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The Orange County News Network, which was to be a launching pad for a 40-city expansion of the San Diego News Network online journalism model, has closed down after only four months, according to the Orange County Business Journal. Chris Jennewein, president of San Diego's U.S. Local News Network, parent of San Diego News Network, told his staff Monday of the shutdown.

In late September of last year, Neil Senturia, chief executive of U.S. Local News Network, said that the San Diego online publication had been very successful, and Riverside and Orange counties would be the first expansions. The goal was 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada. In February, the company said that it had raised $3.18 million from investors to finance its expansion into other markets. It is not clear whether the Orange County failure will crimp the ambitious plans, at which some professionals cocked an eyebrow. I called Senturia and he did not get back to me within a reasonable period of time.

In other media news, rumors are sweeping the Union-Tribune that 20 more layoffs on the editorial staff will come this week. Editor Jeff Light has already warned that a further staff trimming is coming. He told the Press Club about a week ago that the trajectory of the newspaper business continues to be down. One rumor is that the U-T's copy desk will take heavier cuts, but that is not confirmed.

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SurfPuppy619 May 25, 2010 @ 1:21 p.m.

Not good news, but I do think the SDNN business model will succeed.

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Don Bauder May 25, 2010 @ 1:32 p.m.

Response to post #1: SDNN features what some people call "soft" news. In many cases, it is simply "light" news. I don't see much heavyweight interpretation of news, or hard-hitting realism. There is too much happy talk. But SDNN does have some talent, and its business model will work for a certain part of the market. Would I bet that it will get into 40 markets? Absolutely not. It will struggle in San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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nativesd May 25, 2010 @ 3:18 p.m.

I'd love to see a poll as to how many people living in San Diego County have ever heard of SDNN.

As to the UT, why would anyone think that the interloper editor from the Orange County Register would be able to arrest the plunging fortunes of the paper? The Register has suffered circulation losses greater, percentage-wise, than the UT. And that was at a time when the interloper editor was part of the management brain trust.

It's only the egotistical stirrings inside every editor's breast that can logically explain the hubris each one thinks he or she brings to the table. The newest one is no different.

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Don Bauder May 25, 2010 @ 6:59 p.m.

Response to post #3: As to SDNN: when Senturia announced that the SDNN model would be taken to 40 cities, he declared that the San Diego publication had enjoyed a very positive local response. I'm not sure how many people believed that. As to the new U-T editor: yes, he was part of top management at the OC Register, whose parent went into the tank. The Register has suffered greatly, as have the LA Times, U-T, Riverside Press Enterprise and other Southern California papers. Best, Don Bauder

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jenjen May 25, 2010 @ 8:31 p.m.

SDNN does great reporting on some topics. On education in particular, they are way ahead of anyone else in SD. Their current story on the dumping of potentially hazardous lead paint remediation waste at Miramar doesn't seem to have been picked up anywhere else and is not exactly soft or light. It's definitely been a long uphill climb for them but I think they've found a voice. It's nice to see actual reporting in a daily venue.

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Don Bauder May 25, 2010 @ 9:20 p.m.

Response to post #5: SDNN has definite strengths. The question is whether those strengths are enough to keep it growing. Does it have the whole package? It is now launching a paper edition. That will be interesting. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 26, 2010 @ 6:51 a.m.

Response to post #7: I would like to see that new print edition. Somebody will have to mail it to me. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK May 26, 2010 @ 10:58 a.m.

anyone think this was a planned failure. a lot of money to "invest" and no good results

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Don Bauder May 26, 2010 @ 12:42 p.m.

Response to post #9: I would like to hear from those who have seen it. Best, Don Bauder

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rdotinga May 26, 2010 @ 3:36 p.m.

JenJen's comment is incorrect. The exclusive story about lead paint waste at Miramar Landfill appeared yesterday on voiceofsandiego.org, not SDNN: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/environment/article_4af85e5c-6863-11df-b9a8-001cc4c03286.html.

-Randy Dotinga Contributor, voiceofsandiego.org

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SurfPuppy619 May 26, 2010 @ 4:54 p.m.

VoSD is a great online source.....cleaning the UT's clock most of the time.

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rdotinga May 26, 2010 @ 5:27 p.m.

I didn't pay SurfPuppy to say that. He/she is just extremely intelligent and perceptive.

-Randy

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Don Bauder May 26, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

Response to post #11: When picking up a story, perhaps embellishing on it and adding a lot of new content, I try to give credit to the publication that broke it. There can be problems here, however. Sometimes, the publication really didn't break it. Some other publication did. Other times, I think I broke the story, but find out that some other publication that I never look at had it, or at least the seed of it. In San Diego, the TV stations have generally engaged in the "rip and read" game, just picking up stories from the Union-Tribune. Now, there are more sources to steal stories from. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 26, 2010 @ 7:01 p.m.

