U-T San Diego’s Loss is Press-Enterprise’s Gain

As we recently reported, U-T San Diego has shuttered one of the daily newspapers it acquired as part of the North County Times deal. Stranding in the process a dozen The Californian staff and many loyal Temecula area readers. However, all is not lost.

In a quick and very admirable bit of opportunistic thinking, Californian rival The Press-Enterprise has seized the print-media day. From columnist John Hunneman‘s item:

Instead of standing still, our bosses have brought five reporters, with a combined more than 60 years of experience covering news and sports in this region, on board from our former competitor.

“These are talented, knowledgeable, locally based journalists,” said Nels Jensen, editor/VP of news & content for The Press-Enterprise. “If we’ve learned anything in the newspaper business over the past few years, it’s that we have to be better connected to our communities for us to succeed. These reporters are connected and well respected for their work in their communities.”

It’s very rare that a situation like the closure of The Californian can have such a quick and happy ending. Though not everyone has been hired over to The Press-Enterprise, and only one of the above positions is full-time, it’s still a welcome bit of news for SoCal’s weary newspaper men and women.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.