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'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.

Bloomberg chief in LA headed for London

Tony-Palazzo.jpg Tony Palazzo will run international coverage of media and telecoms.

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.

Monday news and notes

women-in-hollywood-nytm.jpg New manager for the Dodgers. Growth politics in LA. Women in Hollywood. Lots and lots of media notes. And more.

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.

KPFK goes off the air, blames a power line

kpfklogo.jpg The Pacifica station says on Twitter that it is off the air this morning due to a power line being "down" and the transmitter possibly being affected by the wind.

Holiday week news and notes: catching up edition

liz-phair-guitar-pitchfork.jpg Another missile launch coming? That homeless state of emergency pledged in LA never happened. Plus more.

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.

Top editor for LA News Group moving on

anastasi.jpg Michael Anastasi will become VP of news and executive editor for the Tennessean newspaper and the Tennessee Media Network.

Reporter objects to '60 Minutes' doing his heroin story

60-minutes-heroin-grab.jpg Sam Quinones is the author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic." CBS didn't go for his pitches, then he saw "60 Minutes" last night.

Monday news and notes

barbara-osborn-fb.jpg A weather change. Tarantino plans to apologize. A new spokeswoman for Kuehl. More politics, media and place.

OC Register seeks bankruptcy protection

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg The last shoe drops from the Aaron Kushner era. The Register and Press-Enterprise will go on normally but new ownership could be on the way.

Grantland site killed by ESPN

grantland-grab.jpg It's effective immediately. Bill Simmons calls callous treatment of staffers "simply appalling."

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.

Thursday news and notes

los-fezil.jpg Water flows in the LA aqueduct again. Vin Scully repeats next year is his last season. Los Fezil. And more.

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.

Columnist signs off: 'Keep reading your newspaper'

timm-herdt-fb.jpg Ventura County Star political columnist Timm Herdt, moving on after 31 years of Wednesday columns, pleads the case for print.

Tuesday news and notes

DC_EXPRESS-bacon.jpg A drone knocks out power. La Opinión endorses Kamala Harris. Media notes. And much more.

Monday news and notes

brie-larson-lat.jpg Catching up to news from politics, media and place. Plus more.

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.

Newsroom truth: first we procrastinate

daily-bulletin-moves.jpg "One trait of journalists is that we accumulate a lot of paper."

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."

News and notes for Wednesday

murdoch-bros-thr.jpg Biden won't run. DWP rates to rise. 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake. Media moves, the Murdoch brothers and more.

BuzzFeed newsroom: 58% women and 68% white

buzzfeed-editorial-pie.jpg "We now have more women than men working at BuzzFeed," Jonah Peretti says on his blog. They also are less white than last year.

The women on the Clinton bus

hilary-clinton-press-corps.jpg At least 18 reporters on Hillary Clinton are women. "No one can remember a political press corps this heavily female," says Politico.

Monday news and notes

gjusta-sign.jpg Catching up on politics and media news, job moves and some notes on place. Including: Metro losing riders.

NPR news audience dropping and aging

npr-west-front-room.jpg It's not just print newspapers and TV news that are losing their audiences to age and digital platforms.

Stephen Glass pays back Harper's for 1998 story

stephen-glass.jpg He sends a check for $10,000 along with an apology.

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.

Media notes for Wednesday

scott-shafer-kqed.jpg New politics editor at KQED. CJR cuts back print. Jean Sharley Taylor. And more.

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.

Hef says it's time: Playboy to drop nude pics

playboy-debut-marilyn.jpg Hugh Hefner agrees that his 62-year-old magazine should move on and adapt. The website already had.

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.

Media and book notes: More LAT, NYT, Bill Plaschke show

lat-front-10515-long.jpg An aggregation of news and notes from our in-box and other sources.

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.

BuzzFeed walks away from Arts District move

ford-factory-shorenstein.jpg The web operation is still looking for the right LA headquarters, but for now BuzzFeed Motion Pictures is moving to Siren Studios.

California Lawyer shutting down, report says

cal-lawyer-grab.jpg Jim Romenesko reports the staff was told this morning that the magazine is closing effective immediately.

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.

For one night only, the return of Camp O.J.

oj-at-verdict.jpg Radio reporter Steve Futterman is organizing a 20-year reunion of the media folks who covered the people versus Orenthal J. Simpson this Saturday. Videos inside.

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.

Wrong way to hype an investigative story

nuclear-secret-grafic.jpg There's nothing secret about KNBC's Santa Susana nuclear accident package -- the station broke the story for TV in 1979 with Warren Olney reporting.

Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards: our last Rose Parade

bob-eubanks-edwards.jpg They take to KTLA this morning to announce they are hanging up their microphones -- voluntarily. They go way back in LA broadcasting.

'Angeleno' new LA series coming from PBS SoCal

angeleno-phoenix-pbs.jpg Producer Peter Jones wants the show to feel inpired by Ralph Story and Huell Howser, "who taught me the best quality to have as a journalist: listening."

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.

Carla Marinucci to Politico from SF Chronicle

carla-marinucci-twitter.jpg She will launch the California Playbook, Politico's west coast edition of Mike Allen's Playbook. "Within weeks," Politico says.

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.

WGN marks Yom Kippur with Nazi emblem

wgn-star-of-david.jpg Chicago station says it "failed to recognize that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol."

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.

Journo tries to visit his mom at Clifton's soiree

welcome-to-cliftons.jpg The ashes of Ray Richmond's mom may have been upstairs in the VIP area. But the family felt her presence.

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."

34 years at Playboy: that's enough, right?

stephen-randall-fb.jpg Stephen Randall, longtime deputy editor in Los Angeles for Playboy and overseer of the Playboy Interview, will transition to an editor-at-large role as change roils the magazine.

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.

'Weekend All Things Considered' leaving LA so soon

npr-west-weekened-atc-room.jpg Two years after all the NPR chatter about being on the West Coast, Arun Rath and the staff are packing up in Culver City and the show returns to Washington.

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.

Erin Aubry Kaplan on love, race and death of a spouse

alan-kaplan-kcet.jpg "Our hugely improbable, racially romantic story did not mean that we'd solved the problems of the color line. Far from it."

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.

Friday news and notes: End-of-week desk clearing

biker-guardian.jpg Media moves, crime politics, fires, LA bike gangs observed and much more.

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.

KCRW launches series on Skid Row

KCRW_Stephanie.jpg For some, "the area can be a way station to a better place. For others, it’s a place where survival means community, drugs, and a regular spot on the street."

Dylan Byers, Politico's man in LA, jumps to CNN

dylan-byers-twitter.jpg Byers will be the senior reporter for media and politics at CNNMoney and CNN Politics.

Herald Examiner building to go mixed-use

herex-bldg-1915-lapl.jpg The jail cells and other TV sets finally have to move out of the former home of the Los Angeles Examiner (and HerEx) at Broadway and 11th St.

LA News Group covers retiring editor

carolina-garcia-retires.jpg Carolina Garcia is the former editor of the Daily News and has been a managing editor for the LANG chain.

Gerald Ruben, 80, longtime TV news executive in LA

gerald-ruben-fb.jpg "One of the great news producers of all time, anywhere," says Bob Tarlau on Facebook.

BuzzFeed looking at big expansion to Arts District

ford-factory-shorenstein.jpg Flush with new cash from NBC Universal, BuzzFeed is reported to be looking at the former Ford Model T factory across from Stumptown Coffee on Santa Fe Avenue.

Monday news and notes: Lots of catching up

la-river-main-st-bridge.jpg Items include Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Daniele Watts, Eric Garcetti, Frank Gehry, Aja Brown, Wes Craven, Serena Wlliams, Jessica Mendoza, Claudia Puig and more.

Larry King thinking a lot about his final gig

larry-king-nytmag-grab.jpg Over the quarter-century that he hosted ‘‘Larry King Live,’’ King was always asking his guests, ‘‘What do you think happens when we die?’’

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia*

parker-ward-wdbj.jpg WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, were interviewing a chamber of commerce official at a strip mall this morning. The shooter was a former reporter at the Roanoke station.

News and notes: Rare Tuesday edition

lamag-bestofla.jpg Politics and media moves. New homeless numbers. Stephen Colbert's guests. NYT newsletters. Kirk and Anne Douglas will give it away. And more.

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.

Monday news and notes: 673 candidates for president (so far)

merl-reagle-twitter.jpg Jerry Brown on "Meet the Press." Toni Atkins on "News Conference." A crossword creator dies. And much more.

Fox 11 veteran fired for bombing live shot over labor talks

cheryl-bacon-fired.jpg Local 53 plans a rally outside the Bundy Drive studios on Thursday in support of Cheryl Bacon, who has been at KTTV for 39 years.

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.

Midweek news and notes: Trump, BuzzFeed, media moves

trump-thr.jpg Dave Lesher named to run start-up CalMatters. News from City Hall and the county, and much more.

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.

Garth Kemp out as KABC Channel 7 weather guy

garth-kemp-dog-fb.jpg Station announces resignation on his official social media accounts. Later in the day his bio dropped off the ABC 7 site.

Vin Scully undecided yet about next year

vin-scully-2008-crowd-beck-si.jpg Selfishly I hope he returns. But you know -- maybe it's time we all embrace our lifelong friend in whatever he wants to do.

CBS LA gets a new VP and news director

Bill-Dallman-cbsla.jpg Veteran news executive Bill Dallman was named Vice President and News Director of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, the CBS-owned duopoly in Los Angeles.
old-marine-dn-musgrove.jpg Can you help this ex-Marine get her old uniform back? Lots of politics, media and place for a desk-clearing Friday.

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.

Monday news and notes: 8.10.15

drone-racing-saul-g.jpg Trump vs. Megyn Kelly but not on Fox. Bernie Sanders in LA today. Amazing ratings for GOP debate but not "True Detective." James Poniewozik to NYT TV beat. Drone racing. And more.

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.

Hey Fox 11, how are those contract talks going?

fox-11-protest.jpg Channel 11 gets a new general manager but its live-shot gets bombed by a sign about unfair practices at—Fox 11!

Coming New Yorker story making TMZ nervous

harvey-levin-twitter.jpg Sources tell THR the magazine is close on an "aggressive exposé — more than a year in the works — about the unorthodox reporting tactics" of TMZ and Harvey Levin.

Thursday news and notes

maria-sharapova-gjusta.jpg City Hall politics, media items, books news and place notes, including Maria Sharapova at Gjusta.

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.

Monday news and notes: August begins

so-close-thank-you.jpg Politics, media and place with a little news thrown in. Catching up from the weekend.

American Journalism Review to cease publication

ajr-screen-grab.jpg AJR has been published for 38 years. The print magazine shut down two years ago.

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.

Monday news and notes: July 27

KeyPeele.jpg Times editors give another letter grade. CBS2/KCAL promotes Amber Lee. Key and Peele to end their Comedy Central show. More politics and media notes.

Spanish-language KMEX and KVEA lead the local Emmys

local-emmy-winners-2015.jpg It wasn't even close. The top LA newscasts last year were all in Spanish, the judges said.

Portrait: 35 of the women who say Bill Cosby raped them

cosby-accusers-nymag.jpg New York Magazine got 35 of the 46 women it counts as having come forward with allegations about Bill Cosby to sit for photos. It makes an impact.

Scott Foundas jumps from film critic to film exec

scott-foundas-twitter.jpg Variety's chief film critic is moving to Amazon Studios as an acquisitions and development executive.

Norman Lear lip-synchs for his 93rd birthday (video)

norman-lear-at-93-grab.jpg As for getting old, he sings, isn't that the goal?

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.

Kaj Goldberg moves to KTLA's green screen

kaj-goldberg-ktla.jpg KCBS and KCAL weatherman has left the duopoly for rival Channel 5.

Thursday news and notes: Superheroes and more

Mathews-super-obama-600x400.jpg Biden was in town. Ex-LA Times reporter takes a job in City Hall. Fernando Valenzuela becomes a citizen. And California's hangup on superheroes. Plus more.

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.

How did celebrating 'Clueless' become a thing?

stacey-cher-clueless.jpg A sampling of the media stories trying to find some meaning in the LA romp after 20 years.

Soboroff adds Shirley Temple's typewriter

shirley-temple-at-typewriter-ss.jpg An Underwood used by the late actress joins those of Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote and other famous typists in the Soboroff collection.

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.

Kim Masters: The man who saved my mom from the Holocaust

nicholas_winton-thr.jpg The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large and host of KCRW's "The Business" writes at THR today about Nicholas Winton, who died July 1 at 106.

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.

News and notes: Ridley-Thomas not running for mayor

Ridley-Thomas and more politics notes, DeAndre Jordan stays with Clippers, new hosts at NPR's All Things Considered and more.

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.

Tuesday news and notes: Cosby, Trump, #USWNT

mike-kelley-buses.jpg Bill Cosby's old admission. Donald Trump coming to LA? Record audience for soccer as U.S. champions come to LA Live. Plus much more politics and media.

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.

Post-holiday week news and notes

amartinez-alexcohen-kpcc.jpg Catching up on politics, media and place. Including a piece on KPCC's Latino audience.

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.

Tuesday news and notes

rock-yard-soqui-law.jpg Parks and LaBonge check out of the City Council. SCOTUS to take on labor union fees. Gravel yards. Much more politics, media and place.
steve-chiotakis-award.jpg The annual press club banquet was Sunday night. Here's a curated list of some of the winners.

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.
triangle-offense-book-nyt.jpg An NYT editor explains how writer Nicholas Dawidoff came to go do deep on a subject no one was curious about: "They just might fall in love with this truly bizarre corner of the sports landscape, as I had."

Alessandra Stanley leaves TV beat to cover the .01%

alessandra-stanley-640.jpg Stanley is shifting to a newly created beat that will be part of the NYT's gathering coverage of income inequality in the U.S.

Scott Diener leaving as KCBS-KCAL news director

scott-diener-kcbs.jpg Diener has been the Vice President and News Director of the KCBS-KCAL duopoly stations since January 2010.

Monday news and notes

obama-maron-garage.jpg Catching up with a plethora of items on politics, media and place including news this morning from the Supreme Court.

Danny Villanueva, 77, media executive and former LA Ram*

danny-villanueva-325.jpg The kicker for the Rams in the 1960s became the news director and president of KMEX and a co-founder of Univision.

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.

Daily News photog tweets his layoff

michael-baker-layoff.jpg "Shot my last picture for LADN before gettin laid off. Gonna miss the co-workers and great people in the SFV."

BuzzFeed releases long-discussed news app

buzzfeed-news-app-grab.jpg "We know a lot about the 25 million people who visit BuzzFeed News each month," says the site. "We know young people are into news."

Charleston paper adds gun range sale sticker to front pages

charleston-gunad.jpg "A deeply regrettable coincidence," the paper said in a statement after Romenesko called. Nine people died in the massacre at a historic black church.

What 'Pacific Standard' wants in a new editor

pacific-standard-grab.jpg "The ideal candidate is deeply committed to journalism in the public interest and does not shy away from difficult—even scary—projects." And more.

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.

Monday news and notes

taix.jpg Politics, media, books and place for a new week, plus a couple of tweets.

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.

Romenesko steps away from the laptop a bit

romenesko-grab.jpg Jim is not retiring exactly, but he's freeing up his mornings for other pursuits. It's an impulse I totally get.

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.

Emmys reporters can now sleep in

aduba-stamos.jpg The Emmy Award nominations will no longer be held at a ridiculous hour of the morning in Los Angeles (well, North Hollywood.)

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.

Crafter of 'Headless Body in Topless Bar' dies at 74

headless-body-hed.jpg Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at the New York Post, "wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism."

Nick Ut returns to Vietnam for 'Napalm girl' anniversary

nick-ut-vietnam-2015.jpg Monday was the 43rd anniversary of the most iconic photograph of the Vietnam War. For the occasion, Nick posted on AP's Instagram account.

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.

New policy magazine from Jim Newton and UCLA

blueprint1-cover.jpg Mayor Garcetti helps UCLA launch a new journal edited by former LA Times reporter and editor Jim Newton, with help from some former LAT colleagues. The first topic: policing and the science of safety.

Thursday news and notes

carson-stadium-render.jpg Minimum wage. Drought shaming. A new head of LAX. Emmy nominees. Gawker unionizes. Plus media moves and much more.

Monday quick news and notes

6th-street-viaduct-lao.jpg Plans for the 6th Street bridge. Anne Gust Brown profiled. More talk of exemptions from the $15 minimum wage. How much do City Council members pay their help? Drivers for drunk senators. And more.

Bob Schieffer's sign-off from 'Face the Nation' (video)

schieffer-signs-off.jpg He brought out the staff to take a bow on camera. Nice touch.

Ex-blogger Ken Layne has a desert magazine

desert-oracle.jpg The original Los Angeles media and politics blogger is featured in today's Column One in the LA Times.

Mid-week news and notes

westwood-leconte-bike-lane.jpg I've been storing up for a few days.

KTLA news copter test run in 1958 (video)

ktla-copter-grab.jpg Channel 5 was the first Los Angeles television station to deploy a news helicopter. Watch.

Charter to add Dodgers channel before TWC takeover

dodger-stadium-fans.jpg The CEO of Charter Communications says the company will start to offer Sports Net LA within a few weeks, while its $56 billion deal for Time Warner Cable proceeds.

Thursday news and notes

norms-alan-hess.jpg Santa Barbara oil spill. Norms gets status. Reaction to David Ryu's election and David Letterman's farewell. Plus much more.

'Mad Men' jerk is just as bad to BuzzFeed journalist

ferg-donnelly-buzzfeed.jpg This is what Hollywood's acceptance of sexism looks like in real life, writes BuzzFeed LA's Susan Cheng -- despite a lawyer letter trying to dissuade her.

Nikki Finke returns with Hollywood fiction site -- and photo

nikki-finke-2015.jpg Her will feature short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders "like myself."

Another film critic down: Claudia Puig

claudia-puig-usat.jpg After 15 years at USA Today, she took a buyout that saw 55 staffers leave the paper last week.

Friday news and notes

fresno-bee-drought-pic.jpg Marines die in Nepal. The City Council's new secretive ways. LANG parent no longer for sale. Another jab at LAT from Jeff Gottlibeb. Plus more politics, media and place.

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"

Friday news and notes: Police, politics, water and more

kristannaloken-villaraigosa.jpg Plus Antonio Villaraigosa's new actress-girlfriend, restaurants come and go and a big day for a Dodger.

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.

Suzanne Marques shames on-camera crasher

suzanne-marques-live-spoile.jpg Good for Marques. After a dude invaded her shot and began talking dirty, she put his pic on Facebook. "Do you know this face?"

NBC4 investigates food poisoning at LA restaurants

nb4-food-poisoning-map.jpg County health inspections are spotty even at restaurants with confirmed cases of poisoning, says report by Joel Grover.

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.
bruce-jenner-diane-sawyer.jpg A morning roundup of politics, media and place plus some tweets of the day.

Mirthala Salinas leaves TV anchor seat for her family

mirthala-salinas-62-hz.jpg Salinas, the former Telemundo reporter who had an affair with then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had been the local anchor on KRCA-62.

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.

LA Times, Daily Breeze win Pulitzer Prizes*

breeze-winners.jpg Two Pulitzers for the Times -- for television criticism and drought writing -- and the first ever for the Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles News Group.

Media notes: Sylvia Lopez leaving KCAL, layoffs at THR, more

Sylvia-Lopez-kcbs.jpg Lopez says she is going to grad school fulltime. Alex Ben Block among those leaving the Hollywood Reporter, report says.

KCRW names first Vulnerable Populations Project journalist

david-weinberg-kcrw.jpg It's David Weinberg, a reporter at "Marketplace" and creator of the Random Tape podcast.

Teardown: Daily News building in Woodland Hills

daily-news-tear-down-pool.jpg Bob Pool, the recently retired Los Angeles Times staff writer, posted a Twitter photo today of the former Daily News headquarters in Woodland Hills being razed.

Friday media news and notes

thr_dean_baquet-office.jpg Hillary Clinton woos reporters. Baquet, Baron and Beutner. KPCC hiring a political reporter. Daily News after Orlov. Plus more.

David Laventhol, retired LA Times publisher, was 81

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

Sam Rubin: Bruce Jenner does not deserve 2 hours on ABC (video)

jenner-grab.jpg Nothing he can say about gender issues would trump his participation in the "cultural crime" of Kardashian hype.

Rolling Stone retracts rape story at University of Virginia

rolling-stone-report.jpg A report by the Columbia school of journalism says Rolling Stone's epic screw up "is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable." Inside: writer Sabrina Erdely's statement.

Larry Mantle and KPCC celebrate 30 years of 'Airtalk'

airtalk-team-kpcc.jpg Mantle marked the occasion with a live broadcast in front of an audience in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum
pie-hole-marketplace.jpg News and notes from LA Observed on politics, media and place plus a couple of tweets of the day.

Deadline co-editor does the mea culpa over diverse casting

empire-cast-deadline.jpg Michael Fleming says last week's story suggesting there was too much diversity in TV casting was a big mistake: "Our hearts are heavy with regret."

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.

George Fischbeck, TV's Dr. George, dies at 92

dr-george-fischbeck.jpg Fischbeck was Channel 7's weatherman for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 80s.

News and notes: Bush coming, bookstore closing & more

RauschLA-hunt.jpg Jeb Bush to raise cash in Bel Air. Supes look to raise minimum age. A new column in Daily News. More notes on politics, media and place.
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."

Monday news and notes: Brown, Villaraigosa, Apple and more

cuba-truck.jpg Some news and notes of politics, media and place to get the week started.

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.
julie-chang-and-baby.jpg Tobar writing for NYT opinion. Oreskes to run NPR news. KPCC adds veterans and military issues reporter. Plus more.
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.

Obama visit very good for Jimmy Kimmel's ratings

obama-kimmel.jpg Kimmel's audience for Obama was up 30 percent over the previous Thursday and turned out to be the show's fourth highest rating ever.

Tom Hoffarth remembers Joe McDonnell

joe-mcdonnell-hamilton.jpg On Hoffarth's annual opinionated lists of the top LA sports radio talkers, McDonnell was an easy number one.

Joe McDonnell, 58, longtime LA sports media figure

mcdonnell-laradio.jpg McDonnell died today at Good Samaritan after a brief illness. He "worked at almost every sports outlet on the local radio dial," LA Radio's Don Barrett said.
high-hewitt-studio-slav-zatoka.jpg Hewitt is breaking stories, getting the GOP candidates on his radio show and filling the role of most respected pundit by the Republican establishment, a new profile says.

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 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.

Whoa: Aaron Kushner resigns from the OC Register*

aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The Orange County Register just announced that Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, the co-owners of Freedom Communications, have both resigned from all executive duties.

Tech website Gigaom shuts down immediately

gigaom-grab.jpg "Business, much like life, is not a movie and not everyone gets to have a story book ending," founder Om Malik posted.

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.

Michael Graham, 72, Daily News reporter turned screenwriter

michael-graham.jpg Graham reported the Billionaire Boys Club stories in the 1980s and wrote for "NYPD Blue" and other TV shows.

KTTV boss Kevin Hale to retire

fox-11-bundy.jpg Hale has been at Channel 11 since 2004 and with Fox TV Stations for 18 years. No replacement has yet been named.

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.

Fred Prouser, 63, Reuters photojournalist in LA

fred-prouser-facebook.jpg Prouser started with Reuters here on the first day of the Rodney King riots and shot close to 3,000 Hollywood red carpets before he was done.

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.

Buzzfeed News hires another local (and Latino) reporter

buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest SoCal reporter to join the Buzzfeed News team in Los Angeles is Salvador Hernández, formerly of the OC Register. He's not the only one leaving the Register.

Guardian hiring a Hollywood reporter

guardian-us-grab.jpg The Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter will "engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise."

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.

Mariel Garza on the Rick Orlov memorial

mariel-garza-bee.png "I don’t think the chamber had seen such a large crowd since the city considered banning lap dances." Heh.

Gary Owens, longtime LA voice and media figure, dies at 80

gary-owens-ear.jpg Best known for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," Owens was an LA radio fixture first. "One of the most famous broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history," says LA Radio's Don Barrett.

Stan Chambers, the dean of LA television reporters, dies at 91

stan-chambers-young.jpg KTLA just announced that Stan Chambers died this morning at his home in Holmby Hills. He did 22,000 stories in 63 years at Channel 5. Obits and tributes inside.

David Carr dies after collapsing in the New York Times newsroom *

david-carr-2008-nyt.jpg "He was the finest media reporter of his generation," executive editor Dean Baquet said in his email to the staff. Carr was 58.

Media notes for Wednesday: CBS' Bob Simon killed

bob-simon-cbs.jpg New president for KABC-TV. Johnson Publications selling off photos. Los Angeles Magazine gets more vintage. Plus more.

Kyle Kraska, former CBS 2 sports anchor, shot in San Diego

kyle-kraska.jpg Kraska is now the sports director at CBS 8 in San Diego. He was wounded outside his home.

Brian Williams suspended without pay for 6 months (memo)

brian-williams-recants.jpg "This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position,” the president of NBC News informs the staff.

Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

JonStewart-cc.jpg "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family," says the channel's president.

Rick Orlov remembered at City Hall ceremony

orlov-rolodex.jpg The embodiment of a mensch, said Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Daily News photo gallery includes Orlov's longtime Rolodex.

BuzzFeed to interview President Obama on Tuesday

ben-smith-fb.jpg If you need another clear marker that BuzzFeed is a news operation with reach and not just a website with lists, this is a pretty good one.

KCRW wants your proposals for 'vulnerable populations' project

kcrw-logo-blue.jpg Journalist or team selected will spend a year reporting on LA's most vulnerable populations. Deadline to apply approaches. Radio experience not required.

Brian Williams announces hiatus from NBC news show

brian-williams-recants.jpg Maureen Dowd writes that for NBC, Williams puffing up his exploits "was a bomb that had been ticking for a while."

Can Brian Williams survive his fake war story? Should he?

brian-williams-recants.jpg Turns out that the NBC Nightly News anchor has been using his bogus claim of being shot down in Iraq over the years.

Andrew Sullivan to shut down The Dish

sully-cartoon-in-dc.png The other shoe has dropped in political blogger Andrew Sullivan's recent decision to stop blogging.

Hollywood Reporter wins Ellie for magazine excellence

thr-cover-chris-rock.jpg THR's National Magazine Award comes in the category of special interest. Pacific Standard and Amanda Hess also win.

Rick Orlov obits and a Gary Leonard photo

rick-orlov-gary.jpg Colleagues and friends react to the passing of the Daily News' longtime presence at City Hall.

Rick Orlov, dean of LA City Hall reporters, dies at 66

rick-orlov-dn-640.jpg The Daily News announced this afternoon that Orlov died of diabetes complications. Mayor Garcetti: "City Hall is in mourning."

Journalism job opening: See the dentist first

palmer-station-grab.jpg An editor is needed for the online Antarctic Sun newspaper. Must have good teeth.

Visiting with Luis Rodriguez, poet laureate of Los Angeles

luis-rodriguez-kcet.jpg This week's "SoCal Connected" on KCET features the author and founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore.

Matt Miller vacating the center on KCRW

matt-miller.jpg No replacement host or centrist for the long-running show has been named.

Q&A with AP's Linda Deutsch at the Board of Supes

kinda-deutsch-kuehl.jpg The retirement tour of trial reporter Linda Deutsch continued today at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.

OC Weekly has been put up for sale

ocweekly-shtup-cover.jpg Editor Gustavo Arellano says, "Anyone interested in buying this rag gets a motivated band of mistfits, almost all of us OC natives…"

TV reporter praises Rashida Jones for her tan (video)

rashida-jones-sag-grab.jpg Maybe not everyone watching would know that Jones is biracial, but TNT's reporter and producers should have.

Jonathan Gold: Pretense of anonymity ends today

goldpulitzer.jpg With a documentary on him debuting at Sundance, the restaurant reviewer says he will no longer pretend that no one knows it's him.

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.

LA Weekly's new editor comes from Chicago Reader

Mara-Shalhoup-headshot-law.jpg Mara Shalhoup takes over Feb. 16. "LA has countless stories to tell…we're gonna have fun."

Doug Dowie tries to rebuild career after prison

doug-dowie-at-66-labj.jpg The former Daily News managing editor and head of Fleishman-Hillard in LA, now 66, has one client and some friends.

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."

Hollywood Reporter, California Sunday Magazine up for Ellies

calif-sunday-mag-logo.png Amanda Hess' manifesto about women and the Internet for Pacific Standard is also a finalist in the National Magazine Awards.

This week the Jewish Journal is Jewish Hebdo

jewish-hebdo.jpg Editor Rob Eshman says no more "tiptoeing around terrorists’ sensibilities [or] kowtowing to the craziest elements among us."

On becoming Zoey Tur

Zoey-lamag.jpg Los Angeles Magazine goes longform on the life transition of the LA news helicopter pilot formerly known as Bob Tur.

Al Martinez, our columnist, died today

al-martinez-close.jpg The Bard of LA, as he was called, had a long career at the Los Angeles Times and had also written columns for the Topanga Messenger, the Daily News and AARP — plus books and TV episodes.

Daniel Pearl Award for Charlie Hebdo

paris-hebdo-lyon.jpg The Los Angeles Press Club will announce today that it is awarding the 2015 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism to Charlie Hebdo.
charlie-hebdo-attack.jpg The weekly has been targeted by Islamic terrorists before, and had just posted a satirical cartoon about the head of the Islamic State — and a taunt that the group had not yet attacked France.

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.

Long Beach Register formally fades away (video)

lb-register-final-grab.jpg A staff video pays tribute to the sixteen-month run of the Register's presence in Long Beach. The final issue appeared Sunday.

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.

Mexico's 43 missing students: what happened that night

California Sunday Magazine has posted early its January issue story reconstructing the events of September 26, 2014 in Iguala. "Mexico is now a nation in mourning."

Linda Deutsch to retire from AP

linda-deutsch-fb.jpg The trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in at the trial of the Charles Manson family in 1969 will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP says.

NYT's Risen won't be forced to reveal confidential source

Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to demand in court that James Risen, a national security reporter for the New York Times, reveal his source for a book that reported a CIA effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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.

Pilar Marrero leaving La Opinión for Solis' staff

pilar-marrero-pic.jpg The longtime politics writer and columnist for Spanish-language La Opinión is leaving the paper to become the communications deputy for new county Supervisor Hilda Solis.

