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Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Roderick’

Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

LAObserved got the ball rolling with some media coverage of TheWrap’s August 18 #icebucketchallenge and the admittedly funny visual of site founder Sharon Waxman seeming not to get wet while underlings to her left and right did.

However, as Waxman subsequently tweeted – and LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick updated – she did in fact sustain collateral ice-cube damage. The lack of an SW torrent was the result of TheWrap’s decision to opt, in drought-stricken SoCal, for the most optimally water-supply-friendly route.

But it is on Twitter where the real cold water was poured on TheWrap. After TheWrap senior film reporter Jeff Sneider did not take kindly to the LAObserved coverage, he got into it with David Poland (Movie City News) and Kristopher Tapley (HitFix/In Contention), both of whom with Poland harshly criticizing the above video. [Editor's Note: Tapley has taken exception with my characterization; please see comments, below.] Also chiming in more neutrally: Sneider’s former colleague Josh Dickey, now with Mashable, and Wall Street Journal film reporter Joe Flint.

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A Closer Look at Dean Baquet

DeanBaquetPicWhen a huge media story like today’s New York Times shake-up breaks, the second place we turn – after Twitter – is the FishbowlNY archives.

It was Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Ellison who, in the fall of 2006, broke the story of Dean Baquet‘s ouster from the LA Times. When Jones appeared on a KCRW radio show with LAObserved’s Kevin Roderick to chat about it all, they deemed the replacement of Baquet as EIC by James O’Shea to be a victory of “Tribune culture over LAT culture.” Not exactly an auspicious quote all these Sam Zell-years later.

Los Angeles magazine subsequently rounded up five LA Times editors to talk about the state of the Spring Street union. Here’s a quote from Baquet:

“The 20 percent of my time that I spent dealing with a bad publisher — and I mean David Hiller, not Jeffrey Johnson — was not the dominant part of my day. I spent most of my time with a newsroom that really wanted to change and do great stuff. I brainstormed ideas with a staff that wanted leadership, and for a brief moment it seemed as if we could be the best paper in the country.”

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Newman Death Hoax Was *Not* Reported by TMZ, US Weekly

Here’s a new twist on the old game of a celebrity still very much alive being reported dead.

WayneKnightTwitterProfilePicPer Mashable real-time news editor Brian Ries, it was *not* TMZ or US Weekly that reported the erroneous death of Seinfeld actor Wayne Knight over the weekend, but rather a man in Texas. The US item was in fact attached to a dot-.us URL fake-out, while TMZ in this case was anchored to TMZ.today rather than TMZ.com:

The address for the [US Weekly] website, designed to resemble the real US magazine website, was registered on Saturday by a man in San Antonio, Texas, according to WhoIs records. The creator of the hoax website did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as the lovable ‘Newman,’” added tmz.today — a website that resembles the real TMZ.

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Wave of Media Coverage Pushes Malibu Beaches App Over the Top

Buoyed by post-Memorial Day reports in the LA Times and on Kevin Roderick‘s LA Observed, the Kickstarter campaign for Our Malibu Beaches last night reached its goal of $30,000. Along the way, it was also at one point highlighted by Kickstarter as a worthy Journalism project.

The money will allow LA journalists Ben Adair (formerly of APM’s Marketplace) and Jenny Price (LA Observed, Hidden LA) to work with the firm Escape Apps to put together a tool that informs locals how to gain legal access to some of LA’s prettiest beaches. From last night’s Kickstarter update:

We made it!… with just hours to spare! Amazing! From all of us behind Our Malibu Beaches THANK YOU! You all are doing so much to open these beaches to EVERYBODY. This is gonna be the best beach summer ever.

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Matea Gold Now Believes in a Different Newspaper

The Twitter profile for LA Times DC bureau reporter Matea Gold resolutely states: “I still believe in newspapers.” But perhaps not those being coveted by Rupert Murdoch and a pair of Koch brothers.

In what could be interpreted as hedging her bets, maintaining control of her professional fortunes or a little bit of both, Gold is staying in DC but moving up in terms of the daily Beltway newspaper she writes for, as money and politics reporter for the Washington Post.

