There’s a lot going on these days at the Orange County Register. Under the new ownership of Aaron Kushner, various initiatives and many new hires are being pursued.
In an internal memo circulated to staff yesterday obtained by FishbowlLA, Kushner started out after the latest in a series of staff Town Hall meetings by sharing the best kind of news of all:
As discussed, our first full month is now in the books and it was a nice, little win. A 3.4% increase in daily home delivery and 3.9% increase in Sunday home delivery over prior year is a good start. When combined with beating budget for both print and overall advertising, August was solid. We have a long way to go and it’s lovely to start on the right foot.
He went on to highlight the remarkable hiring spree that is underway, doubled from when we reported on it last month:
We now have 46 new positions approved for hiring in our content group, up from 23 four weeks ago… With deputy editor, local news Rob Curley joining our team, we also have approved the expansion of our internship program with an additional 26 year-long internship slots for the best college journalism graduates from around the country, in addition to the 20 slots already being filled from local colleges.
We also are ramping into a major cycle of hiring for our sales team with at least 22 open positions approved for hiring.
Other topics covered by Kushner in the internal memo included the addition of an OCVarsity HotShots section on Wednesdays and the doubling of a similar Saturday section; the expansion of Opinion to three pages daily; plans to hold around 200 editorial board meetings leading up to the election in November; and the creation of a new Business section.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Dog Days of Summer? Not at OC Register, Where Full-Time Opportunities Abound