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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hot ticket: Aaron Kushner to talk about LA newspapers

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg The topic of the Zócalo Public Square panel scheduled March 10 at the Petersen Automotive Museum is "What kind of newspaper does Los Angeles deserve?"
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.
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?

First video ad for the Los Angeles Register

la-register-ad-grab.jpg This is the first promotion I've seen for the LA Register. It ran on the video scoreboard at Dodger Stadium before the Kings-Ducks game tonight.

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.

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.

Mariel Garza to leave as LA News Group opinion editor

mariel-garza-lang.jpg Garza is going to Sacramento to be the... — well, you have to click and go inside to get her new job.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

LA Times printing plant photos

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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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."

Another newspaper home goes on the market

riverside-pe-bldg.jpg The Riverside Press-Enterprise is the latest California newspaper to decide that it no longer needs the cost and hassle of its own building. Riverside County has agreed to buy it for about $30 million.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LAT's Lakers blogger jumps to newly digital LANG

Mark Medina has been overseeing the Lakers blog at LATimes.com, one of the site's biggest draws, for the last couple of years.He will now be covering the Lakers as a best writer and multimedia reporter for the Los Angeles News Group and its papers.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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...
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gold medal in online newspaper info graphics

nyt-graphic-usain-bolt.jpg The New York Times graphic comparing Usain Bolt's run in the Olympics 100-meter race to previous winners — back to 1896 — is something to see. Watch 'One Race, Every Medalist Ever'
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.

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.

Shrinking Freedom Communications notifies 66 of layoffs

The affected employees are not on staff at the Register but at other Orange County units of the parent company.

The successful life pursuits of ex-newspaper people

A laid-off newsman starts Newspaper Alum to tell the stories of those who have blazed a new path. Plus: Relaunch for the food site Zester Daily.

Lifted the print LA Times lately?

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

LANG to print more papers in Orange County

The Inland Empire-area papers of the Los Angeles News Group are leaving their relatively new printing plant and will now be run off the presses at the Orange County Register. Plus: the San Bernardino Sun will actually move a newsroom back into the city's center.

Daily News, other LANG papers merge management

The gradual blurring of the lines between the MediaNews Group newspapers in Southern California is taking another step. Top editors will now oversee news gathering at all nine newspapers.

Daily Journal editor kudos on McCourt investigation

David Houston, the editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, has some nice words in a newsroom note this morning for departing reporter Casey Sullivan (see today's LA Observed Morning Buzz) and for reporter Ben Adlin. The latter scribe gets credit from the boss for yesterday's scoop on the federal investigation of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Read the memo

USA Today sports jobs: specialization now the rule

Dave Morgan, the former LA Times and Yahoo sports editor who has just overseen a massive change in personnel at USA Today, explains that it was about getting the right kinds of journalists in the right places for the future.
jackie-lacey-courthouse.jpg Not a good day on the newspaper editorial pages for City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who wants to be seen as the frontrunner in the district attorney race. "Trutanich is not the disaster portrayed by many of his critics," the Times says, adding the inevitable but.

LA Youth says $187,000 keeps teen paper alive

save-LAYouth.jpg Donna Myrow, the founder and executive director of the nonprofit that publishes LA Youth, emails: "We've received $187,000 from individual donors. Fundraising continues and the presses roll next week [on] the May-June issue." Statement from her inside.
The Register's news mob swarm of the Angels' season opener worked so well that they're doing it again next month when Disney's California Adventure relaunches.

Two strong testimonials for saving L.A. Youth

layouth-icon.jpg Donna Myrow, the founder in 1988 of the teen-written free newspaper L.A. Youth, is telling anyone who will listen that the paper is facing financial calamity this month. Two alumni of the paper offer compelling arguments for finding the money, somehow — especially with the anniversary of the riots so prominently on the city's mind.

Read the memo: LA Times celebrates its circulation numbers

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

Register replaces one interim publisher with another

Ken Brusic, editor and senior vice president of The Orange County Register, was named interim publisher Tuesday, succeeding the interim publisher who got the temporary job last year

Register's Angels mob shows results

Those plans we told you about last month to swarm the Angels' season opener with a "news mob" turned out just fine.

Correction o' the day

From the Daily News regarding a duplicate Al Martinez column.

OC Register plans to "news mob" the Angels opener

Read the memo about the newspaper's unprecedented mobilization for Albert Pujols' first day on April 6.

Lou Grant regaling the LA Daily News staff

asner+at+daily+news.jpg Fun photo of Ed Asner with city room staffers circa 1980 — and plans for a big reunion of Daily News alumni.

Times goes back into Orange County

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

Parent of La Opinión now part of Argentine group

monica-lozano-grab.jpg ImpreMedia has agreed to a strategic partnership with US Hispanic Media Inc., a subsidiary of Argentina’s S.A. La Nación, which will become the strategic and controlling shareholder of the company.

Programming notes: Kenny Burrell on KCET, Valley Times photos

vt-driveinchurch.jpg At 9 p.m. tonight KCET's new Open Call series is airing a documentary I helped produce on UCLA professor and jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell. Then on Saturday, I'm showing photos from the old Valley Times newspaper at the Central Library.

New owner of San Diego paper is bad news

A page one profile on Sunday featured an advertiser whose son is married to the daughter of the paper's new owner.

LA Times puts up a web paywall *

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

Jerry Roberts may finally have won in Santa Barbara

Jerry_Roberts.jpg A state Court of Appeal has affirmed an arbitrator's ruling that Wendy McCaw owes former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts $900,000 for all the crap she has put him through.

New president named for LA Newspaper Group

Jack Klunder, the publisher of the Daily News, Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram, has just been promoted to president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Here's an idea: old media should be allowed to collude

news-boxes-lat-dn.jpg The best hope for newspapers online is a temporary, narrow anti-trust exemption to let publishers collude on a web pay wall, says a former reporter now at UCLA Law School.

New York tabloid headline o' the day

moldovan-woman.jpg Chicken of the sea.

Historic newspaper used to cover a window in Torrance

herex-torrance-3.jpg Twenty two years after the Herald Examiner folded, its final edition papers over a new pizzeria.
scientology-sfvsign.jpg The Florida paper bills this weekend's package, The Money Machine, as its latest of 13 major investigative stories about the Church of Scientology since June 2009.

Three LANG papers get new management structure *

When Daily News editor Carolina Garcia was named editor over the Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram as well, it seemed pretty clear more moves were coming. Now they have come.

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

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

Doug Krikorian set adrift by Press-Telegram

doug-krikorian.jpg The longtime L.A. sports figure has been laid off.

Monthly staff evaluations coming to Daily Journal *

Editor David Houston's latest memo nforms DJ reporters they will now be evaluated in writing every month, on the quantity and quality of their output.

LANG papers begin the inevitable consolidation

Carolina Garcia, the editor of the Daily News, will now be the executive editor for the Daily Breeze and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach as well.

Daily News loses features and food editors

The note to the staff from Daily News editor Carolina Garcia doesn't make clear if this is downsizing, but it's being taken that way.

Daily News celebrates 100 years in the Valley

dn-100-panorama.jpg It was on this day in 1913 that the pop-up town of Van Nuys — located at the intersection of a vast former wheat field turned dustbowl and a sandy seasonal flood wash — got a newspaper.

OC Register changes publishers

On Monday, the Register's general manager, Michael E. Henry, was named interim publisher.

Daily News publisher adds Breeze, P-T

jack-klunder-mustang.jpg Officially, Jack Klunder is now publisher of the Los Angeles News Group’s metro division.

Singleton's Bay Area papers 'rebrand'

The Oakland Tribune, a fixture for decades, will now be grouped in with four other papers under one masthead: the new East Bay Tribune.

Newspaper spread visualized

newspaper-visual.jpg Stanford University's Rural West Initiative has a fine interactive map showing the spread of newspapers across the United States from 1690 to today.

Why people still subscribe to newspapers

chart3.jpg Ad Age survey provides some encouragement for the industry.

Daily News loses city editor...to Kuwait

John Miller and his wife are moving to Kuwait to teach, per today's memo from Executive Editor Carolina Garcia.

Daily Journal has openings again

Editor David Houston announced another exit with a pitch to come use his paper as a steppingstone. Read the memo to staff.

Ventura Star editor giving reader comments one last chance

Editor Joe Howry is tired of doing battle with the anti-social idiots who comment on the Ventura County Star website.

New newspaper spoof appears

the-final-edition.jpg The latest in the genre is The Final Edition, which aims at the New York Times. Tony Hendra, the former editor-in-chief of SPY Magazine, is behind it.

Curbed editor leaves for Daily News

Dakota Smith took over as Curbed LA editor in 2007 and guided the site to must-read status with a lot of original reporting.

Press-Telegram axes sports, photo and features desks

Those functions will move from the unionized Long Beach daily paper to the non-union sister paper the Daily Breeze.

Good looks at the L.A. Times

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

Conversations with Almena Lomax, journalist

rememberingalmenalomax_300.jpg BNill Boyarsky remembers the founder of the Los Angeles Tribune.

By one measure, L.A. Times is up

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

It's print journalism's awards season

Bunch of awards for journalists handed out today.

Rafu Shimpo functions as L.A. community center

rafu-logo.jpg The Rafu Shimpo website has, of course, gone heavily into disaster relief and communication mode.

Final bids for Register's parent company due

Tribune, MediaNews Group, and private-equity firms Gores Group and Plaitnum Equity are all said to be circling with Thursday's deadline to bid on Freedom Communications, the Wall Street Journal reports.

SoCal newspapers likely to join up, LAT media columnist says

James Rainey argues in his Saturday column that with the corporate owners of the Times, Register, Daily News and San Diego Union-Tribune each facing their own financial squeezes, the inevitable best hope is for them to stop competing.

Pay cuts for everybody at L.A. Newspaper Group

LANG-memo-2-2-11.pdf Managers will have their salaries reduced by 10 percent, other staffers by 5.5 percent starting Feb. 13. The cuts are "not temporary."

NYT takes a lite shot at the LAT

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

On the Valley's news wars of the 1960s

My posts on Dr. Martin Luther King in the west valley and mention of the late Valley Times newspaper led reader Jim Houck to point me to a Time magazine story on that newspaper in 1963.

What might be going on at MediaNews

With Dean Singleton looking to step down, there could be a merger coming between his MediaNews and Freedom Communications.

La Opinión newsroom unionizes

For the first time in the paper's history, dating to 1927, La Opinión reporters, photographers and videographers voted last week to join a union.

Dean Singleton to step down as CEO and chairman of MediaNews

MediaNews owns the Los Angeles Newspaper Group papers in and around Los Angeles, including the Daily News, as well as the San Jose Mercury and others in Northern California.

Ron Kaye to write column for LAT community paper

I'm not sure where Ron Kaye's grand plan to topple the L.A. City Council with a slate of candidates stands, but he'll be columnizing on Sundays in Glendale and Burbank.

After thinking it over, the Ventura County Star apologizes

Nearly two months later, the paper says eight men are not sex offenders and parole violators.

Daily News job posting for county beat

The Daily News is looking to fill the Troy Anderson opening at the Hall of Administration.

Mike Tetreault, letters editor was 66

Mike Tetreault was the longtime letters editor at the Daily News. He died last night after a long battle with cancer.

Furloughs back at LANG papers

Ten days without pay in the first three months of 2011 for our friends at the Los Angeles Newspaper Group newspapers, plus a reduction in vacation days.

Pete Seeger sings a song of newspaper people

"Newspaper men meet such interesting people," folk music icon Pete Seeger sings in this YouTube video.

Defending the pay wall

The Los Angeles Daily Journal already has the highest pay wall around separating its stories from the Internet, and it just got higher.

Financial Times wants California to legalize pot

An editorial in today's Financial Times urges California voters to pass Proposition 19: "the Golden State should vote to legalise dope."

Daily Breeze looking for an online editor

Here are the qualifications, just tweeted by the managing editor.

Daily News, LANG papers say circulation is up

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

Whitman stiffs Daily News, paper endorses Brown

Sounds as if Jerry Brown playing ball with the editorial board, and Meg Whitman declining, mattered in the end.

Daily News turns 100

dn-centennial.jpg The Daily News is celebrating next year's 100th anniversary with a series of centennial stories on the paper's and the Valley's history.

Newspaper actually adding a Sacramento reporter

The Mercury News in San Jose has stopped cutting for now and is looking to even add a Sacramento reporter and a Silicon Valley reporter.

Daily News endorses Fiorina

"It's time for a change," says the Daily News editorial endorsing Carly Fiorina over Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Daily News has a new crime database too

The Daily News today unveiled Under Arrest in L.A., which it calls "a list, updated daily, of felony arrests made by the Los Angeles Police Department over a 30-day period." Searchable by name, crime and other factors.

The local downside of AOL Patch

The AOL news sites are posing a threat to long-established but lesser-funded local news outlets around the L.A. area, says an LA Weekly story by Tibby Rothman.

Wall Street Journal names new L.A. bureau chief

Rob Guth, the Wall Street Journal's tech reporter based in San Francisco, is coming south to be Los Angeles bureau chief. Read the memo.

Sue Schmitt named editor of Press-Telegram

sue-schmitt-pt.JPG Sue Schmitt, the editor of the Daly Breeze from 2001-06, is returning to the newsroom grind as Editor and General Manager of the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The Hollywood Reporter to go weekly & glossy

thr-mag-cover.jpg Janice Min's Hollywood Reporter will switch to a weekly magazine next next month, the New York Times says. "A mix of analytical and feature articles and photo spreads, will be...

Police impounds in Bell not an LAT story

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

La Opinión and KPCC to host Boxer-Fiorina debate

The live debate between Sen. Barbara Boxer and challenger Carly Fiorina is set for Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. as part of the Patt Morrison show on KPCC.

Fire damages Press-Telegram building

press-telegram-fire.jpg The vacant former home of the Long Beach Press-Telegram was damaged by a fire Saturday afternoon that started near the old pressroom.

Register reporters to become more, uh, visible

The Orange County Register is going all the way, decreeing that reporters and columnists shall have new mug shots taken that will run with every story.

South Bay reporter signs off

One thing about all the newsrooms in town having blogs now is that when reporters leave, they have some place to say farewell.

New columnist lineup at Daily News

Kerry Cavanaugh, Al Martinez, Mariel Garza plus Doug McIntyre.
melanie-polk.jpg Melanie Polk writes that "I can still remember the look on my mother's face when my father came home one day in the '70s and said, 'We're in the newspaper business.'"

L.A. Times "mainstreams' hate speech, its columnist argues

gregory-rodriguez-thumb.jpg Op-Ed columnist Gregory Rodriguez observes in the L.A. Times today that even as the number of illegal immigrants has been dropping fast, the rhetoric of America's haters gets more and more nasty.

Garment & Citizen closing down

garment-logo.jpg Editor and publisher Jerry Sullivan has been notifying supporters and others all day that the July 23 issue of the Los Angeles Garment and Citizen will be the weekly's last.

Best LeBron newspaper page

lebroncleveland.jpg Visualeditors.com gathers up a bunch of today's LeBron James pages and nominates the Cleveland Plain Dealer's as best of show. Note the pointer to James' fingers and the label...

Hey, could you get a little more in that headline?

evening-herald-hed.jpg Posted to Twitter from the Evening Herald in Dublin, Ireland....

New York Times names a media writer

Jeremy W. Peters, who covers New York state government in Albany, takes over the New York Times newspaper and magazine beat as of June 1.

Lozano becomes CEO of ImpreMedia

Monica Lozano, the publisher and CEO of La Opinión, has been named chief executive officer of parent ImpreMedia

Los Angeles newspaper of 1907 skewers Supes

la-herald-cartoon-1907.jpg The design isn't much to brag about, and they were partisan to the max, but one thing about the newspapers of Los Angeles a hundred years: they were chock full of news.

Daily Journal could be looking for editors

Two of the associate editors at the Los Angeles Daily Journal — Christian Berthelsen and Evelyn Larrubia — are going off on a couple of the most sought-after fellowships among print journalists. Only Larrubia is expected back, apparently. Read the memo.

End of an era: Register changes hands

freedom-monument.jpg Last night at the literal eleventh hour an email went out to all Register staffers postponing a big meeting planned for this morning. Eventually, the news was allowed to break. The newspaper's parent company has reemerged from bankruptcy, but with new owners.

Co-op for ex-LAT staffers expanding across U.S.

The Journalism Shop, created last summer to help unemployed former Los Angeles Times journalists find freelance gigs and other work, is opening up to experienced reporters across the country.

Daily Journal reporters still don't get the 9 a.m. thing

Los Angeles Daily Journal editor David Houston clearly has a thing about his reporters being at their desks by 9 a.m. He has memoed on it at least twice that...

Daily Journal memo: 'Our day begins no later than 9 a.m.'

Daily Journal editor David Houston breaks the news that the California Real Estate Journal will close, and reminds reporters to come to work on time.

Great balls of fire, they got the wrong Jerry

martin-lewis.jpg Reader Doug emails to say that both the Daily News and the Daily Breeze made note on page 2 of today's 84th birthday of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis. But, oops, he says the Breeze's photo showed the wrong Jerry Lewis

Beverly Hills makes ready for a celebrity mayor

delshad-cruz.jpg It's not quite the return of Will Rogers, but when Jimmy Delshad rotates into the office of mayor tomorrow he will become the country's highest-ranking Iranian-American public official. Again.

Bonuses in the Register newsroom

The editor's memo says the hard time aren't over, but that things are looking up.

Daily Journal doing some restructuring too

Our Friday newsroom buzz about the Daily Journal closing its Washington bureau was half wrong (or half right, if you prefer.) Read the memo.

More layoffs at Ventura Star

A few more editors and web people got the word today, according to staffers.

Union-Tribune goes with online guy as editor

The San Diego Union-Tribune has nabbed Jeff Light from the Register in Orange County to be editor and vice president.

News desk massacre in Ventura

Current and former staffers of the Ventura County Star are chattering on Facebook that the paper's entire news and sports copy desk was informed yesterday that their jobs are moving this spring to Corpus Christi.

Best local location for a Super Bowl commercial

Former inmates at the Daily News' offices in Woodland Hills recognized the dark, old newsroom — cleaned up for Career Builder.com.

ESPN/LA hires have domino effect in local market

When ESPN staffed up its local operation in Los Angeles, it hired several staffers from the Daily News and Los Angeles Times. The result has been some promotions and hiring at those papers.

MediaNews bankruptcy: what now?

Dean Singleton's MediaNews, publishers of the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Press-Telegram, SGV Tribune and other local newspapers, is taking the pre-packaged bankruptcy route in hopes of survival with Singleton in...

Compton Bulletin hit by fire

Picture 8.png The weekly's offices will be closed for about two weeks but publication will continue uninterrupted, says editor Allison Jean Eaton. The cause remains unclear. She writes about getting an unexpected...

Local paper suspends political columns

A controversy over plagiarism by unpaid political columnists has led The Signal to suspend the use of local columnists while it figures out a better way.

Daily News loses another reporter

Sue Doyle covered transportation until moving this year to the police beat after the Daily News lost its cops reporter. She's moving on, reportedly to freelance. The newsroom note this...

Greenberg on Editor & Publisher closing

EP credo.jpg Our editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg used to draw for Editor & Publisher and reacts to its closing on his blog at Cagle.com. Excerpt: Sure, it was just a trade...

Editor & Publisher shuts down

The chronicle of the newspaper industry has been around 1901. Kirkus Reviews, around since 1933, is also killed by owner Nielsen Business Media, which completed its sale of the Hollywood...

Daily News needs new online editor

Online Editor Ryan Garfat is leaving the Daily News to be one of five editors working on ESPN's soon-to-launch Los Angeles site, working out of the L.A. Live newsroom downtown....

Doug McIntyre moves to page 1

dougmcintyrethumb.jpg The recently disemployed KABC talk radio host is now a front page columnist at the Daily News twice a week — Wednesdays and Sundays. There's even a little ad campaign...

Oceanside, Afghanistan & the FT

semperfi.jpg Today's Financial Times carries a story from Oceanside, Calif. on the differences in opinion in town over sending more Marines from Camp Pendleton to Afghanistan. The story, by Los Angeles...

More cuts at La Opinión

Staffers are saying that the design staff was called into a meeting yesterday afternoon and told that editorial and ad design are being outsourced to an agency in Mexico. La...

Be the hardest-working reporter in L.A.

Actually, Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Daily Press is hiring a GA reporter. Full-time there means 10 to 12 stories a week, some holidays and weekends, and "if there’s a...

Bay Area gets another news outlet

What happens in a region when the dominant local newspaper starts to die? In the Bay Area, first the New York Times comes in with local pages, and starting tomorrow...

What about the HerEx building?

All this talk of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner closing led Curbed LA to ask, sensibly, what has become of the plans to renovate the old...

HerEx is gone, but there's still pizza

The editors who work late in newsroom of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune got a little scare last night. The pizza joint that keeps them fueled didn't answer the phone....

20 years ago: 'So Long, L.A.!'

herexfinal.gif I mentioned today's 20th anniversary of the Herald Examiner's demise in the Morning Buzz below, but now former HerEx editorial writer Joel Bellman is circulating this snippet. It's the editorial...

Whither the news on WWLA

Media reporter James Rainey of the L.A. Times, USC Annenberg professor Felix Gutierrez and former LANG executive Steve O'Sullivan talk with Warren Olney about the meaning of the latest bad...

Toni Sciacqua named editor of Daily Breeze

The managing editor moves up to the top job. From the story in the Daily Breeze: Sciacqua, 37, fills a position left vacant after former editor and interim publisher Phillip...

Kings hire their top blogger *

Sports teams everywhere are trying to figure out a way around the declining volume and quality of the free media they have long enjoyed. The Los Angeles Kings are adapting...

Michael Moore's big mouth

That would be the filmmaker Michael Moore, who can't seem to stop blathering about subjects he doesn't seem to know much about. At a news conference in Toronto, he accused...

Jobs for journalists

Variety is advertising for an editor of the daily paper and for an online editor to run the website. Also, USC Annenberg is helping to recruit a project manager "as...

Freedom to declare bankruptcy

The parent company of the Register in Orange County is expected to become the latest newspaper company to slide into chapter 11, the Wall Street Journal reports today. Freedom Communications,...

Reporter lands

Richard Serrano, a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times Washington bureau, and before that on the LAPD beat here in L.A., is joining the Las Vegas Sun as a...

Daily News goes for a new publisher

Jack Klunder was named publisher of the Daily News two weeks after leaving as circulation head of the Los Angeles Times. He starts Monday, replacing interim publisher Liz Gaier. Klunder...

New publisher at Daily Breeze and P-T

Linda Lindus most recently was publisher of the Daily News in Longview, Wash. Story in the Press-Telegram....

Hiring at the Daily News

The Daily News is looking for an online breaking news reporter to replace Jason Kandel, who is moving to KPCC as online managing editor. Job description is after the jump...

Daily Breeze editor flips

Phillip Sanfield announced in the newsroom (well, technically in the publisher's conference room) this afternoon that he's leaving as executive editor and interim publisher of the Breeze to become director...

Changes in WSJ bureau

Alexandra Berzon's addition isn't the only move this summer in the Wall Street Journal bureau here. I'm told that when Berzon arrives, Tamara Audi is expected to slide from casino...

News as endangered species

pomonacollegecover.jpg The current issue of Pomona College Magazine examines the future of news, drawing on journalist alums: Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times; Richard Pérez-Peña, who covers newspapers...

Job description of today's reporter

The job skills and responsibilities sought in a new county government reporter for the Register in Orange County could be a template for how out-of-work journalists should market themselves these...

Daily Breeze interim publisher

With publisher Mark Ficarra headed to San Diego, Breeze editor Phillip Sanfield will fill in as interim publisher. Newsroom note from the new president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group...

Local media transitions

Mark Ficarra is stepping down as publisher of the Daily Breeze to become a VP at the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Register has lost investigative reporter Norberto Santana Jr. and...

Ex-Daily News home available for filming

The offices in Woodland Hills that the Daily News gave up last year are being offered as a filming location. Previously on LA Observed: For lease: one newsroom Daily News...

Berg exits Daily Journal

It's not entirely clear to me who's leaving who here, but this much I know. Martin Berg, who was replaced abruptly last December as editor of the Los Angeles Daily...

Connelly's hero gets laid off, blogged

The-Scarecrow.jpg I just started reading Michael Connelly's latest Los Angeles mystery "The Scarecrow," and it feels hot off the presses. He's got the Rocky Mountain News shut down in Denver, newspapers...

Upside to the downside at newspapers

Author Frances Dinkelspiel has noticed that ever since the San Francisco Chronicle laid off dozens of reporters, the number of author and artist features in the paper has gone up....

Who's killing the Daily News

Former Daily News editor Ron Kaye has been building up to this post ever since he got fired last year, I suspect. With Ed Moss departing yesterday as publisher and...

Michael Wolff: Papers should die

Michael Wolff continues his ongoing rant about newspapers at Newser, arguing that most papers have surrendered their niche anyway and that better means of doing their job are readily available....

Singleton to charge for some web content *

Hard to see how this would apply to Dean Singleton's barely breathing SoCal newspapers, but here's the memo explaining MediaNews' plans to come up with some premium content that readers...

LA Sketchbook: The Kindle

sgKindle.jpg More by Steve Greenberg Steve is the editorial cartoonist for LA Observed. Bio and email...

Register starts blog about itself

The Orange County Register's communications manager is hosting a new blog to tell the rest of the story [aka the good news] about the paper and newspapers in general. Very...

Dodgers react to Tony Jackson layoff

I've updated this morning's post about the Los Angeles Newspaper Group dropping its Dodgers beat writer. There's also this on the blog of Dodgers VP Josh Rawitch, who sits with...

Subtract another Daily Journal scribe *

Cortney Fielding, the Superior Court reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, is leaving the legal paper to freelance and work on a documentary project. * Update: Catherine Ho, a...

Dodgers beat down to two fulltimers *

Tony Jackson, the Dodgers beat writer for the Daily News, has apparently been laid off, per KABC post-game show host Josh Suchon and chatter at SportsJournalists.com. Jon Weisman reacts at...

Swine flu strikes the downsized newsroom *

A SoCal newspaper editor passed along this fable, saying it came from a friend at the Denver Post. But I don't actually know who wrote it. (Update below.) One could...

Leaving the Daily Journal

Associate editor Daniel Yi has quit the L.A. Daily Journal to flack for the Port of Long Beach, and he left with an appreciative note to his colleagues about the...

Times cuts off L.A. Youth after two decades

You might think the Los Angeles Times would do pretty much anything to keep the loyalty of possibly the last teenagers in L.A. who still consume news in print. But...

Magazine down: Portfolio

Editor in chief Joanne Lipman broke the news to the financial magazine's staff this morning, citing financial reasons at Advance, the parent of Conde Nast. The mag's media blogger Jeff...

Senior editor out at Daily News *

Oscar Garza came aboard as senior editor/content — basically the same as managing editor — last August. He was caught in today's budget cutting and leaves at the end of...

Guild asks Daily News staff to cut their hours

The newsroom guild at the Daily News has gotten the word about Friday's latest round of reductions — and asked its members to voluntarily reduce their hours in order to...

Shrinking Daily News to lose 3 more reporters

A photographer and a graphic artist are also expected to be laid off by the end of the week, according to what the union has been told by management. Some...

Pulitzer for L.A. Times' Boxall and Cart *

Los Angeles Times Metro staff writers Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart won the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting, announced today in New York. The prize is for their Big Burn...

Error o' the week

dnbeatlespage.jpg It's not too often you see the Beatles misidentified, but the skeleton shop that is the Daily News managed the feat on the front page of yesterday's paper. Sorry, I...

Ethnic media not all rosy

NPR's "Morning Edition" carried a piece today that made the point that ethnic media are faring better than more traditional newspapers, radio and TV stations. It cited Univision's KMEX and...

Blog leads to story, then to help

wrigleyfieldcard.jpg Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth wrote last month on his blog about the old Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles and about the Wrigley Little League that plays now...

Vacation time stopped at LANG papers

This could just be what it is — or it could be a hint to examine your life's plan, in the way that a small heart episode can be a...

Psst, how about Arnold to start a newspaper?

arnoldharleysmall.jpg Author and Slate blogger Mickey Kaus has several friends at the Los Angeles Times, but for years he has been advocating the demise of the paper — partly in the...

I guess 'furlough' means everybody

Daily News top editor Carolina Garcia is out of the office this week on mandatory unpaid furlough. It's not just for hockey writers....

Newsroom furloughs are catching on

Add the Register in Orange County to the list of local media imposing unpaid time off on their workers. Staffers were told today to take off five days between April...

San Diego Union-Tribune sold

Nope, not to Sam Zell, Ron Burkle or Dean Singleton. Only time will tell if this is better for the paper and for San Diego. The buyer of the Union-Tribune...

Wait, Marines embedded with reporters?

Orange County Register staffers are being asked to let Marine Corps PIO's turn the tables a bit and do ride-alongs with the journalists. Here's the newsroom memo: From: Dennis Foley/OCR/FREEDOM...

Insult or injury — or both?

National Public Radio is canceling all of its newspaper subscriptions, opting instead to grab the stories it takes from print journalists off the web. Romenesko Memos...

Is collusion the answer for papers?

David Carr, the New York Times media writer, argues that newspapers should stop giving it away on the web and that the nation's publishers should be legally free to conspire...

LANG papers over their credit limit

Double whammy today in the Los Angeles Newspaper Group world. First, holders of the company-wide Media News Group credit card, called P-Cards, were notified to stop using the cards at...

Newspaper down: Rocky Mountain News

The Scripps newspaper in Denver announced today that it will publish tomorrow for the last time. The Dean Singleton-owned Denver Post immediately snapped up more than a dozen Rocky Mountain...

San Francisco Chronicle may sell or fold

Hearst posted the news that it will seek quick "significant" cuts to both union and non-union staff at the Chronicle. If enough savings aren't realized, the company says it will...

Hernandez blogs his own post-Oscar layoff

Greg Hernandez, laid off by the Daily News earlier today after finishing his Oscars coverage, blogged about it tonight at Out in Hollywood. He said the site will live on...

Cover the Oscars, get laid off

Daily News entertainment writer Greg Hernandez worked long hours posting a whole bunch of blog items on the Oscars yesterday and today — and now posts on Facebook that he...

Daily News re-lowers sights on the Valley

David Kronke, who covered television for the Daily News and wrote the paper's Mayor of Television blog, posted his final item today and said to watch for the launch of...

Farewell notes at the Daily News

This was the day that Daily News desk editors who didn't want to make the move to West Covina had their buyout applications accepted — a "tense and tearful day,"...

Traffic rising at newspaper websites

The most-visited newspaper websites — errantly labeled the "top sites" by the Nieman Journalism Lab — all posted big gains in readership in 2008. While the absolute numbers from Nielsen...

Layoffs at Daily News too

Newsroom staffers at the Daily News were called into a meeting late this afternoon with Editor Carolina Garcia and HR and told there will be layoffs next week. They were...

Update on newspaper angst

Newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times have been told to expect the newest layoff taps to be delivered Monday, amid talk that the numbers to be let go are...

Week without pay for LANG staff *

The Los Angeles Newspaper Group newsrooms (Daily News, Breeze, etc) have been told that everyone must take a week off without pay and pretty soon. More details to come. Update:...

New layoffs at Variety

Columnist-blogger Anne Thompson is among the layoffs to hit the trade today. "Today I got slashed from the ranks of Variety staffers along with some 30 people, most of whom...

Bargain Babe spins off after all

When Daily News reporter-blogger Julia Scott announced her Bargain Babe shopping blog, it sounded as if she would also keep writing her self-described less-edgy, less-personal blog for the paper. Nope....

New on the desk at Daily News

Senior copy editor Denise Swibold returns to the city desk at the Daily News, replacing departed assistant city editor Aron Miller. The note from city editor John Miller also has...

