Santa Cruz publisher takes top job in Boise

Jung Mike Jung, a former Mercury News advertising executive who became publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 2009, has been named publisher and president of the McClatchy Co.’s Idaho Statesman in Boise. A story in the Statesman said Jung, 53, was recruited by McClatchy in part because of his accomplishments in Santa Cruz, where the Sentinel won the general excellence award from the CNPA this spring. The Statesman’s daily circulation is about 50,000, double that of the Sentinel at

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Management wishes Sentinel were back downtown

After MediaNews bought the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 2007, it moved the paper from its downtown building on Church Street to an office building in Scotts Valley (pictured here). At the time, locals (as well as many employees) thought the move was a bad idea. The paper had been downtown for 150 years. Well, the Sentinel reported Friday that its landlord has been foreclosed upon, and the 136,000-square-foot office complex that includes the 18,000-square-foot offices of the newspaper are scheduled

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Santa Cruz Sentinel publisher steps down

Mario van Dongen, who became publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel eight months ago, is leaving to become advertising director at The Oregonian in Portland, that state’s largest newspaper. A replacement has not been named. A story announcing his departure noted, “While the Sentinel has seen its bottom line weaken, van Dongen said it has not experienced the financial problems that have plagued some papers and forced others to shut down.” In the photo, van Dongen, left, and Mac Tully,

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Santa Cruz, Marin papers get new publishers

Mario van Dongen (left), who has served as president and publisher of the Marin Independent Journal since 2006, has been named the new publisher of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Replacing Van Dongen will be the IJ’s executive editor, Matthew Wilson (right). Both papers are operated by MediaNews Group. Doug Bunnell, 48, who has been the IJ’s editorial page editor for the past two years, move up to the executive editor’s chair. Bunnell started at the IJ in 1989 and since

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Santa Cruz Sentinel lays off three employees

“We’ve gone through a lot in the past year — a change in ownership, moving our offices from downtown Santa Cruz to Scotts Valley, moving our printing to San Jose, and losing more than 30 percent of our work force. We recently lost two more valuable people in our newsroom due to further economic retrenching,” writes Editor Don Miller (pictured) of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The total number of layoffs at the paper was three, with two in news and

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Santa Cruz editor quit to reduce budget cuts

Tom Honig says he resigned as editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel in the hope his departure would lessen budget cuts and layoffs at the MediaNews publication. The 59-year-old Honig, who has been at the Sentinel for 35 years, says he anticipated further cuts. He says he was not asked to resign but “nobody tried to stop me either,” according to a story in the Sentinel. He is taking a job with the Monterey-based Armanasco Public Relations firm.

Santa Cruz paper moves to Scotts Valley

As the Santa Cruz Sentinel packs up and moves from its downtown offices to Santa Cruz, Claudia Sternbach shares some of her memories of the big and boxy building that MediaNews is selling. She notes that because the newspaper was located downtown, it was always a good idea to take a notebook when you went on a coffee break — good stories could be found closeby. “This next week, the Sentinel staff will settle in to their new digs in

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Sentinel leaving Santa Cruz for Scotts Valley

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says it is leaving Santa Cruz after 150 years and moving to this office park in Scotts Valley in order to cut costs. Rumors about the move began circulating after the paper shut down its presses in Santa Cruz on April 30 and shifted the printing to the San Jose Mercury News. Both papers are owned by MediaNews Group. The Sentinel’s Church Street building, home to the daily newspaper since 1967, was put on the market

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