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LA Weekly Announces New Editor-in-Chief

Just hours after news broke that LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes was on his way out, a replacement has been named: Sarah Fenske, managing editor of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. Both papers are owned by Village Voice Media.

Fenske, who has never worked in Los Angeles, may seem a strange choice to lead a publication that’s supposed to be on the cutting edge of LA culture. But she has a 10-year history with New Times Media, who acquired both the LA Weekly and the Village Voice Media name in 2005. The New Times has a history of promoting from within, even if that means sending employees to new cities they aren’t familiar with.

According to the LA Times, they were informed of the new hire by VVM executive editor Mike Lacey before LA Weekly‘s own staff. The company memo, which was sent to employees at 3:30, is after the jump.

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Drex Heikes Not the Only One Out at the LA Weekly

Big news today in the alt-weekly world as LA Weekly editor-in-chief Drex Heikes announced he was moving on from the paper. His last day is this Friday. LA Observed has the memo. We spoke with with Weekly publisher Beth Sestanovich about who might be taking over for Heikes. Sestanovich says she found out about Heikes impending departure about a week and a half ago, and that a replacement has yet to be found. “I suspect we’ll have an announcement on a replacement in the next couple of weeks.”

Given that LA Weekly parent company Village Voice Media/New Times has a history of promoting from within its network of papers, we asked Sestanovich if an LA candidate is likely to take over the paper. “There are no internal candidates in the building,” was all she would tell us.

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Zachary Pincus-Roth Takes Over as LA Weekly Arts and Culture Editor

The LA Weekly has a new arts and culture editor: Zachary Pincus-Roth, a former Variety staffer whose freelance work has appeared in the LA and New York Times for the past several years.

From LA Weekly EIC Drex Heikes‘ memo:

Zach has been a familiar face on the LA arts scene for several years as freelance reporter writing about arts and entertainment for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Slate, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications. His articles have focused on theater, film, the culture of Hollywood, and the intersection of technology and entertainment. He has won awards from the LA Press Club and has appeared on NPR’s “On the Media.”…

Zach will preside over virtually all arts and culture content, with the exception of film and music, which have their own editors. His immediate mission will include a major expansion of our arts blog in April–including the hiring of an arts writer. He also will lead the search for a new visual arts critic.

LA Observed has the full memo.

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Village Voice Media Honcho Mike Lacey Still Trying to Figure Out This Whole Internet Thing*

It’s not often Village Voice Media capo dei capi Mike Lacey graces the pages, web or otherwise, of his media properties. But this communique from the bossman–his first in months–went out yesterday on the LA Weekly‘s Informer blog, as well as every other website in the VVM chain.

Is it just us, or does this post demonstrate Lacey has absolutely no clue how blogging, Twitter or the entire Internet seem to work. First off, what’s up with the hashtag in the headline? You use that for Twitter. It doesn’t work when you blog.

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Drex Heikes Responds to Neon Tommy Piece

drex-heikes2.pngWe asked LA Weekly’s new editor Drex Heikes what was true in the Neon Tommy profile. Are they going to be hiring more reporters? What is the future of the paper?

“The kid who wrote it was first rate. I wish it had been more about the paper and less about yours truly. I asked him several times to focus on the paper because I could tell he was going all messiah, which is utterly misguided,” Heikes tells FBLA.

Noting, “The websites advisors are both former Weekly employees. I wonder what happened in the editing.”

But tellingly Heikes asks for patience, “I wish that crowd would calm down and give us a year.”

Noted.

Previously on FBLA: LA Weekly Gets Defensive About Neon Tommy Report

LA Weekly Debuts Their Own iPhone App

LAWapp.png The LA Weekly’s app is pretty neat. No news. Just listings of events and restaurants. Generally helpful if you’re the kind of person who does stuff.

You can download it for free at the app store. Always a plus. Not like the dim two buck CNN app.

Of course, if we were building an LA Weekly iPhone app, it would be much much different. It’d be a map with honing dots where ever Patrick Range McDonald or Jonathon Gold were hanging out. We are super lazy stalkers. Plus we’d want a constantly updated emoticon for the mood of editor Drex Heikes. “I feel like pitching a series of articles about the plight of parking enforcement hybrids, I’ll just check to see if Heikes isn’t already bored.”

Is there an app for that?

Previously on FBLA: FBLA Goes Fanboy on Jonathan Gold

Drex Heikes To Be New Editor at LA Weekly

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From the LA Weekly blog:

Long-time Los Angeles journalist Drex Heikes will return to California this summer to become LA Weekly’s next editor. His homecoming follows another happy event: his acceptance last month of the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service on behalf of the Las Vegas Sun for an investigation he assigned and edited.

During an 18-year career at the Los Angeles Times, Heikes served as editor of the Sunday magazine–where he directed both long-form news journalism and the coverage of local arts and culture–and as foreign affairs editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. He spent the fall of 2001 in New York City supervising the Times’ coverage of the World Trade Center attacks.

Welcome back home Heikes.