Praise for news in print, from Nixon's corner

Can't say I expected to read an eloquent tribute to the printed newspaper from John H. Taylor, an Episcopal priest and the longtime executive director of the Richard Nixon Library...

Journos in Long Beach get a contract

After two years of negotiations, the Long Beach Press Telegram and the SoCal Media Guild have agreed on a contract that includes a one-year moratorium on layoffs. The covered journalists...

Skewering the L.A. Daily Journal

Alan Mittelstaedt resigned last month as an editor at the Los Angeles Daily Journal. I hadn't seen him express his thoughts about the legal daily — until now. In response...

No more raises at Daily News *

A memo in the newsroom today says pay raises are suspended at the Daily News. It comes amid gossip about furloughs, pay cuts and other draconian steps to stop the...

Another theater critic out

Jm Farber wrote for the South Bay Daily Breeze for 16 years, serving as the paper's theater and arts critic. He was let go today, according to Culture Monster....

Hanes out as Daily News publisher, sources say *

Sources close to the Daily News say the newsroom has just been told that publisher Doug Hanes has left the company. No immediate word on a successor, if any. For...

More cuts across Singleton land

Guild blog The Stress Telegram has the background on the three journalists laid off today (by seniority in each department, I'm told) at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. There were also...

Life after journalism

Last year at this time, Brent Hopkins was a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and the guild shop steward/blogger called upon to keep the staff informed through waves...

Daily News layoffs: O'Connor, Dilbeck

Among the newsroom cuts at the Daily News are the editorial cartoonist Patrick O'Connor and sports columnist Steve Dilbeck, both fixtures in L.A. media. I'm told that today's layoffs will...

Newsroom cuts tomorrow at Daily News

Not the kind of email you like to see at the end of your shift. Long Beach gets in on these layoffs too. Email to staffers from the SoCal Media...

Another exit from the Daily News

Aron Miller, who recently served a stint as interim city editor at the Daily News, has given notice that he's leaving the paper and journalism. He's been on the Woodland...

First cost-cutting of new year *

Production and copy editing at all the Singleton papers in SoCal will merge into a universal desk to be based at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, I'm hearing. This means...

Media News drops 401k contributions

Staffers at the Daily Breeze came in to find the writing on the wall — OK, technically, the memo on the men's room door. The memo from Media News Group...

L.A. Youth teen roundtable

L.A. Youth, the newspaper "by and about teens" in Los Angeles, has posted video of a recent roundtable among teenagers from diverse backgrounds. "We thought what the teens had to...

Daily Journal turmoil continues

Two weeks after David Houston took over abruptly as editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, I'm hearing a lot of unhappiness out of the newsroom. Houston has reportedly been...

Correction o' the day

From the Daily News: An editorial in Tuesday's paper, "Turf war costly," incorrectly reported that the City Attorney's Office hired an outside law firm to sue the city controller in...

Wall Street Journal bureau gets chief

Gabriel Kahn, the deputy chief in the WSJ's Los Angeles bureau on Wilshire since the summer, gets the top job when Bruce Orwall heads for London next month. Kahn (they...

No neckties, but get to work by 9 a.m.

New Los Angeles Daily Journal editor David Houston must feel the newsroom needed some rules. "Male reporters won't be required to wear neckties and there is no story quota. However,...

New layoffs at Daily News *

I'm hearing at least three more newsroom exits today. Not sure where that leaves the Daily News, other than very thin. * Added: Glenn Whipp, film writer and critic for...

Cutting back in Bakersfield

I can't remember the last time I posted media news out of our esteemed neighbor to the north, Kern County. (Though the recent Ry Cooder and Mister Jalopy adventure in...

Berg out as Daily Journal editor

The Los Angeles Daily Journal newsroom was told this afternoon, in a very brief meeting, that editor Martin Berg is moving over to columnist and the new editor in chief...

Register to pay $42 million for carriers

Attorney Daniel Callahan announced that the Orange County Register has settled with his clients, 5,000 delivery carriers who filed a class-action suit five years ago over their employee status. The...

Signing off at Ventura Star

The Ventura County Star copy desk had a blog, until Patricia Marroquin was laid off. The former L.A. Times copy editor posts her farewell: Two years ago on Nov. 30,...

Daily News loses another reporter

Rachel Uranga is the latest to escape — er, depart — the shrinking Daily News of Los Angeles. City editor John Miller sent this email to the staff today: I'm...

Content squeeze at Daily Breeze

Monday and Tuesday papers will be cut in half, per this memo to the South Bay Daily Breeze staff from executive editor Phillip Sanfield. All, A heads up to a...

Daily News lays off 4, Haddock leaves

The way things work at the guild papers is the union for some reason announces who has been let go. So, Southern California Media Guild official Vicki Di Paolo has...

Union: DN layoffs by Friday

The guild at the Daily News says it's been told by the front office that there will be four newsroom layoffs, "possibly two today and two Friday." It was just...

Register to cut 110 people by Friday

Affected staffers are being told today and Thursday that they will be laid off, The Register's publisher Terry Horne announced today. They will get the companys standard severance package of...

Christian Science Monitor gives up daily printing

The century-old newspaper's circulation has dropped to 52,000 from a 1970 high of 220,000, so it will stop printing a daily paper and go web only. There will be a...

Singleton: outsource everything

Dean Singleton, owner of most of the Los Angeles-area newspapers that aren't part of the Times empire, said yesterday in a speech that his MediaNews Group is considering going to...

Layoffs in Riverside

I just received email saying the axe is being swung this afternoon at the Press-Enterprise....

Register plays the layoff card

Thirty positions to be eliminated at the Register tomorrow, the OC Weekly says....

Diversity hires at Daily News

Carolina Garcia, named the new editor at the Daily News in April, has been replacing staffers who departed since she arrived with more reporters and editors of color. I posted...

Patriotic ideals?

Today's L.A. Daily News letters page published this overtly political note from Richard B. Scudder, chairman of the board of MediaNews Corp., the company that owns the paper. Patriotic ideals...

Such a deal

Daily News staffers newly moved in to the Burbank Boulevard newsroom are happy to have windows and general cleanliness compared to the dark, dusty old offices on Oxnard Street. A...

More newspaper circulation tricks

Sure, the L.A. Times website uses cuddly animals, sex and celebrity photos to pump up the numbers, but that's so old school. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cuts right to the chase...

Daily News moves to new newsroom

Dennis McCarthy columnizes on the weekend move from the DN's (formerly) own building on Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills to rented space beside the freeway on Burbank Boulevard. It was...

SoCal media notes

Item 1: The Register may go tabloid (in size and shape, not necessarily in mentality), Publisher Terry Horne said today. He says it's 50-50 the change will happen. "I think...

Next out the Daily News door: Beth Barrett

Beth Barrett was a mainstay of the Ron Kaye era at the Daily News — and before — digging into city and county spending and other investigative projects. Today's exit...

Subtract another Daily News editor

This time it is City Editor Judi Erickson who decided the grass is greener outside the Dean Singleton newspaper universe. Memo from Editor Carolina Garcia: All, I'm sad to report...

New editors at Daily News

Mariel Garza moves up to editor of the editorial pages at the Daily News in Woodland Hills. Oscar Garza (no relation), formerly the editor of Tu Ciudad magazine and before...

Daily News drops anti-jeans dress code

You knew it was only a matter of time before the suits who run the L.A. Daily News realized last week's dress code was a dumb idea. Editor Carolina Garcia...

Casual Friday at Daily News

I'm told via email that "EVERYBODY is wearing jeans today in the newsroom of the DN. Heh-heh." Yesterday: No more jeans, or Weiskopf, at Daily News...

Reply from 'the free daily'

One of the writers leaving the L.A. Times emailed the contact address for the free newspaper supposedly starting up in Los Angeles with a staff of 75-100 and a Sunday...

No more jeans, or Weinkopf, at Daily News

The Daily News took a double morale hit today. First, Publisher Doug Hanes decreed a new dress code that proves the secessionst's main point: the Valley (or at least Woodland...

That free daily paper lives on

Sounds like everybody got kicked back yesterday emailing to that craigslist ad about a new newspaper forming in Los Angeles. But the ad has surfaced now in the classifieds at...

The craigslist fantasies begin

This went up today on craigslist, under writing gigs: We are going to launch a FREE daily newspaper here in Los Angeles. We will also be developing a companion website....

Chris Hedges on 'the loss of civic responsibility'

Truthdig's columnist writes: The decline of newspapers is not about the replacement of the antiquated technology of news print with the lightning speed of the Internet. It does not signal...

Peter Bart's theory on newspapers

The editor of Variety blogs: As another wave of Los Angeles Times staffers got their farewell notices last week, everyone seems willing to accept the notion that big city newspapers...

Daily Journal fills DC bureau

Reporter Robert Iafolla can put away his Pellicano case notes. He's been named the L.A. Daily Journal's federal government reporter based in Washington. Newsroom note from Editor Martin Berg: Please...

For lease: one newspaper

Staffers at the Daily News came to work today to find a new sign up in front of the building on Oxnard Street. It was previously announced that the plant...

Another exit from Daily Journal

I'm told that the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Supreme Court reporter in Washington, Brent Kendall, has left to join Dow Jones Newswire. He was at the DJ for five years....

Ex-reporter pens farewell to journalism

Shelly Leachman left the Daily Breeze last Thursday, and with it her career in newspapers (including a stint at the Santa Barbara News-Press in the Wendy McCaw meltdown years.) She's...

LANG loses another

Staffers at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune say that Metro Editor Edward Barrera resigned Thursday. He's reportedly moving back to New York after a stint in Guatemala. Barrera pioneered the...

Managing Editor next to ditch Daily News

Melissa Lalum's departure from the Daily News make it a clean sweep of the top editors who were there at the beginning of April. Editor Ron Kaye was shown the...

Mittelstaedt wins the point

A remarkable editorial in this morning's Daily News admits the paper got used in the news story earlier this week about DWP chief David Nahai offering up data on his...

Downtown News goes dot com

CurbedLA's sharp eyes spot a new sign on the building....

Register: Outsourcing editors to India

Copy-editing of some stories in the Orange County Register, as well as layout of a sister community paper, will be handled at a company in New Delhi starting next month,...

L.A. Press Club winners

Journalists of the year announced at last night's Los Angeles Press Club awards: Big print: Melissa Healy, L.A. Times Small print: Anat Rubin, Los Angeles Daily Journal TV: Antonio Valverde,...

Daily News shrinks again

Sunday's four-page Viewpoint section will collapse next weekend into two pages (to be labeled Opinionated) inside the front section. The Sunday Wall Street Journal section will also disappear, along with...

Sappell finds a calling outside journalism

Joel Sappell, who vented recently in the American Journalism Review about Sam Zell and other changes that led him to flee the Los Angeles Times, started today as Deputy for...

Missed a Daily News exit

I guess Josh Kleinbaum's last official title was director of audience development for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group websites, but he came out of the reporting ranks at the Daily...

Daily News loses another

I'm told that opinion columnist and Friendly Fire blogger Bridget Johnson has accepted an offer to become an editorial writer, columnist and member of the editorial board at the Rocky...

Next newspaper trend...

Not just fewer pages and sections, but fewer days of the week in print. The Daily Pilot in Orange County just dropped Mondays....

Front page political ad in Daily News

Stripped across the bottom of today's front page is a paid ad banner for a candidate in the 27th congressional district. The day before the election. The paper could make...

Our evolving newspapers

Tidbits from the print world... The Daily News continues to lose journalists to other pursuits. But Councilman Jose Huizar gains a press deputy. Today's newsroom missives from Managing Editor Melissa...

Ranking SoCal's newspapers *

I never know what to really make of this data, but Scarborough Research has released its 2008 Newspaper Audience Ratings Report. It aims to estimate, based on telephone surveys, how...

LANG papers hit by technical snafu *

It wasn't just the Daily News that failed to come out in full this morning. All the Singleton papers except for the Breeze and Press-Telegram [nope, them too] appear to...

More Register names

The toll of yesterday's newsroom cuts at the Orange County Register includes the sports editor and travel editor, a deputy editor and a design editor, among others. OC Weekly gives...

Register decrees "immediate" layoffs

Today's slash of 80-90 employees, or 5% of the staff, is the third round of layoffs in a year at the Register's parent. Declining advertising revenue is to blame, President...

Hollywood Reporter's new approach

The trade paper unveiled "a wholesale overhaul of its iconic brand," and it goes beyond just the design. Here's how The Hollywood Reporter itself explains it: "...a redesigned look and...

More blog glitches in LANGland

We're mentioned in the latest memo from Daily News online editor Ryan Garfat....

Trouble with the Daily News blogs

Gary Scott, formerly at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Daily Journal and now on the staff of Warren Olney's "Which Way, L.A.?" and "To the Point" on KCRW, blogs...

Kaye does sound like a pol

From ex-editor Ron Kaye's new blog: In my mind, it's time for people to make a stand for what they believe in, to act like the free people Americans are...

Singleton's choice of musty music

From AngryJournalist.com Angry Journalist #4033: Editor and Publisher reports that newspaper industry poohbahs gathered in Washington last night (April 14) for their annual conference. The big party - one hosted...

A layoff tale from the Daily News

Matthew Kredell was a Daily News sports writer who lost his job in the Feb. 29 payroll purge. A kid from El Camino Real High in Woodland Hills and USC,...

Expect more tpyos at Daily Journal *

Word out of the Los Angeles Daily Journal newsroom is that the legal paper lopped off its copy desk last night — the whole thing. I've heard it from a...

Carolina Garcia it is for Daily News

Garcia is the new executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. She was introduced in the newsroom this morning. Garcia, 53, comes to the Daily News after five years...

L.A. media types are talking about...

I've received a lot of emails since Friday repeating a sarcastic exchange between former Daily News reporter Val Kuklenski, who left in the newsroom thinning a month ago, and Dave...

DN calls Kaye exit 'resignation'

A story posted on the Daily News website quotes longtime City Hall reporter Rick Orlov and attorney David Fleming, who joined with the Daily News to help bankroll the Valley...

Ron Kaye's farewell email

Ron Kaye emailed the newsroom this note. The staff has been told to be on hand Monday morning at 10 am for the introduction of the next editor. Everyone: All...

Ron Kaye called 'last competent editor' in LANG

That's coming from Paul Oberjuerge, who lost his job as a sports columnist in the recent putsch so may not be the most objective observer. But he also worked for...

Bad month for dance coverage

First Lewis Segal, now Laura Bleiberg at the Register. Memo via email from the Orange County paper's online features editor after the jump....

Ron Kaye out as L.A. Daily News editor

Sources at the Daily News and outsiders close to Ron Kaye say he will be replaced by an editor from Northern California. Nothing official yet, but the announcement could be...

Correction o' the day

From the South Bay Daily Breeze: Correction about concert I am grateful for the very kind words by letter writer Rosemarie Persek ("SP event was inspirational," March 17) regarding my...

Cops-and-crime blogs spreading

Borrowing a page from Frank Girardot in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, adopted sister paper the Daily Breeze has launched its own crime scene blog. Reporters Larry Altman and Denise...

Trib's new innovations guy discovers journalism

Lee Abrams hasn't started yet, but writes another memo in which he gets all enthused thinking of original ideas...that newspaper and TV editors and website producers have been doing all...

Long Beach staffers protest

Two Long Beach city council members marched with Press-Telegram workers outside the beleaguered newspaper's offices yesterday. P-T, LB Report Also in Long Beach: Surgeons say they successfully repaired a hole...

Lessons of Long Beach

Writing as an alum of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, author and journalist Dennis McDougal bemoans the paper's downgrade in a Sunday Opinion piece for the LAT: In most parts of...

One more Her Ex reflection

Rip Rense attended last week's Los Angeles Herald Examiner reunion, but he found it too surreal and disorienting to see his old colleagues — and editor Jim Bellows — 19...

Herald Examiner slide show

For last week's reunion of Los Angeles Herald Examiner alums, organizer Alex Ben Block, columnist for Hollywood Today.net, and Josh Kleinbaum, managing editor of interactive for the Los Angeles Newspaper...

