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Read the memo: LA Times hires again

specrtum1-alex-cohen-kr.jpg Plus: A new LA Times show debuts on Spectrum News 1 and LA Observed drops in to the station to talk about the state of local news media.

Read the memo: LA Times losing big on search traffic

lz-granderson-via-lat.jpg The Times also named the editor who will oversee presidential campaign coverage and hired LZ Granderson, formerly of ESPN, as a hybrid sports and culture columnist.

Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff

gustavo-arellano.jpg Read the memos: A new foreign editor, columnist and replacements for the late Jonathan Gold are among the positions in the latest roundup. Also an abrupt exit from the Times masthead and an updated lineup for the senior editor group.

Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*

Patrick-Soon-Shiong-zocalo.jpg Included are the return of Sue Horton as op-ed editor and an East Coaster billed as part of the replacement for the late food writer Jonathan Gold.

New seasons of SoCal Connected, Lost LA on KCET

LOSTLASeason3NathanYosemite.jpg "SoCal Connected" returns Oct. 9 with a new focus on long-form investigative documentary pieces, starting with the LA Times and other local newsrooms in transition.
wilshire-east-platinum.jpg The Times' most interesting new hire. An LA correspondent gives his farewell observations. Media moves and more.
rosey-alvero.jpg KCET debuts "SoCal Wanderer" with Rosey Alvero. The Wall Street Journal gets a new bureau chief. Plus other moves in local media.

Jonathan Gold, LA's preeminent food writer, has died at 57

jgold-scene-grab.jpg The restaurant critic, cultural anthropologist and voice of Los Angeles found out this month that he had pancreatic cancer.

New LA Times editor Pearlstine picks his deputies

soon-shiong-in-el-segundo.jpg Read the memo: Big promotion for business editor Kimi Yoshino, plus a new managing editor.
parton-holt-lapc.jpg Also: Press Club awards. The Athletic swarms Los Angeles. Moves by Jackie Johnson and David Poland. Selected tweets.
norm-pearlstine-lat-jc.jpg The journalism veteran has run Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He's been quietly getting to know the LAT staff as advisor to Patrick Soon-Shiong.

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

pss-to-newsroom.jpg "California — and the West — is where the world comes to see its future," the new owner of the Los Angeles Times says to his staff.

LA Observed Notes: Soon-Shiong era at LA Times begins

times-staff-toadts-duginski.jpg Staffers toast the end of Tronc in LA and a new start with an owner who seems to care. "Fake news is the cancer of our times," Soon-Shiong says.
cathleen-decker-lat.jpg The LAT also loses sports reporter Lindsey Thiry to ESPN and previously lost White House correspondent Brian Bennett to Time.

LA Observed Notes: Gaza to El Segundo, Kilauea to Burbank

century-plaza-construc.jpg A shooting on camera. A local news paywall. Media notes, media people, selected tweets and more.

LA Times editor addresses pay gaps ahead of lawsuit

jim-kirk-latimes.jpg With the newsroom threatening a class-action lawsuit, Jim Kirk memos the staff.

Soon-Shiong moving LA Times home to El Segundo

possible-lat-elsegundo-hq-twitter.jpg It doesn't much matter where a newsroom is located — unless you work there. Then it matters a lot. Times retention and hiring may be impacted.

Guild at LA Times learns harsh reality of the pay gap

lat-salaries-graphic.gif Women and people of color knew they made less than white men doing the same jobs, but now they have the numbers. "It's so grim to be able to mathematically quantify exactly how much my company undervalues me," says reporter Laura Nelson.

Trump comes calling on LA rush hour: what do we call it?

macys-eagle-rock-rabe.jpg LA Observed Notes: Christopher Hawthorne defects, Pomona mourns, Soon-Shiong goes to the Gridiron, media moves and much more.

Soon-Shiong assures LA Times staff it's going to be OK

soon-shiong-smiling.jpg Read the memo: Buyer assures nervous newsroom he wants to "preserve the integrity, honesty and fairness we’ve observed in our decades as avid readers of the LA Times."

Mid-week notes: Janice Min, the LA Times and a big move in Sacramento

janice-min-recode.jpg Plus: Valentine's Day cards written by LA Times staffers. Web-only crime series from KNBC. Media notes and more.

LA Observed Notes: Times' new owner is a coastal land baron

schiff-silver-lake.jpg Plus: Bed bugs in the library, more bad newspaper news, media moves and selected tweets.

KPCC names Megan Garvey as managing editor

megan-garvey-kpcc.jpg Garvey had been the top digital editor at the LA Times until the Tronc purge last year.

Dr. Soon-Shiong diagnoses the illness

greenberg-Soon-Shiong.jpg Steve Greenberg cartoon captures the new buyer of the LA Times.

Read the memo: NYT grabs a top editor from LA Times masthead

kim-murphy-lat.jpg Some in the Los Angeles Times newsroom had hoped that Kim Murphy would become the editor in chief once Patrick Soon-Shiong takes over.

Letter to the LA Times newsroom from Patrick Soon-Shiong

soon-shiong-512-tw.jpg Read the memo: The new LAT owner says buying the paper was deeply personal and he calls himself a longtime admirer of the Times journalists.

Soon-Shiong deal for LA Times goes through, Levinsohn returns*

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The deal for $500 million will close in April. The Times publisher was cleared by an internal investigation.

Patrick Soon-Shiong may be close to buying LA Times

soon-shiong-smiling.jpg The deal, if reached, would end the bizarre run of Tronc and Chicago investor Michael Ferro as California media owners. Soon-Shiong comes with questions of his own.

LA Observed Notes: Long reads, short reads and more

arax-wonderful.jpg If you read one long piece today, we have a suggestion. Plus the latest LA Times chatter, media people notes, Uma Thurman speaks, selected tweets and more.

Kirk in as LA Times crisis cools a bit

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Latest editor arrives and even gets some applause, just as a new disagreement breaks out in public over a high-profile investigation.

LA Times to get new top editor on Monday

jim-kirk-latimes.jpg Lewis D'Vorkin is out -- who didn't see that coming? -- and Jim Kirk, last year's interim editor of the LA Times from Chicago, is being rushed back to stop the madness.

LA Times 'prince of darkness' strikes

lewis-dvorkin-lat2.jpg A stormy day began with a 5,000-piece in CJR and ended with the Business editor walked out of the building, at least temporarily.

LA Observed Notes: Guild vote isn't even the top LA Times story

women-march-garcetti.jpg The LA Times staff voted union but there's a lot more going on. Val Zavala retires from KCET. Remembering Ed Moses and Greg Critser.
ross-levinsohn-la-times.jpg NPR reveals an alleged backstory on Ross Levinsohn that has the newsroom in a major uproar. It's especially painful for gay reporters.
joe-frank-sq.jpg Frank, the KCRW legend, died at 79. LA Times heads for another big disruption and loses a reporter. Layoffs coming in LA media.

LA Times goes outside and to sports for digital honcho

aon-center-from-wgc-kr.jpg Stephen Miller led FoxSports.com and CBS Sportsline. There's also talk of more hires and moving the Times offices, possibly out of downtown.
lat-guild-signs-newsroom.jpg Plus two weekend pieces examine Harvey Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister, and Pulitzer talk for Ronan Farrow.

Disney cancels ban on working with LA Times

Mickey-mice-disney.jpg This happened a little bit faster than I expected. Hope there's no deal involved.

LA Observed Notes: Shame on Disney, a runner writes and more

LEPPER-SOCIAL.jpg The scandal that won't go away. An LAT columnist apologizes. Job movies, an invite from the New York Times and other media notes.

Read the memo: LA Times top editor warns staff about union

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg "Here are some other facts you may want to consider as you decide whether or not to unionize."

Eli Broad retiring from public life 'right now'

eli-edythe-broad.jpg Broad chooses the New York Times for announcement that he wants to spend more time with his family and "catch up on my reading."

LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions

lewis-dvorkin-2013.jpg Lewis D'Vorkin has never run a newspaper and brings no Los Angeles experience to the table. At Forbes he increased web clicks and gave advertisers more influence.

LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare

academy-museum-sphere.jpg Coverage of the movie mogul's professional demise, many media notes, a union surfaces at the LA Times, selected tweets and more.

Helping in Houston, new lion cubs, Garcetti's back

p59-p60-nps.jpg Today's Bullet Points include LA Times newsroom love for a fired editor, pink blobs in Echo Park, media notes and selected tweets.

Memo: New LA Times publisher drops web widget

Thumbnail image for ross-levinsohn-lat.jpg Ross Levinshon concludes his first week in the news business with a rah-rah note to staff and some good news for users of the Times' website. Read it here.

Warren Olney leaving KCRW's radio lineup

warren-olney-2007-marc-goldstein.jpg More bullet points: LA Times' million-dollar publisher. The big business of the American quinceañera. Media people doing stuff. A Manny Ramirez sighting.

LA Times purge 'capped a month of newsroom turmoil'

canters-night.jpg Today's Bullet Points include a KPCC investigation of donations to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the vermin problem at Canter's, the Village Voice drops print, some LA media people notes and more.

Reporter Jill Leovy and admin assistant also let go by LA Times

Jill-Leovy-LA-Times-reporter.jpg Four top editors were not the only casualties of Tronc's purge in the LAT newsroom.

Top editors out at Los Angeles Times*

ross-levinsohn-lat.jpg Tronc has pushed out Los Angeles Times editor-publisher Davan Maharaj and replaced him with new publisher Ross Levinsohn and interim editor Jim Kirk, former editor of the Chicago Sun-Times.
snuggle-again.jpg Today's Bullet Points include lessons for the news media from Charlottesville, video of California condor chicks in the wild and selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: USC+LAT, newsroom cuts, local Emmys

crest-for-sale.jpg LA Times explains how many times it gave USC a chance to comment on a dean's secret life. Plus LAT buyouts, media people doing stuff and selected tweets.

LA Times' USC story is a real talker

lat-usc-inves-grab.jpg Investigation into the secret drug life of the dean of the Keck School of Medicine proves a bevy of stunning revelations. Kudos roll in.

Tronc Tower? LA Times may move to downtown skyscraper*

aon-center-from-wgc-kr.jpg Report of a lease deal says the Times will have naming rights to the 62-story Aon Center on Wilshire Boulevard. The Times says it has not signed a lease.

Print LA Times falls to lowest number of pages

baquet-baron-politico.jpg The Travel section is also going dark during the peak summer travel season. Meanwhile: a joint profile of former LAT editors Dean Baquet and Marty Baron.

Gary Friedman, 62, longtime LA Times photojournalist

gary-friedman-endeavour-gl.jpg Friedman was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Times photo staff for more than 30 years.
adam-schiff-lamag.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and observations from the media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets and more.
davan-note-latfob2017.jpg Maharaj at the LAT Book Prizes plus media notes, LA riots anniversary and more.

'Why Trump Lies' is next part of LA Times series

trump-lies-birds-lat.jpg "He is not merely amusing. He is dangerous," Monday's editorial says. "He has made himself the stooge...for every crazy blogger, political quack, racial theorist, foreign leader or nutcase peddling a story."

LA Times staff warned not to join women's marches

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg It's against "long-standing ethics guidelines" to participate, the managing editor's memo reminds the journalists.

Read the LA Times response to Los Angeles Magazine's piece

lamag-graphic-latimes.jpg Co-managing editor Larry Ingrassia goes after the magazine and writer Ed Leibowitz for "What's the matter with the Los Angeles Times?"

LA Times hires new sheriff's beat reporter

maya-lau-twitter-320.jpg Maya Lau comes to the LAT from Baton Rouge, where she covered crime and investigations.

LA Times says pro-internment letters should not have run

boys-barbed-wire-manzanar-skirball.jpg Editor-publisher Davan Maharaj says the letters to the editor of Travel violated the paper's standards for "civil, fact-based discourse."
latimes-buildings-from-city.jpg Magazine goes deep in a piece that finds an autocratic, distracted leader who insults women and other staffers.

Read the memo: LA Times finally names an obituary editor

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg It's been awhile since there was an editor in charge of covering prominent deaths. He doesn't get any assigned writers.

LA Times journos warned - again - about tweet politics

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The second memo of the fall election cycle reminds reporters and editors that social media is on the record.

Gannett drops Tronc and more midweek notes

8150-sunset-rendering.jpg Gigantic Frank Gehry project on Sunset Boulevard approved. Kudos for LAT's Sea Breeze investigation. Notes on Campaign 2016, 2017 and 2018. And more.

LA Times donates Pulitzer winnings to Cal State journalists*

lat-pulitzer-2016.jpg There will be a ceremony on Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino.

LA Times staffers in NYC to collect their Pulitzer

lat-staff-at-pulitzers.jpg I believe that's Sarah Parvini at left, then Priya Krishnakumar, Alexandra Manzano, Marcus Yam and Paloma Esquivel. Photo posted to Twitter by Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj....

LA Times explains use of fuck, mentions Trump deadlines

lat-readersrep-10-11-2016.jpg First time the f-word got in print since 1998, the paper says. The explainer is less revealing about the Trump tapes landing on Saturday's page 10.

Tronc sale to Gannett could be imminent

michael-ferro-yt.jpg Ken Doctor reports that a deal may be announced as soon as Monday, over the oposition of LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Mary McNamara gets editor role at LAT, and more notes

mary-mcnamara-lat.jpg Pulitzer winner joins masthead as the top arts and entertainment editor.

Tronc takes over the phones at LA Times

tronc-on-phone-lat.jpg The new telephones going into the newsroom at the Los Angeles Times carry the Tronc brand.

Monday media notes: a new format

katytur-marie-claire.jpg Gawker.com's last day. Clinton is in town for fundraisers. Media moves. Jobs. And in praise of the Olympics.

NYT thins more in Los Angeles, and the LAT hires locally

nyt-newsroom.jpg The LA bureau of the New York Times is down to one news reporter, one Hollywood reporter and film reviewer Manohla Dargis plus bureau chief Adam Nagourney.
gottlieb-suit-grab.jpg Jeff Gottlieb's lawyer represented T.J. Simers in his recent suit against the Times. Also: Another newsroom exit and confirmation of the Timers building's sale.

More going and coming on the LA Times Metro staff

annaphillips.jpg Veteran reporters Jason Song and Garrett Therolf are leaving, along with a recent hire from Texas, and a new education reporter comes from Florida.

Change on the Lakers beat at LA Times

tania-ganguli-320.jpg Mike Bresnahan goes to TWC Sportsnet and Tania Ganguli joins the LA Times from ESPN.com.

Oops: 6-year-old Betty Broderick story runs in LA Times*

broderick-320.jpg Weekend news report in the Times is an exact copy of a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2010.

LA Times staff told to keep political opinions off social media

latimes-twitter-logo.jpg "Don’t use your social media feed to pan or praise candidates, parties or their positions," a memo from the managing editor reminds reporters.

Is Ferro looking to escape his own troncosphere?

ferro-screen-grab-cnbc.jpg Ken Doctor hears that Tronc chairman Michael Ferro may be considering his options.

Media notes: LAT alum gets promoted at the NYT

marc-lacey-nyt.jpg Also a City Hall scoop by Variety, obits on Sydney Schanberg, job moves and more.

More details on mixed use plan for LA Times buildings

latimes-buildings-from-city.jpg Offices and retail in the older buildings, while it looks like the 1970s corporate side will be razed for apartments.

Read the memo: Tronc makes it official

tronc-logo.jpg There is no more Tribune Publishing. There is only tronc.

Tribune has a buyer for Times building in DTLA

latimes-building-from-above.jpg Onni group, based in Vancouver, has other projects in downtown and would redevelop the longtime LA Times home for offices and retail.

All is still roiling in the troncosphere

ferro-screen-grab-cnbc.jpg A demand to see the books. A shareholder lawsuit. Open derision at the corporate name change and strategy for the future.

David Lamb, retired LA Times star reporter, 76

david-lamb-vietnam-nyt.jpg Lamb was "the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession," his LAT obit begins.

NPR photographer dies in Afghanistan, more media notes

gilkey-tamanna-npr.jpg A managing editor is out, Muhammad Ali coverage, Tronc reactions, a wedding and more.

Tribune doubles down on the whole Tronc thing

tronc-logo.jpg It's not true that the new name for Michael Ferro's experiment in newspapering stands for Time to Recycle Old Newspaper Company.

Mitra Kalita leaving LA Times for CNN

mitrakalita-cnn.jpg The managing editor for digital strategy lasted just over a year.

Very unusual full page ad in LA Times

bruce-trudy-letter-recrop.jpg It appears as a mea culpa from a lawyer husband divulging personal health details about his wife.

Patrick Soon-Shiong buys into Tribune Publishing

Patrick_Soon-Shiong_wikipedia.jpg He becomes the second largest shareholder, vice chairman of the board, and Michael Ferro's defense against a takeover by Gannett.

Tribune Publishing sending its IT jobs to India

jean-merls desk.jpg About 200 staffers would be laid off, a report says.

LA Times squeezed out of hosting its own awards shindig

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Wednesday's staff party is cancelled because the Times could not, or did not, secure the room in its own building.

Report: Sasha Frere-Jones left LA Times under a cloud

Sasha-Frere-Jones.jpg The Wrap says that newsroom gossip is true about a strip club expense account, a free trip and more.

Gannett increases its offer for Tribune*

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The offer is now $15 a share plus assumption of debt, for a total value of $864 million.
nikkifinke-320-dh.jpg Clearing the desk of media moves, observations and other items.

Tribune Publishing slides toward parody

michael-ferro-yt.jpg Ferro's secret plan to monetize his new toy includes LA Times bureaus in Lagos, Moscow and Mumbai. But nothing for LA or California.

Steve Lopez channels Trump on California

donald-trump-tux.jpg We have a very beautiful state here. Absolutely beautiful.

Variety hires last LA Times Europe correspondent

henry-chu-variety-grafic.jpg Henry Chu is the trade's new European Bureau Chief. He took the LAT buyout last fall.

Sadly for LAT, this might be worst Tribune yet

michael-ferro-grafic-chicago-mag.jpg Ferro might be the illegitimate offspring of Sam Zell and former Freedom Communications CEO Aaron Kushner.

Beware: Ferro has magical plans for LA Times

michael-ferro-yt.jpg More revenue than you've ever seen. Artificial intelligence. Revolutionize the strategy. Piece of cake.

Would Gannett dish off LA Times to a local buyer?

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Sounds like mostly wishful thinking, since the prospect of Gannett management won't cause much excitement.

LA Weekly's Maddaus to Variety and more media notes

broad-iris-corner.jpg Larry Mantle on his friend Steve Julian. New post for Nicco Mele. The Broad gets a category on tonight's "Jeopardy." And a lot more.

Two newspapers, two approaches to Pulitzer brags

lat-pulitzer-grab-320.jpg The LA Times turns its most valuable website acreage over to its own Pulitzer Prize, while the Washington Post stays with news of more interest to non-journalists.

LA Times wins Pulitzer for coverage of San Bernardino shootings*

Pulitzer-Prize-logo.jpg The Times swarmed the story from the start and the effort pays off.

LAT photographer charged by Ventura County

ricardo-dearatanha-lat.jpg Ricardo DeAratanha was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer when he was confronted during the Nancy Reagan funeral in Simi Valley.

LAT TV writer jumps to The Wrap and other moves on the beat

collins-doty-thewrap.jpg Longtime TV reporter Scott Collins will be TV editor, and Michael Schneider joins Penske Media. Plus more.

LA Times taps HuffPost reporter to cover race & justice

jaweed-kaleem-325.jpg Jaweed Kaleem covered religion for HuffPo, where he had been for five years.

Change of plans: Freedom papers going to Digital First*

oc-register-bldg.jpg Tribune's high bid is rejected after a federal lawsuit and temporary restraining order. Now on to the judge to decide.

Cartoonist Ted Rall sues LA Times for defamation et al*

ted-rall-cartoon-nyo.jpg Former freelancer is back looking for vindication.

Justice Dept. files lawsuit to block Register sale to Tribune

latimes-building-from-above.jpg The civil antitrust lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order to block last night's auction results.

Tribune Publishing wins OC Register bidding*

oc-register-bldg.jpg LA Times parent puts up the most money, but questions remain.

U.S. throws wrench into LAT's bid for the Register

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg A letter from the Justice Department warns of antitrust concerns if Tribune Publishing were to acquire Freedom communications at auction.

New editors, hires on Calendar side of LA Times

la-rr-brenda-rodriguez-marc-bernardin-sarah-ro-001.jpg Moves announced today are follow ups to the buyouts last year in which something like 90 senior staffers left the paper.

Tribune and Digital First bid for the OC Register

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg A third bidder may yet join the auction but a sale could close by the end of the month.

LA Times declares Trump 'unsuited' to be president

donald-trump-tux.jpg On its first day under a new publisher, though I don't know if it mattered, the Los Angeles Times editorial board used very strong rhetoric in an editorial blasting...

Davan Maharaj named publisher too of the LA Times*

davan-maharaj-320.jpg The editor since 2011 will be the first joint editor-publisher of the LAT possibly since the era of General Harrison Otis. He's the fourth publisher in two years.

