Entertainment industry reporter Joe Flint is going back to the Wall Street Journal to cover television based in the Los Angeles bureau. He announced it on Twitter a little after noon. Dylan Byers of Politico fills in some details:
Flint spent seven years covering the media beat for Journal between 1999 and 2006; he joined the Times as an entertainment industry reporter in 2009. Flint has also served as a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly and a television editor of Daily Variety.
"We’re thrilled to announce that Joe Flint is rejoining the Journal as part of the Media and Marketing team covering television," Journal editors wrote in a memo to staff on Friday. "Joe will be based in Los Angeles, working on the TV beat alongside Keach Hagey in New York."
Flint has been a mainstay on the Times' Company Town blog. I don't know if he was looking to leave or if the Journal wooed him. But there are an increasing number of Times newsroom staffers inquiring about jobs elsewhere. The LAT told The Wrap in a statement today, "The LA Times wishes Joe Flint the best for the future. We'll be looking for a solid reporter to replace him and our robust Company Town team will cover his turf until we bring someone new on board.”
Flint's afternoon announcement:
Very excited to be re-joining the WSJ on the media beat and very grateful to the LA Times for five great years.— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) July 25, 2014