LA Register Reporter Jumps to Rival Paper Before Reg Even Debuts

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Updated, with a response by England-Nelson (note the regal hyphen!) at the bottom...

ORIGINAL POST, 7:33 A.M. The Orange County Register's daily newspaper for Los Angeles is scheduled to debut April 16, and already its reporters are trying to jump ship, already souring on owner Aaron Kushner's ambitious plans. Want proof? One of the Los Angeles Register's prized youngsters is jumping ship to the rival Los Angeles Newspaper Group's (LANG) Torrance Daily Breeze.

Whoopsie-doodle!

Sources tell the Weekly that reporter Jordan England Nelson--who, despite his grandiose name, made legitimate waves in his short time on Grand Street--is leaving the Reg for the Daily Breeze, but will cover a specific beat for all LANG groups. England was reportedly unhappy with the development of the LA Register, a sentiment shared by some of the other young staffers now trying to cover Los Angeles--but that's another story for another time.

We reached out to Nelson via Twitter but have yet to hear back. But we congratulate him on a smart move, and await word on who's jumping Kushner's ship next...

UPDATE, 10:34 P.M.: Nelson-England (notice the regal hyphen) has responded, and here is his email in whole:

Gustavo,

I appreciate the well-wishes in your blog post this morning, but... to clarify:

I am NOT "unhappy with the development of the LA Register", as you report.

I took the position covering technology and aerospace for LANG because I am passionate about those industries and because the position will allow me to continue to grow as a reporter.

I left the Register on very good terms and wish the talented reporters and editors at the LA Register all the best. I sincerely hope their project will succeed.

As for style, my grandiose name includes a hyphen. Both my maternal and paternal last names (not one and then the other) should be used on second reference.

Please update your (quite flattering, I must say) post immediately.

¡Gracias, güey!

You're welcome, cabrón!
Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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alpacarules
alpacarules

No editor and now no publisher for LA Register? (Publisher just left 08/08/14) What will become of this folly? And my subscription?

kenny_rogers14
kenny_rogers14

For a newspaper to be successful it needs good writers and good stories. Of course the newspaper also needs good publishing materials like printers, inks and toner. Without it the newspaper company will not survive the industry.


Source: http://www.inkjetsuperstore.com

Googleme
Googleme

Imagine that, Gustavo misrepresented the entire story! I'm sure everyone is shocked by that development.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

"But we congratulate him on his smart move..."

HAHAHAHAHA


So true.  I still can't believe that LA thing is actually going to launch.  My money is that it lasts at least a year less than the OC Post did.  


JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

I think I'ma change my name to JB OC-in


Googleme
Googleme

@Beeeezzzzzlinggggg Or, don't show up ELAC for a commencement speech, then apologize, apologize, apologize, and blame the school for the mistake.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@JBinOC HAHAHAHA! In fact, I mandate the name change. So it shall be written; SO IT SHALL BE DONE!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@Googleme I never blamed anyone except myself, but gracias for knowing my work!

Googleme
Googleme

@GustavoArellano You said reporters are "already souring on owner Aaron Kushner's ambitious plans" then used England-Nelson as an example, saying he was "reportedly unhappy with the development of the LA Register."

Well, Jordan told you that wasn't the case. 

That is a misrepresentation.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@Googleme @GustavoArellano 

I remember the unhyphenated Mr. Arellano feeling very bad after the ELAC oversight, and regally apologizing...and blaming no one but himself.  

Can we please get back on subject...if the Register was such a fantastic-opportunity, Mr. England-Nelson would never have-departed.  I mean, really, who the f--- is "passionate" about the aerospace industry?  Wait, I know who...any young, talented J-school grad who suddenly realizes the Reg is doomed. 

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