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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.

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.

Is Ferro looking to escape his own troncosphere?

ferro-screen-grab-cnbc.jpg Ken Doctor hears that Tronc chairman Michael Ferro may be considering his options.

New York Times unveils a California newsletter

nyt-newsletter-grab.jpg California Today has news from the NYT, the LA Times and other media outlets and is written by Ian Lovett of the LA bureau.

Patrick Soon-Shiong buys into Tribune Publishing

Patrick_Soon-Shiong_wikipedia.jpg He becomes the second largest shareholder, vice chairman of the board, and Michael Ferro's defense against a takeover by Gannett.

Tribune Publishing slides toward parody

michael-ferro-yt.jpg Ferro's secret plan to monetize his new toy includes LA Times bureaus in Lagos, Moscow and Mumbai. But nothing for LA or California.

Sadly for LAT, this might be worst Tribune yet

michael-ferro-grafic-chicago-mag.jpg Ferro might be the illegitimate offspring of Sam Zell and former Freedom Communications CEO Aaron Kushner.

Beware: Ferro has magical plans for LA Times

michael-ferro-yt.jpg More revenue than you've ever seen. Artificial intelligence. Revolutionize the strategy. Piece of cake.

Change of plans: Freedom papers going to Digital First*

oc-register-bldg.jpg Tribune's high bid is rejected after a federal lawsuit and temporary restraining order. Now on to the judge to decide.

Justice Dept. files lawsuit to block Register sale to Tribune

latimes-building-from-above.jpg The civil antitrust lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order to block last night's auction results.

Tribune Publishing wins OC Register bidding*

oc-register-bldg.jpg LA Times parent puts up the most money, but questions remain.

U.S. throws wrench into LAT's bid for the Register

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg A letter from the Justice Department warns of antitrust concerns if Tribune Publishing were to acquire Freedom communications at auction.

Bidding for OC Register is a 3-way showdown

oc-register.jpg Digital First Media's offer is chosen as the stalking horse bid. Read the memo.

Tribune and Digital First bid for the OC Register

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg A third bidder may yet join the auction but a sale could close by the end of the month.

Davan Maharaj named publisher too of the LA Times*

davan-maharaj-320.jpg The editor since 2011 will be the first joint editor-publisher of the LAT possibly since the era of General Harrison Otis. He's the fourth publisher in two years.

Sunday LA Times section front will change color in the light

lat-oscars-cover.jpg The Los Angeles Times is experimenting with this Sunday's print Calendar section — that is the day of the Academy Awards ceremony and TV show. The cover images of...

Jose Antonio Vargas and the LA Times agree to break up

jose-antonio-vargas-michael-conti.jpg His #EmergingUS seeks to raise $1 million in 60 days in a new partnership with Beacon.

Next step into digital news age by LA Times

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The "news and enterprise hub" will become the nerve center of the newsroom, geared to chasing the top news of the day for the web.

Editor memo: Hiring and refocus are on at the LA Times

davan-maharaj.jpg "It’s time to push ahead with the reorganization," Davan Maharaj writes. The Times also announced a new hire for the Dodgers beat.

'Let's not pretend this is anything but sad,' LA Times memo says

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Memo confirms that DC reporter Richard Serrano is leaving, details staff moves and announces that openings in Europe, Beirut and Las Vegas will be filled. Plus more.

LA Times sale rumor comes from Rupert Murdoch

latimes-from-2ndstreet.jpg Murdoch's Friday tweet about Eli Broad being close to acquiring the Times set off a media scramble. "Could well happen," Ken Doctor concludes.

OC Register seeks bankruptcy protection

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg The last shoe drops from the Aaron Kushner era. The Register and Press-Enterprise will go on normally but new ownership could be on the way.

Grantland site killed by ESPN

grantland-grab.jpg It's effective immediately. Bill Simmons calls callous treatment of staffers "simply appalling."

Bill Dwyre first LA Times columnist to say he's going

bill-dwyre-fb.jpg Former sports editor announced to horse racing writers that he is retiring. Plus: Updates on the buyout and the T.J. Simers trial.

Columnist signs off: 'Keep reading your newspaper'

timm-herdt-fb.jpg Ventura County Star political columnist Timm Herdt, moving on after 31 years of Wednesday columns, pleads the case for print.
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