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Archives: April 2012

LA Teen Newspaper Needs $500,000 in Funding

Long before my days as co-editor of FishbowlLA, I spent my Saturday afternoons at L.A. Youth, a newspaper for teens, by teens. It was during these weekly meetings with my peers from schools all across Los Angeles that I realized I wanted to pursue journalism as a profession.

So, it broke my heart to read in Monday’s Los Angeles Times that the non-profit needs to raise $500,000 in funding by mid-May or it will run out of cash:

But as the newspaper approaches a quarter-century, it is struggling to hang on. The foundations whose grants have long been the primary source of funding have pulled out, and board members who once brought in corporate donations have been laid off, said Donna Myrow, L.A. Youth’s executive director.

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LA Times Technology Writer Awarded Knight Fellowship at Stanford

The recipients of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships have been announced, and of the 20 journalists who have been selected, one of them is a local. That would be David Sarno, technology reporter for the Los Angeles Times business section.

The John S. Knight allows recipients to pursue their ideas for innovative journalism at Stanford during the 2012-13 academic year. Sarno will work on creating “video tutorials showing journalists how to quickly build touchable, 3-D computer graphics for news.”

Other fellowship recipients from the golden state include Andrew Donohue, editor of the Voice of San Diego, Mary Aviles, editor of the EFE News Services in San Jose, and Kevin Weston, a new media entrepreneur from Oakland.

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South Florida’s DJ Laz to Power New LA Radio Morning Show

When DJ Laz bailed as the longtime morning drive radio host on Miami’s Power 96 at the beginning of April after 22 years, he suggested it was time for a change. Today, it was announced that the popular South Florida personality will be relocating to the west coast to continue entertaining morning commuters.

Starting May 14, DJ Laz – real name Lazaro Mendez - will re-up on KXOL 96.3 FM (a.k.a. Latino 96.3) for The DJ Laz Morning Show. The program will air weekdays from six to 10 a.m, bumping the current time slot tandem of Raquel Cordova and Nachin. The show will also be available over the Internet at Lamusica.com. Here’s more info about LA’s newest radio personality via Orlando Sentinel columnist Ben Crandall:

Laz has also been a force in the South Florida hip-hop scene as a performer and producer, working with such as stars Lil Jon, Flo-Rida, T-Pain and his nephew, Pitbull. “Signing DJ Laz is very much in line with our strategy of delivering the biggest stars and the best content possible,” said Jesus Salas, executive vice president of programming for [KXOL parent] Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS).

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Before You Sign That Book Contract

It’s finally happened: Your awesome magazine or newspaper article has led to a book deal. But before you jump to sign that contract, take a moment to read it thoroughly. Bets are, it won’t have your best interest at heart; there will be clauses hidden in the fine print that might kill your future prospects. For example:

The non-compete clause. This can prohibit writers from working on books that would compete with the existing title they are publishing. The problem is that it’s often so broadly written that it could stop you from writing magazine articles or blog posts, all of which can help to market the book.

“Any such clause should be limited to book-length work and should give the publisher a deadline for refusing a new book proposal on a related topic, which then frees the writer to pursue publication elsewhere,” advised Meg Schnieder, an Iowa-based author of 12 books, including The Everything Guide to Writing a Book Proposal.

For more information on other potential deal breakers and steps to renegotiation, read The 7 Biggest Red Flags in Book Contracts.

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Michael Rosenberg Joins Sports Illustrated Full-Time

Michael Rosenberg has contributed to Sports Illustrated since 2009, but now he is coming aboard full-time. Rosenberg, who was also a columnist with The Detroit Free Press since 2004, has been named a Senior Writer at SI.

“Michael has a style in the best of Sports Illustrated’s literary traditions,” said Time Inc. Sports Group’s Editor, Terry McDonell. “He is going to be a smart and explosive voice for SI.”

Rosenberg was just as excited. “I always felt like I had one of the best jobs in journalism at the Free Press, but I am thrilled to join Sports Illustrated,” he said. “SI is the best brand in sports journalism, and I am in awe of its past and excited about its future.”

TechCrunch Editor Sells Clothes Off Her Back for Charity

Alexia Tsotsis, full-time TechCruch editor and part-time fashionista, is parting with a chunk of her wardrobe to benefit the nonprofit Charity:Water. In partnership with online consignment shop Threadflip, Tsotsis is offering up fashionable finds ranging from a J. Crew sweater (pictured at right) to a studded pair of Miu Miu heels.

The clothing sale is part of a larger effort by Tsotsis to raise $10,000 for Charity:Water. Tsotsis dedicated her 30th birthday to the cause, encouraging donations in lieu of gifts.

Charity:Water is an organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Unsafe water kills approximately 30,000 people every week, mostly children, so it’s easy to see why Tsotsis was eager to get involved. 100% of donations to Charity:Water go directly to funding safe water projects, a refreshing alternative to the many charities who blow a significant portion of donations on “operating costs.”

And if Tsotsis looks familiar, it’s because she used to be a local. She served as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter in 2008 and 2009. She now resides in San Francisco.

The American Prospect Will Fold Unless it Comes up With $500,000

The American Prospect, the liberal magazine that publishes 10 times a year, is in dire straits. The Huffington Post reports that, unless the title comes up with about $500,000, the July/August issue, which closes in May, will be its last.

Kit Rachlis, the American Prospect’s Editor-in-Chief, is currently pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen. She told HuffPo that staffers are “making an all-points effort to fill that gap with individual donors, institutional donors, as well as readers and subscribers.”

If you think the American Prospect hasn’t made much of an impact, thus it won’t be missed, here are just a few journalists who got their start there: Ezra KleinSuzy Khimm, Joshua GreenNick Confessore, Garance Franke-Ruta, Jonathan Chait and Ann Friedman.

LA Community College Battling Some Familiar Newspaper Problems

Is any publicity good publicity? Not when the topic of the USA TODAY article is U.S. college newspaper woes and the editor of Harbor Tides at Los Angeles Harbor College is the lede:

Joseph Valdez says he has seen his newspaper’s budget “cut drastically” the past two years. His print paper may soon be eliminated, as the push continues to take news to what many see as newspapers’ ultimate destination: the Internet, with all of its uncertain profitability…

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Newsday Hits iPads in Westchester with Special Content

Cablevision has announced the launch of Newsday for Westchester. It is available as a regional website and iPad and iPhone applications.

The content is specifically designed for Westchester County, Rockland County, and Hudson Valley residents. Starting today, Newsday for Westchester delivers in-depth news for the region as well as videos from Cablevision’s entities, including Newsday, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, and MSG Varsity.

The site or app is provided free of charge for Optimum Online customers. Others can subscribe to the Digital Subscription package, which includes complete access to the regional website and apps for $1.15 per week following a one-month free trial.

Users can visit Newsday.com/Westchester to access the website. The iPad and iPhone applications will be available for download from the iTunes App Store beginning today.

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