Blogs a big mistake for newspapers, Cuban says

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and media-savvy blogger, writes that the rush by respected publishers to re-brand their content as coming from bloggers "is easily one of the many...

Last great newspaper editor?

Ron Kaye, editor of the Daily News, delivers an homage on the paper's Op-Ed page to Jim Bellows, the editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner when Kaye was there....

Laid-off editor pleads to Stanford, Zell

Wes Hughes, a former editor at various levels of the Los Angeles Times, was a city editor and columnist at the San Bernardino Sun until last week's layoffs. In the...

Sports columnist blogs his firing

Paul Oberjuerge was writing his column for the San Bernardino Sun when he got the call. They were "eliminating the position of sports columnist for the Inland group. These days,...

Weekend media shorts

Couple of bad links fixed Sports columnist Paul Oberjuerge, science writer Elise Kleeman and former LAT editor Wes Hughes are among the staffers out of jobs in this week's round...

'Mandatory' meeting in San Gabriel *

Staffers at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, already reeling from firings yesterday, have been told to show up today: "Please arrange your schedule to meet here at the Tribune in...

P-T says we're still here *

An editorial in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram admits to challenges ahead, but says some of the fears about the paper's future have been overblown. Excerpt: The issue of the restructuring...

Future of SoCal journalism begins

After losing four sports staffers last week at the Daily News, the sports editor who doubles as writer of the paper's successful Kings blog had to ask for volunteers to...

Update from LANGland

Ten newsroom positions will be eliminated from Pasadena to Whittier "before the day is out," says ex-staffer Gary Scott at his blog. Other departments are losing key people as well....

Ranting about Long Beach journalism

Long Beach resident and LA Observed reader Ron Schweitzer sent a letter to the Press-Telegram explaining why the latest cuts there pushed him into becoming an L.A. Times buyer. His...

More layoffs today in LANGland *

One reporter each at the Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune so far, says former LANGland editor and reporter Gary Scott. More expected at the Inland Empire properties, he...

Village Voice Media loses in San Francisco

The Bay Guardian won its predatory pricing lawsuit against the SF Weekly, receiving about $15 million in trebled damages. Longtime BAG owner Bruce Brugmann had accused the New Times boys...

Daily News eliminates Sacramento bureau

Harrison Sheppard is returning to the Woodland Hills office, where he will do a mix of editing and reporting, the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert says. Sheppard went up to Sacramento...

Return to Corky's: the HerEx reunion

Alumni of the late Los Angeles Herald Examiner, as they called it toward the end, are gathering March 13 at the L.A. Press Club. The paper closed 19 years ago...

Film on News-Mess is ready to go

The documentary on Wendy McCaw's wreckage in Santa Barbara premieres Friday night up there. Filmmaker Sam Tyler, who will speak after the showing, says they thought about calling it "Will...

Long Beach columnist whiffs

In his first column since the newspaper he has headlined for 30 years was decimated, "Mr. Press-Telegram" Tom Hennessey took a deep breath and railed at the horrible injustice of...Sam...

Who's leaving the Daily News *

The Paper Trail, blog of the Daily News newsroom guild, names names and posts tributes to the staff who departed Friday. Included in the toll are Lisa Friedman, the paper's...

$5.2 million for Chinese Daily News staff

The newspaper based in Monterey Park was hit with damages, penalties and interest in the class-action suit won by reporters and other staffers last year. They had alleged long hours...

Press-Telegram essentially merged **

I'm told by a staffer that the positions of publisher and managing editor were eliminated today at the Long Beach Press-Telegram, along with the copy desk and most of the...

Hopkins chooses LAPD over newspapers *

* Rewritten at 2:40 pm with better info Brent Hopkins, the Daily News reporter who has been keeping everybody informed about pending cuts via his blog, took the buyout and...

Layoffs at Daily Breeze

Staffers who contacted me say nine positions at the Singleton-owned Daily Breeze were eliminated today, including four reporters, a web editor and a newsroom receptionist who were laid off. More...

Meetings and apologies at DN, but....

Tonight on The Paper Trail, the blog by Daily News reporter and union steward Brent Hopkins: In the morning and again in the afternoon, Kerry [Cavanaugh] and I met with...

Daily News alumni mourn for the paper

I've been hearing today from graduates of the Daily News who are concerned about the scythe being taken to what remains of the paper where they worked. (Some also are...

'Worst day ever...heartbreaking' at Daily News

Everyone I talked with agrees. And the actual layoffs won't be announced until Friday. Editor Ron Kaye gathered everybody around this afternoon, said he was sorry, and confirmed that 22...

DN staff expects imminent bad news

Amid signs that the severest cuts yet are coming this week at the Daily News, tonight's latest word to the newsroom staff from union steward Brent Hopkins: The rollercoaster continues....

Register-Singleton deal already done?

Nick Schou* thinks so and posts some intriguing evidence from a Singleton paper up north — how about a joint Media News Staff byline that includes a Register reporter's name?...

Daily News rumors: 'catastrophic' cuts

All newsrooms are skittish these days, but the atmosphere at the Daily News today sounds beyond morose. Staffers are gathering tomorrow night at the home of reporters Jason Kandel and...

News of the blogs

L.A. Now has gone live on LA Times.com, with posts on the news and the region from the recently hired Veronique de Turenne (yes, that one) and veteran Times staff...

Register publisher asks readers to understand

Terry Horne writes on the Orange County paper's blog that he's sorry so many readers are unhappy with recent changes in format and coverage, but "The Register is under economic...

La Opinin to endorse tomorrow

La Opinin confirmed the paper will endorse a Democratic and Republican candidate in tomorrow's edition, CandidatoUSA reports. The endorsement, first in the paper's history for a primary, will be posted...

Public editor lectures 'Pasadena Now'

"Rewriting someone else's stories is one thing. Simply stealing them word for word is another," writes Lawrence Wilson, public editor of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. His point is...

Breeze carrier crushed to death

Manuel Bogran of Inglewood died when he was pinned between his car and a parked car while delivering the Daily Breeze near Hawthorne this morning. Bogran had just turned 21...

New publisher at Daily Breeze — again

Liz Gaier lasted thirteen months at the newspaper in Torrance. So much for the South Bay roots that were touted when she arrived in December 2006. The Los Angeles Newspaper...

Meanwhile at the Register

I'm trying to keep a holiday schedule today to work on some website improvements, but there's also newspaper news from the Register in Orange County. It's killing the stand-alone Business...

You know the war is over when....

Back when there were newspaper wars between the L.A. Times and the Daily News (over the Valley), the Times and Register (over Orange County), and other suburban papers, this never...

Wendy McCaw, the film

The documentary "Citizen McCaw" bills itself as "the story of an epic struggle for the soul of journalism." It will debut in Santa Barbara on March 7, assuming it isn't...

Bad day at the Register

Another round of layoffs hits in Orange County, on top of the cancelled Christmas party and gutted 401-k contributions. Nick Schou at the OC Weekly and ex-Registerian Mayrav Saar at...

Dave Butler back in editor's chair

David Butler was editor of the Daily News in Woodland Hills until Dean Singleton bought the Detroit News and installed Butler as editor and publisher. That was in 2005. Now...

Judge rules against News-Press

An administrative law judge has ruled that wacky Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press did violate a number of federal labor laws and must re-hire — and give back pay —...

Regretting the error (in judgment)

Following the lead of sister paper the Daily News, the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily-Bulletin got hold of the salaries of county workers out there and decided to...

Change of guard at the Press-Telegram?

In a piece on semi-retiring Long Beach columnist Tom Hennessy, the District Weekly's Dave Wielenga says the Press-Telegram is losing local control in the consolidation of roles and content within...

Signal mad at itself

The Signal in Santa Clarita on Wednesday published a column and accompanying editorial cartoon skewering the manipulation of faith and politics. After some readers complained that the cartoon was offensive,...

The LA Sun/Star

After posting Wednesday's item about the newspaper that couldn't decide if it was the Los Angeles Sun or the Los Angeles Star, I heard from Editor in Chief Jeremy Meyer....

Yet another cheapie L.A. paper

The Craigslist posting is looking for recent college grads and interns — code words for low to no pay. Worse, the ad can't decide if the paper is the Sun...

Press-Telegram too

Rich Archibold, editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, announces the advent of the pages that his paper will now share with the Daily News in a note to readers. Earlier:...

New look at Daily News

The paper has been reorganized a bit. Stock tables are out, and there are new common pages to be shared among other papers in the LANG chain. Here's the editor's...

Daily News not delivered to most readers

Editor's note from Ron Kaye at the Daily News website blames the delivery glitch partly on the Santa Clarita fire: To our readers: Due to production problems at our printing...

Singleton speaks

Dean Singleton, the biggest owner of newspapers in the L.A. area, has sent his employees an eight-page status report on the health of the industry that is both upbeat and...

New story line at Daily News

On the same day that the Daily News unveils a newly designed website, the comic strip Funky Winkerbean kills off main character Lisa Moore with cancer. On Oct. 21, the...

Wendy's turn

Wendy McCaw finally took the witness stand to defend her reign of error over the Santa Barbara News Press. She contended that two veteran reporters were fired because of biased...

Clearing out at the Weekly

When Jill Stewart was forced on the LA Weekly as deputy editor by headquarters in Phoenix, there was much speculation on how her politically charged editing style would sit with...

City editor at Daily News

Memo to the staff from Editor Ron Kaye: Everyone: I'm very pleased to announce that Judi Erickson has been named City Editor. She succeeds Barbara Jones who is coordinating content...

LA Weekly goes Westside

Talk about culture shock. The LA Weekly is leaving its longtime physical and spiritual home on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood for a sad stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard...

News-Mess union becomes official

The National Labor Relations Board unanimously rejected a challenge by owners of the Santa Barbara News-Press and ruled that the union vote by newsroom staffers last year was proper. The...

Shrinking P-T

Rumors circulating in the L.A. Newspaper Group newsrooms talk of the papers and their staffs eventually being mashed into one universal operation with cookie-cutter front pages and, for journalists at...

Editor knows his OC media

Now I see better why Rich Kane returned to the OC Weekly as managing editor. Two years ago, he predicted the newly launched OCSqueeze would last two years. Well, yesterday...

Register editor: CP Smith not guilty

There's no question that CP Smith, A1 editor of the Orange County Register, was caught on camera picking his nose behind a TV set in the newsroom. Also no dispute...

So much for cutbacks

There's some chuckling going on in Singleton newsrooms over the front page of Tuesday's Wednesday's sports section in the San Gabriel Newspaper Group papers, San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley...

Giving the finger *

Anyone who has watched the regular KOCE reports from the Register newsroom in Orange County knows it's hard enough to get print schlubs to give good television. It's even more...

Outsourcing editors in San Gabe

The copy desk for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper group in the LANG empire — that's the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and I think they include Whittier —...

More pain at Register *

The boss announces firings in the Orange County Register's "content center" and asks people not to compile lists of the departing. Memo below. Question: They have a hockey rink?...

Dark day at Daily News

Zone coverage of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley will be eliminated, with resulting job losses via buyouts. The MediaNews bean counters have managed to almost make a pessimist of...

DN still sorry for Beetle Bailey

Editor Ron Kaye is still apologizing for cutting some comics beloved by the Daily News' declining (and apparently aging, based on their choice of comics) print readership. His latest editor's...

Breeze morale 'very, very low' *

One of the writers at the San Pedro blog Life on the Edge details some of the withering away occurring at the South Bay Daily Breeze since Copley sold the...

Don't see this every day *

The cover of Sunday's Viewpoint section in the Daily News is a full-page color illustration showing a naked and grinning Antonio Villaraigosa, fig leaf strategically in place, taking a bite...

Comics always win

When will newspaper editors get it? If you cut comics, readers scream — always. Sometimes by the thousands, costing you more in goodwill and circulation than whatever you hoped to...

Santa Barbara Newsroom shuts down

The union-backed project employing eight former reporters at the Santa Barbara News-Press to cover local news didn't make it. The staff posted a note saying that after three months, they...

Murdoch has tentative deal for WSJ

There's an agreement in principle for Rupert Murdoch to buy Dow Jones for $5 billion, but the Bancroft family's approval is still too close to call. It goes to a...

LA Weekly assigned new music editor *

The staff at the LA Weekly was informed that Kate Sullivan is out and the new music editor is Randall Roberts, who was sent west from Village Voice Media's Riverfront...

Mahony takes some questions

Chris Weinkopf at the Daily News opinion blog gets Cardinal Roger Mahony on the phone. Sample: I pressed him further: What is he taking responsibility for? What specifically did he...

Front page ads hit Chicago too

The Tribune begins them soon too, and there the memo trying to convince everybody that readers really want them comes from the publishing group president. Times staffers here got their...

LANG feature section debuts Monday

The new chain-ified print version of LA.com will run in the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Press Telegram and other papers in the group, says Laura Stegman at her PRLosAngelesMediaMoves blog....

Lou Cannon rips McCaw a new one

Longtime journalist Lou Cannon sums up the case against Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw in a lengthy open letter that runs in the Santa Barbara Independent. It follows another...

'Out in Hollywood' turns one

Greg Hernandez writes the only mainstream media blog in town (that I know of) devoted to gay Hollywood. His Out in Hollywood on the Daily News website is also one...

So much for local control

This week's LA Weekly letters page is more interesting than usual. Aside from the reader feedback there's a box announcing "an immediate opening for a full-time staff writer," presumably to...

'End of era' at LA Weekly

The Nation's Jon Wiener commiserates this week over the LA Weekly becoming less international, lefty and political. It's the other media takeover story in Los Angeles...When the Weekly was bought...

Register's publisher: Never mind

Earlier this month, Marti Buscaglia was announced as the new publisher of the Orange County Register. Not going to happen. Current publisher N. Christian Anderson III said today that she...

New jobs at San Gabe papers

The San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, part of the LANG empire, is moving people around and creating new positions. Larry Wilson fills the new job of Public Editor and will...

Her Ex art piece lives on

A David Hockney color offset lithograph, Untitled (Two Apples and a Lemon), that was a free insert in the Herald Examiner decades ago sold at auction this weekend for $1,200....

Pasadena Now in-sources

Remember all the free publicity that obscure weekly Pasadena Now got for saying it would out-source local reporting jobs to India? Well, now the paper has an ad on Craigslist...

LA Weekly dominates alt awards

The LA Weekly brought home seven first place ribbons from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards — best cartoon, column, photography, special section, website design, news story (short form) and...

Examiner coming to L.A.

Philip Anschutz could import his Examiner chain of local give-away newspapers to Los Angeles by the end of the year, according to Media Life, citing "a newspaper industry source familiar...

Watch out in Woodland Hills

Ed Moss, the new publisher of the Daily News, arrives after spending just ten months at the Akron Beacon Journal — and slashing the workforce there from 734 to 600...

Publisher out (and in) at Daily News *

John McKeon didn't last long in Woodland Hills — he bounced Tracy Rafter and took over just last October. No word yet where he's headed. The new guy, Ed Moss,...

Correction o' the day

Back in 2005 the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin retracted a statement about former NFL star Bo Jackson and steroids. It wasn't enough. This weekend on its website home page, the...

Departure from Daily News

Annie Hundley arrived just last summer to run valleynews.com, the citizen journalism part of the Daily News website. Not any more, says this staff email from editor Ron Kaye: everyone:...

New publisher at Register

N. Christian Anderson yields the publisher portion of his title to Marti Buscaglia, publisher of the Duluth News Tribune. She formerly worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and at La...

Rethinking at the Daily News *

City Editor Barbara Jones is being reassigned as part of a strategy to reconfigure how the L.A. Daily News gathers and delivers its content, online and in print. And, of...

Massacre at San Francisco Chronicle

Frances Dinkelspiel, author of a forthcoming book on L.A. pioneer Isaias Hellman (her great grandfather), tallies up the toll of veteran Chronicle editors who are exiting. She writes: You know...

