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Posts Tagged ‘David Lazarus’

LA Times Getting the Hang of Google Hangouts

FishbowlLA was in attendance last Friday afternoon for the Social Media Week LA panel “How Social Media is Transforming Journalism.” Because of the Pacific time zone, this event turned out to be the very last one across the worldwide network of SMW hubs.

We were particularly struck by the comments of LA Times executive producer, interactive video Michelle Maltais regarding the paper’s recent foray into regularly scheduled Google hangouts. The paper officially started streaming the discussions a few months ago.

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LA Times Drops the Hammer on Lehman Brothers

The Los Angeles Times reporter trio of Walter Hamilton, Andrew Tangel and Stuart Pfeifer discovered that Lehman Brothers awarded nearly $700 million to 50 of its highest-paid employees before their 2008 collapse as detailed in an exclusive article Friday:

The documents, which were among the millions of pages submitted in Lehman’s bankruptcy, show the list of top earners each were pledged $8 million to $51 million in cash, stock and other compensation. How much, if any, of the stock was cashed in before the bankruptcy wiped out its value couldn’t be determined.

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Media Ganging Up on San Diego Communications Firm

Last week, LA Times reporter David Lazarus had an item about BBG Communications, the San Diego firm that continues to reap ridiculous service charges from an empire of “350,000 pay phones and 300 million minutes of calls per month.” He cited a 20-second LAX credit card call that cost a 56-year-old Lakewood woman $19.98.

Now, the New York Times is getting in on the consumer reporting act. With a pair of class action lawyers having set up the website BBGOvercharge.com, it’s no surprise that the phone conversation between reporter Ann Carrns and a corporate rep was short and, presumably, cheaper than the typical BBG transaction:

A woman who answered the phone at BBG Communications on Tuesday said, “We don’t answer any questions from the media.” But I’m waiting to hear back from the company’s outside lawyer.

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SoCal Connected Covers Runaway Production

David Lazarus reports how, why and when production went away from LA and how we can get it back. Apparently in South Carolina when the film crews want to park a truck in front of someone’s house they’re baked a pie. Take note, City Hall.

SoCal Connected Wins Six Golden Mike Awards

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If you’re not watching SoCal Connected, you’re missing out on some seriously good journalism. Just super tasty.

Below is the press release in full. Spoiler: Jill Stewart and Patt Morrison won for news commentary.

Los Angeles – January 23, 2010 – SoCal Connected, KCET’s hard-hitting weekly news program, won six Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program, Best News Special, Best Hard News Reporting, Best Light News Reporting, Best Individual Writing, and Best Original News Commentary.

The awards were announced on Saturday by The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, which presents the Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism every year.

“SoCal Connected is honored to receive six Golden Mike Awards,” said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET senior vice president of programming and production. “SoCal Connected is committed to bringing viewers stories that can make a difference in their lives, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

38175609-23090536.jpgWhat Does Sarah Rogers Have Against Samantha Harris? Consider this a personal e-mail published on a blog, Sarah. What gives? You’ve never had a nice thing to say about the beautiful and talented Samantha Harris … and even when you call her “skinny” (which we think is a compliment), you do it in a backhanded kind of way. Please tell us: What gives?

31835847-21125433.jpgPucks Got F—ked: Gelila Puck, wife of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told David Lazarus her story of hiring a nanny from a prominent agency only to be lied to about references, work history and other, you know, minor details. It’s a horrific story, but we have to be honest, we were a little disappointed that this celebrity nanny story didn’t include more sex.

38164798.jpgA Show Biz Bear Attacks And Kills His Trainer: The grizzly from the Will Ferrell film Semi-Pro mysteriously lunged at a trainer. State regulators are investigating, but we’re guessing the curtain is coming down on this one.