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Brian Lowry to CNN and more media notes

brian-lowry-deadline.jpg Job moves, hires, book news, awards and other items I've been saving up on the media beat.

How TMZ and Harvey Levin get the dirt

harvey-levin-tny-crop.jpg The New Yorker goes deep on Levin's network of sources and the payments made for private info on celebrities.

LA's breast fixation and more greatest hits from Los Angeles Mag

lamag-breast-sty-grab.jpg To bring in web readers over the holidays, the magazine is re-running eight of editor Mary Melton's favorite stories from the past 14 years. Today: Amy Wallace's new fake breasts.

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

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

California Lawyer shutting down, report says

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

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

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

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

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

What 'Pacific Standard' wants in a new editor

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

Caitlyn Jenner introduces herself in Vanity Fair

caitlyn-jenner-vanity-fair-cover.jpg The former Bruce Jenner comes out in her new identity in a cover photo by Annie Leibovitz and 22-page spread in the new Vanity Fair.

Ex-blogger Ken Layne has a desert magazine

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

Hollywood Reporter wins Ellie for magazine excellence

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

Sports Illustrated lays off all staff photographers

si-cover-2015-01-21.jpg The magazine will turn to freelance and I guess contract photographers. Here are the final six SI photogs.

Hollywood Reporter, California Sunday Magazine up for Ellies

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

On becoming Zoey Tur

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

Mexico's 43 missing students: what happened that night

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

Editors and staff of The New Republic resign en masse

thr-masthead-annotated.jpg Most of the remaining editors and contributing writers of The New Republic resigned today, following yesterday's departure of editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier.

The Atlantic will re-absorb The Wire

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

Yasiel Puig's harrowing journey from Cuba to Dodger Stadium

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

Garcetti interview: The mayor as urban policy wonk

la-mag-garcetti-bkfst.jpg Los Angeles Magazine is posting the full video this week of a breakfast session with Mayor Eric Garcetti held last week at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. He chats in the free-flowing interview with editor Mary Melton.
This perhaps bears repeating: The Hollywood Reporter is up for a general excellence award in the most prestigious magazine competition in the country. So is Pacific Standard.

The New Yorker profiles 'twilight' of Kobe's career

kobe-grab-tny.jpg Bryant says he's fairly certain he will retire as a player when his contract expires in the summer of 2016.

Los Angeles Magazine embraces car culture

la-driver-grab-mini.jpg Just when it seems from consuming any media that LA has abandoned its automobile ways — but in actuality hasn't — Los Angeles Magazine decides to zig where the others zag.
vf-march-2014-hollywood-cover.jpg Plenty of stars show up on the cover of Vanity Fair despite Gwyneth Paltrow's ask that her friends shun the magazine. Editor Graydon Carter addresses the whole Paltrow saga in his editor's letter.

California newspapers to carry a new print Sunday magazine

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.59.12 AM.jpg The California Sunday Magazine will exist in several digital formats and be delivered on dead trees in the Los Angeles Times and other papers. It's coming out of the Bay Area — and they are hiring.

New York Magazine to cut back to every 2 weeks

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

Maria Elena Durazo profile names a key name *

durazo-lamag-grafic.jpg Los Angeles Magazine says in the new issue that Miguel Contreras, the labor leader who died in 2005, was having an extra-marital affair with a state senator for nine years.
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Murdered in Mexico
vice-grab-murder-victim.jpgVice News on the slaughter of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women.
Beutner's LA Times
austin-beutner-gary.jpgWhat new publisher Austin Beutner had to say about his plans for the Times. Story Plus: Boyarsky column
Sign of the print apocalypse?
newsbox-apocalypse.jpgNews boxes on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. Bigger
KCRW breaks ground
KCRW-Rendering-Reception.jpgNew Santa Monica studios would free the station from its longtime basement. Story
Kushner spars with Larry Mantle
kushner-spitz-kppc.jpgDespite mandatory unpaid time off, newsroom buyouts and threat of layoffs, Register owner says "we are growing." Story
New magazine
Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.59.12 AM.jpgCalifornia Sunday Magazine hopes to be the publication the state has never had. Digitally and otherwise. More
New hires at KCRW
kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpgThe station staffs up for new Madeleine Brand show debuting in 2014. Details
Baldwin Hills dam disaster
baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpgIn the formative years of TV news in Los Angeles, KTLA had the helicopter and the breaking news audience. Read more
LA Times a renter in its own building
Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpgThe newsroom has to pay to use the conference rooms in the LAT's once-proud headquarters. Read more
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