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O.C. Register tries a bold experiment
May 27th, 2013 by Warren Swil

New owner gambles on print,

 forces readers to pay for content online

Community Sports Editor Jeremy Balan, Photo courtesy Jeremy Balan

TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Jeremy Balan was in his third week of employment as community sports editor for Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley at the Orange County, CA, Register on May 9. He began work there on April 22.
“I am very excited,’ he said in an interview that day. “It is vibrant here. I have not been in a newsroom like this before.”
Balan, who served as Editor In Chief of the student newspaper at Pasadena City College, the Courier, in 2008-09, is lucky indeed.
For he is participating in a bold experiment underway at the Register, a gamble by new owner Aaron Kushner, that a huge investment in print – and forcing readers to pay for online content – will pay off.
Everyone in the newspaper industry is watching closely. If Kushner’s strategy works, it’ll show the way for every other daily newspaper publisher in the country.


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