Revenue Recognition [Abstract] Statement [Table] Statement [Table] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Axis] Product and Service [Domain] Product and Service [Domain] Circulation [Member] Subscription and Circulation [Member] Advertising [Member] Advertising [Member] Other [Member] Other [Member] Other [Member] Statement [Line Items] Statement [Line Items] Beginning balance Contract with Customer, Liability Acquired deferred revenue Contract with Customer, Liability, Increase (Decrease) for Contract Acquired in Business Combination Cash receipts, net of refunds Contract With Customer, Liability Increase From Cash Receipts Net Of Refunds Contract With Customer, Liability Increase From Cash Receipts (Net Of Refunds). Revenue recognized Contract with Customer, Liability, Revenue Recognized Ending balance Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract] Unaudited Financial Statements Basis of Presentation and Significant Accounting Policies [Text Block] Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract] Goodwill and Intangible Assets Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Text Block] Leases [Abstract] Operating cash flows for operating leases Operating Lease, Payments Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations, operating leases Right-of-Use Asset Obtained in Exchange for Operating Lease Liability Operating lease right-of-use assets Operating Lease, Right-of-Use Asset Current portion of operating lease liabilities Operating Lease, Liability, Current Long-term operating lease liabilities Operating Lease, Liability, Noncurrent Total operating lease liabilities Total lease liabilities Total lease liabilities Weighted-average remaining lease term Operating Lease, Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term Weighted-average discount rate Operating Lease, Weighted Average Discount Rate, Percent Statement of Financial Position [Abstract] Accounts receivable, allowance for doubtful accounts Accounts Receivable, Allowance for Credit Loss, 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 Treasury Stock, Common, Shares Share-based Payment Arrangement [Abstract] Number of RSGs Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number of Shares [Roll Forward] Unvested RSGs, beginning balance (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Number Granted (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period Vested (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Vested in Period Forfeited (in shares) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Forfeited in Period Unvested RSGs, ending balance (in shares) Weighted-Average Grant Date Fair Value Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value [Abstract] Unvested RSGs, beginning balance, weighted average grant date fair value (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Nonvested, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Granted (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Grants in Period, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Vested (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Vested in Period, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Forfeited (in dollars per share) Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Forfeitures, Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value Unvested RSGs, ending balance, weighted average grant date fair value (in dollars per share) Schedule of Finite-Lived and Indefinite Lived Intangible Assets [Table] Schedule Finite-Lived and Indefinite Lived Intangible Assets [Table] 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] Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets [Axis] Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets [Axis] Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets, Major Class Name [Domain] Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets, Major Class Name [Domain] Goodwill [Member] Goodwill [Member] Mastheads [Member] Mastheads [Member] Schedule Finite-Lived and Indefinite Lived Intangible Assets [Line Items] Schedule Finite-Lived and Indefinite Lived Intangible Assets [Line Items] Schedule Finite-Lived and Indefinite Lived Intangible Assets [Line Items] Gross carrying amount Goodwill Intangible Assets Gross Goodwill and intangible assets, gross. Accumulated amortization Net carrying amount Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net Goodwill and nonamortized intangible assets Intangible Assets, Net (Including Goodwill) Weighted average amortization period (in years) Weighted Average Amortization Period (in years) Weighted average amortization period in years. Related Party Transactions [Abstract] Related Party Transactions Related Party Transactions Disclosure [Text Block] Restructuring and Related Activities [Abstract] Schedule of Restructuring and Related Costs [Table] Schedule of Restructuring and Related Costs [Table] Restructuring Cost and Reserve [Axis] Restructuring Type [Axis] Type of Restructuring [Domain] Type of Restructuring [Domain] Severance and Related Costs [Member] Employee Severance [Member] Other Costs [Member] Facility Closing [Member] Restructuring Cost and Reserve [Line Items] Restructuring Cost and Reserve [Line Items] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Restructuring Reserve [Roll Forward] Restructuring reserve, beginning balance Restructuring Reserve Restructuring provision included in Integration and Reorganization Restructuring Reserve Period Expenses Reserve increase