Articles about "Aaron Kushner"


The Day in Digital: Inside the New York Times CMS and the impending Amazon phone

Content management systems are so in this season. Luke Vnenchak has a fascinating look inside Scoop, The New York Times’s “homegrown digital and (soon-to-be) print CMS.”

Jeff Bezos is expected to announce an Amazon smartphone today. How can the company compete with Apple, Android and Samsung? Quartz’s Dan Frommer has some thoughts on the strategy.

The Atlantic’s in good shape, for lots of reasons. Here’s another one, from a Jeff Sonderman tweet during American Press Institute’s summit on video:

Media critics weren’t critical enough of Aaron Kushner’s print-centric strategy at the Orange County Register, Clay Shirky writes, helping to poison the minds of young people who need to understand that print is in a death spiral from which it can’t recover.… Read more

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Not accurate to say OC Register strategy has failed, owner says: It has ‘not succeeded’

OC Weekly | Los Angeles Times

In a meeting with employees Monday to discuss buyouts, Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner said, “Everyone says our strategy has failed. Perhaps they should be saying that our strategy has not succeeded?” Gustavo Arellano has a recording of the session.

About 50 people applied for the buyouts, “which would come with severance pay of as much as 20 weeks’ salary,” Stuart Pfeifer reports in the Los Angeles Times. That was more volunteers than Kushner was expecting, Arellano reported Monday. (He’s also got a list going of people he says are taking the buyouts.)

The Register’s ownership “expects to eliminate 20 to 100 jobs,” Ricardo Lopez and Stuart Pfeifer reported in the Los Angeles Times last week.… Read more

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Kushner: ‘Only in the newspaper business’ would L.A. Register’s launch draw criticism

Los Angeles Register | LA Observed | Associated Press | Reuters

The Los Angeles Register launches Wednesday. Owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz “are hand-delivering copies of the newspaper on Wednesday to business and civic leaders across Los Angeles,” the paper says in a press release.

Wednesday’s L.A. Register (photograph by Sandee Oshiro)

The paper promises heavy local coverage and opinion columnists who “will bring a right-of-center perspective and engage in civil debate,” as well as “more than a dozen new community editions,” the release says. Some of the staff moving north from the Register’s homebase in Orange County, where Kushner publishes the Orange County Register, include sports columnist T.J. Simers; food writers Brad A. Johnson, Nancy Luna and Cathy Thomas; and film critic Michael Sragow.… Read more

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Freedom Communications’ Los Angeles Register to launch mid-April

Freedom Communications | Orange County Register

Freedom Communications’ challenge to the Los Angeles Times — the Los Angeles Register — will soft launch on April 16, the company announced Monday. The company also plans to introduce roughly a dozen community papers throughout Los Angeles County.

Over 7,500 retail and news rack locations will carry the Register at $1.50 on weekdays and $2 on Saturdays and Sundays, the company said. Home delivery will follow at an initial four-week subscription rate of $19.99.

According to a company statement:

“The Los Angeles Register will deliver community-building information about local activities, people and issues that impact our lives every day,” said Aaron Kushner, co-owner of Freedom Communications and Publisher of the Los Angeles Register. “Newspapers play an incredibly vital role in the social fabric of our lives- informing, inspiring and connecting us with our community.

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O.C. Register owner plans new daily paper in Los Angeles

Orange County Register | Los Angeles Times | KPCC

Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner plans to launch a daily paper in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Register. He told staff of his plans in a meeting Thursday, Mary Ann Milbourn reports.

The new paper will have “not quite the heft of the Orange County Register,” Kushner said, and it will be produced by the O.C. Register’s existing staff, Milbourn reports. It will have an L.A. office, he told Milbourn.

Kushner told the Los Angeles Times’ Andrea Chang the new paper will “hire editorial staff externally and transfer some existing employees to the L.A. office.”

The paper will be distributed to the “entire Los Angeles area,” a Freedom Communications spokesperson told Wendy Lee.… Read more

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Providence Journal may be sold

The Providence Journal | A.H. Belo | WPRI

Providence Journal Publisher Howard G. Sutton told employees Wednesday morning that the paper’s owner, A.H. Belo, is exploring a sale of the publication, Paul Edward Parker reports.

Selling the newspaper “would allow the Company to continue to focus resources and management time and attention on its core Dallas market,” an A.H. Belo press release says. The company also owns The Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record-Chronicle. It recently sold The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise to Aaron Kushner.

The Journal’s average Sunday circulation was 105,810 in September, down 11 percent from the previous year. Its average weekday circulation was 106,605, down about 7 percent from September 2012. The paper’s “advertising revenue has plunged 66% since 2005, falling to $46 million last year,” WPRI’s Ted Nesi reports.… Read more

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Dallas Morning News will print Star-Telegram, which plans layoffs

Dallas Morning News | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Los Angeles Times

The Dallas Morning News will start printing the Fort Worth Star-Telegram next year, Gary Jacobson reports. Two hundred and seventy-five people will lose their jobs, 75 of them full-time positions, because of the move. “This makes all the sense in the world,” said Morning News Publisher and A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney, according to Jacobson.

The Star-Telegram plans to sell its printing facility. Its publisher, Gary Wortel, tells his paper that “one added convenience for Sunday subscribers is that they will begin receiving their advertising circulars in a sealed plastic bag.”… Read more

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Aaron Kushner: ‘We don’t like negative political advertisements’

Voice of OC
The Orange County Register banned “ads that challenge politicians by name” following complaints from local politicos, Adam Elmahrek reports. Anaheim city councilmembers Kris Murray and Gail Eastman were “infuriated” by ads local activist and blogger Jason Young placed in the paper, Elmahrek writes, “and according to multiple sources, the two made their feelings clear during a meet-and-greet session with Eric Spitz, who along with Aaron Kushner, purchased the newspaper last year.”

Kushner told Elmahrek the politicians’ dismay didn’t affect the paper’s policy, writing in an email:

“We don’t like negative political advertisements and believe that if we are doing our job, they should undergo a greater level of systematic scrutiny. We take our responsibilities to Orange County seriously so when we see opportunities to improve, we accept that responsibility and strive to do so,” Kushner wrote.

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Boston Globe sale precipitated by $100 million bid in January

Former Boston Globe President Rick Daniels leads an investor group that offered “more than $100 million” for The Boston Globe in January, Keach Hagey reported Friday night.

“The Times has been in quiet talks for the past year with the buyer group,” Hagey reported.… Read more

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OC Register, investing heavily in print, also readies paywall

News & Tech | Nieman
The Orange County Register is preparing to launch a metered paywall this year, News & Tech reports. New Register owner Aaron Kushner has made no secret of his plans to charge for online access to the paper, but stories about his stewardship so far have focused mostly on his “print-first” strategy — adding journalists, print editions and forging closer ties between community organizations and the printed newspaper.

To make money on those investments in an age of declining print advertising, Kushner needs to bring in more money from circulation, Ken Doctor wrote last week. The Register, he said, has to install a gate to retain readers who may balk at increased subscription prices:

Once [the price of a print sub] goes up, the Register’s subscribers will no longer have the choice of dropping their subscriptions in favor of free digital.

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