The plans by the Orange County Register to expand north into Los Angeles County was greeted optimistically by at least two groups of local residents: those who assume the Register will put out a better print product than the LA Times, and those journalists who want a newspaper job. I'm not sure either group should invest too much of their energy and hopes into being satisfied. As much as the Times is letting its printed paper just sort of drift, I assume that the staff and resources devoted to LA coverage is still going to swamp the new Los Angeles Register. On the jobs angle, Register owner Aaron Kushner made it pretty clear at Thursday's announcement that the staffing for Los Angeles is going to come from within the recently expanded staff in Orange County. He mentioned hiring 200 people in the past year. On that note, here's the newsroom email that went out last night looking for volunteers to cover Los Angeles:
From: Rebecca Allen
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 6:41 PM
To: Newsroom Assoc_OCR
Subject: LA Register
We are looking for staff for the Los Angeles Register and the weeklies in LA County. If you have an interest in Los Angeles, including government, police, courts, education or breaking news coverage, please send me an email. I'd like links to your five best stories, a resume and a note on what you have to offer our new readers up north.
Deputy Editor, Features/Business
Orange County Register