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Introducing Alhambra Source’s new publisher

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Alhambra , CA United States

Jon Thurber, a veteran journalist whose long career at the Los Angeles Times included serving as managing editor of the print edition, has been named publisher of the Alhambra Source.

Thurber held a number of other management positions at the Times, including news obituary editor and editor of the book review, and he was also a leader of the paper’s reinvention committee as the Times transitioned from a predominantly print product to refocus its efforts on digital publication.

“Jon has the experience and vision to move the Alhambra Source forward to an even more dynamic civic institution in Alhambra and the larger SGV,” said Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Professor of Communication and Sociology Emerita at USC Annenberg School for Communication and one of the founders of the Alhambra Source.

Michael Parks, professor of journalism at USC Annenberg and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, said, “As a co-founder of the Alhambra Source, I am delighted we were able to recruit a journalist of Jon’s caliber to help us grow in excellence and in service to the community.”

At the Alhambra Source, Thurber will focus on development, including fund-raising, as the Source continues its transition from its historic association with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC to a self-sustaining model under the stewardship of Community Partners, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Thurber was born in Los Angeles and grew up in South Pasadena. In a career at the Times that spanned decades, he was at various times a police reporter, an editor on the paper’s foreign desk, in charge of the production operation for the paper’s then vast feature sections, the editor who refocused and built its news obituary coverage, and as managing editor for the print edition, selected and helped shape the stories for its front page.

Since leaving the Times, he has been a freelance writer and editor for various publications, including the Washington Post, UCLA’s Blueprint public policy magazine and City of Hope.

“The Alhambra Source is a fascinating experiment in community journalism,” Thurber said. “And in these days, we must do all we can to support such a worthy endeavor. I’m pleased to be coming aboard, joining the visionary founders Sandra and Michael, a small but mighty staff of engaged journalists and a strong board of advisers that wants nothing more than to serve quality journalism in Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley.”

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4 thoughts on “Introducing Alhambra Source’s new publisher”

  1. Melissa Michelson

    I would like the Source to investigate Alhambra’s internal city corruption.

  2. Congratulations both to and on the new publisher!

    I’ve recently begun reading a variety of more local news sources, most of which are built on the WordPress CMS, as is your publication. As a digital native, I often prefer reading my news via RSS feeds, but I find it surprising that many local SGV sources have (accidentally?) broken or are mismanaging their feeds.

    I notice that the Alhambra Source’s main feed only contains the “News Round up” articles which primarily feature news in other outlets. While this type of advertising for and promotion of others’ work is nice, I’m subscribed to many of them already and would prefer a single feed with all of the Alhambra Source’s own original work instead! In fact, because I automatically subscribed to the AS’s main feed without looking at the site first, I was under the mistaken impression that it only did aggregation rather than original reporting, an impression which is obviously the opposite of reality.

    Because a “main” feed is not available, I’m forced to subscribe to 8 separate feeds to attempt to get all of the great work coming out of AS. This feels like a bit much and could be easily fixed on your back end. A better solution would be to have your main feed include all of your articles (perhaps including the News Roundup), and then still provide the separate category-based feeds for those who are only interested in the subsections of news. (This would typically be the default for an out of the box WordPress installation.)

    Finally, I’ve noticed that your feeds don’t include any of the photos featured in the articles, which is a shame since the site has some generally nice photography (particularly in comparison to competitors) to go along with the stories.

    If you need any technical help, I’m happy to assist as I’d love to see better local news and events coverage in the Pasadena/SGV areas.

    Congratulations again!

    (Comment originally posted at https://boffosocko.com/2018/10/17/congratulations-to-the-new-publisher-of-the-alhambra-source/)

    1. Thanks for your suggestions and for reading us! Are you subscribed to our newsletter? We don’t optimize for RSS feeds at the moment.

      1. From what I can tell, it would appear that someone tweaked your feeds at one time and then abandoned them. If you rolled back to the WordPress out-of-the-box default, you’d have an excellent and flexible solution. My guess is that even an intermediate WordPress developer could do it in under 20 minutes. My suspicion is that you’ve got a simple plugin that’s causing the wonky behavior right now–removing it would also remove a chunk of custom code and speed up your site at the same time. I’m happy to help if you don’t have someone on staff for these types of changes.

        (Originally posted at https://boffosocko.com/2018/10/14/following-local-altadena-and-pasadena-news/#comment-117262)

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