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Posts Tagged ‘LA Observed’

The Hunt is on for New LA Times Books Editor

We told you yesterday about legendary Los Angeles Times books editor Jon Thurber retiring in early summer.

Well, the hunt is already on for his replacement as LA Observed got their hands on the internal memo:

To: The Staff
From: Alice Short, Assistant Managing Editor/Features

The Los Angeles Times has an opening for a Books and Culture Editor.

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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]

LA Observed’s 3rd Annual Rooftop Party

The rooftop patio of the Formosa was packed Friday night with scribes, all brought together by Kevin Roderick of LA Observed.

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FBLA editors Pandora Young and Tina Dupuy with host Roderick.

More partygoer pics after the jump.

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Should the NYT Shutter the Style Section to Save Costs?

NYTsmall.gifLA Observed is reporting that the already beleaguered L.A. Times, amidst rumors of further layoffs, has decided to fold its local section into the front section, “which will be reconfigured to downplay national and foreign news — despite…unanimous and vocal objections of senior editors.”

Eliminating stand-alone local coverage was a decision, you may recall, that the New York Times made last October and considering this week’s dire news on the Times front one wonders what section may next be considered extraneous. The Style Section? Sunday Times devotees everywhere may shudder at the thought but Jack Shafer tells the (newly launched) The Wrap why not?

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LA Times Loses Two Top Reporters to ProPublica

latimesgg.pngWe’re not sure if this is a case of following the money or just escaping the lack of it, but LA Observed is reporting that two of the LA Times‘ top reporters are jumping ship to join up with ProPublica the online non-profit investigative journalism website helmed by former WSJer Paul Steiger.

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting on the deaths at King-Drew Medical Center, and in June Ornstein was honored as a journalist of the year by the Los Angeles Press Club. Their departures take place in the wake of last week’s sweeping staff cuts at the LAT, which were themselves part of Sam Zell‘s intended “deep cuts” for all Tribune Co. papers. It’s a blow to the LAT newsroom, and if it becomes a trend one wonders if the deep cuts will end up being fatal ones.

David Hiller to Kevin Roderick: Show Me the Money

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LA Times publisher David Hiller is trying to laugh off the LA Observed post about the lack of heavy bidding to be his lunch date , by posting on the LAT internal blog:

My epal Kevin Roderick who plainly has a lot of time on his hands, is making fun that lunch with the publisher didn’t garner many bids here in our United Way silent auction. I was wondering how much lunch with Kevin would go for, so i decided to make it easy for him and me–how about we take each other to lunch and each kick in an extra $1,000 cash to United Way? (You guys do support United Way at laobserved.com, right?).

LA Observed’s traffic might not support that kind of lunch.

Mike Lacey, Diane Ljungaeus Defend LA Weekly, Jill Stewart Against LA Observed

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Village Voice honcho Mike Lacey writes LA Observed a letter to set things straight about the LA Weekly’s cross town move, editors, departing writers, and just about everything, and after checking around to make sure it wasn’t a fake and hearing from Lacey’s lawyer–KRod posts it, with annotations. Laurie Ochoa wrote him as well, despite his claims to never hear from her.

FBLA hears that a few other people have written to protest his increasingly personal attacks on LA Weekly news editor Jill Stewart, who’s been our editor a few times. One of these is Diana Lungaeus of the LA Press Club, who kindly allowed us to post her letter here:

From: “Diana Ljungaeus”
To:
Subject: Defending Jill Stewart
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 00:11:45 -0800

Kevin,
I had really hoped to stay out of this for several reasons – one being that I am the executive director of Los Angeles Press Club. Let me, therefore, point out that I am writing this solely as a friend and colleague of Jill Stewart. To see her persecuted by LA Observed in the way that I have witnessed of late not only hurts her, but damages journalism itself. Jill would never, not even in “attack-mode,” single out another writer by name as untrustworthy or unethical. She of course gladly will go after news institutions and their weak, non-substantive, gossipy news coverage.

Your description of Jill as somebody journalists cannot work with couldn’t be further from the truth. I know this because for several years we worked together on the Press Club board, where she was a popular leader–managing to get busy journalists to work as a team even though this often can be compared to herding cats. And, most importantly, she did this with good humor and was well-liked, even by writers from competitor organizations. Among her many responsibilities she was the editor for our newsletter, The 8 Ball, for four years. During this period she motivated a large mix of volunteers to take time out from their busy schedules to write for the 8 Ball–Bob Baker, Alex Ben Block, Michael Collins, Ted Johnson, myself and Karen Ocamb, to mention a few.

We all know Jill as a hard worker who makes things happen. I also know Jill as an editor, having written for her for the Weekly. Not many others would have given me that chance, knowing I write English as a second language. My first assignment for Jill was “Malibu Bad Neighbor,” about the son of an African dictator who bought the most expensive home in Malibu and is trying to become a force in Hollywood. The story was ignored by local media, even though a national network currently is digging into it–thanks to the Weekly coverage.

Another reason I am inclined to defend her is that Jill brings solid news coverage to LA Weekly. Jill marches to the beat of her own drum and we sometimes disagree, however, she is “independent” in the deepest sense of that word and I salute her for it!

Diana Ljungaeus

Some speculate that Stewart’s take down of the LA Times’ Arnold groping stories may have cost that team of writers a Pulitzer nod. Could Roderick be trying to avenge the John Carroll crowd? And after the paper had been so nice to him, too.

Earlier:
Wiener & Pals Recall the Good Old Days at the LA Weekly—It’s All Jill Stewart’s Fault
Jill Stewart in at LA Weekly, Alan Mittelstaedt Out

C.P. Smith Outed as OC Register Buffoon

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LA Observed identifies the nose-picking editor at the OC Register as C.P. Smith, A1 editor.

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Smith is married to Sherry Stern, the LA Times editor who told syndicated columnist Amy Alkon not to bother ever contacting the paper again

We are not interested in adding any others, so I’d like to save you the trouble from writing us in the future. We’re quite content. Additionally, we are not in the market for writers, so again, there’s no need for you to continue to write us.

As Smith has taken the Register’s buy-out, will the Times be needing his unquie talents? Oh, wait, she already brought back La Cucaracha.

Kristin Gore’s Second Novel Out in July

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Kristin Gore, daughter of Tipper and Al, gets the kitty-lick treatment from Deborah Solomon in the NYT. Solomon who, like so many others, seems to think that a week long gig at Saturday Night Live is somehow significant.

Gore’s no dummy, no fool–why not ask her some real questions? Examples: Do you think you’ve received special treatment as the child of a famous person? How do you separate your own achievements from those of your father? But Solomon doesn’t even try.

Gore has written a sequel, Sammy’s House, to Sammy’s Hill, her first roman a clef DC novel, which garnered good reviews and a movie deal with David O. Russell to direct.

LA Observed linked to an interview in Women’s Health but failed to notice the tense. Gore worked on Futurama, which has been off the air since 2003.

Musical Chairs At The LAT

musicha.jpgReporters and editors are rushing about as the music stops — but at least 15 people who took the buyout and will be left without seats on Friday at the LAT.

Metpro director Efrain Hernandez will become the L.A. Regions editor, while New Orleans-based reporter Ann Simmons will return to L.A. to work G.A. for the California section.

LA Observed as the full story.

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