'Deadline LA' stays, Joe Jares obits and more media notes

The demise of KPFK's "Deadline LA" show I reported last week was greatly exaggerated. The weekly media analysis show hosted by Barbara Osborn and Howard Blume was included in a memo listing shows to be dropped to make way for Spanish language programming on Wednesdays, but it turns out that "Deadline LA" was included in error. The show survives and keeps its current time slot of 8 p.m. to 8:30 on Wednesdays.


  • Adam Nagourney, the New York Times bureau chief in LA, will take a year-long leave in 2018 to write a contemporary history of the NYT. Politico
  • This week's New Yorker has George Saunders traveling to Arizona, Wisconsin and California to try to understand the Donald Trump turn in American politics. Who are all these Trump supporters?
  • First thing new Trump campaign communications director Jason Mller had to do was delete his anti-Trump tweets. But Salon saved them.
  • Catching up on this: John Corrigan, who recently was the Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment coverage, including Hollywood and the Oscars, has left to be an editor at the Wall Street Journal. Here's an item at the Times' Readers' Representative blog.
  • jazmine-ulloa-twitter-320.jpgAlso at the LAT, Jazmine Ulloa has joined the Sacramento bureau to cover the Legislature and state government. She comes from the Austin American-Statesman in Texas. During the November election campaign she will focus on ballot measures.
  • The LA Weekly's Hillel Aron on these times at the LA Times. Weekly
  • Tronc vs. the Right Way for Publishers to Compete in the Digital Age. Harvard Business Review

The notion that you can transform a failing media company — or any company in any industry, for that matter — by infusing it with data and algorithms is terribly misguided.

  • At long last, Facebook articulates a set of news values. Poynter, Time
  • How The Huffington Post is mobilizing its newsroom to take on social issues. Poynter
  • The AP's all-female reporting team on "Seafood from Slaves" won another major award, this time from the Loeb Awards. UCLA Anderson
  • Eric Spitz, the Aaron Kushner business partner who became president and chairman of the board of the now defunct Freedom Communications, has been hired as managing director of a new Santa Ana office for Mercury, the public strategy firm. OC Register
  • evelyn-taft-kcal-back.jpgCBS LA meteorologist Evelyn Taft has moved back to evenings on KCAL-9 from mornings on Channel 2.
  • IndieWire has added Hanh Nguyen as Senior Editor and Jude Dry in the newly-created position of Digital Critic. IndieWire
  • Nancy Hereford announced she is leaving as director of media and communications at Center Theatre Group effective June 30. "On to a little retirement, a little freelance work...," she says.
  • The Getty has launched a regular podcast, Art + Ideas, with the president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Truyst, James Cuno, in conversation with creative thinkers. Info
  • LACMA curator Britt Salvesen also goes digital to bring the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit to Twitter.

  • Here's why the Daily News, Daily Breeze and other SoCal News Group papers were delivered late one day last week. Note to readers
  • Scarlett Johansson has taken the crown as Hollywood's highest-grossing actress ever. AP
  • The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced. Poynter
  • They were close to finding out whatever happened to Brooks Melchior and his sports and babes blog Sports By Brooks, but then they weren't. Awful Announcing
  • Joe Jares, a former reporter or columnist for Sports Illustrated, the LA Times, the LA Daily News, the LA Herald Express and UPI, died Saturday at age 78. He also taught journalism at USC, where he had been sports editor of the Daily Trojan. LAT, DN
  • Tom Kelly, the former radio voice of USC sports, died last week at age 88. DN
  • Stanley Meisler, the longtime foreign correspondent at the Los Angeles Times who officially retired in 1998 but kept on working, died at age 85. LAT

And: In our post on the recent LA Press Club award winners, I flubbed one of the mentions. Bill Raden of Capital & Main won online journalist of the year, and Daniel Miller of the LA Times won entertainment journalist of the year.

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