Media people

Media moves for the day

L.A. Times Editor Russ Stanton today named Alice Short, the former editor of the L.A. Times Magazine, as an assistant managing editor to oversee some of the feature sections that used to report to Leo Wolinsky. Seemingly omitted from Short's portfolio (or from the memo) is Calendar, prompting speculation that entertainment, arts, celebrity and pop culture coverage will be given its own high-ranking uber-editor or be organizationally merged with business coverage. Today's memo follows.

And at the Daily News: City Hall reporter Kerry Cavanaugh moves to editorial writer on the opinion side, John Miller is elevated to city editor, plus other moves. No word on who (if anyone) joins Rick Orlov at City Hall. Memo from Editor Carolina Garcia after the jump.

From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 2:48 PM
Subject: Assistant Managing Editor for Features - Alice Short

Alice Short, features editor in the California section since March 2006, will become Assistant Managing Editor for Features, effective immediately. In this masthead-level job, Alice will report to me and bring her vast features experience to overseeing the Health, Food, Home, Travel and Image sections, producing stories from those areas for A1 and latimes.com.

As features editor in California, Alice has guided the work of some of our best writers. She also served on the second incarnation of the Spring Street Committee and on last year's Reinvent Committee, whose recommendations laid the groundwork for the ongoing improvements to our paper and website.

Alice has worked at The Times for 21 years, starting in the Valley Edition, where she served as deputy editor and editor of the former View section, shepherding "go-up pages" devoted to Valley-specific features. In 1990, she moved downtown to work as an assistant View editor.

She was promoted to View editor in 1993 and helped oversee the transition of View to Life & Style, a feature section whose mandate included coverage of health, fashion, home design and relationships. Life & Style received several Penny-Missouri awards in categories that included feature writing and best section.
In 1997, Alice became editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, which also won a Penny-Missouri award for best weekly section. She ran the general-interest publication, which included a regular calendar of themed issues covering fashion, food, travel and home design, for 5 1/2 years. She was daily Calendar editor for three years before moving to the California section.

Before joining The Times, Alice worked as a reporter at the Burbank Daily Review, as an editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and, for a year, as editor of a business management journal attached to the graduate school of management at USC. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a degree in history and lives in Mar Vista with her husband, Steve Vielhaber, and two children, Greg and Maddy, and her dog, Biscuit.

Signed by Carolina Garcia at the Daily News:

From Editorial Editor Mariel Garza: The opinion section is thrilled to welcome Kerry Cavanaugh as an editorial writer. Kerry has covered City Hall for the Daily News for more than two years, giving her a deep understanding of local politics and local politicians. Before that, she covered environmental issues for the Daily News and for the Bakersfield Californian. She will start in her position by the end of October.

From Oscar Garza, Sr. Editor/Content:
John Miller has been named City Editor. John joined the Daily News five years ago as an assistant city editor, overseeing general news and education reporters. He has been night city editor for the past three years, working closely with the news and copy desks and developing writing workshops for reporters and editors. John's leadership and dedication will be essential as we continue to refine and improve our news gathering operation, both for the print product and the website.

Additionally, Barbara Jones has a new title: Special Projects Editor. Barbara has proved herself invaluable during her long tenure here and her new title reflects some new challenges. She will continue to oversee our business coverage, and she will also be the lead editor in determining how to best use enhanced coverage from Associated Press. Barbara will also work closely with Oscar as we explore new weekly sections aimed at bringing in new readers for the Daily News and other LANG papers.

From Ryan Garfact, Sr Editor/Online:
Congratulations to Jason Kandel our new online news editor. Jason has shown great leadership over the last year, directing online coverage of our most successful stories in terms of page views including the SWAT standoff, wildfires (both this year and last), Metrolink disaster, and even the high school football preview interactive. He will be the point person for all day-to-day operations of dailynews.com and oversee our evening operations. Please congratulate Jason for a very worthy promotion.

Please congratulate everyone on their promotions, title changes, expanded duties.
Gracias,
Carolina


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