Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Stockton Record was the only California newspaper in the collection. News Corp.'s Dow Jones Local Media Group owned two Oregon papers: the Medford Mail Tribune and the Ashland Daily Tidings.
The group's other daily newspapers were situated on the East Coast, and included the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis, Mass.,the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., the Herald of Portsmouth, N.H., the Times Herald-Record of
"We are confident that the papers will prosper under the new owners, but they were not strategically consistent with the emerging portfolio of the new News [Corp.]," Chief Executive Robert Thomson said Tuesday in a statement announcing the divestiture.
Murdoch's company also owns dozens of community newspapers in the mogul's native Australia.
A News Corp. spokeswoman declined Tuesday to say whether the company planned to shed other small titles as it pursues its strategy of globalization and digitization. This summer, Thomson told investors the new News Corp., in the wake of the corporate split with the film and TV assets, would look to cut costs and focus on "premium content and iconic brands."
"Brands are a platform in the digital age," Thomson said.
It has been a busy summer for the sale of newspapers, which have seen revenue plummet in recent years. Amazon.com founder
GateHouse Media will take over management of the Dow Jones Local Media group.
Waller Capital Partners advised Dow Jones on the sale of the community papers.