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Wave of Media Coverage Pushes Malibu Beaches App Over the Top - Posted May 30, 2013
Buoyed by post-Memorial Day reports in the LA Times and on Kevin Roderick's LA Observed, the Kickstarter campaign for Our Malibu Beaches last night reached its goal of $30,000. Along the way, it was also at one point highlighted by Kickstarter as a worthy Journalism project. ... [FishbowlLA]

Matea Gold Now Believes in a Different Newspaper - Posted May 14, 2013
The Twitter profile for LA Times DC bureau reporter Matea Gold resolutely states: "I still believe in newspapers." But perhaps not those being coveted by Rupert Murdoch and a pair of Koch brothers. In what could be interpreted as hedging her bets, maintaining control of her professional fortunes o... [FishbowlLA]

Pundits Agree: National Media Can't Get LA Mayoral Spellings Right - Posted March 6, 2013
Hey Angelinos? Did you cast a vote on Tuesday for Wendy Gruel? That's of course not how you spell either Angelenos or Wendy Greuel. But as Daily News reporter ... [FishbowlLA]

Hidden LA Sues Los Angeles Magazine Over Borrowed Moniker - Posted March 1, 2013
Hidden Los Angeles, the popular Facebook page and website dedicated to our town's lesser-known treasures, has slapped Los Angeles magazine with a trademark infringement lawsuit, reports ... [FishbowlLA]

The Native Angeleno, LA's New Website - Posted August 29, 2012
Another blog about Los Angeles launched this past month, this one from native sons Hillel Aron and Richa... [FishbowlLA]

LA Times Columnist Patrick Goldstein Quietly Says Goodbye - Posted August 21, 2012
By all accounts, Wednesday's "The Big Picture" column in the LA Times is Patrick Goldstein's last. ... [FishbowlLA]

LA Weekly Writes Clueless, Erroneous Story Claiming Paper Didn't Cover Riots in '92 - Posted April 27, 2012
Simone Wilson of the LA Weekly unleashed a diatribe this morning about how terrible the paper's coverage of the LA riots was back in '92. She claimed that, "two full issues went by without any mention of the riots," and that the first article on the subject didn't appear till May... [FishbowlLA]

LA Observed Gets a Redesign - Posted April 16, 2012
The influential local media website unveiled a sharp new look early this morning. There have been a few overhauls since Kevin Roderick first started LA Observed in 2003, but ... [FishbowlLA]

Despite Colossal Dodgers Blunder, ESPN Opts for No Immediate Apology - Posted March 15, 2012
LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus starts off his crackerjack expose of con man Dodgers bidder Josh Macciello with a dozen or so paragraphs about the duped January 2012 reporting efforts of ES... [FishbowlLA]

Journos React to Shocking OC Register Layoff - Posted February 29, 2012
It's certainly not unusual, sadly, to hear about another round of layoffs at a SoCal daily newspaper. But the idea that the Orange County Register would not be able to find a way to keep Latina columnist Yve... [FishbowlLA]

Jonathan Gold Says Goodbye to Angeli Caffe - Posted January 18, 2012
After 27 years, Evan Kleiman's Angeli Caffe closed its doors for good on Jan. 13. LA Weekly columnist and KCRW Good Food... [FishbowlLA]

Report: Jennifer Bjorklund Out at NBC4 - Posted December 13, 2011
Reporter/anchor Jennifer Bjorklund was let go by NBC4, according to LA Observed. "Everybody very sad," a NBC4 employee... [FishbowlLA]

Headline Typo Sneaks Past LAT Copy Desk - Posted November 16, 2011
Oops. Kevin Roderick caught this typo on the Los Angeles Times website Tuesday. Hey, it happens. [H/T ... [FishbowlLA]

Daily News Loses Two Editors - Posted October 20, 2011
Kevin Roderick of LA Observed got his hands on a memo from the Daily News announcing the departures of features e... [FishbowlLA]

New York Times A Couple of Years Late Reporting On the LA Times' Struggles - Posted January 24, 2011
The New York Times ran an extremely belated piece today on the struggles at the LA Times. Thanks to the Grey Lady we learn that since the Tribune Company took control of the LA Times, half the newsroom positions at the paper have been cut and the paper shut down its... [FishbowlLA]

What Is News? Ask Sallie Hofmeister of the Los Angeles Times - Posted December 8, 2010
Kevin Roderick at L... [WebNewser -]

