Monday, April 29, 2013

"The Current" Goes 5 Days A Week

For those of you here in the Newport-Mesa that already subscribe to the Orange County Register, this will be old news.  However, it's important, so I wanted to be sure you knew about it.  Unfortunately, those who don't subscribe 7 days a week won't be able to connect with the link I'm going to provide to you, so I'm forced to provide you with a paraphrased version if this information.

So, The Current, which serves the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa on Fridays in print will begin providing a print product Monday through Friday each week beginning a week from today, May 6th.  The link to the announcement is HERE

According to Mary Ann Milbourn's April 25th article, "Non-subscribers will have a chance to sample the new Current for a five-day period late in May when the paper will be delivered to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa households with invitations to subscribe."

The article mentions the competition, The Daily Pilot, quotes Register owner and publisher Aaron Kushner - who has been pouring a lot of money into his print product since he bought the Register last July - and Rob Curley, deputy editor for local news, who indicted that the expanded, 20-page Current will reflect the community, providing more in-depth coverage of the issues and ideas that matter most in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

Milbourn tells us that the "Current will have themed content on a regular basis covering small business, retail, fashion, tourism, technology and communications, heath and nonprofits, and columns by Tom Johnson.  The Register added 10 editorial positions to the staff to provide this expanded coverage."  Geez, we just can't seem to get rid of Tom!  Only teasing...

I've spoken with Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis about this ramp-up of the competition and he told me he's looking forward to it.  He said healthy competition by a couple good news organizations will be good for the communities they serve.  I agree.  The Register, including The Current, is already cross-pollinated with former Daily Pilot and Los Angeles Times staffers and the friendly competition in the pursuit of the news is good for everyone - except, maybe, those who might be the subject of the news.  

I hope this works out, otherwise, you all will be left to get the "news" from a bunch of old guys with too much time on our hands as we sit - to quote one of us - in our darkened rooms, in our underwear, with a single light bulb, wearing tin foil hats - you know, those of us who pretend we're actually journalists.  The closest any of us have gotten is one old grumpy guy who, during a short and undistinguished acting career, played a reporter (badly) for 19 seconds in a truly forgettable movie four decades ago.

I'm looking forward to the expanded coverage in The Current.  This could be fun...

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Anonymous Eileen Truxton said...

Boxers or briefs?

4/29/2013 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous opinion blogging journalism said...

3. A journalist refrains from opinion in news stories.
Objectivity is a word oft-repeated in journalistic circles. The journalist strives for this: Neutrality, freedom from bias, absolute truth, facts unsullied by emotion. We cannot settle for “both sides of the story.” We must tell all sides of the story, and we must represent each side fairly regardless of our individual beliefs and views.

4/29/2013 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous double standards? said...

looks like sanitary district has accumulated 17.7 million in unrestricted dollars with a smaller budget than mesa water. sk, why the uproar over mesa water which raised rates 4 years ago to get this same amount but san district has it NOW and is going to raise rates? hmmm..

4/29/2013 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Did Tom Johnson ever give you that apology I think he owes you?

4/29/2013 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Nope, but then I suspect he doesn't think he owes me one. His, after all, tight with the folks at Costa Mesa United, including our Mayor Pro Tem.

4/29/2013 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Loser patrol said...

Well Mr. Fitzpatrick, at least you are no longer at the San District ready to piss it all away on needless programs and consultants! I'm sure those funds are earmarked for capital improvements Costa Mesa desperately needs. But hey, don't let facts get in the way of you making a giant ass out of yourself here. What a tool.

4/29/2013 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

CostaMesa"United" should consider a name change.

4/29/2013 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous furnitureneversleeps said...

Costa Mesa is united for the most part Gericault so the name is appropriate for this group of achievers, visionaries, volunteers, etc. Instead of a name change, a location change for the usual group of sicks who always comment negatively would suffice.

4/30/2013 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Sleeps- Let's not forget the sickest one here.
The lying, slandering Chairman hides behind the CMTA logo and his many inane usernames here, cowardly throwing out his almost daily drivel, mocking and taunting those he disagrees with.He went so far as to mock a young city worker who tragically took his own life. Chairman poked fun at him- finding it humorous.

4/30/2013 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

The Chairman reminds me of his cohort, Mensinger who huffed out of here proclaiming commenters on this blog are just " putting other people down"!! Yet Mensinger thought it was A-OK to falsely accuse three men by name of vandalizing his truck and storage units at Estancia HS. He knew they didn't do it- yet implicated them with ease- two of them have kids in our schools. Did he ever set the record straight and apologize to them- something a decent human being would do? Hell NO!
Lies and more lies- get the blame out there!
And the other councildudes backed him up.
Hypocrites- the lot of them!

4/30/2013 07:50:00 PM  

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