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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 Times.com, 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 surgery...my 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 LATImes.com is finally getting the design makeover it has needed for years — see how Eddy Hartenstein flacks it. Plus the LA Register (remember it?) will now deliver to homes.

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.

iPhotojournalists

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 Deadline.com. 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 Deadline.com

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 Deadline.com 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 OpinionJournal.com 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 LARadio.com 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 Deadline.com 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.

Science writer David Perlman still working at 94

He had 111 stories in the San Francisco Chronicle last year. Born before the discovery of penicillin or Pluto, he tells the LA Times: "I'm doing exactly what I wanted to do all my life, be a reporter."

Jimmy Kimmel's 11 best movies I never saw

kimmel-daily-beast.jpg Of "Fight Club," Kimmel writes for the Daily Beast that "I’m sure this is a great movie, but it seems like a lot of the people who really, really love it are dickheads." Same for the Terminator franchise.

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

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

NBC takes big dive - fifth place - as Univision rises

nbc-logo.jpg NBC's prime-time schedule looks as if it will finish the February sweeps period for the key age 18-49 demographic segment behind both Fox and Univision. It's the first time that NBC will finish in fifth place, according to Dominic Patten at Deadline.com.

LA Times to cut TV grid, squeeze sports pages

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

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

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

New Tribune CEO is no Sam Zell

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

Angel wings and Gary Leonard *

gary-leonard-angels-rabe.png Photographer Gary Leonard took pictures this weekend of anyone who wanted to stand in front of angel wings painted by Colette Miller on the security shutters of the Regent Theatre downtown. John Rabe of KPCC went to observe — and pose — and reports back. Inside: Eric Garcetti gets wings.
jerry-roberts-sbi.jpg Jerry Roberts was the editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press who stood up to the news outrages of owner Wendy McCaw. He's giving $150,000 to a Santa Barbara news startup, SPJ and EFF.

How Oscar campaigns got a boost from Dorner coverage

silver-linings.jpg Because the State of the Union speech by President Obama was going to depress TV viewership numbers on the West Coast on Tuesday night, the local stations sold half-hour blocks for infomercials on the movies. But then, voila, lots of eyeballs were watching TV in Southern California. TV Guide's Michael Schneider explains.

NBC4 to air one-hour Dorner special on Thursday night

Keith+Lawrence+and+Monica+Quan.jpg Channel 4 will pre-empt "Law and Order, Special Victims Unit" to air a one-hour special, "Manifesto for Murder: The Hunt for Christopher Dorner." Airtime is Thursday at 10 p.m.

Unfortunate ad placement o' the day

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

KPCC's John Rabe makes the Weekly's Couples Issue

bermudez-rabe-law.jpg John Rabe, the host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, and his husband Julian Bermudez are one of the six featured couples in the current issue of LA Weekly. Also included are Michael Ritchie and Kate Burton, "the first couple of L.A. theatre."

Beck calls on Dorner to surrender, says will re-look at grievances

pat-harvey-grab.jpg LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called in CBS2 anchor Pat Harvey for an exclusive interview today in which Beck said he would take a look at some of the allegations of racism made by disgraced ex-cop Christopher Dorner. Beck told Harvey that his motive in re-opening the case that led to Dorner's firing was to keep the department's trust among African-Americans. "I'm not doing this to appease Dorner," Beck said.

Roger L. Simon steps down as CEO of his creation

roger-simon-grab.jpg Roger L. Simon was a novelist and screenwriter who went through a very public political conversion from left to right in the early 2000s. His blog hammering on the left turned into Pajamas Media and now into a conservative website and video outlet called PJ Media.

Michael Parrish, LA journalist

michael-parrish-niger-river.jpg Michael Parrish was a longtime presence on the magazine journalism scene in Los Angeles as an editor and writer. He was founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a contributor to Playboy, New West, California and other magazines, and a lecturer at USC Annenberg. He died today in the LA area, according to friends.

Program director Craig Curtis leaves KPCC

craig-curtis-kpcc.jpg Two memos have nice words for Curtis, but there's no mention of him going on to anything else. KPCC had all the upheaval last year over the hiring of new morning host A Martinez and the subsequent departure of Madeleine Brand, whose morning show without Martinez was KPCC's most listened-to local program. Then last month the staff voted to unionize the newsroom with SAG/Aftra.

CBS 'wardrobe advisory' on Grammys nudity is very...detailed

rihanna-2012-grammys.jpg A pre-Grammys email from the CBS standards and practices department all but dares performers to show a little skin at the upcoming show. How many ways are there for a musician (or an audience member) to violate the CBS code? A whole lot.

Daily News loses Kerry Cavanaugh to KCRW

kerry-cavanaugh-dn.jpg Assistant city editor Kerry Cavanaugh is leaving the Daily News to be a producer on "Which Way, LA?" and "To the Point." Here's the note from City Editor Harrison Sheppard that is going around the Woodland Hills newsroom.

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

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

NBC4 adds more news on weekends

nbc-door.jpg Channel 4 is expanding its weekend newscasts, beginning this Saturday. Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who now co-anchor at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weekends, will also do a new "NBC4 News at 5PM" show.

KPCC adds Pleitez to mayoral debate

KPCC's press release last week for its mayoral debate coming up on Wednesday night talked about the "four major candidates for mayor" who would be taking part. I guess some discussions ensued. Here's how the release reads now.

Sentinel solicits donations for managing editor's care

yussuf-simmonds-thumb.jpg Yussuf J. Simmonds is recuperating from a stroke suffered in December while he was in Washington, D.C. "People who want to support Simmond’s convalescence can send contributions to the Los Angeles Sentinel," says the paper.

Tracy Manzer leaves Long Beach police beat behind

tracy-manzer-pt.jpg Sounds as if the Press-Telegram newsroom is in a bit of mourning this week. Tracy Manzer is leaving their midst after 18 years to move to Washington with her husband, the press secretary for new congressman Alan Lowenthal.

Striving to detail the evolution of Kevin James

kevin-james-lamag.jpg Los Angeles Magazine in a new piece up today calls Kevin James "the surprise of the mayor’s race." The story, though, is really about how candidate James has softened the kinds of things he used to say when he was an anger talk radio host.

How LA Times coverage of Archdiocese documents came together

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

Friday media notes

Local and national layoffs, shifts in the morning radio lineup and more.

KCRW to do Westside vs. Eastside

skyline-from-getty.jpg KCRW plans to devote an hour-long broadcast of "Which Way, LA?" on February 6 to the rivalry (if any) between partisans of east and west in Los Angeles. They want your input on that and also want to hear from the people who are "neither Eastside nor Westside and don’t know what the fuss is all about."

Register's 'Aaron Quixote' and his curious quest

aaron-quixote.jpg Longtime Orange County Register editor Chris Smith tries to make sense of the Aaron Kushner phenomenon that is making over the OC newspaper and giving hope to unemployed journalists across the LA area. Smith writes in the new issue of Orange Coast magazine.

Tribune names Eddie Lazarus as general counsel

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

LAT adds to 'Company Town' staff

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

LANG publisher donates $750 to Kevin James

Jack Klunder, the president of the Los Angeles News Group and publisher of most if not all of the chain's newspapers, is not a voter in the city of Los Angeles. But he has given $750 to mayoral candidate Kevin James, in three separate contributions since 2011, and also reportedly provided him with tickets to Lakers, Dodgers and Kings games.

Jane Glenn Haas, OC journalist was 75

jane-haas-ocr.jpg Haas was a reporter and columnist at the Orange County Register for more than 20 years, a publicist for the Irvine Company, a book reviewer for Orange Coast magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist on aging and women's issues — and more.

