February 23, 2024
Kevin Leap

Barb Chodos, former writer for the San Diego Enterprise Journal, a weekly enterprise newspaper, and Kevin Leap “had been speaking for some time,” in response to Leap.

“Barb and I had been speaking for some time. She needed to rent me in a capability completely different than writer,” Leap informed Occasions of San Diego. “Then, Barb determined to depart and transfer again to the Palm Springs space. That’s after I bought a telephone name from Armon Mills (SDBJ writer emeritus), who stated, `Okay, Kevin, it’s time.’”

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At this time, Leap is serving as SDBJ’s interim writer. “I’m hoping to stick-around for a very long time,” Leap stated. His first day on the job was Oct. 30.

In early October, Chodos left SDBJ to take a job as director of operations on the Higher Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce. She had served as SDBJ writer for five-a-half years.

Mills, who served as SDBJ writer from 2004 to 2010 and a second time from 2012 to 2016, has now been concerned in recruiting three SDBJ publishers, together with Huntley Paton, who served from 2016 to 2018, Chodos and Leap.

The 62-year-old Leap has greater than 30 years of publishing and occasion administration expertise.

His earlier titles have included West Coast president at Fashionable Luxurious (2006-2007), writer at San Diego Journal (2002-2006) and affiliate writer at North County Occasions newspaper (1985-1996).

Additionally, for 14 years (2006-2019), he was the chief director of the San Diego Worldwide Auto Present.

His group service expertise contains: North County Financial Improvement Council, founder and chairman; San Diego Movie Competition Basis, president; San Diego Workforce Partnership, board member; San Diego Financial Improvement Council, board member; Vista Chamber of Commerce and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, board member.

“I’ve ink in my blood and it feels good to be on the Enterprise Journal,” stated Leap. “There are many alternative and limitless potential right here. Not many publications on this market are as wholesome because the Enterprise Journal.”

Leap’s short-term targets embody rising circulation and including employees. “We had about 30 staff earlier than the pandemic, we’re now all the way down to 16,” Leap stated. “We need to staff-up, particularly in editorial.”

Along with the writer’s function, the SDBJ lately introduced the appointment of Jeff Clemetson as editor-in-chief. He’s SDBJ’s fifth editor-in-chief in 5 years.

Clemetson succeeds George Lurie who left in July of this yr. Lurie joined the SDBJ in August 2021 and was promoted from particular sections editor to editor-in-chief in January 2022.

Previous to Lurie, others serving as SDBJ editor-in-chief have included Jay Harn, a former proprietor and writer of group newspapers, who served as SDBJ editor from February 2020 to October 2021. Harn succeeded Stephen Adamek, who served as interim editor in chief following the departure of Vic Jolly, who left SDBJ in June 2019 after solely six months on the job.

Clemetson, an editor of a number of San Diego group newspapers starting in 2015, joined the SDBJ in December 2021 as a employees reporter. He had beforehand served as editor of the Mission Occasions Courier, La Mesa Courier, School Occasions Courier and Mission Valley Information, that are group monthlies revealed by the San Diego Neighborhood Newspaper Group. In July 2022, he was promoted to SDBJ managing editor.

“I’m excited and grateful for this chance to problem myself professionally in a brand new function, with the duty of managing a newsroom that serves a wide-ranging and necessary viewers,” Clemetson stated. “Our plans embody increasing our information protection to incorporate extra enterprise sectors, in addition to deeper protection in particular stories and extra pictures and a greater graphics look.

“Due to fewer employees, we’re seeing much less enterprise protection within the San Diego Union-Tribune and extra wire-service tales. It’s unhappy. However, my group newspaper background has taught me the significance of staying native. We’ve an actual alternative to do some nice reporting.”

Based in 1980, the San Diego Enterprise Journal is owned by CBJ LP, which additionally operates the Los Angeles Enterprise Journal, Orange County Enterprise Journal and San Fernando Valley Enterprise Journal.

Taxpayers Group Honors La Presna as Media Watchdog Winner  

The San Diego County Taxpayers Affiliation has introduced that La Prensa San Diego newspaper, together with Arturo Castañares, writer and editor-at-large, and freelance reporter Alberto Garcia, is the recipient of its 2023 Media Watchdog Award.

