The Newsonomics of the Orange County Register’s Swerves All Over the Freeway
Posted: 6/4/2014 | By: Ken Doctor | Nieman Journalism Lab
Pity Aaron Kushner’s poor driving instructor. We can easily imagine
the then-16-year-old’s driving inclinations as he first took the wheel.
Heavy on the gas. Lightning quick on the brakes. The art of the teenage
lurch. We’ve all been there — but few of us have gone on to own and run
Now, a quarter century after those early driving days, the Orange
County Register owner and publisher is displaying his latest errant
skills behind the wheel. On Tuesday, the Register — not long ago a
poster child for confident community news investment and a revival of
targeted print — slashed and burned some more, raising new questions
about its very viability in the year ahead.