Former LA Times investigative reporter Gary Cohn, a Pulitzer Prize winner in Baltimore, will do a regular investigative column called California Exposé for Frying Pan News, the news and labor advocacy blog originated by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. The release includes testimonials from former LA Times editor John Carroll and Zocalo editor-columnist Joe Mathews. Cohn left the Times in the big 2007 exodus of talent. Frying Pan News
Also at Frying Pan News: James Rainey’s LA Times story on Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and labor in the mayoral race "shows the problem with the press’ approach to writing so-called 'balanced' stories." FPN
Variety falls prey to Lady Gaga April Fools’ joke. Salon.com
LA Times president and COO Kathy Thomson was promoted to COO of Tribune Publishing.
The LA Times will run an ad from the Courage Campaign urging the paper's owners not to sell to the Koch brothers. Romenesko
Jury selection began Tuesday in the lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother and children against AEG over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer.
Los Angeles Magazine is a finalist for two National Magazine Awards, or Ellies. Winners will be announced May 2. ASME
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Magazine is seeking nominations for people to include in its September LA Woman issue.
Ken Layne remembers working with ex-mayor Richard Riordan on the LA Examiner, a newspaper that never was. The Awl
The New York Times covers LA's automated traffic signals: "Without synchronization, it takes an average of 20 minutes to drive five miles on Los Angeles streets; with synchronization, it has fallen to 17.2 minutes, the city says. And the average speed on the city’s streets is now 17.3 miles per hour, up from 15 m.p.h. without synchronized lights." NYT
Howard Cole has begun covering the Dodgers for LA Weekly.
The Dodgers announced today that 60 regular season games will be broadcast on Radio Korea 1540 AM.
Bakersfield Californian demonstrates that newspapers can do good video. Poynter
The award-winning documentary film "Radio Unnameable" will screen April 5 at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood to raise funds for the Pacifica Radio Archive. Info
KPCC Washington reporter Kitty Felde' newest play, “The Flier,” will have a reading at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino on April 11.
Jane Nebel Henson, who collaborated with her husband, Jim Henson, in creating, designing and marketing the Muppets, died Tuesday at home in Connecticut. She was 78. LAT