Facing 50, LA editor decides to work out

amy-wallace-kick-segal.jpg Amy Wallace, an editor at Los Angeles magazine, is going to get ready for her birthday party by living a life that many fantasize about: working out every day just like it was a job. She wants to walk into the party "a taut, 140-pound warrior-goddess."

Hanging no deterrent for LAT reporter in Iran

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

Golden Mikes for NBC 4, KPCC, Steve Edwards

rtna-logo-crop.jpg Channel 4 won two Golden Mike awards last night for best TV newscast, and AM radio stations KNX and KFI won for the best radio newscasts. KPCC-FM won the most awards overall, ten Golden Mikes in a variety of categories. Steve Edwards, the longtime host of "Good Day LA" on Fox 11, picked up the lifetime achievement award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

KPCC newsroom votes to unionize over top talents' objection

kpcc-logo-2013.jpg After months of campaigning, the KPCC newsroom staff voted 35 to 26 to join SAG-AFTRA. Hosts Larry Mantle and John Rabe were among the senior talent who argued against the union.

Lu Parker flies with Peter Pan (video)

The Pantages has put up a Channel 5 story on reporter Lu Parker getting harnessed up to fly like Cathy Rigby does in the upcoming production of Peter Pan.

New CEO named at Tribune, old publisher at Times

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

Rick Reilly now knows he was Armstrong's chump

Sports writers, of course, aren't the only journalists who claim to know that their favorite sources and heroes are honest and, above all, wouldn't lie to them. The big sports stories of this week serve as painful reminders that the media are all too willing to build up people they know know little about for the sake of the story — and it's only getting worse as more web "content producers" get rewarded for eyeballs and going viral but not for, you know, being right. Today it's Rick Reilly's turn to admit that when he was defending Lance Armstrong through the years, he didn't actually know bupkus.

LA Times posts a Sports reporter opening *

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

BuzzFeed bureau adds Adam Vary to cover film

hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg The Los Angeles bureau of BuzzFeed continues to ramp up. Today Richard Rushfield et al are announcing the hire of Adam Vary as senior film reporter. He comes from the...

Huell Howser's death certificate cites metastatic prostate cancer

The Riverside County death certificate for Huell Howser says that the television host and producer died early on the morning of January 7 from metastatic prostate cancer. Howser was cremated and his remains scattered off the coast of Los Angeles County on Jan. 9.

"The Simpsons" honor Huell Howser

huell-simpsons.jpg This ran on this week's episode of "The Simpson's." Hat tip to KCET on Facebook. There is a sunset memorial to Howser scheduled this afternoon at Griffith Observatory.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg It sounds as if one of the great lying acts in the history of sports will come to an end in Oprah Winfrey's televised interview with Lance Armstrong.

Sandi Gibbons retiring from DA's office

Sandi-Gibbons.jpg Gibbons, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for 24 years, announced today she will be retiring on March 31. She was a former courthouse reporter.

LA Youth to publish final issue, ending 25 years

save-LAYouth.jpg Regrettable news from Donna Myrow, who founded L.A. Youth as a newspaper written by and for Los Angeles teenagers 25 years ago. It has been a struggle to keep the paper going in recent years. A desperate fundraising pitch last year bought some more time. But a note in the upcoming February issue will announce that L.A. Youth is closing down. Here is Myrow's note in the final issue.

Lalo Alcaraz cartoon slips into '60 Minutes'

liljudglopez.jpg When Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor was interviewed on Sunday night's "60 Minutes," a finely tuned eye could have spotted a cartoon by LA's Lalo Alcaraz hanging on her office wall. He gives some backstory.

SPJ chapter discovers 'unauthorized withdrawals' from bank

SPJ-LA-logo.jpg The board of the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced after a special weekend meeting that "information had surfaced showing unauthorized withdrawals had been made from the chapter’s checking account." Sarah Baisley, the chapter’s treasurer for many years, was "removed from her position."

NYT observes Huell, Kobe, Glorya Kaufman

huell-rabe.jpg Big weekend for Angelenos in the New York Times, including an obituary of Huell Howser. Plus: Kobe and Vanessa back together.

Huell Howser memorial plans, and back home with Minnie Pearl

huell-minnie-pearl.jpg Councilman Tom LaBonge, a friend of the public TV icon Huell Howser, said today he will join friends and fans for a public memorial at sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory. Also: video of Huell in Tennessee as you may never have seen him.

SF Weekly sold to parent company of Bay Guardian

nude_beaches_banner.jpg Voice Media Group, parent of the LA Weekly, is giving up on San Francisco and has sold the SF Weekly to the company that publishes both the San Francisco Examiner and former arch-rival, the venerable Bay Guardian. A sale of the Seattle Weekly was also announced in the deal.

Reportero: Covering the drug cartels in Baja California

zeta-sergio-hara.jpg Reportero, which debuted Monday night on POV on PBS, follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, "as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media." Watch the trailer inside or stream the entire film.

Producer Phil Noyes and photog Luis Fuerte talk about Huell

luis-fuerte-grab-kcet.jpg KCET has posted some great tributes to Huell Howser, including video of the longtime production team and the station's three-minute obituary from Monday night's "SoCal Connected." Also: Kevin Roderick and John Rabe with Jacob Soboroff on HuffPost Live.

Judge orders archdiocese to keep names in huge records dump

cathedral-lady-of-angels-flickr.jpg Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias reversed a private mediator and ordered the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release 30,000 pages of internal files without blanking out the names of church officials and priests who were involved in the church's handling of sex abuse allegations or who were accused themselves. The judge acted on a request by the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press to include names when the files are released under a 2007 settlement with more than 500 victims.

Huell Howser, California TV icon was 67 *

huell-lamag.jpg Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly reported late this morning that California television icon Huell Howser has died. Arellano based his story on sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. A few minutes later, KPCC "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe tweeted that Howser's assistant confirmed that he died last night at home.

BuzzFeed goes vertical in Hollywood

The fast-growing social web site BuzzFeed today launched an entertainment section. "Most exciting announcement of my career," LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield says on Facebook.

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

gangster-squad-grab.jpg The fake stories and byline on the latest front page wrap around the Sunday LA Times are actually real, just old. 'Gangster Squad' grew out of a Times series, and the screenwriter is a former LAPD homicide detective.

Mayor explains Sheen photo in Mexico, zings the media

sheen-mavillaraigosa.jpg Villaraigosa tells Conan Nolan on NBC 4's "News Conference" that he was in Cabo San Lucas on vacation, bumped into Charlie Sheen in the hotel, and that Sheen asked to take a photo. "I'm in the picture taking business. I've never said no to anyone that wants to take a picture."
helen-hunt-sessions.jpg Times columnist Bill Plaschke made a guest appearance yesterday on "Petros and Money," the talk show on Fox Sports Radio. His opening four-minute admiration of naked actresses, hotel room porn and especially the nudity of Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" has got the sports media chattering. Deadspin files the story under its "Gross" category and includes the audio.

Al Jazeera acquires Current TV, will rebrand channel

al-jazeera-logo.jpg Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Al Gore's seven-year-old Current TV, which is based in San Francisco. A new channel, Al Jazeera America, will be based in New York, the NYT says. "Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms."

Photog hit by car, killed after snapping Bieber's Ferrari *

lapd-car-paparazzo.jpg A celebrity photographer said to be working "exclusively on Justin Bieber" had finished taking pictures of a CHP stop involving Bieber's car when he was struck Tuesday evening while crossing Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive. The driver stopped to help and no arrest is foreseen. More inside.

Ten stories I missed during the holiday avoidance

laura-galloway-cnn.jpg These are stories, news or other items that I mentally noted and should have posted about during the last two weeks. Or I overlooked them completely until now. I was trying to spend a little less time tapping on keys.

