Couple of weeks ago it was former Los Angeles Times photographers starting a service to offer their freelance expertise. Now it's reporters and former associate editor Leo Wolinsky. "Highly skilled newspaper veterans interested in taking on freelance assignments...from investigative reporters to book reviewers, page designers to project managers," says the site at The Journalism Shop.
Over the past couple of years the Los Angeles Times and its corporate owner, Tribune, have undergone an epic financial crunch which has led to the jettisoning of hundreds of veteran journalists. We are some of them....
We are mainly based in Southern California but have members scattered widely -- Washington, D.C., Illinois, Virginia, Arizona and even Taiwan.
Former LAT reporter Scott Martelle and tech specialist Brett Levy took the lead on the website. The contributors include policy writer Joe Mathews, former county beat reporter Susannah Rosenblatt and longtime music writer Richard Cromelin. Wolinsky's page says he's available for "Directing media and other projects, consulting on strategy, public image and creative ideas for individuals or companies, collaborating with individuals and teams on new and existing projects, [and] writing and editing for interesting assignments."