New crime blog

Four Daily News reporters — Jason Kandel, Brent Hopkins, Rick Coca and Rachel Uranga — are contributing items to It's a Crime, with a Valley bias to the mix. Roll...

Internecine spat

Nikki Finke, apparently a main generator of traffic to LA Weekly's website, seems a mite upset that today's issue credits David Poland's Movie City News with a million visitors a...

Circulation, pt. 2

Just to finish the thought from yesterday, Daily News circulation dropped 7.3% from a year ago to 146,000. That's not good news in the already threadbare L.A. Newspaper Group empire....

Double whammy

Not only did L.A. Times circulation take another hit today — down more than four percent — but Editor & Publisher named N. Christian Anderson III of the Orange County...

'Grim saga for Santa Barbara'

This week's Santa Barbara Independent jumps all over News-Mess owner Wendy McCaw and her people's team of lawyers (which now includes Marty Singer) for the weekend smear of ex-editor Jerry...

More bad print numbers

The Wall Street Journal and USA Today will report slight bumps up in circulation next week, but the Orange County Register will be down more than 5%, Editor & Publisher...

Mud slinging in Santa Barbara (* update)

Wendy McCaw's News-Press ran a front page story today alleging that 15,000 pornographic images, including child porn, were found last summer on the computer hard drive of the former editor...

Changes — and jobs — at Times website

Couple of minor organizational twists were introduced today at LATimes.com. On the foreign page, a gathering of notes and observations from correspondents mostly in Latin America is being called La...

Breeze site good for something

LA Voice.org discovered that the abandoned pressroom at the Daily Breeze building in Torrance is full of marijuana plants. Relax — they're the fake variety brought in for the filming...

Profiling the new pubs

Jay Levin's forthcoming RealTalk LA (and RealTalkLA.com) will try to "reinvent the concept of a city magazine and create the next evolution of the local online community," the founder of...

Correction o' the day

Technically, I guess it's the booboo of the week because it was in last Thursday's LA Weekly issue. But I just noticed: The article Nasty Battle for Classroom Control [March...

Diversity committee: stop Register comments *

Word out of Orange County is that newsroom staffers at the Register have signed a letter protesting the posting of anonymous comments on the paper's website that libel, level racial...

News-Mess gets messier

The National Labor Relations Board plans to take action against Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press for illegally firing seven staffers who backed the newsroom union drive, and also will refer...

Register readers pile on obese mother

Coverage in the Orange County Register of April Branum giving birth — she weighs 420 pounds and didn't realize she was pregnant — became the paper's most viewed web story...

Another new LANG publisher

Larry Kline, a former Times marketing exec, takes over as publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News. Last week it was the Press-Telegram that...

New publisher in Long Beach

Dave Kuta, publisher and president of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, was moved across the Los Angeles News Group seating chart and just announced down in Long Beach as publisher...

First go the awards

Amid resurgent newsroom talk of personnel cuts by the end of the quarter — that's March 31 for you civilians — the Times this afternoon undermined staff morale a bit...

Help in Santa Barbara

Jerry Roberts, the top editor who resigned rather than doctor the news for Wendy McCaw at the News-Press, is asking for donations to help fight a $25 million arbitration claim...

McCaw lives in Fantasyland

An internal memo at the Santa Barbara News-Press lays out owner Wendy McCaw's version that everything that has happened to her paper — the mass resignations, complaints about her ethics,...

Not an auspicious start

On the same day that the editor was given a better parking spot in the Times garage, Hoy was forced to run a "to our readers" editorial sheepishly doing the...

New look for New York Observer

Still salmon in color, but tabloid in form and with shorter thumb suckers. Here's a photo at Eat the Press....

Three Five Six more News-Press reporters fired

Dawn Hobbs, Barney McManigal, and Rob Kuznia had participated in a Friday rally in which current and former employees hung a banner from a bridge over U.S. 101 saying "Cancel...

Lacey makes an impression in OC (* updated)

Village Voice Media executive editor Mike Lacey showed up yesterday at the OC Weekly offices and created some ruffled feelings. Lacey brought along VVM executive managing editor Christine Brennan and...

OC Weekly editor gives notice

Will Swaim, founding editor of the OC Weekly, told the staff today that he's leaving. He didn't specifically address the New Times ownership, but he's thought to have tired of...

Little slice of Her Ex culture

Tom Plate has a singular L.A. media distinction. He was the editorial page editor at the Los Angeles Times toward the end of the Chandler ownership era and, previously, at...

The other newspaper-family squabble

The Washington Post's Frank Ahrens looks into a Southern California tale of a disgruntled newspaper family selling to private equity buyers and the cutbacks that followed — but his subject...

Kicker to a hellacious year

Jerry Roberts' 2006 included leaving as editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, gaining unwanted national media attention, paying lawyers to defend himself against Wendy McCaw and being operated on to...

Wendy McCaw saga continues

Never a dull moment on the Wendy McCaw/Santa Barbara News-Press beat. Today the American Journalism Review posted its response to her lawyers' complaint about the recent AJR story on the...

Super sports editor *

The Los Angeles Newspaper Group has posted an opening for an executive sports editor to oversee the sports coverage at all nine papers in Southern California. The papers already share...

Further thoughts on the future newspaper

The newly re-designed and re-conceived Wall Street Journal got a thoughtful review from Mark Lacter on Wednesday at LA Biz Observed. Today it's Tim Rutten's turn in the Times. He...

Backhanded compliment

Time magazine credits convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff with one of the quotes of the year: "God sent me 1,000 hints that he didn't want me to keep doing what...

Breeze stories on itself

Saturday's Daily Breeze ran this photo of Dean Singleton addressing the staff, along with a main story about the day's big news in the South Bay. Including the Breeze within...

Daily Breeze sale done (* updated)

The website immediately slows down to molasses. Hearst's purchase includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula News, The Beach Reporter and More San Pedro. Dean Singleton's MediaNews will operate all of the...

Breeze sale to close Friday *

Hearst filed a legal document today that says it will buy the South Bay Daily Breeze from Copley, then sell the Breeze to Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group along with the...

Another shoe drops in Santa Barbara

Randy Alcorn, chief financial officer for the News-Press for 23 years, was escorted out of the building just before he could quit in exasperation with Wendy McCaw. Alcorn told his...

New delay on Breeze deal?

Staffers at the South Bay Daily Breeze were previously told to switch to a new, post-Copley ownership timecard as of Sunday. That directive has been cancelled: Subject: Timecards All employees,...

Breeze deal semi-revealed

The South Bay Daily Breeze will fetch just $25 million and end up in the hands of Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group via an indirect route, according to the San Jose...

Restoring the wall in Santa Barbara

No, not that wall: the whims of owner Wendy McCaw and her boyfriend still influence news coverage at the Santa Barbara News-Press. But outside the paper's beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival...

Daily News teams with Yahoo

Daily News owner MediaNews and six other newspaper publishing groups, including Hearst and Belo, announced a new partnership with Yahoo on Sunday. The papers and Yahoo will share job ads,...

Santa Barbara mess explained

This month's American Journalism Review reconstructs the abrupt decline of the Santa Barbara News-Press under owner Wendy McCaw and her boyfriend, now calling himself the Baron Arthur von Wiesenberger but...

Register's new investigative editor

The Orange County Register has found its replacement for Mark Katches, who announced in September that he was leaving his post as Senior Team Leader/Watchdog Journalism — and leaving the...

Lacey speaks on Stewart

The editor's office at the LA Weekly sent over this letter from Mike Lacey, executive editor of Village Voice Media, taking issue with my coverage (and with ex-Weeklyite Harold Meyerson)...

Scene at the Weekly

Yesterday's upheaval at the LA Weekly — first detailed here — sent observers of the paper and staffers buzzing into the night about what the future holds. At the afternoon...

Big turmoil at the Weekly *

News editor Alan Mittelstaedt is out and controversial columnist Jill Stewart is coming in to edit local news coverage. Mittelstaedt pushed the recent story on Miguel Contreras's death and has...

Daily News off 10%? *

A source outside the Los Angeles Newspaper Group who has been reliable before says the Daily News suffered a scarier circulation plunge than even the drop at the Times: down...

Wendy fires her union head

The unraveling of the Santa Barbara News-Press continues. The paper has fired 21-year veteran reporter Melinda Burns, one of the few journalists to stay on after the Wendy McCaw meltdown,...

LAT tops in circ drop

Among big-city newspapers, only the Miami Herald (8.8%) lost a bigger percentage of its daily readers than the Los Angeles Times (8%) in today's new numbers. The Times, of course,...

Emigrado versus inmigrante

Is La Opinin spinning its coverage of the scare letter sent to Orange County Latinos by Republican congressional candidate Tan Nguyen? Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly raises the question...

Departing the Register

Former L.A. Times reporter Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has been reporting on Sacramento and politics for the Orange County Register for the last little while, but she may need to pick...

Daily News likely to lose slots

Brent Hopkins at the Daily News union blog says there was another meeting yesterday between editor Ron Kaye and executives at the parent Los Angeles News Group. While productive, he...

Dead-tree L.A. journalism update

Going into the weekend here is some follow through on the Times and Daily News situations: LAT petition: In an email to the newsroom, Times investigations editor Vernon Loeb says...

Rumors swirling in Singleton empire (* updated)

At the same time that Dean Singleton's MediaNews is said to be one of two potential buyers closing in on Copley's South Bay Daily Breeze, the Los Angeles Newspaper Group...

Great minds and all that (* updated)

On the left, last week's Pasadena Weekly Best Of cover. On the right, this week's LA Weekly Best Of cover. Some see at least a stylistic resemblance. * Update: The...

Friday desk-clearing

Time to catch up on some media moves. Already told you this week about the demise of the Los Angeles Alternative, Harold Meyerson leaving the LA Weekly, and Tony Castro...

Not even close

Remaining staffers at Wendy McCaw's Santa Barbara News-Press voted 33-6 to join the Graphics Communications Conference of the Teamsters Union. McCaw immediately attacked the Teamsters, saying the union was in...

Going truly alternative

Rather than just fade away after it ceases printing on Friday, the Los Angeles Alternative plans to keep hope alive by publishing on the web. Not just a token presence,...

L.A. Alternative, R.I.P. (* updated)

Another Los Angeles weekly paper bites the dust. This week's L.A. Alternative will be the final issue. In print form anyway. The letter to writers from owner Martin Albornoz suggests...

Huntington gets La Opinin files

La Opinin and the Huntington Library announced today that the newspaper's archives are moving to San Marino. Photographs, newspapers, memorabilia, awards and original documents from the first eighty years of...

Old media sell-off

On the same day that Time Inc. announced it will try to sell eighteen magazines — including Popular Science, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and Parenting — the New York...

More News-Press shenanigans

Journalists at the Santa Barbara News-Press are holding another press conference outside the newspaper today, this time to complain that eleven staffers have been suspended for trying to present a...

Voice axes Christgau (* updated)

Robert Christgau, whose own website uses the descriptor Dean of American rock critics, was fired in a putsch of Village Voice staffers. He has covered the music scene since 1967...

Inland Empire Weekly deal

Southland Publishing, which owns L.A. CityBeat, ValleyBeat, Pasadena Weekly and the Ventura County Reporter, acquired the relatively new Inland Empire Weekly. Publisher Jeremy Zachary, editor Stacy Davies and managing editor...

Santa Barbara Nine get award

Nine of the journalists who resigned from the Santa Barbara News-Press rather than go along with the questionable decrees of owner Wendy McCaw will receive an Ethics in Journalism tribute...

Daily News prepares to expand online *

The fifteen "InsideSoCal" staff blogs fed mostly out of the newsroom in Woodland Hills — and the absorption of LA.com — were just the beginning for the Daily News' online...

Reprise by editor's prerogative *

I was burrowing through the LA Observed archives and came across this Correction o' the Week from 2005 and thought it deserved renomination for the Newspaper Correction Hall o' Fame....

Broad, Geffen and Burkle still want LAT *

Each of the local billionaire media moguls-in-waiting — Eli Broad, David Geffen and Ron Burkle — sent separate letters to the Tribune Company board this month expressing interest in buying...

McCaw sets record 'straight'

Santa Barbara News-Press owner and co-publisher Wendy McCaw delivered another missive to readers today claiming that she's the victim in the explosion of upset over her journalism ethics. She says...

Register unveils an OC tabloid

The OC Post launches Aug. 21 as a six-day, full-color home-delivered tabloid that will feature many of the stories and columns that run in the Register, "but in a shorter,...

News-Press spokesman off the case

Sam Singer, the San Francisco PR attache for Wendy McCaw and the Santa Barbara News-Press, is described as "resigning" — and won't say why — in today's Leah Garchik column...

Blogging Santa Barbara

On his Angry Poodle blog at the Santa Barbara Independent, Nick Welsh breaks the news that ex-News-Press columnist Barney Brantingham has been served with a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stop...

Santa Barbara rally photos

From Associated Press and Yahoo in the post below....

News-Press reporters tape mouths shut *

At today's demonstration and rally outside the Santa Barbara News-Press offices, I'm told that most of the paper's reporters many newsroom staffers including several reporters stood by with tape over...

News-Press reporters unionize, confront publisher

It was a big news day around the Santa Barbara News-Press situation. Here is some of what I've confirmed tonight: Star investigative reporter Scott Hadly joined the exodus, according to...

Add Santa Barbara

The News-Press has posted openings for reporters, design editor, business editor and assistant city editor on JournalismJobs.com. The biz editor needs two whole years of experience. You can bet they...

News-Press names new editors

Top jobs are still open, but the acting publisher whose DUI case was ordered covered up promoted three editors from within and named a "contributing business editor." Business Wire release,...

How to become a national joke

Steve Greenberg in the Ventura County Star nails the Santa Barbara News-Press situation. Link. Up on State Street, meanwhile, sports editor Gerry Spratt has also resigned from the News-Press (that...

Media massacre in Santa Barbara *

Heiress Wendy McCaw bought the Santa Barbara News-Press in 2000 and for the past few months has outraged her editors and reporters with demands that advertisers and friends be given...

Copley exploring sale of Breeze

Copley Press Inc. of San Diego says it is "exploring strategic alternatives" that could include selling the Daily Breeze, Palos Verdes Peninsula News and The Beach Reporter. Not just talk—the...

Going historic

CityBeat and its parent company, Southland Publishing, are moving on up. Southland closed escrow on the gorgeous former Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles branch at 5209 Wilshire Boulevard, just...

Buzz on Wemple

Gawker hears a bit more detail about what soured Erik Wemple on the job of running the Village Voice under Mike Lacey and the New Timesniks. Yesterday, you might remember,...

Village Voice editor changes his mind

Not that folks at the LA Weekly should be alarmed or anything, but once Erik Wemple got to the Village Voice he decided he didn't want to be editor after...

New DN blogs

Mariel Garza has moved her observations about riding the bus from her personal blog onto a sanctioned Daily News spot. Steve Rosenberg, a copy editor on the Daily News features...

McClatchy deal done

Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group gets the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times. In a complicated arrangement, Hearst buys the Monterey Herald (and the St. Paul Pioneer Press), and...

Podcast of Biz Journal

Editor Charles Crumpley has started reading highlights of the coming week's Los Angeles Business Journal. In the issue dated April 24 are stories on, among other things, William Morris making...

Pulitzer highlights

Perhaps there was something to the John Carroll effect. In the first year that the Pulitzer-board favorite is not editor of the Los Angeles Times, the paper is shut out...

Bean counting in Woodland Hills

Human resources honchos at the Daily News don't have a grasp on how newsrooms work. They memoed the staff that a new time card would keep track of exactly when...

Another newspaper blog

Looks as if the Daily News and its sister papers have quietly launched Hollywood Babble On, "where our film, music, TV and Hollywood critics dish out their latest thoughts!" I...

Interview with Bush

La Opinin is touting an exclusive interview about immigration with President Bush. Senior correspondent Maribel Hastings conducted the interview this morning but the paper won't post it on the website...

Papers don't have to look boring

Redesign of the Bakersfield Californian is critiqued pro and con at Newsdesigners.com, and apparently has begun to move the needle on circulation....

