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'Profitable' LA Weekly put up for sale

weekly-covers.jpg The owners are slowly selling off their alt weeklies and predict the LA Weekly will generate buyer interest.

LA Observed Notes: Last days of the pre-Trump era

molly-schiot-eephus.jpg Media, books, politics and place and a few tweets.

KPCC's 'Take Two' is now minus one

alex-cohen-kpcc.jpg The morning show loses a host -- Alex Cohen -- and an hour of air time each day.

LA Observed Notes: Streep, Globes, media moves and politics

meryl-streep-golden-globes.jpg Our occasional roundup on media, politics and place from a variety of LA Observed sources.

Photographer dies in Port of LA copter crash

michael-justice-grab.jpg Michael Justice, who shot for the Wall Street Journal, Daily Breeze and LA Herald Examiner, was on assignment for the port in San Pedro.

Mid-week media notes: Reporters take new jobs and more

Alice-Walton-zocalo.jpg Giving up journalism. A new managing editor. A film reporter and more in our occasional roundup.

Night news photog saves man from fiery crash

110-crash-onscene-nbc.JPG Austin Raishbrook, an owner of RMG News, put down his camera and saved a life on the freeway.

LA Observed Notes: Let's call it a year

sutter-brown-shades-620.jpg Media notes to end 2016, plus politics, place, selected media tweets and more.

Read the LA Times response to Los Angeles Magazine's piece

lamag-graphic-latimes.jpg Co-managing editor Larry Ingrassia goes after the magazine and writer Ed Leibowitz for "What's the matter with the Los Angeles Times?"

Malibu beach hijinx, take 256

free-zuma-phone.jpg The public has property rights, too - and we're tired of being forced to use our state taxes to fight decades-long battles for public access that has been long established.

LA Observed Notes: A mea culpa, good reads and many media moves

LA-2_web-1200.jpg Media and politics notes, observations on place and much more.

LA Times hires new sheriff's beat reporter

maya-lau-twitter-320.jpg Maya Lau comes to the LAT from Baton Rouge, where she covered crime and investigations.

LA Times says pro-internment letters should not have run

boys-barbed-wire-manzanar-skirball.jpg Editor-publisher Davan Maharaj says the letters to the editor of Travel violated the paper's standards for "civil, fact-based discourse."

LA Observed Notes: Perez bombshell, LAT internment letters and more

lala-land-dance.jpg A extra big helping of our occasional roundup of media, politics and place notes.
latimes-buildings-from-city.jpg Magazine goes deep in a piece that finds an autocratic, distracted leader who insults women and other staffers.
erin-morris-cal-sunday.jpg Our occasional offering of media, politics and place noted from assorted sources.

Read the memo: New York Times won't ban 'alt-right'

nyt-mariachi.jpg Standards editor says explain the term because many readers don't know that "It’s a racist, far-right fringe movement that embraces an ideology of white nationalism and is anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-feminist." what it means:

Midweek notes: Xavier Becerra, Jeff Michael, P-45 and more

jeff-michael-insgm.jpg New attorney general appointed. An anchor leaves the news desk. What to do with P-45.

Marty Baron warns of what's ahead for the press

marty-baron-sarah-ellison-v.jpg The Washington Post editor known for the film "Spotlight" doesn't scare easily.

LA Observed Notes: Imaginary votes, fake news, media people

steve-wasserman-heyday.jpg Donald Trump tweets his way to the top item again by inventing a new conspiracy. Plus much more.

Read the memo: LA Times finally names an obituary editor

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg It's been awhile since there was an editor in charge of covering prominent deaths. He doesn't get any assigned writers.

LA Observed Notes: American Nazis, fake news and media moves

GENSLER_TRIBUNE_STREEt.jpg Our semi-regular column of media and politics notes, with other news and observations.

Tony Valdez retires from Fox 11 news, last of a generation

tony-valdez-grab.jpg "Your impact on this town is difficult to measure," Fox 11 anchor Steve Edwards says in a video tribute.

Scully, Abdul-Jabbar, Gehry and more to get White House honor

vin-scully-twitter.jpg It's the Presidential Media of Freedom for Vin Scully and 20 others. Watch the call from the White House.

Gwen Ifill, Washington journalist, 61

gwen-ifill-pbs.jpg Ifill died of cancer complications. Co-anchor Judy Woodruff gave viewers the news on "PBS News Hour," where Ifill was managing editor.

LA Observed Notes: Week 1 in Trump's America

trumps-on-6-minutes-cbs.jpg Some observations, plus a weekly dose of media and politics notes.

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

LA Times journos warned - again - about tweet politics

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The second memo of the fall election cycle reminds reporters and editors that social media is on the record.

Gannett drops Tronc and more midweek notes

8150-sunset-rendering.jpg Gigantic Frank Gehry project on Sunset Boulevard approved. Kudos for LAT's Sea Breeze investigation. Notes on Campaign 2016, 2017 and 2018. And more.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual assault, media moves and more

danielle-berrin-jj.jpg LA Times investigations afflict the powerful. LA's homeless shame. Notes on media, politics and place.

LA Observed Notes: Media moves, cranes and Campaign 2016

crane-wilshire-crescent.jpg LA Times loses a top Hollywood voice. Dodgers go home. More Trump and Clinton notes.

Urban myths of the Los Angeles Times

times-sniff-test-crop-800.jpg In my 40 years at the L.A. Times, I heard stories. Some were true.

LA Times donates Pulitzer winnings to Cal State journalists*

lat-pulitzer-2016.jpg There will be a ceremony on Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino.

LA Observed Notes: Media, politics and place

maywood-nbc4.jpg Because there's more going on than Donald Trump's get-even war on America.

LA Times staffers in NYC to collect their Pulitzer

lat-staff-at-pulitzers.jpg I believe that's Sarah Parvini at left, then Priya Krishnakumar, Alexandra Manzano, Marcus Yam and Paloma Esquivel. Photo posted to Twitter by Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj....

LA Times explains use of fuck, mentions Trump deadlines

lat-readersrep-10-11-2016.jpg First time the f-word got in print since 1998, the paper says. The explainer is less revealing about the Trump tapes landing on Saturday's page 10.

LA Observed Notes: Yes Trump again, and more

ana-navarro-twitter.jpg Interesting news from downtown, sadness in Palm Springs and a bad week for Trump and his ilk. Plus much, much more.

LA Observed notes: Trump's taxes and Vin's final game

snl-baldwin-mckinnon.jpg Los Angeles can breathe again. The day no one wanted to come has passed.

Tronc sale to Gannett could be imminent

michael-ferro-yt.jpg Ken Doctor reports that a deal may be announced as soon as Monday, over the oposition of LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Sue Laris puts Downtown News up for sale after 44 years

dtnews-gary-leonard.jpg Weekly newspaper has chronicled the downtown boom all the way along.

Mary McNamara gets editor role at LAT, and more notes

mary-mcnamara-lat.jpg Pulitzer winner joins masthead as the top arts and entertainment editor.
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