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OC Weekly Editor Rips Mainstream Media for Lack of Prior Jenni Rivera Coverage

Never one to mince words, OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano is castigating the MSM in general and the Los Angeles Times in particular for their apathetic coverage of banda music superstar Jenni Rivera prior to her tragic death this weekend.

Although he admits that online newspaper archive searches can be misleading (and urges the LAT folks to correct him if he is wrong), he says he found traces of only two feature articles:

A look through the Proquest archives show that the Times never did a single full profile on Rivera – not once. The only full stories on her were two. One was a story on a reality show involving her youngest daughter. Another – of all things! – was a real-estate story on Rivera purchasing a multi-million dollar estate in Encino…

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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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OC Register Reportedly Finds Its Food Critic

According to OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano, the Orange County Register has settled on who gets to fill one of the paper’s choicest reporter openings. His sources say the job of food critic has gone to Brad A. Johnson.

By sheer coincidence, we mentioned Johnson just the other day in our interview piece with new Time Out Los Angeles editor Lisa Sweetingham. From the OC Weekly report:

Johnson was the longtime food critic for Angeleno (the sister luxury mag to our Riviera), where he earned mucho praise for succinct yet florid reviews not just of the higher strata of Los Angeles restaurants but also the holes-in-the-wall that make modern-day food criticism such a joy to read.

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OC Weekly Editor Dumps All Over His Chosen Constituency

Our pal Gustavo Arellano is at it again. As in cheekily redefining how to have fun with the alt-weekly, op ed beat.

His recent countdown piece “50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America” has now racked up more than 200 reader reactions. Among our favorites:

PSURFpsyche4EVER: Bro, worst place in America? Try worst place in THE WORLD! OC is the most oppressive place to live. I wish I lived in a third world country, or Nebraska, or somewhere else that’s similar to Nebraska that also has lots of cultural diversity…

GatorHatchling: During high school, I used to have a stalker cop who patrolled the main street where I lived and would stop me on the street every time he saw me. OC is so influenced by the notion that you can pop a pill to cure anything, that he recommended I take Xanax instead of smoking weed.

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OC Weekly Editor Joins Chapman University Faculty Ranks

Gustavo Arellano has a solid piece today in the OC Weekly about the civil unrest in his hometown, titled “Anaheim’s Tragic Kingdom.” But he’s also in the news for another reason.

Per an item in the OC Register, the OC Weekly editor will be teaching journalism this fall at his Alma Mater Chapman University:

Arellano, known for his award-winning “¡Ask a Mexican!” column, will teach a journalism class for staffers of The Panther student newspaper… He has taught classes in the Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies at Cal State Fullerton for the past two years and previously taught at UC Irvine and UCLA.

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Gustavo Arellano Takes His Taco Act to Chelsea Lately

When we first wrote about OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano’s great book Taco USA, we noted that he was having no trouble drumming up publicity. Tonight, that statement reaches a new level of “truthiness” thanks to his scheduled appearance on Chelsea Lately. Per Arellano:

Rest assured, we’re not just going to gab on a couch. There will be eating and drinking and Chuy, and hopefully it’ll be better than my laughable appearance on The Colbert Report in 2006. Tune in TONIGHT!!!!

This definitely rates as must-si TV, so set your DVRs. And honestly, any author who manages to chat with both Don Imus and Chelsea Handler about a food history book has covered all the PR bases.

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OC Weekly Editor Connects Doritos to Disneyland

Gustavo Arellano, an editor at OC Weekly, is having no trouble drumming up publicity for his new book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. On the heels of an April 18 LA Times piece and April 30 item in the New York Times comes today’s Q&A in the Orange County Register.

When his agent first suggested an overview of how Mexican food has evolved in the U.S., Arellano assumed the topic had already been covered. But to his amazement,he discovered it had only been properly documented for academic purposes. Later on, Arellano stumbled across an untold bit of Mexican OC  food lore:

“On the local scene, the best example [of what I learned] was discovering how Doritos were invented at Disneyland by workers at Alex Foods, a Mexican-food company based in Anaheim run by the Morales family.

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Journos React to Surprising OC Register Layoff

It’s certainly not unusual, sadly, to hear about another round of layoffs at a SoCal daily newspaper. But the idea that the Orange County Register would not be able to find a way to keep Latina columnist Yvette Cabrera on staff is truly mind-boggling.

FishbowlLA was tipped to this development around the same time that James Rainey sent out the first tweet and Kevin Roderick got up the first post. Cabrera is the executive director president of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and was voted Best Columnist in 2011 by the OC press club.

So far, the most impassioned and detailed reaction to this developing layoff news (word is as many as eight other Register staffers may also be involved) comes from Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly. He writes:

Yvette was always kind to me, penning articles on various members of my family over the years. I, on the other hand, didn’t return the favor, both as part of the “Spy vs. Spy” game that is the rivalry between the Reg and your favorite infernal rag, and because I always wanted her to be tougher, more radical, more of an Agustín Gurza than a feel-good columnist. Immaturity on my part, I can now say with a bit more years under my belt.

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Gustavo Arellano Named New Editor of OC Weekly

Gustavo Arellano has been named the new editor-in-chief of the OC Weekly, after EIC Ted Kissell announced his resignation today. The paper’s star columnist, of Ask A Mexican fame, Arellano had also been the Weekly‘s managing editor for nearly a year and a half.

Kissell, meanwhile, had been with the paper since 2007. He gave no detailed explanation for his departure in his goodbye memo to staff, other than to say: “Having helped guide the Weekly through [significant] challenges, I now feel that the time is right for me to look for new ones.”

Memo in full after the jump:

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‘Best of the West’ Contest Winners Announced

Best of the West announced the results of its 2011 journalism contest and we have some local winners here in SoCal. Some highlights: No surprise, OC Weekly‘s Gustavo Arellano picked up second place in the special topic column writing category for his “¡Ask a Mexican!” columns.

The LA Times Francine Orr and Don Kelsen were first place winners for multimedia storytelling for their heartbreaking video on baby Dylan Catania and his doctors’ efforts to sever half his brain to save his life. The Times’ Sachi Cunningham and Jeff Amlotte, meanwhile, won third place for video storytelling for their look at the shrimping industry in  New Orleans in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

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