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With a circulation of 45, OC Weekly reaches more thanof young, active, educated and affluent readers each week who look to the Weekly to guide their lifestyle and entertainment choices. Our readers rely on the Weekly's innovative and interesting look at the region in which they live. It has quickly become a necessary and integral part of their lives. The OC Weekly publishes thoughtful, and insightful journalism, providing readers with a vibrant new perspective on their community, with subject matter ranging from local social issues; politics, culture and lifestyle; to arts, entertainment and recreation. The staff news blog, Navel Gazing blogs. OC Weekly also publishes Orange County's most comprehensive calendar section.


Gabriel San Roman was driving in Anaheim when his phone pinged with a text message just after 6 p.

It was from his editor at the OC Weekly, where San Roman had freelanced since and been a staff writer for the last three-and-a-half years. The text had been sent to the whole staff.

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No one expected good news from the all-hands meeting, especially following the last round of cuts at the alt weekly in October, and the general climate in an industry wracked by existential questions about profit and survival. The newsweekly, which was founded inhad been offloaded from Voice Media Group to local publisher Duncan McIntosh in But even in its reduced form, OC Weekly remained the leading alternative voice in the region. More than anything, it held a mirror to the culture, chaos and complexities of a metropolitan area that is home to more than 3 million people and has been majority-minority since But to fully understand why the Weekly closing is such a tragedy, one also has to understand something about Orange County from the early s.

When the Weekly was founded, Orange County was one of the most covered places in America. Not only was the Register thriving, but The Times also had a massive Orange County bureau led by Marty Baron, who now helms the Oc weekly jobs Post and is one of the few newspaper editors to have become a more or less household name in the decades that followed. There was an intense newspaper war being waged between the Register and Times.

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Both papers had hundreds of staffers covering Orange County communities and fighting for scoops. The Times tried to connect O. Both scored big scoops. OC Weekly came to be during a golden age of newspapers, in a community that could support not one but two huge papers, plus a blooming alternative weekly.

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But you already know how this story goes. The fortunes of newspapers turned dark, and the institutions that once brawled for competing scoops have crumbled into shadows of their former selves. In that s era of thriving coverage, reporters were keeping an eye of dozens of cities, school districts, planning boards and other government agencies. Today, the Register is a fraction of what it once was, and the Times has slashed its Orange County coverage even more dramatically. When Baron took over the Orange County Edition of the Times intwo years before the founding of OC Weekly, the Times Orange County edition had a staff of reporters, editors, artists and photographers.

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But there is simply less and less of it. Even as the region as continued to soar in size, the of reporters there has plummeted. This is, of course, a national problem.

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The U. An increasing of communities, including the 3 million person metropolis of Orange County, are at risk of becoming news deserts. And the problem is actually worse than it seems at first glance.

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As newspaper chains consolidate resources and private equity vultures circle, an increasing of papers remain in name only, as community coverage disappears and content is circulated from paper to paper across a wider network of titles. In a depressingly rich bout of irony, this year Facebook — which, along with Google s for half of the advertising duopoly that helped vacuum away profits from many local papers — released its own research on news deserts. The tech giant announced that, in many places across the country, it was having trouble finding enough local news to populate an aggregation tool it was launching.

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With fewer overall reporters, there is also inherently less coverage of diverse communities, which is one of the areas where OC Weekly excelled. ly, she was the author of the Essential California newsletter.

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