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Posts Tagged ‘Margot Roosevelt’

One-Time High School Journalism Advisor Segues to the OC Register

Here’s a really good example of someone proactively changing their career, mid-stream.

Not so long ago, Brooke Edwards Staggs (pictured) was an English teacher at Rubidoux High School in Riverside, where she also served as the school’s journalism advisor. After deciding that she’d rather practice the five “W’s” instead of guiding budding young reporters towards the field, she earned a Master’s in journalism from NYU, started freelancing and eventually landed full-time at the Victorville Daily Press. After five years as a reporter and city editor at that Freedom Communications Inc. publication, she jumped this past New Year’s Eve to the Orange County Register:

In addition to covering South County cities for the Register and related community newspapers, Staggs will support general assignment reporting on topics such as development, transportation issues and water districts…

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Tim Rutten Finds a New Home

Last week, we told you about the hiring of former LA Times environmental reporter Margot Roosevelt by the Orange County Register. Today, there is news of another LAT veteran being snapped up by a SoCal media rival. In this case, it involves a Spring Street alum with many more years of service at that august publication.

Per this afternoon’s announcement:

In his new column, which will appear in print on Sundays and on the Los Angeles News Group (LANG) newspapers’ websites, veteran news analyst Tim Rutten (pictured) will put the issues that matter most to Southern Californians into focus for our readers.

Rutten has spent nearly 50 years writing about and analyzing Southern California as a reporter, critic and columnist. During his 40 years at the Los Angeles Times, he became one of Los Angeles’ most widely read commentators and twice was a member of teams that received the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of breaking news.

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Latest OC Register Hires Include LAT Alums Margot Roosevelt, Joanna Clay

Newly recruited OC Register economy reporter Margot Roosevelt (pictured) has declared that she is “excited to join one of the most dynamic newspapers in the country right now.” She’s right on the money about that.

As we and others have been chronicling this summer and fall, the paper is on a mission to prove there are still ways in this day and age of Gawker, BuzzFeed and the front page of Yahoo! to make a daily print newspaper profitably thrive. What’s so great about the hire of Roosevelt, previously with Reuters and the LA Times as an environment reporter from 2007 to 2011, is that she is the kind of massively experienced journalist (30+ years) who typically falls by the wayside in today’s print media landscape after being laid off. She will no doubt be a dynamic contributor to the paper’s recently expanded business section.

Also joining the OC Register from the LA Times is Joanna Clay. Most recently a reporter and assistant Web editor for LA Times Community News publication the Coastline Pilot, her beat will remain Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo.

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Adding to the LA Times Body Count

The staffers laid off from the LA Times last week weren’t the only ones losing their jobs. Some, like Randy Hagihara, director of the metro & summer internship program, took voluntary buyouts. Freelance budgets were slashed in multiple sections, meaning less work for struggling freelancers. We heard from Avital Binshtock, a regular contributor to the travel section, that her Tours & Cruises and Calendar columns were being killed. And we’ve spoken to other LA Times freelance contributors who are uncertain of their future with the paper and are, at this point, just keeping their fingers crossed.

Just when we thought we couldn’t hate Sam Zell any more than we already do.

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Another Name from the LA Times Layoff List

In the chaos of the past few days, we somehow failed to mention that LA Times environmental reporter Margot Roosevelt was among those let go in the latest round of layoffs at the paper. Her tweet last night reminded us to get our act together. Roosevelt had been with the Times since 2007, after stints at The Washington Post and Time.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Major Layoffs at the LA Times

LAT in 90 Seconds

baldeagle.jpgFree Association: Margot Roosevelt, a direct descendant of the guy who wouldn’t shoot a shackled bear, writes about how the Endangered Species list is facing extinction. We don’t have a joke here; we just kinda thought that was neat.

al3.jpgSprung: Al Gore III is out on bail. But we’re guessing he’s soooo grounded.

arno.jpgIn Plain Sight: Reporter Paul Pringle’s got a great story about how a non-profit group funds Schwarzenegger’s luxury travel expenses, and writes off the costs. Meanwhile, the group’s donors get tax breaks — and may be trying to curry favor with the governor in a secret, off-the-books way.