The deal will have repercussions for news consumers and journalists across the United States.

The two biggest newspaper chains in the country have combined, after shareholders of both gave green lights to the $1.13 billion deal Thursday.

New Media Investment Group, which operates under its GateHouse Media subsidiary, closed on its acquisition of USA Today parent Gannett Co. in the next several days, now that the last remaining hurdles have been cleared.

Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News are both GateHouse Media newspapers, soon to be known as Gannett. Nothing will change for Siskiyou County-based newspapers; subscribers will still see their papers each Wednesday.

New York-based New Media owns the Austin American-Statesman and 153 other daily newspapers, including the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio and the Palm Beach Post in Florida. Gannett, based in McLean, Va., owns USA Today and 109 dailies, including the Detroit Free Press, the Arizona Republic and the Record Searchlight, which is based in Redding.

The combination of the two chains create a nation-blanketing print and digital giant, with more than 260 daily newspapers and hundreds more websites and community and weekly newspapers stretching across 47 states. The new company will be called Gannett even though New Media is the acquirer.

The deal will have repercussions for news consumers and journalists across the United States.

Advocates have characterized it as an effort to craft a digital-centric business model for the combined company that will enable it to compete against the likes of Google and Facebook, which have dominated the market for online ads. But critics have said it will lead to layoffs and dilute the quality of journalism that citizens depend upon.

The cash-and-stock deal originally was valued at about $1.4 billion to Gannett shareholders when it was announced in August. But it has slipped since then, along with New Media’s share price, and most recently was valued at about $1.13 billion.