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The newsroom of the Orange County Register. Recent hires include critics to review food, TV and cars, a society columnist, investigative reporters, and sports writers. The paper's still looking for a movie critic, a magazine writer, and many more reporters.
The newsroom of the Orange County Register. Recent hires include critics to review food, TV and cars, a society columnist, investigative reporters, and sports writers. The paper's still looking for a movie critic, a magazine writer, and many more reporters.
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The newsroom of the Orange County Register. Recent hires include critics to review food, TV and cars, a society columnist, investigative reporters, and sports writers. The paper's still looking for a movie critic, a magazine writer, and many more reporters.
Orange County Register Publisher Aaron Kushner (left) and company President Eric Spitz. This summer, Kushner's Boston-based investment firm, 2100 Trust bought Freedom Communications and The Register.
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The newsroom of the Orange County Register. Recent hires include critics to review food, TV and cars, a society columnist, investigative reporters, and sports writers. The paper's still looking for a movie critic, a magazine writer, and many more reporters.
Copies of the Orange County Register slide through the presses. The newspaper is the country’s 20th most-read daily, with a circulation of about 285,000.
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The Orange County Register has been praised for being one of the few newspapers in the country that's expanding in an industry that's contracting. But the reaction to one of the Register's latest additions has been met with some controversy. 

Some say it's a smart way to bring in some much needed revenue, while others call it a serious breach of journalism ethics. KPCC's Ben Bergman explains.