Los Angeles Register, a new daily newspaper for Southern California, has launched

Los Angeles Register logo“The new voice of LA,” is what the new Los Angeles newspaper calls itself. Published by Orange County-based Freedom Communications, the daily will have a hyper-local focus with a “right of center” viewpoint.

However, the paper will feature only a single edition with monthly community sections.

It will run 50 to 60 pages on weekdays with News, Sports, Business, Local and Features/Entertainment sections, and will offer more coverage in the Sunday edition with 80 to 90 pages.

Staff includes Editor Ron Sylvester, rsylvester@losangelesregister.com, Managing Editor Michelle Nicolosi, mnicolosi@losangelesregister.com, and Photo Editor Jill Reed, jreed@losangelesregister.com.

New website wants to be everything for seniors

Complete Senior "cover"Complete Senior is a new digital magazine for people 50+.

It strives to be everything for seniors from publishing vital information that impacts your health, your money, your family – including the latest news from Social Security and Medicare – but also articles about your favorite celebrities, unexpected travel destinations, food, drink, beauty, fashion, sports and, of course, the very best in entertainment.

Richard Pérez-Feria, @RPerezFeria, is editor-in-chief.

New news website targets the “Change Generation”

Link to OzyOzy went live last September, amassed 4 million unique visitors and celebrates its six month anniversary with new funding from the German media conglomerate Axel Springer.

The website’s mission is to provide high-quality articles for what it calls the “Change Generation,” an educated, global group, which – unlike Generations X or Y – is not defined by age. To co-founder Carlos Watson it is a class of informed, worldly people who thrive on change.

The site aims to publish news before it has hit the mainstream media. “Ozy is the place where you get a little smarter, a little sooner…Ozy will try to inform people about businesses as they bubble up, emerging bands and rising political stars,” Watson said.

The name derives from Ozymandias, the 1818 poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley about the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II. The poem is a warning against delusions of grandeur. “It’s all about thinking big but staying humble.”

New online magazine covers – and is written by – adoptees

Gazillion Voices logoGazillion Voices, the online monthly magazine that launched last summer, grew out of the “Land of Gazillion Adoptees” blog written by Korean adoptee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, now co-editor of the magazine.

Vollmers wanted to “create a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content that will be accessible to the broader community and will ultimately reframe and reshape the conversation about adoption.”

It aims to offer content that will be accessible to a broad audience: Exclusive cover stories; columns and opinion pieces; film and photo essays that show adoptees in their everyday lives; podcasts that dive into complex issues; video interviews with adoptees from all across the US and world; and thoughts and perspectives about research/policy/legislation, arts/culture, literature, and food.

Co-editors are Kevin Vollmers of Minneapolis, kevinhaebeomvollmers@gmail.com, and Shelise Gieseke, an adoptee who grew up in New Ulm, MN.

Website is planning to sniff out local stories for international distribution

“I’m convinced there’s a Rob Ford-type story in every city around the world,” A.J. Daulerio said about Ratter, the gossip website he is planning to launch sometime this summer.

The story of misbehaving Toronto mayor Rob Ford received only local attention until it hit the Internet and went viral. Daulerio, a former editor of Gawker and Defamer, hopes there are many more such stories for his new site. “My hope is that the editors in Ratter cities will be tenacious distractions to their respective power-elites and consistently entertaining to everyone else,” he said.

He is targeting the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to start with. The investors include, among others, Gawker Media, which is contributing $500,000, and media investor Mark Cuban. Daulerio, @AJDaulerio, created his own company, RG Free, for the purpose of launching the site.

People.com goes Country in new website section

People magazine's Country channel logoPeople magazine’s website, people.com, has a new vertical that is a “one-stop-shopping for [Country music’s] super fans.”

The section’s editors claim that Country music is no longer just a genre but a lifestyle and part of our larger pop culture universe. They aim to celebrate the best of the music, living and fun and plans are for exclusive content, video, first listens, and more from the biggest names.

There is also a digital magazine edition on tablets. The editor is Cynthia Sanz, cynthia_sanz@peoplemag.com, and on Facebook click on https://www.facebook.com/peoplecountry

Washington Post Magazine aims for “bigger, bolder” in redesign

Washington Post Magazine coverWashington Post Magazine has been redesigned with a modern look and larger format with space for more stories and new standing features.

The Sunday weekly ride-along with The Washington Post magazine features interesting stories about the life, people and places that define the region and about the history being made there. Now, they say they will bring readers more of them, showcasing photography, illustration and graphics about the area.

New features include the following:
Just Asking – Behind-the-scene interviews with notable Washingtonians
Apptitude – Reviews of new apps for your home, travel, or health and fitness
Plate Lab – Food editors Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick translate restaurant dishes into recipes to try at home
Crunched – Data-driven statistics about the region
Street Smarts – Spotlights the current places to be, shop or socialize on a block or neighborhood

The co-editors of the magazine are Joe Heim, joe.heim@washpost.com, @JoeHeim, who is also the Pop Culture Editor of the newspaper, and Lynn Medford, medfordl@washpost.com, who is also the Post’s Style Editor also overseeing the Sunday Style & Arts section. The executive editor is Liz Seymour, seymourl@washpost.com