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Newspaper Reporter Explains the Reasons for His Departure

KevinSabanKevin Sablan (pictured), one of the Orange County Register journalists who recently took a buyout, has blogged today about how that decision was reached. He devotes a great deal of his post to what were, for him, the better Register days:

During my first eight years at the paper, I worked on advancing our digital efforts. I started as a slightly glorified Web monkey, part of a team that got stories online and made sure the site’s many moving parts were updated throughout the day.

Freedom. It was a great time. There weren’t enough bosses to review everything that published online, and standards were still being set. I could experiment without fear of losing my job. I threw in some fancy CSS and JavaScript trickery. I did things like embed a tour of the Rose Parade (a Google Map that could be navigated with custom buttons) into an article. I made tables sortable. I never had to ask for permission…

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Layoffs at OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Significant layoffs hit the newsrooms Thursday at the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, a troubling sign for the Aaron Kushner-owned publications. Exact numbers have not been released at the Register, although the cuts there are reported to number roughly 35 people. The paper’s editor, Ken Brusic, and most other top editorial managers have departed, according to multiple sources in the newsroom who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak. LA Times The elimination of 71 employees, many of them seasoned journalists, marks a sharp reversal by Kushner, who controls Freedom Communications Inc., which owns both papers. The former greeting card executive had spent much of the last 18 months growing his publications, acquiring additional news outlets and hiring more than 100 reporters and editors in the process. LA Observed It’s all about restructuring for the future, including the Register‘s upcoming invasion of Los Angeles County, Kushner says. The “content team,” as he puts it, is now 172 people larger than when he arrived, Kushner writes. Donna Wares, previously announced as editor-in-charge of the LA Register, will become managing editor. Poynter / MediaWire Rob Curley is the new editor of the Register. He replaces Brusic, who the Register says is “stepping down as part of a reorganization of the newspaper’s newsroom.”

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Newspaper Exec: Print Media Gave Away the Cheeseburger

MashableLogoThings sometimes have a funny way of working out on a media blog. This morning, we told you about the appointment of two new EICs at Fashionista. This afternoon, it’s time to highlight one of the final contributions to Mashable by Lauren Indvik, one of those capable incoming individuals.

Right now in the U.S., three of the most intriguing newspaper concerns are Robert Allbritton‘s Capital New York (to go along with Politico), Jeff BezosWashington Post and Aaron Kushner/Eric Spitz‘s Orange County Register. Indvik’s Q&A with Spitz covers some by-now familiar Register territory, although he starts off with an analogy that we had not previously heard:

“The key decisions [the newspaper industry] made — and they were the worst decisions anyone has made in my memory — they made 20 years or so ago. They took their core product, the news, and priced it at free.”

“If you are McDonald’s, you can give away straws, napkins, Wi-Fi and really nice TV sets that everybody can watch, but you can’t give away cheeseburgers.”

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From Across the Pond, The Guardian Applauds Orange County Register

Rory Carroll, US west coast correspondent for The Guardian, recently spent some time down in Santa Ana, CA at the offices of the print media industry-defying Orange County Register. The resulting piece has now been published under the headline “California Newspaper Defies Industry Wisdom To Stay Alive – And Prospers.”

Not only does the Register, since April 2013, have a hard paywall. But one employee who expresses in the article his admiration for the robustness of the paper’s print edition sideswipes in the process one of Internet’s most beloved viral animal species:

Register staff – the newsroom has doubled to 360 in the past year – exude giddy, wary optimism that their paper has a bright future. Instead of rewriting stories they are filling multiple new sections with original reporting. “Feel the weight. This has 10 sections – and on a Tuesday. If it hit your cat, you’d kill it,” said Rob Curley, deputy editor of local news.

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LANG Increasing Printing on OC Register Presses

The Los Angeles News Group has decided to relocate the printing operations of the San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Redlands Daily Facts to the printing presses of the Orange County Register.

In addition, the San Bernardino news desk will leave the printing facilities and move to “the heart of the city.”