LA Times manages to goof up the Oscars*

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Oscar reporters had to demand access to the ceremony after corporate suits took the LAT's passes. Also: could Davan Maharaj add publisher to his title?

Sunday LA Times section front will change color in the light

lat-oscars-cover.jpg The Los Angeles Times is experimenting with this Sunday's print Calendar section — that is the day of the Academy Awards ceremony and TV show. The cover images of...

LA Times restaffs the Business desk

jean-merls desk.jpg A deputy from the OC Register and a tech editor from the Bay Area are added. Plus: A new column in Sports.

CEO who fired Beutner is out at Tribune Publishing*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Jack Griffin lasted less than three weeks under the new largest shareholder of Tribune Publishing, which is no less screwed up than the previous Chicago overlords of the LA Times.

Jose Antonio Vargas and the LA Times agree to break up

jose-antonio-vargas-michael-conti.jpg His #EmergingUS seeks to raise $1 million in 60 days in a new partnership with Beacon.

Ex-publisher Beutner has an op-ed in the LA Times

beutner-oped-lat.jpg This is weird in an only-in-LA kind of way, given that he was fired from the Times just last year.

Next step into digital news age by LA Times

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The "news and enterprise hub" will become the nerve center of the newsroom, geared to chasing the top news of the day for the web.

LA Times goes with fake Obama 'gridlock' headline*

lat-com-grab-2-12-2016.jpg The story doesn't include any reports of traffic problems, but some LAT headlines are becoming more about hype than truth.

Coastal Commission votes to fire Lester

lat-front-grab-2-10-2016.jpg The LA Times covers the political rift at the commission like a huge outrage story. All other news: secondary.

LA Times goes to Texas for Calif. politics editor*

allison-wisk-tw.jpg Allison Wisk has been deputy politics editor at the Dallas Morning News and has a J.D. degree. Also: New reporter in Sacramento.

LAT editors: Cruz does nation a favor in beating Trump

trump-iowa-cnn.jpg Trump's first test with actual voters falls short. Not a great result for Hillary Clinton either.

Carolyn Kellogg named LA Times books editor

carolyn-kellogg-lat-320.jpg She has been the section's writer and, for now, is the only staffer remaining. "Her job will go beyond the printed word to explore ideas, film, art and society," the memo says.

LA Times alums join bigger Kaiser Health News*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Chad Terhune and Russ Mitchell are the latest former Times journalists at the expanding nonprofit.

Judge now vacates ALL of T.J. Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg Judge William A. MacLaughlin apparently didn't get to finish his thought when he vacated part of the $7.1 million award against the LA Times on Monday.

Judge cuts $2.1 million from TJ Simers' jury award

simers-howard-grab.jpg The LA Times remains on the hook for $5 million, even though the judge found there was no evidence that the sports columnist was forced out.

Last day at the LA Times for more veterans*

larry-gordon-paul-feldman.jpg Higher education reporter Larry Gordon, foreign desk editor Paul Feldman and Washington bureau law enforcement specialist Richard A. Serrano all type -30- today.

David Ulin adds name to LA Times buyout list

David-Ulin-web.jpg Book critic David Ulin announced on Facebook that he is taking the buyout offer from the Los Angeles Times. Effective Tuesday.

Reuters picks up two LA Times buyout-ees

Reuters-Logo1-300x148.jpg Deputy business editor and a Metro investigative reporter land with the news service's Los Angeles bureau.

Tribune chief on why LA Times sale makes no sense

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg Jack Griffin, the CEO of Tribune Publishing, today addressed the chatter about his company possibly selling the Times and getting smaller.

Chris Dufresne's final LA Times column: not about football

chris-dufresne-lat.jpg 'My first recollection of the Los Angeles Times is my dad parking his delivery truck outside our house,' says the paper's departing college football writer.

Eli Broad: I'm not in talks to buy LA Times

eli-broad-grab-tavis.jpg The Wall Street Journal says Tribune Publishing is crafting an offer for the OC Register, and some in the LA Times newsroom expect news from the CEO in the morning.

Comrades memo: 'Like the old LA Times, but faster and more digital'

davan-maharaj.jpg Editor Davan Maharaj gives kudos for LAT coverage of the San Bernardino shootings.

Smaller LA Times does just fine on San Bernardino coverage

latimes-sbdoo-grab.jpg The LAT flooded the zone, broke news online and had 29 different contributors on shootings stories in the print paper this morning.

Editor memo: Hiring and refocus are on at the LA Times

davan-maharaj.jpg "It’s time to push ahead with the reorganization," Davan Maharaj writes. The Times also announced a new hire for the Dodgers beat.

'Let's not pretend this is anything but sad,' LA Times memo says

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Memo confirms that DC reporter Richard Serrano is leaving, details staff moves and announces that openings in Europe, Beirut and Las Vegas will be filled. Plus more.

LA Times sale rumor comes from Rupert Murdoch

latimes-from-2ndstreet.jpg Murdoch's Friday tweet about Eli Broad being close to acquiring the Times set off a media scramble. "Could well happen," Ken Doctor concludes.

New LA Times buyout names on farewell day for many

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg Arts and Culture Editor Kelly Scott, Books Editor Joy Press, City-County Bureau Chief Rich Connell and education editor Beth Shuster join the brain drain. Plus five more photographers.

Columnist Sandy Banks is taking the LA Times buyout

Sandy-Banks-zocalo.jpg "It’s time for a new chapter," says the Times' longtime columnist and most prominent African American journalist. "I don’t know what lies ahead."

Buyout list at LA Times 'makes you want to cry'

jean-merls desk.jpg "This gives painful dimension to the loss of knowledge and wisdom that Los Angeles is about to face."

LA Times printing plant land put up for sale

latimes-olympicplant.jpg Chicago's Tribune Media wants to cash in on the hot real estate market in downtown Los Angeles.

LA Times buyouts: Lead Paris reporter, higher ed reporter and more

henry-chu-twitter.jpg Henry Chu, Larry Gordon, Bret Israel and Martha Groves are among the new additions to the confirmed buyout list at the Los Angeles Times.

THR delivers a hit to LA Times entertainment coverage

thr-grab-11-18-15.jpg Joe Bel Bruno jumps from the LAT's Company Town team to lead breaking news coverage at the Hollywood Reporter.

LA Times forming Spotlight-ish investigations team

Spotlight-team-movie.jpg "We are looking for energetic journalists with proven records of digging deep into matters of public interest," editor Davan Maharaj says.

LA Times editor note to buyouts: 'We will miss you'

davan-maharaj.jpg Add Carol Williams, the longtime foreign correspondent, to the names of LA Times buyout takers.

List of Los Angeles Times buyout takers starting to mount

jean-merls desk.jpg Politics writer Jean Merl, sports writers Chris Dufresne and Chris Foster, national writer John Glionna, food columnist Russ Parsons and fashion critic Booth Moore are among those leaving.

Revisiting Mike Penner and Christine Daniels

Former LA Times sports editor Randy Harvey remembers his friend and colleague in the context of Houston's vote over transgender use of bathrooms.

Jury awards T.J. Simers $7.1 million from LA Times

simers-register-pic.jpg Wow. This caps an interesting day for the LA Times. When you go to trial, anything can happen.

Closing arguments in Simers suit against LA Times

Thumbnail image for simers-register-pic.jpg The six-week trial is wrapping up with the ask for damages dropping -- to just $12.3 million.

Outside funding of LAT stories an issue*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Washington Post looks at the relatively new Los Angeles Times practice of accepting money from nonprofits, including Eli Broad's, to help fund education reporting.

Bill Dwyre first LA Times columnist to say he's going

bill-dwyre-fb.jpg Former sports editor announced to horse racing writers that he is retiring. Plus: Updates on the buyout and the T.J. Simers trial.

Austin Beutner at Columbia Journalism School (video)

austin-beutner-columbia-gra.jpg After listening to Beutner make his case now a couple of places, I'm starting to think that his firing as publisher of the LA Times might turn out to be a real tragedy for the paper.
beutner-reliable-sources.jpg Austin Beutner makes a weekend appearance on CNN's "Realiable Sources," and KPCC examines if Eli Broad bought the LA Times.

LA Times buyout memo: 'We will get through this'

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The paper's California editor says "we are confident we can rebuild a Metro newsroom that continues to focus on agenda-setting journalism, watchdog reporting and aggressive coverage."

Beutner gets an invitation to Columbia

columbia-beutner-invite.jpg Fired LA Times publisher Austin Beutner will speak on "the future of newspapers" a week from today at the Columbia Journalism School.

Judge admonishes Times managing editor in Simers trial

simers-register-pic.jpg Plus look who is on T.J. Simers' legal team: Stephen Glass.

More dysfunction at Tribune newspapers*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Executives at the LA Times and San Diego Union-Tribune say Chicago told them to make the financials look worse than the executives believed.

POTUS here but should be lightest Obamajam yet

la-traffic-file-art.jpg The Times won't tell you because, one, it doesn't know LA as well as it should and, two, it hypes to attract web eyeballs.

T.J. Simers being cross-examined in LA Times suit

simers-register-pic.jpg Trial continues in the retired sports columnist's $18 million claim of age discrimination and retribution for writing critically about the publisher's friends.

Buyout offer now official at LA Times

lat-front-page-100515.jpg Almost everyone on staff at least a year can apply but there is a big inducement to leave for those eligible to retire.

Valley and Sacramento push back at Beutner firing

austin-beutner-coastalcc.jpg Two more letters to Tribune Publishing ask for a locally run LA Times. Plus: Joe Mathews writes Beutner was building a media-political entity that could be the future.

LA Times hires again, this time in Washington bureau

sarahdwire-twitter.jpg Sarah D. Wire, now the Washington presence of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will cover the California delegation online.

In advance of buyouts, LA Times still hiring

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Times added a new business writer, grabbing the managing editor of the LA Business Journal. Read the memo.

LA Times buyout offer delayed

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg It's a companywide initiative to cut costs at Tribune Publishing and might now be a few weeks off. Meaning exits during the holidays.

John Myers named Sacramento bureau chief for LA Times*

john-myers-twitter.jpg Read the memo: Myers is the California political and government editor at KQED in the Bay Area and a longtime Sacramento media hand.

Deputy managing editor shifts to digital at LA Times

latimes-com-front-grab.jpg Scott Kraft, a former foreign correspondent and national editor, will "identify, shepherd and polish the top stories of the day" for the Times website.

Soon-Shiong also now interested in buying LA Times

soon-shiong-forbes.jpg Report is that LA's richest person is "seriously considering" a bid but has not contacted Tribune. Not that the Times is even for sale.

LA Times editor: We must 'accelerate our evolution,' drop some news*

davan-maharaj.jpg Davan Maharaj memo declares it's a new, more digital era. Those considering the upcoming buyout will read it closely.

She hated life as a young female editor at the LA Times

jezebel-lat-graphic.jpg Devon Maloney was pop music editor for four months, then quit to freelance. "My colleagues gave me no enthusiasm or positivity."

LA Times turmoil: the view from New York and Chicago*

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg Tribune Publishing chief Jack Griffin talks to the NYT and his own Chicago Tribune. Beutner blamed for poor financial performance.

Trib's top shareholder drawn into fight over LA Times

latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg Bruce Karsh has held discussions with Eli Broad and others, says Crain's Chicago. Also a new examination of the LA Times' not-good situation by Newsonomics' Ken Doctor.

Tribune Publishing to LAT buyers: Drop dead

trib-statement-grab.jpg Board issues an unusual statement saying Los Angeles is important to the company's future and giving the CEO a vote of confidence.

Nicco Mele lands at USC Annenberg center after LA Times

nicco-mele-usc.jpg He was the LAT's big digital hope but followed Austin Beutner out the door. Also: LA's Board of Supes and a new online petition call for local leadership of the Times.

Chicago imposing deep new cuts on LA Times, report says

Tribune Pubishing wants to reduce editorial expenses by about $10 million and 80 positions. That's a big hit.

LA Times tries a daily politics newsletter

sign-up-page-lat.jpg Essential Politics so far looks as if it will aggregate Times coverage of the presidential campaign and other politics news, with some narrative and analysis tying items together.

LA Times battle: now a stare-down between Broad and Tribune?

broad-at-museum-site-gl-dtn.jpg Analyst Ken Doctor says the fight for Times control is still on and has some intriguing wrinkles.

Former LA Times publisher calls Beutner firing 'tragic, reprehensible'

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Tom Johnson says in email to Austin Beutner that 'Your strategy was exactly what The Times needs in this rapidly changing media world.'

Los Angeles Times of 1999 compared to 2015

repoters-notebook.jpg Look what the newspaper boasted about 16 years ago — and look at what's gone.

Broad, Villaraigosa, Riordan sign protest letter to Tribune

open-letter.jpg More echoes of the early Tribune years in LA: open letter signed by 60 leaders backs Austin Beutner.

Next out: LA Times senior VP and chief of staff

simril-lmu.jpg "I believe that this world class city deserves a world class paper," Renata Simril says in her exit email. Nicco Mele is said to be next.

LA Times loses White House reporter and VP of communications

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Also: Ken Doctor writes this may not be the end of Austin Beutner's and Eli Broad's efforts to acquire the Times.

Beutner's email access blocked, so he exits on Facebook

beutner-thoughts.jpg "I am not departing by choice...Tribune Publishing has decided to fire me. I will continue to root for you to succeed."

Austin Beutner out as LA Times publisher in Chicago power play*

austin-beutner-almeida-nyt.jpg Tribune Publishing's chief is headed to Los Angeles this morning to replace Beutner with a more Chicago-friendly publisher. The move, I'm told, follows a failed bid by Eli Broad to buy the Times away from Tribune.

LA Times explains why it ran photo of drowned Syrian toddler

syria-toddler.jpg Assistant managing editor Kim Murphy says, given everything, "publishing the photo felt less like a gamble and more like an imperative."

LA Times loses investigative reporter to CNN, girds for buyouts

scott-glover-fb.jpg Scott Glover will be a justice reporter based in Los Angeles. Everybody at the LAT seems to expect a new round of buyouts soon.

What one key LA Times editor liked in the past week

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Memo from the ME for editorial strategy praises coverage of schools, Straight Outta Compton and Taylor Swift. Plus more.

LA Times adds another TV writer: Libby Hill

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Hill will report and comment on TV in the paper, for the web and on Twitter.
ted-rall.png Editors re-explain the decision to cut ties with the cartoonist and add new analysis of a disputed LAPD audio tape.

Beutner unveils grant-funded education push at LA Times

lat-education-grab.jpg Timed to today's start of school in LAUSD, the Times is "rededicating itself to coverage of teaching and learning" with Education Matters and new staffers.

Beutner says LA Times to expand political report cards (video)

beutner-news-conf.jpg Statewide officials and the county Supes are next. Garcetti is an "earnest booster" who needs to get to the hard work, Times publisher says.

LA Times notes: New VP, partnership, data editor and obit

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Another VP comes with government experience, the LAT's most senior newsroom staffer takes on a new assignment, and an obit for Larry Stammer.

Garcetti gets a C from LA Times editorial writers

james-garcetti-on-phones.jpg "Unfortunately, our concerns are becoming reality," the LAT opinion side says in its latest report card.

LA Times parent company puts on the happy face

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Memo from Tribune Publishing boss celebrates the first year out from under the old Tribune.

Ted Rall dropped by LA Times over blog post about LAPD*

ted-rall.png The paper says the editorial cartoonist's post had factual inconsistencies. He says the Times buckled to pressure from the police department.

LA Times changing up in Mexico City

tracy-wilkinson-lat.jpg After eight years, bureau chief Tracy Wilkinson is moving to Washington and Beirut bureau chief Patrick McDonnell and others are headed to Mexico. "We're doubling down" in Latin America, a spokeswoman says.

Letter grades for electeds begin with Galperin

galperin-grade-grab.jpg The LA Times editorial board wants Controller Ron Galperin to think bigger and be noisier.

New book on big science by the LAT's Mike Hiltzik

lawrence-cyclotron.jpg The business columnist provides a new biography of Ernest Lawrence, the Berkeley physicist who played a big role in the envelopment of atomic weapons.

View Park gets an LA Times story, with some geo-confusion

view-park-palm-streets.jpg Some black residents of the hilly neighborhood off Crenshaw see an influx of white homebuyers as a problem. But is it really a Westside issue? (No.)

Bob Baker, 67, former LA Times journalist

Baker worked for the Times as a reporter and editor for 26 years. He also contributed to LA Observed in the site's early years.

Sasha Frere-Jones joining LA Times as cultural critic

sasah-frere-jones-twitter.jpg The editors call Sasha Frere-Jones "one of the leading voices of our time on music, language and culture." He won't report to any of the arts or culture editors, however.

Black Twitter beat at LA Times has people talking

dexter-thomas-twitter.jpg NPR, the Washington Post and Digiday are among the media outlets covering the LAT decision to hire a new reporter to engage with blacks who tweet.

Report: Roll Call editor to take over LA Times politics

Christina-Bellantoni-softball.jpg Dylan Byers of Politico reports the hiring of Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni to be Assistant Managing Editor for Politics -- a title that does not currently exist.

LA Times adds three, including 'Black Twitter' reporter

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg S. Mitra Kalita, one of the paper's three managing editors, announced additions to the audience engagement team.

LA Times sells front page masthead to 'Minions' movie*

lat-front-minions.jpg The Times breaks another advertising standards convention in bid to get movie ads back in the paper. Publisher Austin Beutner made the call.

City Hall reporter moving to another floor

city-hall-with-palms.jpg Catherine Saillant left the LA Times on Friday and will be a communications deputy in one of the newest city departments.

A plus and a minus for the LA Times

lat-sports-oops.jpg A glaring editing mistake on the cover of Sports distracts from the return of former columnist Peter King.

LA Times hires a director of audience engagement

latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Alexandra Manzano’s promotion "reflects the growing importance of our social-media team and its role in helping connect the Los Angeles Times with our audiences."

San Diego paper now printed at the LA Times

sandiego-ut-bldg.jpg The Union-Tribune's last press run in San Diego was Sunday morning. About 100 operations people were laid off.

John Carroll, 73, former editor of LA Times

john-carroll-iwmf.jpg The editor who led the Times to 13 Pulitzers in the first five years of Tribune ownership, then left rather than begin to dismantle the paper with cuts, died in Lexington, Kentucky of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Pete King rejoining the LA Times California staff

lat-front-beutner.jpg King had been reporter, columnist and city editor before leaving in 2009 for the University of California communications staff. He comes back to bolster California coverage.

Investigations editor leaves LA Times after less than a year

brandi-grissom-twitter.jpg Brandi Grissom was hailed as a big get from the Texas Tribune last summer. Today she announced she's going back to Texas.

Greenwald rips LA Times a new one over Snowden editorial

Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpg Edward Snowden's chief journalistic collaborator says the LA Times runs sensitive leaked material all the time and only calls to punish whistleblowers who embarrass those in power.

Memo: Film critic Betsy Sharkey 'heading home to Texas'

besty-sharkey.jpg Friday is Sharkey's last day at the Los Angeles Times after 17 years, the last seven as film critic.

Thursday politics notes

sanchez-xmas-card.jpg Sanchez is running. Brown and Napolitano make up. A good point about almonds and water. Another LATimesman leaves for political PR. And more.

Beutner 'a regional news leader to be watched nationally'

austin-beutner-coastalcc.jpg News industry analyst Ken Doctor likes the moves Austin Beutner has made at the Los Angeles Times, including the acquisition of U-T San Diego.

Mormon temple finally embraces the brown

mormon-temple-brown-grass.jpg My post last week on the Mormon lawn in Westwood had a weird, short life as a media drought nugget. After hedging, the landmark temple now says, yes, the lawn is going dry to help out.

LA Times Pulitzer winner exits an unhappy camper

gottlieb-vives-esquivel.jpg Jeff Gottlieb, who shared in the 2011 Pulitzer for Bell coverage, warns in his exit email to Times staffers about "these treacherous waters"

LA Times finally gets hold of San Diego

latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Tribune Publishing buys U-T San Diego and installs Times publisher Austin Beutner as publisher there too. Otis Chandler's dream realized?

Inside the LA Times Valley edition in 1993 (video)

jeff-klein-latvideo-grab.jpg An 11-minute promotional film on MySpace shows the newsroom and printing plant (and the hairstyles) when the Times had an entire newspaper operation in Chatsworth.

Lauter to run LA Times' 2016 campaign coverage

david-lauter-twitter.jpg The LA Times has tapped Washington bureau chief David Lauter to run the presidential campaign coverage. Read the memo.

LA Times hires in China and on the West beat

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg William Yardley's hire to cover energy and environment issues in the West from Seattle is funded by the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism.

Cathleen Decker named California politics columnist for LA Times

cathy-decker-twitter.jpg Decker "will become our signature voice on California politics," says today's memo from the top editors.

LA Times brings on new chief flack from Obama White House

johanna-maska-obama-wh.jpg Johanna Maska goes back to 2007 with Obama and has just stepped down as director of press advance. She's the LAT's new veep for marketing and communications.

