Today (Monday, July 22, 2013), the Irvine World News debuted as a daily newspaper, delivered to all Orange County Register subscribers who live in that community. It was a 12-page paper.
The staff, led by Team Leader Paul Danison and City Editor Jeff Rowe, did an amazing job!
Here’s what it looked like, cover to cover:
And here’s a closer look at the centerpiece:
Here is the column I wrote for Page 5 of the first daily edition of the Irvine World News:
Irvine bears the name of a ranch that spanned from the mountains to the sea. In that way alone, it symbolizes the wide-ranging geography that makes up Orange County.
But it’s more than a history note on its landscape that makes one of our county’s youngest cities important to what we are.
Irvine is the center of Orange County, both geographically and through its sense of community. It is one of our most diverse cities, and a place cherished for its educational system.
Year in and year out, it is named one of the safest and best places in the country to live. It is a world-class city, and world-class cities deserve best-of-class news coverage.
Today, Irvine gets its own daily newspaper. Paired with the Orange County Register, Irvine will enjoy complete, unparalleled coverage. It’s long overdue.
Irvine is a major-league city made up of wonderful residential neighborhoods, robust manufacturing, one of the best universities in the nation, lively retail areas, a high-tech sector and vast open spaces. It is a model for communities throughout the world. Your new Irvine World News will reflect these unique qualities.
We’re proud of what Irvine is, and love that we get to document its living history.
For more than 40 years, people have turned to the Irvine World News to tell them what was really happening in their hometown, whether it was weekly or three times a week. From City Hall to our houses of worship to our ball fields, the Irvine World News was there.
And we’ll still be there. It’s just that now we’re going to be in your home Monday through Friday. Combined with the Register, you will have seven days of essential and relevant news and information about your world and your community.
In the first issue of this newspaper from January of 1970, when it was just a monthly publication, its mission was explained like this:
“This newspaper is dedicated to telling you, if not the whole world, about all the news and events which affect you and those who are affected by you in this – the world of Irvine.”
That goal remains the same. But just as Irvine has grown, so have we.
A young city named after a massive ranch has become a great community filled with people and neighborhoods that deserve to be covered. Daily.
But to see how it’s really done, please read the column by the Irvine World News’ former longtime editor Don Dennis, which you can find here: