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Posts Tagged ‘Alex Schmidt’

LA Journos Launch Local News Podcast

Too cheap to pay for the LA Times? Too busy doing the robot in your car to the smooth electronic grooves of KCRW to bother with the news? Local journos Alex Schmidt and Hillel Aron may have the answer for you. The duo recently launched a weekly podcast devoted to “anyone who cares about local news, but…feel like they have a hard time keeping up.”

Schmidt tells FishbowlLA the podcast is called L.A. Redux. “It’s 15 minutes of real talk, once weekly, on the most important, and amusing, L.A. news headlines.”

The duo plan to have a different guest journo sit in to discuss the news each week. Commie Girl/Wonkette Rebecca Schoenkopf was the show’s most recent guest. You can check out the show here.

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Spot.us Launches Two New LA Quality-of-Life Projects

Spot.us, the non-profit journalistic website run by David Cohn, has just launched two new complimentary projects in Los Angeles, funded by the California Endowment. The first, called the LA Vitamin Report, is an 8-part multimedia series devoted to “quality-of-life” issues in Los Angeles. Alex Schmidt will be the project manager. Schmidt is a radio veteran who has worked as a staff reporter at WHYY, a web producer at The New Yorker, a producer at Marketplace, and a web producer at 20th TV Fox.

Schmidt’s first story for the project–about homeless children commuting hours across the city to go to school–just aired on the Madeleine Brand show today. Read more about it here.

Spot.us is also launching a complementary blog called The Daily Vitamin, which will cover the same terrain as the multimedia effort. Yours truly, Matthew Fleischer, has been named the blog editor. I’ll be posting a few times a week on issues ranging from land use to public health. I might even throw some flaneuring in there for nostalgia sake.

Previously on FBLA: Spot.us To Launch New Los Angeles ‘Quality-of-Life’ Project