David Laventhol, retired LA Times publisher, was 81

Laventhol created the Washington Post Style section and came to the Times through Newsday.

Prize season: Journos of the year, LAT and more

cheryl-fair-spj-award.jpg It's all about the acronyms: SPJ-LA, ASNE, ACES and ASJA. Congratulations to all the winners.
alejandra-campoverdi-ucla.jpg Alejandra Campoverdi is the former Obama aide named managing editor of #EmergingUS, the Times' multimedia venture on race and multiculturalism.
david-lazarus-twitter.jpg Consumer columnist David Lazarus has been getting more openly anti-Republican on his Twitter feed. So get ready for cat videos.

Q&A(s) with new managing editor for strategy at the LA Times*

mitra-kalita-twitter.jpg S. Mitra Kalita says few jobs in journalism would make her "uproot my family, leave a neighbourhood and friends I love, and exit an innovative startup like Quartz."

LA Times goes for digital innovator in new sports editor

angel-rodriguez-twitter.jpg Angel Rodriguez is deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. He had been in sports roles previously.
alejandra-campoverdi-ucla.jpg Alejandra Campoverdi will be managing editor of #EmergingUS. She worked in the White House from 2009-2012 and has a media background.
mitra-kalita-twitter.jpg S. Mitra Kalita will be managing editor for editorial strategy. This year's addition from the NYT also gets a new title.

Shrinking LA Times quietly drops page count from Page One

latimes-page-counter.jpg The traditional statement of total pages in each day's paper vanished last week from the printed LA Times front page.

LA Times discovers its inner Obamajam

lat-com-front-obamajam.jpg The Obamajam trope is old and tired, and even I'll admit it was kind of parochial to begin with. But today, the LA Times loves it.

LA Times.com gets the news message

latcom-front-3-12-15.jpg Starting at the top of the home page, I count 22 headlines from various sections before they start steering us to older stories and features deeper on the site.

LA Times also adapts meetings to the digital news cycle

leonardbillboardtimes.jpg Read the memo: Editors now meet at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., with the focus the website more than the next day's front page.

LA Times taps NYT for new op-ed editor

JulietLapidos-nyt.jpg Juliet Lapidos is an opinion editor and writer for the New York Times and formerly edited or wrote for Slate, the Atlantic, the Awl and other outlets.

LA Times spokeswoman leaving for 'new adventures'

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Nancy Sullivan flacked for the Times during much of the Tribune years. Memos from her and Austin Beutner inside.

LA Times partners with Jose Antonio Vargas on new race section

jose-antonio-vargas-cnn.jpg Journalist who is famously undocumented will create a new section of the LAT website on race, immigration and multiculturalism.

Mariel Garza of Sacramento Bee joins LA Times editorial board

mariel-garza-bee.png She has been deputy editor in Sacramento. Here she will be an editorial writer. Read the memo here.

Sunday was publisher day in the pages of the LA Times

beutner-illo-lat.jpg Current publisher Austin Beutner announced a new book club — his first selection is by one of his employees — and the previous publisher traveled to Antarctica with his sons for a blowout in the Travel section.

Russ Parsons moves from LAT food editor to columnist

russ-parsons-juggles.jpg Move has been in the works for awhile, he says. Amy Scattergood slides up to food editor.

Laurie Becklund, journalist, dies at 66

laurie-becklund-stanford.jpg The award-winning former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times died Sunday night at home in the Hollywood Hills. Her husband, UC Irvine law professor Henry Weinstein, says that services are pending.

Social media editor leaves LA Times for RYOT News

stacey-leasca-grab.jpg Stacey Leasca has been the LAT social media editor since last March. Today's her last day.

LA Times runs fire ads with arson photos

lat-fire-ad.jpg Top of the LAT website carries an ad for "Fire without the Fuss" beside a photo gallery on the Da Vinci apartment blaze.

Hector Tobar, Miriam Pawel on National Book Critics Circle list

untold-stories-tobar-cover.jpg Books by the two former LA Times journalists are finalists for the prestigious American literary awards for 2014.

KPCC's Alice Walton moving to LA Times

Alice-Walton-zocalo.jpg The KPCC politics reporter will split time between City Hall and working on "innovative ideas on how the paper can get its news out to readers."

Tribune plans to 'redevelop' LA Times buildings

latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Chicago is seeking a partner to turn the corner of 1st and Spring into some sort of big mixed-use project.

New associate editor of LA Times is ex-NYT

LarryIngrassia copy.jpg Larry Ingrassia left the New York Times last year after a stint as deputy managing editor for new initiatives. He was the NYT business editor for eight years.

Has postmodernism destroyed journalism and more?

culture-crash-cover.jpg Laid-off LA Times writer Scott Timberg's new book about the pressures on journalism and the creative class is out, reviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review.

Two more big exits from the LA Times: Jim Rainey and Jimmy Orr*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Variety sped up an announcement of Rainey's hiring tonight after I called him seeking comment. Orr is leaving for Colorado and a startup.

Violent crime in city going up, LAPD admits

highlcouds-lapd-bldg-pal.jpg For the first time in 12 years, LAPD crime reports show an increase in the statistical category labeled as violent crimes -- just months after the LA Times caught the department understating crime.

LA Times hires the sports intern, Register hires ex-LAT pair

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Couple of media move memos from last week involving the local newspapers.

Kurt Streeter leaving LA Times for ESPN

kurt-streeter-twitter.jpg There are recurring rumbles of more prominent departures from the Los Angeles Times as the year comes to a close. Streeter has written often about sports for the Times.

Media notes: LA Times hires from TV Guide for New York

thr-design-grab.jpg Stephen Battaglio, business editor of TV Guide, joins Company Town. KCAL cuts news shows. THR redesigns. Plus more.

Beutner apparently didn't mean to ding LA Times' Biz section

Riordan-Beutner-gary.jpg Times' business editor sends out a staff email with the rest of the quote that Beutner delivered at yesterday's Town Hall LA lunch speech. Plus: More of Buetner's comments on the LA Times' future.

Suzy Jack moves from City Hall to Beutner's team at LA Times

Matt-Szabo-and-Suzy-Jack-ocamb.jpg The deputy in Controller Ron Galperin's office will become Vice President of Projects at the Times. She was the youngest deputy mayor in the Villaraigosa administration.

LA Times looking for op-ed editor to replace Sue Horton

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Editorial page editor Nick Goldberg calls the position of op-ed editor "one of the best at the paper." Read his memo inside.

LA Times staff gets its vacation time back

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Read the memo: CEO Jack Griffin's email to the staff late on Friday night rescinds the policy that attempted to strip away accrued vacation time and force reporters and editors to make a case for paid time off they used to earn.

Charles Champlin: LA arts and film journalist was 88

charles-champlin-thr.jpg Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.

Huge change: No more set vacation or sick days at LA Times

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Tribune Publishing calls it Discretionary Time Off, and says employees may actually get as many paid days off or even more. But to get even a sick day, you may have to convince a supervisor your performance merits it -- and no more banking vacation days. Read the memos.

LA Times also adds a familiar editor

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Bob Sipchen returns to the LA Times as senior editor in the California section. He has been communications director for the Sierra Club and editor of the advocacy group's magazine.

LAT's Maeve Reston moves to CNN political team

maeve-reston-nbc.jpg Reston will stay in LA and cover politics and the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN's digital side and the TV network.

Mark Heisler's return to LA Times' NBA beat lasts one column

heisler-forbes.jpg Heisler, laid off sort of famously in 2011, wrote one NBA piece last week then was dropped. He says he wasn't told why.

Beutner hires 'chief of staff' from the Dodgers

simril-lmu.jpg Renata Simril previously worked in City Hall for Mayor James Hahn and then-Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. She will be a senior vice president of the LA Times.

Déjà vu: LA Times under Beutner restores California section

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Part two of the Times will go back to being the California section starting tomorrow. It's part of focusing on local news, says publisher Austin Beutner: "LATExtra only means something to those who work in the printing plant."

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees

The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.

Kuehl gets LA Times endorsement in Supes race

sheila-kuehl-480.jpg If publisher and Shriver backer Austin Beutner had any role in the decision, it doesn't show. The editorial says Sheila Kuehl "best embodies the qualities needed for the new era."

In Kuehl-Shriver showdown, what will Beutner do?

austin-beutner-almeida-nyt.jpg I'm still traveling and trying not to pay close attention to LA politics or media, but this is too intriguing to pass up.

Hector Tobar leaving LA Times for Univ. of Oregon*

hector-tobar-fb.jpg Tobar, a former foreign correspondent, has most recently been a staff writer in books. His book on the buried Chilean miners comes out next month.

LA Times website currently leading with no-news quake

nyt-grab-9814.jpg If you want breaking news in the LA area at night, you might be better off not going to the LA Times website. They prefer quakebot copy to real news.

Bowen reveals severe depression, has moved to a trailer park

debra-bowen-google.jpg "It has been 30 years since I have had a depression that has weighed this heavily on me, so I am in new territory," the California secretary of state told the LA Times. There also have been tax liens due to missed tax payments.

LA Times to air documentaries exclusively on DirecTV

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The first video under a new Los Angeles Times Originals banner debuts Sept. 13. Noted: Ex-publisher Eddy Hartenstein founded DirecTV.

Cal State LA hires another ex-LA Timesman

peter-hong-release.jpg The Eastside campus has been hiring to raise its public affairs profile under a new president. Peter Hong is senior deputy for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

LAT's Robert J. Lopez leaves for communications job at Cal State LA

robertjlopez-fb.jpg Robert J. Lopez has been an investigative reporter and on the cops and street action beat for the Los Angeles Times for 22 years. An early convert to digital journalism, he's also a prolific tweeter of breaking news @LAJourno.

New local news editors named at the LA Times

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Today's memo from LA Times Metro editor Shelby Grad announces a shake-up of the editing team following Grad's promotion from city editor.

Today's LA newspaper front pages vary a lot

laopinionfront-82114.jpg Here's how four of the local front pages look in print today: Times, Register, Daily News and La Opinión. Just a visual survey, nothing more.

LA Times asking readers about a smaller format paper

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The survey asks readers to react to marketing messages that would announce a switch to a "new, compact size" but the LAT flack says it's just marketing research.

Beutner makes the media rounds, sounds upbeat

austin-beutner-almeida-nyt.jpg New Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner broke his media silence Tuesday and appeared in the morning on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle, and in the evening on KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" with Warren Olney. I gave my response on the KCRW segment.

LA Times reporter says au revoir to Silicon Valley

sock-puppet-obrien-crop.jpg Silicon Valley "is one of the most amazing places on the planet," says Chris O'Brien on his way to three years in France.

Here's what Beutner will be paid as LA Times publisher

Thumbnail image for latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg The 3-year package starts with a base salary of $675,000 a year, an annual bonus of the same amount, and a $40,000 personal allowance each year. Plus equity and more, per an SEC filing.
beutner-lamag.jpg The former mayoral candidate who looked into buying the Times says he won't be a caretaker or dictate coverage. "It’s an organization that has to change in order to prosper. If they’re looking for a caretaker, they picked the wrong guy.”

What the LA Times wants in the next sports editor

cup-beach-doughty.jpg The Los Angeles Times needs a new editor to run the sports department. If you're curious what the requirements are, check out the job posting.

Times adds aerospace reporter recently at the Register

melody-petersen-twitter.jpg Melody Petersen joined the OC Register in 2012 as an investigations reporter.

LA Times loses the sports editor and a tech reporter

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Mike James announces his retirement, and Robert Faturechi leaves for ProPublica. They join the foreign editor, the lead Company Town blogger and others getting the heck out of Dodge while they can. But the Times is also hiring.

LA Times shifts top foreign, national and metro editors

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Kim Murphy to run both Foreign and National, Shelby Grad takes over Metro, Ashley Dunn moves to National and Brandi Grissom joins the Times from the Texas Tribune.

KFWB going all sports, LA Times needs water, more media notes

lat-drinking-water-pearce.jpg LA Times staffers are restless about halted delivery of bottled water in the newsroom. Plus a veteran NPR voice dies, a SoCal media voice gets married, and more on Mission & State.
joe-flint-twitter.jpg Flint will be based in the LA bureau of the Journal. He covered media for the WSJ for seven years before joining the Times.

A sign of the print apocalypse?

newsbox-apocalypse.jpg News boxes observed, spotted on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.

Tribune jabs one last FU in the LA Times' face

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg In the final email from CEO Peter Liguori, Tribune's newspaper story is a purely Chicago story. No Chandlers or LA Times.

LA Times doubles down on Hot Property

hot-property-grab.jpg The Hot Property blog is back on the A-list at LA Times.com, with a new hire and a newsroom memo to explain it all.

LA Times hires freelancer as new arts and culture blogger

carolina-a-miranda.jpg The number of Spanish speakers on staff goes up by one with the addition of Carolina Miranda, formerly of Time and KCRW, a Valley native who worked as an LAT desk assistant more than two decades ago.

Unblended: A tale of two newspaper film reviews

blended-sandler-barrymore.jpg A.O. Scott in the New York Times says Adam Sandler's "Blended" is so bad it will make your child stupid. The LA Times calls it a "fun...enjoyable romp."

Baquet abruptly named new editor of NYT, Abramson out *

baquet-abramson-keller.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times who left during the worst of the Tribune Company manhandling of the LAT, today was named executive editor of the New York Times. Jill Abramson is out. No explanation.

LAT Mexico City reporter jumps to New York Times

nyt-newsroom.jpg Richard Fausset is leaving Mexico City to return to Atlanta, this time as a New York Times national correspondent. Plus another opening at the NYT.

LA Times reporter in Washington jumps to AP

AP-logo.jpg Ken Dilanian will cover intelligence for the Associated Press bureau.

Hollywood fault may lie under some well-known properties

la-hollywood-fault-flyover.jpg The LA Times has taken the state's January maps of the earthquake faults that pass under Hollywood and added an interesting visual.

Times to unveil web redo, and Register begins delivery

lat-com-new-front.jpg LATImes.com is finally getting the design makeover it has needed for years — see how Eddy Hartenstein flacks it. Plus the LA Register (remember it?) will now deliver to homes.

Security beefed up (a tad) in LA Times building *

lat-security-memo.jpg Memo to the staff from Eddy Hartenstein after last week's police incident says "the situation that transpired with a VXI employee on Friday night has been a cause of concern to us all."

New LA Times tech editor will work from Bay Area

Russ Mitchell will guide coverage of Silicon Valley and tech companies, and write for the paper's Tech Now blog.

LA Times loses another reporter to BuzzFeed

Thumbnail image for buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest staff writer to jump ship at the Los Angeles Times is Metro projects reporter Jessica Garrison. Read the farewell memo inside.

Times adds a veteran reporter in the Valley

Former national correspondent will double the allotment of Times staff to the Valley. Wonder if this move is Register related? Meanwhile, in Orange County the Register partners with a local startup newsroom.

Snowden stories win Pulitzer for Guardian, Washington Post

Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpg The Boston Globe wins in breaking news for its coverage of the Boson Marathon bombings. The New York Times wins in both photography categories. There are no local winners, but several LA Times finalists.

Register arrives as Tribune undercuts the Times

la-register-staff-lortiz.jpg The LA Register debuts Wednesday: staff of 40, available in 5,500 stores and newsracks. Still waiting for evidence that it will make a ripple in the LA news cycle, let alone thrive as a business. Meanwhile, things don't look so great at the Times again.

LA Times alums: Ruth Ryon, Lonnie White*

Thumbnail image for lonnie-white-wearesc.jpg Ruth Ryon created the LA Times' Hot Property feature. Lonnie White covered sports and had played football at USC, where he set the school's single-season record for kickoff return yardage.

LA Weekly adds new details on Oxy-Felch story

The LA Times maintains its silence despite fair questions about what else Jason Felch was reporting on and whether the editors and lawyers botched handling of Occidental College stories.
oxy-quad.jpg Woman identified only as "a faculty member critical of Occidental’s administration" alleges a messed-up situation at the college. Oxy disagrees. Plus more details.

LA Times' quirky quake story generator strikes again

lat-quakelet-grab.jpg There was a 2.7 micro-quake under Long Beach on Monday. The Times auto-story generator breathlessly reported the quake was centered "347 miles from Phoenix." That's helpful, thanks.

LA Times names new Business Editor

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Kimi Yoshino succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the Times for the Wall Street Journal.

Friends try to cheer up dying prof and writing coach

jim-hayes-fb.jpg Jim Hayes taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked for many years as a part-time writing coach at the Los Angeles Times. Those two pursuits earned him a solid base of admirers and a story today in the Times.

Jason Felch statement, and a clarification on Occidental College

jason-felch-book-site.jpg Felch disputes a lot of what Occidental says about him. The college makes a point with me. And this whole story is starting to be a perfect storm of interlocking acquaintances.

Occidental College adds its own take on the Jason Felch incident

oxy-quad.jpg Oxy statement disputes claims made by fired LAT reporter. Plus: A Washington Post blogger weighs in.
jason-felch-book-site.jpg Jason Felch was dismissed for what the editor of the Times calls "an inappropriate relationship" with a source on the Oxy stories. We'll note, because the editor didn't, that Oxy retains Felch's former investigative reporting partner at the Times.

LA Times names social media editor from within

stacey-leasca-grab.jpg Stacey Leasca has been promoted to social media editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she will direct social media strategy across the newsroom. Memo is inside.

Dawn Chmielewski leaving LAT entertainment and tech team

dawn-chm-twitter.jpg Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.

Tribune Publishing names new CEO for LA Times, other papers

Jack Griffin, a longtime print media executive who now runs the New York consulting firm Empirical Media, will take over this summer as CEO of Tribune Publishing. Eddy Hartenstein will become "non-executive chairman" of the new company.

Hope is dwindling for a non-profit news operation in LA *

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Edited post: An earlier effort has quietly closed down for lack of interest among those who could finance a new website, writes Leo Wolinsky, the former LA Times managing editor. He notes that KPCC's hunger for grants also sucks up non-profit money that might otherwise go into creating new, better local news sites.

Sam Quinones moves on from LA Times

Sam-quinones-240.jpg This farewell note went out to the Los Angeles Times newsroom today from former staff writer Sam Quinones. He's off to freelance and write books, most immediately about America's new upper middle class heroin epidemic.

LA Times to ditch current reader comments

jimmy-orr-comments-crop.jpg When a new comments engine debuts on Thursday, the banks of readers utterings already posted will apparently just go away.

William F. Thomas, editor of the LA Times at its peak was 89

bill-thomas-letter.jpg Bill Thomas was editor of the Los Angeles from 1971 to 1989, a time in which the paper's reputation grew nationally due largely to the expansion in coverage and ambition he led.

LAT Business Editor leaves for a foreign post

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Marla Dickerson will become Brazil bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Calendar writer Reed Johnson, her husband, is also jumping to the WSJ in Brazil.

LA Times passed on running Dylan Farrow's letter

dylan-farrow-by-frances-silver.jpg Dylan Farrow's letter that ran on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times blog was shopped around first and turned down by the Los Angeles Times op-ed page.

Los Angeles Times loses Ken Bensinger to BuzzFeed

buzzfeed-la.jpg Times editors joke that BuzzFeed is "the online juggernaut known for hard-hitting reports such as 'The 25 Most Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions.'” But they regret losing Bensinger.

Longtime LA Times sportswriter tweets her own layoff

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Diane Pucin has been covering sports media and tennis, as well as other sports, at the Los Angeles Times for a long time.

George Skelton observes 40 years of change in Sacramento

george-skelton-bug.jpg Skelton, the Los Angeles Times columnist in Sacramento, notes in his latest column that he had his first story in the paper 40 years ago — a front-pager about Ronald Reagan heading into the final year of his two terms as governor. "Unbeknown to most people outside this business, nothing is more important to a news reporter — short of accuracy — than landing on Page 1," he says.

Ugly news website screen grab o' the day

lat-grab-1-3-14.jpg It's another one of those days when the LA Times says to hell with even trying to make the website attractive or newsy.

Two veteran LA Times editors sign out, and one returns

scott-martelle-mug.jpg Lee Margulies and Sherry Stern retire from the Calendar section, and Scott Martelle will come back as an editorial writer five years after he was laid off while covering a presidential election for the Times. Details inside.

Rep. Waxman expresses concern about LA Times future

waxman-letter-lat.jpg Rep. Henry Waxman posted a letter today to Tribune CEO Peter Liguori asking for more information about the company's intended spinoff of its newspapers and how it will affect the Los Angeles Times. Plus: Two more LAT retirements.

LA Times now a renter in its own building

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg The Tribune Co. took concrete steps on Tuesday to formally spin off its newspapers from the parent company and, some would argue, cast them adrift from the more profitable TV stations until someone comes along to buy the LA Times and other papers. But Times reporters and editors have already gotten a new look at life as a corporate orphan, and it isn't reassuring.

LA Times sells out its front page to a Disney movie

lat-112613-front.jpg Only three news stories and no Column One. The rest is a garishly unattractive Disney ad for "Frozen."