Examining Los Angeles

There may not yet be a Los Angeles Examiner in the fledgling Philip Anschutz newspaper empire, but there is a dedicated L.A. page on Examiner.com. The website lets you choose...

Voice editor fired

This will get noticed over at the LA Weekly. Gawker says the new owners fired Village Voice acting editor-in-chief Doug Simmons, but are keeping Nick Sylvester, the writer of a...

Lacey drops some clues

Village Voice Media maximum editor Michael Lacey talked to Boston's The Phoenix about what the New Times takeover will mean at the Village Voice—and, I guess, by extension what he'll...

New Times is official

Holdovers at all the Village Voice Media papers—LA Weekly included—received a friendly but not especially enlightening Sunday night greeting from their new keeper. From: Larkin, Jim Sent: Sunday, January 29,...

Voice gets a New Times publisher

Attention LA and OC: New Times has begun the New York end of its takeover, installing a new publisher at the Village Voice. Michael Cohen had been the publisher of...

Execution observed

The Guardian wasn't the only U.K. paper to staff the execution of Clarence Ray Allen. The Telegraph also took a story from its Los Angeles correspondent, Catherine Elsworth, who juggled...

New theater column

Theater writer Don Shirley took the L.A. Times buyout and will debut a new column next week in CityBeat and ValleyBeat. "I'm excited about opening a new arena for local...

Why Craigslist is winning *

Here's a letter to the editor in the latest Fortune magazine, posted on the website Online News Squared: Could Craigslist turn newspaper classifieds to ashes? If it does, the fault...

Wanted: Moderate conservative *

A "large metro paper located on the West Coast" has retained the headhunting firm Black Leopard to find an editorial writer who fits certain criteria. From the posting on JournalismJobs.com:...

Revisiting Groening and the L.A. Reader

Last week's post about the Pasadena Weekly story by former Reader writer Nigey Lennon prompted some unusually detailed responses. One email picked up on Lennon's statement that she couldn't get...

Homer Simpson's formative years

Interesting piece on local alt-weekly lore in today's Pasadena Weekly. Nigey Lennon, who spent a decade writing for the old L.A. Reader along with her ex-husband Lionel Rolfe, writes that...

ImpreMedia buys SF paper

Execs at La Opinin sent over word that their owner, ImpreMedia, has acquired the #1 Spanish-language paper in the Bay Area, El Mensajero. Already the biggest Spanish-language newspaper publisher in...

LAT on the New Times takeover

Scott Martelle writes that for staffers at the LA Weekly, the coming regime change "is like being eaten by a monster they thought they had already killed." Laurie Ochoa, the...

Covering the dump people *

Although I link every day to the front page of La Opinin (and have had a standing link to the paper's website since day one), I only post about individual...

In the weeklies

The gambling issue. Sample lede: "Like so many young women before me, I had trekked to Las Vegas to hand out free T-shirts at a porn convention." (LA Weekly) The...

Dowling leaving the Reporter

No sooner did the Hollywood Reporter gets its annual Power 100 of most important women into print than Publisher and Editor-in-chief Robert Dowling announced he is leaving at the end...

Forst beats them to the punch

Village Voice editor Don Forst resigned effective December 31, leaving ahead of the New Times takeover of his paper (along with the LA Weekly and OC Weekly.) "A number of...

Donnelly chats up the boss

LA Weekly Deputy Editor Joe Donnelly had a pleasant enough interview with Mike Lacey, the New Times co-founder who will soon be in charge of the Weekly (and its OC...

It's catching on

The Daily News feature staff has started a blog called Red Carpet. It apparently began a test run last month with Fred Shuster posting from the American Music Awards. In...

New Times deal sails through

LA Weekly Publisher Beth Sestanovich told the staff this morning that the Justice Department gave the okay for New Times to acquire Village Voice Media, and with it her paper...

This is a news cloud

Like all big newspapers, the Washington Post is stumbling toward an uncertain future, online and off. One of its online experiments is a blog page called Post Remix, where readers...

Scheer finds an L.A. print home

Robert Scheer's syndicated column, dropped last week by the Times, will appear from now on in the L.A. Alternative. The paper, formerly known as the L.A. Alternative Press, has been...

Anschutz speculation

The Denver Business Journal says that billionaire Phil Anschutz is on the short list of potential buyers of the 32 Knight Ridder newspapers. For anyone who still thinks that Anschutz...

Lacey comes to town

New Times editorial chief Michael Lacey flew into John Wayne yesterday and spent several hours with staffers at the OC Weekly, one of the Village Voice Media papers he is...

L.A. gets a new 'Alternative'

The L.A. Alternative Press is going weekly and taking a new name: the L.A. Alternative. The first issue will hit Friday, Dec. 4, according to a release that landed today:...

Manifesto for dying print scribes

Former L.A. Times editor and reporter Bob Baker posts at his Newsthinking website that newspaper journalists shouldn't accept their obsolescence quietly. Excerpt: If newspapers are going to die, as most...

Brugmann vs. New Times

San Francisco Bay Guardian editor/publisher Bruce B. Brugmann is kicking his campaign against the New Times-Village Voice merger into higher gear. His paper is in competition with the NT-owned SF...

LAT circ down to 843,432 *

That was the average weekday circulation for the six months that ended September 30, according to Editor and Publisher. The report from the Audit Bureau of Circulation says it reflects...

P-T to move into high-rise

The Press-Telegram has sold its downtown Long Beach home of eighty years and will move next summer into a fourteenth-floor newsroom at Arco Center on Ocean Boulevard. The existing newspaper...

Lacter leaving LABJ

Mark Lacter has been the editor of the L.A. Business Journal for almost nine years, with a two-year break (ending in 2001) as a senior editor at Forbes. He told...

Seipp on Lacey and friends

Cathy Seipp, writing at the National Review Online, says that New Times founder and executive editor Michael Lacey has never been famous for his tact. She expects to see even...

First thing Thursday, 10.27.05

Today's front pages New York Times LA Times Daily News LB Press-Telegram OC Register IV Daily Bulletin La OpininMore local newsVariety Hollywood Reporter CBS-2NBC-4 ABC-7 Fox-11KPCC SoBay Daily BreezePasadena Star...

He's bullish on New Times

Former New Times Los Angeles reviewer Luke Y. Thompson is optimistic that the return of NT through the LA Weekly will be good. He even flew the colors last night...

2,000 deaths

Today's Daily News blows out the front page to list the names of the 2,000 U.S. military dead in Iraq. Here's the main story; the package is rich in online...

Cooper talks about New Times deal

Marc Cooper is the first LA Weekly staffer (he is News Features Editor) to let loose with detailed thoughts on the coming marriage of the paper's mothership Village Voice Media...

OC Weekly comments on future *

The LA Weekly lately has promoted the timeliness of its website, quickly posting news and observations before the paper comes out. Not so on the topic of the paper's soon-to-be-new...

First thing Tuesday, 10/25

♦ "We're going to try to keep an open mind until we can see what will happen...there are definitely a range of reactions and emotions," LA Weekly Editor Laurie Ochoa told...

Sigman on Weekly takeover

Michael Sigman spent nearly two decades at the LA Weekly, departing as president and publisher in 2002 when management at Village Voice Media decided to make a change. He's now...

Weekly merger rumors: true **

The New Times chain of weekly papers is taking over the Village Voice, LA Weekly, OC Weekly and three other papers to form a group of seventeen more-or-less alt weeklies....

LABJ moves

Managing Editor Tony Palazzo is leaving the Los Angeles Business Journal for an editing job in the L.A. bureau of Bloomberg News. And the new media reporter is Anne Riley-Katz,...

Legacy of El Clamor

USC has in its archives some precious copies of a noteworthy Spanish-language newspaper in Yankee Los Angeles. El Clamor Pblico began publishing in 1855, five years after California became a...

WSJ to shrink

The Wall Street Journal will trim the width of its pages by about one column to save $18 million a year in newsprint costs. The paper will also devote less...

Waiting for New Times

Mick Farren at CityBeat writes what a lot of writers and editors in the swirl of local alt weeklies think about the prospect of New Times buying the LA Weekly...

First thing Thursday, 10/6

 ♦ Marc Weingarten reports in today's New York Times on a bitter lawsuit here in L.A. between singer Leonard Cohen and the manager he says looted millions from his accounts while...

First thing Wednesday, 9/28

 ♦ The school board picked up Supt. Roy Romer's option for another year.  ♦ The state medical board opened an investigation of the St. Vincent's physicians who sold a liver transplant to...

Online journalism finalists

The Online News Association has posted the awards finalists selected by a panel of judges (myself included) that met this weekend at USC. The annual Online Journalism Awards, administered by...

First thing Wednesday, 9/21

Happy Wednesday...  ♦ DWP workers got the big raises they were demanding: up to 28% over five years. The Council voted 10-3 to go along. DN, LAT  ♦ Bill Burke withdraws from...

Chick gets to the meat of it

Marc Haefele's cover profile of Controller Laura Chick in the current L.A. Alternative Press ("Control Freak") explains why reporters love Chick and her audits of city departments: She hands them...

These might be L.A.'s best lawyers

So you have a new magazine about legal eagles and you want them to read it. What do you do first? How about a special issue proclaiming the 500 best...

Ron Kaye speaks

That's always interesting, whether you agree with him or not. Jeff Weiss of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal sits down this issue for a Q-and-A with the new editor...

LABJ looking again *

Turnover seems to be fairly constant in the small L.A. Business Journal newsroom, by most accounts a challenging place to work. The latest movement involves James Nash, hired out of...

THR beats Variety

In this case, the competition was to see which of the trades would be first to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. James Nash reports in the...

Kudos to the Times-Picayune

If you've been watching the video from New Orleans and wondering why the city wasn't better prepared, consider this intro to a five-part "special report" in the local newspaper three...

LA Weekly and New Times

Village Voice Media, which owns the LA Weekly among other papers, and New Times are in serious talks about merging to create a new 18-paper chain, the San Francisco Bay...

Sunset Junction politics

Did the LA Weekly try to muscle in as the sole media purveyor at this weekend's Sunset Junction street festival? A "media muckups" piece in the latest L.A. Alternative Press...

#2 in Woodland Hills *

Melissa Lalum was named today as the new managing editor of the Daily News. A nice round of applause greeted her introduction in the newsroom, I'm told. Lalum has been...

Weekend shorties *

* Newest at the bottom • Will Campbell blogs revealingly about the anticipation of meeting his estranged 15-year-daughter for the first time in five years. She happened to pick a Chili's...

Newsrack politics

CityBeat runs a piece on the frustrations of small newspapers like, well, CityBeat, over the city's coming newsrack ordinance. Every newspaper dispenser on the street in Los Angeles will eventually...

Bigger news in Woodland Hills: Ron Kaye

We have another new Editor in town. Ron Kaye, longtime Managing Editor at the Daily News, got the top job this afternoon. Every Daily News reporter I've ever spoken to...

Bakewell retiring

No, Danny Bakewell is not stepping down from his duties at the helm of the Los Angeles Sentinel. But he is retiring at the end of the year from the...

Big news in Woodland Hills *

While I was traveling today, my in-box was filling up with the stunner that Dean Singleton acquired The Detroit News, converted it to a morning paper and brought in his...

Daily News plans politics blog

It will start up in the next few months and likely focus on local politics, an exec of the L.A. Newspaper Group tells James Nash in the L.A. Business Journal...

Met News to collect

Los Angeles County will pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit over DA Steve Cooley's over-exuberant search of the Metropolitan News-Enterprise offices back in 2002. The deal announced Monday includes a...

New York Observer goes 24/5

The Observer has a new website design, new blogs and a new plan. Starting in August, it'll cost you a buck to read each week's stories online. Or you can...

Lacter's back

Editor Mark Lacter's back-page columns have been missing from the L.A. Business Journal for awhile, but this week he returns with a front-page chide (under his photo) directed at the...

Tuesday shorts

Any late-comers will go at the bottom, as usual. • Gustavo Arellano rates the new crop of Latino-oriented glossies in the OC Weekly. He gives Bello the edge over Tu Ciudad,...

New LABJ columns

L.A. Business Journal editor Mark Lacter gives the details on long-time political reporter Howard Fine's shift onto some new beats. His email also says that next week's issue will add...

Weekly awards

The LA Weekly picked up four first-place AltWeekly Awards, the most of any paper. From the release: The Los Angeles paper won not only for Jonathan Gold's sterling food writing...

Tuesday media shorts

• Times feature writer Roy Rivenburg is going legit, transferring to the Metro staff in Orange County. Writes Style editor Rich Nordwind, in a memo to the staff today: "The O.C....

New M.E. at Biz Journal *

Two months or so after assistant managing editor Jonathan Diamond left to work for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the L.A. Business Journal has clarified the masthead. The other A.M.E., Tony...

More Daily Journal departures

In addition to editor Katrina Dewey, whose resignation letter was posted on L.A. Observed last Friday, four other veteran staffers are about to leave the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Melissa...

Comments back at Ventura Star

Last week the Ventura County Star got some press for shutting down the increasingly nasty comments being posted by the public on the paper's news blog. The L.A. Times followed...

Daily Journal editor resigns

We interrupt this blog-free day to pass along the news that Katrina Dewey is leaving as editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Martin Berg, the legal paper's San Francisco...

Media shorties

A feature story about the Chinese student body at San Marino High School has promoted an outcry by students and threats of violence against Pasadena Star-News reporter Cindy Chang. Editor...

VenicePaper goes online

It has been pointed out to me that the bimonthly VenicePaper is on the web now. The May/June issue has stories on the neighborhood council uproar in Venice and the...

Enquirer muscles up in L.A.

The National Enquirer has gone British for a new chief of the Los Angeles bureau. David Gardner, who had been West Coast editor of Londons Daily Mail, replaces Jerry George...

Bo gets an apology

The home web page of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin carries this retraction: An apology to Bo Jackson A story we published online March 24 and in print March 25...

Bo sues paper

Retired baseball and NFL player Bo Jackson sued the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, sports editor Jim Mohr and MediaNews Group for defamation after the paper quoted a dietary expert saying...

Morning media notes *

It's Pulitzer showdown day between the Times and OC Register: both have series up for the Public Service medal. The prizes start posting at noon L.A. time. Also: Some new,...

Didn't get your Variety?

Blame the lollipops. At least some Variety subscribers didn't get their morning fix until late Thursday. Apparently the promotional suckers wrapped in with the full-page ad for Kojak stuck up...

Now she tells us

Betty Pleasant is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Wave and writes the paper's gossipy Soul Vine column, mostly about black community politics. In the run-up to the mayoral...

Thinking ahead to the next term

Things are pretty quiet around City Hall today, with most of the press and many of the political staffs engaged on the election. But out of City Hall East comes...

Pulitzer rumors: LAT and Register *

The first wave of supposed leaks from the Pulitzer judging swept through newsrooms today. Both the Times and the Register are buzzing that they're finalists together in the prestigious Public...

Selden Ring prize

Selden Ring was a bigtime Los Angeles-area property developer who happened to believe that investigative reporting was essential to the republic. The annual award his family endowed at USC's Annenberg...

Nash is new LABJ media writer *

Daily News City Hall reporter James Nash is jumping to the L.A. Business Journal, where I'm told he will cover the local media. Matt Myerhoff is moving off the media...

CityBeat redesigns the website

Not a moment too soon, CityBeat has given up the white-type-on-black look that made its website so difficult to read. The new design is definitely bolder. It's much easier to...

End of an era *

Felix Sanchez of the Long Beach Press-Telegram got the memo and broke the story that Boeing will announce today it's going to stop building the 717 airliner. [* The Register's...

Monday notes

Short items for a new week: WeHo mayor: BoifromTroy comments on West Hollywood mayor John Duran buying a share of Frontiers, which bills itself as "California's gay biweekly." Hewitt book:...

LABJ separates the pack

In a front page story in the latest L.A. Business Journal, Howard Fine says internal campaign polls show Antonio Villaraigosa and Bernard Parks—the two council members in the mayor's race—ahead...

