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AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers Chance to Work for Free

Earlier today we reported that freelancers at AOL’s Moviefone/Cinematical were fired, and then, sweetly, offered the chance to work for free.

Shortly afterwards, we received a follow-up in which Patricia Chui, Editor-in-Chief of Moviefone, issued an apology of sorts to freelancers, where she attempted to clarify that “we have not been asking freelancers (i.e., any of you) to become unpaid bloggers.” (Except, of course, that she had.)

Now, Kara Swisher reports that today, sources said that Chui was fired by John Montorio, the HuffPo Media Group’s culture, entertainment, and lifestyle editor.

That was fast! But considering all of the bad publicity HuffPo has gotten for unpaid bloggers, and its effort to refashion itself as an outlet based on traditional journalism, Chui’s email was incredibly ill-advised.

Apparently it was not the first time Chui had made a serious gaffe.

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FIRED: Moviefone Editor-in-Chief Patricia Chui

The same editor who yesterday informed freelance contributors to AOL properties Moviefone and Cinematical that most of them were out of a job was herself let go today. Moviefone editor Patricia Chui has been taking heat in the media world for inviting the fired writers to continue writing for the websites — as unpaid bloggers. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital has the details:

Sources said Chui was terminated by John Montorio, the HuffPo Media Group’s culture, entertainment and lifestyle editor. Arianna Huffiington is head of all content at AOL, which recently paid $315 million to buy the Huffington Post.

This is the second time in as many months that Chui has come under fire for clumsy management. In March, she defended a Moviefone marketing employee who asked a TechCrunch writer to alter a published story because a film studio had complained.

Here’s How The Huffington Post Lured Reporters Away From the New York Times

The American Journalism Review talked to high profile reporters who left jobs at some of the most prestigious news outlets to work at The Huffington Post. What drew them in?

Total freedom, as Business Editor Peter Goodman, formerly of the New York Times, describes it. When Goodman was at the Times, for example, a front-page story on predatory for-profit colleges generated a lot of buzz, but the Times had no place for a follow-up. But, said Goodman: “Arianna’s whole thing is, ‘This is the Web, let’s hit it again and again. If we’ve got another one, let’s hit it again.’”

HuffPo National Editor Tim O’Brien, who had been Sunday business editor of the Times, likewise “saw a chance to build something from the ground up at The Huffington Post.”

The point is that more and more veteran reporters will opt for total freedom in their careers over having a job with the top brands in journalism. Good to know if you’re trying to hire the best in the business, but it remains to be seen whether or not this will lead to a successful news outlet in the long-term.

Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post

Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”

Big news. But we want to talk about something else. Andrew Breitbart is now blogging for Huffington Post. Here’s the first graph of his very first post.

The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.

Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”

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West Looking for Editors,Writers, Direction, Focus, Reason to Exist

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Readers of the mediabistro.com LA forum were wondering about the fate of West magazine. Lennie LaGuire, who’s been consulting editor, is looking for a whole new staff, to replace those who left a while back. From the memo:

The magazine has openings for editors. With the publication now a monthly, we have expanded each issue significantly and launched a number of new columns on the art and craft of living in Southern California along with regular features on home, fashion, food and travel. The next step is the introduction of a signature monthly profile. Overall, our goal is to make the magazine a journal of sophisticated localism, devoted to reporting on the people, places, objects and ideas that readers need to know about to make the most out of living here. We’re looking for editors who share our passion for chronicling a vibrant and fast-changing region, and who place a premium on visual storytelling and fine writing.

(FBLA wonders if West will differ significantly from Los Angeles, Angeleno, etc.? Does it matter? )

–job descriptions below–

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Breaking: Arthur and Monorio Share LAT ME Job

The Los Angeles Times has announced that John Arthur, presently the paper’s page one editor, has been named managing editor/news, and John Montorio, currently the paper’s associate editor, has been named managing editor/features.

Well, we were half right.

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 Adds Mary Kaye Schilling to Calendar Weekend–Was Editor at Sassy

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John Montorio announced to the ranks of the LA Times that Mary Kaye Schilling, one-time former editor of Entertainment Weekly, is coming in as editor of Calendar Weekend in February.

She’s a former editor of Sassy, which makes her an automatically cool chick. Seriously, does the upper management realize how significant that magazine was?

The LA Times had been searching for a while, as the paper plans to relaunch Weekend, along with its companion website, calendarlive.com, often considered to be dismal.

Schilling will be coming to from Australia, where she is currently a top editor at Who magazine for Time Warner. Thus, we can infer, she loves photos of celebrities looking goofy and/or drunk. We hope so, anyway.