|Roll the presses!|
Dear [Rebel Girl],
I’d like to invite you to join Register Editor Rob Curley and me for lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Register's office in Santa Ana.
We’ll show you what the newsroom is planning for the future, talk about collaboration and take you on a tour of the paper. We’d also like you to attend our afternoon news meeting.
I hope you’ll be able to join us.
Orange County Register Managing Editor
At the appointed time they were led into an elevator and up to the second floor and the Da Vinci room: Z Pizzas awaited and editor Rob Curley who was, he confessed, on his fourth Monster of the day. That seemed easy to believe. For the next four hours, Curley spoke with unwavering passion and focus — all through his presentation, the editorial meeting they witnessed and a tour of every department of the building, concluding in Curley's office and, finally (see photo above), downstairs with the presses.
A breathless afternoon, for him and all involved.
Upshot? The bottom line seemed to be that, after a couple years of tumult, the Register was back, better than ever, and ready to do what it does best, cover the county at the local level, telling the stories that need to be told and serving the 34 cities that make up our fair county. They are not out of the woods yet, but the trees are thinning. To that end, they'd like to renew ties with the higher education institutions that once served them so well. The internship program (paid!) is up and running. Opportunities abound. Blue skies.
Rebel Girl spent the weekend mulling over much and penning her thank you note to Rob Curley. She's busy these days with the OC County literature anthology, a project that has finally gotten some funding through Heyday Press, UC Irvine and Chapman University. It's an impressive collection of writings about the county, from its earliest voices to acclaimed writers and more contemporary ones. She has found some contributors in the pages of the old Elephant Ear as well as in the pages of the still thriving UCI, CSUF and OCC lit journals.
The anthology, when it is published next year, will be used as a textbook at UCI, Chapman and other teaching institutions in the county. More importantly, the book will be a document of the county. She think Curley might be interested in its promotion. She hopes so.
|OCC's lit journal|
|UC Irvine's lit journal|
|CSU Fullerton's lit journal|
All in all, a good day. It was good to be in the company of other teachers and hear about their programs. It was good to be reminded of our membership in the academic community and the county. It was good to get some ideas. It was good, after all these years, to see the offices of the Register and to hug that former student, now deep into his midlife and expecting his third child. And now, onward.
|IVC's now defunct community literary journal|
|The IVC Voice: no more|