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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.

Mary Ellen Mark, photographer, was 75

mary-ellen-mark.jpg The renowned photojournalist of topics as varied as Seattle runaways, Bombay prostitutes, high school proms, twins and film sets died on Monday in New York.

Linda Deutsch roast is tonight

linda-deutsch-fb.jpg It's a fundraiser for the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

'Mad Men' jerk is just as bad to BuzzFeed journalist

ferg-donnelly-buzzfeed.jpg This is what Hollywood's acceptance of sexism looks like in real life, writes BuzzFeed LA's Susan Cheng -- despite a lawyer letter trying to dissuade her.

Nikki Finke returns with Hollywood fiction site -- and photo

nikki-finke-2015.jpg Her HollywoodDementia.com will feature short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders "like myself."

Another film critic down: Claudia Puig

claudia-puig-usat.jpg After 15 years at USA Today, she took a buyout that saw 55 staffers leave the paper last week.

Memo: Film critic Betsy Sharkey 'heading home to Texas'

besty-sharkey.jpg Friday is Sharkey's last day at the Los Angeles Times after 17 years, the last seven as film critic.

LA Times Pulitzer winner exits an unhappy camper

gottlieb-vives-esquivel.jpg Jeff Gottlieb, who shared in the 2011 Pulitzer for Bell coverage, warns in his exit email to Times staffers about "these treacherous waters"

Lauter to run LA Times' 2016 campaign coverage

david-lauter-twitter.jpg The LA Times has tapped Washington bureau chief David Lauter to run the presidential campaign coverage. Read the memo.

Personal OC media stories 40 years after Saigon

tracy-wood-1973.jpg Tracy Wood, now at Voice of OC, learned lessons about official corruption covering the Vietnam War that keep coming into play in her coverage of government.

Suzanne Marques shames on-camera crasher

suzanne-marques-live-spoile.jpg Good for Marques. After a dude invaded her shot and began talking dirty, she put his pic on Facebook. "Do you know this face?"

This book by ex-newspaper exec needed no ghost writer

handprint-heaphy.jpg Janis Heaphy Durham, a former VP of advertising at the LA Times, may have a bestseller with her book about paranormal events after the death of her husband.

LA Times hires in China and on the West beat

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg William Yardley's hire to cover energy and environment issues in the West from Seattle is funded by the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism.

Pulitzer winner Rob Kuznia explains his move to USC

breeze-winners.jpg "Print journalism, especially at the local level, is a scary place to be right now."

Cathleen Decker named California politics columnist for LA Times

cathy-decker-twitter.jpg Decker "will become our signature voice on California politics," says today's memo from the top editors.

The view from the river

Bowtie.jpg No part of the natural or built environment is as emblematic of the third Los Angeles as the river, Christopher Hawthorne said as he brought to a close his "Third Los Angeles Project."

When Paul Olden asked Lasorda about Kingman's homers (audio)

paul-olden-vblue-nyt.jpg The iconic 1978 tape made by KLAC's reporter is revived in Sunday's New York Times. Olden is now the Yankee Stadium announcer.

Richard Corliss, Time film critic, was 71

richard-corliss-time.jpg Corliss wrote about film for Time for 35 years, becoming "perhaps the magazine’s most quoted writer of all time."

Mirthala Salinas leaves TV anchor seat for her family

mirthala-salinas-62-hz.jpg Salinas, the former Telemundo reporter who had an affair with then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had been the local anchor on KRCA-62.

LA Times, Daily Breeze win Pulitzer Prizes*

breeze-winners.jpg Two Pulitzers for the Times -- for television criticism and drought writing -- and the first ever for the Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles News Group.

Bass caught in MacArthur Park Lake

bass-macarthurpark-zocalo.jpg Steve Hymon photographs the colorful characters and scenes — and fauna — at the park that gave Westlake its name.

Media notes: Sylvia Lopez leaving KCAL, layoffs at THR, more

Sylvia-Lopez-kcbs.jpg Lopez says she is going to grad school fulltime. Alex Ben Block among those leaving the Hollywood Reporter, report says.

KCRW names first Vulnerable Populations Project journalist

david-weinberg-kcrw.jpg It's David Weinberg, a reporter at "Marketplace" and creator of the Random Tape podcast.

Friday media news and notes

thr_dean_baquet-office.jpg Hillary Clinton woos reporters. Baquet, Baron and Beutner. KPCC hiring a political reporter. Daily News after Orlov. Plus more.

David Laventhol, retired LA Times publisher, was 81

Laventhol created the Washington Post Style section and came to the Times through Newsday.

Stan Freberg -- satirist, ad man and more -- dies at 88

Stan-Freberg-album.jpg Stan Freberg had one of those Los Angeles careers. "The first great genius of American musical satire," says Harry Shearer.
No more Mr. Disguise guy
jonathan-gold-truck.jpgJonathan Gold drops his anonymity as documentary screens at Sundance. More
On becoming Zoey Tur
Zoey-lamag.jpgLos Angeles Magazine goes longform on the transition of the news helicopter pilot formerly known as Bob Tur. Read
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
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
Tom Sherak, Hollywood leader was 68
tom-sherak-oscar-wife.jpgSherak was the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Mayor Eric Garcetti's designated ambassador between the film industry, City Hall and Sacremento. Obit
New hires at KCRW
kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpgThe station staffs up for new Madeleine Brand show debuting in 2014. Details
Funny or Die does Nikki
deadline-parody-grab.jpgThe video strikes such the right tone that even Nikki Finke is enjoying it. Video inside.
Dorothy Lucey
dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpgFox 11 boss who said she made his eyes bleed? No longer employed. TV people
Tiler Peck
tiler-peck-robert-iris.jpgThe rising ballet dancer we spent time with last year gets into Vanity Fair with her now-fiance, Robert Fairchild. Read
Mick Farren, 69
mick-farren-citybeat.jpgThe lead singer of The Deviants and writer for the late LA Reader and CityBeat LA collapsed while performing in London. More
Michael Hastings memorial
michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpgThe scene on Highland Avenue where journalist Michael Hastings died. Photo by Judy Graeme.
Jennifer Bjorklund
bjorklund-prescott-grab.jpgBack on the air for NBC. Read
Upside of sending crews to Rome
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Bryan Frank, the veteran photographer for CBS 2 and KCAL 9, has been sharing behind-the-scenes still images from the Vatican media swarm. Check it out.
Sneaky nudes
nude-ernie-holzman-cafe.jpgPhotographer Ernie Holzman snuck his model, Carly, into landmarks such as Union Station (and what looks to be Snug Harbor, above) for a series he calls "L.A. Backstory." Part of his own backstory is that the pictures help him fight his cancer. More at Los Angeles Magazine.
Zen Rabe

rabe-alexandria-hotel.jpgJohn Rabe, host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, checks out the walled-off mystery wing of the Alexandria Hotel on 5th Street in downtown.

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