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LA Observed Gets a Redesign

The influential local media website unveiled a sharp new look early this morning. There have been a few overhauls since Kevin Roderick first started LA Observed in 2003, but he calls this “the big one.”

Roderick is abandoning the typical blog format of putting the most recent content at the top of the page and turning the homepage into more of a typical front page, where relevance dictates story hierarchy. Roderick is also giving more room on the homepage to other bylines, a much-needed shift as the site’s roster of impressive contributors keeps growing. Steve Harvey recently brought his popular “Only in LA” column to LA Observed, and arts writer Barbara Isenberg has just joined the site.

Roderick warns that there’s still some rough edges that need to be smoothed. He writes, “Please remember that the redesign, like everything about LA Observed, is a work in progress.”

Despite Colossal Dodgers Blunder, ESPN Opts for No Immediate Apology

LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus starts off his crackerjack expose of con man Dodgers bidder Josh Macciello with a dozen or so paragraphs about the duped January 2012 reporting efforts of ESPN journalists Steve Mason, John Ireland and Ramona Shelburne. To make a long story short, all three stumped for a guy eight zeroes short of any real shot at the MLB team.

Surprisingly, at least to FishbowlLA, there was no addressing of this issue at the top of this afternoon’s “Mason & Ireland” broadcast on 710 ESPN Radio. Separately, our efforts to get comment from Bristol, CT HQ generated an email response that “the network and hosts will be making no statement about this matter.”

As Kevin Roderick noted in a blog post late last night, several other LA journalists got the Macciello story wrong. But it all started with the January introduction and recall on ESPN of this individual as a vetted entity.

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Journos React to Surprising OC Register Layoff

It’s certainly not unusual, sadly, to hear about another round of layoffs at a SoCal daily newspaper. But the idea that the Orange County Register would not be able to find a way to keep Latina columnist Yvette Cabrera on staff is truly mind-boggling.

FishbowlLA was tipped to this development around the same time that James Rainey sent out the first tweet and Kevin Roderick got up the first post. Cabrera is the executive director president of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and was voted Best Columnist in 2011 by the OC press club.

So far, the most impassioned and detailed reaction to this developing layoff news (word is as many as eight other Register staffers may also be involved) comes from Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly. He writes:

Yvette was always kind to me, penning articles on various members of my family over the years. I, on the other hand, didn’t return the favor, both as part of the “Spy vs. Spy” game that is the rivalry between the Reg and your favorite infernal rag, and because I always wanted her to be tougher, more radical, more of an Agustín Gurza than a feel-good columnist. Immaturity on my part, I can now say with a bit more years under my belt.

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Jonathan Gold to the LA Times?

LA Observed seems to think so. Kevin Roderick writes that Gold was “spotted shaking hands in the Los Angeles Times building yesterday,” and that “the unconfirmed buzz is that he will rejoin the paper shortly after his upcoming Gold Standard tasting event, scheduled for March 4.”

Our sources inside the LA Times say they have no idea if the rumor is true. No one had heard anything until the LA Observed post. We emailed Gold for comment but haven’t heard back.

No tweets from Gold’s account today, which is unusual. He’s normally good for a few per day. Not sure what that means. Keeping quiet about the new job perhaps? Here’s hoping it isn’t something else–like landing a bad batch of pig uterus tacos.

CBS2/KCAL Adding Morning Weekend News Shows

Kevin Roderick at LA Observed points out that CBS2 and KCAL are launching a pair of new morning weekend shows starting Saturday morning.

Anchors Serene Branson and Kaj Goldberg will be paired together and start on CBS2 from 7-8.a.m. on Saturday before switching over to KCAL from 8-10 a.m.

Sundays will see Branson and Goldberg starting on CBS2 at 6 a.m. and moving over to KCAL at 7 a.m.

What better way to start off your new weekend newscast than “Storm Watch” coverage.

Jonathan Gold Says Goodbye to Angeli Caffe

After 27 years, Evan Kleiman‘s Angeli Caffe closed its doors for good on Jan. 13. LA Weekly columnist and KCRW Good Food regular Jonathan Gold wrote a touching eulogy on Kleiman’s Melrose restaurant:

“The chilly Wednesday evening before Angeli Caffe closed for good, you could grab a bar seat at Pizzeria Mozza without waiting, and there were only two or three dudes in line at Pink’s hot dog stand. If you were ambling down Melrose on your way to a bite or a drink, you could have had your choice of any table at any restaurant on the usually crowded strip.

But Angeli was really crowded, astonishingly crowded, with people there to wish the restaurant well — longtime customers, mostly, some of them with college-age kids who had been going to Angeli since infancy: patting out floury balls of pizza dough as toddlers, graduating to roast chicken as children, perhaps having their first dates there as teens, knowing the mashed-potato croquettes and the gnocchi with brown butter and sage would never let them down.

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Report: Jennifer Bjorklund Out at NBC4

Reporter/anchor Jennifer Bjorklund was let go by NBC4, according to LA Observed.

“Everybody is very sad,” an NBC4 employee told Kevin Roderick. “She is the most likeable and popular person in the newsroom. Loved by the camera crews and engineers. Hard worker, great attitude and had something not often found in local television: personality.”

Bjorklund was hired in 2000 by NBC4 and was previously the morning news co-anchor on Today in LA.

Headline Typo Sneaks Past LAT Copy Desk

Oops.

Kevin Roderick caught this typo on the Los Angeles Times website Tuesday.

Hey, it happens.

[H/T LA Observed]

Daily News Loses Two Editors

Kevin Roderick of LA Observed got his hands on a memo from the Daily News announcing the departures of features editor Sharyn Betz and food editor Natalie Haughton:

From: Carolina Garcia
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:29 AM
Subject: Sharyn and Natalie

Colleagues,

I’m saddened to report that we are losing two long-time dedicated journalists, Features Editor Sharyn Betz and Food Editor Natalie Haughton. Through the decades they have done an outstanding job. They’re pros in every way and we thank them for their hard work and contributions to the Daily News. We will miss them. Sharyn’s last day is Friday and Natalie leaves today.

-c

New York Times A Couple of Years Late Reporting On the LA Times’ Struggles

The New York Times ran an extremely belated piece today on the struggles at the LA Times. Thanks to the Grey Lady we learn that since the Tribune Company took control of the LA Times, half the newsroom positions at the paper have been cut and the paper shut down its Orange County plant. Which is a bit like telling us Obama was elected president. We figured that one out quite some time ago.

LA Observed‘s Kevin Roderick says he was contacted for the piece over a month ago by reporter Jeremy Peters.

I never was quite clear on [Peters] rationale for writing that story now. I think my quip was that it seemed more like a peg for 2008. After reading his piece in Monday’s NYT, I’m still not sure why now.

Couldn’t agree more. News has been quiet on the LAT front since the LATExtra “innovation.” In fact, things seem to be looking up–no more Randy Michaels, all indications are Sam Zell wants nothing more to do with the print business, the paper is profitable. Sorry, Gray Lady, think you blew it on this one.

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