LA Weekly discontinues theater awards after 35 years

lost-moon-radio-tim-norris.jpg The Weekly says "our focus for 2015 is utilizing our time and resources towards building, promoting, and evolving events that can bring us profitability for the new year. Unfortunately, this event does not help us towards meeting those directives."

Rolling Stone admits it screwed up big on UVA rape story

rolling-stone-rape-graphic.jpg Magazine's managing editor says "there now appear to be discrepancies" in the rape victim's account of what happened. Rolling Stone put everything on her being truthful by agreeing not to confirm her facts.

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.

Larry Elder out at KABC talk radio - again

elderlarry10-laradio.jpg Elder got the call after Tuesday's show. He was dropped from the station in 2008 as well.

Business-side layoffs today at 'not profitable' OC Register

New publisher who took over for Aaron Kushner says 'the business is not profitable' and announces about 100 layoffs, none in the newsrooms in OC or Riverside.

Labor reporter Steven Greenhouse takes NYT buyout*

How many labor reporters are left at major American media outlets? Environment reporter Felicity Barringer is also on the list.

Supervisor Solis' staff has an LA Times angle

peter-hong-fb.jpg Solis' new chief deputy is a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times — and Solis' executive assistant was assistant to the LA Times editor. Plus more Solis and Sheila Kuehl staff news.

LA Times loses DC enviro and energy reporter to website

neela-bannerjee-twitter.jpg Neela Bannerjee is going to InsideClimate News, the nonprofit website that won a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2013.

Buyouts taken by some New York Times veterans

NewYorkTimes-wikimedia.jpg TV reporter Bill Carter and newspaper and magazines reporter Christine Haughey are on the list of those leaving, along with a few who worked in Los Angeles.

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.

Politics and media notes for Monday 12.1.14

roybal-sign-city-hall.jpg Mayor Garcetti supports LAPD on protester arrests. Hillary Clinton got $300,000 to speak at UCLA. A political consultant advertises. An LA TV veteran retires. Plus Jian Ghomeshi, Cargoland, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and more.

Gangsters in Paradise: Palm Springs' mob legacy

gangsters-in-paradise.jpg A five-part series in the Desert Sun will look at the history of Mafia influence, including the taint on Frank Sinatra and kids who grew up romanticizing the scene.

Sad but true: Sam Zell writing a book called 'Gravedancer'

sam-zell-labo.jpg The man who drove Tribune into bankruptcy plans a "personal and professional memoir [with] compelling stories about his biggest deals and share tips for entrepreneurs who want to follow in his footsteps.” Snicker.

Jim Newton signs off with some suggestions for Los Angeles

jim-newton-lat.jpg The LA Times veteran devotes his final column to a menu of proposed fixes, such as expanding the City Council, abolishing the school board and doing away with term limits.

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.

KPCC seeking veterans and military reporter

apm-kpcc-opening-grab.jpg The reporter will be shared with public radio stations in Seattle and Raleigh-Durham and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Lisa Saxon is 'the woman who helped change sportswriting forever'

lisa-saxon-angels-uniform.jpg Vice recalls the abuse that Saxon took covering the Angels and Dodgers for the Daily News when there were few women on the beat. Reggie Jackson gave her such trouble that other Angels stood up for her.

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.

Mark Heisler gets another column -- this time in the LANG papers

mark-heisler-dn.jpg After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.

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.

No, Kim Kardashian's butt did not break the Internet

kardashian-ass-paper-cover.jpg Any web content creator or headline writer who posted that Kardashian's nude pics broke the Internet is a shameless tool. Nice exposure, though, for Amanda Fortini.

¡Ask a Mexican! turns 10

ask-a-mexican-logo.jpg Gustavo Arellano's column in the OC Weekly began humbly -- and now it's a freakin' empire and he's the editor of the whole paper. He celebrates in this week's column.
oc-register.jpg The OC Business Journal reports that two of the investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 say the company is 'insolvent.'

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.

Sam Rubin responds to being called fat on the air

ginger-chen-calls-sam-fat.jpg KTLA morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan accidentally calls Rubin fat, thinking her mic is off. Everybody laughs, the video goes global, but he has some reflections on it all.

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."

A new sign over West LA

variety-sign-wla-close.jpg The Variety logo that used to shine from the tallest office tower on the Wilshire Miracle Mile is now on the facade of a non-descript mid-rise on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

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.

Alt weekly down: Bay Guardian staff laid off, website frozen

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."

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.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Monday news and notes: The back from hiatus edition

luis-j-rodriguez-mug.jpg Back from three weeks away from the routine with a hefty offering of items in politics, media, sports and more. Catching up will continue all week.

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.

News about the news *

Continued turmoil at the OC Reg, comings and goings at our local papers, and info on some offerings from SoCal Connected, just because.

Doug Dowie hangs out a new shingle

Doug Dowie, the former Fleishman-Hillard executive and Daily News managing editor who went to federal prison, is back in business in the LA area with a new communications venture.

Kent Shocknek retires right into a new role (video)

shocknek-six-oclock.jpg LA's longtime news anchor signed off KCAL last Friday (watch the video inside) and has the starring role in a new short film (watch it too.)

Baquet recrafts the New York Times masthead

Thumbnail image for nyt-newsroom.jpg New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has announced his first big remake of the organizational ranks of the paper, choosing to replace his old job of managing editor with four deputy executive editors and the new position of creative director. Reads the memo.

Register couldn't pay its bill to LA Times, report says*

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano says the final blow to the Los Angeles Register came when the company could no longer pay the LA Times to distribute the paper. Layoffs at the Register are beginning today.

Kushner pulls the plug on LA Register 'effective immediately' *

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg An 11 p.m. email broke the news to Register staffers. The Los Angeles website will continue, as will Freedom's weekly papers here, but the surviving Register will focus on Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The Atlantic will re-absorb The Wire

the-wire-grab.jpg After five years as a semi-independent website and a year under the name The Wire, the site is going back under the banner of The Atlantic.

What's up with the anchor chairs on KCAL 9 news?

kcal-chairs-3.jpg We mean the actual chairs. In the screen grabs from Friday night's news, watch just the height of the seat backs behind Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez.

LA Weekly says 'rumors' are LA Register may close*

la-register-ad-grab.jpg Passing along without comment or anything to add: "We now understand that many [staff reporters] were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end."

Former KFWB, now The Beast, unveils new sports lineup*

the-beast-980.jpg Fred Roggin, Jim Rome, Marques Johnson and Jeanne Zelasko are on the schedule. Also: The LA Times wants to know which of its sports scribes have radio and TV gigs.

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site

la-opinion-cover-91614.jpg The Spanish language daily newspaper rolled out an all-new look this week. There's now a section of English language news on the website.

Media news and notes: Monday 9.15.14

Daum1-articleInline.jpg Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism proposes new $10,000 fee on students. Robert Lopez says LAT tried to keep him. Allie Mac Kay out at KTLA Morning News. LAT hires for Wall Street beat. Plus Hilda Solis and more.

Will the Daily News et al be sold?

daily-news-box-200.jpg This morning's memo from Digital First Media CEO John Paton doesn't confirm or deny. Let the speculation continue.

KCET to share channel going forward with KLCS

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The two stations will continue to operate separately but they will "share a single, over-the-air broadcast television channel," while auctioning off unneeded bandwidth and splitting the proceeds.

KPCC adds a pair of editors, reorganizes news desks a bit

Thumbnail image for scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg Chris Knap, the longtime Orange County Register investigations editor, moves to the radio-web newsroom in Pasadena. There's also a new education editor and a new regional desk. Memos inside.

Media news and notes: Tuesday 9.9.14 (*updated)

ray-rice-tmz.jpg Tim Molloy leaves as TV editor at The Wrap to join PBS "Frontline." Plus: TMZ scores with Ray Rice video clip. ESPN Films and Nate Silver. New seasons at KCET. New editor for Los Angeles Magazine's driving blog. And more.

Jill Painter pens farewell column for Daily News

jill-painter-twitter.jpg The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.

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.

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.

A.J. Langguth, author and USC journalism professor was 81

ajlangguth-usc.jpg The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.

Media notes for Wednesday 8.27.14

daily-news-editors.jpg Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.

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.

KFWB talent signing off today

kfwb_logo_225x110.jpg KFWB at 980 on the AM dial is going away as an all-news (or news talk) radio station after today. Tune in and hear your favorite anchor say goodbye.

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.

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register

david-montero-twitter.jpg David Montero, who got to the Register last year, will cover LA county government and some general assignment.

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.

The Wrap does the ice bucket meme -- without water (video)*

the-wrap-ice-bucket.jpg "With California in the midst of a drought, TheWrap opted against using water, and instead just waited for some of the ice to melt." Does Sharon Waxman's hair even get wet?

Reporter James Foley, 40, murdered on video in Syria

james-foley-fb.jpg "We have never been prouder of our son Jim," Foley's mother says on Facebook. "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

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.

Another journalist arrested in Ferguson, Mo *

scott-olson-arrest-reilly.jpg Scott Olson of Getty Images was arrested then released after several hours, apparently for not staying in the pen that police set up for journalists. A total of six journalists and more than 30 protesters were arrested Monday night or Tuesday morning.

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.

Alissa Rubin's account of her helicopter crash

alissa-rubin-hurt-ferguson.jpg New York Times Paris bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin, a former LA Times correspondent, dictated a reporter's notebook from her Istanbul hospital bed about the Iraq crash in which she was injured. The story runs with a graphic photograph of a bloodied Rubin.
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.”

PBS SoCal finally launches a regional news show

studio-socal-debut.jpg Studio SoCaL debuted Friday night as a weekly half-hour that repeats a few times. The first show had former LA mayor Richard Riordan and a discussion of "Silicon Beach."

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.

Financial Times' man in LA looks back on eight years

garrahan-in-la-ft.jpg Eight years and three children later, Matthew Garrahan is leaving Los Angeles for a new posting as global media editor for the Financial Times. He shares some observations of LA.

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.

Jess Marlow, longtime LA news anchor was 84*

jess+marlow+tv+blue.jpg Marlow had a long career reporting or anchoring on KNBC, KCBS and KCET — 37 years in all, ending with the old "Life & Times” program on KCET.

Kent Shocknek to retire from the CBS duopoly

kent-shocknek-cbs.jpg KCBS and KCAL announced today that longtime anchor Kent Shocknek will retire at the end of September. He has been on TV in Los Angeles for 31 years, most recently as anchor of the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCAL.

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.
ucla-flood-grab-nbc4.jpg Quite a scene at UCLA on Tuesday. Plus Channel 7 falls for a fake DWP spokesman — but it takes a while.

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.

NBC4 wins the most local Emmys

emmys-66-logo.jpg NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.
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.

Media and news notes: Thursday 7.24.14

colbert-stephen.jpg Drought effects. Bobby Shriver gets an endorsement. Obamajam keeps woman in labor from the hospital. Colbert will keep Late Show in NYC. What happens when film and TV productions are denied California's subsidy. Plus media notes: Maria Russo, Chris Long, KCRW's drone and more.

Media and news notes: Wednesday 7.23.14

nick-ut-1972.jpg Casey Wasserman quietly leads LA's Olympic bid. The Mexican-born Stanford Law professor named to the state Supreme Court. Andre Birotte confirmed as judge. Sheila Kuehl gets County Fed endorsement. Plus Ron Calderon, George McKenna, Nick Ut, Donald Sterling, SoCal's bestsellers this week and more.

Santa Barbara news startup Mission & State to shut down*

injunction-protest-missionandstate.jpg The Knight Foundation and the Santa Barbara non-profit behind the investigative news start-up have agreed that "unfortunately...the Mission & State experiment must come to an end."

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.

News and notes: Tuesday 7.15.14

Thumbnail image for prosser-sidewalk-jg.jpg NPR news chief leaves (see memo excerpt.) Perez recount could last until after the election. New editor of Slate. LA's sidewalks. Plus more.

KTLA's Wendy Burch details her pregnancy for viewers (video)

wendy-burch-pregnant-grab.jpg Burch takes to the station's morning show to explain the details of how, at age 45, she decided to go the frozen egg route. The report runs almost six minutes.

The philosopher king and the creation of NPR

npr-west-weekened-atc-room.jpg An excerpt from Steve Oney's upcoming book about the history and future of NPR.

Ex-KPCC VP Stanton lands in crisis PR

russstanton.jpg Russ Stanton becomes a senior executive with the public relations firm founded by his (and my) former LA Times colleague Glenn Bunting.

Media notes for Thursday, July 10

tom-hoffarth-dn.jpg Rumor about Murdoch and Tribune papers. Hoffarth goes part-time. New producer at KCRW. Iranian journo gets 2 years and 50 lashes for her blog. "Los Angeles Plays Itself," the ESPN Body Issue and more.

Media moves and notes for Tuesday, July 8

sigman-house.jpg Claude Brodesser-Akner, Michael Sigman, Zen Vuong, Dashiell Bennett, Robert Salladay and more — including the night the LA Times printed the Herald Examiner.

Memo of the day: who bled on the copy machine?

kpfk.jpg KPFK is a quirky little radio station. So this memo that went out to staffers Tuesday maybe isn't so odd.

Press Club awards honor Mark Lacter tonight

mark-lacter-600.jpg Journalists of the year are Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly, Alfred Lee of the LA Business Journal, Rolando Nichols of MundoFox, Saul Gonzalez of KCRW, Celeste Fremon of Witness LA, Cynthia Littleton of Variety and Ringo H.W. Chiu of the LA Business Journal. More winners inside.

How Aaron Kushner didn't save the Register

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a long piece in the OC Weekly, Register rival Gustavo Arellano details all that has gone wrong with Kushner's experiment. About 70 staffers have now left the newsroom on buyouts that came down this month.

NPR and APM agree to share morning Marketplace*

ME_clock_2014_new.jpg Marketplace Morning Report will now be a formal part of "Morning Edition" on NPR stations. Plus: A new "clock" for the morning and "All Things Considered."

What's going on with Nikki Finke and Deadline

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Anne Thompson helps give some perspective to the latest back and forth between the Hollywood blogger and her former colleagues.

Rebekah Brooks not guilty, Coulson convicted in U.K. hacking

coulson-brooks-guardian.jpg After the verdicts in the phone hacking trial of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid editors, Prime Minister David Cameron apologized to the cameras for employing Andy Coulson as his spokesman.

LA Times doubles down on Hot Property

hot-property-grab.jpg The Hot Property blog is back on the A-list at LA, with a new hire and a newsroom memo to explain it all.
aaron-kushner-usc.jpg NYU academic Clay Shirky reduces the battle for journalism to a fight between realists and nostalgists. He ranted at Ken Doctor and Ryan Chittum for not calling B.S. on Aaron Kushner, and they respond.

Russ Stanton leaving as content head at KPCC (updated*)

melanie-sill-kpcc.jpg Melanie Sill ascends to vice president of content for Southern California Public Radio. Stanton says he's headed to the private sector.

Reporters remember talking to O.J. back then

ojsimpson-bronco.jpg Linda Deutsch of AP was the reporter Simpson felt he could talk to and be treated fairly. Jim Newton of the LA Times thought he was going to get into a fistfight when he interviewed Simpson. Plus more.

Baquet has malignant tumor removed from kidney

Thumbnail image for baquets-read-on-subway.jpg His email to the New York Times staff calls it "minimally invasive, completely successful doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”

KCRW breaks ground on new studio

KCRW-Rendering-Reception.jpg When occupied in 2016, the new media center will get KCRW out of the cramped college campus basement it has called home for decades.

LA Press Club advisory board has chamber of commerce flavor

eli-broad-book-cover.jpg We're talking Eli Broad, Richard Riordan, Rick Caruso, Ramona Ripston and similar.

Jim Hayes, journalism prof and writing coach was 88

jim-hayes-fb2.jpg Jim Hayes was a longtime reporter and editor who taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and who served as a writing coach in several newsrooms, including at the Los Angeles Times.

KCRW unveils website makeover, plans new studio

kcrw-webpage-grab.jpg Lot more pictures and accessibility, easier audio playing, 20 years of archives. The timing coincides with groundbreaking this week on a new studio in Santa Monica.

T.J. Simers takes Register buyout, says he's retired

simers-register-pic.jpg Sports columnist T.J. Simers' rebirth with the Orange County Register lasted less than a year. Well under a year. He's joining this week's exodus from OC Register.

Kushner spars with Larry Mantle: 'We are growing' *

kushner-spitz-kppc.jpg Even with his image as the guy who figured out how to make newspapers work wobbling, the Register's Aaron Kushner declined to make his case with numbers that could be checked.

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.
aaron-kushner-usc.jpg Two weeks off without pay within the next two months, and voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. The Long Beach Register will fold into the daily LA Register.

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."

Tuesday news and notes: 5.20.14

vf-screen-shot.jpg All media today: Sulzberger speaks to Vanity Fair. Another digital defection from NYT. Atlantic Cities rebrands. Moves at the LAT, LANG and KCRW. Plus more

KPCC's other arts hires are interesting too

Thumbnail image for scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg The senior producer of a new arts and entertainment program will be Oscar Garza, former daily Calendar editor at the LA Times. Rounding out the team is an import from KCRW.

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.

Rihanna sends $25,000 to LA police fund

rihanna-soboroff-twitter.jpg Rihanna and Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, are certainly making the most out of their recent encounter at the Clippers playoff game. The broken phone is paying off for the LAPD Foundation.

KPCC fills new entertainment spot with a print guy

john-horn-glasses.jpg KPCC has been looking for awhile for the right person to host a new arts and entertainment program aimed at making the station a player in Hollywood and cultural coverage. They found their man at the LA Times.

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.

Sterling speaks and blames 'the girl,' asks to be forgiven

sterling-cooper.jpg Sterling talks with Anderson Cooper in interview to air tonight on CNN. He asks forgiveness from the NBA — if his words offended, that is. "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."

Rihanna gets her jollies with LA police commissioner

rihanna-soboroff.jpg I guess nobody at the Daily Mail recognizes Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission — dismissed as a "jolly older gentleman" and a "pensioner" in a Fail story on Rihanna attending a Clippers game while dressed.

KPCC board chair named chief executive of NPR

Jarl-Mohn-current.jpg Jarl Mohn takes over in July. A well known LA art collector and venture capitalist, he was previously GM of MTV Networks and founder of the E! Channel, as well as chair of CNET. NPR memo inside.

LA Times reporter in Washington jumps to AP

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

Shirtless bro of 909 'took a shot seen round the world'

clay-narey-allen.jpg The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Meet the ex-Marine behind the skin.

Times to unveil web redo, and Register begins delivery

lat-com-new-front.jpg 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.

Friday news and notes

civic-center-with-palm.jpg Selective catching up after staying away from the LA news for a little while. Don Sterling fallout, politics, media, more.
courtney-friel-grab.jpg KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.

KCET brings back a form of 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg New season begins May 14 with some of the old team and some new faces. Expect a show that's more like the KCET website than the TV series that won all those awards.

Politico making an LA move

state-capitol.jpg Two of Politico's bigger names are relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast. It sounds less strategic and more about personal situations.

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.
la-register-first-nicolosi.jpg The editorial in the first issue of the new Los Angeles print newspaper, out today, says the Register's opinion page "aims to infuse a new perspective into the political and public policy debate in our community and lead the charge for a new generation of liberty-minded, free-market intellectuals."

New sports biz website in town

field-of-green-grab.jpg The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.

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.

Yasiel Puig's harrowing journey from Cuba to Dodger Stadium

puig-lamag-pugliese.jpg Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.

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 Register called an audacious move for these times*

laregister-facebook-grab.jpg Longtime media watcher Rem Rieder talks to Aaron Kushner about next week's launch of the Los Angeles Register and observes that starting up a new newspaper on the turf of an existing paper (or papers) was a bold statement in the best of times. The LA Register lands on Wednesday.

Amy and Samy and Ana Garcia

Thumbnail image for ana-garcia-at-city-hall.jpg Ana Garcia, the former KNBC anchor and investigative reporter, shows up on a new issue of "Kitchen Nightmares" interviewing the overheated proprietors of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Breitbart News launches a California push

breitbart-california-logo.jpg Breitbart CA will be about "stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment." Plus more.

Anja Niedringhaus, AP photographer, killed in Afghanistan

gannon-Niedringhaus.jpg The Associated Press says that an Afghan police commander opened fire with an AK-47 Friday on two AP journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.

Joel Grover story on NBC4, Scientology book win IRE awards*

grover-in-harms-way.jpg Channel 4's investigation of tour bus accidents and Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" are cited by the judges, as well as an investigation into LA-area rehab scams. Details inside.

Paper doesn't know beans about Chile

bh-courier-chili.jpg The Beverly Hills Courier emails a keeper headline to its readers about the huge earthquake on the coast of Chile.

Journalists' guide to reporting on earthquakes in SoCal

sylmar-quake-bridge-usgs.jpg Definitions and frequently asked questions from USGS at your fingertips, plus some other advice.

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.
This perhaps bears repeating: The Hollywood Reporter is up for a general excellence award in the most prestigious magazine competition in the country. So is Pacific Standard.
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.

Willow Bay named director of USC journalism school

willow-bay-twitter.jpg For several years Bay has been senior editor of the Huffington Post Los Angeles operation, but her roots are in television news. She takes over in July. Took a long time to fill this one.

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.

NBC officially closes down in Burbank (video)

laugh-in-grab.jpg Brian Williams did a story on Friday about this being the final weekend for the NBC studios in Burbank. Lots of reminiscing about Johnny Carson, "Laugh-in" and Bob Hope.

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.

City Hall trying to limit media access again*

city-hall-from-lat.jpg The new wrinkle is swipe cards for access. The Society of Professional Journalists LA chapter and the Radio-TV News Association of Southern California have scheduled an urgent meeting to make a protest.

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.

The Grim Sleeper serial killer story continues

christine-pelisek-weekly.jpg Christine Pelisek has a new piece in LA Weekly on the 23-year murder spree she essentially uncovered, plus she's in a Lifetime documentary on the case and played by Dreama Walker in a movie. Meanwhile, suspect Lonnie Franklin is still awaiting trial.

Update to 'Newman dead' hoax story*

newman-dead-tmz.jpg Actor Wayne Knight did not die Sunday in upstate New York or anywhere else.
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.

Journalist's guide to writing the trend piece on San Francisco

sf-ferry-bldg-crowd-lao.jpg San Francisco Chronicle writers Joe Garofoli and Peter Hartlaub offer some savvy local tips to all the writers coming to town to "cover" the city. "Best thing on the Internet today," says a fan on Facebook.

Let's call Kushner charming, confident but guarded (video)

zocalo-newspapers-kushner.jpg The Register's Aaron Kushner sat for a Zocalo panel on the future of LA newspapers and explained his bet on print. But details have to wait for the April 16 launch of his new LA Register.

Larry Burrough, Herald Examiner and OC Register editor was 66 *

larry-burrough-fb.jpg The Herald Examiner alumni on Facebook have posted the news that former city editor Larry Burrough died Monday in Washington state. He went to the Orange County Register and also was managing editor of the Denver Post.
Thumbnail image for garcetti-elect-speech.jpg The mayor held a wide-ranging interview with reporters and editors and said the city cannot afford raises for workers for a few years.

LA Register sets a date for its 'unique' coverage: April 16

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg Freedom Communications "also will roll out more than a dozen community newspapers across Los Angeles County in coming weeks," the Register announces.

Creative weather spelling at KCAL

kcal-9-occastional-oops.jpg Can you spot the misspelling tonight on KCAL 9's weather report? Hint: There is no T in KCAL.

Paul McCartney hearts KCSN

paul-mccartney-kcsn.jpg KCSN has been rocking the LA airwaves more lately and today put out a press release about a phone call from McCartney.

Register parent launching Spanish-language weekly in LA County

Unidos-logo.jpg Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register and the forthcoming LA Register, says it will introduce a new Spanish-language weekly newspaper called Unidos en el Sur de California on March 21. The weekly will combine the existing SoCal Spanish-language papers, Excelsior and La Prensa.

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.

Possible list of Register staffers headed north to Los Angeles

mid-valley-little-league.jpg The list is unconfirmed but looks real, and indicates some interesting coverage priorities. Check it out.

Look who has been spotted in City Hall

city-hall-face.jpg There has been a new species of journalist spied recently at Los Angeles City Hall. That would be reporters for the as-yet-unseen LA Register.

Los Angeles Magazine embraces car culture

la-driver-grab-mini.jpg Just when it seems from consuming any media that LA has abandoned its automobile ways — but in actuality hasn't — Los Angeles Magazine decides to zig where the others zag.

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.

New on public radio: An investigative reporting show

reveal_logo_600.jpg KCRW on Saturday aired the new pilot for "Reveal," a show from the Center for Investigative Reporting and Public Radio Exchange. Featured are the heroin pipeline to Chicago, teenagers in solitary on Rikers Island and the reality behind that movie credits bug about no animals being harmed. Listen inside.

NBC's Miguel Almaguer rescued from Azusa mud

miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpg Los Angeles bureau reporter Miguel Almaguer did a field report for the "NBC Nightly News" Friday night while standing thigh deep in runoff debris. His rescue was not shown.

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.
Thumbnail image for philip-seymour-hoffman.jpg It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.

Bree Walker talks about her arrest and that mug shot

bree-walker-happier.jpg Robin Abcarian, the LA Times columnist, stopped in to see her Venice neighbor this morning. They talked about the event that re-injected the former CBS 2 anchor into the news stream last week: Walker's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Anaheim, and the release of a police mug shot that showed her looking, in Walker's words, like rocker Steven Tyler.

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.

Kushner also speaking at USC Annenberg

aaron-kushner-usc.jpg We're starting to see Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner reach out in Los Angeles in advance of launching his new LA newspaper. He'll be in the journalism school at USC next Tuesday.

Bree Walker, former CBS 2 anchor, arrested on DUI

bree-walker-dui.jpg She was reportedly stopped by Anaheim police after running a red light then failed a field sobriety test. Walker was released on a promise to appear in court.

KCRW buys classical music station in Santa Barbara, will add staff *

kcrw-logo-books.jpg KCRW will get a new stronger signal on the Central Coast at 88.7 FM and produce Santa Barbara versions of "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Santa Barbara will continue to hear classical music on 93.7.
Deadly-Delays-team.jpg “Deadly Delays” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel documented how delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death.

It takes a village to replace Nate Silver

Lynn-Vavreck-ucla.jpg The New York Times has been building a new politics and data team to replace Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog. UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck will be a regular contributor. Plus more.

Jillian Barberie, John Phillips to share mid-day radio slot

GooddayMidDay.jpg When last we saw Jillian Barberie, she was leaving Fox 11 once and for all. Now she will do talk radio on KABC.

Sam Rubin's bad day with Samuel L. Jackson (videos)

rubin-jackson-ktla.jpg The KTLA entertainment anchor made a mistake with Jackson on live TV this morning and has been the butt of jokes and social media comments the rest of the day. And probably will be tomorrow too, despite an on-air apology. Bad on KTLA: the video clip inside starts automatically.

Veteran TV types fill the final slot in KFI radio lineup

mark-thompson-espinosa-kfi.jpg Starting today, the 1-3 pm slot is filled by Mark Thompson, the former Fox 11 weather anchor, and Elizabeth Espinosa, the former Fox 11 and KTLA reporter and anchor. Yes, the LA home of angry white guy talk now has a Latina co-host.

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.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was 'far from disappointing in person'

pshoffman-david-carr-piece.jpg New York Times media writer David Carr had some things in common with Philip Seymour Hoffman: wrestling, a role to play in the movie promoting machine, and addiction.
vf-march-2014-hollywood-cover.jpg Plenty of stars show up on the cover of Vanity Fair despite Gwyneth Paltrow's ask that her friends shun the magazine. Editor Graydon Carter addresses the whole Paltrow saga in his editor's letter.

New ex-journalist PIOs in the District Attorney's office

jackie-lacey-courthouse.jpg Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has revamped her media office with a trio of former journalists. Office veteran Jane Robison gets a new title and the office is on Twitter.

KNBC says farewell to Burbank with backstage looks (videos)

colan-knbc-newsroom.jpg Conan Nolan, the host of "News Conference" on NBC 4, goes behind the scenes with a camera on the final show before the station moves a few miles onto the lot at Universal City.

'SoCal Connected' gets another season

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg KCETLink is about to announce that it has received a $1 million grant from the Ahmanson Foundation for a new season of the award-winning news series, "SoCal Connected." No word on staffing or format.

Breaking: LA Stage Times suspends publication*

la-stage-time-grab.jpg LA Stage Times is going on hiatus, effective immediately. Longtime theater writer Don Shirley will now post regularly at LA Observed.

California newspapers to carry a new print Sunday magazine

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.59.12 AM.jpg The California Sunday Magazine will exist in several digital formats and be delivered on dead trees in the Los Angeles Times and other papers. It's coming out of the Bay Area — and they are hiring.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg LA Times business columnist and blogger Michael Hiltzik and Register owner Aaron Kushner have a difference of opinion on the paper buying insurance policies on the lives of staffers, and directing any proceeds to the pension plan.

Los Angeles Register starts up its social media presence*

laregister-prototype.jpg The Los Angeles Register now has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, to go with the paper's first promotional ad and what looks like a prototype cover. A feature on Nixon and Agnew?

Stephen Glass cannot be a lawyer in California, court rules

stephen-glass-mug.jpg Too many lies over too many years to be a lawyer, the California State Supreme Court says in an unsigned, unanimous opinion.

Hockey night at Dodger Stadium (video and photos)

crystal-egger-makeup-stadiu.jpg On the ice it was just another hockey game (not that there is anything wrong with that.) LA Observed kept an eye on the fans and media.

Abuse of women on the Internet on 'Reliable Sources'

amy-wallace-hess-stelter-grab.jpg Los Angeles writers Amanda Hess and Amy Wallace were on CNN with Brian Stelter this morning to discuss their recent pieces. Link to watch inside.

Look for the LA Register (staff of 75) around March

oc-register.jpg Media analyst Ken Doctor got his latest briefing from Aaron Kushner on the progress of the experiment at the Orange County Register and Freedom. Doctor adds some research and analysis of his own and concludes, in essence, it's on track.

Danny Pearl's final story *

Asra-Danny-Karachi.jpg Asra Q. Nomani was a close friend and Wall Street Journal colleague of Daniel Pearl. It was from her house in Karachi that the Los Angeles native left on January 23, 2002 for the interview he never returned from.

Julie Chang returns to Fox11 after brain surgery

julie-chang-back-wide.jpg "California saved my life," the "Good Day LA" entertainment anchor says of the tumor discovered after she moved here and got bonked on the head by a surfboard.

