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Los Angeles EIC Mary Melton Assesses the State of LA’s Media

Frying Pan News’ Danny Feingold just posted a nice interview with Los Angeles EIC Mary Melton. Among other interesting tidbits, Melton, a former LA Times reporter, describes what she thinks is missing from LA’s media landscape–including from her former paper.

The mainstream press needs to reintroduce beats, cover California and L.A. issues, have more reporters devoted to local politics and politicians. Websites don’t have the resources to do deep reporting.

Melton also talks about how she’d run the LA Times if she took over as editor:

The first thing I would do is hire a fleet of buses and have everyone in the building get on one and go see the city. Too many people at the Times never leave the building. I remember during the 2000 Democratic Convention, which was in downtown. I was working at the Times, and I decided to go over to check it out. I tried to get some folks to come with me, and everyone said, “It’s so far.” What?

Read the interview in full here..

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