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Los Angeles Magazine EIC Mary Melton Adds Emmis Publishing VP Title

From an LA perspective, the most pertinent aspect of today’s announcement from Emmis Publishing is contained in the very last paragraph. There, we are reminded that Mary Melton (pictured) is a “fourth-generation Angeleno.” Very impressive.

Melton, the well-liked EIC of Los Angeles magazine, is adding a weighty concurrent title to her resume: vp/editorial director of Emmis Publishing, her parent company, based in Indianapolis. From today’s announcement:

“In Mary, we are continuing the tradition of exceptional journalistic leadership,” Greg Loewen, president of Emmis Publishing, said. “We are thrilled Mary will take on a broader, company-wide role overseeing the editorial content of our award-winning city and regional magazines.”

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Hidden LA Sues Los Angeles Magazine Over Borrowed Moniker

Hidden Los Angeles, the popular Facebook page and website dedicated to our town’s lesser-known treasures, has slapped Los Angeles magazine with a trademark infringement lawsuit, reports LA Observed. Hidden LA’s complaint is with the magazine’s February issue and its “Hidden LA” theme, featuring “73 secret spots in the city.” The magazine also ran a Lexus Hidden LA sweepstakes and a private Hidden LA dinner event.

Los Angeles first published a “Hidden LA” themed issue in 2011, prompting Hidden LA founder W. Lynn Garrett to have a sit-down with the mag’s publisher, Mary Meltonleaving Garrett with the impression it wouldn’t happen again. This time around, she decided a sit-down wasn’t enough and filed suit.  ”I am not by nature a litigious person,” Garrett wrote on the Hidden LA facebook page. “I was left with no choice. A legally registered trademark is only as good as your steady enforcement of it.”

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LA Weekly‘s “Lost” Riots Issue Now Online

But it can’t be found on the LA Weekly website. The issue is available for download through Los Angeles magazine, thanks to editor Mary Melton, who scanned the May 8, 1992 issue after the LA Weekly claimed the paper hadn’t covered the riots 20 years ago.

   

To date, the aforementioned LA Weekly blog post remains fiercely critical of the paper’s coverage in ’92, despite the revelation that they missed an entire issue dedicated to the riots, one they confess to not having read. Why a newspaper would choose trashing its own legacy over re-writing a blog post is beyond us.

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Los Angeles Magazine Adds Two New Editors

Nancy Miller is joining Los Angeles magazine as its new deputy editor. Miller comes to Los Angeles from Fast Company, where she was west coast editorial director. Prior to her time at Fast Company, she spent five years as a senior editor at Wired.

In addition, the mag has poached LA Weekly food writer Elina Shatkin to become a new senior editor. Tough week for the Weekly‘s food section.

Both editors will start their new gigs in early March.

LA Observed has editor Mary Melton‘s memo to staff regarding the two hires.

Los Angeles EIC Mary Melton Assesses the State of LA’s Media

Frying Pan News’ Danny Feingold just posted a nice interview with Los Angeles EIC Mary Melton. Among other interesting tidbits, Melton, a former LA Times reporter, describes what she thinks is missing from LA’s media landscape–including from her former paper.

The mainstream press needs to reintroduce beats, cover California and L.A. issues, have more reporters devoted to local politics and politicians. Websites don’t have the resources to do deep reporting.

Melton also talks about how she’d run the LA Times if she took over as editor:

The first thing I would do is hire a fleet of buses and have everyone in the building get on one and go see the city. Too many people at the Times never leave the building. I remember during the 2000 Democratic Convention, which was in downtown. I was working at the Times, and I decided to go over to check it out. I tried to get some folks to come with me, and everyone said, “It’s so far.” What?

Read the interview in full here..

Los Angeles Magazine Gets a Redesign

In the December issue of Los Angeles magazine, editor Mary Melton announced details of a new redesign:

We sweat every comma that appears in this magazine. We sift through dozens of photos of Scottish salmon with pickled fennel (“Don’t you think it’s a little sexier from this angle?”) just to fill a one-inch space. We argue over proper usage of the indicative versus the subjunctive. We spare each other embarrassment (ah, it’s “toe the line,” not “tow the line”—thanks, copy department!) and from resorting to clichés (you should never be “ready for your close-up” unless you are Gloria Swanson). Which is to say, we understand that every piece of writing and every piece of art that goes into the magazine represents an opportunity to reach and resonate. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. There is a constant, mostly undifferentiated flow of information coming at all of us, and it’s our goal to make these pages as beautiful and accessible as possible. We want you to linger; we want you to learn.

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Los Angeles Magazine Bends Cover Rules for Maria Shriver

On the one hand, Los Angeles magazine can be accused of knowing exactly what it was doing when it put one of the authors of its October content, rather than issue subjects, on the cover. Because if socialite Wallis Annenberg had graced the front rather than the person who interviewed her, Maria Shriver, there’s no way the glossy monthly would have been able to wrangle today’s exclusive People.com preview.

On the other hand, what kind of journalism precedent is being set here? Sure, the theme of the October issue is “The L.A. Woman” and no one currently epitomizes the good and bad of what that entails more than Shriver. But there needs to be an actual story about her, not just by her.

In a tweet promoting the People mention, Los Angeles magazine promised that this first look at the October cover is “going to surprise you.” But in FishbowlLA’s case, that’s not actually true.

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Geoff Miller, Co-Founder of Los Angeles Magazine, Dead at 74

Geoff Miller, longtime editor and one of the original founders of Los Angeles magazine, passed away on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home after a prolonged illness. He was 74.

Miller and David Brown launched the magazine in 1960, which was originally called the Southern California Prompter. A year later, they changed the title to Los Angeles magazine. As The Wrap obit notes, it was a pioneering publication:

Los Angeles was the first “city magazine,” and Miller is credited with helping to create the genre. His publication predated New York magazine by eight years.

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Editor-In-Chief Resigns From Los Angeles Magazine

lamagjune.jpgAfter nine years at the helm, Kit Rachlis is quitting Los Angeles magazine. Executive editor Mary Melton will take his place. Folio reports that Rachlis leaving had nothing to do with the June cover story of LA Mag that declares mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a failure. LA Observed has the press release from Emmis Communications, parent company of the magazine:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Kit Rachlis, editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine since June 2000, has decided to step down. Mary Melton, executive editor of the magazine, has been promoted to editor.

“Kit has done a remarkable job elevating Los Angeles magazine to must-read status. We are deeply grateful to him for sharing his vast talent with Emmis and with the loyal readers of Los Angeles magazine,” said Deborah Paul, Emmis Publishing Executive Vice President/Editorial Director. “The appointment of Mary Melton as editor ensures that Los Angeles magazine’s tradition of high-level magazine journalism will endure. We look forward to the intelligence and spirit she will bring to every page.”

During Rachlis’ tenure, the magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award seven times and received more city and regional magazine awards than any other publication.

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