Year-end obits: Catherine O'Neill, Mark Hundahl, Lee Dorman

catherine-oneill.jpg I'm catching up on some locally prominent deaths I've missed during the holiday slowdown. Video inside: 17 minutes of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida."

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

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

When Jonathan Gold chose food over the Foreign Service

oki-dog-counter.JPG This weekend's year-end edition of "This American Life" reprises a 1998 segment in which Jonathan Gold explains his year exploring the food offerings of West Pico Boulevard. Then everything changed. Listen inside.

LANG names key editor for photography and visual journalism

The year-end memo from Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group, announces the promotion of senior editor Kim Guimarin and suggests that photos and graphics will get more attention in the planning of projects. "Photo, in other words, will have a seat at the table," Anastasi says.

Media buzz of 1978: a new Los Angeles alt-weekly

new-west-731978.jpg Former New West staffer Michael Kurcfeld found this clip from July 3, 1978, disclosing plans for a new alternative newspaper to fill the void left by closure of the Los Angeles Free Press. Working title: L.A.Weekly.

LA Times loses sports writer to Boston

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

NYT avalanche story gets 3.5 million page views

nyt-to-the-peak-grab.jpg The New York Times package reconstructing the stories around an avalanche in the Cascades has been called by some the best designed big web story ever. That encompasses a lot of great work, with much competition, but let's agree it's in the conversation and may be the best thing the NYT has ever done on the web.

Big departure from NBC 4's newsroom

nbc-door.jpg Executive producer Wendy Harris, at Channel 4 for three decades, is retiring from the station. Here's the newsroom memo earlier this month from the VP for news.

SPJ's distinguished journalist honorees named

beverly-white.jpg The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists says it will honor five local journalists and an attorney at its 37th annual awards banquet next spring. This year's...

Joe Donnelly to lead Santa Barbara journalism venture

The former senior editor at the LA Weekly and co-founder of Slake has been named executive editor of the Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative, a nonprofit journalism startup supported by a Knight Foundation grant and local foundations.

'SoCal Connected' team wins duPont Award *

scc-courting-disaster.jpg KCET's story on Los Angeles County's dependency courts was one of 14 winners of Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced this morning at Columbia. This is big in the world of broadcast news, considered by some to be their Pulitzers.

Court rules for Wendy McCaw in old Santa Barbara fight

newspresstapesmall.jpg A panel of three conservative appeals justices in Washington ruled that when McCaw fired her reporters for starting a union, she was the victim under the First Amendment.

Los Angeles Mag sounds unimpressed by mayoral choices

In her editor's note introducing the January issue of Los Angeles magazine, Mary Melton doesn't sound too wowed by the candidates who are running for mayor. The next leader of...

NBC's Richard Engel freed from captors in Syria

engel-crew-grab.jpg NBC's chief foreign correspondent and his crew were held five days then freed Monday in a firefight at a checkpoint in Syria, NBC News announced this morning. Engel, producer Ghazi Balkiz and cameraman John Kooistra appeared live on "Today" from Turkey.

Scientology series in the LA Times revisited

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

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

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

Rutten's debut for the other guys: Marriage equality and the court

tim-rutten-lang.jpg With Rutten on the editorial page, and Al Martinez on the front page, the Daily News now offers its readers two columnists with something like 80 years between them at the Los Angeles Times.

'SoCal Connected' moves earlier in the night

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg Starting Monday, KCET will air SoCal Connected first at 5:30 p.m. then repeat at 10 p.m. "Rick Steves' Europe" is going into the old time slot on Monday, with various shows in the prime time hours the rest of the week.

NYT reporter tells us about his divorce healing

Jesse McKinley went through a Santa Monica workshop that helps people rid themselves of the personal toxins of divorce. "I had been chosen for this assignment...for the simple reason that I was getting divorced. And, you know, that I probably needed it."

Friday media roundup: Kushner, Rutten, Prop Zero, Alycia Lane

aaron-kushner-300-ocw.jpg OC Register's new owner Aarson Kushner is profiled, and former LA Times writer Tim Rutten starts a Sunday column in the Daily News and its sister papers. Plus more

LA Times building welcomes new call center tenant

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

LA gay couple with media angle profiled in NYT boomer series

acosta-gratz.jpg Acosta is a former Los Angeles Times editor who now is the director of strategic initiatives at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

Ray Briem, late-night radio host was 82

ray-briem.jpg Ray Briem was the overnight talker on KABC-AM from 1967-1994 and kind of pioneered the form here in Los Angeles. That made him the welcomed late-night companion to thousands.

Story behind the photo: JFK swims in Santa Monica

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

Register acquires OC freebies

The Orange County Register has purchased Churm Media, the publisher of OC Metro and OC Family. Perplexing, says Gustavo Arellano at OC Weekly.

How the media missed Jenni Rivera: part two

jenni-rivera-smile.jpg The Washington Post's Paul Farhi takes his stab at explaining why most Americans had never heard of Jenni Rivera until the Mexican-American performer died in a plane crash — and why very few media in Southern California had ever done stories on the local girl who made good. Make that very good.

'Zero Dark Thirty' team isn't talking about romantic breakup

boal-bigelow.jpg After winning Oscars for "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal became "entertainment’s hottest couple who wouldn’t say they were a couple since Jay-Z and Beyoncé." Now it's complicated, says BuzzFeed.

LA Times president puts the happy face on 2012

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

Journo remembers the night he shot someone

Michael Krikorian freelances now, far as I can tell, but he used to be a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Seventeen rounds from an AK-47 in his trunk got him a 30-day sentence in county jail.

'Amour' wins best picture of 2012 from LA Film Critics

amour-poster.png "The Master" is the runner-up, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association also taps the 'Master' director and actors.

Mack Reed's pot-in-yard story explodes in the media

mack-reed-drugs.jpg Mack Reed's Tumblr post about finding a duffel bag full of someone else's weed in his Silver Lake yard and calling the LAPD — we posted about it early yesterday — has made its way rapidly around the web.

Baca agrees to release unredacted Ruben Salazar files to filmmaker

salazarstamp.jpg Phillip Rodriguez will have access to unredacted autopsy and investigative documents, and coroner's photos, for his documentary on the 1970 death in East Los Angeles of journalist Ruben Salazar.

Huffington Post names a CEO

Arianna Huffington moves to president and editor in chief of the media group. Jimmy Maymann, previously AOL senior vice president of international, becomes CEO.

What to do with $175,000 in pot found in your back yard

mack-reed-drugs.jpg Silver Lake games developer Mack Reed, the former LA Times reporter and Voice of LA blogger, was faced recently with a quandary most of us will never encounter. On deadline, of course.

Media tweets: Channel 9 news team

tay-taft-lee-kcal.jpg Anchor Sharon Tay, meteorologist Evelyn Taft in the middle and reporter Amber Lee in the KCAL studio. Tweeted by Taft.

Gustavo Arellano moves to KCRW

gustavo-arellano-mug.jpg Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and creator of the paper's popular "Ask A Mexican" column, will start doing regular weekly commentaries about Orange County for KCRW. He had been a regular on KPCC.

Vice magazine claims to be traveling with McAfee

mcafee-guatemala-vice.jpg A crew from Vice posted photos this morning reported to be of on-the-run former tech pioneer John McAfee and his 20-year-old girlfriend from Belize, Sam, meeting with a lawyer in Guatemala City.

Madeleine Brand's talks with KCRW seem to be progressing

Thumbnail image for brand-martinez.jpg Brand tells Los Angeles magazine that she's in talks with KCRW for a 9 a.m. show that would compete with the friends she left at KPCC. But KCRW's Jennifer Ferro says in a statement that nothing is firm.

