Some highlights from a memo that Orange County Register publisher Aaron Kushner sent to his staff on Wednesday:
* In the first full month of new ownership, the Register had a 3.4% increase in daily home delivery and 3.9% Sunday increase over the previous year.
* The paper now has 46 new editorial positions approved, up from 23 four weeks ago.
* The Register has added 26 year-long internship slots “for the best college journalism graduates from around the country.”
* Opinion pages have expanded to three full pages daily.
Read Kushner’s memo after the jump. Read More
(Graphic: William Castronuovo)
From WILLIAM CASTRONUOVO: They say you only have one chance to make a first impression.
When I held the first redesigned issue of USA TODAY last Friday it was clear the “Blue Dot” branded with credibility the 30-year-old newspaper. I fell in love with it at first glance.
In a second or less you know it’s USA TODAY. There’s no need for the eyes to look for a staid title or nameplate — see the Blue Dot, grab and buy. In places where there’s so much visual activity such as an airport, newsstand on a busy city street, or a rack that’s jammed with newspapers wanting attention — or in the stillness where a copy rests quietly on the floor in front of your hotel room door — it’s unmistakeable and you know in a blink it’s USA TODAY.
* USAToday.com designs that didn’t make the cut (businessinsider.com)
* Colbert gets USA Today to work SpongeBob and Doritos into its logo (hypervocal.com)
* Charles Apple: Are you getting tired of reading about USA Today? (copydesk.org)