The LA Weekly isn't losing just managing editor Jill Stewart, who announced last week she is moving officially from journalism to politics. On Tuesday morning, film critic Amy Nicholson announced she is jumping to MTV. Nicholson joined LA Weekly in 2013, writing for all of the Voice Media Group publications. She sounds pretty amped about the move.
She tweeted soon after that Mark Lisanti, who cut his teeth as the LA blogger for Defamer way back when, is also joining MTV News. After this news broke, LA Weekly posted a call for applicants for both positions.
As sad as we are to see them go, we must turn our attention to the future — specifically to figuring out who will fill their very big shoes.
Might it be you?
Here's the lowdown on the openings.
For the managing editor, one of the requirements is this: "Deep knowledge of Los Angeles — its politics, its neighborhoods, its culture, its media landscape — is strongly preferred."
Also today, LAist posted that the long-standing blog in the Gothamist network is looking for a new editor-in-chief "with a fresh editorial vision, solid news judgment and a touch of wit who can cover, assign and edit stories on a broad range of topics Angelenos care about."
Your job is to make sure that we're producing informative and engaging pieces through aggregated posts and original reporting. You would be managing a staff of full-timers as well as a full roster of freelancers and photographers to cover everything in Los Angeles from breaking news to arts to food. You should be as comfortable overseeing reporting—pestering public officials, poring through city records, tracking down sources—as you are musing about whether we'll ever get an NFL team.
While we're on the subject of LA blog editors, the former editor of the old Fishbowl LA blog, Tina Dupuy, wrote a very interesting first-person piece recently at Vox. "I was a poster child for Alcoholics Anonymous. Then I realized I’m not an alcoholic," she wrote. It's a follow to the personal story that Dupuy, now a syndicated columnist and commentator, told on This American Life in 2014.