Mickey Kaus Moves to Newsweek - Posted September 20, 2010
On the same day we find out that Howard Fineman is leaving Newsweek after 30 years for Huffpo we find out that former Slate blogger turned failed Senate ... [FishbowlLA]

SoCal Connected Buys FBLA Brunch - Posted October 6, 2009
We were going to list the shows that have yet to feed us a meal just prior to lunch. But it would be much easier just to mention the only one who has - SoCal Connected. They invited us, Kevin Roderick (who we missed saying hi to) and cast and crew to... [FishbowlLA]

Al Martinez Column Resurfaces At The Daily News - Posted June 9, 2009
After being dropped from the LA Times in January, popular columnist Al Martinez has found a new home at the Daily News. From Kevin Roderick at ... [FishbowlLA]

LA Observed Celebrates 6 Years - Posted June 1, 2009
We made it to the rooftop party at the Formosa this past Friday to celebrate the six year anniversary of popular media blog LA Observed. That's over 12,000 posts, according to LAO creator Kevin Roderick (or K-Rod, as we like to call him)(Not to his face). There were a gajillion people... [FishbowlLA]

LAT Front Page Ad Could Have Been Even Worse - Posted April 9, 2009
Seems the original plan for the front page Southland advertisement would have been even more intrusive. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed has the scoop: Newsroom sources say that as of Tuesday, publisher Eddy Hartenstein had OK'd... [FishbowlLA]

More Layoffs At LA Times - Posted March 23, 2009
The next wave of layoffs and buyouts at the Times has begun. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed has been hearing from those on the inside: Most guesses I'm hearing put the number at more than 50, with the ... [FishbowlLA]

Bankrupt Round-Up - Posted December 10, 2008
Kevin Roderick is reporting that the Tribune Company is freezing pending payments to freelancers. NewsBlues ran a chilling story about all the recent layoffs: Tribune also says sever... [FishbowlLA]

SPJ/LA Honors Journos - Posted November 24, 2008
No this isn't like the Pulitzers last year...this time LA won...ahem. And no, we just never get tired of that joke...ever. Society of Professional Journalists - Greater Los Angel... [FishbowlLA]

Madeleine Albright Sells Book, Stumps For Obama At The Grove - Posted October 23, 2008
We made it to the Grove last night (where we bumped into L.A. Observed's Kevin Roderick -- small world) to hear Madeleine Albright speak about her... [FishbowlLA]

LAO Afraid Sources Have Been Allegedly Compromised Which Makes for a Perfect Post - Posted October 8, 2008
LA Observed's Kevin Roderick's 'sources' - man/woman/animal lover on the inside at the LAT's - job has been threatened. His Deep Throat is in Deep Shit. Which makes for the perfect civil disobedient - alas most self-important ... [FishbowlLA]

LAO Spots The Problem - Posted September 23, 2008
Words are totally unnecessary in this case, but if you want to read Kevin Roderick's, you can right here. ... [FishbowlLA]

Update: Kevin Roderick Vs. Eric Longabardi, Part III - Posted August 18, 2008
We were hoping for a good old-fashioned wrestling match. A fight to the finish on the order of Xeni Jardi and Violet Blue. Alas, the rumble between ... [FishbowlLA]

UPDATE: Kevin Roderick Vs. Eric Longabardi - Posted August 14, 2008
Going into far more detail on L.A. Observed than he did with us here at Fishbowl LA, Kevin Roderick blasts Eric Longabardi's latest ... [FishbowlLA]

Kevin Roderick Vs. Eric Longabardi: Two People You Don't Want to See in a Bikini Mud Wrestling Match - Posted August 13, 2008
We're not sure what bloggers Kevin Roderick and Eric Longabardi have against each other, but we know they won't be sharing a toothbrush any time soon. Longabardi, over at, ... [FishbowlLA]

Jim Newton Out Of L.A. Times - Posted June 3, 2008
While we were busy trying to confirm the truth of this, Kevin Roderick got the goods. Gotta give it up to L.A. Observed for having the story. After two decades at the paper, ... [FishbowlLA]

Is L.A. Observed Dissing Ron Kaye? - Posted May 30, 2008
We honestly can't tell by this post. We'd normally just e-mail Kevin Roderick directly and ask, but we decided to take a page out of ... [FishbowlLA]

