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Posts Tagged ‘Lynn Smith’

The Journalism Shop of Former LAT Staffers Launches

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The Journalism Shop launched yesterday. They describe themselves on the site:

Over the past couple of years the Los Angeles Times and its corporate owner, Tribune, have undergone an epic financial crunch which has led to the jettisoning of hundreds of veteran journalists. We are some of them. Our ranks include veteran political journalists, fashion writers, award-winning investigative journalists and a wide raft of the invisible folks of newspapers – line editors, copy editors, page designers and researchers.

We talked to former LA Times staffer Brett Levy (also see: WriteThru.com) who runs the site. He told us that within the past 36 hours of their soft launch one of the members of the site is “in talks” about work.

The site has no ads, it just showcases the resumes of journos who have left or been left by the LAT. “It’s more like a co-op or a club at this point,” says Levy.

Currently there are roughly 24 members listed on the site, including Scott Martelle, Nona Yates, Nancy Wride, Kristina Lindgren, Janet Wilson, Greg Johnson, Lynne Heffley, Lynn Smith, Rick Schmitt, Jim Fowler, Susannah Rosenblatt, Elizabeth Douglass, Robin Rauzi, Saul Daniels, Richard Cromelin, Robyn Norwood, Rosemary McClure, Karen Chaderjian, Craig Matsuda and Susan Brink.

Is this the solution to the woes of the laid off? Well, when the going gets tough – the tough go freelance.

We have our fingers crossed for all of them.

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Cool Hand Luke Dead at 83

CoolHandLuke.jpg Legend Paul Newman has died after a battle with cancer.

Lynn Smith wrote the obit for LAT. It was a touching tribute to the actor and activist.

Our favorite line, that summed up why we loved Newman for something other than his looks:

He was thrilled, friends said, when he heard that he had made President Nixon’s enemies list.

Here’s the NYT obit.

Rest in peace.

LAT In 90 Seconds

38906869-15172456.jpgAn Item That Will Make To-Be Brides Wish They Were Famous: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have sold the exclusive rights to their wedding photos to People magazine for over $1 million. That’ll buy you a lot of Jordan almonds.

mariah_carey_stars_in_tennessee.jpgBetter Than Bad: Forget the best of Cannes, John Horn delights in bringing you the worst. Horn horns in on B-movies debuting in France that star bold faced names in shame-faced productions.

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Hot On A Cold Trail: Lynn Smith showcases the casualties of the possible SAG strike with the tale of Austin Highsmith, an unknown actress whose Big Breaks have been big letdowns thanks to the changing climate in Hollywood.

LAT in 90: Funny, Less Money

The Los Angeles Times, condensed.

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Meerkat Manners
Lynn Smith writes the funniest thing: “Like many celebrities, the meerkats look much smaller in real life.”

Hank Aaron’s Second Finest Moment

Bill Shaikin has a great piece on the new home run king and the real star.

Mark Miller Tells All

The writer who wrote the Weekly World News story about the tribe that worshiped Streisand’s nose comes clean.

Cheap Eats
The food section’s 3rd annual Best for Less feature would be greatly enhanced by links to Google maps. Where is Harbor City, anyway?

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