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Curbed ‘Going to Rethink’ Newly-Acquired Gridskipper

Curbed.jpgChanges may soon be afoot at Gridskipper, the travel blog Gawker Media offloaded this morning to the Curbed network in its three-blog fire sale. “We’re going to rethink it a little bit,” Curbed president Lockhart Steele said of his hyper-local network’s new blog-baby. “We’re thinking about the fact that Gridskipper never had a local mooring.”

Staff shifts within Gridskipper’s current 45-person masthead could ensue since “Gawker has the ability to operate the site with a much bigger editorial budget than we do,” Steele said. His “honest answer” on current Gridskipper writers’ fates, after the jump.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Gawker Media Mg. Ed.: ‘Core Staff — The Main Writers’ Staying on at Newly-Sold Blogs

Gawker Media managing editor Noah Robischon confirmed “the site leads of each are staying,” but couldn’t speak to the ultimate fate of freelancers employed by newly-sold GM blogs Gridskipper, Idolator, and Wonkette. “Gridskipper, as you know, employs a ton of freelancers,” he said by phone this morning, acknowledging that he couldn’t speak to their ultimate fate within the jettisoned blogs’ new homes.

With the sale of Wonkette smack-dab in the middle of an election season, where will Gawker Media readers go for political coverage?

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UPDATED: ‘Forty to 50′ Laid Off at Nielsen Business Media

Hired less than a year ago, Editor & Publisher online editor Pauline Millard was among the “40 to 50″ laid off today at Nielsen Business Media, according to a source at one of the company’s trade magazines. Affected staffers include those within its Marketing & Media group as well its Travel & Performance Group, the source said.

Another tipster’s report, after the jump…

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More JT LeRoy–Nancy Rommelmann in LA Weekly

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Nancy Rommelmann, who really is where she should be all the time, goes further into the never-ending world of JT LeRoy/Laura Albert in the LA Weekly. Rommelmann got an assignment from the LA Times to interview LeRoy, a few years back and there the adventure began.

Rommelmann writes with great compassion and insight but she’s clear-eyed about Albert’s manipulations, hucksterism and talent. She told FBLA:

In some ways, she’s easy to like; she’s spouting these platitudes and you’re thinking, come on, you know this is bull. Then she gets fiesty, and I liked that. She’s also sort of ill-looking; I found myself at one point literally rubbing her hands in mine, because they were purple-gray.

That JT and I had been phone pals; there’s just no story there; he had hundreds of phone pals. It was when I found out about the Heights connection–you have no idea how many people Laura and I know in common–that’s when I knew, okay, this is my job to do. It was easy not to judge her; harder, was to take all this information and let it find its form. It took a long time, like, five effing months. I have a big thing about wanting not to betray those who’ve spoken to me. I’m fairly certain Laura won’t see it this way, but, I did my best to let her tell me the story as she saw it, and then build into that what I found.

Earlier:
On the Road with Laura Albert & Alan Feuer

LA Times Scorecard and Why O’Shea Was Dropped

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Emily Steel, in the Wall Street Journal, covers why LA Times publisher David Hiller and newly-axed editor Jim O’Shea couldn’t agree:

It seemed to Mr. Hiller that Mr. O’Shea was “unable to make the hard choices” by asking that the newsroom budget increase to about $123 million from $120 million. “They were proposing an increase in a year when, like all newspapers, revenue was down dramatically,” the publisher said in an interview yesterday. “The idea that a newsroom budget would be increased was regrettably totally unrealistic.”

And then there’s O’Shea’s memo.

According to the Dec. Scorecard for the paper, the decline in advertising and circulation revenue continued. Online was healthier, though, with page views totaled 75.1 million, down 2.8 millions from
November. Page views to prior year were up by 18%. Unique visitors
increased by 21%, of which local unique visitors were up by 35%.

The online edition got 50 new staffers, with another 50 hired elsewhere. 130 left the paper, and the staff is now around 800.

Top stories below—

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FBLA 20 Questions: Edward Padgett

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The NY Times might have some fancy writers, editors and such but the LA Times has a secret weapon: Edward Padgett, pressman, blogger, and relentless teller of truth. And the truth comes out, when he answers those “so random they must be profound” questions of ours.

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? LAObserved, LA Biz Observed, Fishbowl LA, Media Bistro, Los Angeles Times, San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? Fling.com

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Tour guide on the Island of Cozumel for non Spanish speaking tourist.

4. Last movie you saw? I-robot with Will Smith

5. Last book you read? On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross M.D.

6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. Met Debra Wilson from MAD TV at Naja’s in Redondo Beach, we danced, drank, and laughed. Just met Danny Bonaduce at the 2007 Love Ride, and found him to be much calmer than portrayed by the media.

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Updated: Beck Interview about “Alice in Wonderland” Film in 2003

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The resourceful Richard found the original interview, and translated the best part. From the August 5, 2003 issue interview of Beck by Sandra Cesarale

What about [your debut] movie?

It will be full of energy and full of characters: some kind of Alice in Wonderland set in the 70s. It still doesn’t have a title. The director is a friend of mine and it will be her directorial debut. But I trust her. We will begin shooting in the Fall.