Anschutz thinks national

L.A.'s most important Denver-based player, Philip Anschutz, has filed trademark applications to reserve "The Examiner" as the name of newspapers in 69 cities. The Denver Post (via Romenesko) only mentions...

Online moves

Both the L.A. Business Journal and LA Weekly are getting ready to unveil newsier websites. In the new issue, the Journal announces that over the next two weeks it will...

Reaction on Gary Webb *

The LA Weekly's Marc Cooper was quite disturbed by the Times coverage of the death of Gary Webb, the Sacramento reporter who shot himself last week. He's been writing about...

Maxwell McCrohon, last HerEx editor

The editor-in-chief in 1989 when the Herald Examiner folded died this week of cancer at age 76. His career included stints as managing editor of Chicago Today and the Chicago...

Return fire in Beverly Hills

They may not describe it as war, but the Beverly Hills papers are at the least having a public spat. After being called out by its rival the Courier, the...

Hoy to become free

Tribune has a new idea for Hoy, the Spanish-language daily that was caught cooking the circulation numbers—and that here in L.A. isn't doing too well, cooked or not, up against...

It's war, I tell ya

The Beverly Hills Courier splashes a front page story this week attacking the city's decision to pay a higher rate for legal advertising in the rival Beverly Hills Weekly, with...

More on Blume and Weekly *

* Updated with link to story and cover of Blume and Kaplan Tomorrow's Pasadena Weekly will go into detail on the firing of LA Weekly reporter Howard Blume—described as the...

New weekly coming

Its website says that Our Weekly will launch in January "dedicated to the African American communities in Los Angeles." Based on Western Avenue in South L.A., it will circulate free...

Blume on Sunday

Given recent events in the LA Weekly newsroom, this is interesting: fired Weekly writer Howard Blume will sit in for regular Deadline L.A. host Barbara Osborn this Sunday on KPFK...

Howard Blume out at the Weekly

Marc Haefele writes in the L.A. Alternative Press that the LA Weekly, after months of buildup and labor tension, "finally fired perhaps its best-known reporter and editor." Blume also was...

New columnist in town

CityBeat has added Andrew Gumbel, the Los Angeles correspondent for The Independent in London. They are calling the column American Babylon; this week's first offering advises Kerry supporters who believe...

Orlov day at City Hall

By some reckoning, Rick Orlov of the Daily News is the dean of L.A. City Hall reporters. He's been there a long time, knows a lot, and is respected. Add...

Bee taps another ex-Timeser

The Sacramento Bee has created a new post of Public Editor and filled it with Armando Acua, the paper's sports editor. He used to be Sacramento bureau chief for the...

Friday notes *

* Updated through the day • Mark Schubb reads the LAT website closer than most, and finds another case of promotional copy for a car dealer being posted as a news...

Now this is jury duty!

Wendy Thomas Russell reports in a big package in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on a federal civil jury in Los Angeles that deliberated for 4½ months, drank at lunch on...

Coffee Bean left with bitter taste *

When is favorable press something to regret? For Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, when the story is in the L.A. Business Journal. The lead feature in the LABJ's package this...

Seipp vs. CityBeat *

Who didn't see this divorce coming? The left-leaning weekly apparently cut conservative columnist Cathy Seipp's freelance rate and asked that her local media pieces stop being rewrites of her blog....

Bastide fallout

Last week's Times dissing of Bastide—S. Irene Virbila downgraded it from L.A.s only four-star restaurant to one star—gets a full story on page three of the Business Journal. Rebecca Flass...

Editor: "Sorry, dad"

Will Swaim, the editor of OC Weekly, explains in an open letter the outpouring of love he got when he was misquoted recently in the Register. Now that the record...

Entertainment Today changes

Back in May we passed along a report that the publisher was out at Burbank-based Entertainment Today. Now comes word that the editorial team's last day was Oct. 18, and...

Running with the story

The Los Angeles Business Journal continues to give bigger play than other media to the various official investigations keeping the denizens of L.A. City Hall gossiping these days. In this...

Daily News goes Kerry *

The Daily News of Los Angeles backed George W. Bush in 2000 and praises the president for his guidance after 9-11, but says "for all the leadership Bush showed in...

Hoy cuts 20% of staff

The Spanish-language papers, caught up in the inflated circulation scandal at Tribune Company, say that "eliminating positions is part of Hoy's effort to ensure long-term success-both journalistically and as a...

Long Beach P-T goes third-party

The Long Beach Press-Telegram editorial page today endorses Orange County judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party candidate in the U.S. Senate race. The paper cites his vocal opposition to the...

Hope she got expenses *

Freelancer Nancy Rommelmann may be living in Portland these days, but she has the cover feature in today's LA Weekly on a hard-working L.A. gardening crew. These are two of...

Christians at Israel rally

An opinion piece in today's Jewish Journal complains that fundamentalist Christians who actively try to convert Jews have been invited to take a prominent role in a big pro-Israel event...

L.A. publisher takes eBay to court

Metropolitan News-Enterprise publisher Roger M. Grace's lawsuit for defamation against eBay is going to the California Supreme Court. Xbiz.com fills in the backstory: The libel claim against eBay was initiated...

Remembering the HerEx *

Cathy Seipp writes in her "From the Left Coast" column at the National Review Online that she misses the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, which the Hearst company folded 15 years...

One more 'Best of L.A.'

The LA Weekly organizes this year's rendering of the annual "Best of" by the seven deadly sins. It works....

Trouble at LA Weekly

Ex-LA Weekly politics reporter Marc Haefele, writing in his regular spot at the L.A. Alternative Press, is the first to detail in print the labor disturbance rippling his old newsroom....

Is Dreier in or out this week?

Today's LA Weekly runs a follow-up story from Doug Ireland to his piece last week alleging that congressman David Dreier is (gasp) gay, conservative and in the closet. The story...

'Terror in our Streets'

The Daily News began popping out an eight-day series on gang violence in Sunday's paper, representing four months of work. It's in the other L.A. News Group papers as well,...

Outing a congressman? **

According to the website The RawStory, this week's LA Weekly will out local Republican congressman David Dreier as gay and report that he lived with his "highly paid" chief of...

New editor of La Opinin

Ruben Keoseyan, the daily's managing editor, today was named Executive Editor. At the same time, Deputy Managing Editor Pedro Rojas is leaving La Opinin to take over El Diario La...

In other newsrooms...

Time for a change of pace.    • Kathryn Maese, formerly the news editor of the Downtown News, has joined the Los Angeles Business Journal to write about tech and defense.    • On...

Monday shorts *

   • Architecture: The owner of Santa Monica Place is in quiet talks with the city to raze the Frank Gehry-designed shopping center and build an open-air adjunct to the Third Street...

Jewish Journal goes indy

After 18 years as partners, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the Jewish Federation are parting ways. The weekly's current issue announces — in what seems a carefully...

Debunking Malkin

A committee on historians has called on the media to stop citing author Michelle Malkin and her conclusions on the Japanese-American relocation in World War II as anything other than...

Turmoil at the Voice

The LA Weekly shares owners with the Village Voice and must be closely observing the tremors shivering the timbers of the New York weekly. As the New York Times summarizes...

Deep Throat: Bush I?

Colleen Cason, the columnist for the Ventura County Star, nominates a new candidate for Deep Throat, Bob Woodward's secret inside source during the Watergate investigation into the crimes of the...

NYT raids again (not what you think) *

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The New York Times has snared another Los Angeles journalist, but this one's not from the Times. Howard Beck, who covered the Lakers for the L.A. Daily News for seven...

Two Mile Island

That's the headline on Michael Collins' latest cover story in CityBeat about environmental carnage at the old Rocketdyne facility in the Santa Susana Mountains, one ridge west of the Valley....

LABJ wins a few

The Los Angeles Business Journal won the top prize for best large newspaper and best feature story ("Rich Kids," about the offspring of wealthy parents) and staffer Amanda Bronstad won...

On courage and journalism

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Writing in his LA Weekly column, Marc Cooper does some soul searching over the murder of investigative reporter Francisco Ortiz Franco of the Tijuana weekly magazine Zeta and the more...

Needed: Urban beauty czar

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Mariel Garza, the Daily News' editorial writer and op-ed columnist, takes a look at the plans for Phil Anschutz's L.A. Live complex downtown and wonders: "where's the Deputy Mayor of...

Where were the wire cutters? *

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The lede of today's Daily News story by James Nash says that wire cutters were found on car-theft suspect Stanley Miller when he arrested and bonked 11 times with a...

Traffic as a Jewish issue

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The cover story of this week's Jewish Journal explores the ways that Los Angeles traffic has altered community life, by spreading Jews out in the region, making it harder to...

Bruce leaves KCET

Philip Bruce, news director at Channel 28's "Life and Times" program, takes over as supervising editor for California at NPR West, the Culver City operation of National Public Radio. He...

Double for Orlov

Rick Orlov's lead story in today's Daily News also tops the Daily Breeze that's on the street, if not on the website. It looks at Mayor Hahn's conundrum — he's...

Weeklies awards *

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At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards this weekend in San Antonio, two local writers won first place in the Arts Feature category. Kristine McKenna won in the over-50,000 circulation...

Busting Henry

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For years, writes Jason Kandel in today's Daily News, "when police intercepted cocaine and methamphetamine coming into locations as far-flung as Hawaii and Florida, they would hear the same thing...

Another FOC

Friend of Cathy Seipp, that is. The subject of her media column in this week's CityBeat is Rob Long, her pal and fellow National Review contributor who recently took over...

Downtown hotel snafu

The Downtown News is all over a story about low-income tenants being evicted from the Bristol Hotel at Eight and Olive streets to make way for renovation into another boutique...

LABJ calls for new web-only L.A. paper

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In its 25th anniversary edition, the Los Angeles Business Journal proposes an agenda of 25 reforms and steps to improve the city. One of those ideas is an online newspaper...

How Finke got the Reagan news

I Want Media, the busy website by Patrick Phillips, has started a new feature of short items that are not pegged to the day's news. In the first "Media Offline"...

Doing business

La Opinin, in press release speak "the largest Spanish language daily newspaper in the country," today launched a daily business section, "Negocios." The paper also created a new lifestyle and...

Memo to CityBeat

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I shouldn't be one to poke fun at typos and brain freezes, since they happen to me so often, but just for the record: Jose Padilla is the accused terrorist,...

OC's new chief in Sacramento

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The Orange County Register has picked a new bureau chief for Sacramento: Kimberly Kindy. In the following memo from Register "team leader" Mark Katches, the Frank mentioned is outgoing state...

In the weeklies

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From some of the local weekly papers: • The Downtown News covers a suspected break-in at the office of the El Pueblo Historical Monument by former employees who may have shredded...

Reporter 86'd from press conference

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The OC Weekly's Steve Lowery writes that the paper's reporter Gustavo Arellano was barred by Chapman University from covering a press conference with Spain's ex-Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar. Lowery...

Alt Press & 'Dangerous curves'*

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The current L.A. Alternative Press cover story, Dangerous Curves Ahead, explores the SuicideGirls web phenomenon that began in the Pacific Northwest and now is based in Los Feliz. Is it...

Palast still in town *

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CityBeat's Ed Rampell reports on BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast, who drew a crowd when he appeared last week at Immanuel Presbyterian Church and who gets the ACLU's 2004 Upton...

Treating the ad man right

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A photo on page six of today's Daily News shows publisher Tracy Rafter sharing a laugh with—why, it's Daily News über-advertiser Bert Boeckmann. The Galpin Ford meister is thought to...

La Opinin ends home delivery

The Spanish language daily, in a battle with the new paper in town Hoy, decides to stress single-copy street sales and has increased the sites where La Opinin is available...

LABJ's media report

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A front-page story in the new L.A. Business Journal raises ethical questions about a Daily News ad executive's email overture to "mend fences" between the paper and a frequent target...

Headline in need of an editor

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For reasons unknown, the Daily News likes to hype ordinary traffic congestion as gridlock (pronounced Gridlock!) It's worst in the headlines. Lisa Mascaro doesn't use the term in her story...

So which is it?

The headlines disagree on what happened yesterday when the city council took up the DWP's request for an 11% rate hike. Times: 11% Water Rate Hike to Get More Study...

Schwarzen-egger surfaces

The guy who claims he was the one to pelt candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger with an egg at Cal State Long Beach back in September has told his story to the...

Messing with the Valley's water

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During the Valley secession campaign in 2002, the city's Department of Water and Power hid its plans to ask for massive rate hikes, the Daily News charges in its lead...

Around the weeklies

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In today's LA Weekly, David Ehrenstein argues against journalists' use of unnamed sources in a piece that begins with a scene from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and ventures into...

Covering City Hall

Mayor Jim Hahn delivered mostly good news in his annual "state of the city" address yesterday in a fire station hangar in Sherman Oaks, then took off while rivals Bernard...

Gadfly profiled

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The cover story in CityBeat by Chip Jacobs is about Jerry Schneiderman, the Hollywood real estate developer and agitating political gadfly whose formative episode as a businessman may have been...

Books on Jesus

Jack Miles, the former LAT Book Review editor and Pulitzer Prize winner for God: A Biography (and current senior adviser to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust) reviews...

April Fools fallout

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The Pasadena Weekly's April Fools edition (no longer online, far as I can tell) pushed some noses out of joint, including that of the Pasadena superintendent of schools, Percy Clark....

Chabon's 'Escapist'

The cover story in today's Jewish Journal of Los Angeles is on author Michael Chabon's venture into comic books with "The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, based on his Pulitzer-winning...

Awards for Register & LABJ

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The Society of American Business Editors and Writers at the University of Missouri cites the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Business Journal in its Best of Business awards...

L.A.'s newspaper war

The L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is bringing together the top editors of La Opinin and Hoy next week for a panel on their battle for Spanish-language...

At lunch with Orlov

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Rick Orlov of the Daily News is called the dean of L.A. City Hall reporters in Cathy Seipp's "Media Circus" column in today's CityBeat -- on the job since 1988....

Danny Bakewell takes over Sentinel

Danny Bakewell, president of the Brotherhood Crusade and a longtime activist in the L.A. African American community, has formally taken control of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the city's oldest and...

Gross story of the week

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The L.A. Business Journal front page has stories on Hahn fundraiser Ted Stein and ex-commissioner Leland Wong retaining criminal-law attorneys, the Wolfgang Puck empire and businessman John Anderson. But the...

Register and voting snafus

R. Scott Moxley writes in the OC Weekly that the Times broke the news of the Orange County screw-up involving 7,000 primary ballots and that the Register trailed way behind....

La guerra again

On Life and Times tonight (KCET, 7 p.m.), Toni Guinyard reports on the newspaper war for Spanish-speaking readers here between La Opinin and Hoy. Earlier: La guerra is on...

Striking similarities

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Consider this paragraph in a recent top-of-the-page lead story in the L.A. Daily News by Troy Anderson, about recycling firms accused of skimming money: Californians bought more than 18.2 billion...

Remembering Carter Barber

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Rip Rense's column today at the Rip Post recalls several of the characters he got to know and like working at L.A. newspapers in decades past. It centers on Carter...

Variety drops porn blog

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Based on an anonymous tip, I dropped in on Variety.com's weblog page and found that "The Porning Report" is history. "Coverage of the porn industry's move to mainstream" had been...

La guerra is on

La Opinin versus upstart Hoy. True to its Tribune Company home, the Los Angeles news on Hoy's site is registration only. LAT story....

LABJ not happy with Hahn

Editor Mark Lacter of the L.A. Business Journal uses his column this week to let Mayor Hahn have it. Seems that on Feb. 18, Hahn met with LABJ editors and...

New Variety managing editor*

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Michael Speier has been promoted to managing editor of Variety and Daily Variety, editor Peter Bart announces. Just last August, we had Speier being named M.E. for special reports. Incidentally,...

Marrero up at La Opinin

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Pilar Marrero, political editor and columnist at La Opinin, has been promoted to oversee the paper's metro coverage. As Metropolitan News Editor, she oversees a staff of 15 reporters and...

