actuarial loss (gain) Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Defined Benefit Plan, Gain (Loss), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI, after Tax Total pension and other postretirement benefit items, net of income taxes of $0 Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Comprehensive income (loss) Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to New Media Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Land Land Buildings and improvements Buildings and Improvements, Gross Machinery and equipment Machinery and Equipment, Gross Furniture, fixtures, and computer software Furniture Fixtures Computer Software Gross amount, at the balance sheet date, of long-lived, depreciable assets commonly used in offices and stores. Examples include desks, chairs, and store fixtures. Also includes the gross amount of computer software costs as of the balance sheet date. Construction in progress Construction in Progress, Gross Property, plant and equipment, gross Property, Plant and Equipment, Gross Less: accumulated depreciation Total Depreciation expense Depreciation Revenues Operating income (Loss) income before income taxes