No denial of latest LAT cuts rumor

At yesterday's discussion of Tribune's bankruptcy and other journalism cuts at USC, L.A. Times editor Russ Stanton was asked by one of his staffers about the latest newsroom gossip that the Times was considering getting rid of its national and foreign bureaus. (The most live rumor is that the Washington Post has offered to provide foreign and national coverage, and Tribune is listening.) Stanton is reported to have replied, "You can assume ... everything and anything is being looked at." Stanton also offered the tidbit that revenue from LATimes.com now exceeds the cost of the paper's editorial payroll. More on the session from USC Annenberg's David Westphal.

Addendum 1: Although Westphal identified the questioner as a Times staffer, it was recently former LAT reporter Deborah Schoch who queried Stanton: "Specifically, I asked Russ Stanton 1) if the rumors were true that foreign and national are about to go the way of the DC bureau, and, 2) if true, if the Times and Tribune could halt that process and work really really creatively to save one of the best such such staffs in the country -- whether partnering with CNN, finding non-profit support to sustain them, etc. You saw the answer."

Addendum 2: The website Regret the Error anointed former LAT reporter Chuck Philips with its error of the year honor for his reporting on the Tupac Shakur story.


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