Media and book notes for a summer weekend


Here's a mix of fresh media news and some catching up.

  • The Los Angeles Press Club gave awards last night to AP photographer Nick Ut, NPR chief Jarl Mohn, enviro activist (not lawyer: fixed) Erin Brockovich and Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. The club also gave out its journalist of the year awards and other annual awards. Full list of winners when they have it.
  • Bill Cunningham, the fashion and social photographer who died Saturday, on what it is he did for the New York Times. NYT
  • makingofdonaldtrumpcover.jpgFormer New York Times reporter and LA Times national correspondent David Cay Johnston has a Donald Trump book coming through Melville House with an August 2 pub date. The Making of Donald Trump investigates "Trump's numerous ties to organized crime, his history of litigation, his family background including his father's involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, his philandering, a close look at his actual skill in running casinos , constructing buildings and managing real estate, his numerous bankruptcies, and the questionable nature of his actual wealth."
  • Fact-checking a single Donald Trump speech required 12 AP writers. Erik Wemple/Washington Post
  • Fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski immediately joined CNN as a political commentator and, after showing his continued loyalty to Trump in his first appearance, admitted that he signed and is still under a non-disclosure agreement with the candidate.

  • Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, 27, is "The Woman Who ‘Totally Understands’ Donald Trump." NYT

    For another view: "One day you’re just a smiley PR lackey; the next, you’re a major operative in the nuttiest campaign in decades." GQ

  • If you didn't see the Tronc PR video for employees last week, here it is. Chief technology officer Malcolm CasSelle and chief digital officer Anne Vasquez explain how artificial intelligence will help the content creators at the LAT and the other papers create content "more efficiently," and thus allow for more video screens with ads to be placed on more stories, with the idea to increase revenue substantially.

  • Univision launched an English-language news website: Univision News.
  • LA Times photographer Ricardo DeAratanha pleaded no contest last week to resisting and obstructing police while he was transmitting photographs of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s funeral motorcade in Simi Valley in March. He was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and 16 hours of community service by a Ventura County judge. LAT
  • Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz is now part of a company that will package glossy video interviews at a price. :I have tremendous respect for journalism; this isn’t that,” he says. NYT
  • Andrea Seabrook has joined "Marketplace' as the show's new Washington bureau chief. She was the longtime congressional correspondent for NPR and a host of weekend "All Things Considered" and other shows.
  • Kimberly Guimarin was named senior editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, and remains as the top editor at the Sun in San Bernardino, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The Facts in Redlands. PE
  • Former LA Times Las Vegas correspondent John Michael Glionna says the Las Vegas Review-Journal "has commissioned me to write an ongoing series under the moniker 'Tales From The New West.'"
  • sonia-saraiya.jpgVariety has added to its critics roster with Owen Gleiberman, Sonia Saraiya (right, via Twitter) and Mo Ryan.
  • The LA Archdiocese newspaper The Tidings (around since 1895) is rebranding as the multiplatform Angelus News, with a weekly print news magazine, daily digital edition and a daily newsletter, plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. "We chose this name [Angelus] because it is the prayer between our patroness, our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of the Angels, and St. Gabriel the Arcangel, namesake of the first mission built in the Archdiocese," says the memo from the vicar general, Father Albert Bahhuth.
  • Former LA Times editor and reporter Jim Newton on what surprised him in the ESPN documentary "O.J.: Made in America." Vulture
  • City Journal contributing editor Harry Stein argues that the protests he and his group were allowed to get away with in the 1960s "wrecked Pomona College." City Journal
  • The bestsellers at Southern California independent bookstores are "The Girls" by Emma Cline (hardcover fiction) and "Tribe" by Sebastian Junger (hardcover nonfiction). More categories
  • The inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival s scheduled for Sept. 24. Info
  • Film LA has notified location scouts and others that the tunnel under the 6th Street bridge is now closed for filming, for demolition of the bridge.
  • Joshua Kamensky and Marie Condron are the new media contacts for Stop the Housing Ban, the name for the No campaign against the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” in Los Angeles.
  • Author and historian of California Remi Nadeau died on June 6 at age 95. Life Tribute page
  • Michael Herr, a Vietnam War correspondent who wrote the respected personal account "Dispatches," and who contributed the narration to “Apocalypse Now” and co-wrote the screenplay for “Full Metal Jacket,” died at age 76. NYT
  • Jack Fuller, the Tribune Company executive who oversaw the acquisition of Times Mirror and the hiring of John Carroll as editor of the Los Angeles Times, died at age 69. NYT
  • Patrick Emory, briefly an anchor at KNXT in Los Angeles in the 1970s, died in Florida at age 73. TV Spy

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