representing the amount charged against earnings, including discontinued operations, in the period 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. Cash payments Payments for Restructuring Restructuring reserve, ending balance 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 Change in Goodwill Schedule Goodwill [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. Business Combinations [Abstract] Schedule of Business Acquisitions, by Acquisition [Table] Schedule of Business Acquisitions, by Acquisition [Table] Business Acquisition [Axis] Business Acquisition [Axis] Business Acquisition, Acquiree [Domain] Business Acquisition, Acquiree [Domain] Gannett [Member] Gannett [Member] Gannett [Member] 2019 Acquisitions [Member] Current Year Acquisitions [Member] Current Year Acquisitions [Member] 2018 Acquisitions [Member] Prior Year Acquisitions [Member] Prior Year Acquisitions [Member] Related Party [Axis] Related Party [Axis] Related Party [Domain] Related Party [Domain] Fortress and its affiliates [Member] Beneficial Owner [Member] Business Acquisition [Line Items] Business Acquisition [Line Items] Stock and cash consideration, per share BusinessCombinationConsiderationTransferredPerShare Business Combination Consideration Transferred, Per Share Stock and cash consideration Stock and cash consideration Stock and cash consideration Cash consideration, per share price BusinessAcquisitionSharePriceinCash Business Acquisition Share Price in Cash Stock consideration, number of shares BusinessCombinationConsiderationTransferredEquityInterestsIssuedandIssuableEntitySharesIssuedPerAcquireeShare Business Combination Consideration Transferred Equity Interests Issued and Issuable Entity Shares Issued Per Acquiree Share Investment in merger, ownership percentage Investment in merger, ownership percentage Investment in merger, ownership percentage Local media organizations Local media organizations Local media organizations Number of States in which Entity Operates Number of States in which Entity Operates Local media brands Local media brands Local media brands Financing, principal amount Debt Instrument, Face Amount Interest rate Line of Credit Facility, Interest Rate During Period Debt fee, percent of principal amount Debt fee, percent of principal amount Debt fee, percent of principal amount Basis point increase in debt interest rate after one year Debt interest rate after one year Debt interest rate after one year Unrestricted cash Unrestricted cash Unrestricted cash Reduction in number of options earned, percent Reduction in number of options earned, percent Reduction in number of options earned, percent Common Stock shares issued to Manager Common Stock shares issued to Manager Common Stock shares issued to Manager Options granted to Manager to purchase shares of common stock Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Options, Grants in Period, Net of Forfeitures Option to purchase shares of common stock, price per share (in dollars per share) Share-based Payment Arrangement, Option, Exercise Price Range, Exercisable, Weighted Average Exercise Price Fully vested price per share, at or above Fully vested price per share, at or above Fully vested price per share, at or above Number of stock trading days before options are exercisable Number of stock trading days before options are exercisable Number of stock trading days before options are exercisable Number of business publications acquired Number of Business Publications Acquired Number of Business Publications Acquired Number of daily newspapers acquired Number of Daily Circulations Acquired Number of Daily Circulations Acquired Number of weekly publications acquired Number of Weekly Publications Acquired Number of Weekly Publications Acquired Number of shoppers acquired Shoppers Acquired Number of shoppers the reporting entity acquired in the business combination. Number of event businesses acquired Number of event businesses acquired Number of event businesses acquired Aggregate purchase price Business Combination, Consideration Transferred Noncontrolling interest, the Company's ownership percent Noncontrolling Interest, Ownership Percentage by Parent Noncontrolling interest, noncontrolling owners ownership percent Noncontrolling Interest, Ownership Percentage by Noncontrolling Owners Acquisition related costs recognized in acquisition costs Business Combination, Acquisition Related Costs Document Period End Date Document Period End Date Goodwill expected to be tax deductible Business Acquisition, Goodwill, Expected Tax Deductible Amount Increase (decrease) in net assets acquired Increase (decrease) in net assets acquired Increase (decrease) in net assets acquired. Increase (decrease) in current assets acquired Increase (decrease) in property, plant and equipment acquired Increase (decrease) in property, plant and equipment acquired. Increase (decrease) in Goodwill acquired Increase (decrease) in Goodwill acquired Increase (decrease) in Goodwill acquired. Increase (decrease) in current liabilities acquired Increase (decrease) in current liabilities acquired Increase (decrease) in current liabilities acquired. Affect of ASC 842 on Net Assets NewAccountingPronouncementOrChangeInAccountingPrincipleCumulativeEffectOfOnNetAssets Amount of cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle or new accounting pronouncement on net assets in the statement of financial position as of the beginning of the earliest period presented. Affect of ASC 842 on