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More Tribune Employees Join Chicago News Cooperative

295628-16100450.jpgBetween all the layoffs at Conde Nast and The New York Times, you’d think that a journalist who still has a job would hold tight for dear life. Well, as we learned last week with ex-Tribune Co. employees starting The Chicago News Cooperative and selling their content to Tribune competitor, New York Times Co., sometimes leaving a job can be good for your career.

Now James O’Shea‘s new project has attracted another Chicago Tribune writer, famed columnist David Greising, who will be leaving Sam Zell‘s publishing nightmare for more cooperative pastures.

Greising was the Tribune‘s chief business correspondent, so it’s hard not to take his departure as a microcosm of Tribune Co.’s quickly decaying structure. Greising will be joining former Tribune managing editor James Warren and former Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski.

Tribune’s Greising Joins O’Shea’s Chicago News CooperativeCrain’s Chicago Business

Earlier: Jim O’Shea Explains The Chicago News Cooperative

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Jim O’Shea Explains The Chicago News Cooperative

Yesterday we learned that former Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times staffers were working to create content for The New York Times that will compete with pubs owned by their old employer, Tribune Co. The former Tribune editors have created a non-profit “content co-op” called the Chicago News Cooperative, which will provide news content for the Times‘ local Chicago edition, among other news outlets.

One of the co-op’s editors, Jim O’Shea — a former Tribune and L.A. Times editor — sat down with another one of CNC’s partners, television station WTTW in Chicago, to discuss their work at greater length.

Here, O’Shea talks about the creation of the collective and its plans and goals for the future.

Earlier: Tribune Employees To Create Content For NYT In Chicago

LAT In 90 Seconds

32953470.jpgBig Nom Country: No Country for Old Men gets eight Oscar nominations. Get the rest of the wildly unsurprising nomination news here.

34864673-22070136.jpgStealing From The Dead: The widow of Sammy Davis Jr. says she was hoodwinked into signing away a substantial portion of her late husband’s estate and is suing two former business partners over the rights to the Rat Pack entertainer’s life story and management of his legacy. We’re guessing if Frank were still alive, this coulda been handled with one phone call.

34851560-21121159.jpgZell Backs Hiller: New Tribune honcho Sam Zell backs LAT publisher David Hiller in his decision to can editor Jim O’Shea. Again, we have to believe that if Frank were alive — one phone call.

Editor Jim O’Shea Out at LA Times

That nice Jim O’Shea is gone from the LA Times, after what seems like only a few months. Quiet guy, kept to himself. The paper said so:

For the past few weeks, there has been a lot of internal Times gossip about O’Shea’s seeming distance from the newsroom operation. Basically, some people thought he wasn’t there even when he was there.

O’Shea had been in the top job for only 15 months, and was fired for resisting more of those budget cuts, just like his predecessor, Dean Baquet. While these proposed cuts weren’t as drastic as the previous, only about $4 million, out of a budget of $120 million, David Hiller canned O’Shea for his reluctance. O’Shea was said to have concerns about the paper’s ability to cover both the presidential election and the Beijing Olympics.

Spring Streetologists will note that this the fourth departure of a high ranking editor or publisher in three years.

Greg Mitchell, the editor of Editor & Publisher magazine, notes how closely this follows The Wire.

Jim O’Shea: The LAT To Become More Transparent

23127382.jpgLAT editor Jim O’Shea announces some changes at the paper that include keeping Janet Clayton on as a “consultant,” entrusting the ever-rising Russ Stanton with improving the paper’s Monday circulation and putting Marc Duvoisin in charge of all projects.

The changes are the result of the paper’s internal, Queer-Eye-sounding Reinvent committee, which came up with 48 recommendations for improving the paper — two-thirds of which, O’Shea said, he plans to implement.

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Doug Frantz Leaves LA Times: “Done As Much As I Could Do”

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Doug Frantz says farewell to the LA Times. Franz, who took the managing editor job at the behest of his friend Dean Baquet, was supposed to fall on his sword after Baquet’s ouster. John Montorio–also part of the Baquet boys–is still at the LAT–might he replace Frantz?

Jim O’Shea’s memo said:

He has been a huge help to me, convincing people to give me a chance at a time of uncertainty and turmoil. I can’t thank him enough. I will miss his wisdom, candor, professionalism and solid news judgment. The only comfort I find in his decision is that Doug leaves the newsroom his legacy of high standards and excellent, hard-hitting journalism. Doug’s last day will be July 6. I know you all join me in wishing him well in the future. I will begin the process of selecting a replacement for Doug soon.

LA Times Book Awards: Editor O’Shea Peeved at Bloggers

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Why the LA Times Festival of Books falls on the same weekend as Coachella is a mystery. Great way to ensure parking for the geezers at UCLA.

Last night, at the LAT Book Awards, Jim O’Shea was a tad defensive about “bloggers”, meaning, FBLA guesses, LA Observed where internal LAT memos are posted nearly as soon as the LAT staff receives them. Doesn’t O’Shea have rather bigger fish to fry?

FBLA hopes this guy found a date.

LAT Buy-Out Memo Follow-up From O’Shea

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Editor Jim O’Shea asks staff not to give in to anger and hate–especially over the “unnamed (Trib )executives” who’ve gathered some hefty bonuses for working on the sale to Sam Zell. Scott Smith, president of Tribune Publishing got $400,000, just to name one name.

To the Staff:

I know this is not a happy day for people in the newsroom, including me.

As you all probably have heard by now, we announced today the preliminary steps for another staff reduction at the Los Angeles Times.

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Latest Rumors From Inside The LAT Newsroom

doghat.jpgThe latest scuttlebutt: LAT Publisher David Hiller and ed Jim O’Shea heart Sam Zell and urged the Trib’s board to give the grave dancer insider info.

Know more? Do tell.

Breaking: Jim O’Shea Responds to the Frontline Piece

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This memo was sent by LAT editor, Jim O’Shea, to his newsroom kinfolk in response to last night’s damning Frontline piece about the future of newspapers:

Colleagues,

Unfortuately I am not in the newsroom today. I am in New York for the L.A. Times Book Prizes. I did want to address the Frontline piece involving The Los Angeles Times, though.

I found it to be simplistic and excessively negative about the future of the newspaper industry and the L.A. Times. The piece lacked balance and sophistication and relied on stereotypes.

I know there was also concern about quotes from Charles Bobrinskoy at Ariel Capital. Mr. Bobrinskoy knows as much about newspapers and the needs and news appetites of the readers of The Los Angeles Times as I know about astrophysics. Everyone should keep in mind that “analysts” of the stock market are the same ones who advised people to buy stocks such as Enron. I could fill the Grand Canyon with the misinformation that people such as Bobrinskoy have spread. So I think everyone should look at his comments in that context.

I have never heard anyone at Tribune Company advocate that The Los Angeles Times should become a paper without foreign or national bureaus. I doubt he represents anyone’s views but his own. I certainly don’t think he is right and I would never have agreed to be your editor if such a preposterous proposal were part of any deal.

The Los Angeles Times is a great newspaper with a great staff. We face challenges, and they won’t be easy to overcome. But we will do it. We will figure out solutions to these problems and lead the industry to a bright and better future. Thanks so much for all of your hard work.

Jim.

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