Volokh Conspiracy bloggers sign up with the Washington Post

eugene-volokh-ucla-mag.jpg UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh — he graduated from college at age 15 — takes his popular center-right law, culture and politics blog to the Post, which loses Ezra Klein.

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.

Register owner takes control of the Easy Reader

easy-reader-cover-ocr.jpg No changes in staff at the weekly are expected, but you can see Aaron Kushner working his way deeper into Los Angeles County.

Kushner's Register play: 'Many people think we are a little crazy'

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg New York Times media columnist David Carr becomes a skeptic about the great OC Register experiment. It's the layoffs and the lack of convincing specifics about the move into Los Angeles.
Northridge-Quake-zocalo-apt.jpg I guess that at 4:31 on Friday morning, Channel 4's tweets will begin. They did this before during the anniversary of the LA riots.

Kushner announces new team at Register, explains 'restructuring' *

Thumbnail image for aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg "The 32 friends and colleagues leaving us have helped the Register navigate through some very challenging times....We enter 2014 with real opportunities and real challenges."

Stay tuned: Big changes at OC Register today *

Reports have been coming since last night about expected management changes and layoffs today in the Orange County newsroom. Sources are saying that editor Ken Brusic is being replaced by Rob Curley, with associated shifts down the line.

KPCC hiring to expand into arts and entertainment news

scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg The position open now is for an on-air host of entertainment programing. As I understand the plan, the coverage will begin as a segment on "Take Two" then expand to a half-hour show.

Register to lay off 39 more at Riverside P-E

labj-grab-kushner.jpg A second round of layoffs at the Riverside Press-Enterprise since the purchase last fall by Freedom Communications includes back-office, newsroom, information technology and production workers. But new reporter hires will mean no net loss of newsroom head count. Plus an update on the LA Register.

Doug Kriegel returning to air as a drive-by economist

doug-kriegel-2014-grab.jpg The former NBC 4 reporter will host a monthly show on the economic life of Southern California on PBS SoCal. The first episode airs Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

New Madeleine Brand show at KCRW has a name and date

madeleine-brand-kcrw.jpg "Press Play" will debut Monday, Jan. 27 in the noon to 1 p.m. time slot. It will feature news and culture talk and be KCRW's first new daily program in more than a dozen years.

Northridge quake anniversary kicks in with the media

daily-news-newsroom-jan1794.jpg The Daily News package includes a dramatic shot of what the newsroom in Woodland Hills looked like when staffers tried to get in. The paper's executive editor recalls the day.
Lindgren will relocate to Los Angeles for three months to oversee The Hollywood Reporter as acting editor while Janice Min and other key editors are working on a remake of Billboard.


bob-brad-korean-bell.jpg Bob Chamberlin of the Los Angeles Times and Brad Graverson of the Daily Breeze use iPhones to document today's rededication of the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro.

Amezcua signs to talk on conservative radio station

Thumbnail image for amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg Former Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua will handle 3 to 6 p.m. on the new LA home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Chefs will cook to benefit injured food critic Max Jacobson

Max-Jacobson-vegasseven.jpg Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Thomas Keller and Bradley Ogden are among the chefs who will join in Las Vegas dinners to raise funds for Jacobson, who was hit by a car while walking in Henderson, Nevada.

NYT: Edward Snowden 'has done his country a great service'

Edward-Snowden-guardian.jpg The editorial board of the New York Times refers to Edward Snowden as a "whistle-blower' and says it is time that the Obama Administration offer him a safe way home.

State Dept. condolences on the death of journalist Mike O'Connor

A spokesperson for the State Department took note today of Sunday's passing of Mike O'Connor, the former NPR and KCBS-LA reporter who was the Mexico representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text inside.

There's a new print bureau chief in LA

chris-woodyard-usatoday.jpg USA Today has gone without a formal chief of the Los Angeles bureau for about two decades or so. That changes on Wednesday.
mike-oconnor-fb.jpg O'Connor covered wars for NPR and the New York Times, and Los Angeles for Channel 2, before taking on the delicate mission of protecting journalists trying to cover corruption and the deadly drug wars in Mexico.

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.

Register columnist Frank Mickadeit passes the Bar, gives notice

mickadeit-studies-ocr.jpg After ten years, Mickadeit is putting down his Orange County Register column to practice law in Costa Mesa. His first legal advice: "Never talk to a reporter without your lawyer present."

Register names LA editor, Kushner again vows to be for 'free markets'

Thumbnail image for oc-register.jpg Aaron Kushner's year-end cheerleading note to the staff in Orange County includes the news nugget that the newspaper will sell its Santa Ana home. The editor of the LA Register will be an LA Times and Register veteran.

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.

Harry Shearer's pro bono 'Le Show' turns 30

harry-shearer-thumb.jpg "It's an act of insensate stubbornness on my part," says Shearer. "But I get really remarkable feedback from listeners and as time goes on and things in the world get weirder, I think the intensity of the appreciation increases."

Register owners lay off 42 at Riverside Press-Enterprise

Most of the jobs lost are in sales, finance and circulation departments that duplicate functions also provided at the Orange County Register. No “frontline journalists” would be affected, Aaron Kushner says obliquely.

KCRW names team for upcoming Madeleine Brand show

kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpg Andrew Walsh, formerly of KIRO in Seattle, is the executive producer. Three KCRW veterans are shifting to the new show, and three outside producers have joined the staff.

How various media would report the apocalypse

apoc-daily-mail.jpg The end of the world as we know it, as might be reported by the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, TMZ, Twitter, Instagram and others.

Newsonomics of Register's LA play yet to be determined

aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg News industry analyst Ken Doctor talked to the Register's Aaron Kushner and came away with some more details (and questions) about the strategy behind the Orange County newspaper chief's upcoming move into Los Angeles. Plus: Kushner is on KCRW and I discuss the move in tonight's LA Observed segment.

KTLA copter owned the Baldwin Hills dam disaster

baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpg In Los Angeles in the 1960s, there were three huge local news stories that riveted people in front of their televisions — mostly to watch KTLA Channel 5, because that was the only station with a news helicopter.

Register starts looking for staffers who want to move

hollywood-sign-paint-kpcc.jpg Here's the Orange County Register newsroom email that went out looking for volunteers to cover Los Angeles.

Kushner unveils plans for Los Angeles Register

Thumbnail image for oc-register.jpg The leak was accurate: the Orange County Register is planning to expand into Los Angeles County. The new paper will publish seven days a week after the first of the year, and they are thinking big.

There's another new broadcaster in Dodger land

jerry-hairston-jr-tw.jpg Jerry Hairston Jr. retires as a player at 37 to join the TV crew, according to reports. "Game will not miss me but I will miss it," he says on Twitter.

KPCC shifts priorities: Cuts three reporters and leaves Sacramento

scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg KPCC is continuing to hire in strategic areas, but the Sacramento bureau is closing and three reporter slots were eliminated. The growing newsroom is now 95 strong, one of the biggest in LA in any medium.

What will Aaron Kushner tell the Register staff this week?

oc-register.jpg One source says the topics will include expansion into Los Angeles.

SPJ's distinguished journalists of (next) year

sandy-banks-vert.jpg There are two winners from print, two from broadcast, and a new media representative. Plus a special award to a local public information officer.

Dodgers hire blogger Jon Weisman

jon-weisman-paley-ctr.jpg Weisman and the team announced he is leaving Variety (where he is a senior editor covering television) to become the Dodgers director of digital and print content. Dodger Thoughts will suspend publication.

Daily News schools reporter jumps to school board side *

Barbara Jones, who covers the LA Unified School District and the Board of Education for the Daily News, is leaving the newspaper business to become the chief of staff to board member Tamar Galatzan.

Rush Limbaugh moves stations, ending progressive talk in LA

limbaugh-smoke-fb.jpg Clear Channel is moving Limbaugh from KFI to KTLK — which will drop 'progressive talk' and become The Patriot 1150, with Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck also on board.

LA Weekly cutting back on theater coverage

Thumbnail image for marin-ireland-parallelogram8.jpg Don Shirley at LA Stage Times has the toll: Capsule theater reviews will drop from the current seven or eight per week to about two, and commentaries by Steven Leigh Morris will appear every other week, instead of weekly.

Nomar Garciaparra joins Dodgers broadcast team

hamm-garciaparra.jpg The former Dodger infielder has been hired as a TV and radio commentator, according to Times blogger Steve Dilbeck, citing "a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity."

Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua no longer with station

amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg The newsroom at Channel 11 was told this afternoon that co-anchor Carlos Amezcua's last day was Friday. The word is that he's leaving to focus on his outside media company.

Dan Morain named editorial page editor at the Bee

dan-morain-bee.jpg Sacramento Bee opinion page columnist and senior editor Dan Morain is moving up to editor of the editorial pages. Morain, 58, previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Herald Examiner.
smart-as-finke.jpg Jean Smart portrays Finke as a secret blogger whose true identity is unknown to her family. Good line: "Mom, you're on the Internet."

Andrew Youssef, OC writer-photographer was 38

andrewyoussefpic-ocw.jpg Youssef, the longtime OC Weekly music writer-photographer who documented his battle against colon cancer in a column for the paper, died over the weekend surrounded by family and friends.

New York Magazine to cut back to every 2 weeks

nymag-arod-cover.jpg New York Magazine has been slowly tapering back from being a true weekly, putting out just 42 issues this year. But in March they make it official.

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."

THR's Stephen Galloway wins entertainment journalist of the year

stephen-galloway-thr.jpg The LA Press Club handed out the prizes it calls the National Entertainment Journalism Awards last night. Here are the winners.

Maria Elena Durazo profile names a key name *

durazo-lamag-grafic.jpg Los Angeles Magazine says in the new issue that Miguel Contreras, the labor leader who died in 2005, was having an extra-marital affair with a state senator for nine years.

Finke, Waxman, Penske, Min: Battle of the Hollywood trades

pulp-friction-graphic-lamag.jpg Patrick Goldstein, the longtime Hollywood watcher for the LA Times and others, has a good feature piece in Los Angeles Magazine on the current state of the four main movie biz trades. One of the best parts is the disclosure of his professional entanglements with the players.

Lucy Noland leaves NBC4, Chang has her surgery

Thumbnail image for lucy-noland1.jpg Couple of updates to previous stories from the local TV news sector.

ABC7 adds 8 pm news hour -- on Orange County channel

marc-brown-abc7-grab.jpg KABC Channel 7 will begin airing a live one-hour newscast in primetime — seven days a week at 8 p.m. — in January. But there's a twist.

Kushner deal for Press-Enterprise goes through

Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register, today completed its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for $27.25 million.

LANG staffers will have a way around the pay wall

asner+at+daily+news.jpg "For our current print subscribers nothing changes," says the publisher in an email to the staff. "As an employee you will have complimentary access."

PBS SoCal drops its Orange County news show

Thumbnail image for laguna-beach-sand-north-lao.jpg "The Real Orange" with Ed Arnold has been on since 1997. Still no news about the station breaking from its OC roots to expand into LA and greater Southern California.

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.

Pay wall to go up at LA News Group papers

daily-news-box-200.jpg The Daily News and the rest of the LANG papers will get a metered pay wall as soon as Wednesday, an edict from the parent company. Details to come.

Still smoking the cannibus at KCAL, I see

kcal-taylor-made-seats.jpg Ouch, it's been a bad run in whatever they call the Chyron department these days at KCAL 9.

Sale of Riverside paper to Kushner fails to close

A.H. Belo Corp. announced today that its deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to Aaron Kushner's Freedom Communications did not close Friday as scheduled. Belo is looking at its options, while Kushner says the deal will go through.

Fox 11's Julie Chang announces she has a brain tumor

julie-chang-announce.jpg Julie Chang is the entertainment news anchor on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" who joined the show about a year ago from New York. She explains that a surfing accident got her to the doctor.

Raul Ramirez, major Bay Area journalist was 67

Raul-ramirez-office.jpg His death was announced by KQED, the public radio station where he was executive director of news and public affairs. He previously was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Oakland Tribune.

David Folkenflik and me on Rupert Murdoch for Zócalo (video)

Folkenflik-and-Roderick-600x467.jpg The media correspondent for NPR calls Murdoch “the most influential and important media figure in the English-speaking world." We talk about Murdoch's motivations, the trial of his former executives in London and the LA Times.

NYT's Brian Stelter jumps to CNN, will host 'Reliable Sources'

Brian_Stelter_wikipedia.jpg Stelter, one of the most high-profile New York Times staffers, produced scoop after scoop on the media beat while this year publishing his first book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." He began TVNewswer in college and got hired full-time at the NYT at graduation.

Have a question about Rupert Murdoch for David Folkenflik?

folkenflik-grab.jpg I will be leading the conversation with NPR's media reporter for Zócalo Public Square on Monday night in Culver City. Come to the event or shoot me an email.

CBS duopoly swaps anchors Shocknek, Tay, Garcia and Suh (and Taft)

taft-garcia-tay.jpg CBS Los Angeles took a page from baseball and announced today that it is trading some of its big name on-air talent between stations CBS 2 and KCAL 9. Here are the details.

What is KCAL smoking?

ktla-cannabis.jpg A reader emails this screen grab: "What were they smoking at KCAL when they wrote this caption?"

Nikki Finke and site she started are 'parting ways'

deadline-grab-finke-out.jpg Key staffers hired by Finke will carry on Finke calls it "a great day" and says she is free to start a new career at a new website.

Kushner sued over disputed funds from Register purchase

oc-register.jpg Former shareholders in Freedom Communications allege that buyer Aaron Kushner has wrongly held back $17 million from the 2012 purchase deal that put him in charge of the Orange County Register. He says they defrauded him on the deal.

Dorothy Lucey blogs about exit of the boss who axed her

dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpg She lets Kingsley Smith off easy, I think -- but his eyes might be bleeding anyway.

Kingsley Smith out as news director at Fox 11

fox-11-bundy.jpg The announcement this afternoon by Fox 11 general manager Kevin Hale that Smith had resigned to pursue that magical career path — other opportunities — ends a 20-year association with Fox stations. It also smacks of being pushed.

Deadline staff starts to turn on Finke, it seems

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Nikki Finke is "miscast as the victim in this drama," Deadline's senior actual adult, Hollywood trades veteran Michael Fleming, writes in a post on what used to be her site. He refutes several of her core claims and says "Nikki" has turned a personal feud with buyer Jay Penske into "a public spectacle."

Finke says she's locked out of

I guess this is what happens when you sell your website to a guy with money, then challenge him openly.

Nikki Finke signals a new future free of Penske

deadline-hwd-logo.jpg On her Twitter feed, Nikki Finke has been posting in the past hour on what sounds like the beginning of a final break from Jay Penske, the investor who bought her some years back.

New York Times writers can now say 'email' and 'website'

nyt-newsroom.jpg The Times updates its style guide to the use of tech terms and more. The stylebook itself may become public.

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.

Inside a cargo operation at LAX (video)

corvette-lufthansa-bs.jpg Brian Sumers, who covers Los Angeles International Airport for the Daily Breeze, continues to cover the heck out of LAX both in the paper and on his blog, LA Airspace. Today: shipping a Corvette to Europe.

