Merging the interests of print and internet media

This has been one hell of a week. It started a week ago Monday when talks with the OC Weekly got serious. They wanted to close the deal by the end of the quarter, which meant I didn’t have a lit of time to pull together the funding and lawyers needed to accomplish such an acquisition. Adding to the fun was my planned trip to the State Democratic Party Convention in San Jose. It seems nothing ever happens at the best time.

That said, the purchase of a major print publication in a conservative republican county by a consortium of liberal bloggers lead by the two year old blog TheLiberalOC.com could not be happening at a better time.

Ever since I was publisher of my high school newspaper, I have wanted to run a print publication. The acquisition of the OC Weekly fulfills that dream. It will provide a great group of writers with the opportunity for more people to read their commentary, as well as provide journalistic legitimacy to this team of bloggers.

I could not be more proud of our new team at TheLiberalOC Weekly. We will work hard to retain your trust and hope that you continue to read what we have to say. We hope we can remain successful at combining humor and factual reporting that both entertains and informs our readers.

Thank you for your support.

  14 comments for “Merging the interests of print and internet media

  1. April 1, 2008 at 9:33 am

    The fact that I’ll be writing for the same publication as Moxley and Gustavo makes it worth every dime I put into this venture!

  2. Andrew Davey
    April 1, 2008 at 9:42 am

    So does this mean I finally get to see my words in print? I’ve always wanted to write for a magazine. I think I’d like for my weekly column to be entitled “Pinko Kid”, in honor of the one & only “Commie Girl” Rebecca (Oh yes, and can we hire her back, too? I miss her.). So can you arrange for weekly “Commie Girl” & “Pinko Kid” columns to appear on the last 2 pages of The Liberal OC Weekly every week? Thanks. :-)

  3. April 1, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I guess I will have to change how I write because as I see it, most of what I do opine about is unfit for print. :)

    Thanks for approving my column, Mother Libber! I will do my best to make it fit for print!

  4. April 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    And I’m looking forward to the return of “Diary of a Mad County”

  5. April 1, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Andrew,

    I’d prefer to leave “Commie Girl” at the Pennysaver or Apartment Guide or wherever it is that she spews her venom these days. I enjoy the Weekly much more without her.

  6. Andrew Davey
    April 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Sean-

    I know, I know, we’ve had major disagreements with her lately. And yes, I do think she was out-of-bounds when she threw that homophobia charge against you. But still, I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for her. I just remember being a young closet-case high schooler with no one to talk to about what I was really going through… Then secretly getting myself a copy of OC Weekly and opening it up to read “Commie Girl” talk about her hilarious bar escapades & wild conversations with OC politicos. She actually did help me survive those high school years, believe it or not.

    I guess that’s why I still love her… Even if she does sometimes puts her foot in her mouth. :-)

  7. Andrew Davey
    April 1, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Bill-

    It looks like you’ll be the new diarist of The Mad County. Are YOU up to the job? ;-)

    And Heather-

    You’ll be just fine. Just think of a catchy name for your new column. :-)

  8. April 1, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Sean,

    With the acquisition of the OCWeekly, we may all have to sacrifice a little for the greater good. I suspect the we will need Commie Girl’s “talents” to boost circulaton and advertising revenue to pay the mortgage on this venture.

    I do promise the the two of you will not have to share the same page should she return.

  9. April 1, 2008 at 10:38 am

    “And Heather-You’ll be just fine. Just think of a catchy name for your new column.”

    Just make sure you don’t talk about the Democratic primary or else…LOL

  10. April 1, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Congrats. And it was nice meeting a number of your writers at the California Democratic Convention over the weekend.

    I look forward to collaborating with you. I live in a very blue area–Oakland–and the work you are doing is so important–to turn your area away from the red, with information and building a bigger community.

  11. April 1, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Ooh my catchy name is “Mother Libber”, you know, like, um. Well, you should get it!

    And no primary talk except to say that both candidates would make awesome Presidents!

  12. April 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Glad to have you guys on board–or rather, glad I’m on board with ustedes!

  13. Drew C.
    April 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations on your acquisition. My only comment is to give Gustavo Arellano a raise! What would the new Liberal OC Weekly be without a Mexican?

  14. Joe Shaw
    April 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    “guess I will have to change how I write because as I see it, most of what I do opine about is unfit for print.”

    And that’s different from the OC Weekly how?

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