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Remembering his days at the Bay Guardian

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The death of any newspaper is a sad occasion. But it was personal when I learned that the plug had finally been pulled on the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

Alt weekly down: Bay Guardian staff laid off, website frozen

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees

The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Print relic

linotype-le-figaro.jpg I'm still traveling and will start to catch up on posting later in the week. In the meantime, a reminder about the venerable Linotype.

Ups and downs in the local media landscape

A new Sunday magazine makes its debut in some major SoCal newspapers this weekend, and deadline changes at the OC Register mean bad news for both the paper's sports department and its sports fans.

More shrinkage at OC Reg as layoffs go national

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a farewell email, the OC Reg's bureau chief in Washington says the parent company is closing its DC outpost.

List of layoffs at OC Register grows *

The list of layoffs at the OC Register, which began yesterday in the wake of the closing of the print edition of the LA Register, continues to grow, according to OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano.

Register couldn't pay its bill to LA Times, report says*

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano says the final blow to the Los Angeles Register came when the company could no longer pay the LA Times to distribute the paper. Layoffs at the Register are beginning today.

Kushner pulls the plug on LA Register 'effective immediately' *

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg An 11 p.m. email broke the news to Register staffers. The Los Angeles website will continue, as will Freedom's weekly papers here, but the surviving Register will focus on Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

LA Weekly says 'rumors' are LA Register may close*

la-register-ad-grab.jpg Passing along without comment or anything to add: "We now understand that many [staff reporters] were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end."

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site

la-opinion-cover-91614.jpg The Spanish language daily newspaper rolled out an all-new look this week. There's now a section of English language news on the website.

Will the Daily News et al be sold?

daily-news-box-200.jpg This morning's memo from Digital First Media CEO John Paton doesn't confirm or deny. Let the speculation continue.

Jill Painter pens farewell column for Daily News

jill-painter-twitter.jpg The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.

Media notes for Wednesday 8.27.14

daily-news-editors.jpg Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.

Today's LA newspaper front pages vary a lot

laopinionfront-82114.jpg Here's how four of the local front pages look in print today: Times, Register, Daily News and La Opinión. Just a visual survey, nothing more.

Go to jail in the old HerEx building

jail-cell-herex.jpg The Herald Examiner building downtown has not been inhabited by real newspaper reporters and editors since 1989. But some of them may feel eerily at home in the jail sets recently added to the array of location sets available for rental.

Tribune jabs one last FU in the LA Times' face

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg In the final email from CEO Peter Liguori, Tribune's newspaper story is a purely Chicago story. No Chandlers or LA Times.

Kushner surveys Press-Enterprise readers about Rush Limbaugh

rush-limbaugh-graphic.jpg No decision has been made about giving Limbaugh a column, but subscribers were asked if they would stick around.

Mark Katches named editor of The Oregonian

mark-katches-cir.jpg The editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and formerly of California Watch, used to run the investigative team at the Orange County Register.

How Aaron Kushner didn't save the Register

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a long piece in the OC Weekly, Register rival Gustavo Arellano details all that has gone wrong with Kushner's experiment. About 70 staffers have now left the newsroom on buyouts that came down this month.
aaron-kushner-usc.jpg NYU academic Clay Shirky reduces the battle for journalism to a fight between realists and nostalgists. He ranted at Ken Doctor and Ryan Chittum for not calling B.S. on Aaron Kushner, and they respond.

T.J. Simers takes Register buyout, says he's retired

simers-register-pic.jpg Sports columnist T.J. Simers' rebirth with the Orange County Register lasted less than a year. Well under a year. He's joining this week's exodus from OC Register.

Kushner spars with Larry Mantle: 'We are growing' *

kushner-spitz-kppc.jpg Even with his image as the guy who figured out how to make newspapers work wobbling, the Register's Aaron Kushner declined to make his case with numbers that could be checked.
aaron-kushner-usc.jpg Two weeks off without pay within the next two months, and voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. The Long Beach Register will fold into the daily LA Register.
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Phantom press conference
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