Now, deals fall apart and Hollywood friends aren’t. But why did Beck go to such lengths to deny the whole thing to Vanity Fair?

More Duncan/Blake drama. Beck denied ever discussing acting in Theresa Duncan’s film, Alice Underground in Vanity Fair, but long ago, and far away, he mentioned a project that sounds a whole lot like it in an interview with Corriere Della Sera

Beck allegedly told Italien newspaper Corriere Della Sera (the story is not on the paper’s terrible site and CDS is not indexed by Lexis Nexis) that he’s going to play in a movie this fall, “a kind of Alice in Wonderland” taking place in the 70s. The director a female friend of his and it’s her first film.

Small world or creepy coincidence: the Italian interview is cited by Emmanuelle Richard, who’s a friend of FBLA. Turns out, she was the first journalist (or one of the first) to get Beck to admit to belonging to the church of L. Ron.

E.R: Are you Jewish? AND scientologist?

B.: Well, my grandfather was a Presbytherian [sic] minister. My mother was Jewish and she raised us Jewish as well, but during the summer, I used to go stay with my grandparents and I’d go to Church. My parents were scientologists probably from the 60s… so I grew up around that too. I had a lot of influences.

Did Beck’s auditors wipe out too many memories?

Earlier:
Jeremy Blake’s Unfinished Work in Corcoran Show
Jeremy Blake Show Reviewed in NY Sun
Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On
Jeremy Blake Show Opens at Corcoran Gallery
Theresa Duncan, Jeremy Blake Screenplay Offered
Malcom McLaren: Jeremy Blake Was Gay
Newsweek On Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake
The Independent Obit of Jeremy Blake
Scientologist Leader Says Theresa Duncan Had Bizarre Delusions
Theresa Duncan Blog Remembered in LA Times, Again
How I Got That Story: Chris Lee, Kate Coe on Theresa Duncan
LA Times on Jeremy Blake, Theresa Duncan
Theresa Duncan on Journos: “I Talked Rings Around Them”
FBLA’s Kate Coe Lays Theresa Duncan Myths To Rest
Update: Theresa Duncan’s Death Confirmed
Theresa Duncan, Filmmaker, Reported Dead
If Los Angeles Was a Perfume…..

Dialing for Dollars: Eva Georgia’s Big Severance at KPFK

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Marc Cooper does the math, as they say, and finds that KPFK paid nearly 9 months worth of severance pay to Eva Georgia, the controversial station manager. He writes:

Even the infinitely wealthier Tribune Co., owner of the L.A. Times, recently offered notably generous buyout packages equivalent to two weeks’ salary for every year worked. KPFK, all of a sudden, can afford to be three times more generous than the Times?

Upon learning of the platinumn handshake, news reporter Molly Paige reinsituted her sexual harrassment lawsuit, which she’d previously withdrawn in exchange for a public apology and Georgia’s leaving the station.

Cooper’s all abubble with pledge break special ideas, too.

Fige Bornu, the “creative revolutionary” isn’t sad to see her go.

Earlier
Sexual Harassment Suit at KPFK–Daniel Hernandez in the Weekly

Amanda Congdon Canned at ABC? Can Micki Krimmel Replace?

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Amanda “RocketBazooms” Congdon won’t continue as part of the ABC.com News Empire or at least Gawker is floating that hope.

And if ABC needs a replacement–may we suggest vlogger/scofflaw Micki Krimmel

Krimmel shot a video–while driving–after getting a ticket for nearly clocking a pedestrian on Highland. She’s got a curiously compelling style. A little whiney, but so real.

The commenters at Blogging.la weren’t very sympathetic, but FBLA applauds a good multitasking rant.

Earlier:
Amanda Congdon On Virginia Tech, New Media
Jeff Jarvis, Amanda Congdon and DuPont: Miracle of Science or Lack of Ethics?

Tom O’Neil to Melisssa Rivers: Where’s the Love,Luv?

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Tom O’Neil clues us in on the backstory to Melissa Rivers’ comment on his LAT blog:

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What Melissa’s referring to in her gruff blog comment about “going to the mat” for me has to do with the battle among producers whether “that expert sh*t” belonged on Joan and Melissa’s Oscar show. Some producers just wanted the show to be about fashion and celeb fawning, but Joan and Melissa — much to their credit — wanted to have real awards dishing, too. When the gals moved to TVG from E! they asked me to go with them to keep that balance going. It was a tough choice to make for me. It meant I had to give up being the resident awards expert at a large cable channel for a smaller one (I couldn’t do both), but I did it because I loved working with them and the team of ace producers that went with them. Yeah, there were those Rivers’ diva antics behind the scenes, but, come on, that’s to be expected. They’re celebrated for being divas and they’re entitled. The main problem at TVG was Melissa’s manager, who she eventually ditched.

Jeeeeez, Melissa–I didn’t mean to ruffle your Vera Wang. I thought my report was fairly straightforward!

Earlier:
Melissa Rivers and Her Diva Antics Kept Tom O’Neil on Red Carpet

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