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Posts Tagged ‘Don Frederick’

Sarah Who?

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We’ve been reading the punditry about Sarah Palin this morning, and our favorite bit comes in the L.A. Times Top of the Ticket blog. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (whose name had been floated as a possible McCain sidekick) told Don Frederick:

“I don’t know too much about her, but perhaps that’s the good news,” Hutchison said.

Good news? If John McCain wins, he’ll be the oldest person ever elected president … and you think putting some unknown stunt candidate a heartbeat away from the Oval office is “good news?” For whom? Democrats?

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Russ Stanton’s Keynote Speech at OC Press Club Gala

russstantonmug.jpg LAT editor Russ Stanton, who kind of resembles John Cleese (serious, click here) was asked by the OC Press Club in March to be the keynote speaker at this year’s gala. “It feels like 4 years ago since then.” Said Stanton to the sold out crowd of 80 or so industry professionals. Indeed, in the wake of letting go of 150 staffers he showed up to a press club event. You’d think it’d be awkward. You’d think he’d grovel just a bit. We’d hoped he denounce Sam Zell and shake his fists. Yeah, we were really hoping for some type of fist shaking (“Damn you dessert spoon!”).

Anyway, Stanton was very matter-of-fact about the state of newspapers and the shrinking of his staff. “We have more readers today than in any other time in history.” He stated. “We aren’t sure how to get people to pay for it but there’s clearly a demand for it.”

He said that in spite of all that has happened he is optimistic about working with a new publisher. He didn’t grumble about Zell as we had hoped. “New people who try and fix it all the time are all insiders. Sam can help us see things about our business that we haven’t been able to before.”

Stanton mentioned that one of the top 100 blogs in the world is a latimes.com blog. Top of the Ticket he said, is written by two of the oldest staffers at the Times, Don Frederick and Andrew Malcolm. And that the Times has had 3 different batches of blogs. Some of them worked and others didn’t and they are open to change them up again. He also mentioned that he admired some of the ‘under 30 staffers’ they have because they are media savvy. “You guys use media all the time. We didn’t have that kind of exposure growing up.”

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LA Herald Examiner’s Almost-20th Reunion Party

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With L.A. media seemingly on its death bed, why not revisit an old ghost?

The Journalist from around the globe are expected to attend a party Thursday night recalling the venerable L.A. Herald Examiner, which shuttered not-quite 20 years ago.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

30306858.jpgPolitics-As-High-School: We’ve been loving the Top of the Ticket political blog for all the tasty morsels of minutiae it serves up. This Don Frederick post is especially fun: Replace the words “Clinton,” “Obama” and “Podesta” with “Rosie,” “Kim” and “Hugo,” and you’ve pretty much got the plot of Bye Bye Birdie.

35861256-20091157.jpgThat’s … Show Biz? There is a very interesting story on the LAT’s site about a British intelligence agency denying responsibility for death of Princess Di. One question: Why is this on the Entertainment section of the site? Is this part of some LAT policy to help Hollywood find stories to turn into screenplays?

sam_smOn.jpgNBC Tones It Down: It’s the austerity. NBC cancels its fancy upfronts in favor of small presentations in three cities. But don’t fret, Sam Waterson, you and other NBC stars will still get to rub elbows with advertisers at a big party on May. 12.