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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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OC Register Publisher Thanks Troops for a Good Start

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.

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OC Register Editor: ‘I Don’t Do Digital Journalism’

To kick off a 12-week series designed to help the University of Oklahoma figure out the future direction of its various media outlets, the institution hosted Orange County Register metro deputy editor, local news Rob Curley (pictured) as a September 17 keynote speaker.

Per a report in student newspaper The Oklahoma Daily by campus editor Lindsey Ruta, Curley gave a lively and well-received speech:

For newspapers to connect with their readers they must learn to be playful and passionate, to be personal and practical and they must have porn — but not the naughty kind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist told students Monday night…

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Ex-Newsweek Editor To Become NBC News’ No. 2

Mark Whitaker, the former Newsweek editor and head of the Washington Post‘s interactive division, is leaving WaPo for NBC News to become president Steve Capus‘ number two.

That the move was announced hours before the National Magazine Awards, something Whitaker was intimately involved with as the former ASME chair, should make interesting cocktail convo.

The memo from the WaPo newsroom:

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News War: The LA Times vs. Tribune and Readers Lose

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KCET broadcast Frontline’s series News War last night, as counter programming for American Idol, never guessing that someone could actually want to watch both. This episode, What’s Happening to the News, which examimes the struggles of the LA Times, will repeat this Friday and the website has the whole series.

The producers interviewed all the right people for the series, and all but five of them are men.

In this episode, Amanda Congdon is presented twice–once in her Rocketboom days, and now as the fresh new face on ABC.com. She even gets an extended section on the website–the only woman with such a segment. (Maybe she’s supposed to help David Westin get a reasonable return.) Other than a woman in the LAT’s Baghdad bureau (in a burkha!) and Lauren Rich Fine from Merrill Lynch, women aren’t talking about the news business. And judging by the credits, women aren’t working in it either, at least not on this episode. (The first two episodes were written, produced, and directed by Raney Aronson-Rath.)

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