Late last month, I had the honor of rambling in front of the sociology class of USC professor Jody Agius Vallejo, the Placentia native and Dana Point resident who's making waves in academia with her study of non-cholo, non-dropout Mexis via her excellent book Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexi ... More >>
Can the novice publisher save The Orange County Register and transform journalism in the process?
Road & Track magazine is driven . . . to leave Newport Beach for Ann Arbor, Michigan.It's not leaving Orange County to be nearer Iggy Pop's Muskegon birthplace but to be nearer its new editor-in-chief, Larry Webster, who calls Ann Arbor home. So do Automotive and Car and Driver magazines.
UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>
Longtime readers of the Weekly know Joelle Casteix, former cover girl for being the most-prominent critic of the Catholic Diocese of Orange and its handling of its sex-abuse scandal, of which she was a survivor. Casteix is charming, funny, iron-willed, indefatigable--and on top of all this, she's ... More >>
The Long Beach Press-Telegram, whose history extends back to 1897, is reportedly eliminating its sports, photo and features departments.In Long Beach, anyway.Some members of those departments will be swallowed up by the Torrance Daily Breeze, which shares news the P-T and other MediaNews Group pa ... More >>
A newspaper journalist-turned-Silicon Valley media mogul sets up the dominoes which, once tipped over, could lead "a single entity" to "publish all the dailies from the Tehachapi Mountains at the north end of metro L.A. to the Mexican border."At the middle of it all is the pending sale of the Ora ... More >>
Yesterday, Dean Singleton, the controversial chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, which owns dozens of newspapers including the Denver Post and LA Daily News, announced he was stepping down from his longtime post. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, two new members of the board of director ... More >>
Update, November 18, 5:20 p.m.: A media industry watcher suggests Freedom Communications may have a strategy behind what would seem to be a counter-intuitive move to sell the modern-day equivalent of buggy whips, daily newspapers."Might the strategy be to sell some of the properties, keep othe ... More >>
Flickr user idiolectorThe New York Times broke the news in a blog today that Gourmet magazine, famously edited by Ruth Reichl after her stint as the restaurant critic for the Gray Lady and infamously closed down by its parent company Condé Nast, is back.
Who's Next?The rest of the economy might be slowly recovering from the great global economic cataclysm, but the death march of daily print journalism continues. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal---one of the few daily papers that successfully managed the rise of the Internet--reported that Dean ... More >>
The reports of Editor & Publisher's death were exaggerated.That those reports came from the print media industry's leading trade magazine itself is not important right now, nor that fact that the New York-based company shut its doors two weeks ago.What is important is E&P has been saved-- ... More >>
This could be nothing, but the media-watching folks at The Atlantic and Gawker seem to think it very well could be something big. The executives of the nation's top newspaper companies -- Register-owning, Irvine-based Freedom Communications among them -- met yesterday in Chicago to talk about the fu ... More >>
And that's news? Yes, because it's an enforced week off, i.e. a furlough, thanks to the rough patch the newspaper industry is going through. But good ol' Nancy Luna is looking on the bright side, saying she needs the break anyway and will spend it with her family. Enjoy your vacation, Nan ... More >>
I just read this from Editor and Publisher: "'[M]ore newspapers and newspaper groups will default, be shut down and be liquidated in 2009, and several cities could go without a daily print newspaper by 2010,' the Chicago-based credit ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report on the outlook ... More >>
Apparently trying to compete with the Orange County Register for worst place to work on the planet, the Los Angeles Times is about to lay off 250 people, including 150 newsroom employees, according to a source who, for the time being at least, still actually works at the paper. There's been rumors ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times today on its editorial page gave Tribune Co. Grandmaster and indelicate asshole Sam Zell the finger when it criticized Prop. 98 and asked readers for a big No vote. The Times sent out a press release mentioning how they weren't going to bend to the pressure. While noble, it r ... More >>
Last week, I reported that the Orange County Register is in secret talks with Dean Singleton, owner of the Denver-based MediaNews Inc. and an all-around Darth Vader of daily news--he bought and all but killed the Long Beach Press Telegram, just as one example--to share content and lay off writers. I ... More >>
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According to Editor and Publisher, the Audit Bureau of Circulations released circulation numbers for our local daily, the Orange County Register. Sadly, their numbers have fallen more than three percent in the past year. While circulation numbers for the Los Angeles Times are up nearly a half a perc ... More >>
This is such sad news. Announced earlier today, Jane magazine will end as we know it with next month's issue. At just under 10 years old, Jane was a fashion/beauty magazine with a spunky attitude unseen in larger publications. It was beautiful, but not in an intimidating, ultra-glam way like Vogue ... More >>
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