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Kim Murphy Takes Over as LA Times National Editor

Some might argue that Roger Smith is getting out of the print newspaper business in general and Tribune Co.-owned corner of it in particular just in time. Per an internal memo shared this morning by LA Times readers’ representative Deirdre Edgar, the national editor is retiring after 36 years of overall service.

From the announcement by Times editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin:

Smith will be succeeded by Kim Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national and foreign correspondent now serving as our Seattle bureau chief.

The tributes to Roger will soon begin to flow. There isn’t enough space here even to begin summing up what he has meant to The Times. We’ll leave that for another day.

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LA Times Editor Davan Maharaj Helps Kick Off UC Riverside Writers Week

What is the state of journalism today? You’ll get a very different answer depending on who you ask, with LA Times editor Davan Maharaj scheduled to give his latest take on that shifting topic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UC Riverside.

Maharaj will deliver the event’s Hays Press-Enterprise lecture. Given his paper’s emergence from parent company bankruptcy and ability to detach itself soon under new ownership, it should be an interesting talk. LAT columnist Hector Tobar will also speak earlier this afternoon, at 2:30 p.m.:

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture is a series devoted to addressing issues in journalism and the media that was begun in 1966 by the late Howard H. (Tim) Hays when he was editor of the Press-Enterprise newspaper…

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LA Times Vet Promoted to Foreign Editor

Since July of 2012, Mark Porubcansky has been acting as the unofficial head of the LA Times foreign desk. Today, the paper made it official.

The bump to foreign editor caps a fourteen-year span with the paper that has seen Porubcansky work as an assistant foreign editor, foreign projects editor and deputy foreign editor. From the LA Times memo announcement by editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin:

He came to us in 1998 from the Associated Press, where he served in the Moscow, Vienna and Hong Kong bureaus. He covered the dramatic days of glasnost and perestroika in the Soviet Union and reported on the wars in Croatia and Bosnia. His passport bears stamps from Albania, Afghanistan and Mongolia. Among the most satisfying moments of his years abroad was finding his grandfather’s home village in Slovakia, using a map sent by a reader who had seen his byline.

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LA Times Exec Warns Against the Dangers of ‘Mauvais Langue’

In Trinidad and Tobago, there’s a local bit of lingo known as “mauvais langue.” It’s pronounced “mo-vay-lang” and means to speak ill of someone, to gossip.

Thanks to an honorary degree acceptance speech given over the weekend at the University of the West Indies by Los Angeles Times Media Group executive vice president and editor Davan Maharaj (pictured), it’s also now our favorite new expression to describe a main challenge of the digital news gathering age. From a report in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian:

“We all heard of mauvais langue, a penchant for gossip, for spreading lies, hearsay, or in my world as a journalist, to report a story without the full set of facts, a half-story,” Maharaj said. “It is something my grandmother, growing up in Palmyra, warned me about.”

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Report: Geoff Boucher Exiting LAT *

According to Nikki Finke tonight, Geoff Boucher – quarterback of the popular “Hero Complex” blogs and column (pictured) – is on his way out the LAT door.

Boucher has been with the paper since 1991. He would neither confirm or deny Finke’s sourced tip, but as she writes, this would if true complete a huge double-whammy loss for the paper:

Boucher’s exit follows editor Davan Maharaj’s arrival and then a new entertainment editorial team announced June 20th. That was like moving deck chairs on the Titanic given that the newspaper has become lazy and irrelevant and its showbiz ads have fallen 25% every year as studio and theater chains abandon the publication. Seriously, folks, no Boucher and no [Patrick] Goldstein = no showbiz readers.

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LA Times Names Megan Garvey Assistant Managing Editor for Digital

Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Davan Maharaj announced Wednesday the promotion of Megan Garvey to assistant managing editor for digital. Garvey has been with the LA Times since 1998.

From the newsroom memo:

She will be responsible for the selection and display of news and features on latimes.com. More broadly, she will work with journalists across the newsroom to find the most effective ways to present our journalism and connect with readers online.

With Megan’s new assignment, Tenny Tatusian will become mobile editor, overseeing the presentation of our content on portable devices, an increasingly important aspect of our operation.

Garvey will be in charge of the LA Times website and data team. She will report to Jimmy Orr, the managing editor of digital.

Marla Dickerson Promoted to Business Editor of the LA Times

The Los Angeles Times announced today that Marla Dickerson has been named the new business editor of the paper. Dickerson has worked at the LA Times for 16 years, and served as a deputy business editor for the past three.

More on Dickerson’s career in the memo from editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin:

A former business correspondent in Mexico City, Marla has a deep understanding of the trade and immigration ties that bind Los Angeles to Latin America. As editor of our China business coverage for the past few years, she has helped give readers a window into the world’s second-largest economy. She and colleague Evelyn Iritani won the Malcolm Forbes Award from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2002 for their series “China: the Giant Awakes.”

The full memo can be read at the LA Times Reader’s Representative Journal.

Los Angeles Times Names Marc Duvoisin Managing Editor

The Los Angeles Times has promoted Marc Duvoisin to managing editor, the newspaper announced on Thursday.

Duvoisin, previously the deputy managing editor, joined the LAT in 2001 as an assistant managing editor.

Below is the memo from editor Davan Maharaj:

To the staff:

I’m pleased to announce that Marc Duvoisin is the new managing editor of the Los Angeles Times.

As you know, this announcement is a long time coming. It reflects months of thought about how we position The Times to succeed in the digital era while maintaining the values and traditions of great journalism that brought us here in the first place. I’m immensely proud of how the newsroom continues to adapt and tackle each new challenge. Our commanding Web audience and unwavering commitment to the best enterprise journalism are a tribute to your focus and creativity. The new managing editor must help us push change even further, while also putting out the world-class newspaper our readers have come to expect.

Marc is that person.

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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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Los Angeles Times Business Reporter Wins Loeb Award

The Los Angeles Times received the Gerald Loeb award on Tuesday night for “Wheel of Fortune,” Ken Bensinger’s series on Buy Here Pay Here car dealers.

Bensinger’s series beat out two Wall Street Journal entries and one from the New York Times. It was his second Loeb award, which was established in 1957 by the late founding partner of E.F. Hutton & Co.

“Most Americans need cars to get a job and keep it, and for those who don’t have a lot of money or decent credit, it’s a daunting challenge,” LAT editor Davan Maharaj said in a statement. “Ken Bensinger showed how many of these people bought cars from dealers who took advantage of their desperation. But for Ken, their stories would not have been told.”

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