Media people

Monday media shorts *

* Never fails. Something new comes in every time I post one of these shorts lists. Fresh shorties at the bottom.

• The Times live-blogged the runup to the Michael Jackson verdict (apparently by watching television) and then the media-blog reaction. Entries are being posted by Richard Rushfield, a senior editor at, and Michael Sonnenschein, moonlighting from his post at FishbowlLA.

• Will Campbell at commends very highly the Sunday LAT story by Jill Leovy about spending three months with homicide detectives in the LAPD's Southeast division: "Get a fill of the most riveting piece I've seen come out of the Times. Ever...the kind of reporting that shouldn't be missed and I hope to see more of in the Times."

Erotica 2005• Jeff Koga blogs on this past weekend's Erotica LA 2005 gathering at the Convention Center. It's his photo to the right. Defamer's sister site Fleshbot also covers the confab.

• An email correspondent wonders which is more embarrassing: the L.A. Times quoting a man who refers unchallenged (not even a sic) to Sylmar and Tujunga as "cities," or the New York Times for elevating a beach neighborhood in Santa Monica to "Ocean Park, Calif." He asks: "Can you imagine the outcry if the NYT somehow published a story about a bus going southbound on a street in Upper West Side, NY?"

• This week's Jewish Journal is bound to get letters with the cover story asking Are Jews Smarter?

• Author Joy Nicholson is the subject of today's LAist interview.

• Legendary Los Angeles band X plays at the LA Weekly Music Awards Tuesday at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The band also gets a lifetime achievement award, as do Jeff Barry, Brian Wilson and Rodney Bingenheimer.

• Also Tuesday, Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta hangs out with journos at a Society of Professional Journalists gathering at the Figueroa Hotel. 6:30 p.m., Veranda Bar.

• Meximerica Media, the network of Spanish-language newspapers that ex-Wall Street Journal bureau chief Jonathan Friedland left Los Angeles last year to help run, received $18 million in new funding from Rustic Canyon Partners and a Houston group, Pinto America Growth Fund, L.P.

• Vegetarian Times has moved to El Segundo from Richmond, Virginia. The editor's note in the July/August issue says predicted drive time for the move was "39 hours, 1 minute."

• Katherine Turman, Editor of the L.A. Alternative Press, is leaving to pursue other opportunties and continue as a part-time copy editor and writer for Launch Radio Networks and freelancer at Guitar One and Mother Jones. Her email to contributors adds, "I'll continue to write covers and features for the paper on occasion...It's been a blast working with you all." Lesley Bargar is the new Editor.

• The Supreme Court declined a Tribune Co. request to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that blocks relaxed media ownership rules. It means Tribune still doesn't know if it faces a tough choice on divesting one of its Los Angeles properties, the Times or KTLA.

• Bill Dwyre, the Times' Sports Editor, does the Q-and-A with PR Week. (Link via Romenesko)

• Blogging the Press Club awards: Natalie Nichols, Matt Welch, Mack Reed, Amy Alkon, Teresa Strasser, FishbowlLA, Luke Y. Thompson.

• The Pasadena Weekly advances Sandra Tsing Loh's commencement address at Caltech, her alma mater.

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