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Citing Obamacare, U-T San Diego cuts contributions to employee retirement accounts

In a memo to employees sent last Monday, U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch said the company would suspend matching contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts. In the note, Lynch cites "the challenges of a difficult economic recovery." But, he says, "The Company also has experienced significant additional expense due to Obamacare."

Reached by email, Lynch said U-T didn't discuss its "challenges as a private company" but wrote, "Suffice it to say our health care expenses have gone up significantly. Hopefully, our financial goals and budgets will be achieved in 2014 and will ultimately match."

David Nather reported in Politico last year that businesses employing more than 50 people will have to pay some per-employee fees. In a speech last summer, Lynch reportedly said it would cost the company a half-million dollars.

Don Bauder reports that some U-T employees fear the move presages layoffs.

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U-T San Diego wants NYT to return money it spent on Boston Globe bid

The Boston Globe
U-T San Diego chief executive John Lynch tells The Boston Globe's Beth Healy his company was the "highest bidder" among the groups buying to buy the paper. Red Sox owner John Henry won out.

"I am left wondering whether the Times was influenced by the company’s experience working with Henry when it owned a minority stake in the Red Sox," Poynter's Rick Edmonds wrote Saturday. Henry was able to pay cash, Healy reports.

“It was clear they didn’t want to sell to us, or wanted to sell to Henry," Lynch told Healy in an email. He said he thought on Friday his group still had a shot. (more...)
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Partnerships between public broadcasters and news startups are filling holes in local coverage

J-Lab
News startups and public broadcasters are becoming bigger players in local news when they partner. That's according to a new report by Jan Schaffer, the executive director of American University's J-Lab.

In areas like New Orleans and Oregon, where big local newspapers have cut back on print frequency or staff, such alliances have been particularly fruitful, Schaffer writes. Oregon Public Broadcasting, for instance, used grants from the Knight Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation to build a network of local news sources.

OPB Director of Content Julia Silverman tells Schaffer she "views her mission as not just focusing on the state's metro papers, but also the smaller newspapers who are not AP members, but may have a great story 'but it doesn't travel.' "

And in San Diego, she reports, inewsource.org has "embedded" in the KPBS Public Broadcasting newsroom, leading to a series of scoops:

To that end, the two news outlets broke a major report signaling deficiencies in whooping cough vaccine amid a pertussis epidemic. They created a searchable online database to let the public learn whether they are paying an additional California real estate tax imposed on property owners in certain development districts. And they revealed the local newspaper’s substantial political and financial ties to local politicians in the November 2012 election. (more...)
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Report: U-T offered ad discounts to causes owner favored

KPBS
U-T San Diego offered discounts to some political candidates in 2012, potentially violating federal, state and local laws, Ryann Grochowski and Amita Sharma report.

U-T CEO John Lynch told the reporters the ads were sold "as part of a bundle option used to attract political advertising and consistent with how we sell generally" and was offered to all campaigns. California and San Diego laws require discounts to political campaigns to be reported as in-kind contributions, something Grochowski and Sharma say the U-T didn't do. U.S. law prohibits discounts to federal candidates period, former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter tells the reporters. (more...)
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San Diego reporter’s work called ‘opposition research’

U-T San Diego
A San Diego group that hired an investigative journalist to collect negative information about a mayoral candidate filed a "financial disclosure to settle a joint investigation by the San Diego Ethics Commission and the state Fair Political Practices Commission," Craig Gustafson reports in U-T San Diego.

Spotlight San Diego paid former San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Caitlin Rother "nearly $23,000" to produce a dossier on Carl DeMaio that it distributed anonymously to media outlets, Gustafson writes. The investment paid off only modestly, however:
The information dredged up went largely unreported because many in the media considered it old, irrelevant and an untoward attempt to draw attention to DeMaio’s homosexuality during the race. The records focused mainly on legal problems involving his partner — San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Publisher Johnathan Hale.
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Update: U-T San Diego leadership now says it’s not interested in buying LA Times

The Wrap | The Associated Press
U-T San Diego's leadership now says it "is not interested in entering an auction for the L.A. Times," company CEO John Lynch told The Wrap's Alexander C. Kaufman.
"The Times is a great asset, everyone related to the newspaper or media business is rumored to be interested in buying, including William Randolph Hearst and Horace Greely," he said in an email to TheWrap.
Hearst and Greeley (correct spelling) have been dead for a combined total of about 201 years, so perhaps Lynch was referencing modern-day media baron Rupert Murdoch, who is reportedly interested in the Times, as is new Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner. (more...)
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North County Times editor to leave, 80 layoffs planned after U-T San Diego buys paper

North County Times | KPBS | Voice of San Diego
U-T San Diego notified the California Employment Development Department Monday it plans to lay off 80 people at the North County Times. "One-third of the total North County Times' staff, including 24 from the newsroom, were told Monday that they will be laid off," the Times' Elizabeth Aguilera reports.

Times Editor Kent Davy will leave the paper, KPBS' Alison St John reports.
Davy said he was informed he would not be moving forward with the new management that takes over the paper today, though he was asked to be on a transition team for an indeterminate period.
U-T owner Doug Manchester announced he would purchase the Times from Lee Enterprises on Sept. 11, and the sale closed Monday. "The fact is our obvious areas of duplication will yield some cutbacks," U-T CEO John Lynch told Aguilera. "We are going to try to keep as many as possible but it's inevitable there will be some consolidation. We have been able to keep the total amount of layoffs to under 100 employees." (more...)
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Report: U-T San Diego nearing deal to buy Orange County Register

North County Times
Eric Wolff reports that John Lynch, publisher of U-T San Diego, said in a speech Wednesday that his company is in "final talks" to buy the Orange County Register from Freedom Communications. KPBS' Joanne Faryon reports that Doug Manchester, who bought The San Diego Union-Tribune in December and renamed the paper, told her there's "no deal yet" for the Register, but an announcement could come next week. However, Wolff reported that when he asked Lynch to confirm his comments, "he responded with a terse email: 'Not true.' " Manchester expressed interest in the Register and the North County Times in March, as well as the Los Angeles Times and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. "I'm interested in all possibilities of extending or acquiring additional media." || Related: New owners in Philadelphia, San Diego mark the return of the media barons (The New York Times) || Earlier: New Union Tribune owners stumbling out of the gate (Poynter)
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