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Archives: December 2012

Meet the Lakers’ Korean-Language TV Broadcast Duo

Never mind that the LA Clippers have now won more 2012-13 season games in a row than the Lakers have won games, period. Until further notice, the purple and gold remain the SoCal basketball brand with the largest international reach.

To wit, KPCC reporter Ben Bergman‘s piece today for Take Two about the pair of broadcasters transmitting every Lakers game in Korean. The purple and gold are the first NBA team to have all their games available with Korean SAP, although it’s put together a fair distance from Staples Center:

Whether the Lakers are home or away, Paul Lee and his broadcast partner Young Don Lee call the action from El Segundo, deep inside the spacious headquarters for Time Warner Sportsnet and Deportes…

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The Year in Review: Ten LA Journo Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

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J. Crew CEO Responds to Whiny New York Times Op-Ed

We have no idea how a complaint about online shopping made the op-ed cut at The New York Times, but it did. Delia Ephron wrote a whiny article on December 23 that can be summed up as “I had my Christmas order messed up by J.Crew, oh poor me shopping isn’t as intimate as it used to be!” Keep in mind that 1) Ephron is talking about shopping, as in the purchase of material goods with currency and 2) Everyone has had online orders ruined, but they get over it rather quickly because, oh who knows, they’re adults.

While Ephron’s letter was beyond annoying, it did get the attention of J. Crew’s CEO, Millard Drexler. In a letter to the Times, Drexler responded by saying what probably everyone else in the retail business was thinking: It’s one mistake among millions of orders. Also, shit happens:

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Next Best Thing to the Mayan Apocalypse? Try a Laguna Beach Jack In the Box and Pair of Ex-NHLers

A most important detail is being underplayed in the first wave of media pick-ups this afternoon of a Coastline Pilot item about a fracas at a Laguna Beach Jack In the Box involving a pair of former professional hockey players. The alleged drive-through madness happened on the night of December 21.

As in, who needs an anciently foretold end to civilization when all manner of civilization has already been lost? From Andrew Shortall‘s report:

The incident reportedly occurred when a cab in which [former Anaheim Duck] Jean Francois Jomphe and [one-time Toronto Maple Leaf] Richard Anthony Costello were riding pulled into the Jack In the Box drive-through line, cutting off a VW Jetta carrying a group of young adults.

“One of the kids [in the Jetta] did a hand gesture like, ‘Hey, what’s up’ and Jomphe got angry, got out of the cab and went to the guy,” Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz said. “Costello went to restrain him, but he’s pretty upset and shatters the back window.”

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Relax, Don’t Do It | Ignore Away | Five Nothing

TVNewser: Arresting David Gregory might be just a bit of an overreaction.

AppNewser: App downloads jumped 112 percent on Christmas, just in case you wondering how many people hate their families.

FishbowlLA: LA Weekly is bringing five-star restaurant reviews to its pages. Feel free to rant about them to your friends, who will kindly act like they care.

Loyola Marymount Finally Adds a Journalism Minor

It took Loyola Marymount University English professor Linda Bannister roughly ten years. But beginning next spring semester, the fruits of her labor will finally be on the school’s curriculum: the option for students of a journalism minor.

Up until now, LMU has offered only a Journalism Certificate. The minor will come in especially handy for students planning to apply to graduate journalism school and has been designed to also serve the university’s social justice mission. From the school’s recent announcement:

According to Bannister, the minor will require 21 units including four required courses: “The Language of Journalism” (or “Writing for Journalism”), “Journalism: New Media,” one course in community journalism or specialized journalism and one 400-level Capstone course with backpack journalism and long-form focus.

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Please Tell Us if Pitchfork’s New Site is a Joke or Not

Pitchfork, the mind numbingly self-important music site that covers bands whose members think wearing winter hats inside is socially acceptable, is launching a new site called Nothing Major. We think. That’s where you come in.

We need your help determining if Nothing Major is a joke or not, because judging by Pitchfork’s description of it, it’s either a hilarious parody or yet another worthless hipster hangout. Here are some highlights from the post announcing the new site. Read them and then give us your take on it.

Nothing Major is:

An online destination covering emerging visual culture.

This is the from the first line of Pitchfork’s description, and it’s fantastic! Is visual culture just emerging now? Because we thought it had been around for a long time. Actually, wait. What is “visual culture?” Are they talking about porn? We think they’re talking about boobs and butts. Is that what you think too? Maybe don’t answer that.

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New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ Piece is a Huge Hit

We loved The New York Times’ amazing “Snow Fall” piece, written by John Branch. It turns out a lot of other people did, too.

According to a Times memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, the feature grabbed 3.5 million page views, was shared over 10,000 times on Twitter, and at its peak (no pun intended), was visited by 22,000 people at once.

“The Times is a premiere online destination for news and information, but rarely have we been able to create a compelling destination outside the home page that was so engaging in such a short period of time on the Web,” wrote Jill Abramson, in the memo.

For the full note, click through.

After a Decade in Dallas, Kevin Boie Set to Oversee ABC7′s Digital Content

Kevin Boie is shifting to a city with no NFL football team. On the other hand, he’s doubling his immediate NBA cheering options and will soon be able to see first-hand what a properly motivated Lamar Odom can accomplish on the hardwood.

Boie is the new director of digital content for ABC7 in Glendale. He starts in January after five-plus years as a senior Web producer with FOX 4 KDFW and another five before that as the managing editor of the news website (previously

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