U-T San Diego Boosts Commitment to North County With New Encinitas Newspaper

U-T San Diego Boosts Commitment to North County With New Encinitas Newspaper

Encinitas Advocate to Carry on Tradition of Local, Award Winning Community Papers

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 19, 2014 – In an effort to meet reader and local business needs, U-T Community Press is launching a new newspaper in Encinitas – one of the region’s most beloved coastal communities – on Friday, June 20. The free weekly, The Encinitas Advocate, will cover everything from city hall to city services, local neighborhoods, families, arts, entertainment, and dining, as well as happenings in the communities of New and Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia and Olivenhain. The community newspaper will be delivered to Encinitas residents every Friday and also available at local newsstands and newspaper racks.

“Community newspapers are the foundation of American journalism,” said U-T San Diego Chairman and Publisher Papa Doug Manchester. “The U-T is committed to North County and we want the Encinitas Advocate to be the voice of the Encinitas community. By expanding our community newspapers, we hope to boost the local economy and bring neighbors even closer together.”

The Encinitas Advocate joins the U-T San Diego’s award-winning community newspapers, including the La Jolla Light, Del Mar Times, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun, Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo News Journal and Ramona Sentinel.

“We at the U-T Community Press are very excited to be launching The Encinitas Advocate for this treasured coastal North County community,” said Phyllis Pfeiffer, the newspaper group’s general manager. “For several years, local businesses have encouraged us to expand our model of publishing hyper-local news that is delivered to all residents. We hope to not only keep local residents informed on what’s happening in their community, but to also help create cherished memories.”

The Encinitas Advocate staff will include executive editor Lorine Flemons-Wright, associate editor Jared Whitlock, as well as the North Coastal News team – Karen Billing, Kristina Houck, Joe Tash, Marsh Sutton, Jon Clark, and Rob and Sherry McKenzie.

About the U-T San Diego

The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, owner of the 145-year-old U-T San Diego, is San Diego’s leading media company and is the most comprehensive source of news, entertainment and information in the region. Each week, U-T San Diego products are delivered to more than 96 percent of all San Diego County households through the combined strength of its integrated media portfolio: the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, U-T San Diego; the website, UTSanDiego.com; the Night + Day, Sunday’s Best and DiscoverSD weekly entertainment guide and website, DiscoverSD.com; Spanish-language products, Enlace and Vida Latina-San Diego; U-T TV, an on-demand news video platform; and hyper-local community papers, U-T Community Press.

What’s On My Desk?

This week we’ve chosen to feature the desk of “Papa” Doug Manchester, the Chairman of Manchester Financial Group. MFG is one of San Diego’s largest and most profitable private companies, which owns The Grand Del Mar and Amaya La Jolla, among other properties.  Manchester is also Chairman and Publisher of the U-T San Diego daily newspaper.  Here is a look at the items on this powerhouse’s desk.

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A Christmas Message from Papa Doug: A Day to Count Blessings and Share Happiness

Dear fellow San Diegans,

Christmas is ever spiritual because it celebrates the birth of a child more than 2,000 years ago whose arrival on Earth defines all the dates of history. No other individual, before or since, has so influenced mankind as Jesus Christ. As the dawn breaks on this Christmas morning, we rise to celebrate the day marking the birth of the Christ child, a day dedicated to “good tidings of great joy.”

We pray for families of all kinds to be able to gather together; happiness means most when it is shared. The holidays can be a time where people of all faiths celebrate shared happiness; the thoughtfulness of loved ones is a jewel of unmatched splendor. We pray for children all over the world to have the chance for joy and expectation to ring in their hearts.

When I was in my early years of grade school in Coronado, I sold the San Diego Union each morning at the Coronado Ferry building. This was one of my first jobs, and it helped forge my work ethic and sense of responsibility. Never did I imagine, during those early mornings in Coronado, that I would develop the hotels and convention center across the bay or end up as the 10th publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Ever since then, I have come to love our San Diego as the finest city in the greatest country in the world. I give thanks to God for the gift of being able to live in this wonderful city. I would particularly like to thank all of the military and their families who live in San Diego. These many Navy and Marines are the best and brightest. Their sacrifices and efforts to protect our freedom are so very much appreciated, and we are proud and happy they are fellow San Diegans.

I pray that ownership of the U-T will provide me the opportunity to support our community, promote the economic strength of the region and improve the lives of all San Diegans.

I take the stewardship of San Diego’s primary and most significant media very seriously. We will adhere to the highest standard of journalistic integrity and objectivity. We will do our part to be a positive force in our diverse community as we create a superior newspaper and a complement of digital information sources.

It is our prayer that this holiday season will provide each of you and your families with blessings and happiness. Everyone at the U-T, along with me personally, would like to extend to all of San Diego a very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a prosperous new year.

Douglas F. Manchester

Chairman and Publisher

P.S. Congratulations Douglas and Lauren

Publisher’s Note: A Day to Count Blessings and Share Happiness

Evolution of county’s newspapers began 150 years ago

NORTH COUNTY — The late October day I was born, my dad was covering the waterfront.

As my mother labored at the Coronado Hospital, the old man was banging out a front-page story for the San Diego Daily Journal’s afternoon edition.

My arrival in 1947 wasn’t big news, but Navy Day was. Even so, his new paternity must have been on his mind.

In a wild flight of fancy, he led his story with a genetic link between Glenn Curtiss’ pioneering hydroplane, which flew into history on San Diego Bay in 1911, and its Navy offspring — planes such as the Hellcat, the Corsair and the Skystreak, which had recently clocked the world speed record.

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