13 things we didn't know about Kai Ryssdal of 'Marketplace'

kai-ryssdal-vf.jpg Vanity Fair works some fun biographical facts into its November issue. Included are details on how he maintains his haircut, his Navy aviator roots and what he drives — and what time he gets to work.

Former LAT national editor joins health news website

Roger Smith will be the managing editor of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg.

Alycia Lane era ends at NBC4

Thumbnail image for AlyciaLane.jpg Anchor Alycia Lane arrived from Philadelphia in 2009 with such hoopla — and a lot of baggage. Her legal cases have concluded back there, and now her time at Channel 4 here as well.

Drabble cartoonist's tribute to Vin Scully

drabble-scully-dn.jpg "It’s the way I’ve watched Dodger playoff games for as long as I can remember,” Kevin Fagan says of his cartoon about turning down the TV and listening to Scully on the radio.

Register adds Mark Heisler as NBA columnist

oc-register.jpg The former longtime basketball writer for the LA Times joins T.J. Simers on the Orange County Register sports pages.

Evelyn Taft confirms what her fans suspected

taft-garcia-tay.jpg KCAL's weathercaster is almost five months pregnant, she announced on the air tonight. They pretty much had to say something.

Rick Caruso had commercials cut for mayor race

caruso-lamag-square.jpg Shopping center developer Rick Caruso told Los Angeles magazine that he was all set to run for mayor last year until his family hesitated. No longer a Republican, he says he still may run someday and he hopes that Eric Garcetti is bold enough to risk his job every day.

Media wait at AEG trial (photo)

news-media-aegtrial-ut.jpg Photographers (mostly) wait outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for the verdict clearing Anschutz Entertainment Group of liability in the death of Michael Jackson.

Vin Scully suggests next season will be his last

Thumbnail image for vin-scully-lifemag.jpg KPCC reports that in a recent interview, Scully said that he's leaning toward retirement after the 2014 baseball season. He will turn 86 next month.

LAUSD's warehouse of broken musical instruments

lausd-piano-kpcc.jpg Layoffs and retirements have left no one on staff to repair woodwinds. More than 2,600 broken instruments of all kinds sit on shelves, KPCC says in a story.

DTLA statue holds press conference

statue-press-conf-dgershwin.jpg Old-timey Los Angeles lawyer Joseph Scott appears to be holding a presser for phantom cameras outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. It's actually the sticks set...

'Weekend All Things Considered' adds life to NPR West

npr-west-front-room.jpg NPR debuted its newly envisioned afternoon show this weekend from Culver City. It means more LA content for the network and less quiet around the studios, underused since the demise of "Day to Day."

For Dodgers playoffs, we only get Vinnie on radio

dodgers-mowing-the-grass.jpg Vin Scully doesn't get to do national TV any more, and every game will be on Fox or TBS. He will do the first three and last three innings on radio, per ESPN.

Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher split with WSJ

walt-mossberg-twitter.jpg Mossberg and Swisher say they will continue writing about tech after the contract for AllThingsD runs out at the end of the year. No details, however.

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.

New weather talent coming to LA: Crystal Egger

crystal-egger-knbc.jpg Egger arrives in October from The Weather Channel to take over as the meteorologist on "Today in LA" on NBC 4. She's a UC Santa Barbara grad from Grand Terrace in the Inland Empire.

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.

The Register officially announces (for free) T.J. Simers' arrival

simers-register-pic.jpg The Orange County Register put the story about T.J. Simers jumping from the LA Times on the front page of this morning's sports section — and outside the website paywall. No word on whether the columns themselves will disappear behind the wall.

LA Times loses health writer to Kaiser

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

Los Angeles Magazine fetes Roz Wyman

lamag-wyman-guerrero.jpg With the Dodgers heading to the playoffs, the former City Council member who helped get them to LA gets an award. Garcetti chief of staff Ana Guerrero is also dubbed one of ten LA women of the year. Here's the list.

When freelancing dried up, food writer discovered the soil

MyOC-PersonalGrowth.jpg Kelly von Hemert wrote about food and restaurants in Orange County for more than 14 years before the assignments stopped coming.

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.

Patrick Range McDonald to depart LA Weekly

McDonald, the LA Weekly staff writer who recently co-authored a book with former mayor Richard Riordan, is leaving to write a book about AIDS.

Finke goes on the record about wanting divorce from Penske *

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg "One of the most noble things Jay Penske could ever do would be to give me back Deadline," Nikki Finke says in an interview with the WSJ's Ben Fritz. Plus: Finke notes still no correction by Sharon Waxman.

OC Weekly staff discovers who's stealing their whiskey

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 1.48.56 PM.jpg The reporters and editors at the OC Weekly are old school: they keep booze in the desks. After some unexplained drainage, they set up a video camera to catch the culprit.

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.

BuzzFeed puts neon on storefront office in LA

buzzfeed-la-neon.jpg The new BuzzFeed office is on Beverly Boulevard at Fuller Avenue. That's in the El Coyote neighborhood.

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."

ABC closes last TV bureau in Sacramento, lays off Nannette Miranda

nannette-miranda-twitter.jpg The layoff reaper finally came for ABC7's bureau chief in Sacramento. Now there will be no Los Angeles area TV stations with a presence around the state Capitol.

Press release o' the day: suggestive enough for Huffington Post

arrangement-finders-board.jpg The release flacking a raunchy billboard for a sexual service says the sign is near UCLA and targets students — but it's three miles away and never mentions students. Works for HuffPo.

Martin Burns, Fox 11 and ex-KCET producer was 56

martin-burns-fox11.jpg Fox 11 News in Los Angeles reported that its investigative reporter and producer Martin Burns was the hiker who died Sunday in a hiking accident in the foothills above Altadena.

Afternoon media notes: John Henry visits LA Times

joe-francis-law.jpg Ordinarily no one would care that John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, showed up inside the offices of the Los Angeles Times. But Henry recently bought the Boston Globe. Plus: ABC News settles suit, Joe Francis, KCRW, the Nate Silver track, DirecTV, new LAT obits writer.

Changes and a deleted post at Studio City Patch

A columnist writes that she and her editor have been let go. The editor, however, suggests he has a new bigger role in the downsized Patch empire.
meredith-artley-twitter.jpg The Onion satirized CNN for leading its website with coverage of the Miley Cyrus twerking debacle by posting a fictional letter from Meredith Artley, the managing editor of the network's news website. Artley is known in Los Angeles as the former editor in charge of the LA Times website.

Dick Gordon leaving public radio's 'The Story'

dick-gordon-wunc.jpg The nationally syndicated public radio news interview program produced at North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC will air over American Public Media for the last time on October 11.

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.

PEN winners include Joan Didion, Chris Hedges, Kickstarter trio

pen-website-grab.jpg PEN Center USA will have old friend Harrison Ford present its lifetime achievement award to Joan Didion at the group's October dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ed Leibowitz of Los Angeles Magazine wins the journalism award.

Sandra Tsing Loh takes her science gig to UC Irvine *

stloh-uci.jpg UC Irvine has announced that Sandra Tsing Loh will now produce "The Loh Down on Science" with the Orange County campus, as well as KPCC. She will also do some teaching.

KPCC news boss is not a fan of The Wrap, it seems

TakeTwo-martinez-cohen-kpcc.jpg Russ Stanton, the VP for content at KPCC (and former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times) had an email exchange with The Wrap reporter Sara Morrison over her recent story about the station. He takes a few shots at the site and offers Morrison some unsolicited career advice. She sticks to her guns.

Hastings a tortured soul, especially near the end

michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpg Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly has a cover story this week on the life and death of journalist Michael Hastings. Maddaus talks to friends and colleagues and finds that there was a lot of concern about Hastings in the days before his Mercedes hit a tree on Highland Avenue.

KCRW's job ad for producer of new Madeleine Brand show

brandcrop.jpg Brand shares on Facebook: "Here is the job description for managing producer of my new show." The chosen producer will be asked to "create a unique news and culture show with a strong host presence."

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.

Michael Hastings died of 'traumatic injuries,' coroner rules

michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpg Journalist Michael Hastings likely died within a few seconds of his speeding car hitting the palm tree in the median of Highland Avenue near Melrose in June, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says. Traces of amphetamine and THC were found, but they are not considered factors.

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.

Britain seizes electronics of reporter Glenn Greenwald's partner

Glenn-Greenwald-davis-miranda.jpg David Miranda was detained for almost nine hours by British terrorism authorities as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport while traveling from Berlin to his home in Brazil. "This is a profound attack on press freedoms," Greenwald said.

Unhired weatherman sues another LA station

bri-winkler-twitter.jpg Kyle Hunter sued KCBS and KCAL last year. This time he alleges that KABC did not consider him for the job due to illegal sex and age discrimination. The job went to Bri Winkler.

KCRW to hold story contest for radio producers

kcrw-radiorace.jpg Producers of all experience levels from all over the world will have 24 hours to write, record, and edit a non-fiction radio story for possible prizes and airing. They call it a radio race.

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.

KCOP to drop news from the lineup

my-13-logo.jpg Channel 13 is going to stop airing a re-packaged version of the Fox 11 news next month. Look for more "Simpsons" and "King of Queens."

Patch closures and layoffs to roll out over week

But oddly, during a 100-minute conference call in which AOL chief Tim Armstrong said he's now in charge, he fired someone for taking out a camera.

Read our lips: New York Times is not for sale *

nyt-newsroom.jpg Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and vice chairman Michael Golden write they were stunned that the Grahams sold the Washington Post. On behalf of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, they wish Jeff Bezos luck but say it won't happen in New York.

Hastings' widow: 'My gut here is...a really tragic accident'

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 1.21.38 PM.jpg Elise Jordan spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN about the Hollywood death of journalist Michael Hastings and seems to reject conspiracy theories.
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."

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?

NBC4 and ABC7 lead the way at LA area Emmys

emmys-la-2013-grab.jpg NBC4 at 6 p.m. again was the top daily newscast and David Ono of Channel 7 won three Emmy statuettes. Outstanding news writer: Daisy Lin of Channel 4. Video and link to full list of winners inside.

'SoCal Connected' on KCET may not be finished yet *

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg The former team of the award-winning news series has mostly dispersed, but KCET is actively raising support for a sixth season with a tentative launch date in January.

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.

Former Times editor named chair of PBS SoCal

Robert G. Magnuson, a former top editor at both the LA Times Business section and the paper's former Orange County edition, was elected at a meeting last week at the City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. The location is relevant.

Steve Chacon, longtime ABC 7 photographer was 58

steve-chacon.jpg The Channel 7 photojournalist popular among his colleagues and the LA press corps died Wednesday about two weeks after suffering a stroke. "Great guy, friendly and fair," Mayor Garcetti said by tweet.

Al Jazeera America names reporters in LA and elsewhere

jennifer-london-occupy-la.jpg The Los Angeles correspondent is Jennifer London, formerly with NBC News, MSNBC and KCET. The network launches Aug. 20. Full list inside.

Women at the Daily Journal warned to dress better *

federal-courthouse.jpg A dress code memo went out Monday at the Los Angeles Daily Journal reminding the inmates to dress professionally. While the reminders are not specifically addressed to women, the warnings seem clearly targeted. No spaghetti straps. No midriffs. Crop pants, yes. Capris, no.

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

NPR's Scott Simon tweets his mother's final days

scottsimon-twitter.jpg If you have been following Scott Simon's touching hospital-bed tweets — and it seems that many have been — there is one more you will want to read. You can click it inside.

LAT ties Piolin split to sexual harassment accusations

piolin-promo.jpg Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's mysterious departure from Spanish-language airwaves last week "came after a writer and performer on his nationally syndicated program accused him of sexual harassment," the LA Times says. Piolin's side says it's a troubled employee making malicious and false claims.

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.

Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin updates her cancer

Thumbnail image for xeni-jardin-finger.jpg It has been nineteen months since Xeni Jardin, the LA-based journalist who is one of the core editors at Boing Boing, disclosed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nice piece today in the LA Weekly on where she is these days.

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.

Jacob Soboroff leaves HuffPost Live

jacob-soboroff-huffpost.jpg Soboroff was one of the original hosts for HuffPost Live at the studios in Beverly Hills, and he now becomes the network's third host to leave in two months. He announced yesterday that he will be starting a new gig "in TV land" on Friday, with details to come.

KTVU fires at least three producers over Asiana names

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ktvu-racist-names.jpg Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU has reportedly dismissed at least three veteran producers after an internal investigation into how the station's news anchor read obviously fake names on the air, calling them the pilots of the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco's airport this month.

Madeleine Brand joining KCRW for new daily show

Thumbnail image for mbrand-crop.jpg Former KPCC morning host Madeleine Brand will host the first new daily show to be created at KCRW since the launch of "To the Point" in 2001. Email from GM Jennifer Ferro inside.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.23.13

piolin-promo.jpg Piolin dropped by Univision without explanation. Villaraigosa still gets LAPD protection and car. Voters in the Valley elect a new City Council woman. San Diego mayor's ex-spokeswoman adds to complaints against him. Millennium opponents score a point. Scientology hiring investigative reporters. Plus Janette Williams, longtime Star-News staffer, dies.

Guardian website has an off button for royal baby coverage

guardian-screen-shot-royal-baby.jpg The Guardian in the U.K. realizes that a lot of its readers are hanging on every tidbit of news about the forthcoming child that would become third in line to the British throne— and that a lot of its readers also think it's all crap.

How ABC and ESPN lured Nate Silver from the New York Times *

nate-silver-no-glasses.jpg Politico has some terrific detail on the year-long negotiations aimed at keeping data analyst-blogger Nate Silver at the New York Times — and on what the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC offered to reel him in. Silver's role at ABC will be more extensive than first reported.
helen-thomas-press-corps-lbj.jpg Thomas, who died today at age 92, was the dean of the White House press corps. In 2007 she spoke with Jacob Soboroff about women's equality and being a trailblazer.

Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight leaving NYT for ESPN

nate-silver-480.jpg Silver will be a regular on the Keith Olbermann show and contribute to ABC News during political seasons, according to the NYT's Brian Stelter.

NYT's Jim Risen vows to take prison over revealing source

james-risen-grab.jpg A divided federal appeals court in Virginia ruled today that Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Jim Risen must testify in the criminal trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA staffer who the government charged under the Espionage Act with leaking classified material to Risen for his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration." A previous judge had said the First Amendment protects reporters such as Risen.

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.

Olbermann, Regis getting new sports shows

keith-olbermann-variety.jpg Two former Los Angeles TV guys who went on to national media fame are getting new television shows, but you'll only find them deep on your cable grid.

CBS 2 photog covering Leimert Park: 'It felt dangerous'

garcetti-beck-leimert-befrank.jpg Bryan Frank, who posts pics of the scene last night, regrets not being there when reporter Dave Bryan and photographer Scott Torrens were assaulted. Mayor Garcetti urges peaceful protest tonight.

Kudos to Desert Sun on Swedish amnesia victim story

ek-boatwright-desertsun.jpg Palm Springs newspaper does the work to answer many questions about Michael Boatwright, aka Johan Ek. He's a 61-year-old Navy vet and wanderer.

Kerri Walsh Jennings without bikini (and with baby)

kerri-walsh-nude-espn.jpg SoCal is well represented, as usual, in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue celebrating the fact that the editors got a bunch of gorgeous-bodied athletes to strip naked — again. The LA royalty of the nudes is Olympic champion and mother of three Kerri Walsh Jennings, who used the promotional buzz to announce her comeback with a new partner.

