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Chris Ayres’ Commentary About the Decline of Newspapers in US

This is Chris Ayers on SoCal Connected on the decline of newspapers. This is the first time we’ve heard the theory newspapers were “regional monopolies” and that’s why the sudden competition from the Internets hit them so hard. Doesn’t help the current cratering…but it’s an interesting hindsight conversation starter.

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LAT FOB: Memoirs with a Twist Panel

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There were about three memoir panels at the festival this year. It’s a very popular genre, apparently. Tickets for all panels, according to the super helpful and adorable information volunteers, were completely sold out. Sure, tickets were free – er $.75 through Ticketmaster – but still, nice turn out. All the panels were packed. Some with long lines of stand-bys.

Moderating this panel was Erika Schickel. Panelists included Gustavo Arellano of Ask a Mexican fame, Chris Ayers, Marion Winik and The Love Junkie, Rachel Resnick.

Ayers, author of War Reporting for Cowards, began by saying that he was the Hollywood correspondent for the London Times who was in Iraq for a whopping nine days, “I have the distinction of being the first journalist to desert the troops I was embedded with.” Ayers moved to LA got by his own admission a million dollar loan and a Range Rover on easy credit in 2006. “All writers do that. If something terrible happens to you, you think ‘I can write about this’.” And that was the basis for his latest book Death by Leisure: A Cautionary Tale. The amazing part of the book was the timing. Ayers explained,”Events started to catch up to me.”

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KCET Wins Two Golden Mike Awards

Golden Mike award.pngWe are very excited to announce that our little local TV program, SoCal Connected has won two Golden Mike Awards. We like any news that has nothing to do with people losing their homes, jobs, minds (Rob Blagojevich that’s aimed at you and your aluminum hat).

Anyway, SoCal Connected Executive Producer Bret Marcus used to work on “The News with Brian Williams” on MSNBC for all you stalkers out there.

KCET’s SoCal Connected, which launched
on-air and online in September 2008, this weekend won two Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program and for Best Original News Commentary.

The rest of the release after the jump.

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Oscar Hind-Sight is 20/20

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The Academy Awards from the rear-view mirror:

The Fug Girls should replace Kimora.

Alessandra Stanley just about nails it, except for getting the Busey moment wrong.

Worst clip montages ever–in some cases, stills were used, probably because there’s no WGA payment involved.

Obit sequence–where was Brad Renfro? Charles Lane? (Roy Schneider missed the deadline, no pun intended.)

Brian Lowry seems to have watched an entirely different show than everyone else.

Nikki Finke live-blogged, and some of her readers are miffed.

Jay Fernandez recaps the Diablo Cody legend. Cody says she’s tired of the stripper references:

If I had the money, I would pay off people in the journalism world to not mention it again.

which is pretty much biting the pole that vaulted her here.

Chris Ayers counts the Brits.

Jon Stewart’s performance gets the FBNY look-over.

Ken Levine:

Tilda Swinton looked like Conan O’Brien

Julie Christie–what’s with the gloves? Formal wear for the food-service professional?

Lynda Obst’s writing is so on the mark, polished and smart. Her taste is impeccable. So why does she produce such crap?