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OC Register Ramps Up Newport Beach, Costa Mesa Coverage

How do you entice more people to subscribe to a metro newspaper daily print edition? Well, one way that sounds pretty logical to FishbowlLA is to zero in on affluent zip codes and expand the local-section insert from once a week to every weekday.

That’s what the Orange County Register will do starting this Monday, May 6 for the regions of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Instead of just Fridays, The Current section will now appear in local editions Monday through Friday. From the recent announcement:

“The essence of a truly indispensible community newspaper is its ability to be interesting first, then relevant, finding its way to important and ultimately becoming an essential part of people’s daily lives,” said Eric Spitz, owner and president at Freedom Communications. “The investments we’re making into The Current not only provide significantly more value to subscribers in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, but we hope it will redefine expectations of what a vibrant hometown newspaper should look like and accomplish in the communities it serves.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Orange County Press Club President Defends Himself Against Accusations of Plagiarism

At a special Orange County Press Club emergency board meeting convened last month, president Christopher Trela was asked to explain three alleged incidents of plagiarism committed in December and January at the Newport Beach Independent. He then left the room and those present voted unanimously (8-0, with one abstention) to keep him on as head of the organization.

Among the many strange twists in the OC Press Club’s investigation of Trela’s transgressions is the fact that the efforts to determine exactly what transpired in the pages of his community newspaper encompassed a board member, Roger Bloom, who Trela succeeded last November as editor of the Newport Beach Independent.

Trela was kind enough to share with FishbowlLA the notes that he used at that special board meeting. The first alleged incident of plagiarism was a December 18, 2012 item about the Fashion Island mall shooter titled “Suspect to be Arraigned Today for Firing Weapong in Fashion Island Parking Lot.” At issue was the fact that Trela cut, pasted and then tweaked press release copy from the D.A.’s office. Per Trela’s notes:

The news group editor for [parent company] Firebrand Media forwarded the D.A.’s press release to me about the arraignment […] I posted the release, but cleaned it up because I thought some of it was not well written. It was posted under my name – when things are posted to the [Independent] website, there is a drop-down menu of contributor names, and you have to select a name to attribute the article to. I thought that was the proper procedure.

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Latest OC Register Hires Include LAT Alums Margot Roosevelt, Joanna Clay

Newly recruited OC Register economy reporter Margot Roosevelt (pictured) has declared that she is “excited to join one of the most dynamic newspapers in the country right now.” She’s right on the money about that.

As we and others have been chronicling this summer and fall, the paper is on a mission to prove there are still ways in this day and age of Gawker, BuzzFeed and the front page of Yahoo! to make a daily print newspaper profitably thrive. What’s so great about the hire of Roosevelt, previously with Reuters and the LA Times as an environment reporter from 2007 to 2011, is that she is the kind of massively experienced journalist (30+ years) who typically falls by the wayside in today’s print media landscape after being laid off. She will no doubt be a dynamic contributor to the paper’s recently expanded business section.

Also joining the OC Register from the LA Times is Joanna Clay. Most recently a reporter and assistant Web editor for LA Times Community News publication the Coastline Pilot, her beat will remain Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.

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