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John Corrigan to Lead LA Times A&E Coverage

The Los Angeles Times announced Wednesday that John Corrigan will succeed Sallie Hofmeister as the assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment.

Corrigan has been at the LAT since 1999 and was most recently the business editor.

“John brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new role,” said editor in chief Davan Maharaj in a memo. “As Business editor, he led a team of reporters and editors in making our financial report a model:  a combination of elegant features, hard-hitting investigative stories, and quick-hit breaking news on our blogs.”

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Sallie Hofmeister Leaving the LA Times

The LA Times‘ top arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister is leaving the paper after more than 17 years on the job. A memo sent out today from EIC Davan Maharaj announced that June 22 will be Hofmeister’s last day. She will apparently take the summer off before “embarking on a new career challenge.”

From the memo:

Sallie leaves an important legacy. She led a gifted roster of writers and editors — and brought aboard new journalistic talent — to build a formidable team during some very tough times. She integrated Calendar’s print and digital coverage, which had been separate entities. And she did it with her trademark humor, intelligence, humanity and, of course, style.

Memo in full, via LA Observed, after the jump.

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LA Times Receives Ford Foundation Grant

The Los Angles Times received a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation that will allow the newspaper to hire five new reporters to “focus on the Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil.”

The two-year grant comes with no strings attached, giving the Los Angeles Times complete control over their editorial hires and coverage.

After the jump is the memo from editor Davan Maharaj, from LA ObservedRead more

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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Against the Pentagon’s Wishes, LA Times Runs Grisly Photos of U.S. Troops Posing with Afghan Corpses

An unidentified American soldier has provided 18 photographs to the Los Angeles Times showing U.S. Army paratroopers posing with the body parts of Afghan insurgents. After being shown the images by the newspaper, the Army launched a criminal investigation. The military also requested that the LA Times not publish the photos.

Ultimately, the paper decided to run two of the 18 photos. Editor Davan Maharaj explained:

After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.

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New LA Times Editor Making Trinidad Proud

Here in LA, coverage of the upcoming holiday season transition of top editors at the LA Times has been couched in all sorts of negative context about the state of daily newspapers. But back home in Trinidad, the native country of Russ Stanton successor Davan Maharaj, it’s a different story.

Reader comments to an article about the appointment published in the Trinidad Express, where Maharaj (pictured) was once a reporter, are buoyed by patriotic pride. One reader notes that Maharaj is the son of a sugar cane union organizer, while another suggests the journalist’s ascension is a clarion call:

Always good to hear positive news from a son of the soil. And that we know he got where he is today not because his father knows somebody, or somebody knows his father, but by hard work and determination with devout dedication to duty as opposed to nepotism. Job well done and accolades well deserved. Hopefully he will be a beacon for some of our country folks who only know how to achieve their goals the old-fashioned way.

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Punchline Delivered | Paper Moves | Just Desserts

  • TVNewser: Even Donald Trump knows that Donald Trump is a joke — he has pulled out as moderator of the upcoming Republican debate.
  • FishbowlLA: Russ Stanton, the Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Times since 2007, is stepping down. He’s being succeeded by Davan Maharaj, the Managing Editor of the paper.
  • FishbowlDC: Want to have fun during the holidays like the Obamas? Eat a lot of pie.

Editor Russ Stanton Leaving LA Times

The Los Angeles Times announced today that Russ Stanton is “stepping down” after four years as the paper’s editor. No reason has been given for his departure. Stanton’s final day will be December 23.

He’ll be replaced by Davan Maharaj, currently the managing editor for news at the LA Times. Maharaj will be the 15th editor of the LAT, and the 5th editor the paper has had in the last 7 years. Quite a revolving door.

More about Maharaj from the LAT release:

He joined the company in 1989, working as a reporter in Orange County, Los Angeles and East Africa. His six-part series “Living on Pennies,” in collaboration with Times photographer Francine Orr, won the 2005 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing and inspired readers to donate tens of thousands of dollars to aid agencies working in Africa.

LAT Memo: Sallie Hofmeister to Become Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment

This is from LAT Editor Russ Stanton and it’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it:

From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: New Arts & Entertainment group; Sallie Hofmeister, editor

Colleagues:

Entertainment is Southern California’s signature industry and biggest global export. With more than 50 reporters, editors and producers in Calendar, in Business and at latimes.com, we have among the largest number of journalists — and the best report — in town on this important subject.

For several years, our staffs covering entertainment, the business of entertainment and the arts have been located on different floors and our coverage strategy could best be described as loosely coordinated. That approach is inadequate today given that we face fierce competition, have moved to an integrated newsroom and publish in different mediums.

Today we are establishing a new department that will be headed by Sallie Hofmeister, who is leaving her post as business editor for the masthead job of Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment. She will report to Managing Editor Davan Maharaj.

The rest after the jump…

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LAT Editorial Assignments

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

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