Hoy hits on Monday

The new Los Angeles Spanish-language newspaper from the Tribune folks debuts March 1. The editor is Reynaldo Mena, who used to edit the Orange Country Register's weekly en Espanol, Excelsior,...

Hahn's leak irks

The sudden death last week of LAT Associate Editor Frank del Olmo messed up a deal Mayor James Hahn had to leak his ethics reform proposals to the Times and...

DN looks for Executive Editor

Journalist RiShawn Biddle (on his blog) turns up a Daily News job opening: Executive Editor. It's posted on Journalism Jobs.com: The Los Angeles Daily News seeks an executive editor to...

Dueling takes on K-town

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Last week's story on Koreatown nightlife in the LA Weekly elicited an unusual response -- a rebuking letter to the editor from Dennis Romero, a senior writer for the rival...

Start over

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Marc Haefele -- "the dean of City Hall reporters," as KPCC likes to call him -- suggests in his L.A. Alternative Press column that Mayor Hahn should request the resignation...

'Requiem' for an editor

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Kevin Uhrich writes in the Pasadena Weekly cover story about Wayne Lee, his mentor and the late editor and publisher of The Enterprise in Simi Valley. A celebrated investigative reporter...

Feeling Jesica's story

The ordeal of Jesica Santillan, the Mexican girl who died of a botched heart-lung transplant at Duke University last year, gripped writer Nancy Rommelmann like few stories do. It might...

Holland, Hahn & Dutton's oh my

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This week's L.A. Business Journal is chock full of stories. RiShawn Biddle covers the brouhaha at the Writers Guild over new president Charles Holland, his resume and the dissidents in...

Garza takes a stand

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In the Daily News today, op-ed columnist Mariel Garza vows to take the PR giant Fleishman-Hillard out of her Rolodex. She's not protesting Fleishman's pervasive influence in local government, just...

Variety goes to China

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Someone more clever than I could fashion a great Variety-style headline out of this news: the trade paper will begin to publish a Mandarin language edition in China. It should...

Hoy to get biz news from WSJ

The soon-to-launch Los Angeles edition of the Tribune's Spanish-language paper Hoy will carry a weekly section of business news translated from the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ content will also...

In the weeklies

It's Thursday, the day when many of the free weeklies in town hit the street. •  LA Weekly: The cover is about eating and drinking in Koreatown. Marc Cooper, Howard...

That wacky Gray

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Gray Davis is suddenly all over the place. A day after he schmoozed with Gov. Schwarzenegger at a Super Bowl party, he's in Variety for making a guest appearance (as...

Mystery solved

Last week, the Downtown News asked for help identifying this photo of old downtown L.A. It was found in a city office mismarked "7th and Broadway" from 1908, when it...

Mesches and the FBI

An LA Weekly story on the artist Arnold Mesches, who got his FBI file and found out that friends and colleagues had fed reports on his personal habits and activities...

Arnold and Gray party on

Dennis McCarthy, the Daily News' columnist, attended a Super Bowl party in Encino with Gov. Schwarzenegger and the ex, Gray Davis, along with Mayor Hahn, Chief Bratton and a bunch...

Busy week for LABJ

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Expect an exodus of Hollywood celebs away from the Howard Dean camp this week if he doesn't come back strong on Tuesday, the L.A. Business Journal says in a story...

Grand Jury subpoena

A former top executive at LAX, Richard M. Janisse, was called to testify today before the county Grand Jury looking into corruption in the awarding of contracts, the Daily News...

Daily News publishing glitch

Some DN readers didn't get the paper today. Here's the explanation from the website home page: To our readers: Because of electrical problems at the Daily News' printing plant, today's...

Big day for La Opinin

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The paper announces it will combine with New York's El Diario/La Prensa to establish a national chain of newspapers catering to Latino readers. Reports the L.A. Times, "the new company,...

La Opinin splits on Tribune

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La Opinin and the Tribune Co. formally broke off their relationship today, several months after it began publicly unraveling. The Lozano family, which owned 50% of the Spanish-language paper, has...

Shearer vs LAT

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Harry Shearer sits down for a Q-and-A with Dean Kuipers at CityBeat. It doesn't take long for the subject to turn to Harry's least favorite hometown paper. Q:What made you...

New Daily News boss

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The L.A. Daily News got itself a new publisher and CEO Monday. Tracy Rafter had been a senior VP for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, the chain of DN owner...

How did Elliott Smith die?

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In a web-only story on the LA Weekly site, Christine Pelisek takes a look at the coroner's report on the Oct. 21 stabbing death of singer Elliott Smith. It's easy...

Answer: Getty Center

Question: What property has the highest assesed value in Los Angeles County? #1 - Getty Center museum and research institute $2.2 billion #2 - BP Carson Refiney $2.0 billion #3...

More on LAX commissioners

The L.A. Business Journal, keeping up the pressure on the "pay to play" story about Hahn commisioners asking potential city contractors for campaign cash, reports this week that airport commission...

Spotting Gray Davis

Where, you didn't ask, is Gray Davis these days? Both Howard Fine in the L.A. Business Journal and Rick Orlov in the L.A. Daily News report in their political notes...

J. Scott Schmidt, ex-publisher was 66

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After the Chicago Tribune bought the Valley News and Green Sheet in 1975, Schmidt took over as publisher and began the shopper's transformation into the L.A. Daily News. He later...

Hyping Bart's book

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Variety editor Peter Bart is the lead item at Page Six today, due to Hollywood gossiping about who he's slyly dishing through the made-up characters in his new short-story collection,...

Victor Frisbee lives on

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On the Romenesko letters page today, former L.A. journalist Jane Birnbaum refers to the legend of Victor Frisbee, a fictitious character who used to show up in Rose Parade stories...

'L.A.'s Hidden Money'

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The cover package of seven staff stories in this week's L.A. Business Journal explores the cash-based underground economy, with a mainbar by RiShawn Biddle. Capsules look at a day laborer,...

Bill Farr's 46 days

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The late Bill Farr was an L.A. Times reporter who became nationally known -- and an entry in First Amendment and journalism textbooks -- when he sat for 46 days...

Happy 25th

The LA Weekly 25th anniversary issue out today sounds like a keeper. The website revisits many past stories, and there is an interview with founder Jay Levin by Kristine McKenna....

'Cripes, it's the media'

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The headline is from a keeper quote in today's L.A. Daily News destined for a long life in local newsrooms and political circles. The story by Rick Orlov and Beth...

Lawbreakers on Temple Street

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It's tough being a reporter trying to cover the L.A. County Board of Supervisors because so much of the people's business takes place out of view. The LA Weekly's Robert...

Also in AJR...

In addition to the reconstruct of the Times' Arnold stories, the new issue of American Journalism Review has a piece on newspaper blogs. In it, Dan Weintraub says his California...

Daily News chided by Fox

Fox News commentator Steve Milloy has some criticism of Daily News' coverage of the Sunshine Canyon landfill controversy out in the Valley. His main target, however, is the county health...

Follow the lettuce

Vince Beiser in the LA Weekly pursues the romaine trail from seed to Cheesecake Factory in Calabasas and finds sleek corporate towers, Third World–style shantytowns, toxic chemicals, bioengineering, cutthroat competition......

Farmers market case not forgotten

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Four months later, Santa Monica authorities are still trying to decide what -- if anything -- to do with Russell Weller, the elderly driver who killed 10 people and injured...

Dinner with Reason

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In her media column in today's CityBeat, Cathy Seipp gets a free dinner and visits with her friends at the libertarian Reason magazine, where she has written. The piece contains...

Kollyfohnia

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Marc Cooper comes up with the best phonetic rendering I've seen yet for Gov. Schwarzenegger's pronunication, in a piece that says Arnold's push to undo the drivers licenses-for-illegals law might...

Finke dissents, Vidal accuses

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Nikki Finke takes the contrarian, ho-hum view of the Pellicano wiretapping stories. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Variety et al. would have us believe in their...

She wants a fight

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Sue Laris, publisher of the Downtown News, writes in today's issue that city officials have been bullying her and other publishers over newsracks and she urges a full-on fight....

Next week in the LABJ

Ex-mayor Richard Riordan has shelved his Los Angeles Examiner project, semi-officially, while he prepares to assume the advisory post of state education secretary. Riordan himself doesn't comment, nor does Tim...

Satire, secession and gangs

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Cathy Seipp's media column in today's CityBeat visits with the L.A. Innuendo team, out with their second issue of what they call L.A.'s scrappiest satirical newsmonthly. "Well, it’s just the...

Arnold and Bruce

Nikki Finke's LA Weekly column this week is about Rhonda Miller, who says she has yet to get an apology from Arnold Schwarzenegger or his aide, Sean Walsh, for spreading...

Disney Halls that didn't make it

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The Downtown News' Jason Mandell has a feature this week on the designs for Disney Hall that were rejected -- as well as a look at Frank Gehry's original vision....

Double down in Malibu

This is Arnold York's week in the L.A. Business Journal. The owner-publisher of the Malibu Times (with his wife Karen) is in the front page lead of an LABJ story...

Why Register staff is relieved

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Because Dean Singleton didn't buy the paper. Dave Wielenga in OC Weekly recalls what happened when Singleton's Media News took over the Long Beach Press-Telegram: He showed up at the...

Disney Hall as 'elite bauble'

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The cover story in this week's L.A. Alternative Press by Joseph Mailander follows up on his first night report at Joyrides Without Maps with more refined impressions of Disney Hall...

Whither Riordan's L.A. Examiner

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Whatever came of Richard Riordan's plans for a Los Angeles Examiner to avenge his unhappiness at the L.A. Times and promote the virtues of the city he loves? RiShawn Biddle...

New papers nibble at Weekly

A year after New Times closed with a $9 million, somewhat-illegal nudge from the Village Voice, the LA Weekly has been the biggest benefactor, Darrell Satzman says in a cover...

Lowry has issues

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Variety columnist Brian Lowry took Entertainment Weekly to task yesterday for taking this year's "101 Most Power People" so seriously that, with ties, there are 123 names on the list....

Rallying the film critics

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Ella Taylor in LA Weekly explains how the Los Angeles Film Critics took up her idea to cancel their awards dinner this year, in protest over the loss of film...

Arnold's friend at the Weekly

In case anybody forgot, Bill Bradley reminds us in his LA Weekly column out today that he can still get the Governor-elect on the phone. Bradley insists that the bipartisan...

Weekly gives its Best

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The LA Weekly that comes out today is all Best of L.A. features -- nothing else. There's the usual roundup of best burger, best shopping and best place to pay...

Register may stay in family

Freedom Comunications has signed a deal with the two equity firms that represent Hoiles family descendants and other shareholders. The Wall Street Journal says it has already been approved by...

'Bullets Over Bohemia'

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Christine Pelisek reports in the LA Weekly on the deadly gang battle going on over claims to Silver Lake. In the streets abutting Vendome and Marathon, a spate of gang...

La Opinion and Tribune to divorce

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La Opinion, the largest Spanish language paper in Los Angeles, has been owned 50% by the Lozano family and 50% by the L.A. Times parent company, dating back to the...

Variety goes the blog route

The Hollywood trade paper has started a couple of blogs -- but you have to be a subscriber to Variety.com to read them. This is from the blurb on the...

Reporter really gets inside

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The LA Weekly's Bill Bradley discloses his role as a back-channel emissary trying to arrange a debate between Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the end, Davis burned Bradley by...

Bradley analyzes Arianna's exit

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Bill Bradley of the LA Weekly is up on the Weekly's site with a story that Arianna Huffington will drop out tonight on "Larry King Live" and call for a...

Weekly to endorse

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The issue of LA Weekly that hits the Web tonight and the street tomorrow will endorse a no vote on the recall (and on Prop. 54) but encourage votes for...

Register takes back the A.M.

Todd Matthews at OC Weekly considers The Register's new marketing campaign to "Take Back the Morning." Meanwhile, the Reg continues to hang a monster 250-square-foot banner from its five-story Santa...

Lowry's view from Wilshire

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Back at Variety after seven years at the L.A. Times, television columnist Brian Lowry is happy to discover "they've painted the place." Over that time, he says, entertainment coverage has...

400,000 votes already cast

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Looks more and more like the recall election -- if it's allowed to go ahead -- will be a landmark of sorts for voter turnout, as some enthusiasts have predicted....

Work on the Daily Trojan?

The Daily Trojan alumni site lists info on 2,070 former staffers of the USC student paper -- by year and by name. Have fun....

Coldwater Blues

For five good years in the 1960s, Johnny Cash was a Valley boy. Also in the LA Weekly: Jonathan Gold reveals where to find the other, other, other white meat....

Getting closer to Wendy

When Jerry Roberts left the San Francisco Chronicle and turned up last year as editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, more than a few newspaper types moaned that he snagged...

Teachers irked by Daily News

The Simi Valley teachers union president is upset at education coverage in the L.A Daily News and is urging members to cancel subscriptions and stop using the paper in classrooms,...

Hollywood Reporter's new ads

We'll be seeing more of the Hollywood Reporter in posters and ads around town as part of what the New York Times calls the trade's first big marketing campaign in...

FBI asks about airport money

The Breeze reports that FBI agents are conducting interviews about payments for land purchases needed to expand LAX. Reporters David Zahniser and Ian Gregor say the investigation centers on money...

Press war in San Pedro

Robert Gelfand reports in The American Reporter on a quiet little 3-way newspaper war brewing in San Pedro. On one side is a new advertising supplement by Dean Singleton's Long...

The Breeze is on the move

A couple of South Bay papers, the Beach Reporter and the Palos Verdes Peninsula News, have been bought by Copley Press, owner of the Daily Breeze. Both of the smaller...

Gehry to critic: "F--- off"

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I mentioned on Friday how urban design critic Sam Hall Kaplan gave Disney Hall a less than fawning review. Turns out that Frank Gehry was displeased. The architect braced Kaplan...

Highest gas in the country

Ian Gregor in the Daily Breeze says it's the Texaco station on Century Boulevard at LAX, the last place to fill up before returning a rental car. "They don’t care...

Checking in with George Christy

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George Christy is the defrocked Hollywood Reporter columnist who left the trade paper after colleague Dave Robb investigated -- and tried to report -- that Christy was way too friendly...

This is treason I tell you

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The covers of CityBeat and ValleyBeat: Ann Coulter Story of the week at The Simon: Why I Still Read Maureen Dowd...

Weekly comes down hard on Cruz

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The L.A. Weekly, being predictably liberal again to excite the cadre for Bustamante (sarcasm alert), in a piece by former Democratic consultant Bill Bradley headlined "Take the Money and Run":...

We're shocked...shocked

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It's not clear why, but the LA Weekly has just posted a "web exclusive" about Schwarzenegger's sex life pegged to a demand by ubiquitous feminist lawyer Gloria Allred that Arnold...

Variety promotes a couple of editors

Or in that quirky headline style, "Variety Lifts Tapp, Speier." That would be Tom Tapp, named the editor of V Life, Variety's monthly magazine "dedicated to the people and passions...

New look for Downtown News site

The Los Angeles Downtown News kicks off its nicely redesigned website with a hard-edged story by Jason Mandell on the engineer blamed for the fatal Angels Flight mishap. Yanek Kunczynski...

Kid gloves in the Valley

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The Daily News is out with another of its occasional softball features on Bert Boeckmann, the Valley car dealer and major advertiser who helped the paper secretly bankroll the early...

Inside (almost) the Arnold camp

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More on LA Innuendo

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The satirical free magazine, which launches tonight with a party at the Friar's Club, is written up low in Sridhar Pappu's media column in today's New York Observer. "It’s a...

Examining minds want to know

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What happens to Richard Riordan's promised weekly newspaper if he runs for governor in the recall free-for-all? The ex-mayor hasn't said publicly, but Matt Welch -- who helped Riordan put...

The Deal does Freedom

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Bad news for Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas, the guy who is trying to manipulate coverage by boycotting the L.A. Times and OC Weekly. He fired his media relations rep...

Remembering the HerEx

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In the forum at the Herald Examiner alumni site, Saul Daniels has posted a link to a sad but interesting window into Los Angeles newspaper history -- the L.A. Times...
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