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.

KNX reporter hit by LAPD beanbag at Trayvon Martin protest*

claudia-p-bruise.jpg Claudia Peschiutta of KNX Newsradio was covering a protest over the George Zimmerman verdict last night on Crenshaw Boulevard when she was hit by a bean bag fired by an LAPD officer. Yes, she tweets, it hurts.

Cynthia Fox out at KLOS after 10 years *

cynthia-fox-ringo-kcet.jpg Fox has been spinning the tunes on FM radio in Los Angeles since the KMET days. She has been cleansed from the KLOS website, apparently.

Wow: Watch TV anchor read prank names for Asiana pilots

ktvu-racist-names.jpg You know it's bad when the most surprising thing isn't that the station aired the names. First, the NTSB confirmed them. Watch the video.

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.

Arun Rath named host of NPR's newly LA-based weekend show

Arun_Rath_Headshot.jpg Arun Rath has won the derby and will be the host when the NPR newsmagazine "Weekend All Things Considered" starts airing from Culver City in September. Rath is a senior reporter for "Frontline" on PBS and "The World" at WGBH in Boston.

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.

Register formally announces Long Beach expansion

long-beach-register-proto.jpg Everybody else was talking about it, and now the Orange County Register is ready to spill the beans: the paper is starting a Long Beach edition to publish six days a week starting Aug. 19.

Harry Shearer's 'Le Show' lands on KCSN

Thumbnail image for harry-shearer-thumb.jpg The mostly music radio station at Cal State Northridge, FM 88.5, will be the over-the-air outlet in Los Angeles for "Le Show," Harry Shearer's long-running weekend program.

Transcript: Scully tells a batting out of order story

puig-sandoval-att-park.jpg We have a new example of Vin Scully showing why he's a Los Angeles treasure. Plus: LA Observed takes a trip to the ballpark in San Francisco.

Boom profiles Hidden LA's Lynn Garrett

lynn-garrett-boom.jpg In the current issue of Boom, Lynell George explores the civic and online phenomenon that is Hidden LA. Plus some observations about Boom, the journal from UC Press that wants to be the California magazine we never had.

Jennifer Bjorklund back on NBC 4 air from Prescott (video)

bjorklund-prescott-grab.jpg The former anchor and reporter showed up today on the tough story of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona. You can almost hear the cheering for her from Channel 4 friends on Facebook.

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.

Neal Conan, 'Talk of the Nation' sign off

neal-conant-last-totn.jpg Conan leaves with a challenge to his NPR colleagues to keep reporting the news: "Tell me what's important. Don't waste my time with stupid stuff."

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.

KPCC adds investigations producer from 'SoCal Connected'

Karen Foshay, a senior producer on the award-winning investigations "SoCal Connected" team at KCET, has been hired at KPCC. Yes, she's moving from TV to public radio — but that's a route that could become more common as KCET abandons the on-air news coverage it was known for.

Read the memo: Ana Garcia out at NBC 4

This just went out in the newsroom at KNBC. "Ana has a lot to be proud of during her time here at NBC4. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors." The six-time Emmy winner was nominated last week for two more.
so-cal-connected-honors.jpg The LA Press Club held its annual awards shindig on Sunday night. The local journalists of the year honors are the ones that the media types seem to care about most. Here are those, with comments from the Press Club judges, plus a link to winners and finalists.

Malibu Surfside News suspends publication after 37 years

malibu-beach-scene-vdt.jpg Anne Soble, the weekly's owner, publisher and editor, has developed serious health problems. Her son posted a note saying she cannot continue and asked if someone would like to take over the paper, a fixture on the Malibu coast.

NBC 4, KMEX, 'SoCal Connected' rack up Emmy nominations

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg Here is a list of all 136 nominations for Los Angeles area Emmy awards. Channel 4 received the most. It's interesting to see how the categories are framed and what gets rewarded.

Whoa: Ray Richmond has a heck of a story about his mom

cliftons-brookdale-facade.jpg The longtime LA scribe writes at the LA Weekly today about his mother's affair with Clifford Clinton, the reform-era City Hall rabble rouser who ran the popular Clifton cafeteria chain. They met when Clinton patronized Mrs. Richmond's shop across Pico Boulevard from the Fox studio where men would show up seeking, and receiving, certain paid services.

LA News Group gets new president and publisher

ron-hasse-lang.jpg Ron Hasse had been senior vice president of business operations. He replaces Jack Klunder, whose whereabouts go unexplained in the memo or the news story.

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.

Michael Hastings, 33, journalist dies in LA crash

michael-hastings-rs.jpg "We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," says Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. "Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians."

Deadline adds Lisa De Moraes, formerly of the Washington Post

Nikki Finke certainly doesn't sound fired. Today she announced the hiring of new television columnist Lisa De Moraes, who spent about 15 years covering TV at the Washington Post.

KPCC adds six shows to nights and weekends, shifts others

kpcc-molly.jpg The revised lineup, brought about in part by the demise of NPR's "Talk of the Nation," will include a one-hour repackaging of that day's two-hour morning show, "Take Two." There will also be the NPR interview show, "Tell Me More," hosted by Michel Martin, on weeknights.

Fishbowl LA going dark after all these years

fbla-icon.png Mediabistro is calling it a hiatus but says that "within the next few weeks, all existing FishbowlLA content will be folded into the FishbowlNY archives." Current editor Richard Horgan will move over to FishbowlNY "to cover the Hollywood trades, awards season and a broad range of national media stories."

JJ Yore leaving 'Marketplace,' show he helped start *

jjyore-mpr.jpg JJ Yore was a journalist on the creative team that created Marketplace in 1988, and was the executive producer until moving upstairs to VP/General Manager in 2011. Today the word got out in the Downtown Los Angeles offices that Yore will be leaving.

Chopper pilot Bob Tur says he is becoming a woman

bob-tur-cbs.jpg Bob Tur is one of the city's most recognized news helicopter pilot-reporters, from his coverage of the 2002 riots and the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase. He told KNX NewsRadio that he is in the early stages of aggressive hormone replacement therapy to fully transform from male to female.
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.

Helen Brush Jenkins, early LA news photographer was 94

helenbrushjenkins-rense.jpg Helen Brush Jenkins shot photos for the original Los Angeles Daily News, the long-defunct newspaper whose memory the LA journalist Rip Rense has carefully kept alive. He advises that Jenkins died today in Chicago. More inside.

OC Weekly warns about two women posing as food critics

Two "very drunk and rude women" claiming to be OC Weekly writers were spotted this week at Don the Beachcomber in Orange County. Editor Gustavo Arellano is not amused and advises any restaurants approached for freebies to be suspicious.

How KCRW evacuated, reported and stayed on the air

Thumbnail image for kcrw-team-at-nprwest.jpg A post at KCRW's "Which Way, LA?" news blog says that station general manager Jennifer Ferro was giving a small tour of the studios at Santa Monica College last Friday when one staffer, then another, brought the news that gunman was outside shooting. Ferro also started receiving texts from someone at the Santa Monica Police Department. "At that point, I knew it was real," Ferro said.

When the Herald Examiner named the 'Night Stalker'

night-stalker-caught;herex.jpg Throughout the history of American newspapers are examples of editors and headlines affixing catchy names to notorious crimes and criminals. This is one of the few things that newspapers do that can fairly be attributed to the impulse to "sell papers."

NYT's Carr on Finke and Waxman

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg David Carr emailed Nikki Finke, took 15 minutes of verbal abuse, then tried to get to the truth of her future with Deadline. Last week's story in The Wrap, says Carr, "did not turn out to be true. [Sharon] Waxman, perhaps driven by wish fulfillment, wrote beyond the facts at hand." Waxman disagrees.
kcrw-team-at-nprwest.jpg Video from inside the tense KCRW studios just before yesterday's evacuation. The U.K. band had to cancel last night's show at The Avalon. Will try again Sunday.
body-smc-evangeorge.jpg Police revised downward the number of deaths at multiple locations. They believe the shooter acted alone. KCRW staff was evacuated from the studios and moved to Culver City.

An earlier generation of TV news in Los Angeles

lahti-eye-on-la.jpg Dennis Lahti, a cameraman-editor for KNBC, posted this photo of his father, Richard Lahti, loaded up for "2 On The Town" on Channel 2: "We now do it with a camera, laptop/non-linear editing software, and a video-over-cellular live video transmission backpack."

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.

Finke won't discuss status, disses Waxman *

finke-deadline-graphic.jpg Finke posts a response in which she neither confirms nor denies that she has been "fired" from her own Deadline Hollywood by owner Jay Penske, as Sharon Waxman reported Sunday at The Wrap. "I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske," says Finke. "Why? Because I don’t have to."
hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg The Wrap reports that Jay Penske has fired Finke. Penske's flack says it's not true. But the truth is less black and white...there is a contract negotiation involved...and Finke has reportedly been telling people she is looking to get out.

Beth Sestanovich resigns as LA Weekly publisher

Sestanovich announced to the LA Weekly staff that she will leave after assisting in the transition. Sounds as if Bob Dea, the associate publisher, is getting more responsibility. Here is the email.

KPCC has more staff photographers than Chicago Sun-Times

kpcc-photo-grab.jpg While the Sun-Times cuts all its shooters, the NPR station has three staffers who mainly take pictures. There is also a new visual blog they like to call "public radio for the eyes."

Student paper dispute, round 3: Taranto disputes the facts

csun-matador.jpg James Taranto, the editor of OpinionJournal, does not agree with the version of his suspension from the Daily Sundial 20+ years ago offered by the former publisher.

Madeleine Brand guest-hosts 'Which Way, LA'

brandcrop.jpg Radio chairs: Brand sits in for Warren Olney for the second time in a week, while Tess Vigeland is doing more for KPCC.

Don Oliver, NBC correspondent was 76

don-oliver-grab.jpg Don Oliver covered the Vietnam War, the civil rights era and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King before coming to the NBC bureau in Burbank. He was with the network for 25 years. Video inside: Brian Williams pays tribute.
cynthia-rawitch-sundial.jpg Back in the 1980s, James Taranto — today the editor of at the Wall Street Journal — was a news editor at the Daily Sundial, the student newspaper at Cal State University Northridge. He was a conservative even then and published a cartoon about affirmative action that led to his suspension. Two decades and 7,300 words later, the two sides still disagree.

California Watch drops catchy name, goes geo-ambiguous

welcome-to-calif.jpg As the Center for Investigative Reporting, the newsroom in Berkeley will take a more national focus and cut back on the number of stories it undertakes. California Watch has been one of the most successful nonprofit journalism startups in the country.

Ink for Internet talk station Radio Titans

radio-titans-star-news.jpg Radio Titans is an Internet outlet for podcasts that was started by Carl Kozlowski (arts writer for the Pasadena Weekly), Jake Belcher and Brant Thoman. They do Grand Theft Audio ten hours a week and other shows that have guests including Richard Linklater and Burt Bacharach.

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.

Los Angeles Magazine snags Carlos Slim for new video series*

giselle-carlos.jpg Former news anchor Giselle Fernandez kicks off "Big Shots" on the magazine's CityThink website with the Mexican mogul. The series will feature influential business people and leaders.

Anne Knudsen, Herald Examiner photographer dies

Anne Knudsen, one of the Herald photogs to come out of the Cal State Long Beach photojournalism program, quipped at the reunion we covered in March about being in chemotherapy — she was bald at the time. Now comes word that Knudsen died on Sunday, leaving a teenaged daughter.

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."
nbc4-i-team.jpg CBS 2 sifts the data for the most notorious places for LAPD traffic cops to nab speeders, while Joel Grover and NBC 4 turn their hidden cameras back on Jiffy Lube. May is always a busy month for local TV's investigative teams.

LA Weekly's people issue: Janice Min and more

janice-min-laweekly-scanlon.jpg The annual people issue of LA Weekly hits the stands this week and is already on the web. The selection of interesting Angelenos this time includes Janice Min of the Hollywood Reporter.

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.

Rupert Murdoch buys Bel-Air vineyard and estate

moraga-vineyard.jpg The media mogul and possible buyer of the LA Times announced via Twitter that he has bought the Moraga estate on the Bel-Air ridge that faces across the 405 freeway at the Getty Center. Check out his tweet.
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.
garcetti-crowd-tapia-bros.jpg The weekly's editorial hopes that Garcetti "would grow in the job," and says it's "a pity" that Greuel is too close to unions. It's the LABJ's first endorsement for mayor.

Mario Machado, newscaster and voice of soccer was 78

mario-machado2.jpg Mario Machado was a familiar presence on Los Angeles TV and radio for a few decades starting in 1967, when he joined Channel 9 (then KHJ-TV) as the city's first Chinese-American TV news reporter. He was a soccer booster in LA before the sport was cool and a founder of AYSO. Girls play soccer today because of Mario Machado, a friend posted on Facebook.

Breeze reporter on '48 Hours' this weekend

larry-altman-cbs-grab.jpg Larry Altman, who covers crime for the South Bay Daily Breeze, contributes to a piece on CBS' "48 Hours: Over the Edge" airing on Saturday night. The story is about the case of Dawn Viens, who disappeared in 2009 from her Lomita home.

Los Angeles Magazine wins Ellie

lamag-plasticsurgery.jpg The National Magazine Award for Los Angeles last night came in the personal service category. The Naked Truth About the Future of Your Face and Body, a package on plastic surgery and the industry, was edited by Nancy Miller and ran in the October 2012 issue.

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.

New director at USC Annenberg changes his mind *

fosterDouglas.jpg Last Friday, Northwestern University journalism professor Douglas Foster accepted USC's offer to head up the journalism program here. On Sunday, he withdrew. Foster so far has had no public comment on the change of heart, or whatever it was.

Boston Globe tick-tock of the hunt for bombing suspects

boston-globe-ticktock-logo.png The Boston Globe this weekend published the staff's reconstruction of the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Haven't seen it all, but what I've read and watched looks pretty impressive.

Dennis McCarthy column returns to Daily News (and more)

Thumbnail image for dennis+mccartthy+DN.jpg He will contribute one of his human interest columns a week to all of the LA News Group papers. McCarthy retired in January 2012 after 30 years in the DN.

Magazine asks: why isn't prolific serial killer dead?

Kraft Opener.jpg Randy Kraft was arrested almost 30 years ago with the body of his latest victim in the front seat of his car, and photos of many other victims under the Toyota's floormat. The computer programmer was convicted of 16 murders and linked to 65 others. He's still languishing at San Quentin, now 68 years old.

Lu Parker hits the banked track

lu-parker-derby-twitpic.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker is doing some time on skates with the Derby Dolls for a piece on Thursday night's 10 p.m. news on Channel 5. "I try to conquer the track," she tweets.

The Wrap loses its publisher to rival Finke and Penske

Stacey-Farish-crop.jpg Stacey Farish, publisher of The Wrap since November of 2011, has jumped to Deadline's print magazine, Awardsline. She also becomes vice president of PMC Entertainment. Score one for Nikki Finke.

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.

Marcus on KCET: 'I feel like I had a great run there'

bret-marcus-current.jpg Marcus was KCET’s chief content officer and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until last week's layoffs. He hints that the award-winning 'Connected' team hopes to stay together somewhere else.

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.

Don Barrett takes over as Register's radio columnist

don-barrett-register.jpg Barrett is the longtime Southern California radio hand and author who has chronicled the trends and comings and goings in local radio at for 16 years. The Orange County Register approached him to take over for Gary Lycan.

