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LAT Entertainment Journos Talk to ASU Students About the Job at Hand

Talk about an informative field trip stop. Last month, a group of students from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication came to LA and got to listen to the following LA Times entertainment journalists panel March 12: Steven Zeitchik, Amy Kaufman, Chris Lee, John Horn, Mary McNamara, Meg James, Scott Collins and Dawn Chmielewski.

The event was part of an ASU west coast swing titled “Covering the Business of Entertainment,” which has also encompassed visits to studio lots. From the Reynolds Center report about the panel discussion:

Kaufman said that reporters have to be careful about what information is on and off the record. It’s not a good idea to ruin a relationship with a publicist or contact, she added.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Chris Lee Returns to the Los Angeles Times

Last year the Los Angeles Times lost Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast, but they’ve managed to win him back. He’ll return to the paper October 15, where he’ll be a senior writer on film and pop culture, and contribute to the Hero Complex blog. In related news, Gina McIntyre has been made the lead writer and editor for Hero Complex, taking over for Geoff Boucher, who left the paper last month for Entertainment Weekly.

The memo, via LA Observed:

To: The Staff
From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor

Pop culture aficionados have long sought out the work of Chris Lee. His keen sense of story and gift for words has led to scores of memorable pieces, including Hollywood foodies, Muslim punk rockers and the “club girls” who prowl the Sunset Strip for celebrity gossip.

His takes on celebrities rank among the very best, and the most eclectic. Zack Galifianakis, Gustavo Dudamel, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Lewis, Kanye West … all have gotten the Chris Lee treatment, to the delight of readers. He also chronicled Michael Jackson’s attempted comeback, and shared a Times Editorial Award in 2010 for his role in the breaking news coverage of Jackson’s death.

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Daily Beast Catches Up to LA Photog’s Treats! Phenomenon

You know the “internal politics” have to be bad when they cause a male photographer to give up lucrative gigs shooting “scantily clad and naked women” for the likes of Maxim, Playboy and FHM. That’s the lede crowning Chris Lee‘s very fun Daily Beast article about British born LA-based photographer Steve Shaw.

Actually, Shaw is still in the beautiful women business, but now operates without the troublesome constraints of “bum crack” edicts or allowable breast exposure decrees. In 2011, he launched his own quarterly magazine Treats! (NSFW), to immediate buzz and acclaim:

The new title has grabbed the attention of influential tastemakers and industry icons around the world for its tasteful displays of female full-frontal nudity, luxe-y aesthetic, and underpinning of fashion-world credibility. And now subscriptions are flooding in as far away as the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, and Malaysia, as well as such entrenched style hubs as London and Tokyo.

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Daily Beast Titillates with Chyna Porn Piece

Every once in a while, Daily Beast staffer Chris Lee helps Tina Brown and co. go for the jugular.

Earlier this month, the former LA Times music writer penned a piece entitled X-Men Sexploits: Tales of Debauchery from the Set, while this spring, it was a Newsweek op-ed about the preponderance in studio films of “full frontal dude-ity.” Now comes a very salacious interview feature with former WWE wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who credits hardcore porn with rescuing her from a forlorn life of multiple suicide attempts.

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LA Times Calendar Section Loses Another Body

Company Town editor John Lippman is the latest to leave the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. He’s off to New Hampshire, where he’ll be the editor of a small town paper.

Lippman is the 14th voluntary exit from the Calendar section in a little under two years, an unusually high rate of departures at a time when newspaper jobs are increasingly hard to come by. We’ve heard grumblings about the section’s editor, Sallie Hofmeister, but as Kevin Roderick points out, Lippman was a Hofmeister hire, and his departure is apparently nothing to do with his boss.

After the jump, the updated list of Calender refugees:

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LA Times Calendar Section: The Mass Exodus

Look, we’re old salts when it comes to journalists changing gigs. We were there for what we call the ’08-’09 blood bath. Tens of thousands of journalists laid off. It was like blogging at a morgue.

Anyway, the post-Apocalypse LAT Calendar section is still losing talent. Today’s exit: one of the last remaining senior television writers Maria Elena Fernandez. That makes three senior writers whom have left Calendar in the past month (music critic Ann Powers and reporter Chris Lee being the other two).

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Chris Lee Joins Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Proving once again that nobody is safe from the lure of Tina Brown, the Los Angeles Times has lost music writer Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast.  LA Times assistant managing editor Sallie Hofmeister said Lee’s loss will be felt by the paper:

We will greatly miss his talents, his upbeat outlook, and his hipness.  [We] wish him only the best.

To borrow a line from Antoine Dodson, “hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband” because Tina Brown is stealing everyone up in here.

LA Times Sweeps the Times’ Editorial Awards

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Safe to say the LA Times won all their own awards. Cough. This year’s Pulitzers. Cough. Congratulations all!

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won for beat reporting. Harriet Ryan, Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Ann Powers won for breaking news, the Michael Jackson story specifically.

And the Publisher’s Prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for sticking with a Toyota crash story that ended up causing one of the largest auto recalls in history. There’s the real breaking story. Get it? Huh? Breaking.

Complete list and a podcast with Russ Stanton is here.

LAT In 90 Seconds

30136806.jpgBo Diddley dies: The obit for Bo Diddley notes that he’s been given credit for everything from rock to heavy metal to rap, and the piece by Chris Lee lovingly refers to Diddley (and his guitar) as “instantly recognizable.” Good thing he’s so famous: The clip that runs along with the piece wouldn’t give the uninitiated anything to go on.

39108180-21132016.jpgCarrie Does Big… at the Box Office: Despite dismal reviews (Carina Chocano notwithstanding), it looks as though Sarah Jessica Parker just stuck a Christian Louboutin boot up Harrison Ford‘s ass. That’s Fendi: 1, Fedora: 0.

39497952.jpgBacklot Fire Deemed Accident: The fire that tore through Universal Studios backlot has been determined to be a terribly unfortunate mistake. If we were cruel, we’d follow with “Not unlike many other things that come out of Universal.” But we’re not cruel. See?

Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again

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Almost the minute that Chris Lee goes on vacation, the LA Times leaps to fill the Theresa Duncan info void. Keeping Lee’s seat warm, Steffie Lee writes a fan-girl tribute to Duncan’s blog, which she claims was neglected in other news stories. No new facts and at least one old fiction are presented (“broke their lease”).

Nelson must not have read Lee’s second piece, as she uncritically accepts the blog posts:

She routinely skewered the establishment (Artforum, she said, was a “fading critical powerhouse”)

Artforum’s editor, Tim Griffin, was one of those named in the harassment diary prepared by Duncan and Blake.

Writing about the couple’s move to NYC, Nelson asks a question, but answers it herself:

What happened to the love affair with Los Angeles? For one thing, Blake had been hired as a designer at New York-based video giant Rockstar Games.

Nelson must not know that he’d worked there before, and that his job that wasn’t as a game designer, but rather a graphic artist, meaning–it’s not a promotion.

Nelson has combed Duncan’s blog to catch some of the usual touchstones–Art Luna, the Alfa Romeo, Jean Seberg–but misses quite a bit, such as Duncan always celebrated her own birthday on Halloween, or that the artist who collected lovers’ heartbeats was Dario Robleto, who showed with Blake. She reads the blog all right, but not much else. This piece would be fine if Steffie had a MySpace page, but as big-city journalism, it’s banal crap.

This is the second tribute piece that the LAT has run, and FBLA can’t help but wonder why? The Times paid little or no attention to Duncan when she was alive, but once her Google numbers went up, the paper was all over her.

Poulet runs a site for true Duncanophiles, as does The Seaword.

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