The Taxpayers Affiliation stated the 2 journalists for the Spanish-language publication broke the information story in regards to the questionable actions of brother and sister Jesus Cardenas and Andrea Cardenas. The information protection has resulted in a legal fraud criticism filed in opposition to the siblings. Each have pleaded not responsible.

Andrea at the moment serves on the Chula Vista Metropolis Council, though council members have known as on her to resign. Jesus Cardenas is now not serving as chief of employees for San Diego Metropolis Council member Stephen Whitburn.

In keeping with the criticism, the pair fraudulently obtained $176,227 as a mortgage from the Paycheck Safety Program, a federal Covid-relief program, in early 2021. The mortgage was supposed for his or her agency, Grassroots Assets LLC.

The criticism states that Jesus allegedly claimed the PPP funds would go in the direction of worker retention and payroll, when the funds truly have been used for private bills. In the meantime, Andrea allegedly used the cash for her metropolis council marketing campaign and one other firm, marijuana dispensary Harbor Collective, as a substitute of Grassroots Assets.

In an announcement, the Taxpayers Affiliation stated, “It’s simply surprising to find out about two insiders deep within the political institution, perhaps why voters of all political persuasions are more and more distrustful of presidency.”

Finalists for the Media Watchdog award included Jeff Mild, former editor-in-chief, The San Diego Union-Tribune , and reporter Jeff McDonald, a member of the Union-Tribune investigative reporting staff. Haney Hong, SDCTA president and CEO, informed Occasions of San Diego that Mild was nominated due to his management on the U-T and McDonald for his ongoing watchdog work.

KPBS-TV Produces Vacation Songs Particular

KPBS-TV will premiere “KPBS Vacation Particular,” a one-hour, locally-produced particular showcasing seven San Diego-area choirs performing songs of the vacation season, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25.

The choirs embody San Diego Refrain, Jewish Males’s Choir, San Diego Kids’s Choir, San Diego Grasp Chorale, Encore Vocal Ensemble, Sacra-Profana and Promotora de las Bella Artes. The TV present was taped by KPBS manufacturing employees at homes of worship in San Diego and Tijuana.

KPBS stated the present was produced in partnership with the Choral Consortium of San Diego, a service group composed of about 70 choirs.

A KPBS spokesperson informed Occasions of San Diego the Choral Consortium invited all member choirs to use. Then, the candidates have been shortlisted to the seven choirs that signify “a various mixture of talents, repertoire, geographical location to create a program of music that gave the absolute best illustration of all of the music and choirs San Diego and Tijuana has to supply,” the spokesperson stated.

A schedule of repeat broadcasts embody: 10 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18; 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21; 6 and 11 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24; 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25.

An audio model additionally will air on varied dates in December on radio station KPBS 89.5-FM, in response to KPBS. KPBS-TV and KPBS-FM are San Diego’s public broadcasting TV and radio stations.

Extra People Get Their Information from Digital Platforms

An awesome 86% of People get their information from smartphones, tablets or computer systems at the very least a part of the time, together with 56% who say they accomplish that usually, in response to new knowledge from Pew Analysis. That is greater than the 49% who stated they usually bought their information from digital units in 2022 and the 51% of those that stated the identical in 2021.

Moreover, when requested which platform they like to get information on, almost six of 10 (58%) selected a digital machine, together with apps and web sites, over every other choices. Simply 27% faucet TV as their first choose. Even fewer People favor radio (6%) or print (5%).

“At this time, an amazing majority of People get information at the very least typically from digital units,” Pew Analysis stated in an announcement. “The transition of the information trade away from print, tv and radio into digital areas has induced big disruptions within the conventional information trade, particularly the print information trade.”

Information consumption throughout platforms varies by age, gender, race, ethnicity, instructional attainment and political leaning, Pew stated. People ages 50 and older are extra possible than youthful adults to show to and like TV and print publications.

Pew additionally stated that digital promoting continues to develop as a proportion of whole promoting income, a pattern pushed, largely, by progress in promoting on cellular units.

In 2022, in response to eMarketer estimates, digital promoting grew to $245 billion, a rise from $221 billion in 2021, and $161 billion in 2020. It was estimated to comprise almost three-quarters of all promoting income (72%), in contrast with 70% in 2021 and 64% in 2020.

For extra data, go to www.pewresearch.org/journalism/fact-sheet/news-platform-fact-sheet/.

Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and advertising guide. His MarketInk column seems weekly on Mondays in Occasions of San Diego.