LA Weekly's Maddaus to Variety and more media notes

broad-iris-corner.jpgThe Broad Museum on Bunker Hill. Photo by Iris Schneider.

LA Weekly politics writer Gene Maddaus is leaving, after six years, to join Variety. "Drawing on his investigative skills, Maddaus will write about the intersection between sports, politics, technology, city issues and Hollywood as well write in-depth profiles on the companies and power players across the entertainment and media industries," Variety says. "He will report to Variety’s co-editors-in-chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein." Starts on May 2. Read more

Also on the media beat:

  • Larry Mantle did not host "Airtalk" on Monday but he did record a piece about his friend Steve Julian. They met when both were 24. Patt Morrison handled the show on Monday. KPCC
  • The Broad Museum will be its own "Jeopardy" category on Tuesday's show.
  • Nicco Mele, who was briefly the senior VP and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times when Austiin Beutner was publisher, was named director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Harvard
  • LA Times culture reporter Carolina Miranda is the new host of "Artbound" on KCETLink. The seasons debuts May 10.
  • The newspapers in Digital First Media's Bay Area News Group are doing away with most of the functions of "copy editor" and putting the onus on line editors and reporters to be more careful, write multiple headlines and prepare stories for the web. "This is going to place a new level of responsibility on reporters and, especially, assigning editors. Many of the ways in which the desk bails us out — often without us noticing — will disappear." Romenesko memo
  • With DFM taking over the Orange County Register too, the Register's opinion editor, Brian Calle, will now oversee the opinion pages for the entire Southern California News Group. Calle is the editor who retracted and apologized this year for a Register editorial saying cheerleaders shouldn't cry about low pay because, "Being a cheerleader for a pro team obviously has fringe benefits lacking at other jobs, such as working closely with [millionaire] players]." Register, OC Weekly
  • The LA Times missed the point again with its automated earthquake "news coverage" and for a time on Monday led its website's local news section with a 2.9 quake located 650 driving miles from Los Angeles. Ridiculous.

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  • The LA Times also got pranked into using a fake news release about the drug war.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has begun the process of vetting its members to determine whether or not they qualify as "active" under the Academy's recently approved rules, which will impact whether or not they retain the right to vote for the Oscars. THR
  • Media figure Erin Andrews settled her lawsuit against a Nashville hotel where she was videotaped through a peephole by a stalker, her attorney said Monday. No details were released. Andrews won $26 million from the hotel in a trial last month. NBC News
  • Julie Makinen, Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, and Ryan Nakashima, business writer for Associated Press in Los Angeles, were named to the next class of John S. Knight Journalism Fellows to spend a year at Stanford. Announcement
  • Where have all the LA radio women gone? LA Radio
  • Skid Row's latest scourge, bad doses of the synthetic drug spice, was the topic of Monday's LA Observed segment during "All Things Considered" on KCRW.

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