Liabilities New Accounting Pronouncement or Change in Accounting Principle, Cumulative Effect of Change on Liabilities Amount of cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle or new accounting pronouncement on liabilities in the statement of financial position as of the beginning of the earliest period presented. Future operating lease payments that have not commenced Future operating lease payments that have not commenced Future operating lease payments that have not commenced. Schedule of Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed Schedule of Recognized Identified Assets Acquired and Liabilities Assumed [Table Text Block] Share-Based Compensation Share-based Payment Arrangement [Text Block] Equity [Abstract] Equity [Text Block] Earnings Per Share [Text Block] Document and Entity Information [Abstract] Cover page. Cover page. Document Type Document Type Document Quarterly Report Document Quarterly Report Document Transition Report Document Transition Report Entity File Number Entity File Number Entity Registrant Name Entity Registrant Name Entity Incorporation, State Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code Entity Tax Identification Number Entity Tax Identification Number Entity Address, Address Line One Entity Address, Address Line One Entity Address, City or Town Entity Address, City or Town Entity Address, State or Province Entity Address, State or Province Entity Address, Postal Zip Code Entity Address, Postal Zip Code City Area Code City Area Code Local Phone Number Local Phone Number Title of 12(b) Security Title of 12(b) Security Trading Symbol Trading Symbol Security Exchange Name Security Exchange Name Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Current Reporting Status Entity Interactive Data Current Entity Interactive Data Current Entity Filer Category Entity Filer Category Entity Small Business Entity Small Business Entity Emerging Growth Company Entity Emerging Growth Company Entity Shell Company Entity Shell Company Entity Common Stock Shares Outstanding Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding Entity Central Index Key Entity Central Index Key Amendment Flag Amendment Flag Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Year Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Document Fiscal Period Focus Current Fiscal Year End Date Current Fiscal Year End Date Leases Lessee, Operating Leases [Text Block] Operating lease expense related to right-of-use assets Operating Lease, Cost Other operating lease expense Other operating lease costs Other operating lease costs. Sublease income Sublease Income Total lease expense Lease, Cost Statement of Stockholders' Equity [Abstract] 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 [Member] AOCI Attributable to Parent [Member] Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) [Member] Retained Earnings [Member] Treasury stock [Member] Treasury Stock [Member] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Increase (Decrease) in Stockholders' Equity [Roll Forward] Shares, beginning balance Shares, Issued Stockholders' equity, beginning balance Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent Net income (loss) Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent Net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income taxes of $0 Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, after Tax Foreign currency translation adjustment Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Foreign Currency Transaction and Translation Gain (Loss) Arising During Period, Net of Tax Restricted share grants, shares Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Restricted Stock Award, Gross Restricted share grants Shares Granted, Value, Share-based Payment Arrangement, before Forfeiture Non-cash compensation expense APIC, Share-based Payment Arrangement, Increase for Cost Recognition Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount and offering costs (in shares) Stock Issued During Period, Shares, New Issues Issuance of common stock, net of underwriters' discount and offering costs Stock Issued During Period, Value, New Issues Impact of adoption of ASC 842 - Leases Affect of new accounting pronouncement Amount after tax of increase (decrease) to equity or (increase) decrease to net assets, resulting from the cumulative effect adjustment of a new accounting principle applied in the period of adoption. Restricted share forfeiture, shares Stock Issued During Period, Shares, Restricted Stock Award, Forfeited Purchase of treasury stock, shares Treasury Stock, Shares, Acquired Purchase of treasury stock Treasury Stock, Value, Acquired, Cost Method Common stock cash dividend Dividends, Common Stock, Cash Shares, ending balance Stockholders' equity, ending balance Mastheads [Member] Mastheads Member [Member] Mastheads [Member] Reporting Unit [Axis] Reporting Unit [Axis] Reporting Unit [Domain] Reporting Unit [Domain] Newspapers [Member] Newspapers [Member] Newspapers [Member] BridgeTower [Member] BridgeTower [Member] BridgeTower [Member] 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. Revenue growth rate Long Term Revenue Growth Rate Long Term Revenue Growth Rate Discount rate Discount Rate Interest rate used to find the present value of an amount to be paid or received in the future. Discount rates, low range 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 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. Royalty rate, low Royalty Rate Low Royalty rate used as an