David Courtney, LA sports announcer was 56 *

courtney-cup.jpg David Courtney, the arena announcer for the Los Angeles Kings and Clippers at Staples Center and the stadium announcer in Anaheim for the Angels, has died at age 56. No cause was given by the Kings, but Courtney had tweeted yesterday that he was at a hospital awaiting an angiogram.
Thumbnail image for huell-rabe.jpg "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe called and talked to me this afternoon for a piece he's doing on the end of Huell Howser's television career. Listen to some of the audio.

An appreciation of LA's sidewalk shrines

sidewalk-shrines.jpg In the November issue of Los Angeles magazine, and online today, editor Amy Wallace and photographer Damon Casarez pay attention to the impromptu memorials you sometimes see placed where someone recently died.

Howser feared retirement - back in 2003

huell-lamag.jpg Tamar Brott profiled Huell Howser for Los Angeles magazine and found him to be defensive about his enthusiasm and his affection for finding the positive, or denying the negative, in any situation.

'SoCal Connected' turns toward the county hall

SCC-logo.jpg On Wednesday's show, I'm told that KCET's "SoCal Connected" digs into the ties between Supervisor Don Knabe, his son Matt Knabe, and the clients of Matt's lobbying firm, Englander Knabe and Allen.

Well would you look at this: Huell Howser to retire *

jacobhuell.jpg Howser is "retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements about it," says an email. Amazing.

TMZ denies that it wants permit for a drone

tmz-faa-drone-article-hollywood-sign-3.jpg In a post rife with punnery, celebrity gossip site TMZ says that contrary to a report that originated in the San Francisco Chronicle, it has no interest in using airborne, unmanned drones to gather news.

LA Times hires an Apple reporter in Silicon Valley

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

'Innocence of Muslims' maker not contrite

innocence-of-muslims-grab.jpg The New York Times says it got questions to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in federal custody and, with his comments plus interviews with "church and law enforcement officials and more than a dozen people who worked on the movie," can conclude that "the making of the film is a bizarre tale of fake personas and wholesale deception."

Guy Adams hangs up his surfboard

mammoth-horse-guyafams.jpg Guy Adams, the Independent's man in Los Angeles for the last few years, is returning to London and starting after the new year as a feature writer for the Daily Mail. "Today I wrote my last ever article for the @independent. Fittingly, it was about the Elmo sex scandal," he tweets.

David Geffen episode of 'American Masters' tonight

geffen-grab-pbs.jpg The producers call it a rare, "unflinching portrait." I suspect there's some flinching. Video: Geffen in love with Cher in 1973.

THR cleans up at National Entertainment Journalism awards

thr-cover-conan.jpg The Hollywood Reporter won six first-place awards at tonight's National Entertainment Journalism Awards put on at the Biltmore by the Los Angeles Press Club. Kim Masters of THR (and KCRW's "The Business") won entertainment journalist of the year, and THR also won for best entertainment publication and best website.

Sam Benson, LA broadcaster was 90

sam-benson.gif Born Sam Bensussen, he worked for 40 years at KLAC radio and Metromedia, was the editorial director for Channel 11, and in the 1950s and 60s was a commercial pitchman on local airwaves: "Se habla espanol at Lou’s Garage."

Mayor has breakfast with 'Los Angeles' Magazine

melton-mav.jpg Villaraigosa was in a forgiving mood about that "Failure" cover back in 2009. He even joked about his "General Petraeus moment."

FCC grants Tribune waiver for KTLA and LAT

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

Overholser to leave USC-Annenberg next year

overholser.jpg The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC announced this morning that Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism since 2008, will step down in June. She said she will return to New York with her husband, Annenberg faculty member David Westphal. USC's release says it will launch a recruitment campaign for a successor to Overholser.

David Haldane on his son's mental illness

david-haldane-drew.jpg "The call I feared finally came late on a Friday...'I’m a nurse at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital,' she said. 'Don’t panic, but we have your son.'"

Mike Fleming's father died in Hurricane Sandy

Deadline.com editor Mike Fleming returns to the site two weeks after his dad was injured at home during the storm in New York. Fleming says he's grateful for the support of his colleagues at the website.

Marty Baron to become executive editor of Washington Post

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

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

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

Headline o' the day

paula-broadwell-cover.jpg BuzzFeed gets to the heart of the latest revelations in the David Petraeus scandal. Plus: an LA media angle to the Paula Broadwell story.

Councilman Krekorian caught faking his Patch columns

paul-krekorian-rect.jpg Self-serving questions from constituents for the 'Ask Paul" column on AOL Patch are actually written by the councilman's press deputy. But let's hope you knew that.

Jeffrey Anderson on reporting in the Southeast cities

jeffrey-anderson-grab.jpg Before the LA Times rediscovered the corruption in Bell, and in some cases before DA Steve Cooley got to town with his corruption prosecutions, investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson was digging into the dirty dealings in the southeast cities for the LA Weekly. KCET interviewed Anderson about the challenges of reporting in places like Cudahy last decade.

Jane Yamamoto now a reporter on Channel 4 news

jane+yamamoto+fox11.jpg This morning the former Fox 11 reporter showed up on NBC 4 covering the wood shop fire at James Monroe High School in the Valley. "Yes. I'm now at ch.4 news," she tweets.

Joel Connable, former CBS2/KCAL reporter was 39 *

joel-connable-mug.jpg Friends on Facebook and Twitter and staffers at the duopoly newsroom in Studio City are saying that Joel Connable, a reporter at CBS 2/KCAL 9 for three years until 2005, has died. Connable had just started a new anchor gig at KOMO-TV in Seattle last month, after being out of the local news business since 2009.

Madeleine Brand hasn't spoken to ex-KPCC boss since July

Thumbnail image for brand-zavala-kcet.jpg Madeleine Brand gives an interview to the LA Times about leaving KPCC and her initial reactions to being seen on television.

New York Magazine cover: The City and the Storm

ny-mag-cover-sandy.jpg With a note from the editors.

Nate Silver explains the math the haters ignore

nate-silver-at-nyt-desk.jpg He has the complex algorithm to back up saying that President Obama is the favorite to win on Tuesday. But all he needs, he says, is this: Obama is ahead in Ohio.

John Retsek, creator of 'The Car Show' and KCET veteran

john-retsek-at-kcet.jpg Saturday morning on one of Los Angeles' longest-running radio programs, the hosts will announce the death of John Retsek, who created "The Car Show" on KPFK in 1973. They will talk about John and possibly take calls from the legions of listeners who have listened to the show or been guests in its nearly four decades on the air — the odd duck among the politically charged news, talk and revolutionary rhetoric at the Pacifica-owned radio station.

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat sold to pols

The newspaper recently owned by the New York Times announced it was bought by a group that includes Darius Anderson, a Sonoma-based developer and top Sacramento lobbyist, and former Democratic congressman Doug Bosco.

KFI news director explains: it's 'driver license'

chris-little-kfi.jpg Chris Little takes to his blog at AM talk station KFI to explain to listeners why he says "driver license" when referring to the card issued by the California DMV — and won't say "Democrat Party."

New aging milestone for Al Martinez: the 'heart attack'

Just a mild heart attack, the Daily News columnist reports on Facebook.

LA Weekly digs into the turmoil at KPCC

law-kpcc-breakup-cover.jpg How KPCC's quest for Latino listeners doomed the "Madeleine Brand Show," plus the first choice of a co-host — and the complications of A Martinez's advocacy for steroids in sports.

