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By Joanna Clay | March 9, 2012
For the month of March, I'll be working on improving the social media presence of our newspapers on Twitter and Facebook, which are two ways readers can find links to our websites and interact with our content. I hope to make lasting changes that improve the way we disseminate digital content and enhance the online conversations we have with readers every day. We've been using those platforms for quite sometime, but now it's time to step up our efforts. Social media users can expect vast improvements, including livelier discussions, more frequent posts, clearer tweets with easier-to-use links and content they won't find on our sites or in print.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
Social media expert Jared Cohen will present, "How College Students Can Use Technology to Shape the Future," at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre, 2701 Fairview Road. Cohen is on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, and has advised Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. He is also director of Google Ideas and was named one of the top 100 game changers in 2010 by the Huffington Post. The event is free and parking is also free in Lot C at Fairview Road and Arlington Ave. — Britney Barnes
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By Britney Barnes | May 7, 2012
The majority of high school students use at least one social media site. And not just on a computer, but on smartphones that allow them to upload photos or update their statuses all day, every day. Students are spending all this time using social media, but is anyone teaching them how to use it for more than just checking out party pictures? For one class of Corona del Mar High School sophomores, that answer was no — until now. "There is no education on social media in the education system," said teacher Brandon Sowers.
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By Jill Cowan, Lauren Williams and Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
The five teenagers killed in one of the deadliest car crashes in Newport Beach history left behind a sense of "unimaginable loss" in the Irvine Unified School District, where they were all students. Two of the dead were sisters. And some of the five also had siblings in the district, officials said. "There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our staff and our students and our community, and nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of these vibrant young teenagers," Irvine Supt.
LOCAL
July 7, 2009
Submitted by Dannielle Padilla NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (July 6, 2009) – Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the largest national law firms in the field of labor and employment law, will present a lunch-and-learn event titled, “Facebook, Twitter and Other Social Networking Sites – Do’s and Don’ts in the Workplace,” on Tuesday, July 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, located at 4545...
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 12, 2014
Police took time this week to publicly refute online rumors that a female martial arts expert fought off an attacker who was trying to abduct her in a Costa Mesa parking lot and then sell her into slavery in Mexico. The Costa Mesa Police Department received a few concerned calls after the apparently fake story spread through a website called Nextdoor, which creates private social networks for neighborhoods nationwide. In a Monday post on the Dover Shores Nextdoor, a resident of the Newport Beach neighborhood described a friend of a friend being attacked near Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 1, 2013
A parking enforcement officer at UC Irvine was placed on leave this week following allegations that he posted racially insensitive pictures online, the university confirmed. He also worked at Golden West College in Huntington Beach as a campus safety officer but was fired from that job after the allegations surfaced this week. UCI is investigating after a CBS-2 reporter showed campus officials a social media account where Carlos Vazquez, 31, allegedly posted racist pictures. One showed Hitler holding a child with the caption, "Proud father moment when my daughter met the great fuhrer.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2012
Coastline Community College will continue providing services to veterans at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on Sept. 5 approved an agreement with the base to continue the Orange County One-Stop Center, which provides veterans and their families with career and transition services. "By providing these services, on-base in an environment they are familiar with, and offering assistance to them through a network of their peers, we hope that more veterans will take advantage of these career resources," board President Jim Moreno said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 22, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Last week, it looked like Roxanne Kaiden might become the new face of Levi's. On July 14, she was pulling in 35% of the votes in a model search, putting her in second place as the future social media spokeswoman for the denim brand. However, on July 15, when it was coming down to the wire, the Newport Beach resident came in short. Although she was excited about the competition, she took the loss in stride, Tweeting July 20, "The Levi's Girl contest is over and while I didn't win I have got to thank all the supporters!"
NEWS
From staff reports | May 4, 2012
Kelly Parker has been named web editor for Times Community News (TCN) South. Parker, who joined TCN nearly five years ago, will oversee the online operations for the Daily Pilot , Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot , Huntington Beach Independent and OC Now . She will also manage the social media efforts of the group of newspapers owned by and inserted in the Los Angeles Times in Orange County. Parker most recently served as interim city editor for the Coastline Pilot and, prior to that, worked as page designer on TCN South's copy desk.
