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LA Times Promotes Joy Press to Books and Culture Editor

Sixteen years after co-authoring The Sex Revolt: Gender, Rebellion, and Rock’N'Roll, cool LA journo couple Simon Reynolds and Joy Press are still going strong. He just had a piece in The Guardian about the explosive expansion of the U.S. electronic dance music scene, while she was promoted Wednesday to a choice new LA Times position.

Per the memo from editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor Alice Short, Press has been tapped to replace Jon Thurber as the paper’s books and culture editor:

Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for two and a half years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps…

In addition to her editing duties, Joy has written about some of the talked-about shows on TV, including Girls and Game of Thrones. She has profiled Chloe Sevigny, Mindy Kaling and Enlightened creator Mike White, and recently reported on the art activities that preceded the London Olympics.

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LA Times Calendar Section Defends Itself

Yesterday we listed all the people who are no longer at the Calendar Section of the LA Times. We noted it makes the section look pretty dysfunctional. We don’t hear of en masse exits from say the Sports Section. But it’s been pretty consistent at the Calendar section.

The newspaper has sent us a statement saying we forgot to mention they’ve hired people too. Hear that obit writers? You should also talk about how people are being born. Otherwise it’s only half the story.

From Nancy Sullivan:

LA Times Calendar section: The Mass Influx

NEW HIRES (in the same frame):
Joy Press, Randall Roberts, Melissa Maerz, Gerrick Kennedy, Yvonne Villarreal, Nardine Saad, Nate Jackson, Rebecca Keegan, Nicole Sperling, Ben Fritz, Joe Flint, Steve Zeitchik, Julie Makinen, Deb Vankin, Jori Finkel, Amy Kaufman, David Ng

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