22nd Century Media, a hyperlocal media publishing company with more than 100 awards for journalistic excellence recently announced staff for the Malibu Surfside News.

The hyperlocal media publishing company headquartered in Chicago acquired the Malibu Surfside News, a 37-year-old newspaper in Malibu, Calif., in August. Founded in 1976, the Surfside News is a popular source for local news and information.

Editor for the new publication is Natalie Ragus, who has a master’s degree in online journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a 2004 graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and language. Ragus has previous experience in both print and online journalism, most recently as an editor for Arcadia Patch and freelance contributing writer for WEHOville in West Hollywood.

Assistant Editor for the Malibu Surfside News is Ashleigh Fryer, a recent graduate of Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in anthropology. While at BU, she was a writer and editor for BU Today, the university’s official news and features website.

Malibu Surfside News Sales Director is Rosemary Katz. Rosemary has several years of sales experience, including Yellowbook and

For those interested in advertising in Malibu Surfside News, they can contact Katz at
(818) 324-8891 or email

22nd Century Media is also working with former Malibu Surfside News staff writer Suzanne Guldimann as well as other members of its staff.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the staff we have for the Malibu Surfside News,” 22nd Century Media Managing Editor Heather Warthen said. “We are really looking forward to bringing back this publication to the people of Malibu.”

The publication is scheduled to relaunch in late October.

About 22nd Century Media

22nd Century Media, founded in 2005, is the publisher of The Frankfort Station, The Homer Horizon, The Lockport Legend, The Mokena Messenger, The New Lenox Patriot, The Orland Park Prairie and The Tinley Junction in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, as well as The Glenview Lantern, The Northbrook Tower, The Wilmette Beacon and The Winnetka Current in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. All of the titles were started from scratch. The publications have garnered more than 100 awards from the Illinois Press Association, as well as most recently six awards from the National Newspaper Association. It is the fastest growing news media organization in the Chicago area.

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