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Endangered SoCal papers plead for your help to continue

ocr-ocr-4thestate-0415-001.jpg In a surprising set of weekend pieces, the editor of the SoCal News Group and each of his papers call on readers to support local news. Or else.

Soon-Shiong moving LA Times home to El Segundo

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

Guild at LA Times learns harsh reality of the pay gap

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

Steve Bochco, Arts District doc, Sinclair goes fake news

llama-blessing.jpg LA Observed Notes: News designer tweets the end, media moves, selected tweets and more.

The night Kirk Gibson made deadline

kirk-gibson-bobble-grab.jpg Ron Rapoport: Gibson performed two heroic acts that night he hit THE home run in the World Series.
lariver-rendering-curbed.jpg LA Observed Notes: Media moves, books and authors, media people, place notes and selected tweets.

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

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

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

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

A reporter says farewell to his newspaper home

larry-altman-magic.jpg Larry Altman leaves the Daily Breeze after 28 years, much of that covering murder and mayhem. "For the most part, I loved being a reporter, but the job came with so much sadness and stress."

LAist saved by KPCC and our 'national disgrace' on the streets

delario-lao.jpg LA Observed Notes: Times has had it with's LA homeless response. Garcetti, Soon-Shiong, Harvey Weinstein, TV reporter runs for office, selected tweets.

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

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

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

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

KPCC names Megan Garvey as managing editor

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

Dr. Soon-Shiong diagnoses the illness

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

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

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

Letter to the LA Times newsroom from Patrick Soon-Shiong

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

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

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

Patrick Soon-Shiong may be close to buying LA Times

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

LA Observed Notes: Long reads, short reads and more

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

Kirk in as LA Times crisis cools a bit

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

LA Times to get new top editor on Monday

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

Dark Matter: The radio art of Joe Frank

Joe-Frank-tapes-crop.jpg Joel Bellman: Nothing had prepared me for the hallucinatory world of Joe Frank.

Home-schooled in civics

official biz sign2 - Copy.jpg Ellen Alperstein: Being a good citizen, my parents taught me, makes America greater.

LA Times 'prince of darkness' strikes

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

Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group

breeze-photo-desk-osier.jpg Tom Hoffarth, the longtime Daily News sports columnist, says he is one of 10 sports staffers to lose their jobs. The Breeze lost all but one photographer, per a report.

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

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

LA Times goes outside and to sports for digital honcho

aon-center-from-wgc-kr.jpg Stephen Miller led FoxSports.com and CBS Sportsline. There's also talk of more hires and moving the Times offices, possibly out of downtown.

LA Observed Notes: Getting ready for 2018

mysse-pigeons.jpg LA Times journalists vote on a union this week. Plus the most-clicked story of 2017, Hollywood women organize, notes on media politics and place, and selected tweets.

Steve Edwards abruptly 'no longer employed at KTTV'

steve-edwards.jpg Long time host of "Good Day LA" has been scrubbed from the Channel 11 website. Website FTV Live says there were "sexual harassment allegations."

LA Observed Notes: Fires in December and much more

cat-person-illo.jpg Doyle McManus leaving LAT, new LA Weekly gets an editor, Jerry Brown on "60 Minutes," bad sheriffs, media notes and a good read that's not really about cats.

Holiday lights

LAT front2 12-8-17 - Copy.JPG The print edition of the Los Angeles Times often bears advertising stickers on the front page. Today's was particularly newsworthy.
cal-sunday-teens-issue.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and notes. This time: award winners, media notes and selected tweets, plus a magazine issue on teenagers.

Media notes: LA Weekly massacre, more bad men, LAT editor and Trump

la-weekly-twitter-grab.jpg Lewis D'Vorkin's visit in the Oval Office. New city editor named at the Times. Media people and selected tweets.

Pacific News Service RIP. NY Times profiles a Nazi. Good reads.

racoons-dtla.jpg Some bullet points coming out of the long holiday weekend.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual harassment by media men

charlie-rose-close.jpg And more: Assemblyman will resign over women's accounts. Garcetti ambitions "not insane." Jim Newton needles the Times. Media people and selected tweets.
lat-guild-signs-newsroom.jpg Plus two weekend pieces examine Harvey Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister, and Pulitzer talk for Ronan Farrow.

Disney cancels ban on working with LA Times

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

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

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

LAist goes dark

laist-logo.jpg Owner kills all the Gothamist and DNAInfo sites after union vote.
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