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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 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."

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.

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.

LA Weekly sold to mystery buyer and into uncertain future

laweekly-grim-sleeper.jpg The venerable free Los Angeles alt-weekly has been dished off by owner Voice Media Group.

'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.

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.

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.

NYT thins more in Los Angeles, and the LAT hires locally

nyt-newsroom.jpg The LA bureau of the New York Times is down to one news reporter, one Hollywood reporter and film reviewer Manohla Dargis plus bureau chief Adam Nagourney.

Oops: 6-year-old Betty Broderick story runs in LA Times*

broderick-320.jpg Weekend news report in the Times is an exact copy of a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2010.

More details on mixed use plan for LA Times buildings

latimes-buildings-from-city.jpg Offices and retail in the older buildings, while it looks like the 1970s corporate side will be razed for apartments.

Tribune doubles down on the whole Tronc thing

tronc-logo.jpg It's not true that the new name for Michael Ferro's experiment in newspapering stands for Time to Recycle Old Newspaper Company.

Tribune Publishing sending its IT jobs to India

jean-merls desk.jpg About 200 staffers would be laid off, a report says.

Drew Tewksbury named LA Weekly managing editor

Drew-tewksbury-2016.jpg The managing editor of KCET Artbound writes for Los Angeles Magazine, did segments for KPCC's New Music Today feature and was a producer for NPR's "News and Notes" back in the day.

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.

LA Weekly's Maddaus to Variety and more media notes

broad-iris-corner.jpg Larry Mantle on his friend Steve Julian. New post for Nicco Mele. The Broad gets a category on tonight's "Jeopardy." And a lot more.

Gannett makes overture to buy Tribune Publishing*

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The parent of the LA Times says it didn't seek the offer and isn't for sale, but is "thoroughly evaluating the proposal."

Two newspapers, two approaches to Pulitzer brags

lat-pulitzer-grab-320.jpg The LA Times turns its most valuable website acreage over to its own Pulitzer Prize, while the Washington Post stays with news of more interest to non-journalists.

Register land already flipped, making papers a real bargain

oc-register-bldg.jpg After sale of the real estate, the net cost for buying the OC Register and Riverside's Press-Enterprise is just $15.8 million.

Tom Hennessy, 80: Retired Press-Telegram columnist

tom-hennessy-twitter.jpg Hennessy spent 27 years as the staff columnist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and another six years writing occasional pieces.

Register formally changes hands and editor is out

ocregister-newsroom-nyt-ma.jpg The new owners are meeting the staff in a town hall session this morning. More than 70 were laid off yesterday.
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