input to measure fair value, low. Royalty rate, high Royalty Rate High Royalty rate used as an input to measure fair value, high. Effective tax rate Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, Percent Debt Disclosure [Abstract] Line of Credit Facility [Table] Line of Credit Facility [Table] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Axis] Credit Facility [Domain] Credit Facility [Domain] 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 Facility [Member] Term Loan Facility [Member] Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Revolving Credit Facility [Member] Extended Term Loans [Member] Extended Term Loans [Member] Extended Term Loans [Member] Halifax Alabama Debt [Member] Advantage Alabama Debt [Member] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Axis] Variable Rate [Domain] Variable Rate [Domain] Eurodollar [Member] Eurodollar [Member] Alternate Base Rate [Member] Base Rate [Member] Credit Facility [Line Items] Line of Credit Facility [Line Items] Maximum borrowing amount Line of Credit Facility, Maximum Borrowing Capacity Debt outstanding Long-term Debt Letters of credit outstanding Letters of Credit Outstanding, Amount Available borrowing amount Debt Instrument, Unused Borrowing Capacity, Amount Long-term debt Long-term Debt, Excluding Current Maturities Maturity date Debt Instrument, Maturity Date Fixed interest rate Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Fixed Interest, Percentage Rate Variable interest rate Long-term Debt, Percentage Bearing Variable Interest, Percentage Rate Weighted average interest rate Debt, Weighted Average Interest Rate 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. Debt covenant - maximum fixed charge coverage ratio Debt Covenant Maximum Leverage Ratio Per debt covenants of the Credit Facility agreement, the maximum leverage ratio that may be maintained. Debt, principal amount Fair value of long-term debt Long-term Debt, Fair Value RSG Activity Share-based Payment Arrangement, Restricted Stock Unit, Activity [Table Text Block] Schedule of Stock by Class [Table] Schedule of Stock by Class [Table] 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] 2018 Options [Member] 2018 Options [Member] [Member] 2018 Options [Member] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities [Axis] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Antidilutive Securities, Name [Domain] Warrants [Member] Warrant [Member] Restricted Share Grants [Member] Restricted Stock [Member] Stock Options [Member] Equity Option [Member] Manager [Member] Manager [Member] Class of Stock [Line Items] Class of Stock [Line Items] Antidilutive securities excluded from computation of income (loss) per share Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share, Amount Shares of common stock issued in public offering Proceeds from public offering Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock Granted Common stock authorized to repurchase Stock Repurchase Program, Authorized Amount Stock Repurchase Program, period in force Stock Repurchase Program, Period in Force Dividends declared, per share (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 Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract] Financial Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis Schedule of Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring Basis [Table Text Block] Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests, Rollforward Fair Value, Liabilities Measured on Recurring Basis, Unobservable Input Reconciliation [Table Text Block] Acquisitions Mergers, Acquisitions and Dispositions Disclosures [Text Block] Schedule of Principal Payments of Outstanding Debt Schedule of Debt [Table Text Block] 2019 (three months remaining) Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal, Remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Next Twelve Months 2021 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Year Two 2022 Long-term Debt, Maturities, Repayments of Principal in Year Three Total outstanding debt Current Debt, Current Unamortized original issue discount Debt Instrument, Unamortized Discount Deferred financing costs Debt Issuance Costs, Net Long-term debt Goodwill, accumulated impairments Goodwill, Impaired, Accumulated Impairment Loss Goodwill [Roll Forward] Goodwill [Roll Forward] Goodwill, beginning balance Goodwill Goodwill acquired in business combinations Goodwill, Acquired During Period Measurement period adjustments Goodwill, Purchase Accounting Adjustments Goodwill from disposal Goodwill, Written off Related to Disposal Goodwill, Written off Related to Disposal Goodwill, ending balance Net (loss) income attributable to New Media Numerator for (loss) income per share calculation: Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Denominator for (loss) income per share calculation: Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted [Abstract] Basic weighted average shares outstanding (shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Basic Effect of dilutive securities: Earnings Per Share, Diluted, Other Disclosures [Abstract] Stock Options and Restricted Stock (shares) Weighted Average Number Diluted Shares Outstanding Adjustment Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (shares) Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding, Diluted Schedule of Related Party Transactions [Table Text Block] Schedule of Related Party Transactions [Table Text Block] Business Combinations [Axis] Business Combinations [Axis] Business Combinations [Domain] Business Combinations [Domain] 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 Noncompete agreements Noncompete agreements 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. Software BusinessCombinationRecognizedIdentifiableAssetsAcquiredAndLiabilitiesAssumedSoftware Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired And Liabilities Assumed Software Trade names Business Combination Recognized Identifiable Assets Acquired Trade Names The amount of identifiable trade names 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 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 Other long-term liabilities assumed 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 Subsequent Events [Abstract] Subsequent Events Subsequent Events [Text Block] Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract] Income tax expense (benefit) Income Tax Expense (Benefit) Net increase to the valuation allowance Valuation Allowance, Deferred Tax Asset, Increase (Decrease), Amount Federal tax rate Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation, at Federal Statutory Income Tax Rate, Percent Expected tax benefit Effective Income Tax Rate Reconciliation at Federal Statutory Income Tax Rate, Amount Amortization expense, intangible assets Amortization of Intangible Assets Estimated Future Amortization Expense [Abstract] Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Net, Amortization Expense, Fiscal Year Maturity [Abstract] 2019 (three months remaining) Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, Remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, Year Two 2021 Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, Year Three 2022 Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, Year Four 2023 Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, Year Five Thereafter Finite-Lived Intangible Assets, Amortization Expense, after Year Five Unearned Revenue [Abstract] Unearned Revenue [Abstract] Contract with Customer, Asset and Liability [Table Text Block] Contract with Customer, Asset and Liability [Table Text Block] Retirement Benefits [Abstract] Pension and Postretirement Net Periodic Benefit Costs Schedule of Net Benefit Costs [Table Text Block] Lease expense Lease, Cost [Table Text Block] Supplemental Information Operating Lease, Supplemental Balance Sheet Information [Table Text Block] Operating Lease, Supplemental Balance Sheet Information [Table Text Block] Supplemental Balance Sheet Information Operating Lease, Assets and Liabilities [Table Text Block] Operating Lease, Assets and Liabilities [Table Text Block] Future minimum rents Schedule of Future Minimum Rental Payments for Operating Leases [Table Text Block] Income Statement [Abstract] Commercial printing and other [Member] Commercial printing and other [Member] Commercial printing and other [Member] Revenues: Revenues [Abstract] 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 Acquisition costs Merger and Acquisition Costs The costs incurred during the period related to acquiring assets. Integration and reorganization costs Restructuring Charges Impairment of long-lived assets Impairment of Long-Lived Assets to be Disposed of Net loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Property Plant Equipment, Excluding Oil and Gas Property and Timber Property Operating (loss) income Operating Income (Loss) Interest expense Interest Expense Other income Other Nonoperating Income (Expense) (Loss) income before income taxes Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes, Domestic Net (loss) income Net Income (Loss), Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Net (loss) income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Net (loss) income attributable to New Media Dividends declared per share (in dollars per share) Common Stock, Dividends, Per Share, Declared (Loss) income per share: Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Abstract] Basic (in dollars per share): Earnings Per Share, Basic [Abstract] Net (loss) income attributable to New Media Earnings Per Share, Basic Diluted (in dollars per share): Earnings Per Share, Diluted [Abstract] Net (loss) income attributable to New Media Earnings Per Share, Diluted Comprehensive (loss) income Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to New Media Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax, Attributable to Parent Reclassifications Reclassification, Policy [Policy Text Block] Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements New Accounting Pronouncements, Policy [Policy Text Block] Leases Lessee, Leases [Policy Text Block] Restructuring Restructuring and Related Activities Disclosure [Text Block] Equity, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Equity, Share-based Compensation and Earnings Per Share [Abstract] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss [Table] Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table] Net actuarial loss [Member] Accumulated Defined Benefit Plans Adjustment Attributable to Parent [Member] Accumulated Other Comprehensive 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] Accumulated other comprehensive loss, beginning balance Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Other comprehensive income before reclassifications Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), before Reclassifications, Net of Tax Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, Prior Service Cost (Credit), Reclassification Adjustment