Warm wishes are flowing across Twitter to Gold, proof of how well-liked a journalist she is. That’s how we first caught up to the news. Kevin Roderick has the Post announcement memo. He also spoke to Gold, who seems to confirm ever so slightly that the transitional aspect of Tribune Co. had something to do with this.

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San Diego Columnist Chuckles at Koch-Manchester-Tribune Rumors

We’ve moved from a dollop of salt to a giant pepper grinder. At least that’s the view of Doug Porter, who offers a hilarious quick-take reaction in the San Diego Free Press to the wave of coverage sparked by Hillel Aron’s barn-busting LA Weekly item:

The rumor mills continue unabated, like a distracted waiter with an oversized pepper grinder ruining a Caesar salad at a faux fine dining restaurant. My favorite take of the day on the latest LA Times speculation was in Forbes:

LA Weekly pegs the price of the Tribune newspaper group at about $600 million. By my calculations, that’s a little more than Charles and David pull in dividends from Koch Industries each year — after reinvesting 90% of the profits back in the business. So no question they can swing it. But after a career of successfully investing in businesses that make money, I am not sure Charles Koch wants into this one.”

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Pundits Agree: National Media Can’t Get LA Mayoral Spellings Right

Hey Angelinos? Did you cast a vote on Tuesday for Wendy Gruel?

That’s of course not how you spell either Angelenos or Wendy Greuel. But as Daily News reporter Kevin Modesti and LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick respectively note, that’s the way CNN.com and the New York Times had these two items written.

The since-corrected smudge in NYT west coast reporter Jennifer Medina‘s piece is, quite frankly, tantalizing. If Greuel’s last name were indeed more closely aligned with an oatmeal breakfast, just imagine the Oliver Twist-like campaign slogans she could be readying for her May runoff with Eric Garcetti:

“You say you want MORE from your LA Mayor? Vote for Gruel and you can always count on getting MORE.”

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Hidden LA Sues Los Angeles Magazine Over Borrowed Moniker

Hidden Los Angeles, the popular Facebook page and website dedicated to our town’s lesser-known treasures, has slapped Los Angeles magazine with a trademark infringement lawsuit, reports LA Observed. Hidden LA’s complaint is with the magazine’s February issue and its “Hidden LA” theme, featuring “73 secret spots in the city.” The magazine also ran a Lexus Hidden LA sweepstakes and a private Hidden LA dinner event.

Los Angeles first published a “Hidden LA” themed issue in 2011, prompting Hidden LA founder W. Lynn Garrett to have a sit-down with the mag’s publisher, Mary Meltonleaving Garrett with the impression it wouldn’t happen again. This time around, she decided a sit-down wasn’t enough and filed suit.  ”I am not by nature a litigious person,” Garrett wrote on the Hidden LA facebook page. “I was left with no choice. A legally registered trademark is only as good as your steady enforcement of it.”

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It’s Now KPCC-SAG-AFTRA

In this afternoon’s KPCC item about some very exciting in-house business, reporter and union organizing committee member Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was quoted as follows:

“The vote count is clear. We look forward to sitting down with management to collectively bargain for the content employees at KPCC.”

He’s referring to a January 11 supervised tally of KPCC employees in favor of SAG-AFTRA unionization. But is a 35-to-26 vote count really that “clear?” FishbowlLA is somewhat surprised that nearly 40% of the 69 employees who will be covered by the new contract voted against it. (A union rep tells us that 69 ballots were cast, but eight challenged, hence the final vote total of 61.)

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The Native Angeleno, LA’s New Website

Another blog about Los Angeles launched this past month, this one from native sons Hillel Aron and Richard Rushfield. They’re a pair left jaded by journalism careers, which have included a good deal of reporting on both Hollywood and the city that surrounds it. “We know the rules,” they write. “A website about Los Angeles is supposed to be about the search for the cutest artisanal tamale stand made of sustainable vegan bamboo. Or it can be a website devoted to kissing up to talent agents, deputy editors, chefs, curators, hoteliers and dead buildings.”

But they promise something different: “We come to point fingers and poke eyes, to name names and call names and dig up dirt.”

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