Editors of the Los Angeles Times Calendar plan to revamp the staff lineup yet again, aiming to "build on the considerable strengths of the section and augment its talent pool while creating fresh opportunities for those already working here..." Here's the memo announcing the plans to reorganize and looking for fresh
To: The Staff
From: John Montorio, Associate Editor, and Lennie LaGuire, Deputy Features Editor
Calendar anticipates a reorganization that will create a number of new editing and reporting positions in the coming months. Our hope is to build on the considerable strengths of the section and augment its talent pool while creating fresh opportunities for those already working here. Overall, we're looking for people who are interested in being part of the continuous rethinking of Calendar, who are unafraid to take risks and challenge established approaches to beats and stories and who are passionate about getting highly entertaining, intelligent writing into the paper.
--A Calendar Weekend editor with strong creative instincts and an appreciation of Southern California's manifold possibilities. We're looking for an imaginative leader to guide the section's evolution as a premier service publication with a voice and identity that is uniquely our own.
--A television editor with great story sense and a fascination with the medium and its importance in local--and global--culture. This editor should thrive in a fast-paced environment and be adept at fostering teamwork and creative approaches to coverage.
--A style-and-culture editor to guide a small group of staff and freelance writers in reporting--with wit and often irreverence--on the people, ideas and trends coming to influence in Southern California and making their way into the world beyond.
--Reporters interested in being part of the group described above. We are looking for stylish writers who can generate original and timely story ideas and bring energy and depth to their reporting.
--A critic or reporter with a distinctive voice and eclectic taste to act as consumer guide and thoughtful interpreter of new forms of entertainment coming from both established media and individual creative artists and entrepreneurs. The ideal candidate would take an avid interest in discovering and writing about entertainment ranging from online video to iPod television episodes to music on MySpace to the latest in video games. We're looking for a great writer with the vision and confidence to help shape a pioneering addition to our report.
--A news enterprise editor to work across features to spot and develop off-the-news takeouts and profiles, primarily for A1 and Daily Calendar. This editor should be highly engaged in all kinds of news--political, cultural, local, sports--and have imaginative ideas about drawing writers in on diverse and sometimes unexpected subjects.
--An arts reporter interested in writing high-impact stories about the Southern California arts scene, with an emphasis on spotting trends and discovering up-and-coming players in the realm of theater, visual art, architecture, classical music and dance. We're seeking a competitive reporter who's comfortable with breaking news and has the energy to keep up with the multilayered cultural life of the region. Expertise in one or more arts disciplines would be a plus, but curiosity and flair are what's required.
--Depending on how we fill these jobs, other openings may emerge, particularly in the areas of film, pop music and the arts. Applicants are welcome from all over The Times' Editorial staff. Those interested should contact Rich Nordwind, Daily Calendar Editor, or Bret Israel, Sunday Calendar Editor.
March 17, 20006