Read the memos: Tribune and LA Times to reorganize, make more cuts

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Several functions at Tribune's newspapers will be combined with new executives and about 700 jobs cut. CEO Peter Liguori says the cuts will be mostly not in newsrooms.

LA Times president leaving the building *

Kathy Thomson, the president and COO of the Los Angeles Times, sent around an email announcing her impending departure from the company. Also: projects editor Julie Marquis to Kaiser Health News.

LA Times printing plant photos

Newhope Resize LAObserved copy.jpg Photographer Julius Chiu doesn't work at the Los Angeles Times, but he managed to get in and take a series of photos at the paper's lone remaining printing plant, on Olympic Boulevard south of downtown.

Related links with LAT story finger wrong Westlake school

wrong-westlake-lat.jpg Harvard-Westlake is the tony private academy that produced Eric Garcetti. Westlake High School is a public school.

Karlene Goller leaving as LA Times lawyer

karlene-goller-thumb.jpg The VP and deputy general counsel has been so tied to the newsroom and sensitive news projects for two decades that she was given one of the paper's editorial recognition awards.

LA Times Cairo bureau chief going Hollywood *

jeffrey-fleishman-twitter.jpg Jeffrey Fleishman is coming home to a new beat in Calendar as a senior reporter covering film, TV and the arts.
Thumbnail image for simers-howard-grab.jpg The other shoe has fallen in T.J. Simers' move from the Los Angeles Times to the Orange County Register — and his allegation that Times editors told him to stop mocking Frank McCourt so much. Plus he fills in details about his summer absence from the paper.

Notice the difference in Grand Theft Auto ad treatment

nyt-gtav-grab.jpg The New York Times keeps its web ads in the usual ad places and still looks like the NYT. Compare to what the LA Times lets its ad execs get away with.

Register puts first Simers column outside the paywall

simers-register-pic.jpg Actually, for a limited time all the sports columnists are free. Simers aims a couple of zings at the LA Times in his OC debut.

Kudos for headline on LAT's Column One

lat-grab-riveter.jpg Loved the headline on this morning's Los Angeles Times story about Elinor Otto, who began working as a wartime Rosie the Riveter in 1942. The kicker of the story is that, at age 93, she's still working in an aircraft plant.

LAT editors praise 'A Soldier's Wife' *

soldiers-story-grafic.jpg This is from last week: Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj and his number two, Marc Duvoisin, lavishing their praise on the emotional Sunday piece by Christopher Goffard and Rick Loomis.

LA Times goes for a new demographic *

LAT-homepage-grab-91713.jpg All big newspapers face financial challenges, but only one turned the top of its page over to a video game bikini babe — on the same day the reporters are busy filling in details on a mass murderer who was obsessed with video games.

LA Times loses health writer to Kaiser

Los Angeles Times staff writer Anna Gorman posted her job change on Twitter.

LA Times staff told (tersely) that T.J. Simers is leaving

This morning's memo to the staff from the top editors of the Los Angeles Times explains nothing about the past three months of official silence regarding the T.J. Simers situation. It's noted that the sports editor is not one of the editors to sign the memo.

Simers explains why he's going to the Register

simers-usa-today.jpg According to USA Today, the acerbic sports columnist said he had an offer to stay at the Los Angeles Times, but likes better what he's hearing from the Register in Orange County.

Reports: Absent LA Times columnist TJ Simers is Register bound

Thumbnail image for simers-howard-grab.jpg Sources have erupted with gossip that Simers has been seen at the Orange County Register and will become a columnist there. He hasn't written at the Times since June, without explanation to readers.

Doug Frantz, former #2 at LAT, to become State Dept. spokesman

doug-frantz-pbs-grab.jpg Frantz was the Los Angeles Times managing editor who served as the top deputy when Dean Baquet was the paper's editor. Frantz followed Baquet out the door after a public dust-up with staff writer Mark Arax over the handling of a story on Turkey's genocide of Armenians.

Hmm: LA Times now calls neighborhood council members 'officials'

Thumbnail image for city-hall-with-palms.jpg It's not clear in Monday's LA Times story about the controversy over Airbnb rentals in Silver Lake that the editors realize that the neighborhood isn't a legal entity and doesn't have its own "officials."

Dodgers owner looking at LA Times purchase

dodger-owners-garyl.jpg Mark Walter, controlling owner of the Dodgers as chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, says he is exploring the prospect of buying the Times. It's not clear if he has taken any real steps or if the price would be right.

Andrew Blankstein leaving LA Times for NBC News

anblanx-pic.jpg Blankstein will take his deep law enforcement contacts list to NBC as an investigative reporter based here.

LA Times to hire bloggers, names Seattle bureau chief

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Blogs on politics, science, sports and other topics are coming, with bloggers expected to add context to conversations already going on across the web. The Seattle bureau goes to Maria LaGanga.

Weather story map in LAT goes with wrong Lancaster

lat-lancaster-map-oops.jpg There was a bunch of hail out in the Mojave Desert this afternoon — those were some mighty pretty thunderheads over the San Gabriels visible from the basin. But it's a long way from the Antelope Valley to the Susquehanna River.

About Musk's Hyperloop? Hiltzik's not buying it

hyperlooptube-sf-la.jpg There's no evidence that it would be cheaper than the California high-speed train, and plenty of reason to believe it would cost more. And besides, why spend $68 billion to subsidize the transport of the few who need to get from the East Bay to the West Valley in half an hour?

Fact checking the Orson Welles-writes-obit tale

Thumbnail image for Orson-Welles-larb.jpg The LA Times did run an obituary right away on the passing of Jean Renoir in 1979. Then a couple of appreciations. Then Welles weighed in, says a copy editor who checked.

LA Times automated quake news leads to non-stories like this

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 11.21.37 PM.jpg The Times newsroom just isn't the savviest place when it comes to using technology. For instance, a robot shovels headlines about trivial earthquakes onto the front web page without any reporter or editor deciding it is news. Often, it isn't.

When Orson Welles wrote an obituary for the LA Times

Orson-Welles-larb.jpg Steve Wasserman, the former Los Angeles Times books editor, has some fun remembering his friend Orson Welles in a piece for the LA Review of Books. He tells how the Times in 1979 was about to drop the ball on the death in Beverly Hills of director Jean Renoir when Wasserman, then a deputy editor of the LAT's Sunday Opinion section, decided to somehow get in touch with Welles.
lat-obama-ad-grab.jpg This morning's memo from LAT president Kathy Thomson, about a forthcoming web redesign, sounds like it's preparing the staff for more ad innovation: "We rethought how we present our journalism online and how advertising is integrated."
From Marc Ambinder, the Los Angeles-based contributing editor at GQ and The Atlantic.

How Boston Globe sale could affect the LA Times

latimes-from-broadway.jpg An unhappy losing bidder is San Diego's Doug Manchester. Does this make him a serious contender for the LAT?

LA Times assigns reporters to Garcetti, county and 'clout'

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg LAT puts staffers on the Garcetti beat, the Board of Supervisors, MTA and a new assignment to explore the use of power here and around California.

LA Times is hiring: editorial writer

latentrance.jpg The Times' opinion side posted an opening Monday for a member of the editorial board, a fancy way of saying the person will write editorials and help decide positions

Digital now drives the graphics department at LA Times

graphics-form-times.jpg The new "director of data visualization" informs the newsroom that requests to create digital graphics for the Times website will have priority over graphics for the print newspaper. "Digital first" is the catch phrase — and the lede if you are still a paying customer of the Times.

Sports scribes abuzz with speculation about TJ Simers

simers-howard-grab.jpg Just what the acerbic sports columnist's current status with the LA Times is, no one who knows is saying. But he reportedly has a potentially climactic second meeting with the top editor and an HR rep scheduled for Tuesday.

LA Times shuffles Sacto and DC bureaus a bit

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Los Angeles Times has made official what we noted back on June 18: Phil Willon has moved from the Riverside bureau to be the interim bureau chief in Sacramento. Plus more moves in Sacto and Washington.

Model for SI cover featured in the Times died last month

si-cover-1017.jpg Dolores Greer died at age 81 on the same day that reporter Bob Pool interviewed an autograph collector who was trying to find her. She was a busy fashion model in 1960 Los Angeles.

Tribune names 'president of real estate,' could sell Times home

latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg The Los Angeles Times headquarters in downtown LA will be owned separately from the newspaper — or sold — under the Tribune's new strategy. That makes the paper worth even less to a prospective buyer.

LA's incredible shrinking Sunday newspaper *

lat-front-71413.jpg An LA Observed reader who has been watching the Los Angeles Times for decades — some of that time from sensitive perches inside the building — says today's Sunday LAT was the smallest in his memory. He found 60 pages of content, or 136 pages less than in the New York Times he also received at home here in SoCal.

Garcetti jokes that HuffPost should buy the LA Times

garcetti-huffpo-live-grab.jpg Eric Garcetti knows his audience: When on HuffPost Live... Watch the whole interview here.

LA Times editor: arts coverage not diminished

davan-maharaj.jpg Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times, responded last evening to the Southern California museum directors who emailed a complaint yesterday about the firing of arts reporter Jori Finkel, who was laid off recently. Read Maharaj's response inside.

LA Times buy not a priority, says a Koch brother

charles-koch-wichita.jpg Buying Tribune newspapers is not on the front burner -- but possible, says the head of Koch Industries.

Museum directors protest layoff of LA Times arts reporter

Thumbnail image for jroi-finkel-salcido-zocalo.jpg In a letter to editor Davan Maharaj, the heads of the Getty, Hammer, LACMA and a dozen other institutions call for reinstating the position that was occupied by arts reporter Jori Finkel.

LA Times, other Tribune papers to become a separate company

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Tribune Company announced today that it will spin off the newspapers it owns, including the Los Angeles Times. All of the other assets, including real estate, would stay with Tribune. This does not preclude a sale of the Times down the road.

LA Times layoffs hit graphics team hard *

latentrance.jpg The layoff winds I mentioned in my LA Times post this morning swept through the newsroom today. The editors called it "modest staff reductions" in a terse memo this afternoon.

LA Times changes up the home page

lat-new-look-grab-62713.jpg With any redesign, like with a revamped restaurant kitchen, it's wise to withhold judgment while we get used to the changes and they figure out how to cook the new menu. Times staffers, meanwhile, are hearing new grim talk of layoffs.

Ex-LAT editor Sallie Hofmeister signs on with Sitrick

sallie-hofmeister-sitrick.jpg Hofmeister is the latest former entertainment editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times to try her hand at crisis PR with Sitrick And Company. She was at the LAT for 17 years, first as a business reporter covering media and Hollywood. She later became editor of the Business section, then the assistant managing editor overseeing coverage of entertainment.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-building-from-above.jpg In February of 2011 — yes, 2011 — the LA Times won $35,000 along with the Selden Ring Award at USC. When one of the reporters began asking where's the cash, he got the run around. As of today, the final plans for the prize money remain less than transparent.

Read the memo: new LA Times national editor

Los Angeles Times national editor Roger Smith is retiring and will be replaced by Kim Murphy, currently the paper's Seattle bureau chief.

Shallman and Carrick on 'Which Way, LA?' tonight

shallman-hacopian-carrick.jpg The consultants for Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti talk to Warren Olney about what went right and what went wrong in the just-concluded race for mayor of Los Angeles — and John Shallman repeats his complaint that the LA Times coverage didn't help.

Headline o' the day

lat-jam-hed.gif Nice headline from this morning's traffic... jam... attributed to the Los Angeles Times' Joseph Serna.

What a PBS station in New York did to placate David Koch

david-koch.jpg Before airing a documentary about the Park Avenue building where Koch and a lot of other rich people live, the president of WNET gave the mogul a call and offered to water things down. It didn't help: Koch still resigned from the station's board.

Tribune CEO responds to Koch brothers 'noise'

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-from-above.jpg Nothing has changed, Tribune Company CEO Peter Liguori says in an email to staffers today: "No decision to sell our publishing assets is imminent." All the speculation about this or that potential buyer of the Los Angeles Times and the other papers "has been and is premature."

LAT's Matea Gold jumps to the Washington Post

matea-gold-twitter.jpg Gold will cover the money and politics beat for the WashPost. Before she started covering national politics and government, Gold covered the 2001 and 2005 races for mayor of Los Angeles between Antonio Villaraigosa and James Hahn and the City Hall beat.

LA Times reporter discusses her preventive mastectomy

With today's news about Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman revisits on the Times website her 2007 surgery.
latimes-building-from-above.jpg The New York Times weighs in today on the fear and loathing among some in Southern California over the possibility that the libertarian Koch brothers might buy the Tribune company's newspapers, gaining control of the Los Angeles Times. "No formal bids have been submitted," the story notes.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 5.2.13

hahn-omalley-wyman.jpg DWP salaries and the union's role for Greuel. Mike Woo endorses. Gov. Brown will go after handguns. LA Times latest to drop "illegal immigrant" from style guide. Register's lack of diversity. Slate vs. Joel Kotkin. Press Club to fete Carl Reiner. And Vin Scully to honor Roz Wyman at lunch today.

Garcetti, Zine try to pressure Tribune over Koch rumors

latentrance.jpg No one knows how seriously the Koch brothers might want to buy the Tribune newspapers — or how they might run them if they did become publishers — or even what kind of buyer the Tribune board is looking for. (If any.) But liberal groups have been campaigning on the prospect of a Koch-led LA Times, and now the candidates for mayor and controller have signed on.

All's not well in the New York Times newsroom

abramson-nyt.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor of the LA Times who is now #2 at the NYT, is at the center of a story about criticism of the leadership of executive editor Jill Abramson. "Just a year and a half into her tenure...Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom," says Politico.

Is who will buy LAT bigger than who will be mayor?

Thumbnail image for latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg Harold Meyerson, the former LA Weekly political columnist, argues in a Washington Post column that the choice of the next mayor is only the second-most important local question in Los Angeles these days.

William Wilson, art critic was 78

Wilson was a Los Angeles Times art critic from 1965 until he retired in 1998, and the chief critic for 20 of those years.

Noel Greenwood, retired senior editor at LA Times was 75 *

Noel Greenwood was the editor in charge of local and California coverage at the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s and some of the '90s, I believe. He hired scores if not hundreds of the journalists who passed through the Times and went on to populate newsrooms around the world. Greenwood died today at his home in Santa Barbara of prostate cancer complications.

LA Times hands out newsroom awards for the year

latimes-entrance-300.jpg The Los Angeles Times editorial awards are a good window into which stories and efforts the editors liked last year. The awards can also reflect which journalists might be ascendant within the newsroom pecking order, and through the years have also been used to throw a few kudos to someone who is under-appreciated or nearing the end of a long career. Inside: This year's winners.

Caro, Boo, Kevin Starr among LA Times Book Prize winners

2013-kevin-starr.jpg The Los Angeles Times announced this year's book prize winners last night at USC's Bovard Auditorium, on the eve of the Festival of Books held this weekend on campus at USC. Kevin Starr, the California historian and former state librarian, received the Robert Kirsch Award. He had won the LAT prize in history in 2009. List of winners inside.

Four Pulitzer Prizes today for the New York Times

California Watch and three LA Times staffers, including photographer Liz O. Baylen, were finalists for today's prizes. The national reporting Pulitzer went to InsideClimate News and there is a winner in fiction this year.

Oops, LA Times mixes up its sports

baseball-point-lat.jpg After the Times refers to the Angels losing by a point, a reader on Twitter posts: "Dear large-market newspaper, please familiarize yourself with the language of baseball. Please." Deadspin joins in the mocking.
alex-renteria.jpg Kate Linthicum, one of the City Hall reporters for the Los Angeles Times, had written about Alex Renteria two years ago for a feature on the opening of the building's newly opened Homeboy Diner. In Monday's paper she writes about Renteria again, this time as someone she had come to know and who became the subject of a tragic news story.
gary-cohn-fpn.jpg Gary Cohn, formerly of the LA Times, will write an investigative column. Plus: Variety falls for April Fools prank, LAT president promoted, Koch brothers and the LAT, Ellie nominations for Los Angeles and remembering the LA Examiner. Plus more.

Dan Turner, LA Times editorial writer was 49

Dan Turner was a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board who wrote on a wide range of topics. He died Saturday at home in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed about two years ago. He had continued to write editorials and blog items for the Times' opinion section until taking a leave of absence only about a week ago.

LA Times adds a California (on-line) columnist

robin-abcarian-pinterest.jpg The LAT is moving politics reporter Robin Abcarian over to be an online California columnist. Editor Davan Maharaj says, "Some of Robin’s columns will appear in print, but her primary mission is driving the digital conversation."

Dodgers staff gets T.J. Simers to the ER during mini-stroke

Thumbnail image for falsone-on-kemp-53112.jpg LA Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was in his hotel room at baseball spring training in Arizona last week when he started showing the signs of a transient ischemic attack. Dodgers head trainer Sue Falsone listened to the symptom then sent trainer Aaron Schumacher to get the cranky sportswriter to the emergency room.

Homicide Report gets new life at the LA Times

leovylamag.jpg Murder is way down, but the Times has decided to reactivate for the web the compendium of local murders that reporter Jill Leovy launched as a blog in 2007. The ideal candidate to write about murder "will bring keen storytelling skills and an ability to work with data to find themes and meaning. An interest in crime, detectives and the effects of violence on society is required."

Report: Eli Broad joining Beutner bid for LA Times

eli-broad-on-mic.jpg Billionaire investor and philanthropist Eli Broad is joining in financier Austin Beutner's proposal to buy the Los Angeles Times and run the newspaper as a non-profit, the Hollywood Reporter says tonight based on sources.

Koch brothers may be preparing to bid for LA Times*

latimes-from-broadway.jpg "Unverified rumors that should be taken with a grain of salt if not a whole dollop," says the LA Weekly. But still worth reporting. The Hollywood Reporter claims to have more.
latentrance.jpg Jimmy Orr, the managing editor for digital at the Los Angeles Times, praises the staff in a memo regaling the biggest month yet for the Times website — and biggest traffic day for the LA Now news blog. Coverage of the Christopher Dorner pursuit was the big draw -- Orr admits the paper milked traffic by posting and tweeting early and often. — he credits an "assertive digital strategy used to cover the event."

Claudia Eller: Leaving LAT 'most difficult decision' *

claudia_eller-variety.jpg Nice farewell note to the Los Angeles Times newsroom from Claudia Eller, the entertainment news editor and veteran of the Hollywood scoop wars who was announced today as one of three new co-editors who will run Variety. She opens with praise for her current editor, John Corrigan, and confirms the Times counter-offered.

New science writer for LA Times *

It's an internal hire: Geoff Mohan, who has recently been the editor for state bureaus and the immigration beat. He was previously the paper's environment editor, among other jobs. Memo to the newsroom inside.

Mark Saylor, PR executive and ex-journalist was 58

Saylor started his own public relations firm in 2007 after leaving Sitrick & Co., and before that was entertainment editor for the LA Times Business section. He oversaw the Pulitzer-winning stories on the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, radio payola and luxury detox by reporters Chuck Philips and Michael Hiltzik.

Here's why journos should keep old memos from the boss

bill-thomas-letter.jpg A memorabilia dealer on Amazon is offering for sale a thank you note signed by LA Times editor William F. Thomas, who retired 23 years ago. Price: about $37. Tip: You can get it cheaper on eBay.

LA Times to cut TV grid, squeeze sports pages

latimes-from-broadway.jpg The LA Times has been warning readers for more than a week that the daily primetime television schedule will disappear from the Calendar section next Tuesday. Now comes a memo explaining significant cuts in the space devoted to sports.

Kate Linthicum of the LAT's other life (video)

basement+babies++photo+by+A+Dol.jpg Los Angeles Times City Hall reporter Kate Linthicum has been deep into coverage of the race for mayor et al for months. She also finds time to pursue her after-hours gig as the vocalist and keyboard player for Basement Babies, a band that looks to be based around Echo Park, where she lives.

New Tribune CEO is no Sam Zell

peter-liguori.jpg When he was the top guy at a media company, Sam Zell liked to hurl the f-word at his damnable journalists. The latest CEO of Tribune Company, Peter Liguori, appears to have more respect for his employees. His email today after a month on the job is full of praise for, you know, stories. Read the memo inside.

LA Times endorses Eric Garcetti for mayor; Riordan picks James

garcetti-tv-spot-grab.jpg The LAT praise is better than lukewarm, but not quite love. Garcetti has "the most potential to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles out of its current malaise.... At this time, out of this field, he's the best choice." Also this: "It is hard to see how [Greuel] would rise to the challenge..."

Unfortunate ad placement o' the day

LAT-all-cop-homepage.jpg If I'm the publisher of the LA Times, I probably reject the big ads for "Southland" right now and don't let images of cops with guns take over my website for a small amount of revenue.

LA Times editor does A-1 story on his White House flakkery

barney-bush-sharon-wh.jpg Just count the ways in which you could not imagine this story taking up high-profile space on the front page of the NYT or WSJ, or in earlier eras of the Los Angeles Times. Jimmy Orr, the LAT's managing editor for digital, writes a 1,500-word first-person story talking about an episode from his previous life as a press spokesman for the George W. Bush White House — when he came up with the idea for a webcam featuring the Bush dog Barney.