Photographer fights back against hollow arrest threat

steve-devol-car.jpg Have you seen this car? Veteran LA journalist Steve Devol was out early Sunday morning to shoot some dawn photos around Walt Disney Hall. So were a film crew and a guard who tried to stop Devol from taking pictures. Didn't work.

Finke takes a shot at Press Club's entertainment awards

janice-min-thr-nyt.jpg Could the Press Club's plan to honor Janice Min for revamping the Hollywood Reporter be a factor? Finke says the club "seems more interested in collecting entry fees and selling gala tables...than in rewarding high standards of journalism or conducting a competition with integrity."

Register grabs the 'Muslim girl in OC' columnist

mona-shadia-fb.jpg Mona Shadia got some media coverage here and elsewhere last December when she was assigned to write a regular column about living as a Muslim in Orange County for the three local newspapers run by the LAT's Times Community News unit.

Daily 'SoCal Connected' airs Monday with Madeleine Brand

brand-zavala-kcet.jpg I went over to KCET's new studios in Burbank last week to catch the first day of run throughs for the made-over "So Cal Connected." Here's what to expect from the nightly show and some pictures of KCET's digs.

LA Times unveils more branding and digital features

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

Watch Al Martinez's column to learn about growing old

al_martinez-mug.jpg Increasingly, and perhaps inevitably, his subjects are the vagaries and cruelties of becoming elderly. This might be the least recommended direction to go in these days when media editors count web hits above all else, but I think it's his best material. No one else in LA reports this personally on the aging thing.

BuzzFeed expands into Hollywood in a big way

rushfield-fb-profile.jpg A new Los Angeles bureau, meaning mostly Hollywood apparently, will be run by Richard Rushfield and include chief correspondent Kate Aurthur. Both are veterans of Hollywood coverage and of the LA Times, among other places.

Murdoch in 'early talks' about buying LA Times

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

NBC 4's Robert Kovacik doesn't let a roach faze him

kovacik-roach.jpg Channel 4's Robert Kovacik was live on the air from West Los Angeles when a roach crawled across his shoulders. No problem! Watch the video.

Penske warns The Wrap not to poach from Deadline

the-warp-sign.jpg "Please be advised that PMC employees, including but not limited to Nikki Finke, Mike Fleming, Pete Hammond and Nellie Andreeva, are under long term employment contracts," says the lawyer letter.

Time travel: Kelly Lange, Paul Moyer and Zzyzx

Young (OK, very young) versions of the former KNBC 4 stalwarts and a feature story on the Mojave Desert landmark.

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

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

KCET merges with Link Media, creates new entity

kcet-sign+lao.jpg I'm not sure I get the full impact of this, but KCET has announced what it's calling a merger with Link Media, the non-profit media company in San Francisco that produces LinkTV. Their new non-profit creation will be called KCETLink. No big changes on the air for now.

Times doubles the size of Los Angeles in news stories *

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

Another high-level woman leaves the LA Times

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

Jean Martirez the next woman out at Fox 11

jean-martirez.jpg The longtime morning news anchor is the third high-profile woman let go by Channel 11 in recent months. "Wonder if this'll get my security desposit back?," she tweeted along with a picture of her cleaned-out desk.

Press Club scores Robert Redford

When the Los Angeles Press Club gives its first Visionary Award to Jane Fonda in November, she will be introduced by Robert Redford. The pair starred together in "The Chase," "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Electric Horseman."

League interference helped push Hammond out of Kings

richhammondnew.jpg The three-year experiment in which the Los Angeles Kings paid reporter Rich Hammond to cover the team wasn't all smiles, according to Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth. He writes that the league demanded that a story Hammond recently posted about the current labor dispute with players be taken off the web, citing his employment status with the Kings.

Register hires Rich Hammond from the Kings

richhammondnew.jpg Rich Hammond broke new ground when he left the Daily News three years ago to blog about the Los Angeles Kings for the Kings. He was the first journalist locally to be employed by a team to report independently on the team.

Madeleine Brand joins KCET's new daily 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for mbrand-crop.jpg KCET will announce today that former KPCC host Madeleine Brand will become a special contributor to "SoCal Connected." The show is also going daily — it had aired on a weekly cycle. Val Zavala will remain the show's news anchor, with Brand doing mostly interviews, it sounds like.

Afternoon media notes

gogos-buzzfeed-markey.jpg More on sale of Variety, Sunday magazine next for Register, books from Roman Polanski's sex victim way back then and on LA's hardcore music scene, some media job notes and Dean Singleton speaks. Plus more.

Mike Fleming seeks to reassure his colleagues at Variety

variety-sign-300.jpg In reporting that his employer has now acquired his former journalism home at Variety, Deadline film editor Michael Fleming took a moment for some personal words. Plus: The Wrap claims Finke 'having a major tantrum.'

Video: Lalo Alcaraz on cartooning and politics

laloalcaraz-nbc4.jpg "I try to advocate for a certain group. And not just for Latinos, but for immigrants," he tells Ana Garcia of NBC 4.

Steve Crawford, CBS LA veteran dies of cancer

After 35 years at CBS, assignment editor Steve Crawford left the newsroom at Channels 2 and 9 on May 23 without revealing to anyone that he had stage 3 esophageal cancer. He insisted that no one know, his wife says in a note posted at the station today.

LA's cute new TV couple

whit-johnson-twitter.jpg Whit Johnson, the new co-anchor at NBC 4, is married to new KCAL 9 reporter Andrea Fujii. He's a proud husband, per Twitter.

Sheriff John Rovick, Los Angeles TV icon was 93

sheriff-john-mug.jpg If you didn't grow up in the Los Angeles area during the baby boom, you can leave the room for a couple of minutes. Though if your parents fit the description, you might want to stick around.
guardian-grab-latinovote.jpg The Guardian in the UK today published the first in a 7-part series on the Latino vote produced by USC Annenberg grad students over the summer as part of the News21 fellowship. "Across America an electoral giant is stirring."

OC Register picks its chief food critic

One of the most talked-about of the positions the Orange County Register is filling is the paper's food critic. Now we know the job will go to Brad A. Johnson, the James Beard winner who had been writing about restaurants for Angeleno.

KPCC hiring producer for Patt Morrison

Here's the job description for a full-time associate producer for Patt Morrison in her new role as special correspondent at KPCC. Pays $41,672 to $62,508.

LANG papers take the logical next step into digital

The newspapers that make up the Los Angeles News Group have been gradually blending over recent months, and today take a big step toward being a regional news operation with the emphasis on digital — and less on geography. One upshot: Daily News editor Carolina Garcia has a new role and title.

LA Times restaffs its Hero Complex beat

In the wake of Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher's departure from the paper, the LA Times has re-hired Chris Lee and moved Gina McIntyre over to be the lead writer and editor on the Hero Complex blog.
Catherine Davis, the Los Feliz woman bludgeoned to death last week by an emotionally disturbed actor, was the mother of the Los Angeles author-journalist Margaret Leslie Davis, and had a large family of friends in Hollywood who had stayed at her "writers villa" through the years.

Schwarzenegger's image rehab tour hits a bump

arnold-on-60minutes.jpg Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently paid $20 million for a think tank at USC, gets a segment on "60 Minutes" tonight to give just enough mea culpa on the whole cheated-on-Maria thing to sound like it was a blip. But at the Daily Beast, Ann Louise Bardach says the chronology given to CBS' Lesley Stahl and in Arnold's new memoir is anything but true

KPCC president to address changes on the air

bill-davis-kpcc.jpg KPCC is taking the unusual step of having president Bill Davis stop in to "Airtalk" and chat with Larry Mantle about the recent programming changes, including the resignation of Madeleine Brand.

Jillian Barberie Reynolds out, next blonde in

maria-sansone-fox.jpg Reynolds tweeted this morning that she was just informed that her "Good Day L.A." days were over. Steve Edwards' new co-host is Maria Sansone.

