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Sherryl L.Parks | Kalamath Drive

Reporter Jon Horn.  Photo Sherryl L. Parks.

Have you noticed any changes in our weekly newspaper, the Del Mar Times? In late December 2009 several coastal newspapers merged under the new ownership of MainStreet Communications. In an effort to offer readers and advertisers one local paper, the Del Mar Village Voice combined with the Del Mar Times. The Del Mar Times is mailed to approximately 5,700 households in the immediate area on Fridays. Kathy Day is the executive editor. She is a former resident of Solana Beach and was an editor at the North County Times newspaper.

I met with Halie Johnson, editor of the Times recently and she emphasized the value of consolidating the newspapers. Readers now have access to the best writers in our community, like Marsha Sutton, who is well respected for her understanding on local school issues. Our own Bud Emerson, the Sandpiper editor, still has a column to voice resident’s concerns.

Halie recognizes that a weekly paper cannot bring breaking news to the residents yet she hopes we will get used to checking out the website www.delmartimes.net where more in-depth articles and news can be offered on a daily basis. Halie serves as editor for both the Solana Beach Sun and the Del Mar Times and I was pleased to hear that the office will remain in Del Mar.

The paper looks much the same to me, yet the lifestyle section seems much more exciting. Susan DeMaggio, the new lifestyle editor for all the coastal newspapers including the La Jolla Light, Del Mar Times, Solana Beach Sun, Rancho Santa Fe Review and the Carmel Valley News is taking advantage of a wide variety of topics including arts and entertainment, a column called “10 Questions” which gives us an introduction to locals and the community calendar.

The paper just seems more in touch with what is happening here in town. A recent book sale benefiting an orphanage in Nepal had a terrific write up to entice book buyers to their sale.

Jonathan Horn has also joined the staff as the general assignment reporter. He comes to the paper with a master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He honed his newswriting skills by writing articles about the Lynwood, California City Council meetings. Jon knows a lot about San Diego having been raised here. He served as the radio announcer for the women’s basketball team and traveled with the team to dozens of USC games. He ultimately wants to teach communications.

Jon is a new face in town and he hopes you will introduce yourself to him if you see him at a meeting. Feel free to email him with any ideas you have for articles. He knows the importance of getting to know the people and issues in our small town. “The more people I get to know, the better the stories I can tell. It’s all about having people stories.” Let’s take advantage of this offer and teach him about our Community Plan and why we all work so hard to keep Del Mar unique.

Jonathan Horn: jhorn@delmartimes.net
Halie Johnson: editor@delmartimes.net

 
 

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