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Posts Tagged ‘Jill Leovy’

LAT Homicide Blog Takes a Break?

As we reported yesterday, the LAT Homicide Blog is on hiatus as of November 13th.

And their readers are pissed.

We were under the impression that this blog – particularly this one – would be a group effort. That staffers would all pitch in to make sure that all homicides were covered in some capacity.

An LAT staffer sent us this note, “Well, Jill [Jill Leovy] is on book leave and Ruben [Ruben Vives] is a Metpro, but I thought we were still doing it with everyone chipping in.”

Guess not.

Is the LAT homicide blog important?
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Off the Media: Clever Headlines, Kate Coe and Giuliani

giuliani_to_run.jpgOK, we may be giving too much significance to just one segment on this week’s On the Media, but since it’s sister-blogger Kate Coe from our own FishbowlLA, we can’t help but crow. OTM’s Bob Garfield interviews Kate about her story for the L.A. Weekly on how little coverage a black-on-white Halloween crime received.

What also stood out this week was these wince-inducing headlines on the OTM Web site:

  • “Clink Stained Wretch” (on San Francisco reporter Josh Wolf’s imprisonment for refusing to turn over video he took of a demonstration).
  • “A Zion in the Sand” (on whether the pro-Israel lobby is really preventing honest debate on Israel).
  • “Murder Ink” (on LA Times crime reporter Jill Leovy‘s quest to cover the crimes in The Homicide Report).”
  • “Twist of Hate” (for Kate’s story).

Last week (which we haven’t covered, yet) there was a nice piece reminding us about how disliked Giuliani was before he became “America’s Mayor” on 9/11 (of which The Onion today names him president). A lot us remember when Rudy was not the beloved rock of 9/11, but rather an overly-controlling, press-loathing, distrustful, nightclub hating … Remember? Well, OTM notes that Mr. Presidential Candidate kid-from-Brooklyn might have to face some uncomfortable questions, again.

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All News Is Local, All Homicides More So

homicidereport.jpgJill Leovy drops FBLA a note to pimp the following:

“Starting today, the Los Angeles Times begins a new effort to report all Los Angeles County homicides weekly. L.A. County is one of the nation’s most violent locales, and in a typical year the paper covers fewer than 10% of all homicides. Now, though, we will report all of them.”

All of them? Not just the pretty, young, white, female ones? It’s an interesting experiment, but a damn grim one. We worry about Jill. We know she’s a veteran crime reporter, but we wonder how long it will take before even she burns out on sheer number of young, young, young people who die needlessly every week.

[UPDATE: Jill responds to our concerns for her mental health and well-being: "We shall see on the burnout issue. It's a lot of work. Yes, the catastrophes are staggering individually, but I think I don't find homicide depressing because I am optimist about it. Anyway, I've been on homicide five years now and I haven't burnt out yet. I'm actually so excited to see this finally happen--I've been hoping for it for a long time.]