Madeleine Brand says outside offers are behind her KPCC exit

mbrand-crop.jpg Ex-KPCC host Madeleine Brand, who left the station last week, tells Current.org that "outside offers just became too attractive” for her to remain at the station. She doesn't specify any offers, but says she will be staying in Los Angeles.

Media will pool helicopters for Carmageddon II

If things go right, there will be fewer media choppers hovering pointlessly above the ends of the closed 405 freeway during this weekend's traffic event. Or non-event, whatever.

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

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

Note to PR types: No beeping clocks in promo materials

knx1070-bomb-scare.jpg It turns out this morning's evacuation of the Miracle Mile building that houses KNX, KFWB and other media outlets may have been caused by suspicious beeps in a promotional package sent by the Black Entertainment Network.

Do you have the stuff to blog for Atlantic Cities?

For them it's about the quality of the content, the most precious commodity in the competition for readers' brains.

LA Weekly, OC Weekly get a new owner

lacey-larkin.jpg Village Voice Media owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin announced Sunday night that they have agreed to sell the chain of 13 weeklies — a mix of papers they created and big established titles they acquired, including the LA Weekly and Village Voice — and will get out of alt journalism. The buyers are a new company formed by ex-editors and publishers of the New Times chain that Lacey and Larkin helped start in Phoenix in the 1970s.

Geoff Boucher joins Entertainment Weekly

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

That was fast: Madeleine Brand leaves KPCC

brand-martinez.jpg So much for all those pretended sounds of happiness from KPCC over the forced merger of morning show host Madeleine Brand with newcomer A Martinez.

Wednesday night media notes

chris-paul-gq.jpg Chris Paul graces the cover of GQ, newspaper moves of local note on Spring Street and in Las Vegas, and more media notes from the in-box.

LA Times looking for deputy books editor *

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

Cindy Carcamo lands final project for Register, heads to LAT

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

One place print isn't dying

jewisj-journal-cover-91412.jpg This week's edition of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles totals 148 pages — "the largest in our 26 year history," says editor Rob Eshman. "It is also completely redesigned, with a new masthead, new page layouts, new features."

Chuck Philips to unveil new rap story on Twitter

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

Boucher and Maharaj post about his exit from LAT *

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

Geoff Boucher exits the LA Times after all

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

San Diego U-T goes loony tunes on Obama

Editorial board predicts an Obama win will mean death panels and "an effort to get 'In God we Trust' removed from U.S. symbols, including our money."

Register hiring three investigative reporters now

oc-register.jpg The hiring spree continues at the Orange County Register. A listing has gone up at the Investigative Reporters and Editors jobs page for three "top-notch investigative reporters in order to expand its watchdog/investigations team."
impaled_by_fence.jpg I have to give it to Steven Mirkin, the Los Angeles music journalist. He makes lemonade of impaling his testicles on an iron fence while house-sitting for a friend — while locked out of the house, with a dog who tried to bite the paramedics.

LA Times adds another pop music writer

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

Food blogger beats up cyclist who calls him 'faggot'

fuji_21_speed_road_bike-OCW.jpg Somewhere in Orange County is a humbled bicyclist with a shiner and a damaged "$2,000 carbon fiber-and-unobtainium bicycle....(slash) penis extension."

Dorothy Lucey moves on with blog about Fox 11 boss who fired her

dorothy-lucey-board.jpg Former co-host at "Good Day LA" says the new boss told her she "made his eyes bleed." That's what you like to hear when you're on-camera talent.

Timberg to do book on 'creative destruction'

scott-timberg-mug.jpg Scott Timberg's recent series of pieces for Salon on the struggles of architects, journalists, video store clerks and others in the "creative class" has got him a book deal with Yale University Press. The book, tentatively titled "Creative Destruction," is supposed to "detail the evisceration of an entire class of cultural workers under the onslaught of warp-speed technological change, economic slump, and both longstanding and shifting attitudes regarding the values of art and the creative life."

Al Martinez has a nomination for LA poet laureate

al-martinez-irony.jpg The Daily News columnist feted earlier this year as The Bard of LA by the Huntington invokes both Charles Bukowski and Dylan Thomas and writes: "I am pleased to enter my name today as a candidate for poet laureate of Los Angeles."

New 'Noir Magazine' starts to crank up for tablets

noir-mag-icon.jpg Nancie Clare and Rip Georges, the former editor and creative director, respectively, of the late Los Angeles Times Magazine, are moving toward launching a mystery-oriented tablet magazine they are calling Noir. "The first of its kind iPad magazine for the mystery, thriller and true crime genres in all mediums: books, movies, TV, graphic novels and video games" is how they describe it.

Correction o' the day: making it up edition

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

Yahoo fires DC bureau chief over Romney remark

davia-chalian-twitter.jpg David Chalian is the Washington bureau chief for Yahoo who last month floated that weak and mysterious story asking if Antonio Villaraigosa was poised to become the first Latino president. Today he was fired over something he said during a webcast at the Republican convention.

KPCC VP explains more about Patt Morrison's future

russstanton.jpg Russ Stanton, the former Los Angeles Times editor in chief who is "Vice President, Content" for KPCC these days, has taken to the comments section of the station's website to further explain this morning's announcement that KPCC would drop the Patt Morrison show. She will keep doing the Comedy Congress segment and be involved with the station's other shows.

LA Times promotes Scott Kraft to deputy ME

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

New sports editor -- and four open jobs -- at LA News Group

Gene Warnick, the sports editor at the Daily News, will expand his duties to oversee sports across the Los Angeles News Group papers. His appointment follows the promotion of Daily News opinion editor Mariel Garza to a similar LANG-wide role. Also announced by Michael Anastasi, the group's new vice president and executive editor, is that LANG will fill four reporters jobs in sports, including Lakers beat writer. Read the memo.

KPCC drops Patt Morrison show, expands Brand and Martinez

PattMorrison-kpcc.png The other shoes have fallen at KPCC from the addition of A Martinez as co-host with Madeleine Brand in the morning. Larry Mantle's time slow move, and Patt Morrison's show ends.

Times editorial writer Carla Hall in the Zocalo green room

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

KTLA 5 copter makes emergency landing in Hollywood

ktla-copter-emergency.jpg Everyone got down safely, but there was a scary moment over Hollywood Monday afternoon. Helicopters for Channel 5 and Channel 2 were covering the report of a gunman in Hollywood when Stu Mundel, the pilot for KCBS' SKY2, noticed smoke spewing from the engine of KTLA's Sky5.

Tribune scrambles to remove Vin Scully gaffe from web

rebecca-hall-oops-scully.jpg KTLA sportscaster Rebecca Hall's weekend oops — in which she jokes during an on-air tribute to Vin Scully that he "should get his shit together" — has been pulled down from Big Lead Sports. Copyright claim by Tribune, which owns Channel 5, is the explanation. Well, the Tribune suits haven't made it to Deadspin yet, apparently.

KPCC chief dismisses critics of 'Brand and Martinez'

Thumbnail image for brand-martinez.jpg Bill Davis, the station's president and CEO, tells a complainer via email that the Madeleine Brand and A Martinez pairing on KPCC checked out in focus groups and audience testing, is here to stay and will be expanding to two hours day: "I know a thing or two about public radio programming --and I like what I hear with these two." He recounts and pooh-poohs the complaints that came in from previous program changes, including the addition of Brand in the first place.

The case against Lance Armstrong's accusers

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

Vin Scully to return for 64th season

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Dodgers fans can breathe easy for another year. Check out our new story on Scully's five most memorable calls, by guest author Paul Haddad.

