Last week, the Orange County Register brought to ten the number of its 24 community newspapers that have been transitioned from tabloid to a larger broadsheet format. Joining the parade are the San Clemente Sun Post News, the Huntington Beach Wave, the Fullerton News-Tribune, the Tustin News and the Orange City News.
To go along with this effort, which is scheduled to be fully completed by the end of February, the paper has reunited with one of its former stars. From 1990 to 1999, Michelle Nicolosi (pictured) covered mostly health for the paper and was lead reporter on a year-long Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of a California fertility clinic. She is now back, after time spent with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, to lead community outreach:
Nicolosi was an assistant managing editor at the Post-Intelligencer and later grew its online audience as editor and executive producer of seattlepi.com. She managed the Post-Intelligencer’s transition as the first major metro daily to go online-only, which included creating new workflows, priorities and responsibilities for staff.
The position of team leader at the Register marks a full circle of sorts for Nicolosi. Her first beat for the paper (1990-92) was that of a Fullerton community reporter. She was also, from 2001 to 2004, the editor of USC Annenberg’s Online Journalism Review.