Ken Reich: L.A. Times Becoming A "Lauging Stock" - Posted April 28, 2008
Former L.A. Times editor Ken Reich has some harsh words for new head ed Russ Stanton and his policies -- particularly the "cracking down" on using anonymous sources. Reich notes that former LAT reporter ... [FishbowlLA]

SoCal and the Pulitzer: We Stand Corrected So Much, We're Actually Going to Sit Down Now, Thank You - Posted April 15, 2008
So, remember when we said that Mark Katches was the closest thing to a Pulitzer SoCal got? And then it turned out that a former local freelancer ... [FishbowlLA]

FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party - Posted February 21, 2008
Slate's Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington's mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.) ... [FishbowlLA]

LA Weekly's Laurie Ochoa 's Letter to LA Observed - Posted September 27, 2007
LA Weekly EIC Laurie Ochoa's email to Kevin Roderick: Kevin, I know it makes juicier blog posts to tie everything that happens at the LA Weekly to some kind of Mike Lacey conspiracy against the very paper he owns, but Monday's item about the Weekly's new office location being Lacey's revenge on the... [FishbowlLA]

Daniel Hernandez Says Adios to LA Weekly - Posted September 14, 2007
Daniel Hernandez has sealed the deal with Scribners to write a book about the book about the youth and subcultures of Mexico City, which started as a LA Weekly cover story.... [FishbowlLA]

K-Rod's Getting Some R&R. Does Anybody Notice? - Posted August 30, 2007
Big ups for Veronique de Turenne, who has taken the helm at LA Observed this week while former LAT-ian Kevin Roderick is on vacation. We like her quick take o... [FishbowlLA]

WWD Not Talking About Jacob Bernstein, Nikki Finke - Posted July 16, 2007
WWD isn't talking about Jacob Bernstein's profile of Nikki Finke that disappeared from the online archives, despite being published over the July 4th weekend. Andrea Kaplan told FBLA "we have no comment". We asked Luke Ford if WWD was making him take down his post quoting fr... [FishbowlLA]

Wiener & Pals Recall the Good Old Days at the LA Weekly---It's All Jill Stewart's Fault - Posted June 29, 2007
In The Nation, Jon Wiener, the UCI prof and John Lennon expert, bewails the new era or rather the passing of the old era at the LA Weekly. He... [FishbowlLA]

Who Let The Blogs Out?--LA Bloggers Scrap at W Hotel Tonight - Posted June 26, 2007
Join Fishbowl LA's Kate Coe at a Poolside Chat--Who Let the Blogs Out?--tonight at 7 pm at the W Hotel in Westwood. Part of the ... [FishbowlLA]

David Zahniser Moves to LA Times--Look Out, Mr. Mayor! - Posted June 22, 2007
The LA Weekly loses David Zahniser to the LA Times. The veteran City Hall reporter will be covering Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Kevin Roderick at LA Observed observes: I don't know what it means for Duke Helfand, who has been on the Antonio beat for the Times, but the hire should mea... [FishbowlLA]

Andres Martinez, Kelly Mullens, Brian Grazer: Three's Company - Posted March 21, 2007
FBLA thinks this is almost too good to be true: Andres Martinez, the Op-Ed Editor at the LA Times has been dating Kelly Mullens, who was an executive with Sitrick and Company. One of that firm's clients is Brian Grazer, the guest editor of this weekend's Current section. Former Sitri... [FishbowlLA]

Tribune Pays by the Post/Vegan Chef Pays With Hot Air - Posted February 1, 2007
Over at LA Observed, Kevin Roderick is showing his old-media roots. Tribune is looki... [FishbowlLA]

LA Observed Predicts Top Stories of 2007/No Pop Culture - Posted January 26, 2007
Over at LAObserved, the results are in for the top news stories of 2007. No, that's not a typo--Kevin Roderick invited readers to predict the future. Winning entry: ... [FishbowlLA]

LA Press Club Presents CNN's Nicole Lapin Discussing Citizen Journalism - Posted January 17, 2007
Join CNN Pipeline Anchor, Nicole Lapin, tomorrow for a panel on the future of broadcast journalism in the age of citizen journalism. Lapin is a news anchor with CNN Pipeline,'s premium commercial-free broadband video news service.One of Los Angeles' most popular citizen journalists, Kevin Roderick... [FishbowlLA]