Editor of Capistrano Dispatch to, Well, Dispatch to a New Job

Jonathan Volzke is leaving the publication he launched 10 years ago. He was also editor for the San Clemente Times and Dana Point Times.

Jonathan Volzke, longtime editor at the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications in San Clemente and Dana Point, has announced he will be leaving the post next week.

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce made the announcement today to its members. Volzke said he will be taking a position with Faubel Public Affairs, a public relations firm based out of Lake Forest.

"It was always part of my plan to transition to a new career at some point,  and I know The Dispatch is in great hands with [CEO] Norb Garrett and the team at Picket Fence Media," Volzke told the .

"I'll remain a Capistrano resident, as a director of the Historical Society and hopefully be part of many exciting things happening here," Volzke said. "I've watched the team at Faubel work on several projects and I'm excited to join them on the next chapter in my life."

Volzke started covering San Juan Capistrano first for the Orange County Register. Since 2002, the Dispatch has been making a first weekly, now semimonthly appearance on driveways everywhere in town.

The Dispatch merged with the San Clemente Times in 2007, and the Dana Point Times was created in 2008, according to Volzke's biography at the Dispatch.

In addition, his popular Coffee Chats (currently held at the on Friday mornings) regularly attracts 60 or more locals to discuss the issues of the day.

Volzke said he will continue to host Coffee Chat while assuming his new duties at Faubel. 

The Dispatch made the official announcement just before noon today. 

Penny Arévalo April 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Well, like I said, it's not really wrong. It's just a different style of journalism. Not saying that's what Mr. Volzke did, just saying that advocacy journalism exists.
Kim April 01, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Well said, what is your position on simply omitting articles, refusing to publish them becasue they might have gone against what the Dispatch/JV/suporters wanted in print. It that freedom of the press?
Penny Arévalo April 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Kim, I'm not going to go into my personal opinions about Mr. Volzke (or pretty much any other article here; my contributions in the comments section is to encourage others to participate and police things when they get out of hand). But editors do have discretion. I reject story ideas all day long! I do try to focus on what is of interest to the greatest number of readers. And we have an announcement feature and calendar at Patch that's open for anyone to use without my gate-keeping. We also accept blogs and letters to the editor on almost any topic, from almost any point of view. (Example of things that wouldn't get published are in Patch's terms of use: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/terms) But when you're basically one person running the show, there is only so much you can do in 24 hours. We have to make choices about how to use our time. I hope the stories that appear here make it clear how I intend to cover SJC at Patch. :-)
SJCNative April 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
That is the wonderful thing about a blog. You are not required to use your real name. As I have expressed to you previously, I am quiet and shy. This forum allows me to speak my thoughts where otherwise I would keep them to myself. Of course,f that is ok with you? If something I have said is untrue, then please tell me where I am incorrect.
Kim April 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
SJCNative, well put...in Steve's case, he might be better off using another name! As you say SJCNative, that's the wonderful thing about a blog,not having to be squelched, intimidated or shy about expressing your feelings.


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