Tuesday news and notes: 5.20.14

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Media notes

vf-screen-shot.jpgArthur Sulzberger, Jr. gave his first interview about the firing of Jill Abramson and promotion of Dean Baquet to Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair and said some of the coverage so far has been "lies." VF

Aron Pilhofer, the NYT associate managing editor for digital strategy, left for a bigger digital job at the Guardian. Poynter

The website Atlantic Cities remains part of The Atlantic but has relaunched as CityLab.

The Dodgers remain off TV for 70% of the region, but the radio ratings are way up. KPCC

Consumers lose in the AT&T deal to buy DirecTV, says David Lazarus. LAT

Brian Sumers, aviation reporter for the Daily Breeze, is leaving next month to cover airlines in the Americas for Aviation Week, reporting from Los Angeles.

Julie Westfall, formerly with KPCC and breaking news editor for Digital First Media, joins the LA Times as the first editor hired for the RealTime news desk, reporting to Megan Garvey. Reporter Ryan Parker also joins that desk from the Denver Post.

The LAT also hired Chris Kirkham of the Huffington Post as a reporter on the Business news staff.

Conor Friedersdorf's personal list of 100 top journalism pieces for the past year leads with Jay Roberts' piece in Orange Coast on serial killer Randy Kraft. The Atlantic

The LA Register sends a newbie out to ride Metro trains and gets back a newbie report, with some mis-observations but with some salient points including that the fares and procedures are so complicated: "I think too much institutional knowledge is required." LAR

The Fix column lists mayors Aja Brown of Compton and Pete Aguilar of Redlands among the politicians under age 40 who are rising stars. Washington Post

Life in Pictures: Gustavo Dudamel. NY Magazine

Toyota built Torrance into the second-largest home of Japanese Americans. Now it's leaving. PRI's The World

KCRW hired Micah Greenberg as Director of Business Development. He's the former director of marketing for National Public Media, an arm of NPR.

The Los Angeles Press Club will give Maria Shriver its Public Service Award for Journalistic Contributions to Civic Life.

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