Read the memo

Soon-Shiong to staff: 'In awe of your talent'

Patrick Soon-Shiong sent the wire this morning that made it official — the Los Angeles Times is now a private company with him as the owner — and he followed with a note to the newsroom. He says nice things about the Times and its journalists that no one at Tronc ever said with any sincerity.

The newsroom emails follows up on yesterday's note to readers printed in the paper. Today's email repeats his personal commitment to journalism's role in democracy, forged "growing up 'non-white' under apartheid in South Africa."

I like this message to his new employees, who are celebrating today: "We are in awe of your talent and your continued passion for excellence."

Also this: "California — and the West — is where the world comes to see its future."

Click to enlarge.

pss-to-newsroom.jpg

LA Times page

Media page


More by Kevin Roderick:
Google taking over LA's deadest shopping mall
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Power out Monday across Malibu
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
Recent Read the memo stories on LA Observed:
New LA Times editor Pearlstine picks his deputies
Soon-Shiong to staff: 'In awe of your talent'
LA Times editor addresses pay gaps ahead of lawsuit
Soon-Shiong assures LA Times staff it's going to be OK
Read the memo: NYT grabs a top editor from LA Times masthead
Letter to the LA Times newsroom from Patrick Soon-Shiong
Read the memo: LA Times top editor warns staff about union
Memo: New LA Times publisher drops web widget