Hosts with the most

olney-mantle-tampa.jpg KCRW's Warren Olney and KPCC's Larry Mantle crossed paths at the Tampa airport. Both are in town to do shows from the Republican convention.

LA Times adds staff on immigrant communities and immigration

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

Video: Kittens invade KCRW


The pledge pitches in public radio are getting more creative all the time. Watch bigger.

Brand asks web commenters to give KPCC's new couple a chance *

brand-martinez.jpg If those who post anonymously on KPCC's website are any gauge, the NPR station's gamble to pair veteran morning host Madeleine Brand with public radio newcomer A Martinez could be in trouble. Brand took to the web tonight to plead for patience: "I totally understand your anger and confusion now."

Alycia Lane gets new co-anchor and other NBC4 moves

AlyciaLane.jpg The new leadership team at Channel 4 continues to make changes in the newsroom lineup. Today the station will announce that Michael Brownlee will be getting up really early from now on as co-anchor of "Today in LA" with Alycia Lane. Plus some other moves

NPR West losing reporter to Mexico City

carrie-kahn-npr.jpg Carrie Kahn, who has been based at NPR West in Culver City since 2004, is shifting to Mexico City to be NPR’s correspondent covering Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

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

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

Jimmy Kimmel moves to 11:35, same time as those other guys

jimmy-kimmel-banners.jpg ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show into head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. "Nightline" flips back to 12:35, a big disappointment to the news types.

Diana Nyad 'pulled from the water' as latest swim ends

nyad-break-cnn-812.jpg Nyad's Twitter feed posted at 7:42 a.m. Eastern time that "Diana has been pulled from the water. We'll have more information when it becomes available." She had been swimming for 63 hours since leaving Cuba on Saturday, and suffered numerous jellyfish stings.

Register can fill 25 newsroom positions, editor says

oc-register.jpg New details on the hiring that owner Aaron Kushner's team at the Orange County Register has authorized. Sports editor Todd Harmonson, who last week put out the word that he...

Matt Groening blames LA Weekly for end to 'Life in Hell'

groening-self-portrait.jpg Once the LA Weekly dropped his longtime comic strip, the end was inevitable. "It was particularly aggravating that I wasn’t being printed locally in Los Angeles," Groening said. "If 'Life in Hell' were still in LA Weekly, it would probably have kept me going."

Diana Nyad swimming toward Florida again *

nyad-swim-82012.jpg Diana Nyad's team says that she has swum 46 miles since leaving from Cuba on Saturday, and has made it through a storm and several jellyfish stings. Tonight she was joined by a pod of dolphins.
oc-register.jpg Not just a paywall, but an emphasis on print. Many fewer blogs. No push to mobile phones. Possible new fulltime food writer and film critic — just like in the old days. And more, via OC Weekly.

KLOS goes with Heidi and Frank in the morning

heidi-frank-klos.jpg KLOS has its replacements for Mark and Brian. They will be Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer, starting Sept. 4.

Mariel Garza upped to opinion editor of all LANG papers

Mariel Garza has been the opinion editor for the Daily News, and then took on added responsibilities for the Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram when those papers were put under DN editor Carolina Garcia, Now Garza will oversee the editorial pages for the whole Los Angeles News Group chain, based in West Covina. Here's the newsroom announcement.

Artie Williams, ABC7 news photographer, dies while diving *

artie-williams-kabc.jpg Longtime Channel 7 photographer Artie Williams died over the weekend while diving with a friend off Catalina Island, the station announced.

LA Times of two minds on power in California

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

KPCC turns to sports for Latino co-host with Madeleine Brand *

brand-martinez.jpg KPCC's long search for a Latino to pair with Madeleine Brand has led to A. Martinez, the former host of "Dodgertalk" and most recently at ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. KPCC's morning show reboots Monday as "Brand and Martinez."

Tess Vigeland leaving 'Marketplace Money'

tess-vigeland-fountain.jpg The host of Marketplace Money since 2006 will step down in November, America Public Media announced today. There was no successor named. She will continue as a contributor. I don't...

First Mark, now Brian leaving KLOS airwaves

mark-and-brian-logo.jpg Brian Phelps, half of the long-running "Mark and Brian" morning duo, had been negotiating to stay on after the retirement of his partner. But he announced on the air this morning that the end has come. Off to "recharge" then do a podcast.

Register's new owner gives OK to hire a Dodgers writer

dodger-stadium-seats-left-=.jpg The newly acquired Register has put out the word that it wants to staff the Dodger Stadium press box again. But there are some requirements, and a strong preference for Spanish fluency. And yes, they know it's near the season's end.

Message to cancer from Xeni Jardin

xeni-jardin-finger.jpg As many know, Los Angeles writer, journalist and more Xeni Jardin is being treated for breast cancer. After an especially unpleasant session today with the blood takers at Cedars-Sinai, she posted an image and message that I suspect many people who have been patients will endorse.

Getty Images acquired for $3.3 billion

The Carlyle Group announced Wednesday it will take a controlling stake in the photo archive.

Kate Gale on the cultural geography of LA

kate-gale-lamag.jpg Says the editor at Red Hen Press: "Before we moved to Pasadena from the Valley in 2009, there was a lot of discussion about where we should go. We really wanted to move to a place that celebrates arts and culture."

New York Times grabs new CEO from the Beeb

nyt-newsroom.jpg Here's how the New York Times itself puts it: "In choosing Mr. Thompson, a veteran of television who has spent nearly his entire career at the BBC, The Times reached outside its own company, its own industry and even its own country to find a leader to guide it in an uncharted digital future." Indeed.

Center for Investigative Reporting to partner with Univision

The center in Berkeley will announce tomorrow a partnership with Univision to jointly produce investigative stories for Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States and Latin America.

Media notes: Out at LAT, in at Pacific Standard

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

Helen Gurley Brown, editor and media benefactor was 90 *

helen-gurley-brown.jpg Helen Gurley Brown was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines for three decades and the author of the 1962 bestseller, "Sex and the Single Girl." "Helen Gurley Brown was an icon," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation.

Pellicano bail denied after emotional appeal by Anita Busch

Busch, the former Los Angeles Times reporter who was threatened over a story by Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and his cronies, appeared frail and frightened-looking in court today, says The Wrap.

Karl Fleming, journalist was 84

KarlFleming.jpg Karl Fleming covered the civil rights movement in the South and Los Angeles for Newsweek, started a local magazine and was the editor of Chanel 2 news. His memoir was "Son of the Rough South: An Uncivil Memoir."

Rubén Martínez explores desert life in America

ruben-martinez-lmu.jpg Martínez, the writing professor at Loyola Marymount University, lived for a time beside the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico, searching for truth and meaning and the guidance to break his drug habit. A review of his new book, plus an excerpt of a new mystery by Miles Corwin.

Up close with KUSC's Brian Lauritzen

brian-lauritzen-kusc.jpg Lauritzen is portrayed as "a laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world" in a short Times feature by Scott Timberg.

Liza Minelli at the Bowl: 'Crowd was growing restless'

liza5.jpg Charles McNulty's review sounds completely fair, while saying what had to be said. "The unretireable Minnelli owed her success on Saturday as much to her signature strengths as to her often parodied weaknesses."

House of Pies, the prequel and the sequel

House-of-Pies-sign-thurman.jpg Here's a bit more intelligence on the House of Pies, the Los Feliz survivor that attracted some appreciative attention recently from a blogger at The Paris Review. The LA Weekly got there first.

KPCC reporter goes stream of consciousness on Paul Ryan

Sharon_McNary_reasonably_small.jpg Sharon McNary, a KPCC political reporter, unfolded her story on Twitter, which is fitting I guess since it began with her looking at VP candidate-designate Paul Ryan's Twitter account and becoming curious that he follows just one other account.

