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Posts Tagged ‘David Ogul’

Laid Off (Again), SoCal Daily Newspaper Vet Has Had Enough

David Ogul (pictured) is not entirely quitting the newspaper business. But as he explains in his inaugural monthly column for San Diego’s Mission Times Courier, he’s no longer going to try and make a go of it in a newsroom full-time.

Ogul was laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune in June 2011, and then again from the North County Times just a few weeks ago after the acquisition of that regional paper by U-T San Diego. In other words, he’s essentially been sent packing twice in two years by the same company. A far cry from the center where his beloved industry once resided:

I’ve seen a lot in my 32 years as a writer and editor working for numerous daily newspapers in Southern California, including an 11-year stint as an editor for The San Diego Union-Tribune. But it’s time to call it quits. Time to move on. Time to come to grips with the fact I don’t like what is happening to journalism today.

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Douglas Manchester May Be After the San Diego Union-Tribune

Former San Diego Union-Tribune editor David Ogul tweets that real estate developer and Prop 8 backer Douglas Manchester making serious motions to buy the U-T. This certainly seems to confirm the suspicions of CounterPunch’s Frank Green, who wrote back in October that Manchester was sniffing around the paper. Counterpunch and sources we spoke with say Manchester is interested in the paper’s real estate. Which, at this point, is probably far more valuable as a potential redevelopment site than the paper itself. Could this be the beginning of the end for the Union-Tribune?

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Pondering a Potential San Diego Union-Tribune Buyer

DiscoverSD.com Content Making Its Way Into the San Diego Union-Tribune

Back in April, the San Diego Union-Tribune decided to purchase the local lifestyle website DiscoverSD.com for an undisclosed amount. Two months later the U-T laid off a bunch of staffers, including metro editor David Ogul, Cathy Snapp of the business section and editorial writer Don Sevrens. We’d be speculating if we said there was a direct correlation between the two. What is clear is this: some of the content from DiscoverSD.com is beginning to filter its way into the Union-Tribune‘s print products–and the results are scary. Here are the lead graphs of the latest “Michelle Scene” column from the U-T’s Night&Day Street weekly paper.

Here at DiscoverSD.com, we have a unique company culture that revolves around SoCal lifestyle. Coachella is considered a work holiday, and it’s always appropriate to cruise in a little late, and a little under the weather, following an epic party at FLUXX, Voyeur or Sting. So you can imagine the state of internal affairs after one of the most amazing Fourth of July weekends San Diego has ever seen. View party photos.

80-degree weather and bright sunshine paired with internationally acclaimed talent across every outdoor stage in the city. You better believe the DSD crew, myself included, hit all the top parties in town. What? It’s our job to live and breathe the iconic lifestyle we preach to you, our loyal readers. Just call it research. Oh, and put the next round on our CEO, Party Jeff.

Dear God. How did this cheese find its way into print? The writer goes on to brag about how some DJ plied her “unlimited champagne” in the “VIP booth.” She then went on to plug his crew.

Not surprisingly, the one comment on the column begins with “Can I puke now?”

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Layoffs at the San Diego Union-Tribune

The staff of the San Diego Union-Tribune is getting leaner. According to the alt-weekly San Diego Reader, the following staffers were laid off on Wednesday:

David Ogul of the metro desk; Cathy Snapp of the business section; Don Sevrens, long-time editor who was most recently an editorial writer; Nancy Wyld, one-time bean counter who took on added responsibilities such as readers’ representative, and Jim Skovmand of the photo desk. Robert York who was once senior editor for visuals, and then moved into sports, was moved into advertising.

There are also rumors of layoffs on the production and sales sides, but those haven’t been confirmed.

Hat tip to Gary Scott.