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LA Times hires the sports intern, Register hires ex-LAT pair

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Couple of media move memos from last week involving the local newspapers.

LA Weekly discontinues theater awards after 35 years

lost-moon-radio-tim-norris.jpg The Weekly says "our focus for 2015 is utilizing our time and resources towards building, promoting, and evolving events that can bring us profitability for the new year. Unfortunately, this event does not help us towards meeting those directives."

Business-side layoffs today at 'not profitable' OC Register

New publisher who took over for Aaron Kushner says 'the business is not profitable' and announces about 100 layoffs, none in the newsrooms in OC or Riverside.

Gangsters in Paradise: Palm Springs' mob legacy

gangsters-in-paradise.jpg A five-part series in the Desert Sun will look at the history of Mafia influence, including the taint on Frank Sinatra and kids who grew up romanticizing the scene.

LA Times staff gets its vacation time back

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Read the memo: CEO Jack Griffin's email to the staff late on Friday night rescinds the policy that attempted to strip away accrued vacation time and force reporters and editors to make a case for paid time off they used to earn.

Mark Heisler gets another column -- this time in the LANG papers

mark-heisler-dn.jpg After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.

¡Ask a Mexican! turns 10

ask-a-mexican-logo.jpg Gustavo Arellano's column in the OC Weekly began humbly -- and now it's a freakin' empire and he's the editor of the whole paper. He celebrates in this week's column.
oc-register.jpg The OC Business Journal reports that two of the investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 say the company is 'insolvent.'

Remembering his days at the Bay Guardian

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The death of any newspaper is a sad occasion. But it was personal when I learned that the plug had finally been pulled on the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

Alt weekly down: Bay Guardian staff laid off, website frozen

bay-guardian-dan-white-cover.jpg The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees

The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Print relic

linotype-le-figaro.jpg I'm still traveling and will start to catch up on posting later in the week. In the meantime, a reminder about the venerable Linotype.

Ups and downs in the local media landscape

A new Sunday magazine makes its debut in some major SoCal newspapers this weekend, and deadline changes at the OC Register mean bad news for both the paper's sports department and its sports fans.

More shrinkage at OC Reg as layoffs go national

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a farewell email, the OC Reg's bureau chief in Washington says the parent company is closing its DC outpost.

List of layoffs at OC Register grows *

The list of layoffs at the OC Register, which began yesterday in the wake of the closing of the print edition of the LA Register, continues to grow, according to OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano.

Register couldn't pay its bill to LA Times, report says*

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano says the final blow to the Los Angeles Register came when the company could no longer pay the LA Times to distribute the paper. Layoffs at the Register are beginning today.

Kushner pulls the plug on LA Register 'effective immediately' *

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg An 11 p.m. email broke the news to Register staffers. The Los Angeles website will continue, as will Freedom's weekly papers here, but the surviving Register will focus on Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

LA Weekly says 'rumors' are LA Register may close*

la-register-ad-grab.jpg Passing along without comment or anything to add: "We now understand that many [staff reporters] were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end."

La Opinión converts to tabloid, redesigns site

la-opinion-cover-91614.jpg The Spanish language daily newspaper rolled out an all-new look this week. There's now a section of English language news on the website.

Will the Daily News et al be sold?

daily-news-box-200.jpg This morning's memo from Digital First Media CEO John Paton doesn't confirm or deny. Let the speculation continue.

Jill Painter pens farewell column for Daily News

jill-painter-twitter.jpg The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.

Media notes for Wednesday 8.27.14

daily-news-editors.jpg Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.

Today's LA newspaper front pages vary a lot

laopinionfront-82114.jpg Here's how four of the local front pages look in print today: Times, Register, Daily News and La Opinión. Just a visual survey, nothing more.

Go to jail in the old HerEx building

jail-cell-herex.jpg The Herald Examiner building downtown has not been inhabited by real newspaper reporters and editors since 1989. But some of them may feel eerily at home in the jail sets recently added to the array of location sets available for rental.
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Times press
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Phantom press conference
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