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Gustavo Arellano to Help KCRW Consider All Things Orange County

All that’s left now is for KCRW to officially find room for Madeleine Brand and the circle of KPCC irony will be complete.

That’s because OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano (pictured), newly announced as a weekly contributor to KCRW’s end of All Things Considered, was reportedly one of the candidates earlier this year for the KPCC slot briefly assumed alongside Brand by A Martinez. Yes, it’s a small LA radio world.

From today’s announcement:

“KCRW was looking for someone who could shine a bright light on this sprawling, diverse and vitally important region of Southern California, and we are happy to have Gustavo as a guide,” says Gary Scott, news program director at KCRW. “Gustavo is smart, he’s dogged, he’s funny… and he’s occasionally outrageous – but he’s more passionate and plugged in than just about anyone you’ll ever meet.”

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The Secret Life of a KCRW News Producer

In support of the KCRW pledge drive, the public station’s social media department has been stepping up their game. Kittens, kitten videos, and now a “what I do” meme.

Pretty sure that’s KCRW news director Gary Scott in the bottom right corner handing coffee to program host Warren Olney. Click the image for a closer look.

KCRW’s Gary Scott Ends Media Blog

KCRW news program director Gary Scott is ending his media blog after four years.

The former reporter at the Claremont Courier, Pasadena Star-News and LA Daily Journal started the blog as a way to keep writing. With his current gig at KCRW taking up a majority of his time, Scott is pulling the plug for good:

Years have passed and I have moved into management at a public radio station. I don’t have time to offer the frequency of updates necessary to keep the blog moving.
Instead, I’m going to take what I learned from in the last few years, including from work on this blog, to do my job better. I’ll continue to write here and would appreciate to hear from people who to discuss what comes next. But I won’t be a reliable repository of job cut updates anymore.
Onward.

Press-Enterprise Hit by Layoffs; The Business Press Shuts Down

The Inland Empire’s Press-Enterprise laid off 24 employees on Wednesday. The daily paper lost three newsroom employees, reports Gary Scott — two web staffers and a city reporter.

Publisher Robert Redfern sent out a memo to staffers this morning, announcing that The Business Press, an affiliated weekly publication, was being shut down. Interestingly, Redfern does not mention the layoffs in his memo:

Dear Colleagues,

As with others within our industry, we’ve had to take severe measures over the past several years in order to adjust our business to the economy and the marketplace changes. We continue to be very uncertain about what will happen with our local economy in this coming year, largely because we’ve continued to experience revenue challenges.

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Long Beach Press-Telegram Ditches Sports, Photo and Feature Departments

Gary Scott has been keeping tabs on the latest chaos at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Turns out the paper plans to eliminate its sports, photo and feature departments and farm the work out to the P-T‘s sister paper–the Daily Breeze in Torrance. The move will cost 14 journalists their positions.

Scott has the details:

There are five photographers, six sports writers and columnists, and three features department employees who will be terminated and then asked to reapply for jobs at the Daily Breeze. There will be one fewer photographers, two fewer sports slots and, apparently, no features openings at the Breeze.

On top of that, executive city editor John Futch and day city editor Rose Fitzpatrick were let go.

Tuesday Night’s Mediabistro Cocktail Party

Media types descended on Elevate Lounge in downtown Los Angeles last night for an industry get-together. Your FishbowlLA editors were there, cocktails in hand, to work the crowd.

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Radio host Kari Moran and FBLA editor Tina Dupuy. Moran will be broadcasting her BookRadio Show, which currently airs on KFWB NEWS TALK 980, from the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend.

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FBLA editor Pandora Young, Gary Scott of KCRW, and Gabe Friedman of the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Scott is a producer for “To The Point” and “Which Way, LA?”, so we had to ask – Does Warren Olney look like Don Draper? Cause that’s what we imagine when listening to him on the radio. All slicked back hair and steel gray suit, a martini in one hand and a microphone in the other. “Er, not exactly…” Scott replied.

Riverside County Pulls Dictionaries Off School Shelves For ‘Oral Sex’

Merriam Webster Dictionary.jpgWhen we first saw the headline we thought,”They need to get new hobbies in Texas.” But alas, it’s Riverside County, which is like Texas only backwards and Sierra Nevada adjacent. But no, it’s Riverside County. The last national story about the area east of LA, was when a Republican women’s group president sent out a picture of then candidate Barack Obama on food stamps with watermelon and Kool-Aid in their monthly newsletter.

Now, they’ve pulled dictionaries for – wait for it – having a word in it.

LAT David Kelly writes:

“The dictionaries have not been banned,” said Betti Cadmus, a spokeswoman for the Menifee Union School District in conservative southwest Riverside County on Monday. “There was a growing concern by parents that some of the words were not age-appropriate.”

A panel of parents, teachers and administrators will meet later this week to comb the dictionary for potentially graphic words or definitions and issue a report within a month.

“They will determine the extent to which the dictionaries support the curriculum, the age appropriateness of the materials and its suitability for the age levels of the students,” Cadmus said. “It’s not going to be an arbitrary decision.”

Read the whole story here.

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Sounding Off On CNN

Local journalist Gary Scott expresses exasperation on his blog with the news network’s approach to Iran.

I’ve watched a fair amount of CNN’s coverage of the Iranian protests today. Between the giant CNN ads at the bottom of the screen (BREAKING NEWS!) and the fetishistic fascination with Twitter, iReports and camera shots of computer screens showing videos and photos posted on various websites, I’m left to wonder if the entire network has gone fucking insane.

Are the producers there more interested in showing how they’re getting information – and advertising that they’re hip to the new social-networking tools – than in figuring out what the hell is going on in Iran? Can important reporting escape this self-referential echo chamber anymore?

The Iranian people aren’t protesting because they have access to Twitter, they’re using Twitter (and emails, and phone calls, and word of mouth, and chants, and blogs) to help organize their protests.

LA Observed Celebrates Six Years

We made it to the rooftop party at the Formosa this past Friday to celebrate the six year anniversary of popular media blog LA Observed. That’s over 12,000 posts, according to LAO creator Kevin Roderick (or K-Rod, as we like to call him)(Not to his face). There were a gajillion people there, and we managed to get a few pictures-

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Alexia Tsotsis and Erin Broadley of the LA Weekly

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Pandora Young elicits a snarl from Kevin Roderick

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Los Angeles Daily News Loses Another Journalist

The Los Angeles Daily News has laid off LAUSD reporter George Sanchez. Gary Scott reports on his blog that he’s heard from a couple sources that “management was looking to eliminate someone from the Metro desk and that Sanchez volunteered to take the bullet.” The Daily News union blog has this to say about Sanchez:

In addition to his reporting duties, Sanchez played an active role in the bargaining unit, volunteering to serve as both a steward and a member of the bargaining committee. For the newsroom, losing someone with his dedication and commitment to his fellow journalists is definitely a painful sacrifice.

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