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LA Times Promotes Joy Press to Books and Culture Editor

Sixteen years after co-authoring The Sex Revolt: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock’N'Roll, cool LA journo couple Simon Reynolds and Joy Press are still going strong. He just had a piece in The Guardian about the explosive expansion of the U.S. electronic dance music scene, while she was promoted Wednesday to a choice new LA Times position.

Per the memo from editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor Alice Short, Press has been tapped to replace Jon Thurber as the paper’s books and culture editor:

Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for two and a half years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps…

In addition to her editing duties, Joy has written about some of the talked-about shows on TV, including Girls and Game of Thrones. She has profiled Chloe Sevigny, Mindy Kaling and Enlightened creator Mike White, and recently reported on the art activities that preceded the London Olympics.

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Books Editor Closing the Page on Illustrious LAT Career

This is an unusual reporting day at FishbowlLA. As far as we can remember, never before have two members of the SoCal media community – each with four decades of experience at their respective same single outlets – chosen to simultaneously announce their retirements.

We told you earlier about the exit of City News Service vp Yet Lock, officially announced late Friday. Now comes word this morning that Jon Thurber (pictured), who began his career with the paper a year before Lock in 1971, will also soon be taking permanent leave:

Thurber started out as a clerk on the foreign desk; since 2010, he has been books editor. In an email to staff, Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short noted Thurber’s guidance in developing special holiday book sections and shaping Sunday books coverage. He is expected to continue in his position until early summer.

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Geraldine Baum, The LA Times’ NY Bureau Chief, Steps Down After 23 Years

Geraldine Baum, The Los Angeles Times’ New York Bureau Chief since 1989, is stepping down tomorrow. According to a memo Baum sent out to colleagues, she has decided to move on because she wants to take her life in a new direction.

“It’s as simple and complicated and mysterious as this: Although I’ll never stop writing and thinking like a journalist, it’s time for Geraldine 2.0,” wrote Baum. “I leave knowing I did the kind of work that mattered, and I’m grateful that journalists like all of you still do.”

See the complete memo after the jump.

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LAT: Mary MacVean Moves To Features

Mary MacVean, web deputy and editor of the LAT Homeroom blog, has been moved to features as a staff writer specializing in food.

A memo from Asst. Managing Editor/Features Alice Short explains:

“Mary worked for almost 20 years at The Associated Press, where she collected a number of job titles, including national writer covering food and nutrition. In that job, she wrote about diet and diets; trends and farmers markets; and consumer issues such as federal food labeling laws. She profiled the likes of Julia Child and David Bouley and attended — but didn’t quite finish — Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School and edited cookbooks. Among her other titles at the AP was national editor for morning newspapers.”

Congrats, Mary!

LAT Reverses Decision, Runs Doonesbury

doonesbury_we_did_it.jpg The LAT had planned not to run a Doonesbury strip today that Garry Trudeau drew several weeks ago, showing his characters reacting to a Barack Obama victory. Editors were concerned that, since all the poll results would not be in by press time, “in the interest of accuracy, it would be best to wait to see the results of the election.”

But “more than two dozen readers reacted” — a kinda paltry number if you ask us — and the paper relented.

The Reader’s Representative noted:

“We listened to readers like Ann Calhoun of Los Osos, who wrote: ‘Wait. Comic strips now have to be factually accurate? So, this means Rex Morgan is a real doctor, right?’”

Before the editors reversed course, Assistant Managing Editor Alice Short admitted, “I’m very devastated to learn the truth about Rex Morgan.”

Alice Short becomes Assistant Managing Editor for Features

lasss29.jpgRuss Stanton sent along a memo to staffers, alerting them to the Alice Short‘s move from California section features editor to Assistant Managing Editor for Features. A giant leap, and a good one for Alice.

Congratulations!

Memo follows:

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