This is from LAT Editor Russ Stanton and it’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it:
From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: New Arts & Entertainment group; Sallie Hofmeister, editor
Entertainment is Southern California’s signature industry and biggest global export. With more than 50 reporters, editors and producers in Calendar, in Business and at latimes.com, we have among the largest number of journalists — and the best report — in town on this important subject.
For several years, our staffs covering entertainment, the business of entertainment and the arts have been located on different floors and our coverage strategy could best be described as loosely coordinated. That approach is inadequate today given that we face fierce competition, have moved to an integrated newsroom and publish in different mediums.
Today we are establishing a new department that will be headed by Sallie Hofmeister, who is leaving her post as business editor for the masthead job of Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment. She will report to Managing Editor Davan Maharaj.
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