Response to post #12: Voice does a good job covering City Hall -- no question. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 26, 2010 @ 7:05 p.m.

Response to post #13: If you bribed SurfPuppy, you have one up on me. You must know who he is. I have been communicating with him via email for years and I have no idea who he is. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 7:05 a.m.

NOTE: Another error by me. I haven't been communicating with SurfPuppy by email. Rather, I have been answering his online posts. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel May 27, 2010 @ 7:20 a.m.

i know SurfPuppy...he's covered with spots...hangs out at the beach ...and runs after firetrucks

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nan shartel May 27, 2010 @ 7:21 a.m.

oh he also hangs a mean 8 on a surf board

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 8:59 a.m.

Response to post #18: Dalmatians have been overbred. It began with that movie 101 Dalmatians. Ask SP about that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 9 a.m.

Response to post #19: He's a mean 8 and you are a perfect 10. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel May 27, 2010 @ 1:19 p.m.

why Don

~~blushes~~

u r supremely intuitive ;-)

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 1:41 p.m.

Response to post #22: I have never seen you, but I can tell from your prose that you are a perfect 10. (That's not to say poet Emily Dickinson was a perfect 10!) Best, Don Bauder

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alphapapa May 27, 2010 @ 2:45 p.m.

<p>sdnn.com has found its hard to build up traffic and gain any ground against signon... sdnn.com's daily traffic number in May is about what it was a year ago... like most local sites, it had a big spike in april with the chelsea story, but traffic sunk back down after that. its in the hedgerows with most of the TV websites... with SignOn WAY ahead. Sdnn has been tuning up a site for Charlotte, NC... so we will see how they do coming into a new city cold... it will be a looooong ramp up.

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 4:43 p.m.

Response to post #24: In invading a new market, a smart publication hires people from that market. I would think SDNN is smart enough to know that. From what you say, those numbers don't look too good. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 27, 2010 @ 8:48 p.m.

Thanks for the compliments nan!

And for the record I do indeed own a Dalmation-lover her to death!

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Don Bauder May 27, 2010 @ 9:18 p.m.

Response to post #26: As I've noted before, Dalmatians ride on firetrucks. You wouldn't be allowed on one in San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

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Grasca May 28, 2010 @ 7:20 a.m.

The UT is a "selective" publisher of local news. For example nothing has appeared in print about UT supported CD 6 candidate's mortgage sleights of hand which reflect a strange approach to fiscal responsibility . Some mention of the candidate's dilemma has appeared on a UT blog but this is "in print" writ small in my opinion. Would the UT ever take back a voter recommendation ?

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Don Bauder May 28, 2010 @ 8:03 a.m.

Response to post #29: 'Twas ever thus. The U-T doesn't print negative news about its favorites unless a subject gets too hot to avoid. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel May 28, 2010 @ 9:01 a.m.

u seen my pic homey...

Emily Dickinson is our great poet of inwardness

. The flamelike, always shifting mysterious voice within.

She seems to have experienced extremes of raw, terrifying emotion—the intense, erotic joy expressed in poems as: "Wild Nights!—Wild Nights!

Were I with thee

Wild Nights should be

Our Luxury!" And spiritual collapse

"The Brain, within its Groove

Runs evenly—and true

But let a Splinter swerve

'Twere easier for You

To put a Current back

When Floods have slit the Hills

And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves

And trodden out the Mills"


But the essence for the reclusive teasing Dickinson, forever dressed in virginal white, in her father's house in Amherst, Mass., has always seemed to me most beautifully embodied in this quicksilver poem:

"I hide myself within my flower

That fading form your Vase

You, unsuspecting, feel for me

Almost a loneliness."

yep...that be me except for the white clothes and reclusiveness....hahahahahahahahahaha

and i swear to u this is NOT porno...hahahahahaha

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nan shartel May 28, 2010 @ 9:04 a.m.

er..um..wait..this isn't a poem blog..i AM discombobulated

now back to Orange County

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Don Bauder May 28, 2010 @ 1:25 p.m.

Response to post #30: The only known photo of Emily Dickinson ran in a recent Sunday NY Times book section. She wasn't much to look at, but she did write beautiful poetry. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 28, 2010 @ 1:27 p.m.

Response to post #31: We can always have a poetic diversion. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 30, 2010 @ 6:59 a.m.

Response to post #34: It is not only for sale; it is kaput as of June 1. But it is looking for a buyer. Best, Don Bauder

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