How LA Times coverage of Archdiocese documents came together

latentrance.jpg The two top editors of the Los Angeles Times sent the staff a memo on Friday afternoon giving kudos to the team that scurried late Thursday to cover the late-breaking release of sexual abuse files by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Reporter Harriet Ryan is their star of story.

Tribune names Eddie Lazarus as general counsel

Eddie Lazarus has a been a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, as well as a some-time book reviewer and op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Times. He also went to Yale with new Tribune CEO Peter Liguori, and perhaps most important he is deeply connected at the Federal Communications Commission.

LAT adds to 'Company Town' staff

DanielMiller.jpg The LA Times hires Daniel Miller from the Hollywood Reporter, per today's memo to the staff from the assistant managing editor for entertainment coverage.

Hanging no deterrent for LAT reporter in Iran

hanged-iran-fars.jpg At the end of the Los Angeles Times story about two young street muggers being hanged in public in Tehran on Sunday, there's a surprise.

New CEO named at Tribune, old publisher at Times

latentrance.jpg As expected, the new board of Tribune today named Peter Liguori as chief executive officer. The company's press release is warm towards the previous CEO, Eddy Hartenstein, who goes back to being just publisher of the Los Angeles Times and head of the paper's media group. Here are the company-wide (and newsroom) memos from Liguori and Hartenstein, and the press release.

LA Times posts a Sports reporter opening *

This one is open to staffers and non-staffers. "Someone who is as comfortable and proficient writing for the front page of the paper as for the Sports section," says the sports editor. "Skill in all aspects of digital journalism and a strong background in social media are required."

'Gangster Squad' gets the LAT wrapper treatment - with a twist

gangster-squad-grab.jpg The fake stories and byline on the latest front page wrap around the Sunday LA Times are actually real, just old. 'Gangster Squad' grew out of a Times series, and the screenwriter is a former LAPD homicide detective.
helen-hunt-sessions.jpg Times columnist Bill Plaschke made a guest appearance yesterday on "Petros and Money," the talk show on Fox Sports Radio. His opening four-minute admiration of naked actresses, hotel room porn and especially the nudity of Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" has got the sports media chattering. Deadspin files the story under its "Gross" category and includes the audio.

Tribune exits bankruptcy after four years, ending Sam Zell era *

ktla-truck-300.jpg With a new board of mostly entertainment industry types, and a CEO on the way who has been at Fox and Discovery, it seems clearer that Tribune will look to sell the newspapers. Whether that's good or bad for the LA Times, it's too soon to tell.

LA Times loses sports writer to Boston

The Celtics lost Thursday to the NBA-best Clippers, but they did gain a new beat writer from LA.

Scientology series in the LA Times revisited

sappell-lamag.jpg Joel Sappell writes in the January issue of Los Angeles magazine about the harassment he and co-author Robert Welkos endured, and he talks to a key church defector who used to run intelligence for L. Ron Hubbard and was the chief "auditor" for Tom Cruise.

Times urges: Hey LA, pay attention to the city election

Thumbnail image for city-hall-flags.jpg The Los Angeles Times ran a Sunday editorial urging people to recognize that the election on March 5 is a big one that could shape the future of the city for years to come. They're right, you know.

LA Times building welcomes new call center tenant

Thumbnail image for latimes-from-broadway.jpg "We have implemented a number of protective measures to ensure each company has separate and distinct domains within the property."

Story behind the photo: JFK swims in Santa Monica

jfkswim600-uclalat.jpg Who is that woman exchanging grins with President John Kennedy in 1962 on Santa Monica Beach? The LA Times photo blog tells us.

LA Times president puts the happy face on 2012

latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg I'm not sure this kind of corporate cheerleading helps the lousy newsroom morale at 1st and Spring streets, but praise and optimism is better than being threatened with cuts. No mention of the recent price hike at the newsstand or the proposed sale of the paper's one-time hope for the future in Orange County.

LA Times hires an Apple reporter in Silicon Valley

The newest technology business reporter at the Times is Chris O'Brien, who comes from the San Jose Mercury. The memo to the newsroom from Business Editor Marla Dickerson.

Christopher Hawthorne tours OC's Harbor Boulevard

harbor-blvd-lat-graphic-gra.jpg Nice line: Harbor Boulevard's architecture, "largely anonymous and inward-looking, is marked by a studied blandness...that recipe has produced on Harbor a feeling of unnatural civility — the architectural equivalent of a forced smile."

FCC grants Tribune waiver for KTLA and LAT

Federal regulators gave the go-ahead for Tribune Corp. to continue operating TV stations and newspapers in five markets where it holds both, removing a major obstacle to the Chicago company...

Marty Baron to become executive editor of Washington Post

marty-baron-small.jpg Many journalists in Los Angeles, and many more in the LA Times diaspora, remember Baron as the business editor at the LAT during the section's glory days and a contender for higher-level jobs even since he left for the New York Times.

LA Times wins $266,000 from photographer David Strick *

david-strick-photography-gr.jpg Message to freelancers: sue the Los Angeles Times at your own risk. An arbitrator has awarded the paper $266,000 to cover the costs of defending itself against a suit by the longtime Hollywood photographer.

Bold design break for LAT overdose series

lat-front-nov11-12.jpg The Los Angeles Times went to the red ink on Sunday's front page for the opening story in a series on prescription drug overdose deaths.

LA Times unveils more branding and digital features

latimes-tablet.jpg A cheerleading note went out to Los Angeles Times employees yesterday from the paper's president, Kathy Thomson, announcing a new branding campaign ("How California Thinks") and a web page called Trending Now to lure readers to spend more time on the website. Plus assorted other digital items.

Murdoch in 'early talks' about buying LA Times

latimes-from-broadway.jpg Murdoch isn't alone: Austin Beutner, the Register's Aaron Kushner and San Diego partisan Doug Manchester all are expressing interest in the paper, which could be sold soon after bankruptcy ends.

LAT's Sue Carpenter goes back to motorcycles... for the Register

suecarpenter-then.jpg You might remember the motorcycle column and videos that Sue Carpenter did for the Los Angeles Times. She's heading to the Register, according to a newsroom memo this morning.

Times doubles the size of Los Angeles in news stories *

la-skyline-lao.jpg No, there are not 4.3 million immigrants in the city of four million, though the Los Angeles Times keeps saying there are.

Another high-level woman leaves the LA Times

latimes-from-broadway.jpg Roxane Arnold is a senior projects editor who has been the lead editor on the Column One story that runs on the front page of the Los Angeles Times most days. Here's the newsroom email about her upcoming exit.

LA Times restaffs its Hero Complex beat

In the wake of Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher's departure from the paper, the LA Times has re-hired Chris Lee and moved Gina McIntyre over to be the lead writer and editor on the Hero Complex blog.

Speaking of the bomb squad and dubious media promotions...

clocks-from-bet.jpg In 2006, an LA Times and Paramount promotion for "Mission: Impossible III" went awry. They settled with the federal government for $75,000.

Geoff Boucher joins Entertainment Weekly

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg Boucher, who left the Los Angeles Times earlier this month after clashing with his editor, posted the memo from Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on Facebook.

LA Times looking for deputy books editor *

lat-is-creativity-better-in-the-nude-20120917-001.jpg The job opening was posted without explanation of what the vacancy may say about the incumbent deputy. The Times book department is down to three full-timers who all contribute reviews, features and blog posts, including this week's "Is creativity better in the nude?"

Cindy Carcamo lands final project for Register, heads to LAT

carcamo-fb.jpg Immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo's opener of a three-part series this past weekend in the Orange County Register was a doozy. With illegal overland entry into the United States from Mexico getting harder and harder, immigrants increasingly turn toward the Pacific Ocean. On Oct. 1, she starts covering the Southwest for the LA Times from Arizona.

Chuck Philips to unveil new rap story on Twitter

Philips is the former LA Times staff writer who left the paper shortly after editors fully retracted his 2008 story naming names in the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. He will break what he calls a new story Thursday via tweet.

Boucher and Maharaj post about his exit from LAT *

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg "It is very strange and sad to leave the paper after 21 years but it is completely my choice," the ex-Calendar writer and comics blogger posts. "I'm going to gamble and bet on myself and what I've learned over these past few years with the Hero Complex success."

Readers' Rep blog tries a new approach

deirdre-edgar-lat.jpg While I wasn't looking, the Readers' Representative Journal at the Los Angeles Times has rebranded as simply Readers' Rep — which I always called it anyway — and announced a new approach

Geoff Boucher exits the LA Times after all

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg Following a blow-up with editors last month, high-level discussions and a Florida vacation could not keep the Calendar writer and Hero Complex blogger around. His exit has staffers and outside observers both talking about editor Davan Maharaj's choice of assistant managing editor over arts and entertainment.

LA Times adds another pop music writer

The newest music writer on the LAT staff is Mikael Wood, most recently a freelancer for the paper and elsewhere. Here's the newsroom memo:

Correction o' the day: making it up edition

book-of-mormon-pic.jpg Catching up to this unusual Los Angeles Times correction from last week — a reader pointed it out to me today. Um, don't say someone declined to comment unless they actually did.

LA Times promotes Scott Kraft to deputy ME

scott-kraft-lat.jpg These internal moves at the Los Angeles Times aren't nearly as newsy as they used to be, either in LA or around the media biz. But still worth noting: Scott Kraft, the LA Times' former national editor and current page one editor, will now take a spin as the deputy managing editor for the front page, Column One and projects. In that role he succeeds Marc Duvoisin, who recently was named managing editor.

Times editorial writer Carla Hall in the Zocalo green room

carla-hall-zocalo.jpg Zocalo Public Square likes to tape featured speakers answering a few personal questions in the green room before events. Carla Hall talks about her best friend, her dancing style, her last voicemail, the time she spent the night with a newborn elephant, and the TV show that got her to LA.

The case against Lance Armstrong's accusers

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg LAT columnist Michael Hiltzik argues that the anti-doping system "is the most thoroughly one-sided and dishonest legal regime anywhere in the world this side of Beijing," a position directly opposed to the case made here last week.

LA Times adds staff on immigrant communities and immigration

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg The reporters will be familiar to some in Southern California. Left unclear in the LAT memo is whether they are paid for by the Ford Foundation grant announced a few months ago.

Patrick Goldstein's final Big Picture column for LA Times *

Patrick Goldstein doesn't explain the end of his film column, but he seems to be defending how he went about it. The piece begins "When I began writing this column...

LA Times of two minds on power in California

state-capitol.jpg A news story in the LA Times calls the California Teachers Association "arguably the most potent force in state politics." But Times columnist Michael Hiltzik writes "Who really wields political power in Cal? Not the teachers union, but the 1%, and they want even more!" His Sunday column blasts Prop. 32, a conservative-backed measure to undercut union influence.

New business editor at the LA Times

latentrance.jpg Marla Dickerson, currently the deputy business editor at the Los Angeles Times, gets the department's top job.

Media notes: Out at LAT, in at Pacific Standard

Leaving the Los Angeles Times staff is Dean Kuipers, recently the nightlife editor in Arts and Entertainment. Read his farewell email. Plus an editor joins Pacific Standard magazine, and Nieman Journalism Lab explains HuffPost Live.

Learning to swim at 45

Nice Column One story by the LAT's Kurt Streeter on confronting his fears of the water so he can help his two-year-old learn to swim.

LA Times finally names the managing editor

marc-duvoisin-twitter.jpg It's Marc Duvoisin, currently the deputy managing editor for projects and enterprise. The newsroom's number two job has been open since Davan Maharaj was elevated to editor in December. Here's the memo.

LA Times names new books editor: Joy Press

joy-press-twitter.jpg The pop culture and deputy television editor of the LA Times' calendar section gets the newly created job of Books and Culture Editor. Press was a book critic for VLS as well as culture editor at the both the Village Voice and Salon.

Nick Williams, LA Times retired journalist was 75

Nick B. Williams Jr., a veteran Los Angeles Times reporter and editor who also was the son of the paper's former editor, died this morning in Texas at age 75.

LA Times adds three more entertainment reporters

These will be stationed in Business, and include yet another body devoted to coverage of entertainment industry awards and another covering TV, plus the return of a slot based in New York.

LAT's Rainey moves back to politics

James Rainey has been covering media as a reporter since his bosses at the Los Angeles Times dropped his media column back in October. He will now post items to the paper's Politics Now blog, per Friday's note to the newsroom from national editor Roger Smith.

Times debuts new global population series

lat-series-promo.jpg Not the best weekend to unveil a major new project, given the mass shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, but the LA Times is committed now. The paper has unveiled the promotion campaign for a five-part series on global population growth, by the journalists who produced the Pulitzer-winning Altered Oceans series awhile back.

Oops o' the day *

lat-oops-butt-crack.jpg Unfortunate extra letter on page A12 in the Las Vegas sheriff story in some print editions of today's Los Angeles Times. It was fixed in my print copy, but not in those of a couple of LA Observed readers who sent it in. Update: Times assistant managing editor emails.

Final story from Sierra correspondent

Thumbnail image for owens-valley-dwp-trucks-lao.jpg Michael J. Ybarra, the longtime California freelancer who died recently in a fall near Yosemite, had a byline this week in the Los Angeles Times Calendar section.

Judge says he will OK Tribune's plan for ending bankruptcy

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Tribune's plan, endorsed by several of the company's largest creditors, would transfer ownership of Tribune Company — owner of the Los Angeles Times, KTLA and numerous other media outets around the U.S. — to a group of hedge funds and banks based in LA and New York.

In-house kudos for LAT's man at the Supreme Court

David Savage, the Los Angeles Times' long-time Supreme Court expert in Washington, gets a nice pat on the back for his coverage of the health care ruling in this note to the newsroom from Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin. Interestingly, we learn in the email that the Times website had six alerts of various flavors pre-written to be sent once the news broke.

Tobar signs off A2 with nice ode to LA summer

malibu-sky-vdt.jpg Hector Tobar loves this LA summer so far, and I agree. The news is that this is Tobar's last A2 column in the Times. He's going to the books desk to write about literary LA.

New hire for LAT Sacramento bureau comes with Pulitzer

It's Paige St. John, who won the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting last year in Florida. Read today's newsroom announcement.

Everyone put Sandusky on A1, except the LA Times

fresno-bee-sandusky.jpg Friday's Sandusky convictions broke with plenty of time for the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Bakersfield Californian, Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee and even the Fresno friggin' Bee to go big with the nation's biggest news story. At the Los Angeles Times, the story landed on the inside LATExtra section, at least in some papers. Michael Schneider does the math.

Just barely...

sailboat-capsizes.jpg Los Angeles Times web headline splits hairs on what it means to be "off the coast."

LAT confirms Wallace leaving; Riccardi lands at AP

Los Angeles Times foreign editor Bruce Wallace is indeed leaving town for his native Montreal, as we noted last night. Nicholas Riccardi, whose exit we posted on Monday, will cover politics for AP. We have details.

$50,000 reward offered in slaying of Jim Rainey's brother

The City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information on the May 31 murder of chiropractor Robert Rainey at his office in Palms. James Rainey, the media writer at the Los Angeles Times, spoke this morning about his brother at a press conference at the scene. Watch the video.

Baquets in new life: reading T.S. Eliot on the subway

Former Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet and his wife, the author Dylan Landis, were snapped recently while riding the subway in New York, where he is now a managing editor at the New York Times. "He is reading 'A Guide to the Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot,' by B.C. Southam. She is reading 'Selected Poems,' by T. S. Eliot.," says the posting at The Underground New York Public Library.

Next to leave LA Times: top foreign editor

Bruce Wallace appears headed back to his native Montreal to edit a policy journal. Meanwhile, newly retired LAT veteran Craig Turner has pointed analysis of the Laurie Ochoa and John Corrigan moves from earlier today, and criticism of LAT editor Davan Maharaj.
ochoa-donnelly-slake.jpg Business editor John Corrigan gets the AME slot for arts and entertainment, while Ochoa — the former LA Weekly editor who is married to Jonathan Gold — becomes Arts and Entertainment Editor reporting to Corrigan. TV critic Mary McNamara also gets a new title.

Anita Busch opposes bail for Pellicano

anita-busch-thr-2012.jpg It was ten years ago today that Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch found a dead fish on her car. There was a rose in the fish's mouth and a note that said: "Stop." She took it as a warning about her reporting — and she was right. Her life now is all about exposing corruption, she tells the Hollywood Reporter.

Lifted the print LA Times lately?

lat-front-62012.jpg Today's front or main news section of the Los Angeles Times has just 12 printed pages. That includes the two pages devoted to editorials and op-ed — and with the only content on page A2 a Steve Lopez column.

Another LA Times departure

There's a new trickle of newsroom exits going on at the Los Angeles Times. The same day that editor Davan Maharaj announced that entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister would be moving on, former Denver bureau chief Nicholas Riccardi sent his colleagues a nice if brief newsroom farewell.

Sallie Hofmeister exits LA Times, Curley joins Register

Ever since Davan Maharaj became LAT editor, the newsroom has waited to learn whether arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmesiter would move up, leave or carry on. She's leaving. The Register's hiring of new media guru Rob Curley will create more buzz in the greater newspaper world.

LA Times editor hacked on Twitter again

davan-maharaj.jpg This time I was included in the direct messages sent from the account of Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times and recent adopter of Twitter. "Hi someone is posting terrible things about you," the message said, with a link. Same as the last time Maharaj was hacked, about a week ago. Read latest

LA Times editor in chief is on Twitter - and gets hacked

davan-tweet-2.jpg Davan Maharaj has only posted 26 tweets thus far — including two today noting that he has had to change his password.

LAT's Randy Harvey leaves for sports job in Houston *

The Houston Chronicle announced this morning that Los Angeles Times associate editor Randy Harvey is joining the paper as sports columnist. Harvey was a longtime sports writer, editor and columnist before becoming a masthead editor under Russ Stanton at the LAT.

Chuck Philips: I was right, LA Times was wrong

chuck-philips-laweekly.jpg The former Pulitzer winner at the LA Times elaborates for the first time on the paper's 2008 retraction of his story on the killing of Tupac Shakur, why he thinks the decision was wrong then, and what has happened in the case — and to him — since. The Times stands by its full front-page retraction of Philips' story.

Stan Lee cancels on Times' film festival

hero-complex-poster.jpg Stan Lee was supposed to be the center of attention on the final day of the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend in Downtown. But his people say the 89-year-old comic book icon is clearing his schedule. The festival will now end a day earlier, on Sunday. Read more

Ford Foundation to fund new LA Times reporters *

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg This tweaks the model for how to pay for big-city newspaper journalism. The Los Angeles Times, still one of the biggest newspapers in the country and by far the most potent in California, has accepted a $1 million grant to hire new reporters on selected beats. The money comes no strings attached, says the memo from editor Davan Maharaj. Read the memo

LA Times kills the Sunday magazine — again

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Admittedly, many Los Angeles Times print subscribers didn't know the Times still printed a magazine every month. Even some high-income Zip codes didn't receive it with any regularity. But now the magazine is gone again. Here's the memo from LAT president Kathy Thomson.

LA Times posts books editor opening with a new twist

latentrance.jpg The Los Angeles Times is taking its newly vacant position of books editor in a somewhat new direction — emphasizing knowledge of pop culture and adding a focus on "California and the West" to the editor's job. The title is even being redefined to as "Books and Culture Editor."
Jon Thurber, the Los Angeles Times book editor since 2010, is leaving the paper at the end of the summer. He's one of the few remaining 40-year employees. The note from editor Davan Maharaj is silent on what Thurber may be going off to do, or on the future of the books staff. Read the memo inside.
eli-broad-book-cover.jpg Eli Broad speculates in ""The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking" — with a foreword by Michael Bloomberg — that the LA Times will be for sale once the Tribune's bankruptcy closes and says he's interested again. Broad is also now on Twitter and Facebook and has started to blog.
latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg In another nod to the importance of what the paper does online, the Los Angeles Times is stationing veteran foreign correspondent Carol J. Williams on a desk in the newsroom to write for the paper's World Now blog.

Read the memo: LA Times celebrates its circulation numbers

bill-nagel-lat.jpg "Our Daily circulation results, which now reflect inclusion of Hoy, showed The Times’ largest reported increase in more than a decade. Our total Sunday circulation was up for the third consecutive ABC Statement and reached the highest level reported since September 2009."

LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations

LAT-A1-May-1-1992-crop.jpg Some days after the 1992 riots had begun to calm down, LA Times editors selected some of the staff's writers to produce first-person stories about what the violence meant to them as Angelenos. On Saturday, the Times ran fresh pieces from Patt Morrison, Elaine Woo, Greg Braxton and, sitting in for George Ramos — who died last year — Hector Tobar. They are good — go read them.

Los Angeles more worldly since '92, LA Times 'more insular'

PeterHong-240x300.jpg Peter Hong was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times who, he writes today, got his newsroom job because of the 1992 riots that tore up Los Angeles after the acquittal of white LAPD officers in Simi Valley. His career "roughly covered the rise and fall of newsroom diversity." Now he's a deputy to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

More recommended media coverage of the riots

Trying to get a handle on highlights from the Los Angeles Times, KPCC and other sources.