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By Michael Miller | February 13, 2014
Mason Melcer attached his GoPro camera to a boogie board in summer 2012 and paddled out into the ocean, hoping to snare some remarkable shots of the waves. It turned out to be the camera's last voyage. Mason, an 11-year-old Newport Beach resident who had saved up to buy the GoPro on eBay, mounted it on a board that was too soft to stay adhesive, and when the sea got rough, the device promptly disappeared. But the footage Mason captured that day got an unexpected denouement a year and a half later.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 12, 2014
Police took time this week to publicly refute online rumors that a female martial arts expert fought off an attacker who was trying to abduct her in a Costa Mesa parking lot and then sell her into slavery in Mexico. The Costa Mesa Police Department received a few concerned calls after the apparently fake story spread through a website called Nextdoor, which creates private social networks for neighborhoods nationwide. In a Monday post on the Dover Shores Nextdoor, a resident of the Newport Beach neighborhood described a friend of a friend being attacked near Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa.
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By Jill Cowan | January 14, 2014
Newport Beach police have arrested two men who could be tied to more than 20 residential burglaries in the city and neighboring Huntington Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The arrests, a Newport Beach Police Department news release said, came after a Dover Shores resident reported seeing the driver of a white Jeep Rubicon on Saturday stop outside her home, write something on a piece of paper and drive away. The woman took a cell phone picture of the Jeep, which she recalled matching a description NBPD Det. Tracy McKenzie had posted earlier that week on neighborhood social network Nextdoor.com , according to the release.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 1, 2013
A parking enforcement officer at UC Irvine was placed on leave this week following allegations that he posted racially insensitive pictures online, the university confirmed. He also worked at Golden West College in Huntington Beach as a campus safety officer but was fired from that job after the allegations surfaced this week. UCI is investigating after a CBS-2 reporter showed campus officials a social media account where Carlos Vazquez, 31, allegedly posted racist pictures. One showed Hitler holding a child with the caption, "Proud father moment when my daughter met the great fuhrer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brittany Woolsey | July 26, 2013
While fans would usually show excitement for a reunion show of a favorite band, Save Ferris fans are marching to the tune of disapproval. In its heyday in the '90s third-wave ska scene, Save Ferris played hits like "The World Is New" and a cover of "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners. The band also performed in the Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles film "10 Things I Hate About You" before it broke up in 2002 due to creative differences. Save Ferris is reuniting for its first show in 10 years at the OC Fair's Pacific Amphitheatre on Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan, Lauren Williams and Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
The five teenagers killed in one of the deadliest car crashes in Newport Beach history left behind a sense of "unimaginable loss" in the Irvine Unified School District, where they were all students. Two of the dead were sisters. And some of the five also had siblings in the district, officials said. "There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our staff and our students and our community, and nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of these vibrant young teenagers," Irvine Supt.
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By Michael Miller | April 4, 2013
If Chip Michael's orchestra ever plays a massive concert hall, the members may need an hour before curtain time to get acquainted with each other. For that matter, they may need to say hello to their conductor, too. Michael, the web coordinator for the Pacific Symphony, launched a project last March that brings musicians together through social media. The campaign, known as TwtrSymphony, initially sought a makeshift orchestra to play a composition of Michael's — and it succeeded, as more than 300 musicians answered the call.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | January 19, 2013
It was a love story for the ages, and America was transfixed. Superstar Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o meets a beautiful Stanford coed after a game there and over the succeeding years they fall in love. There are reports of her visiting his family in Hawaii. But later, in 2012, she falls victim to leukemia and dies. Her last wish is that he not come to her funeral but instead excels in the game that Notre Dame has that Saturday. He calls her "the love of his life" and shares his grief with the nation.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 18, 2012
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District held a presentation Wednesday evening educating parents about online issues to keep their children's Internet time safe and smart. The all-schools parent Cyber Smart presentation coincided with the beginning of student Cyber Smart week to discuss with parents why students need to protect their privacy, the importance of parents starting a conversation with their children and what steps parents can take to keep their kids safe. Despite how tech savvy a child is, "they're not at the level to understand all the implications of their actions," said Jenith Mishne, the district's director of educational technology.
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