from AOCI, after Tax Net current period other comprehensive loss, net of taxes Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax Accumulated other comprehensive loss, ending balance Pension and Postretirement Benefits Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits Disclosure [Text Block] Statement of Cash Flows [Abstract] Cash flows from operating activities: Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Operating Activities [Abstract] Net (loss) income Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income 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 Non-cash compensation expense Share-based Payment Arrangement, Noncash Expense 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 loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets Gain (Loss) on Disposition of Property Plant Equipment 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] Acquisitions, net of cash acquired Payments to Acquire Businesses, Net of Cash Acquired Purchases of property, plant, and equipment Payments to Acquire Property, Plant, and Equipment Proceeds from sale of 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. 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 Repayments under term loans Repayments of Long-term Debt Borrowings under revolving credit facility Proceeds from Long-term Lines of Credit 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 Purchase of treasury stock Payments for Repurchase of Other Equity Payment of dividends Payments of Ordinary Dividends, Common Stock Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities Net (decrease) increase 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, beginning balance Cash, Cash Equivalents, Restricted Cash and Restricted Cash Equivalents Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, ending balance Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract] Restricted Cash and Investments, Current [Abstract] Restricted Cash and Investments, Current [Abstract] Restricted cash - Collateral standby letters of credit in the name of the Company's insurers Restricted Cash and Investments, Current ASSETS Assets [Abstract] Current assets: Assets, Current [Abstract] Cash and cash equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents, at Carrying Value Restricted cash Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $8,270 and $8,042 at September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively Accounts Receivable, after Allowance for Credit Loss, Current 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 $256,531 and $219,256 at September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively Property, Plant and Equipment, Net Operating lease right-of-use assets, net Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $128,386 and $101,543 at September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, 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 Tax Liabilities, Net, Noncurrent 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 Redeemable noncontrolling interests Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest, Equity, Carrying Amount Stockholders’ equity: Stockholders' Equity Attributable to Parent [Abstract] Common stock, $0.01 par value, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized; 60,807,859 shares issued and 60,481,117 shares outstanding at September 29, 2019; 60,508,249 shares issued and 60,306,286 shares outstanding at December 30, 2018 Common Stock, Value, Issued Additional paid-in capital Additional Paid in Capital, Common Stock Accumulated other comprehensive loss (Accumulated deficit) retained earnings Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit) Treasury stock, at cost, 326,742 and 201,963 shares at September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively Treasury Stock, Common, Value Total stockholders’ equity Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and stockholders’ equity Liabilities and Equity Schedule of Computation of Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share Schedule of Earnings Per Share, Basic and Diluted [Table Text Block] Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share Schedule of Antidilutive Securities Excluded from Computation of Earnings Per Share [Table Text Block] Schedule of Stock Option Activity Share-based Payment Arrangement, Option, Activity [Table Text Block] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table Text Block] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table Text Block] Schedule of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table Text Block] Schedule of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) [Table Text Block] Restructuring [Abstract] Restructuring [Abstract] 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. Loss on disposal of retired equipment (Gain) loss on retired equipment Amount of gain (loss) on disposal of property, plant and equipment assets. Loss on disposal 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. 