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Mitra Kalita leaving LA Times for CNN

mitrakalita-cnn.jpg The managing editor for digital strategy lasted just over a year.

Memorial Day media notes: Moves, paywalls, Trump and more

boom-cover-spring2016.jpg Plus a media wedding, the memorial service for Steve Julian and "survivor's mentality" at the LA Times.

LA School Report merges with Campbell Brown group, gets new editor

CampbellBrown-the74.jpg Laura Greanias, former city editor of the LA Daily News, will now run the site for NYC nonprofit The Seventy Four.

LA Weekly loses film critic Amy Nicholson too

amynicholson2013.jpg They are hiring. LAist is also looking for an editor-in-chief, and another former LA blogger-in-chief is in the news.

California's secret water blogger is a she

calif-aqueduct-stay-out.jpg The writer of On the Public Record.com sat down with Peter H. King of the LA Times after seven years of anonymity.

Scientists who help write the movies

ant-man-wsj.jpg The Wall Street Journal features Clifford V. Johnson, the USC theoretical physicist who is also a blogger and an adviser on plausible plot twists.

Serious kudos for the LA Review of Books

tom-lutz-book-club.jpg The Chronicle of Higher Education piles on the praise, saying there's now "an LARB style" of reviewing.

Grantland site killed by ESPN

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

BuzzFeed newsroom: 58% women and 68% white

buzzfeed-editorial-pie.jpg "We now have more women than men working at BuzzFeed," Jonah Peretti says on his blog. They also are less white than last year.

BuzzFeed walks away from Arts District move

ford-factory-shorenstein.jpg The web operation is still looking for the right LA headquarters, but for now BuzzFeed Motion Pictures is moving to Siren Studios.

RV encampment on Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood

rv-nh-12.jpg The blogger at Here in Van Nuys visited with some of the homeless parked in 15 vans, campers and RVs at North Hollywood Park.
ashley-madison-lips.jpg Roughly zero percent of female accounts "had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created," analysis of the hacked database finds. Then they realized it was wrong.

Sam Lubell on the Los Angeles he found and leaves

blackbirds-TAN-bullard.jpg At first he mostly saw that it wasn't New York, but the departing West Coast editor of The Architect's Newspaper came to love and respect the LA thing.

American Journalism Review to cease publication

ajr-screen-grab.jpg AJR has been published for 38 years. The print magazine shut down two years ago.

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."

Carly Fiorina's campaign team didn't register dot.org….

fiorina-didnt-register.jpg So somebody else did. Screen grab from CarlyFiorina.org.

Michael Higby, LA blogger, was 50

The lead blogger for many years at Mayor Sam's Sister City died Wednesday after a visit to the dentist.

Original Wonkette blogger wants you to know she's a Christian

ana-marie-cox-typepad.jpg Ana Marie Cox is still writing about politics and in her latest piece talks about her faith and being a liberal Christian.

BuzzFeed to interview President Obama on Tuesday

ben-smith-fb.jpg If you need another clear marker that BuzzFeed is a news operation with reach and not just a website with lists, this is a pretty good one.

Andrew Sullivan to shut down The Dish

sully-cartoon-in-dc.png The other shoe has dropped in political blogger Andrew Sullivan's recent decision to stop blogging.

Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging (and get a life)

sully-cartoon-in-dc.png One of the last of the original politics bloggers wants out before he burns out. He also hopes to write a book.

New California website: the Grizzly Bear Project

grizzly-bear-project-grab.jpg Sacramento journalist Anthony York calls the site a passion project to chronicle the changing state.

An always entrancing interactive weather map

wx-map-windyty.jpg Windyty is one of those websites where you can lose a lot of time just staring and trying new views.

The Atlantic will re-absorb The Wire

the-wire-grab.jpg After five years as a semi-independent website and a year under the name The Wire, the site is going back under the banner of The Atlantic.

Los Angeles Review of Books marks three years

larb-blog-logo.jpg Editor Tom Lutz notes the milestones after three years since the first review was published on a temporary Tumblr site, and points out the review is now entirely on its...

New sports biz website in town

field-of-green-grab.jpg The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.
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Murdered in Mexico
vice-grab-murder-victim.jpgVice News on the slaughter of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women.
Beutner's LA Times
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Sign of the print apocalypse?
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KCRW breaks ground
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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
New magazine
Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.59.12 AM.jpgCalifornia Sunday Magazine hopes to be the publication the state has never had. Digitally and otherwise. More
New hires at KCRW
kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpgThe station staffs up for new Madeleine Brand show debuting in 2014. Details
Baldwin Hills dam disaster
baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpgIn the formative years of TV news in Los Angeles, KTLA had the helicopter and the breaking news audience. Read more
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