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Supposedly Drunken City News Service Journo’s OccupyLA Arrest Caught on Video–Stone Cold Sober

When City News Service reporter Calvin Milam was arrested while covering the LAPD crackdown on OccupyLA earlier this month, police initially told LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero that Milam had been drunk and failed to identify himself as a journalist As you can see from this video, however, shot by Alex Mannone of The Occupied Venice Journal, Milam appears perfectly sober and clearly presents his press pass to officers prior to his arrest. The City Maven did some digging and found out that, since the official story and the video are so at odds, Milam’s case has been referred to LAPD internal affairs.

Milam was forced to post a $5,000 bond for attempting to cover the crackdown, and has an arraignment hearing scheduled on Jan. 6, 2012.

Milam’s arrest is at the 3:22 mark in the video.

Former LA Times Reporter Wants New, Front-Page Tupac Retraction

It’s been a pretty sweet couple of months for the LA Times, what with Pulitzer Prizes and the mother of all Schwarzenegger tips. But the newspaper could be headed for much less hallowed journalistic ground, courtesy of an item today in the LA Weekly by Simone Wilson and Dennis Romero.

Disgraced former LA Times investigative reporter Chuck Philips (pictured), who took a buyout not long after the paper retracted his March 2008 story about Tupac Shakur because fake FBI documents were sourced, suggests that recent remarks made by his formerly anonymous story source prove that he merits not just an apology but also a new, front-page retraction of the paper’s previous retraction:

“I want them to run a front-page retraction,” Philips tells LA Weekly. “Same size, same place.”

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Latino Blogger Breaks Down LA Times Newsroom Diversity

LA Weekly blogger Dennis Romero, a.k.a. The Informer, takes a good solid look at the results of the third annual newsroom survey conducted by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).

Romero, who describes himself as “half-Mexican” and notes that about half of those in LA county have some sort of south-of-the-border ancestry, highlights the finding that 6.8% of LA Times staff is Hispanic. He also makes good use of his CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California board membership, sourcing the organization’s executive director Julio Moran for a quick take:

“It is frustrating to see that for the third straight year, the percentage of journalists of color in newsrooms across the country has dropped while the overall percentage of the population in the country continues to grow… Our nation’s newsrooms need to reflect the diversity of the communities they cover.”

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The LA-Miami ‘Douche’ Debate

On Friday afternoon, LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero posed a rhetorical question that cuts to the very center of the west coast male ID: “Is Los Angeles the Douche Capital of the Nation?“ His evidence included the origins of Hollywood nightclub bottle service and the emblematic uniform of pricey Ed Hardy T-shirts.

Romero also took aim at South Beach, teasing: “Miami? Puleese. Those douches got nothing on our douches. At least they’re fit, tan and speak proper Spanish.”

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LA Weekly vs. Patch – Part III

Is it a good thing when a media organization desperately in need of spin control hires a PR person whose last name can be phonetically spelled out as as “I-am-you-know”? In the case of newly hired Patch.com point person Janine Iamunno, we think so.

It’s been an active week in the media spotlight for the AOL seed-funded start-up, beginning with our October 12th FBLA item Patch Hits South Pasadena, Press Club. That same day, The Business Insider shared a long and very detailed look at what’s been going with the online local news venture, including some notably forthright let’s-nip-this-in-the-bud reaction comments from Iamunno.

Separately, LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero – to his credit – took time to comment on our aforementioned October 12th item, right around the time that his newest broadside against Patch was hitting the airwaves. Under the expanded headline Did AOL’s Patch Take Content Again – This Time from an NBC Los Angeles Story About Sand Replenishment in Venice?, Romero examined whether or not the publication of a City News Service (CNS) piece under the byline of Venice Patch local editor Samantha Page may have constituted plagiarism.

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Patch Hits South Pasadena, Press Club

In these times of journalistic layoffs and media conglomerate belt-tightening, the rapid, ongoing Southern California expansion of community news hub venture Patch.com seems almost surreal. Yesterday, after some last-minute technical hiccups, the AOL seed-funded enterprise turned on the newest of its area websites, South Pasadena Patch, the same day the L.A. Press Club announced that San Francisco-based Patch west coast editorial director Marcia Parker (pictured) will be flying down to address the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, October 14th.

When a new Patch launches, one of the first orders of business for readers is to click on the biography page of the site’s local editor. In the case of South Pasadena Patch, the new hire is Sonia Narang. After receiving a Master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley, the California native honed her skills as an online video producer for PBS’ Frontline, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC.com and others.

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Another WaPo-er Joins HuffPo|Fox News Producter Sentenced To 10 Years For Kiddie Porn|Penthouse Turns 40|Entrepreneur Writer Tells All

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WebNewser: The Washington Post‘s national reporter Jose Antonio Vargas joined The Huffington Post as technology and innovations editor.

TVNewser: Former Fox News producer Aaron Bruns was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for possession of child pornography.

FishbowlLA: Penthouse celebrates its 40th anniversary with a collector’s edition mag.

Altangeles: Dennis Romero, a former writer for Entrepreneur magazine, has the final word.

Laid-Off Newspaper Reporters Flock to Online Startups, Profits Still Elusive

onlinelogos.jpgLaid-off newspaper reporters are increasingly finding refuge on the Internet, but so far, their online startup efforts are being met with mixed results.

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Alcoholism Builds Community

This past Thursday your FBLA editors joined a gathering of fellow journalists at The Must bar downtown to drink, bitch, and bond.

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Jessica Stites and August Brown

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Nathaniel Page, Ayse Arf, Matthew Fleischer and Tina Dupuy

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LA CityBeat Mourned In The Blogosphere

cbcover.jpgWe’ve gathered some of the online mumblings from former employees of the now-defunct paper. On his blog LA Photo, photojournalist Ted Soqui posted some of the lovely covers he’d done over the years, and wrote:

Worked with several amazing editors, writers, and designers there, and made some life long friends. LA City Beat will not fade in my memory.

Journalist Dennis Romero wrote on DanceBlogga.com:

Although I had problems with the way the place was run in the last year, it’s disappointing to see that L.A. can’t support two weekly newspapers. More than anything, the paper’s demise is a product of the soft economy and an advertising and media world that’s migrating online.

On lytrules.com, Luke Y. Thompson vented his frustration at seeing a paper with so much talent go under:

Was it the economy, or was it the incredibly stupid move by management to fire Steve Appleford as editor/head/writer/photographer? (Firing a guy who does almost everything, and replacing him with, for example, someone who had never been an editor before…surely not the best business plan). After Steve left, the paper never recovered. An expensive “relaunch” gave the paper cosmetic changes that were all reversed a few months later, and Rebecca Schoenkopf, whose strength as a writer is first-person pieces, became editor and wrote a cover story that was just a bullet-point piece of bits of advice her mom gave her. I grant you, I would rather read that than the OC Weekly’s umpteenth report on the Capistrano School District, but it’s still not cover-story material.

Donnell Alexander noted the demise of CityBeat on his website, and posted a story he was assigned to write for a future issue of the paper. It’s a piece for which he’s yet to be paid. His closing words:

I’ll miss CityBeat even though Southland Publishing – for whom I worked as New Angeles EIC, too – is the cheapest fucking publisher ever to employ this nigga. Runaway titlist. No company has come close.

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