The talented crew from Carlsbad High School TV spent last evening (November 6, 2012) down in the thick of San Diego’s election 2012 coverage hub at Golden Hall producing hourly reports from 5 – 9 PM.
The team responsible included: (From the left) Brandon Scharaga (soph), Mark Huckaby (jr) Leonardo Sander (Sr.) Ashley Welzel (jr) Taylor Team (jr) Brian DeGour (Sr.) Adam Faringhy (jr) Sam Stadlberger (jr) Nicole Walker (jr) Matt Kenney (sr) Allie Degour (soph) Seannie Bryan (Sr) Gabe Retzer (soph) Joseph Smith (soph).
The great job they did last night proves they’re ready to take on the biggest stories gives the local “professional media” a reminder not to slack off because theses kids are coming up.
Doug Manchester, the owner of the U-T San Diego (and the North County Times) is now officially going after the Tribune Company, according to a story on KPBS.com. The Tribune Company owns The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant and more importantly, the LA Times.
“We certainly are going to look at it,” Manchester said. “We are looking at it, yes. I would like to, yes.” . . Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman refused to comment on what he called speculation regarding the company and its assets. The Tribune’s owners are two hedge funds and JP Morgan Chase. U-T CEO John Lynch said recently that the paper’s ownership was interested in acquiring a company that would give it a national footprint. . . “We believe our business model will work and create great economic benefit to all of the investors,” Lynch said.
Media companies are cheap right now. For businessmen with another stream of revenue and the desire to give themselves good press, owning newspapers apparently makes sense.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the North County Times online to ask for a vacation hold for a couple of days while we’re out of town. The website no longer recognized me as a subscriber, so I had to resubmit my street and email addresses.
This morning I got an email in reply, thanking me for “subscribing to U-T San Diego’s digital only edition. We know you have several options in how you receive your news and are glad you chose us.” It was signed “Papa Doug Manchester.”
That reply and the death of the only other choice of a daily newspaper in North County sealed my decision to extend that vacation hold request to forever.
The first three days of the North County Times under Manchester’s ownership reveals its new brand: just an added section to U-T San Diego, gratuitously carrying the familiar blue NCT masthead (adding “U-T” to it) dishonestly designed to reassure North Countians they haven’t lost their daily newspaper. Continue reading ‘Get Riehl: R.I.P. NCT, Hello Big Brother’
Turns out North County Times editor Kent Davy could have let Carlsbadistan.com columnist Richard Riehl “tee off on [new NCT owner Doug] Manchester” after all, as he’s getting the boot at the newspaper anyway, according to a story in the KPBS.org.
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. . . Davy arrived from Chicago in 1996 to become the editor of the North County Times after the owner of the Blade Citizen bought out its rival North County paper, the Times Advocate, and merged the two. Now, with the buyout of the North County Times by Manchester, Davy will move on.
We’re guessing it is “Davy’s commitment to balanced local journalism” that did him in. Another sad day in San Diego media.
Beginning in October Carlsbadians will get only Papa Doug Manchester’s (right) slant on the daily news.
Who’s Papa Doug (his preferred first name) and why should we care? The hotelier-turned-media mogul bought the North County Times [for $11.95 million]. Added to his acquisition and name change to the San Diego Union Tribune two years ago, he’s hellbent on creating a Hearst-like media empire in San Diego County.
And why should we care? He’s declared an editorial war on government employees, unions, President Obama, writers who don’t help promote the community, and anyone who walks, talks or acts like a Democrat. My last North County Times column critical of the empty boosterism of Carlsbad’s latest State of the City video would not see the light of day in a Manchester newspaper. Continue reading ‘Get Riehl: Censorship Comes to Town’
This week AOL’s Patch, the network of faux-local cookie-cutter websites, is reportedly firing a slew of sales people. While the original rumor was that the company would fire 200, Patch PR and president Warren Webster refused to comment on that number, according to a story on Business Insider.
We asked one employee how many people were getting let go, and this person responded: “Why does it matter? It is 2 people on my team and other ones too. It stinks.” . . Says another: “I’m taking my 15k payout and running the hell away from this disaster.” . . The firings come after the experiment lost ~$150 million last year.
Business Insider goes on to explain in more detail:
The problem with Patch is a pretty classic one: it has too many employees (~1,500) working on a product that doesn’t get enough attention from consumers and, therefore, advertisers trying to reach consumer.
It won’t be long now. . .
The San Deigo Union-Tribune’s new owner Papa Doug Manchester is getting clowned all the way out in New York City according to this post on Gawker.com. In their story New Slogan Proves San Diego Paper Is Owned By Nut they said:
Why would a successful businessman pay so much money for a media property that its previous owners couldn’t wait to unload? Well, a couple reasons. First, the paper is reportedly profitable at the moment, and Doug Manchester, like many first-time newspaper owners before him, probably thinks that he is smart enough to not only stay profitable, but increase profits, for long period of time. (He is wrong.) And second, because Doug Manchester is a “conservative and anti-tax” nut who plans to use the paper to push a “pro-business” (meaning pro-Doug Manchster’s financial interests!) agenda.
Yep. Sounds about right.
Carlsbadistan based Transworld Skateboarding Magazine just featured the Cherry Street Stairs in a Kenny Hoyle January 2011 cover shot by Seu Trinh.
Here’s what the magazine editors had to say about it.
Multiple visits, sore legs, cries to the heavens, and mental breakdowns were all ingredients in Kenny Hoyle’s massive oceanfront kickflip. But Kenny’s the one who came up with the bright idea of using a crappy waterlogged piece of wood as run-up. Hey, sometimes you’ve gotta pay to play, even if you’re paying in madness.
Madness, yes, but how does it compare to this inline skater on the Sycamore Stairs back in the day?
[Link: Skateboarding Magazine]
Valishia, the 32-year-old homemaker from Carlsbadistan who was hoping to win the heart of airline pilot Jake Pavelka on the ABC show The Bachelor: Wings of Desire, was cut from the herd last night according to a story on Reality TV World.
“All I know is I put it all out there and I put my life on hold to be here and I’m not the woman he wants,” said Valishia after her ouster. . . “I came with a heart that was open to finding someone that would love me the way I would love them. But I’m used to things not going my way, and that’s something I’ve learned to live with.”
We’re not exactly sure if we think more of her for not getting chosen or if she’s just the bottom of the bottom of the barrel.
[Link: Reality TV World]
The basic premise of the game is that flesh eating Zombies have taken over. As a player you have managed to become an apprentice pizza chef whose main goal is to keep the hungry zombies at bay with your pies.
Make the brain, stomach, and other body part covered creations fast enough and the zombies will stay full and leave your corpus intact. Take too long, and you become the lunch instead of the pizza.
Zombie pizza is a light hearted, easy to play, addictive game that has been a hit with the kids as well the adults. The progressively challenging, and funnier levels keep the attention for more than the first round. At 99 cents it’s a bargain and easy to throw on the iPhone for some quick entertainment. Thanks Appy!
[Link: Zombie Pizza]