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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 Subsequent Event [Table] Subsequent Event [Table] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Axis] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Event Type [Domain] Subsequent Event [Member] Subsequent Event [Member] Subsequent Event [Line Items] Subsequent Event [Line Items] Indebtedness Debt Disclosure [Text Block] Share-based Compensation Costs [Abstract] Share-based Payment Arrangement, Expensed and Capitalized, Amount [Abstract] Non-cash compensation expense Compensation cost not yet recognized related to non-vested awards Share-based Payment Arrangement, Nonvested Award, Cost Not yet Recognized, Amount Compensation cost not yet recognized related to non-vested awards, weighted average recognition period Share based compensation costs, in years Share-based compensation cost, unrecognized, related to non-vested rewards, weighted average period of recognition in years Aggregate intrinsic value of unvested RSGs Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Equity Instruments Other than Options, Aggregate Intrinsic Value, Nonvested Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Text Block] Fair Value Measurement Fair Value Measurement and Measurement Inputs, Recurring and Nonrecurring [Text Block] Fair Value, Recurring and Nonrecurring [Table] Fair Value, Recurring and Nonrecurring [Table] Measurement Frequency [Axis] Measurement Frequency [Axis] Measurement Frequency [Domain] Measurement Frequency [Domain] Recurring [Member] Fair Value, Recurring [Member] Fair Value Hierarchy and NAV [Axis] Fair Value Hierarchy and NAV [Axis] Fair Value, Measurements, Fair Value Hierarchy [Domain] Fair Value Hierarchy and NAV [Domain] Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets (Level 1) [Member] Fair Value, Inputs, Level 1 [Member] Significant Unobservable Inputs (Level 3) [Member] Fair Value, Inputs, Level 3 [Member] Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring and Nonrecurring Basis [Line Items] Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring and Nonrecurring Basis [Line Items] Beginning balance Fair Value, Measurement with Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Recurring Basis, Liability Value Purchases (1) Fair Value, Net Derivative Asset (Liability) Measured on Recurring Basis, Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Purchases Net loss Fair Value, Measurement with Unobservable Inputs Reconciliation, Recurring Basis, Liability, Gain (Loss) Included in Earnings Ending balance Assets, Fair Value Disclosure [Abstract] Assets, Fair Value Disclosure [Abstract] Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash Business Combination, Contingent Consideration, Liability Business Combination, Contingent Consideration, Liability Number of reportable segments Number of Reportable Segments 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] Pension [Member] Pension Plan [Member] Defined Benefit Plan Disclosure [Line Items] Defined Benefit Plan Disclosure [Line Items] Number of pension plans Defined Benefit Plans, Number of Plans Defined Benefit Plans, Number of Plans Components of net periodic benefit: Defined Benefit Plan, Net Periodic Benefit Cost (Credit) [Abstract] Service cost Defined Benefit Plan, Service Cost Interest cost Defined Benefit Plan, Interest Cost 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 Defined Benefit Plan, Net Periodic Benefit Cost (Credit) Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits Cost (Reversal of Cost) [Abstract] Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits Cost (Reversal of Cost) [Abstract] Pension contributions Defined Benefit Plan, Plan Assets, Contributions by Employer Expected remaining employer contributions during the current fiscal year Defined Benefit Plan, Expected Future Employer Contributions, Remainder of Fiscal Year Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss [Table] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Table] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss [Axis] Reclassification out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income [Axis] 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Activity Schedule of Restructuring Reserve by Type of Cost [Table Text Block] Net actuarial loss and prior service cost, income tax Other Comprehensive (Income) Loss, Defined Benefit Plan, after Reclassification Adjustment, Tax Income Taxes Income Tax Disclosure [Text Block] 2019 (three months remaining) Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments, Remainder of Fiscal Year 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 lease payments Operating Leases, Future Minimum Payments Due Less: interest Lessee, Operating Lease, Liability, Undiscounted Excess Amount Present value of lease liabilities Operating Lease, Liability Related Party Transactions [Table] Schedule of Related Party Transactions, by Related Party [Table] Related Party Transaction [Line Items] Related Party Transaction [Line Items] Percentage of the Company owned by Beneficial Ownership Percentage Percentage of the beneficial owners interest in the reporting entity's outstanding common stock. Percentage of the Company's outstanding warrants owned by Fortress and its affiliates Beneficial Ownership Warrant Percentage Percentage of its beneficial owners interest in the reporting entity's outstanding warrants. Number of stock options held Stock options held Number of stock options held Dividends paid Dividends Management fee expense Management Fee Amount of management fees that reporting entity recorded in the period pursuant to the management agreement. Incentive compensation 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 agreement related fees liability Management incentive fee liability Management and incentive fee liability. Deferred Revenue Disclosure [Text Block] Revenue Recognition Disclosure [Text Block] The entire disclosure for revenue recognition.