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From Screenwriting Hopeful to LAT Entertainment Editor

John Corrigan (pictured), who was recently promoted at the LA Times from business editor to assistant managing editor of arts and entertainment, is in a sense going back to his roots. As he told a reporter for the student newspaper at his Alma Mater (where he also spoke Monday), he initially wanted to write movie scripts:

“I was a screenwriting major here at Loyola Marymount University, and when I graduated I couldn’t figure out how to become a screenwriter. So I ended up getting into a Master’s program at [CSU] Northridge in communications. From there, I managed to get an [unpaid] internship at the LA Times and some clips.”

The Q&A by Loyolan managing editor Kevin O’Keeffe fails unfortunately to do justice to its headline, “11 Burning Questions with an LA Times editor.” That’s because there is no mention of the recent departures from Corrigan’s watch of brand name columnists Patrick Goldstein and Geoff Boucher, both reportedly unhappy with the new mechanics of the paper’s arts and entertainment coverage.

Corrigan says the principles of screenwriting were helpful to him as a journalist. Which is a good thing, because he is presently tasked with putting together a very challenging sequel. Presumably with a budget about half the size of the original.

[Photo courtesy LA Times]

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