Huffington Post launches live streaming channel Monday morning

jacob-soboroff-huffpost.jpg HuffPost Live will begin with eight hours of live web programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles each weekday. It's starting with ten hosts, including the former LA Observed video contributor Jacob Soboroff in the Beverly Hills studio, plus contributions from Huffington Post editors, bloggers and readers.

Susan Stratton's Emmy honor - in the refrigerator

susan-stratton-emmys.jpg At Saturday night's local Emmy awards, the Governors Award for lifetime achievement went to Susan Stratton, Chick Hearn's producer on Lakers broadcasts for most of three decades. In the station count, NBC4, ABC7 and KTLA5 each won seven Emmys. Link to full list of winners inside.

Learning to swim at 45

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

Ira Glass on the death of David Rakoff

"It was no surprise; he'd been talking about it for months. He even named August as when it would happen."

San Fernando's JC Penney closure goes national

penneys-sf-neon-dn.jpg A 'Marketplace" reporter made the drive out to the city of San Fernando to do a radio piece on the upset over closure of the town's once-popular J.C. Penney store. The story begins with a historical error but goes on to explore the hopes of some in town that the chain will either reconsider or the Penney's will be replaced by something better.

LA Times finally names the managing editor

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

LA Times names new books editor: Joy Press

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

Not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk

egg-no-cook.jpg John Rabe of KPCC enticed me out to Northridge on Wednesday for an "Off-Ramp" story, and since it was midday in the West Valley, in the middle of a heat wave, and Rabe's an intrepid reporter slash radio host, he brought along the makings of a classic journalism experiment. The temperature was a few notches over 100, but was it hot enough to cook an egg? Find out inside.
Thumbnail image for parking-cop-in-red.jpg For more than five years, Sacramento's CBS TV affiliate has been investigating reports by drivers in Northern California who get parking tickets from the city of Los Angeles when they swear they weren’t there. The latest case involves a Sacramento area man who says his new car has never been in LA.

Judith Crist, film critic was 90

Judith Crist was the critic for many years on the "Today" show and in print at TV Guide and elsewhere. She had two long stints at TV Guide &mdash the first before they fired her in favor of computerized summaries of films, the second after a deluge of reader complaints forced the editors to ask her back.

Gawker's new West Coast editor announces he's black

cord-gawker.jpg Cord Jefferson, who started Monday as the West Coast editor for the Gawker gossip and blog empire, penned an opening greeting post that says he's "the first California staffer since Seth Abramovitch left in January. I'm also the first staffer (on record) to watch hardcore pornography in Fred Willard's favorite Hollywood peep show." Oh, and he's black.

Jennifer York back on the air, but on the ground

jennifer-york-crop.jpg A couple of readers have noticed the familiar voice of Jennifer York doing traffic reports for KNX 1070 radio. York was the very popular airborne traffic reporter on KTLA Channel 5 for 13 years, until she and the station parted ways in 2004.

I Files: New investigative reporting YouTube channel

The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley will curate the new YouTube channel, billed as "a hub of the best investigative reporting from around the world." It's funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Video contributions are expected from ABC News, BBC, The New York Times, Al-Jazeera and others.

Gavin Polone dares Nikki Finke to go after him

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Rather than be just another Hollywood type who complains about the unprofessionalism and blackmail of the Deadline founder, the ex-agent and producer dares Finke to prove her clout.

Yahoo asks a funny question: Villaraigosa for president?

avparis.jpg I'm assuming there's no actual impetus for the story, other than a lazy sidebar to the symbolic role Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been cast in for the Democratic convention later this summer. He does says in the story that he would like to be governor.

Guy Adams returns to Twitter after NBC retracts complaint *

guyadams.jpg "Did I miss much while I was away?" the Los Angeles bureau chief for The Independent tweets after Twitter lifted his suspension. Twitter sent an email notifying Guy Adams that NBC had dropped its complaint about Adams posting the email address of a network executive as part of an Olympics rant.

John Bogert, Daily Breeze columnist with cancer was 63

john-bogert-mug-breeze.jpg John Bogert is the South Bay columnist who announced in his final column last month in the Daily Breeze that he had stopped treatment for his colon cancer. The paper has just posted the news that Bogert died Sunday afternoon at home in Pasadena.

LA Times adds three more entertainment reporters

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

LAT's Rainey moves back to politics

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

Times debuts new global population series

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

Oops o' the day *

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

Central Coast politician tries to bully news site

george-ramos-calcoast.jpg Cal Coast News.com, the website that the late journalist and professor George Ramos was leading when he died last year, says that a San Luis Obispo County supervisor is pressuring advertisers and sources to shun the site.

Things looking bad for KPFK, Pacifica

kpfk.jpg The Pacifica Foundation's head office has notified the network's five local radio stations, including KPFK here, to prepare for deep cuts in budgets and staffing. The latest alarms at the perennially strapped stations were apparently prompted by an audit of the books that concluded there is “substantial doubt” that Pacifica can "continue as a going concern.”

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

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Tribune's plan, endorsed by several of the company's largest creditors, would transfer ownership of Tribune Company — owner of the Los Angeles Times, KTLA and numerous other media outets around the U.S. — to a group of hedge funds and banks based in LA and New York.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal had two staff photographers, Todd Rogers and Robert Levins. They have been cut loose in favor of freelancers and pictures taken by reporters for the legal paper. New cameras are on order, editor David Houston says in his note to the staff this morning.

Scientology reveals plans for Sunset Boulevard studio

kcet-studios-sunset.jpg KCET's longtime home near Sunset Junction, turned over to the Church of Scientology in April, will become the home of a religious broadcasting center to promote Scientology teachings over TV, radio and the Internet. No timetable was given.

Ina Jaffe gets new beat at NPR West

inajaffe-npr.jpg NPR national correspondent Ina Jaffe is taking on the newly created aging beat, starting today. "In this new role, Ina will cover all aspects of aging: from finances and work life, to health care, relationships and the broader demographic realities facing the country," says an NPR spokesman.

KCET will team with 'Globe Trekker' on LA show

zay-harding.jpg "Global L.A." debuts July 24 at 8 p.m. on KCET and will be "examining the region’s ties to a number of destinations and cultures around the world," the station says. Zay Harding will host.

Philip Fradkin, author and journalist was 77

phil-fradkin.jpg Philip L. Fradkin, a native New Yorker who I believe became the first environment reporter at the Los Angeles Times, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Point Reyes Station. After the Times he went on to write numerous books about California and the West, focusing on earthquakes, water, history and the natural environment.

David Brancaccio gets another 'Marketplace' show

brancaccio-apm.jpg Many of us still remember David Brancaccio as the host of LA-based "Marketplace," and now he will be host of "Marketplace Tech Report." He'll be doing the tech report from New York City.

Traffic building the Patch way: UFOs and plenty of them *

patch-UFOheadline.jpg Ordinary skywriting turns into a headline and story about UFOs at Laguna Niguel Patch, with a bunch of related links for past local stories about — UFOs. And the comments go biblical.

LANG newspapers get a new top editor

Michael Anastasi, managing editor of the Salt Lake City Tribune, takes over August 13 as Vice President and Executive Editor of the Los Angeles News Group. He spent 11 years as a sports editor for LANG and the Daily News before he went to Utah.

On Aaron Sorkin, television and repeating oneself

emily-blunt-newsroom.jpg In a piece being well received at the Los Angeles Review of Books, television critic Phillip Maciak calls Aaron Sorkin "one of the only commercially bankable and socially conscious screenwriters now working; his writing style is fast, fluid, and instantly recognizable..." And yet.