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LA Weekly Loses Web Editor to… Modern Farmer !?

Nothing against Modern Farmer, a print quarterly and companion website launching in the spring. But when west coast media folks like LA Weekly Web editor Jake Swearingen make the sideways career jump, it’s typically to an enterprise with a Twitter handle like @ModernFam, not @ModFarm.

Equally strange, at least to us, is the fact that Modern Farmer is headquartered not in Nebraska but rather New York City Hudson, NY. Swearingen is making the cross-country journey now with his girlfriend. He has been replaced at LA Weekly by Ali Trachta.

“Jake has been the architect of the Weekly‘s Web strategy – and a damn good one,” editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske tells FishbowlLA. “In 2012, we saw a 22% increase in unique visitors and 55% increase in page views from the prior year. That was all Jake.”

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The John Kerwin Show Celebrates Its 100th Episode

LA Weekly writer Ali Trachta recently attended the 100th episode taping in Encino of underground talk program The John Kerwin Show. While the on-air elements are late night rote, the production schedule and pay stubs are not:

New episodes tape just once every five weeks and air on the tiny Jewish Life TV network (JLTV). The show’s staff is unpaid.

Thirty-nine-year-old host Kerwin has helping him, sometimes remotely, some pretty well-established buddies like writer Marvin Silbermintz and associate producer Don Sweeney, both previously with The Tonight Show. His guests for the 100th episode above were Jonathan Winters (at home in Santa Barbara) and Brandi Glanville.

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Stages of Grief Setting In at LA Weekly Over Jonathan Gold Exit

The reality of Jonathan Gold‘s impeding departure from the LA Weekly is starting to sting the paper’s staff. Especially since the reconstituted Weekly of the past few years has been built largely around food coverage. Squid Ink’s Amy Scattergood is going through her “5 Stages of Grief.” Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance: they’re all there. And they all seem to involve eating lots of spicy food and sausage.

Meanwhile, Weekly blogger Ali Trachta has taken a more New Orleans dirge-style approach to Gold’s loss–appropriate, given yesterday’s conclusion of the Mardi Gras season. Trachta dug up this hip-hop serenade of Gold and his annual 99 Essential Restaurants list by Conor Knighton.

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