Fiction does have a winner at LA Times Book Prizes

Unlike the Pulitzer Prizes, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes had no reluctance about giving awards to fiction books on Friday night.

LA Times geography throws USC a curve

lat-grab-usc-violence.jpg Shooting the Times places "near USC" is actually five miles away in Baldwin Hills. The LA Times building itself is closer to the campus. For whatever reasons, grokking the inner map of Los Angeles is just not an LAT strength.
The two disturbing corpse photos from Afghanistan that the Los Angeles Times published today were the least gruesome of the 18 that the paper received from a solider in the 82nd Airborne, reporter David Zucchino said.

LA Times' use of dead Afghan photos explodes into big issue *

At the Times website, editor Davan Maharaj and national editor Roger Smith took part in a live chat with readers this morning. "At the end of the day, our job is to publish information that our readers need to make informed decisions," Maharaj said.

Read the memo: LAT publisher congratulates non-winners

latentrance.jpg The paper was shut out in the Pulitzers (or beaten by the Huffington Post, if you prefer) but columnist Steve Lopez and photographers Carolyn Cole, Brian van der Brug and Francine Orr were finalists.

LAT corrects tweet that urged support for George Zimmerman

lat-tweet-zimmerman.jpg After readers on Twitter objected to the wording of this tweet, Los Angeles Times editors send out a fix and tinkered with the story headline that fed the post....

Ugliest people in sports? New at LA Times site

lorenzo-mata-bleacherreport.jpg Some mainstream media websites seem willing to publish just about anything to squeeze a few more clicks out of visitors.

Buy an ad, get mass murder adjacency for free

anegls+ad+lat.jpg I doubt that the Angels paid to have their web ads show up in the LA Times' online gallery of photos from yesterday's mass shooting of college students in Oakland.

LA Times editor praises his team's Dodgers sale coverage

On the night the Dodgers sale was announced, I noted how it was unfortunate that the LA Times website was a little behind the news after baseball writer Bill Shaikin...

LA Times undoes those Lee Abrams datelines

lat-front-32712.jpg This morning's Los Angeles Times quietly returned to using the "By" on story bylines — and went back to the simple datelines that newspapers used for generations before Tribune's innovations guru got confused.

Life after the LA Times, continued

ann+brenoff+huffpost.jpg Ann Brenoff, a senior writer at the Huffington Post, recounts the day three years ago when she was tapped on the shoulder to be laid off as the Hot Property...

Yahoo group for LAT refugees grows

After this week's layoffs, the group started in 2008 has grown to 153 members.

LA Times lacks 'sense of community,' ex-editor O'Shea writes

James O'Shea, whose short span as editor of the Los Angeles Times bridged the eras of Dean Baquet and Russ Stanton, writes in a piece for Nieman Reports that if he had it to do over, he would totally reorganize the paper's news-gathering.

Arts and Entertainment editor ankles LA Times after 40 years

Craig Turner confirms that he stepped forward for a buyout and will be retiring from the Los Angeles Times.

LA Times posts reporter opening - the day before layoffs *

The involuntary layoffs in the Los Angeles Times newsroom that began last night are rolling through the ranks today, falling hardest on the features floor downstairs from the main newsroom.

LA Times layoffs begin and more media notes

Longtime health writer Shari Roan gets a call at home to tell her she's out, plus Laurie Ochoa joins The Hollywood Reporter and Slate's Culture Gabfest is in town. And more.

Times goes back into Orange County

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg After a decade of retreat, the Times' California editor announces today the paper's "reoccupation of Orange County."

Jonathan Gold's LAT titles become official: he's a columnist

When Jonathan Gold returns to the Los Angeles Times this month, he will be both food critic and columnist.

LA Times puts up a web paywall *

The Times also kills its standalone Food, Health and Home sections and puts that content together in a new Saturday section.

Oops at LA Times.com: Kobe's kiss kills?

kobe-hed-grab-lat.jpg The headline meant to suggest that Kobe Bryant's divorce is going ahead despite the appearances of a public Valentine's Day kiss.

Finalists named for LAT Book Prizes

In a change, the winners of this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prizes will be announced at a public ceremony in USC's Bovard Auditorium on April 20.

This is weird: Village Voice blog says Gold to LAT, citing us *

A food blogger for the Village Voice misread our latest post on Jonathan Gold and wished Gold the best of success at the LA Times, saying that LA Observed confirmed the move. Except, of course, we didn't.

LAT finally quotes Greg Packer, on Whitney Houston's funeral *

greag-packer-gizmodo.jpg Los Angeles Times watcher Patrick Frey, who blogs as Patterico, has been waiting years for America's most-quoted so-called "man on the street" to finally break into the pages of his favorite (not) newspaper.

Patrick McDonnell: 'No one better at it than Anthony Shadid' *

shadid-100.jpg Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Patrick J. McDonnell tells a horrific story in his online tribute to the New York Times' Anthony Shadid.

Coup for the LA Times: Jonathan Gold coming back?

gold+pulitzer+lunch.jpg The popular and respected food writer Jonathan Gold was spotted shaking hands in the Los Angeles Times building yesterday. The buzz is that he will rejoin the paper shortly after his upcoming Gold Standard tasting event, but the Weekly would like to keep him.

LA Times advertising for ethnic niche reporters

The Times wants two reporters to cover the Vietnamese and Korean communities in the West, while KPCC is still advertising for a co-host of the soon-to-be Latinoized Madeleine Brand show.

Times employees' suit over Zell deal officially wrapped

dan-neil.jpg In the long legal fight over Sam Zell's dubious use of employee funds to acquire control of Tribune, the good guys have won, more or less.

Tribune has paid $231 million in bankruptcy fees so far

zell-hell-90.jpg That's $212.9 million in professionals' fees since Sam Zell's Tribune Company slipped into bankruptcy court in 2008, plus another $17.8 million in lawyers’ expenses.

LA Times bureau chief in New York signs off

Geraldine Baum's farewell note to the Times newsroom reminds you what a collegial family a newspaper is to its inhabitants

Ouch, that's a pisser

PissProbeLAT.jpg It seems the web people at the L.A. Times forgot that certain tags pop up when a mouse rolls over a photo on the paper's site.

Correction o' the day *

Armand-Hammer-bw.jpg No, the Los Angeles Times acknowledges in a For the Record item, the late oil legend and Los Angeles power player Armand Hammer was not also a "baking soda tycoon."

The Wrap grabs executive editor from the L.A. Times

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The Wrap just announced it has created the position of Executive Editor and filled it with Lisa Fung, most recently the online editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times website.

Meghan Daum on today's online hater culture

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Being attacked these days isn’t the result of saying something badly, "it’s the result of saying anything at all," Los Angeles Times op-ed columnist Meghan Daum writes in a long essay on the instant commentary (and abuse) culture so prevalent online, including and perhaps especially at LATImes.com.

Don Shirley critiques the L.A. Times theater critic

don+shirley+stagetimes.jpg Charles McNulty's year-end lookbacks "demonstrated anew [the paper's] curiously constricted view of the importance of the other LAT — LA theater."

Times re-hires Drex Heikes, adds in Sacramento

drex-heikes-law.jpg Heikes is the former LA weekly editor. Read the memo on the new Sacto reporter.

Times 'terminates' blogging pressman Ed Padgett

ed-padgett.jpg He can't write yet about the reason, but it came as a surprise, Padgett says.

Read the memo: LAT adding political cartoonist

he Los Angeles Times has tapped Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey to revamp the Top of the Ticket politics blog with cartoons and commentary.

LAT photo gallery from Iraq *

c-cole-iraq-lat.jpg With the last American troops crossing out of Iraq into Kuwait tonight, the L.A. Times photo blog Framework has posted an impressive gallery of images from the war.

Times frames Stanton's exit in the context of cuts

news-box-lat-dn.jpg In its story tonight about editor Russ Stanton stepping down, the Los Angeles Times introduces in the fourth paragraph the idea that the "mutual decision" to leave comes amid dissension over more newsroom cuts. Did the axe man lose his stomach for more cuts?

Russ Stanton's last memo to the LA Times staff

russstanton.jpg Russ Stanton, who stepped down today as editor of the Los Angeles Times, sent this note to the staff. A note from LAT president Kathy Thomson follows.

Editor change at the Times: Stanton out, Maharaj in *

davan-maharaj.jpg The Times story says simply that Russ Stanton "will step down as the editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 23," and that Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will take over the top newsroom job.

Blogger draws front page of L.A. Times every day

lat-front-page-drawn.jpg Today, like every other day this year, artist Erik Shveima will interpret what he sees on the front page of the Los Angeles Times and post his drawing on his blog.

Petruno signs off at LAT, as expected

tom-petruno.jpg Tom Petruno, the longtime markets columnist for the Los Angeles Times, said back in September that he would be leaving the paper right around now to try out some other pursuits.

A month later, LAT discovers Barnes & Noble closing

barnes-noble-window-clearan.jpg LA Observed readers have known since October about the Westside Pavilion store shutting down.

Typo o' the day

cosell-typo-lat copy.jpg Only off by a couple of letters. From LATimes.com.

Our LAT sniff story has legs

times-sniff-test-crop.jpg The Atlantic Wire picked up my post from last night remembering — with photographic evidence! — the time when Mark Willes commissioned a sniff test comparing the smell of his L.A. Times with other papers.

O'Shea, Zell and the 'dismantling' of the Times

times-sniff-test-crop.jpg Ex-LAT staffer Laurie Winer reviews Jim O'Shea's book and recounts the Sam Zell years in a piece titled "Zell to L.A. Times: Drop Dead." Subtitle: On the Dismantling of a Once Great Newspaper.

Times embraces the Globe Lobby again

LATlino 001.jpg The lobby will host Thursday lunch chats once a month with L.A. Times journalists.

Sandy Koufax is still number one to Angelenos

greenberg-koufax.JPG Readers of the LAT's Fabulous Forum sports blog voted Sandy Koufax the greatest figure in Los Angeles sports history.

Exploring the bottom of Echo Park Lake

lat-ad-echoparklake.jpg KPCC ventures into the mud with the local councilman, Eric Garcetti.

New round of belt-tightening at L.A. Times

lat-sign-script.jpg Times editor Russ Stanton reportedly held meetings on Wednesday to announce the merging of some departments and the expected layoff of 10-20 staffers.

Our long civic nightmare may be over *

LAT-mccourt-banner.jpg Frank McCourt has agreed to baseball's pressure to put the Dodgers up for auction, Bill Shaikin reports tonight for the Los Angeles Times website

LAT spins the circulation numbers

The daily circulation of the printed Los Angeles Times was 572,998 in the latest audited numbers released today. It used to be well over a million, at the paper's peak.

Los Angeles headline o' the day

Man in Smurf costume shot leaving Halloween party.

Rainey's media beat redefined at LAT

James Rainey will no longer write a media column for the Los Angeles Times, but will continue to cover the media as a reporter for the arts and entertainment desk. Read the memo.

Tribune-LAT employees settle over Zell's use of ESOP funds

Current and former employees of Tribune have agreed to accept $32 million to settle a class-action suit over their Employee Stock Ownership Program funds that became part of Sam Zell's takeover of the Tribune Company.

That's one righteous OC tree

hallowed-tree-lat.jpg Either L.A. Times copy editors took the morning off, or that's a very special tree that a man became trapped in down in Orange County.

Times CEO reacts to those billboards *

lat-class-action-sign.jpg Times employees were filled in this afternoon in an all-staff email from president and chief operating officer Kathy Thomson.

Read the memo: New pop music editor at the L.A. Times

Lorraine Ali is the new pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times, where she began writing for the longtime pop music editor Robert Hilburn.

Good day for LAT in exile at NYT

mag-cover09-sfSpan.jpg In Sunday's New York Times, it was hard to miss the bylines that were once among the top-billed names at the Los Angeles Times — plus an ad for Jim Newton's book on Eisenhower.

L.A. Times expands...in Fresno

Diana Marcum, a freelancer for the Times since 2010, is joining the staff as Fresno correspondent while the agriculture writer is leaving for Reuters.

KNBC adds Latina reporter from New York

Lolita-Lopez.jpg Lolita Lopez is a Harvard graduate and former sports anchor and reporter at WPIX. Also: Shane Goldmacher to leave LAT.

Notorious Mexican drug lord's wife has twins in Lancaster

The girls' father is "one of history’s biggest and most sought-after drug lords," Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Times 'expecting a really bad fourth quarter'

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Los Angeles Times veteran pressman and blogger Ed Padgett says the forecast for fall is bad, and worse in the long run if you like the printed paper.

Did Heisler scoop the Times on Marinovich?

mikhail-marinovich-200.jpg A bit over a month since Mark Heisler was excused as the Los Angeles Times' NBA columnist, his byline showed up on a story in the New York Times on Mikhail Marinovich. A few days before the LAT ran a story.

Ex-LAT Magazine publisher sues over redlining of readers *

Steven Gellman says he was fired for objecting to the paper discontinuing magazine delivery to less desirable Zip codes.

Andrew Malcolm's GOP blog leaving L.A. Times

After years using the paper's website to push Republican talking points, Malcolm will take his blog to Investors Business Daily.

Farewell email from LAT 40-year man and soccer writer

Grahame L. Jones, the Los Angeles Times' longtime soccer writer, was among the last of the 40-year newsroom presences. He began on the news side as a reporter and editor...

Forced vacation use ordered at L.A. Times

The same week that parent Tribune asked the bankruptcy judge to approve bonuses for 640 managers, Los Angeles Times employees received an email saying they will not accrue vacation for the rest of 2011.

National correspondent signs off at LAT

Add Faye Fiore, a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times based in Washington, to the list of those taking the paper up on the offer to leave this week.

Daragahi, Petruno, Jones latest names to leave L.A. Times

daragahi-grab.jpg A marquee foreign correspondent, the markets columnist and the soccer writer are moving on, while talk heats up about a rival L.A. news operation.

Dean of L.A. Times Washington bureau to retire

Richard Cooper goes back to the 1960s at the Los Angeles Times, for much of the time the key deputy in the Washington bureau who held things together on big national stories and crises.

Heisler on Tribune, Zell and the L.A. Times

Former NBA columnist's comments on earlier sports deadlines are interesting,

Another big month for LATimes.com

The latest monthly memo from online managing editor Jimmy Orr says that the L.A. Times website is now the second most-read newspaper site in the country.

Villaraigosa praises Rutten in Prop. 13 speech

villaraigosa-sacto-pc.jpg Los Angeles is "is only beginning to realize the impact" of L.A. Times layoffs and other media cuts on civic life, the mayor says.

Times wrong about its own museum, says columnist

LATlino 001.jpg The plaque identifying a Linotype machine (used to set type in the old days) and the plaque on the last "hot type" plate used on Times presses were switched.

LAT in dispute with photog David Strick over copyright

Longtime Hollywood photographer David Strick is suing the Times and Tribune for using his photos 500 times.

Barbara Davidson on photo of Somalian mother

barbara-davidson-somali.jpg L.A. Times photographer Barbara Davidson comments at the paper's photo blog on the stunning image she shot of a refugee and her child. It ran last week on the front...

Science writer Thomas Maugh retiring from L.A. Times

latentrance.jpg The current wave of departures from the Los Angeles Times newsroom isn't nearly over.

The Wrap links Rutten firing to errors

Mis-attribution of quote on anonymous political novel is cited.

L.A. Times explains why it uses 'Latino'

A note from Assistant Managing Editor Henry Fuhrmann reminds copy editors that "Latino should be used in nearly all contexts."

Los Angeles Review of Books picks up axed LAT writers

Susan Salter Reynolds and Richard Rayner will continue the book columns that the Los Angeles Times recently dropped in its cost-cutting of freelancers.

Mark Heisler's last day at the L.A. Times

heisler-last-day.jpg The paper's award-winning pro basketball writer sent along this write-up of his experience going into the Times to check out after 32 years in Sports.

Catching up: Media notes

barbara-davidson-somali.jpg Did the L.A. Times' Barbara Davidson lock up another Pulitzer with yesterday's front-page photo of a Somali mother and child in a Kenyan refugee camp?

LAT makes big hire a week after layoffs

There's some newsroom grumbling over timing.

Another casualty at the LAT

Baghdad Bureau Manager Salar Jaff was among those let go last week.

LAT writer learns of her layoff by email in the Arctic

Environment reporter Margot Roosevelt's note to the newsroom tells the story. Plus another exit, and Tim Rutten's KCRW appearance.

Tim Rutten on 'Which Way, L.A.?'

The veteran LAT columnist talks to Warren Olney about being laid off.

Here's a classy LAT farewell note

One of the Los Angeles Times newsroom veterans who found today that she was laid off is Jane Engle, an assistant editor in Travel who has written a lot for the Travel section.

*Big-name layoffs begin at the L.A. Times

NBA writer Mark Heisler is out, according to a source.
All book-related pieces will now be done in-house, part of another cost-cutting move at the paper. Among those out of a gig: Susan Salter Reynolds, a former staffer who had...

LAT editor's backstory on 'Inside the Cartel'

Reporting extended from Mexico to Bell to the Bronx, says the memo by Times editor Russ Stanton.

Visiting blogger remembers George Ramos

After the Rodney King verdict riots in 1992, George Ramos wrote a first-person piece in the L.A. Times that began "Los Angeles, you broke my heart. And I'm not sure I'll love you again."

Amid new talk of layoffs, blogs are hot at the Times

A sudden flurry of high-level meetings and grim faces this week at the Los Angeles Times has people in the newsroom on edge again. But stats are up at LATimes.com.

Mike Davis takes on Harrison Gray Otis

hgotis.jpg Future installments will look at the former LA Times owner's "interlude as 'emperor of the Pribilofs,' his military atrocities in the Philippines, his bitter legal battles with the Theosophists, the Otis-Chandler empire in the Mexicali Valley, the Times bombing in 1910, the notorious discovery of fellatio in Long Beach, and Otis’s quixotic plan for world government."

LAT names deputy chief in Washington

Bob Drogin, a longtime foreign and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, will be the deputy in Washington. Read the memo.

Journalist asks public for a little help with ideas

L.A. Times Metro features editor Nita Lelyveld is returning to local reporting and posted a request on the city desk's public Twitter account.

L.A. Times folds Brand X

Brand X, the Times' somewhat youthier culture and events publication, is ceasing publication with today's issue.

Chuck Philips wants his retraction back

chuck-philips-laweekly.jpg Philips, whose story about an attack on Tupac Shakur, was "fully retracted" by the L.A. Times in 2008, says new information corroborates his original story.

LAT creates new beat: local research and intellectual trends

Metro reporter Scott Gold will focus on stories about "the scientific and technological breakthroughs of the modern era" — and also earthquakes. The challenge of the beat will be to...

When Captcha codes go bad

LATimesVerification.jpg Reader Daniel J.B. Mitchell has noticed more newspapers using the Captcha service to prevent abuse of the forwarding option on stories. Sometimes the words it comes with are amusing. Or in this case, from the L.A. Times website, just unintelligible.

LA Times rehires David Willman in Washington *

Willman, a Pulitzer winner for the paper in 2001, is the author of the recent "The Mirage Man," about the suspected perpetrator of anthrax attacks that killed five. Read the memo.

L.A. Times eliminates another blog

Next to go from the L.A. Times blogroll is apparently The Daily Mirror, copy editor Larry Harnisch's look back at stories and photos out of the Times archives.

Rainey column in the works?

L.A. Times media columnist James Rainey tweets an open question about AOL Patch.

Coliseum's event manager sure had a lot of side deals

Todd DeStefano, who resigned in January as the Coliseum Commission's long-time events manager, "collected tens of thousands of dollars in private payments from liquor and soft drink companies, television and...

Times eliminates outdoors blog

Outposts will drop from the L.A. Times blogroll due to "committee" decision, blogger Kelly Burgess says in her final post.

LAT names Roberts as pop critic

Randall Roberts is moving over to fill the pop critic spot at the Los Angeles Times that was vacated recently by Ann Powers. Read the memo.

Lowry: Pictures not getting smaller, the journalism is

Variety columnist Brian Lowry has a bad reaction to Sunday's Calendar story in the L.A. Times about the current cycle of action heroes in films being more impressively muscled than in previous rounds.

Correction o' the day

The Robert Redford myth that refuses to die, this time in the Los Angeles Times.
The LAT explains why it didn't, the NYT says why it did, plus revelations on how the L.A. Times got the story in the first place.

Reporter recalls investigating Arnold's groping for the LAT

Tracy Weber details getting some of Schwarzenegger's victims to talk days before the election in 2003, but wonders if it mattered.

Times re-embraces City-County bureau

The City-County bureau concept is coming back again, with longtime staff writer Rich Connell in charge.

LA Times publisher named CEO of Tribune

Eddy Hartenstein remains publisher of Los Angeles Times Media Group, but has appointed former Times executive Kathy Thomson as president and chief operating officer of the paper.