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.

SoCal Connected's Marcus among those out at KCET, reports say

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg Last month, Marcus was the main voice at KCET insisting that "SoCal Connected" was just between seasons and might be back. It looked remote then, given the station's financial mess, and looks even more remote now.

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.

KCET lays off about 22 staffers, announces reorganization

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The merger last fall of Los Angeles public television station KCET with Link Media became more real on Friday. CEO Al Jerome, who took KCET out of PBS a few years ago, appears to remain.
boston-mourners-wapo-crop.jpg Vernon Loeb, the former investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times, has run marathons (61 of them) and covered the horrors of terrorism. But never on the same day until Monday.

Harry Shearer doesn't sound happy about KCRW *

harry-shearer-thumb.jpg Shearer, the actor and multi-platform talent (and ex-reporter for Newsweek) whose weekly "Le Show" started on KCRW in 1983, has posted his version of how he learned the show was dropped this week from the station's Sunday lineup.

Harry Shearer's 'Le Show' also leaves KCRW air

Thumbnail image for kcrw-icon-sohohouse.jpg KCRW announces a big revamp of the weekend schedule that drops 'Le Show' and 'Weekend All Things Considered,' adds the 'TED Radio Hour' and shifts some of the music shows. Harry Shearer, on KCRW since 1983, broke the news on Twitter this morning: "Any radio station in LA want to carry Le Show?" He will still be online.

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.

Tom Schnabel goes off the air at KCRW, moves to web

schnabel-rhythm-planet.jpg After producing shows for KCRW for 34 years, including 20 years with a show on Sundays, Tom Schnabel announced that Sunday was his final live program on the air. He is moving to an on-line platform that KCRW is calling Rhythm Planet. He explains inside.

Gary Lycan, radio columnist was 68

gary-lycan-fh.jpg The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the paper reported this afternoon. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco posts a nice tribute: "the most difficult blog story I have ever written..."

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.

WSJ bureau in Los Angeles changes up music beat, and promotes

ethan-smith-wsj.png Erica Phillips moves up to full-fledged general news and politics reporter after most of a year as officially temporary. And Hannah Karp moves over from GA to cover the music beat.
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.

AP style guide drops the term 'illegal immigrant'

Thumbnail image for border-fence-east.jpg For AP reporters from now on, and those many institutions that let Associated Press style be their guide, persons are no longer illegal but actions can be. It's the third time in about two years that Associated Press editors have revisited "illegal immigrant."

More changes at The Wrap: Lisa Fung departs, Sneider in *

lisa-fung-wrap.jpg Executive editor Lisa Fung is the second former Los Angeles Times hand to leave the editing ranks of The Wrap in the past month. Also, Jeff Sneider of Variety re-joins The Wrap as a film reporter.

Morning Buzz: Monday media notes

oc-register.jpg Took the weekend off and have a whole bunch of media items to catch up on. Remember, this is a slow posting travel week for me.

Al Martinez pens final column for changing Daily News

al_martinez-mug.jpg Between the Daily News and the LA Times, Martinez has written columns about Los Angeles for almost three decades. Last the year the Huntington mounted an exhibition of his collected work. Meanwhile, LANG is slapping the Daily News name on all of its papers.

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.

Goodreads acquired by Amazon, perhaps for close to $1 billion

goodreads-couple.png Barely a year after founder Otis Y. Chandler hailed Goodreads' "independence" from Amazon's technology by saying "we will celebrate January 30th for years to come!," Chandler has announced that his startup is "joining the Amazon family." Goodreads will continue but there will be more integration with the Kindle. Reaction around the book blogosphere is initially skeptical.

SoCal Connected statement: We might be back

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg KCET says that while it doesn't look good for a sixth season of "SoCal Connected," it still might happen. "SoCal Connected depends on public funding and we don't know at this time what that funding will be."

Michaela Pereira leaving KTLA mornings for CNN

michaela-pereira-ktla-2013.jpg KTLA 5 Morning News co-host Michaela Pereira is leaving the station at the end of May, after nine years, to join CNN in New York, the station announced. No replacement has been named.

Reports: 'SoCal Connected' won't be back on KCET

kcet-control-room.jpg It sounds as if Thursday night's episode of "SoCal Connected" on financially strapped KCET might be more than the final show of the fifth season. Co-host Madeleine Brand posted on Facebook that Wednesday's taping day was the show's last one. "A loss for good journalism in L.A.," she writes. We agree.

'60 Minutes' does the Brian Banks story

brian-banks-cbs.jpg In between pieces on Pussy Riot and Anderson Cooper diving with Nile crocodiles, tonight's "60 Minutes" reported on the former Long Beach Poly High football player who served several years for a sexual assault he did not commit.

OC Register adds a Washington bureau now

oc-register.jpg The jury is very much out on whether all this new investment at the Register is sustainable. But for now, the happy times continue. Owner Aaron Kushner will be on 'SoCal Connected' on Friday.

Everything Carrie Bradshaw wondered on 'Sex and the City'

carrie-bradshaw.jpg Vulture compiled every facet of sex, relationships and New York that Sarah Jessica Parker's lead character wondered aloud about during the six seasons of "Sex and the City."

KPFK to do 24 hours in Spanish on March 25

gran-marcha-kpfk-crop.jpg PFK, the Pacifica radio station at 90.7 FM, says it will mark the anniversary of the "great Immigrant Rights March of 2006" with 24 hours of progressive Spanish-language programming.

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."

Variety adds Scott Foundas as chief film critic

scott-foundas-variety.jpg The last daily issue of Variety hits mailboxes Tuesday — be sure and grab a copy to save if you are into that. For the next generation Variety, the news today is that Scott Foundas joins the trade as chief film critic. He will stay in New York.

Today's scary newspaper statistic

newspaper-ad-graph-atlantic.png Derek Thompson, the business editor at The Atlantic, gleaned this from today's Pew report on the State of the News Media. In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads. And it's getting worse not better.

Pakistan arrests suspect in Daniel Pearl's murder

daniel-pearl-close.jpg Pakistani officials said today they have captured Qari Abdul Hayee, a terrorist leader who has been linked to the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Hayee was taken into custody Sunday in Karachi by the Pakistani Rangers, a paramilitary unit, ABC News reports.

Video mash-up of SoCal police chases

car-chases-nbc4-grab.jpg If you're NBC 4, you probably figure you have the TV footage of police chases, might as well cut the video together and put it on the web. The greatest hits reel from recent chases runs 2:44 and includes the man who huffed on balloons in the Valley and the woman who took off running while still on her cellphone.

Kushner's comfort afflicted a bit by Marc Cooper

Thumbnail image for aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg Aaron Kushner, the hands-on owner of the Orange County Register, is still embroiled in conversation over his comment that the old quip about a newspaper's role — to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable — is out of step with his vision of the paper. The latest exchange is with Marc Cooper, the longtime alt-weekly and The Nation rabble-rouser who has been a journalism prof for several years at USC Annenberg.

New managing editor named at Fox 11

fox-sign-sepulveda.jpg Ramona Schindelheim, a former producer for the 10 p.m. news on Channel 11 in Los Angeles, is returning to KTTV later this month. She will be the managing editor, after stints as executive producer for CNBC's "Business Day," senior producer for "The Jane Pauley Show" and business editor at ABC News.

Here's the upside of sending LA crews to Rome

lopez-rome-befrank.jpg Bryan Frank, the photographer for the CBS 2/KCAL 9 duopoly, has been posting some really nice behind-the-scenes images — as well as some food, coffee and street life shots that make me wish I was back in Rome.

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.
"SoCal Connected" aired a story tonight that analyzes where Los Angeles Archdiocese priests accused of sexual abuse were assigned. Author Daniel A. Olivas' experiences with an abusive priest are featured. Warning: the video starts automatically.

Gavin Smith's car recovered, case now a homicide

Sheriff's detectives said today they are now investigating last May's disappearance of media executive Gavin Smith as a homicide case. Smith's 2000 black Mercedes Benz 420E was recovered last month in a storage facility in Simi Valley.

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.

Reporters agree infotainment is here to stay, even in politics

Michael-Cieply-Charles-Latibeaudiere-Aaron-Brown-Joe-Mathews-zocalo.jpg Last night's Zócalo Public Square panel took up the question of what celebrity-driven news and websites like TMZ are doing to news reporting. And oddly enough there was a top producer from TMZ on the panel.

Variety, Deadline to sit together in West LA

variety-sign-300.jpg The team broke the news last night that parent company PMC is moving Variety out of its Miracle Mile office tower, and the Deadliners out of wherever they sit, and throwing them together in a building on Santa Monica Boulevard beside the 405 freeway. Nikki Finke and the Variety staffers she regularly insults together?

Rome is redundantly covered by LA anchors and reporters*

david-ono-rome-grab.jpg Los Angeles TV stations generally won't do Sacramento news (ABC 7 is the exception), but most sent their own people to Rome to cover the selection of the new pope — even though it is already one of the world's most adequately covered news events. Here's who is there.
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."

Writer discovers that Wet lives on — in Paris

wet-paris-kurcfeld.jpg How's this for strange: Michael Kurcfeld was checking out an exhibition on imaginary languages in the Pompidou Museum in Paris recently when he came across a story he wrote in 1979 for the long-dead Los Angeles mag Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.

Jacob Bernstein on mother Nora Ephron's final weeks

Nora-Ephron-New-Book.jpg When the writer Nora Ephron died last June of acute myeloid leukemia, a disease she had been fighting for years, many in the media and literary worlds were surprised. She had not made her illness a big part of her public life.

New deputy at The Wrap used to be harsh critic of the site *

joseph_kapsch.jpg Fifteen months ago, the new deputy managing editor of The Wrap dismissed the site as "a small blog" filled with "opinion, agenda and fantasy" and "hardly a beacon of journalistic excellence." Editor Sharon Waxman was similarly dissed. All is forgiven, apparently.

Photo glimpse: KTLA news meeting

ktla-news-meeting-ball.jpg KTLA News Director Jason Ball is new to Twitter and has been tweeting so much so that former Channel 5 reporter David Begnaud Twit-quipped to producers Tara Wallis and Marcus K. Smith: "Y'all take that twitter away from ‏@jasonrball." Ball posted this photo the other day of the afternoon editorial meeting. It's nice to see inside the walls and have a mental picture of how they do things.

KPFK staff warned about a
co-worker's scabies

KPFK-PlateFrame.jpg The staff at Pacifica-owned radio station KPFK in Cahunega Pass opened their emails on Wednesday morning to find a message from Bernard Duncan, the general manager. He informed everyone that a colleague at the station had been treated for scabies, a condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.

18 more slaughtered in Mexico, including an editor

el-universal-grab.jpg In Chihuahua, the state that borders Texas and New Mexico, gunmen on Sunday murdered Jaime Guadalupe González, the editor of Ojinaga Noticias, an online newspaper. The site posted a notice that it has suspended publication.

John Brooks retiring after 34 years at KNX-KFWB

john-brooks-fb.jpg Another long-time Los Angeles broadcast presence is leaving the airwaves. I'm told Brooks will be retiring on March 15.

Santa Barbara anchor's issue was medical, family says

I only report this to finish the thought from earlier in the week. Paula Lopez, the news anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara who was reported missing for several hours on Wednesday, was "experiencing a medical condition" that day, her family said in a statement.

Photo: John North's last presser?

north-last-day-shallman.jpg Channel 7 political reporter John North talks with John Shallman, senior strategist for the Wendy Greuel campaign, at Greuel's Van Nuys headquarters on Thursday. North is scheduled to retire from ABC 7 on Friday after 34 years.

Hidden LA sues Los Angeles Magazine over name *

hidden-la-page-grab.jpg Two years ago, when Los Angeles magazine themed its February special issue the "Hidden LA" issue without credit, W. Lynn Garrett wasn't amused. When it happened again this year, the founder of the wildly popular Hidden Los Angeles Facebook community and website sued in federal court.

KCRW kicks off event series with Scientology book

wright-masters-kcrw.jpg KCRW joined with Writers Bloc tonight to pack a couple of hundred people in the new Moss Theater on the Westside. The draw was New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright talking with Kim Masters, host of "The Business" on KCRW, about "Going Clear," his new book that authoritatively gives further exposure to the unusualness of the Church of Scientology.

Missing Santa Barbara anchor with LA ties back home*

paula-lopez-sb.jpg Paula Lopez, who was a staffer at KCAL 9 in Los Angeles for six years, co-anchors the 11 p.m. news on KEYT in Santa Barbara. She was reported missing this morning to the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department.

Tina Fey says MacFarlane was fine as Oscars host

tina-fey-amy-poehler.jpg Tina Fey cuts Seth MacFarlane some major slack for disappointing many viewers of Sunday's Oscars show, telling Anne Thompson of IndieWire that "It's the hardest job there is. It's a tough room. Seth did great."

Online Journalism Review relaunched by USC Annenberg

ojr-newhome-screenshot.jpg The Online Journalism Review fell off my radar, and I suspect that of other news types, a few years ago. Now USC Annenberg has given it a new look and a new view of its role.

Finke quietly drops her claim that the boss 'lied to me'

deadline-hwd-bug.jpg Nikki Finke's post this morning at Deadline on the changes at Variety almost dripped ice water, especially when she flat-out accused the boss she shares with Variety, Jay Penske, of lying to her. Never mind: sometime during the day, the phrase "Penske lied to me" disappeared.

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.

John North retiring from ABC 7

john-north-abc7.jpg Channel 7's long-time political reporter, John North, is retiring at the end of this week. The newsroom in Glendale got a memo announcing North's departure from news director Cheryl Fair.

Variety drops daily paper and pay wall, names 3 co-editors *

variety-sign-300.jpg The other shoe fell today in the evolution of Hollywood trade Variety under new owner Jay Penske. One of the new co-editors is Claudia Eller, a 20-year veteran of movie coverage at the LA Times. Nikki Finke says Penske lied to her.

Al Naipo moving on from Fox 11

al-naipo-fox11.jpeg It's transition time at some of the local TV stations, if the drumbeats I'm hearing are accurate. One transition that's for sure is that of Al Naipo, the Orange County bureau chief for Fox 11. His classy farewell note went out to the Bundy Drive newsroom tonight.

Bunch of moves at the LA Daily Journal

The bunch includes a new editor in San Francisco for the legal newspaper, which is based in downtown Los Angeles. There's a also a shift on the entertainment law beat, plus more. Memo from editor David Houston inside.

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.

Oscar ratings are up despite the reviews

affleck-oscars-2013.jpg Most (but by no means all) of the reviews for last night's Oscars show and host Seth MacFarlane have not been favorable. But the early ratings for the TV show are up about four percent over last year's show hosted Billy Crystal — and much younger. And that's entirely logical, says Richard Rushfield at BuzzFeed.

International Herald Tribune rebrands under NYT

iht-screen-shot.jpg The venerable but dated brand of the International Herald Tribune will be dropped and the paper re-christened as the International New York Times. Plus assorted other changes.

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.

Herald Examiner photographers to reunite at library

her-ex-pic-lapl.jpg Former Los Angeles Herald Examiner photographers Paul Chinn, Anne Knudsen, Javier Mendoza, Mike Mullen, Jim Ober, and Jim Ruebsamen will chat March 9 at Central Library with Dean Musgrove, now photo editor of the Daily News.