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Dateline NBC Delves Into Unsolved Murder of Newspaper Reporter’s Brother

The Rainey family, which includes former LA Times media critic James (he is now on the paper’s political desk), is heading into a second Thanksgiving with the excruciating pain of an unsolved family murder. On May 31, 2012, James’ older brother Robert, a chiropractor in west Los Angeles, was found murdered in his office by the first scheduled patient of the day.

As part of its online “Dateline Detective” feature, Dateline NBC this week is shining another light on the specifics of the crime and urging anyone who witnessed anything that morning around the Venice Blvd. location to contact the LAPD.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Farrow to Host MSNBC Show | NY Mag Going Biweekly? | Simers Sues LA Times


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Ronan Farrow Joins MSNBC, Will Host Weekday Show (TVNewser)
Ronan Farrow is joining MSNBC where he will host a new Monday-Friday program for the network. Farrow is a writer and lawyer, and son of actress/humanitarian Mia Farrow and, most likely, film director/actor Woody Allen. “Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in his announcement. THR / The Live Feed Farrow’s television experience — and his familiarity to MSNBC viewers — is limited. And Griffin said that he’ll appear across MSNBC’s programs in the interim to build Farrow’s profile. Certainly the MSNBC chief has shown a willingness to groom talent that may lack TV skills. NYT Griffin said Farrow’s youth should be a plus in reaching out to viewers of his generation (few of whom regularly watch cable news), but he said the main rationale for the hire was “his personality — we look at personality and the ability to communicate.” FishbowlDC “This is a new generation of news show for a new, more engaged generation of viewers. It’s a show about why the news matters to you — and what you can do to be a part of the story,” said Farrow in a release.

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Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up [Update]

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker in the know? Do you follow what appears to be a brand new, official Banksy Twitter account? If the answers to these questions are respectively yes and no, you may want to remedy the latter.

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The famed, stealth British-born graffiti artist has set up artistic residency in Manhattan and triggered a Twitter account pointing to the website banksyny.com. The site is chronicling his various NYC street efforts and causing lots of excitement each time around. From a New York Daily News report:

To Pace student Mathias Watson, 21, it was an exciting opportunity to see an authentic Banksy in-person. “I just love the chase,” he said, adding that he found the location after Banksy tweeted it. The Chelsea piece has already accrued new tags, from a black stencil of embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei to other graffiti artist tags.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: LA Times Cuts Staff | Kurtz Signs Off CNN | New Yorker Backlash


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Profit at Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune Co. Plummets 41 Percent (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Earnings at Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, fell sharply in the first quarter as advertising revenue continued to slide and the company incurred a big tax bill. The company reported net income of $58.4 million in the three months, a 41 percent plunge from the $99.1 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue slid 3.3 percent to $705 million and pretax income declined 7.8 percent to $80.2 million. SCPR / The Breakdown The Los Angeles Times laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday, newspaper spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan confirmed to KPCC. Sullivan declined to specify how many employees lost their jobs or which departments were affected, saying only that the paper “undertook a modest staff reduction.” Times staff members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company — said about 20 employees were laid off. The graphics department took a huge hit, the employees said. TheWrap / MediaAlley In a letter to the newsroom obtained by TheWrap, editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin called the layoffs “difficult” before describing a plan for a more sweeping overhaul of the website and alluding to “new recruits.”

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Possible Sale of LA Times to Koch Brothers Sparks Protest

Approximately 300 union members, activists, and Los Angeles Times readers rallied downtown yesterday to protest the potential sale of the paper to right-wing billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The protest was held at noon outside the downtown office of the investment firm Oaktree Capital Management, which holds the largest share of the Tribune Co. Musician Ry Cooder performed for the crowd, singing “I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister” with special anti-Koch lyrics added.

From the LA Times coverage:

The protesters targeted Oaktree because the firm manages pension investments on behalf of unionized government employees, including those in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

“We don’t want that kind of thing going on with our money,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “That’s like us selling you a car so you can run us over.”

The rumor of a Tribune Co. sale to Koch Industries has already inspired multiple online petitions and vocal opposition from unions and politicians.

The LA Weekly also covered the protest, and took some great photos.

Former Local Newsman Dies at 78

Mario Machado, best known for his stint on The Big News and numerous movie cameos, died on Saturday at the age of 78.

The eight-time Emmy Award winner died of complications of pneumonia and was battling Parkinson’s disease, his daughter told the Los Angeles Times.

Machado was a reporter on The Big News in the 1970s and was the host of Noontime for seven years on KNXT (now KCBS-TV).

His film credits included the RoboCop franchise, Rocky III and Brian’s Song. Machado was also the first Chinese-American on-air reporter in Los Angeles.

Mark Cuban Takes a Jab at LA Times for Bleacher Report Content

Add Dallas Mavericks owner and businessman Mark Cuban to the list of folks who are skeptical when it comes to content on Bleacher Report.

And while the sports websites has made strides towards improving their credibility by hiring writers you’ve actually heard of, they are still the king of the pointless slideshows.

This hasn’t stopped the LATimes.com from featuring Bleacher Report content on their website.

I know I can’t be the only person who has gone to LATimes.com and clicked on a story, only to discover that it wasn’t content from their website but from Bleacher Report.

And by content, I mean a list, slideshow, or article dripping of sensationalism.

Glad to know I wasn’t the only person turned off by that partnership.

See Your Byline in the LA Times

Last week, we brought you Part I of our popular series, Personal Essay Markets. This week brings Part II, which outlines more venues that love printing this unique and accessible style of writing. Included among them are tips on how to submit to The Los Angeles Times‘ first-person column.

Be sure to come back for our final installment of the print markets in Part III, as well as our digital guide in Part IV.

For more, read Personal Essay Markets Pt. II. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Bill Plaschke is the Master of Hotel Porn

Listeners of the Petros & Money show on KLAC got to hear a different side of Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke on Thursday afternoon.

Yeah, yeah, Plaschke did eventually talk about sports, but he opened the show with Matt “Money” Smith discussing hotel porn and Helen Hunt‘s “lady garden.”

I don’t know what was more disturbing: Plaschke waxing poetic about Helen Hunt’s “lady garden” or him implying that he use to get off to the hotel porn previews while on the road.

Either way, I’m good on Plaschke ever having a radio show.

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