LAT blog switches to Facebook comments

L.A. Now commenters now have to sign in via Facebook. It's part of the battle to contain comment trolls and racists and raise discourse to at least the fourth-grade level....

Book festival has a good first day

latfob-43011.jpg The first day of the L.A. Times Festival of Books at USC on Saturday had nice weather, brisk book sales as far as I could tell, and a decent sized and mellow crowd.
Jennifer_Egan.jpg I guess the lede from Friday night's Los Angeles Times Book Prize ceremony is that Jennifer Egan and "A Visit From the Goon Squad" won in fiction over Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom."

End of the line for Joel Pett cartoons in Sunday LAT

joel-pet-lat-41511.jpg The L.A. Times opinion page has canceled the Sunday roundup of editorial cartoons that Joel Pett has done for six years-plus.

LAT's newsroom celebration for Pulitzers

Video shot by a staffer, plus my KCRW column for tonight congratulates the paper on getting past the Sam Zell era's talk of demise.
The Times' staff gets the public service medal for uncovering the corruption scandal in the city of Bell, and photographer Barbara Davidson wins for her images of the victims of gang violence in Los Angeles.

Good looks at the L.A. Times

good-la-cover.jpg One of the main pieces in Good magazine's new issue on Los Angeles is Dave Greene's examination of the L.A. Times after a decade of Tribune ownership and four years...

Reporters drive toward the radiation

L.A. Times Seoul bureau chief John Glionna, his driver, interpreter and another reporter rolled up the windows in an SUV, closed the vents and drove toward the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Another exit from LAT's entertainment staff

John Lippman, editor of the Company Town report, is moving his family to New Hampshire to work at a small newspaper that isn't on the web in a town that's not obsessed with Hollywood.

Big month for L.A. Times website

LATimes.com broke its own new records for page views (195.2 million) and unique visitors (33 million) in March.

LAT book festival schedule is out

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is at USC this year, pushed back a week to April 30 and May 1.

LAT names new Washington bureau chief, local editor

David Lauter is moving to be Tribune Washington bureau chief, and Ashley Dunn takes over as California editor of the Los Angeles Times — basically the point editor on all local, regional and state coverage. Read the memos.

LAT's Bell reporter was the son of her nanny *

orange-coast-411.jpg Ruben Vives, once illegal, got a green card and a college job at the L.A. Times. Then he got his chance at being a reporter.

By one measure, L.A. Times is up

By one way of looking at combine print and online local readership, the Los Angeles Times came in second to the New York Daily News.

John Montorio surfaces with Huffington Post *

montorio1011a.jpg John Montorio, the former features editor at the Los Angeles Times, will be named the top features editor of the newly AOL-ized Huffington Post.

Laid-off LAT editor counts her recession blessings

Ann Brenoff writes on the L.A. Times op-ed page that "without question, the recession changed my life for the better."

College trustees still under the media radar *

Times does a terrific job on its community college investigation, but lets the college trustees off the hook in Tuesday's election.

Departing LAT reporter cites 'hostile work conditions'

Resignation email from Calendar's Maria Elena Fernandez says 'I cannot work under these hostile work conditions anymore."

Media notes

Bert Fields, Maria Elena Fernandez, Charlie Sheen and Amy Wallace, Lesley McKenzie and more.

Did Rutten attribute a fictitious quote to Obama book?

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, blogs at the magazine's site that a quote used by LAT columnist Tim Rutten has an unusual origin.

Selden Ring award to the LAT's Bell team

The Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism comes with a $35,000 prize.

LAT photog and writer are in Libya

L.A. Times photographer Luis Sinco and staff writer Raja Abdulrahim crossed into Libya on Wednesday to report on the clashes there.

Polk Award for LAT's Bell coverage

The Los Angeles Times picked up this year's Polk in local reporting for those stories on corruption in the city of Bell.

Critic Ann Powers leaves L.A. Times for NPR

Powers, the LAT's pop music critic since coming from Blender in 2006, will join NPR Music and switch to contributor status at the Times.

Meet the 'heroes of early Scientology reporting'

dianetics-dn-ucla.jpg L. Ron Hubbard in 1950; crowd at Dianetics seminar in L.A. the same year. The Daily Awl has posted a story today revisiting and giving credit to the ground-breaking 1990...

Ridley-Thomas hires from LAT

lisa-richardson-mrt.jpg Lisa Richardson, an L.A. Times editorial writer from 2006 until recently, has joined the staff of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as Senior Deputy for Communications.

Talk about a non-profit L.A. news venture

Tom Unterman, the venture capitalist and former chief financial officer of Times Mirror who engineered the company's 2000 sale to Tribune, has been having discussions around town about starting a non-profit journalism venture that would partner with the L.A. Times on investigative and other projects.

Strong words about LAT and teachers from a research expert *

I can't help but notice the detailed nature of the criticism leveled at the Times' adoption of "value-added" measures as its metric of choice for rating teachers.

LAT stands by criticized story on teacher rankings study

Last week's very pointed academic criticism of the Los Angeles Times' work on teachers rankings has finally gotten a repsonse from the paper.

Memo: LAT promotes Orr to managing editor, online

Jimmy Orr, the deputy editor for LATimes.com, is getting the promotion to managing editor, online.

L.A. Times editor thanks the staff for Egypt coverage

Russ Stanton's Saturday morning email to the bureaus and the newsroom names lots of names.

LAT names 2012 campaign editor

Cathleen Decker will oversee all aspects of Los Angeles Times national campaign coverage between now and November 20102.

LAT loses managing editor for online

Sean Gallagher, the editor in charge of the online product at the L.A. Times since late 2009, is leaving the paper for the United Kingdom.

New editorial writers at the Los Angeles Times

Carla Hall has already joined the editorial board on the second floor, and Sandra Hernandez will be starting shortly.

Columnist honesty

Steve Lopez's lead on tomorrow's column: "What do 'tea party' beauty queen Sarah Palin and U2 guitarist the Edge have in common? Nothing..."

LAT spins story that strongly criticizes its teacher series

Times' controversial "value added" project is called a disservice worthy of an apology by Colorado researchers. The LAT spins it otherwise.

Tonight in Egypt

"The sight of its people losing their fear of the police state will inspire others across the Middle East," reports the BBC's Jeremy Bowen.

NYT takes a lite shot at the LAT

latentrance.jpg When freshly assigned New York Times' newspaper beat writer Jeremy W. Peters called more than a month ago to talk about the decline over time of the Los Angeles Times, I never quite became clear on his rationale for writing that story now. I'm still not.

Lopez tracks down Rizzo in OC parking lot *

Instant classic Steve Lopez column in tomorrow's L.A. Times. A tipster dropped me a line the other day to say she'd spotted an infamous former public official in Huntington Beach,...

Sylvia Bursztyn, Sunday crossword maker was 62

Sylvia Bursztyn created Sunday crossword puzzles for the Los Angeles Times for 30 years. She was found dead of natural causes in her Granada Hills home on Dec. 30, according...

Bell reporters Gottlieb and Vives to be honored

The L.A. Press Club is creating a Public Service in Journalism award and giving the first one to Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, the lead reporters in last year's Los Angeles Times . stories on corruption in the city of Bell.

Maybe Sam Zell won: LAT's '50 best butts'

lat-best-butts.jpg The L.A. Times website is running a traffic-inflater from one of its web partners: the 50 best women's butts in sports.

L.A. Times publisher lists year's highlights

Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein sent a memo to the staff this afternoon reporting that the paper will end 2010 with "improved operating cash flow over the prior year," and listing the year's high points.

Blogging 101 at the L.A. Times: the memo *

Sallie Hofmeister, assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment coverage at the Los Angeles Times, says in an email sent a few hours ago that she wants her Company Town entertainment bloggers to be more "surprising or interesting."

Goldstein and Rainey team up on a bigger Picture *

LAT film columnist and Big Picture blogger Patrick Goldstein announced last night that he will be expanding his portfolio and adding James Rainey as a co-blogger.

New York Times story links to LAT story

I can't say it never happens, but it doesn't occur very often.

Jaded on the police beat *

Robert J. Lopez, the night cops reporter at the Los Angeles Times, just tweeted the sad truth.

Funky geography redux

smfwy-screengrab.jpg Let's hope Steve Lopez didn't really mean to say "west of the 10 freeway."

LAT local editor rejects criticism of child deaths coverage

David Lauter, the assistant managing editor for local coverage at the L.A. Times, responded this afternoon to critics of the paper's stories on the deaths of children who had been under the care of the county's Department of Child and Family Services.

Critiquing L.A. Times coverage of child deaths

An ever-louder chorus of complaints is being heard about coverage of child deaths and the county's Department of Child and Family Services by L.A. Times reporter Garret Therolf.

LA Times gets control of Washington bureau again

Christmas is coming early to the good folks at the Los Angeles Times. Not only is owner Sam Zell conceding he won't be active in a post-bankruptcy Tribune Company, I'm told that the Times is getting back operational control of the Tribune Washington bureau.

LA Times embraces its magazine again

latimes-mag-cover.jpg As of January, the magazine now called LA will be available to any subscriber who opts in, with a redesign.

Nancy Silverton's coming out of the financial blues

A piece in the November issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine starts out sounding a little bit like Silverton's financial reversals weren't already big news two years ago, but the story goes on to look at what's been going right at the Mozzas and elsewhere.

Times employees who sued Zell win a round

A federal judge in Illinois ruled in favor of former L.A. Times newsroom staffers who used over the handling of the employee stock ownership plan used by Sam Zell to get control of Tribune Company.

Headline only off by 125%

lat-error-ucfees.jpg The L.A. Times headline more than doubles the fee hike proposed by the president of the University of California.

LAT farewell note analyzed for style, content

Dan Neil's farewell email when he left the Los Angeles Times for the Wall Street Journal last Febuary gets a thorough parsing at Lifehacker.

Which California pollsters came closest?

The L.A. Times looks at 14 polls released in the final 10 days of the campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate and says the one that came closest to the final numbers was — ta-dahhh — its own LAT-USC poll.

Man, that Sharron Angle has power

loremipsumscreenshot.jpg Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle threatened to shut out the media, and look how fast the blackout hit LATimes.com.

Jim Newton gets Op-Ed local government column

Jim Newton, the former editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times, is about finished with his biography of President Dwight Eisenhower and will be coming back to the paper with an Op-Ed column starting in December, just in time for the city election cycle to ramp up.

LA Times cites GOP cheerleader as reporter

malcolm-byline-lat.jpg The L.A. Times website this morning has been featuring a blog post by Andrew Malcolm trumpeting that, based on a new Gallup Poll, Republicans are "poised to reap historic gains...

Times responds to sheriff's watchdog

An L.A. Times editor disputes that the paper mischaracterized watchdog Michael Gennaco regarding Sheriff Lee Baca helping a donor.

Why one former LAT staffer dropped the paper

Robert Niles, a former editor at the Los Angeles Times who also was editor of USC's Online Journalism Review, writes at OJR that he has canceled his print subscription because continuing to pay for a copy "was an act of co-dependence for sick and troubled organization."

Sheriff's watchdog says he was misquoted in Times story

Read the email from Michael Gennaco claiming that a Times reporter mischaracterized his position and his words.

Daily News, LANG papers say circulation is up

That does buck the industry trend, as they say in the story, but the overall numbers are nothing to cheer about. The Daily News' Sunday circulation sits at 97,000; the daily average is 89.093.

LAT publisher part of Tribune succession plan for Michaels *

The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times are reporting that embattled Tribune CEO Randy Michaels has decided to resign, and that LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein will be one of four executives tapped to run the company.

L.A. Times adds two film writers

Rebecca Keegan and Nicole Sperling are joining the L.A. Times movie staff, writing for print and online. Read the memo.

Couple of LAT scribes up for National Book Awards

Barbara Demick and Megan Stack, who are both staff correspondents in the Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau, have each picked up nominations in the non-fiction category of the National Book Awards

Marjorie Miller leaves L.A. Times for AP in Mexico

Marjorie Miller, the former Los Angeles Times foreign editor and correspondent who since 2008 has been an editorial writer, will move to Mexico City as Latin America and Caribbean Editor for the Associated Press.

Copy editor faces gantlet as readers throw down gauntlet

I've been receiving email all day about this. So has the L.A. Times. Now the paper's Readers' Representative blog explains why gantlet is the correct term.

LAT markets against bloggers *

Screen-shot-2010-10-07-at-3.23.47-PM.png This house ad for the Los Angeles Times awards season coverage is unintentionally funny, given that there are bloggers in this city with more experience and higher standards than some...

David Carr on Tribune's bad boys, the early response

Media reporter David Carr's takeout in the New York Times on Tribune's boorish corporate culture under Randy Michaels and Sam Zell is the kind of story that gets media types across the country tweeting late into the night.

L.A. Times endorses Brown, Boxer

The Los Angeles Times may have decided to be a Republican mouthpiece when it comes to political blogging, but the editorial page has endorsed Democrats Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer.

L.A. Times launches new online crime maps

The Times has been working with the LAPD and sheriff's department to ensure good data and today launches a new feature mapping crime across the city and a substantial part of the county.

LAT-style faux front pages spreading *

LaTimesWrap92910-apple.jpg Several smaller papers around the country today joined the Los Angeles Times in running a fake front news page to promote NBC's new show "Law & Order: Los Angeles." LA Observed readers react.

First rule of corrections: get it right

From today's Los Angeles Times corrections page, plus a reaction tro the latest NBC ad to wrap the paper.

Kudos keep rolling in for L.A. Times on Bell

NPR media reporter David Folkenflik devoted six minutes to the Los Angeles Times reporting on Bell and the related media coverage issues in a piece for Weekend Edition.

Teacher named in Times' rankings may have killed himself *

The body of Rigoberto Ruelas, a 5th grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary in South Gate, was found near his car in the Angeles National Forest.

Times moving Festival of Books to USC *

L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein and USC just jointly announced that next year's Festival of Books will be moving from UCLA, where it started and was held for 15 years.

Teachers database worth 1.4 million page views for LAT

The Los Angeles Times's controversial database rating LAUSD teachers based on test scores has been a big online traffic draw.

Brand X reorganizes

The weekly entertainment listings section put out by the Los Angeles Times is now more of a Times Community News operation.

Next L.A. Times ad stunt for 'Law and Order: Los Angeles'

The next shock for Times readers could be an upcoming ad campaign for "Law and Order: Los Angeles" that Variety says again blurs the line between editorial and advertising, similar to previous ads in the Times for "Southland" and the King Kong attraction at Universal Studios.

Weekend news and notes

Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," a forthcoming film set mostly at the Chateau Marmont, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival. LAPD chief Charlie Beck said the...

Police impounds in Bell not an LAT story

The L.A. Times has rightfully been receiving a lot of credit for its disclosures of the corruption in the city of Bell (and probably too little criticism for enabling the...

Boyarsky on Conrad: the rest of the story

billbanner-crop.jpg The L.A. Times obituary on Paul Conrad, one of its most recognized names ever, didn't quite tell all.

LAT health editor gets corporate promotion *

Tami Dennis, health and science editor at the Los Angeles Times, is getting new Tribune-wide responsibilities and the title of vice president of health content for Tribune Company.

Is LA Observed the blog that shall not be named?

A quick search for LA Observed on the L.A. Times website found four mentions this year, all on blogs. That's fewer links than LA Observed provides to LAT stories on a typical day.

Paul Conrad, political cartoonist was 86 *

conrad112006.jpg For decades, Paul Conrad's cartoons in the Los Angeles Times were conversation starters, debate shapers and eyeball attractors. He was one of the paper's best known journalists, the one sure to draw the longest lines at book signings and other public appearances.

Story line on LAT teacher evaluations leaves stuff out

LA Observed columnist Bill Boyarsky, writing for the second time on the teacher effectiveness series that has been getting so much attention for the Los Angeles Times, argues that the debate over the stories is being over-simplified.

Frank McCourt admits 'family' image was BS

Might be fun for somebody to go back and look at which print columnists and which Dodgers-hypers in broadcast media bought into the myth that the McCourts were a return to O'Malley-style family ownership.

Time clock training at the L.A. Times

With time clocks a foreign concept in the Los Angeles Times newsroom, a top editor sends out a memo reminding the staff that everyone must be trained in the new "time and attendance system."

Eisner set to take over Tribune reins, report says

The Wrap has posted a story saying that an announcement on former Disney CEO Michael Eisner "becoming the chairman of the Tribune Co., is imminent."

Brand X editor moves to LAT Calendar staff

Deborah Vankin has been the editor of Brand X, the L.A. Times weekly section on stuff to do.

Video discussion: the LAT's teacher stats

Just came across this piece with NBC 4 News Conference host Conan Nolan talking in some depth with Doug Smith, the data analysis editor who led the Los Angeles...

Time clocks now an LAT fixture

New memo on how the time clocks idea is going to work at the Los Angeles Times.

Tribune bankruptcy talks break down as key players flee

PlaintiffsDropOut.pdf Sam Zell's plan to emerge from bankruptcy "has unraveled in the wake of an independent report concluding that talks leading up to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout bordered on fraud," the Chicago Sun-Times reports today.

Times wins appeal of prior restraint on photo

Superior Court Judge Hilleri J. Merritt committed "an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech" violating the First Amendment when she blocked the L.A. Times from publishing a courtroom photo of a murder defendant, the state Court of Appeal ruled.

Two views of LA Times' teacher story

Board of Education member blasts the story, while a nationally respected author has praise.

Sheriff changes mind, will examine Salazar boxes

Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca was refusing to let the L.A. Times see eight boxes of documents on the killing of Ruben Salazar, the former Times columnist who was the news director at KMEX when he was killed by a sheriff's tear-gas projectile fired into a bar during East L.A. protests in 1970.

Judge upholds her prior restraint on Times photo

Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merrit upheld her order barring the L.A. Times from publishing a courtroom photo of a murder defendant whose picture has already been in the media.

Here's one way to trick a few readers into clicking

malnic-rush.jpg A reference to a Gold Rush miner in a Los Angeles Times column hot-links to a topic page on the metal band Rush.

One colleague's view of Eric Malnic, L.A. and the Times

Peter Hong worked with and admired Eric Malnic, the reporter and editor who worked at the Los Angeles Times for 47 years, bridging the Otis Chander and Sam Zell era.

Caption error o' the day

Some of my email correspondents have been having some fun with this in today's L.A. Times Business section

Oops, somebody jump the gun? *

The URL on an L.A. Times blog item about anti-Semitism in California is long and ugly as such web addresses often are, but this one is revealing because it contains the phrase "embargoed-until-9-am-tuesday." The item was posted by the Times at 8:12 a.m.

Afternoon media notes

My KCRW column this evening gives kudos to the Los Angeles Times for its city of Bell reportage, but also notes that high salaries there were possible in large part because the Times stopped covering small cities like Bell over the last decade or so. Plus media notes.

L.A. Times "mainstreams' hate speech, its columnist argues

gregory-rodriguez-thumb.jpg Op-Ed columnist Gregory Rodriguez observes in the L.A. Times today that even as the number of illegal immigrants has been dropping fast, the rhetoric of America's haters gets more and more nasty.

L.A. Times adds a science writer, finally *

Eryn Brown will be the paper's general assignment science reporter, though she won't be one of those newsroom specialists who brings expertise to a beat.

Is it the economy, or just the Times? *

lat-employment-link copy.jpg Oops. The link on the Jobs & Employment headline of the Los Angeles Times home page right now goes to the paper's obituary page.

Doc, better run some hormone tests on that ship

wtc-nydn.jpg The AP quotes scientists ordering "endocrinology" on that old ship unearthed in New York.

L.A. geography baffles the Times again *

lat-blaze-graphic.jpg The Times' website refers to a fire on Bronson Avenue in Hollywood as in "the Hancock Park area of the Hollywood Hills."

Uh-oh, the Times thinks Gladstone's is in Malibu *

lat-gladstrones-malibu.jpg The LAT website moves Gladstone's up the highway to Malibu.

Memo: Movie editor hired at L.A. Times

Julie Makinen, who left the Los Angeles Times awhile back to live in Hong Kong as deputy business editor of the Asian edition of the International Herald Tribune, is returning as movie editor on the LAT entertainment desk.

LAT hires its #2 Republican blogger for bigger role *

Jimmy_Twitter_bigger.jpg Well, you can't say the Los Angeles Times isn't fully embracing its odd and increasingly controversial strategy of going partisan Republican — and only Republican — in its national politics blogging.

Jon Thurber is new books editor at L.A. Times

Jon Thurber had been one of the Los Angeles Times managing editors, but only for the past year or so. On the books desk he replaces David Ulin, who recently...

So how 'Despicable' is the Calendar section today?

Well, if you mean the movie, it's way "Despicable." An ad for the new movie "Despicable Me" covers the top and bottom of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section —...

Friday's L.A. Times could be more interesting than most *

For two reasons I'll be opening my Los Angeles Times early tomorrow.

Fun with L.A. Times writing cliches

Former LAT feature writer Roy Rivenburg zings a few parody arrows at the paper's current word stylists (and editors.)

