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No news is bad news in North County

Print runs cease for Seaside Courier and SD Discover

An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas
An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas

The upper-middle income areas of coastal North County, a desirable region for media advertisers, recently lost two print newspapers; another has cut back publication.

The monthly Seaside Courier did not print a January edition. Reportedly, revenue problems and lack of advertising were the cause.

Regular contributor Thomas K. Arnold said he will keep the paper’s online presence alive until the staff can decide if they want to continue.

“The future is uncertain right now," said Arnold. “I have the passwords [to the website] so if I can get someone to write something, I’ll post it.”

Former San Diego city councilmember Jim Madaffer started the Seaside Courier and three other neighborhood news monthlies targeting Mission Valley, Allied Gardens/Del Cerro, and La Mesa in 2013. The Courier was sold in 2014 to Alice Jacobson. The other editions have ceased publication.

Back in October, the U-T’s free, mostly advertising weekly called SD Discover disappeared from news racks.

Michelle Dederko, editor of SD Discover, stated in an email that while the print edition has ceased, the publication is still online and has merged with another U-T publication, Pacific San Diego Magazine, a glossy monthly. An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas, on the corner of D Street at Coast Highway.

It appears that the Oceanside Blade, a political flame-throwing biweekly, has been reduced to monthly. The last issue was published on December 6. According to their Facebook page, the next issue is expected on January 16.

The Blade started publishing three months before the November presidential election. Publisher Tom Missett said at the time that the run-up to major elections is the best time for newspaper readership.

Missett was the longtime publisher of the Blade Citizen/North County Times/Daily Californian empire, which he sold in 1997 to what would eventually be owned by the San Diego Union-Tribune, which ceased publication of local editions serving North County and Southwest Riverside County.

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An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas
An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas

The upper-middle income areas of coastal North County, a desirable region for media advertisers, recently lost two print newspapers; another has cut back publication.

The monthly Seaside Courier did not print a January edition. Reportedly, revenue problems and lack of advertising were the cause.

Regular contributor Thomas K. Arnold said he will keep the paper’s online presence alive until the staff can decide if they want to continue.

“The future is uncertain right now," said Arnold. “I have the passwords [to the website] so if I can get someone to write something, I’ll post it.”

Former San Diego city councilmember Jim Madaffer started the Seaside Courier and three other neighborhood news monthlies targeting Mission Valley, Allied Gardens/Del Cerro, and La Mesa in 2013. The Courier was sold in 2014 to Alice Jacobson. The other editions have ceased publication.

Back in October, the U-T’s free, mostly advertising weekly called SD Discover disappeared from news racks.

Michelle Dederko, editor of SD Discover, stated in an email that while the print edition has ceased, the publication is still online and has merged with another U-T publication, Pacific San Diego Magazine, a glossy monthly. An SD Discover news rack remains empty in Encinitas, on the corner of D Street at Coast Highway.

It appears that the Oceanside Blade, a political flame-throwing biweekly, has been reduced to monthly. The last issue was published on December 6. According to their Facebook page, the next issue is expected on January 16.

The Blade started publishing three months before the November presidential election. Publisher Tom Missett said at the time that the run-up to major elections is the best time for newspaper readership.

Missett was the longtime publisher of the Blade Citizen/North County Times/Daily Californian empire, which he sold in 1997 to what would eventually be owned by the San Diego Union-Tribune, which ceased publication of local editions serving North County and Southwest Riverside County.

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Never heard of 'em.

Jan. 12, 2017

SD Discover is what they used to call a throwaway. It served no useful purpose.

Jan. 12, 2017

Never heard of the two listed in the headline either. Monthly is not often enough for many advertisers who need to jack up the consumers at least once a week. We do have these other weekly papers, one oddly named The Paper, and the other the Coast News (which now has an inland edition too.) They come often enough that advertisers can come to depend on them to appear frequently.

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