Rob Curley joins Orange County Register

“New media guru” Rob Curley, who recently stepped down as Las Vegas Sun chief content officer, is joining the Orange County Register “to help strengthen our journalism and deepen the relationship with our community,” says a memo to OCR employees.

Register editor Ken Brusic says of Curley:

He is a champion of great journalism, local news, fun technology and, luckily for us and our readers, all things Disney and baseball. So Rob will start working on our Disney and Angels coverage on all platforms, partnering with me, the deputy editors, Jim Radcliffe and Keith Sharon along with many others in the newsroom. The next step will be to capitalize on Rob’s planning skills to help make everything we do better.

The memo is after the jump.

From: [Editor] Ken Brusic
Subject: Opportunity and hope
Date: June 15, 2012
To: Newsroom Assoc_OCR

More great news.

Along with the ownership announcement this week that provides us with hope and opportunity, I am happy to announce that Rob Curley will be joining us to help strengthen our journalism and deepen the relationship with our community.

Rob was most recently with the Las Vegas Sun as Chief Content Officer. During his time there, the Sun’s website was named the nation’s best local news site by various organizations for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The Sun was also a 2011 DuPont award winner for broadcast journalism, becoming the first non-broadcast newsroom to win the award. To complete the multimedia sweep, the Sun received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was a 2010 Pulitzer finalist in Local Reporting.

Before joining the Las Vegas Sun, Rob was Vice President for Product Development at the Washington Post, worked for a Scripps paper in Naples, Florida, and redefined community newspaper engagement in Lawrence, Kansas.

He is a champion of great journalism, local news, fun technology and, luckily for us and our readers, all things Disney and baseball. So Rob will start working on our Disney and Angels coverage on all platforms, partnering with me, the deputy editors, Jim Radcliffe and Keith Sharon along with many others in the newsroom. The next step will be to capitalize on Rob’s planning skills to help make everything we do better.

We expect Rob’s enthusiasm to energize folks throughout the company and help us seize new opportunities to grow audience and revenue.

Please offer Rob a warm welcome when he arrives on Monday. To find him, just look for the whirlwind. I know you will all do your best to help make him feel a part of our Register team.

– Ken

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