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Layoffs coming today at the OC Register

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SnarkShark, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    Boy, I read the list of names while holding my breath. A former co-worker of mine was out of full-time work for four years before landing at the Register a while back.

    For my friend to get cut against would be incredibly devastating. However, my friend has survived, at least so far.

    Still, my heart goes out to those who were let go.
  2. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Terrible news. Very sorry to hear of it.
  3. Morris816

    Morris816 Member

    In the short term, maybe. But then more people see no reason to keep subscribing or advertising, and then it just gets worse.
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    But if you'll read back to what I was commenting on, this was supposed to be the savior solution: a deep-pocketed and committed owner who would create the content that would lead to subscribers. And it isn't.

    No good answers, but losing money slowly is definitely better than losing money quickly.
  5. Cigar56

    Cigar56 Member

    Long Time Listener is right. You can't keep expanding and investing, only to lose an increasing amount of money.

    Sadly, the Register proved with this experiment that no amount of investment will matter if advertisers and readers simply don't want the product.
  6. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    In a related (but not surprising) development, three dozen or so gone in Riverside, too. On top of about 42 ousted only a month ago.

  7. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    I will say this: Most of the comments on OC Weekly and other places tend to revolve around the Register's paywall. I don't mind a paywall but it seems like this one is too restrictive.

    Also, $20 a month for digital seems like way too much, when you think that Gannett properties mostly charge $10 a month and Dallas does as well.

    No one has really suggested such things as massive space cuts yet, so I don't know if this truly means the end of the experiment. Very sad to see longtime reporters let go, though. Been through it and it's not fun at all.
  8. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Layoffs stink and make me sad.

    I do not think the OC would claim this experiment is over, however, though firing a new hire would seem to suggest to me something's pretty off.
  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    It sounds to me like this should be a cautionary tale against firewalls.

    The public will devour your coverage ... unless it's inconvenient, money-wise, for them to devour it. And then they won't.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    It's been a few years since I've seen the Register, but to echo what someone else posted, they own preps in the OC. Only place I ever recall reading about swimming transfers. Wasn't part of their buildup adding a travelling Dodgers writer?
  11. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Its $2 a day - you can sign up for a day, devour whatever you want in 24 hours.

    And yes, I actually go there for their prep aquatics coverage. Its really good.
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