(Nothing says the heart of a city like downtown San Bernardino.)

The exact location is to be determined and the new offices are expected to open in the fall.

KFI’s ‘Jesus Christ’ Lands a Cooking Show

Neil Saavedra, KFI’s (640 AM) marketing director and producer of “The Jesus Christ Show,” will host a new food show starting on Jan. 7 titled “The Fork Report.”

The show, from 2-4 p.m., will focus on local restaurants, kitchen gadgets, recalls, new products, and interviews with chefs, according to Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register.

“People who love food will love this show and people who don’t love food, well, who cares what they think,” Saavedra told Lycan.

Foodies now have a second show to listen to on Saturdays after KCRW’s “Good Food,” hosted by Evan Kleiman at 11 a.m.

Best of luck to Saavedra in his new gig.

Former OC Register Writer Caught in Plagiarism Scandal*

Politico staffer Kendra Marr was forced to resign after seven instances of plagiarism were discovered in her recent work. Marr was outed after a New York Times writer alerted Politico editor-in-chief John Harris to similarities between his/her recent transportation story and Marr’s Politico followup. Harris launched an investigation an subsequently discovered six other instances of reporting and phrasing that was lifted from other stories without attribution. There were no manufactured quotes or invented scenes in Marr’s work, but the offenses were serious enough to force her resignation.

Marr is a California native who previously wrote and worked as a copy editor an intern for the Orange County Register and wrote for the San Jose Mercury News.

Betsy Rothstein at our sister site FishbowlDC got a hold of the Politico editorial honchos’ memo to staff, after the jump.

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Local Radio Fans Try to Replace LARadio.com

Mt. San Antonio College professor Tammy Trujillo and student Alan Bailey are trying to fill the radio news void left after LARadio.com came to an end following a 15-year run.

The two started Southern California Radio People, a Facebook group dedicated to providing local radio news.

“I have encouraged my students to look at the real world, and that in radio would be LARadio.com,” Trujillo told Gary Lycan of the Orange County Register. “When Don Barrett announced he was ending it, I talked to my students and one of my superstars, Alan, who is also program director at 90.1 FM Mt. Rock and www.audio8ball.com. I threw him the challenge to start Southern California Radio People.”

The 22-year-old Bailey took up Trujillo’s challenge. “It’s a void not having LARadio.com,” Bailey told Lycan. “But a lot of my generation has Facebook pages. People need to understand it is a hellacious tool for marketing.”

For all of you radio fans, head over to Southern California Radio People and give them a like.

OC Weekly On Orange County Register Death Watch

regdead.jpgThe OC Weekly has long had the kind of relationship with the Orange County Register that you’d expect an irreverent weekly to have with the “establishment”paper in its coverage area. But something just awful has happened in the past few years: OCR has been sucking so profoundly, the weekly’s jokes stopped being … well, jokes.

To wit: OC Weekly began publishing a “Death Watch” for the paper of record, which would be a cute idea if the paper weren’t really, seriously dying. It’s the kind of feature that in another part of the country would be filled with sophomoric jokes about the decline in the newsroom staff’s pulchritude. Instead, it’s breaking news about content-sharing deals with Singleton.

Well, when the Reg finally does give up the ghost, at least OC readers will have the Weekly.

Update:

A Tipster tells us “That dude at the weekly isn’t breaking news, he’s printing conjecture about which he doesn’t really know all the facts. not that knowing all the facts is ever a reason for an alternative weekly or a blog not to run with a story, of course….”

Meow.

FBLA Exclusive: Greg Magnus Discusses Abrupt Lay-Off From OC Register

orabngeax.jpegIn the aftermath of the latest round of Orange County Register buyouts and layoffs, Greg Magnus, a former videographer was kind enough to answer our question, “What the fuck?”

His response? Magnus had gotten “no warning, no real notice” before he was laid off on Monday, and he had been “basically suckered into work on my day off to be let go.”

His full account follows:

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