All 5 Supes sign letter to Zell protesting fake LAT page *

Samuel Zell 07 01 10.jpg That four-page ad for Universal's King Kong attraction in the Los Angeles Times this morning really drove the Los Angeles County Board of Supevisors, well, ape.

LAT sells page to Hollywood again *

latimessidebyside.jpg This time the full-page ad designed to fool readers for a few seconds is a mock version of the LAT Extra section — using the real nameplate and date but...

LAT staffers warned about Facebook 'friends'

ashton-aracely.jpg A number of Facebook "friends" have surfaced recently claiming to be employees of the Los Angeles Times, but with little other info on their profiles — and always a young woman's photo.

Pressroom blogger reinstated at L.A. Times

Ed Padgett posted on his blog a bit ago: "I return to the Los Angeles Times at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and will meet with management tomorrow to discuss or clarify what content can be published online."

LAT's Matea Gold moving to Washington

matea-gold.jpg Gold, the former City Hall reporter, now covers media, primarily television, in the Los Angeles Times New York bureau.

L.A. Times punishes pressroom blogger

Ed Padgett says he has been suspended for writing about the production problems that the Los Angeles Times had last week — and is waiting to hear if he has been fired.

Oops - at least they were half right

On page 12 of today's Lakers special section in the L.A. Times, J.C, Penney congratulates the Lakers and offers a free replica of the championship trophy to customers who make a $50 purchase of NBA merchandise.

L.A. Times un-kills OC printing plant, for now

With the Downtown Los Angeles pressroom overworked, the Los Angeles Times has quietly sent crews back to Costa Mesa to fire up the recently shuttered Orange County presses. There are...

Hartenstein apologizes for L.A. Times delivery snafu *

Publisher Eddy Hartenstein made a statement this morning about the production problems at the Los Angeles Times lone-remaining printing plant that led to most papers being delivered late today — and some being delivered without a Sports section or news of the Lakers championship.

Big problems at L.A. Times this morning **

Many problems with the Los Angeles Times presses last night and early this morning — with numerous breakages of the pressroom web — and some papers are still just being delivered.

Ulin shifts to new role at L.A. Times

Book editor David Ulin moves to book critic. No successor immediately named.

Arax says story about Jews and genocide ended his LAT career

With some Jewish leaders now acknowledging the 1915 Armenian genocide by Turkey, former Los Angees Times reporter Mark Arax recounts how his story on the subject led to his 2007 exit from the paper.

LAT's ex-number two takes post in Bakersfield

John Arthur, who left last summer as executive editor at the Los Angeles Times, begins in July a three-month stint as interim editor of the Bakersfield Californian.

Correction o' the day

What is it about real estate items and the Los Angeles Times?

Why does the LAT employ an anti-Obama blogger anyway?

andrewmalcolm-lat.jpg In case you were wondering why the Los Angeles Times is the only big newspaper that pays a full-time staffer to blog partisan attacks on Obama and the Democrats — and not exactly sophisticated attacks — you're not alone.

L.A. Times presses in Orange County go dark

lat-oc-presses.jpg The giant printing presses off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa that were a key part of the Los Angeles Times' failed plan for West Coast domination have run for the last time.

Scratch one City Hall reporter

Phil Willon has covered City Hall for the L.A. Times, with an emphasis on Mayor Villaraigosa, for two years. He's going back to Riverside.

L.A. Times misses 175,849 papers with Wooden coverage

L.A. Times stops the presses on John Wooden but misses almost a third of papers.

Jerry Clark, journalist

Friends of longtime Los Angeles journalist Jerry Clark are saying he died yesterday, possibly of a heart attack

Boston not happy over LAT line about Paul Pierce stabbing *

paul-pierce-jersey.jpg Ted Green's post for the Los Angeles Times sports blog called Your Guide to Hating the Celtics used to say of Paul Pierce, "By the way, Pierce's idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times."

Whitman & Fiorina ahead, voters split on pot and immigration

Joint LA Times-USC polling rolled out in a series of weekend stories.

L.A. Times Hollywood writer jumps to Hollywood

Rachel Abramowitz is leaving to to work on "Outlaw Country," a new FX show she wrote with her husband.

Advertising shakeup at L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times Media Group on Thursday announced that it "restructured" the entertainment division of its advertising department, naming three new vice presidents. The most interesting part was buried...

New class of Nieman fellows announced

Anna Gorman of the Los Angeles Times is among the journalists selected to spend the year at Harvard and attend Nieman Foundation for Journalism reunions forever after. She "plans to...

Local news startup in Orange County shuts down

The Orange County Local News Network was a partner of the Los Angeles Times, working out of the Times' offices in Costa Mesa and doing hyper-local coverage.

De la Torre, Jones, they all look alike

LA-Times-does-it-again1.jpg At least one political consultant was chuckling over the weekend about the Los Angeles Times using a photo of Assemblyman Hector de la Torre when the paper meant to endorse Dave Jones. "

Dean Baquet's role at New York Times expands

Dean Baquet, the Washington bureau chief at the New York Times, will rotate through the managing editor chair for two months this summer.

Whipped: More fun with related links that aren't

lat-related-links-may18 copy.jpg For the LATimes.com story on Indiana Republican congressman Mark Souder resigning in tears as he discloses an affair with a staffer, I especially like that the related links robot came up with a theater review for "The Whipping Man."

Technology bites LAT.com again

lat-releated-web-bsun copy.jpg Being saddled with Tribune Company technology has held the Los Angeles Times website back through the years. I'll assume that's what happened here. The "related stories" list with tonight's City...

L.A. Times misses another Saturday night L.A. game

Saturday night's game at Dodger Stadium had a 7 p.m. start time, did not go into extra innings, and only lasted 2:52 according to the box score. Yet it wasn't in the Times.

Any ticked-off crossword fans?

last-dance-crossword.jpg Turns out the crossword puzzle the Los Angeles Times ran in today's Calendar section, titled "Last Dance," was a repeat of the puzzle that ran two Sundays ago.

Rainey nails Channel 4's descent

Whoa, what got into Jim Rainey? The L.A. Times' media writer not known for his bite channeled his inner Howard Rosenberg in a piece today saying KNBC News has "devolved from cheese to cheesier to, perhaps, cheesiest of them all."

Couple of clarifications on Times items

LAT Editor Russ Stanton wants to fix the record on embedded e-commerce links, and fresh info on the Bill Dwyre column on Pat Tillman.

LAT changes a crucial word in Tillman piece *

Regarding that Bill Dwyre column on Pat Tillman that I mentioned over the weekend, sharp-eyed readers noticed that the original phrase Dwyre used — that Tillman was "murdered by guys on his own team" — has been changed to "killed by guys on his own team."

LAT to add paid links to stories, blogs *

The Los Angeles Times will begin selling e-commerce links in selected stories and blog posts — but not in news stories or columns — as "both a reader service and a revenue opportunity for the company," editor Russ Stanton announced to the newsroom in a memo that also changes the comment moderation policy.

Typo o' the day

lat-front-42110.jpg If you're the Los Angeles Times and you want to go top of page one with a story attacking the credibility of the mayor, you probably shouldn't misspell credibility in the headline deck.

LAT yields on the Dodgers logo question

jimmy-hahnn-hat.jpg This morning's Los Angeles Times carries a correction to that Op-Ed piece from last week that stated the LA logo on the Dodgers cap sprang from team executives and a...

Times sports deadlines miss another game *

Some of today's printed Los Angeles Times editions carry no report on last night's Kings' playoff game, which started early about 7 p.m. and, though it went into overtime, ended with a Kings win at 10 p.m. — well within the Saturday night deadlines of previous years.

Are we having fun with the Ring cycle yet? *

Who knew opera could be so contentious? Fan Rip Rense reams LAT critic Mark Swed for not reporting on loud booing, while a heckler who interrupted a lecture on the Ring Festival was almost evicted by Zev Yaroslavsky.

LAT deadlines already 1 for 2 with Dodgers

Last night's Dodgers score didn't make it into this morning's Los Angeles Times Sports section, at least the printed version that many subscribers get — just as predicted when the...

Food and journalism

On Saturday morning, the Culinary Historians of Southern California are hosting a discussion on "the heyday of the Los Angeles Times Food section." Former Food section stalwarts Betsy Balsley, Donna Deane, Rose Dosti and Barbara Hansen will be on the panel at the Central Library in Downtown.

LAT lays out ground rules for endorsements

The L.A. Times editorial board on Sunday explained its approach to this year's upcoming election endorsements. In recent years, The Times' editorial page has most often endorsed Democrats, but we...

Sign of the (L.A.) Times

Thursday's Los Angeles Times story on the indictment of a L.A. Unified official for allegedly funneling district business to his company rightly credits an earlier Times investigation that exposed the conflict of interest. What isn't mentioned is that the reporter was laid off last year.

Tribune reminds employees: we're loose!

CEO Randy Michaels has sent every Tribune staffer — that takes in the L.A. Times and KTLA, among others — an email reminding them that they there are no strict dress codes, unneccesary rules or retaliation for speaking up. Oops...on that last one, people at the Times may have to disagree.

Friday desk-clearing: Return to PDT edition

Remember: Pacific Daylight Time resumes its rightful place in the natural order of things on Sunday.

Sign of the (L.A.) Times

It's come to this. The Los Angeles Times website seems now to think the Silver Lake section of L.A. is a city unto itself.

Supes' discretionary spending comes under fire

Each member of the county Board of Supervisors gets $3.4 million a year to spend on pet projects and doesn't have to account for it to the public — or share much info at all, according to a Times story.

Can you spot the real LAT front page ad?

spot-brown.jpg Satirical website Not the LA Times challenges readers to spot which ads really did appear on (or wrap around) the front page of the Los Angeles Times, and which are merely inspired by the paper's stumbles in the crazy world of innovative ad-editorial separation.

LAT's mock front page ad via Twitpic

lat-mock-front-page.jpg It's a wrap around the real L.A. Times front page this morning, arguably not as bad as last year when the paper sold an actual story spot on the real front page.

Alice in Thursdayland *

alice-wonderland-crop.jpg Sure was strange to see the Los Angeles Times lead the Calendar section with a big photo and Kenneth Turan review of "Alice in Wonderland" on Thursday, instead of the usual Friday. The reason for the change, according to a soft-section insider at the LAT, is that the ad department sold Disney two front-of-Calendar spots for Alice ads in Friday's paper.

Garza on the Los Angeles Public Media Service

oscar-garza-kcet.jpg The goal, as he tells KCET blogger (and KPCC reporter) Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, is to diversify the public radio audience.

Selden Ring Award goes to ex-LAT reporter

t-miller.jpg T. Christian Miller won for ProPublica stories on how insurance coverage for private contractors in war zones "had become a boon for companies and a disaster for those who relied upon it for treatment and death benefits."

LA Weekly loses music editor to LAT

Randall Roberts gave notice at the Weekly yesterday, and sources say he has been hired to be music editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Ex-editor rips idea that LATExtra is innovation

Noel Greenwood, the LATs retired Senior Editor, says the suggestion that earlier deadlines are an improvement is nonsense.

Dan Neil hits the road, loves the LAT

The Wall Street Journal-bound L.A. Times auto critic and columnist sent his farewell message to the newsroom this afternoon, saying he'll miss the place and the people.

LAT adjusts changes, misses Clippers game

clippers-maggette-espn.jpg After hearing complaints from readers, the L.A. Times made some fixes to its tinkering with the format last week. Apparently the readers also asked that the Times stop covering the Clippers, because Saturday night's game wasn't in the paper..

Correction o' the day: reuniting families

The surprising L.A. Times headline today that Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services would "no longer strive to reunite families" proved to be a bit too surprising....

Dan Neil, Zitner jump from LAT to Wall Street Journal **

dan-neil.jpg Neil was the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer-winning automobile columnist who sued Sam Zell and Tribune over management of the paper.

When web gimmicks backfire

avinowensvalley.jpg In a pretty transparent bid to attract more web "interaction," L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez recently asked readers of the Times website to vote for their "worst Angeleno of all time." And of course it got gamed.

Snow on the way, but no chance of meatballs?

lat-page-grab-2310.jpg For some reason the weather forecast on the Los Angeles Times home page right now is calling for snow and says the temperature is 37 degrees.

Staff shifts at the L.A. Times

Thumbnail image for LAT-extra-section.jpg Four newsroom staffers move around, plus a new Dodgers blogger and today in LATExtra.

L.A. Times changes its look on readers again

LAT-extra-section.jpg It was less than a year ago that the Los Angeles Times surprised readers by doing away with its long-lived local news section. Today it's back, sort of — in...

Memo: LAT prepares for latest reduction in content

On Tuesday we begin to find out how well L.A. Times editors have been able to contain the damage from the latest management order to cut costs — by moving to some of the earliest news deadlines in town and trimming story lengths. Read the latest memo.

ESPN/LA hires have domino effect in local market

When ESPN staffed up its local operation in Los Angeles, it hired several staffers from the Daily News and Los Angeles Times. The result has been some promotions and hiring at those papers.

Dodger Thoughts on the move again

The Dodgers blog by Variety TV writer-editor Jon Weisman that moved into the Los Angeles Times stable a year ago is going to ESPN.

Sign of the (L.A.) Times

I have to wonder if the Times' near-total surrender of its award-winning tradition of covering a major local industry — cutting-edge science — helps explain why the New York Times beat the locals on the apparent suicide of a world-class Caltech scientist.

LAT names a new Readers' Representative

deirdre-edgar.jpg The open spot goes to Deirdre Edgar, the L.A. Times' national copy desk chief since 2006. Memo to the newsroom from Editor Russ Stanton goes into some changes in the job.

L.A. Times loses another top reporter to ProPublica

The non-profit investigative reporting outlet ProPublica has grabbed Sebastian Rotella, a 23-year reporter at the Los Angeles Times who most recently was doing national security reporting in the Tribune Washington bureau.

LAT loses its D.C. national security reporter

Josh Meyer is leaving after 20 years for a gig at the nexus of journalism and academia. Here's his exit note to the newsroom.

Getting to Haiti is the big first step

haitiloomis11410b.jpg I'm told that L.A. Times photographer Carolyn Cole was packing in her Brooklyn apartment within fifteen minutes of the first quake bulletin. How she got to Port-Au-Prince.

'Complete scene of chaos' in Haiti

haiticcole11410.jpg The L.A. Times has photographers Carolyn Cole and Rick Loomis on the ground in Haiti.

Religion and county beats filled at the Times

Metro desk reporter Mitchell Landesberg is the new religion writer at the Los Angeles Times. More staff moves in the memo from Metro honcho David Lauter.

Rick Reilly remembers Christine Daniels and Mike Penner

ESPN columnist Rick Reilly began at the Los Angeles Times in the same year as his friend and sports colleague Mike Penner. Reilly and his wife helped Penner make the transition to a new identity as Christine Daniels.

Waiters who do Langer's and Canter's

Great Los Angeles story in the L.A. Times: there are several waiters who sandwich in deli shifts at Langer's by day then head over to the Fairfax area to work Canter's at night.

Grazergate and Andres Martinez make the j-ethics syllabus

L.A. Times editor-at-large Jim Newton is now teaching a course in journalism ethics at UCLA, part of his appointment as a senior fellow in the School of Public Affairs. In...

LAT's new section name already taken...

latextramag.jpg LATextra is the name of a British magazine for latex fetishists.

LAT didn't look very hard for Hawaii Republicans

linda-lingle.jpg Twenty paragraphs into a sob story about Hawaii's lack of Republicans, you find out the governor of seven years is one.

Source: LAT editors forced to sign non-disclosure pacts

An email to LA Observed from a Los Angeles Times insider I trust says that, in recent weeks as the latest moves involving new deadlines to accommodate the Wall Street...

L.A. Times sells out deadline news to WSJ

Today's moves at the Los Angeles Times are about the financially stumbling paper selling the prime time on its Los Angeles presses to the Wall Street Journal, forcing much earlier deadlines on the Times itself.

Times moves editor to new late-news section

Here's the newsroom memo from L.A. Times Editor Russ Stanton about staffing for LATExtra, the section made necessary by the early deadlines that will flow from the of the Costa Mesa printing plant.

Times' changes back to the future in some respects

Mark has the rundown over at LA Biz Observed on the latest Los Angeles Times restructuring to keep the place running. In closing the Orange County printing plant (and casting...

Steve Lopez crosses one toke over the line *

The Times columnist begins this week as a contributor on "SoCal Connected" on KCET.

LAT loses another reporter in Sacramento

Eric Bailey will be communications director of Consumer Attorneys of California.

Patterico reviews the Times' year

It's the blog's seventh annual compilation of "bias, omissions, and distortions" at the paper they call the Dog Trainer.

William Tuohy, correspondent was 83

reyesnevarez.jpg Tuohy won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1969 for his coverage of the Vietnam War for the Los Angeles Times.

L.A. Times hires another TV editor

Not too many shrinking media outlets have the chutzpah to hire a few days after laying off people, but the new Los Angeles Times isn't shy about announcing its changing...

ESPN kicks off in L.A.

ESPN's new Los Angeles website does have, as rumored, columnist J.A. Adande, plus former Daily News sports staffers Tony Jackson and Ramona Shelburne, Steve Mason and John Ireland from ESPN...

LAT books, science (and sports?) take hits

Today is departure day for some of the Los Angeles Times staffers who were laid off this week or who retired and/or took buyouts. Arts reporter Suzanne Muchnic sent a...

Requiem for Mike Penner/Christine Daniels

danielspenner.jpg The Daily Beast's Jacob Bernstein is the first writer who wasn't a friend to put together a somewhat lengthy examination of the months leading up to Mike Penner's suicide. In...

LAT staffers' suit versus Zell still on

A federal judge in Chicago today ruled that key parts a lawsuit by current and former Los Angeles Times employees can proceed against Tribune Company chairman Sam Zell and the...

More names of L.A. Times departures

Confirmations are coming in on Los Angeles Times newsroom staffers who were laid off in yesterday's new wave of staff cuts, or who are taking buyouts to get the heck...

Layoffs day at the L.A. Times

Those on the list are starting to get the word. Elina Shatkin, who wrote for Calendar and The Guide, posted on her Twitter and Facebook feeds that she was tapped...

Richard Boudreaux leaving LAT foreign staff

This went up on the Times' Readers' Rep blog late Friday. I just saw it. Excerpt: He has reported from more than 50 countries, beginning in Nicaragua in the mid-1980s...

Suzanne Muchnic leaving LAT staff

suzanne-muchnic.jpg Muchnic is retiring from the arts beat at the Los Angeles Times after 31 years. At least, she's leaving the staff. She will continue to contribute as a freelance arts...

Morning Buzz: Friday 12.11.09

Krekorian goes back to Sacramento, Art Torres gets a raise, another reporter move at the Times and City Hall's beacon shone last night. More news and notes after the jump....

Religion writer moves to Biz

The Los Angeles Times has moved Metro's religion writer, Duke Helfand, to cover health on the Business staff. Some of you will remember Helfand as a City Hall reporter for...

LAT hires in Sacramento

Here's the new addition to the Los Angeles Times I alluded to in the previous post: an investigative reporter in Sacramento. Tonight's memo in the newsroom from David Lauter, the...

Discouraged ex-LATers, part 3

In the last installment of their survey of each other, most former Los Angeles Times newsroom staffers polled say they expect their old paper to fold — just 16% expect...

Leo Wolinsky named editor of Daily Variety *

leowolinskyvariety.jpg Leo Wolinsky, an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 31 years, has been named editor of Daily Variety, "encompassing both the L.A. and Gotham editions," the trade...

Times' Claudia Eller shifts jobs

Yes, Claudia Eller will still be digging for scoops in Hollywood. But she's shifting to also help manage the other reporters for Company Town, the L.A. Times' entertainment news operation....

27% of ex-LATers report health problems

In the second part of a survey of recently formered newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times, almost all say they have health insurance — but mostly due to COBRA...

Bad tidings for LAT refugees

This won't come as good news for the Los Angeles Times staffers who are worried about losing their jobs in the coming cutbacks. The ex-staffers behind The Journalism Shop did...

Another new hire at LAT Calendar

Assistant Managing Editor for Arts and Entertainment Sallie Hofmeister tonight announced the second recent hire to fill openings on the L.A. Times entertainment team. We told you about Steven Zeitchik...

LAT's "readers' rep" is leaving paper

Jamie Gold worked in the Readers' Representative's office at the L.A. Times for ten years, since 2001 as the main liaison between readers and the newsroom "on questions of accuracy,...

Mike Penner, 52, believed to be suicide

Sad news at the Los Angeles Times website about one of their own. Mike Penner, the veteran sportswriter who in 2007 and '08 was known publicly as Christine Daniels, was...

Wanted: one film critic

Here's a hire that will be closely scrutinized and dissected, no matter who gets it: the LA Weekly is looking for a replacement for Scott Foundas. The L.A. Weekly is...

LAT updates its social media rules

The Los Angeles Times has revised and reorganized its guidelines from last March that staffers are supposed to follow on social media networks. Political advocacy is still out, for instance,...