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U-T San Diego Interested in Buying the San Diego Readernew

In the last two years, the U-T has acquired lifestyle website DiscoverSD and dailies North County Times and The Californian.
San Diego CityBeat  |  10-22-2013  10:30 am  |  Industry News

San Diego Reader Launches eBook Publishing Program to Re-Introduce Great Writing to New Readers

The San Diego Reader is mining gold from its rich archives and releasing the treasures as a collection of six eBooks, the first installment of a series that will showcase the literary quality and historic value of a collection spanning more than 40 years of publishing unique Southern California-flavored journalism. (FULL STORY)
San Diego Reader  |  10-02-2013  12:00 pm  |  Press Releases

San Diego Reader Faces Gender Discrimination Lawsuitnew

Three former employees of the San Diego Reader are accusing the paper of gender discrimination and sexual harassment in a recently filed lawsuit.
San Diego CityBeat  |  11-09-2011  2:39 pm  |  Legal News

San Diego Reader Accuses Printer of Fraudnew

Just months after San Dieguito Printers filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Reader, publisher Jim Holman has filed a cross-complaint against the printer, alleging that it has been profiting off the Reader to the tune of $1 million per year, despite telling Holman its rates were the lowest possible it could charge while still making a minimal profit.
San Diego CityBeat  |  04-29-2010  2:39 pm  |  Industry News

San Diego Reader Publisher Explains the 'Typo Patrol'new

The Reader's "Typo Patrol" is a contest of sorts for readers to spot typographical errors in the paper; each person gets $10 for each mistake they point out (capped at $300 a year per person). Publisher Jim Holman tells Copyediting.com that they pay out "between $100 and $200" per week to successful typo-catchers. He says there was a little trepidation when the Reader first rolled out the patrol, since it employs professional copyeditors and proofreaders. But Holman says those staffers haven't taken offense. "All of them see it as a challenge," he says, "to make sure there are no typographical errors."
Copyediting.com  |  04-23-2010  11:37 am  |  Industry News  |  Comments (2)

Printer Sues San Diego Reader for Breach of Contractnew

San Dieguito Printers has filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court alleging that the Reader breached a contract between the two parties when it switched to a new printer at the beginning of this year. The printing company says it signed a 10-year contract to be the Reader's exclusive printer in 2005. The suit names Reader publisher Jim Holman -- both as a person and as a business -- as the defendant, rather than the Reader, as the printing company argues that the paper is being operated as a sole proprietorship.
San Diego CityBeat  |  02-02-2010  10:28 am  |  Industry News

San Diego Reader Releases Posthumous Book by Former Editor

The Reader this month published Judith Moore's A Bad, Bad Boy, which looks at the life of Frank Bompensiero, "the most feared mobster in Southern California for 30 years." Moore, who passed away in 2006, spent 10 years following the traces of Bompensiero, a Mafia hit man who later became the basis for the Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bompensiero character in The Sopranos. (FULL STORY)
San Diego Reader Press Release  |  07-30-2009  9:17 am  |  Press Releases

New Owner of San Diego's Daily Threatens Reader Over Lawsuit Storynew

A law firm representing Platinum Equity, the Beverly Hills-based buyout firm that in March bought the San Diego Union-Tribune, sent a threatening letter last month to the San Diego Reader after it learned the alt-weekly was working on a story about sexual improprieties at Platinum. The Reader's story was based on public records arising from three lawsuits filed by former employees of Platinum, all of which were dismissed. The letter written by lawyer Martin Singer (nickname: Mad Dog) claimed his firm would sue the Reader for "potentially astronomical damages" if it published a story "that (Platinum) engaged in wrongdoing as alleged in those lawsuits or otherwise". In a sidebar to the main story, the Reader published Singer's letter in full despite his warning that it was confidential.
San Diego Reader  |  07-15-2009  4:17 pm  |  Industry News

Jim Holman May Float Parental Notification Iniative Againnew

Proponents of the California ballot initiative to mandate parental notification before teen abortions tell the Oakland Tribune they will likely try a fourth time after this year's attempt, Proposition 4, was narrowly defeated last week. The ballot measures are funded in large part by San Diego Reader publisher Jim Holman. "Talking to Mr. Holman, he was commenting about how close it was, and I think he was feeling a little down as if a little extra effort might have put it over," Proposition 4 spokesman Albin Rhomberg tells the Tribune. "When you see it's that close, it sort of increases that sense of obligation to follow through."
The Oakland Tribune  |  11-11-2008  11:58 am  |  Industry News  |  Comments (1)

LEO Founder Re-Elected, Jim Holman's Measure 'Too Close to Call' Fails

LEO Weekly founder John Yarmuth was re-elected to Congress yesterday, where he'll continue to serve Kentucky's 3rd District. Today's Louisville Courier-Journal reports that with 99 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial vote totals had Yarmuth, a Democrat, with 59 percent of the vote and Republican challenger Anne Northup with 41. In California, San Diego Reader publisher Jim Holman once again bankrolled a ballot measure that would require doctors to notify parents before performing an abortion on a minor, and the Los Angeles Times reports that it remained too close to call Tuesday night. With four-fifths of precincts reporting last night, 52.8 of voters were opposed to the measure while 47.2 favored it, according to the AP, which says the initiative "appear[s] headed for defeat." Holman contributed more than $1.3 million of the reported $2.6 million raised for the measure, the AP reports. UPDATE (4:55 pm EST): A number of news outlets are now reporting that the ballot measure was indeed defeated.
Louisville Courier-Journal | Los Angeles Times | The AP  |  11-05-2008  9:11 am  |  Industry News

At Comic-Con, Matt Groening Rips San Diego Readernew

As he's been doing for, "like, 15 years," the Simpsons creator and cartoonist behind the "Life in Hell" comic criticized the Reader while in San Diego for Comic-Con. The strip, which runs in LA Weekly and other alts, "used to be in the San Diego Reader, but they don't like portrayals of gay couples in their publication, like with the characters Akbar and Jeff," Groening said, according to Variety. "So now every year I come to Comic-Con and denounce the San Diego Reader." Groening was also asked if he had any plans to turn the strip into an animated series. He said it was possible but explained, "There is a satisfaction in working in a collaborative process in animation," but "there's another kind of creative fulfillment of doing something completely by yourself."
Broadcasting & Cable | Variety  |  07-28-2008  9:11 am  |  Industry News

San Diego Reader Launches Real Estate Portal with HouseRebate.com

New website features MLS listings, addresses, comps, photos, maps (FULL STORY)
HouseRebate.com Press Release  |  04-10-2008  9:22 am  |  Press Releases

Does the San Diego Reader Exist Only to Make Money?new

That's freelance writer Seth Hettena's take. "Week after week, I pick up the Reader hoping to find something worth reading over a cup of coffee only to fling aside moments later in disappointment," he writes on the Voice of San Diego website. He roundly criticizes the Reader for a variety of sins, saying editor and owner Jim Holman shows "contempt for his readers." He concludes: "The Reader is considered an alternative weekly, but it's not really much of an alternative to anything." However, not everyone agrees with Hettena's assessment, as the robust discussion unfolding in the story's comments section proves. "Thank God for the Reader and for the 164,000 members of its weekly audience who keep it alive and kicking the hell out of the bad guys in San Diego each week," says one commenter.
Voice of San Diego  |  01-03-2008  11:19 am  |  Industry News