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LA Times is Getting Into the Online Retail Business with District West

DW-badge-logoThe Los Angeles Times is facing a murky future, as fears mount that the Tribune Company, its corporate parent dogged until recently by years bankruptcy, will further gut the paper’s editorial staff. Or, perhaps worse, sell it to billionaires with nefarious political agendas.

But the executives at the Los Angeles Times Media Group see ecommerce as a possible revenue stream to buoy the paper.

Hence Monday’s launch of District West, a boutique retail site featuring clothes, kitsch, food and home goods from a variety of local vendors. The site is broken down by neighborhood, too, so you can get your vintage leather eyeglass case from Echo Park and any one of a selection of funky bowties from Hollywood.

“District West makes SoCal accessible to anyone hoping to tap into its unique sensibility or buy hyper-local,” Jennifer Collins, vice president of revenue development, said in a statement. “A visit to District West is like finding a cool, hidden gem – full of style and panache that’s straight off of LA’s streets.”

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Washington Post Columnist Investigates Perpetually Postponed LA Times Celebration Party

LA Times reporter Jeff Gottlieb’s May 3 email to a Los Angeles Times Media Group exec is one of the ages. Two years after he, Ruben Vives and colleagues won a $35,000 USC Annenberg prize for their exposure of the massive Bell city corruption scandal (ahead of the Public Service Pulitzer), he was having to question the financial allotment practices at his own paper.

Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple thoroughly retraces the history of this long-simmering matter and also, for the piece, took Gottlieb’s complaints to newspaper spokesperson Nancy Sullivan. When, Wemple wanted to know on Gottlieb’s behalf, was that promised celebration party funded by residual Selden Ring prize money going to finally take place? From Sullivan’s quoted reply:

“A small amount was set aside for a staff party. The party was postponed several times for various reasons but will be held in the near future.”

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BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

Big Changes Coming to LA Times Community Newspapers

Bad news for Glendale residents: The offices of the Glendale News-Press, currently on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, will be shuttered and the staff moved to the LA Times building downtown. The News-Press will cease publishing a Tuesday edition of the paper, taking it down to a 5-day-a-week operation. The Monday edition was scrapped in 2011.

Other community newspapers under the the Los Angeles Times umbrella are also facing changes. The Costa Mesa Daily Pilot will also cease publishing a Tuesday edition. There will no longer be a Sunday edition of the La Cañada Valley Sun. The Burbank Leader will return to a Wednesday and Saturday print schedule.

Not all the news is bad, however. LA Times Spokesperson Nancy Sullivan tells us, “We are putting more emphasis on digital. Times Community News’ sites, particularly the breaking news blogs – The 818 Now, The 626 Now and The OC Now, will have more frequent posts of brief, informative stories as we continue to see online readership rise. We’re also rolling out new Glendale News-Press and Daily Pilot apps (Android & Apple) on November 1.”

As a Glendale resident, I’m sad to see the News-Press offices go. While this was likely a necessary cost-cutting measure, it’s unfortunate that the paper will lose a physical presence in the community it covers. But I’m happy to learn I’ll soon be reading the News-Press on my iPad. Makes for a decent silver lining.

Report: Rupert Murdoch Interested in the LA Times*

A day after KPBS relayed Doug Manchester’s possible interest in acquiring the LA Times, there is news of a much bigger media mogul sniffing around this city’s prized daily newspaper. According to LA Times reporter Meg James, her new boss could potentially turn out to be none other than Rupert Murdoch:

News Corp. executives have had preliminary talks with debt holders about acquiring the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, according to two ranking News Corp. executives and others familiar with the situation.

These people cautioned that talks are in the early stages, and that a deal is by no means certain… On trips to Los Angeles, Murdoch is known to mark up the newspaper with a Sharpie pen to illustrate how he would design pages.

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Researcher Takes Issue with LA Times Chick-fil-A Coverage

Following up her initial report about some sloppy MSM reporting that suggested Chick-fil-A “had decided to cease donations to “anti-gay” groups,” consumer research specialist Anne Sorock today retraces the week’s full sequence of events. It’s not pretty.

On Tuesday, Chicago’s Civil Rights Agenda put out a press release claiming that its efforts in concert with local Alderman Moreno had led the chain to “cease anti-gay donations.” On Wednesday, much media coverage followed, followed by a Thursday clarification from Chick-fil-A:

For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.

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Glenn Beck’s Website Asks LA Times: What About the Obama Secret Videotape?

Before joining theblaze.com as Middle East correspondent, Sharona Schwartz was a coverage editor for CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau and a scriptwriter for Wolf Blitzer. With credentials like those, it’s no wonder her post today about a certain Obama recording is so solidly put together.

Schwartz starts off by culling renewed questioning, in the wake of the Mitt Romney/Mother Jones bombshell, of the LA Times’ refusal to release a recording of some controversial 2003 remarks made by Senator Barack Obama at a dinner honoring departing Chicago Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. She then shares the response theblaze.com received from Nancy Sullivan, vp of communications for the LA Times:

In April 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported first, and in explicit detail about the dinner event and the tape of it. More than six months later, just days before the November 2008 election, the McCain campaign demanded the public release of the tape. As we stated then, the Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided for review by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not publish the tape itself. The Times keeps its promises to sources and nothing has changed in that regard.

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LAT Loses Its Chief Revenue Officer

Yes, we know—insert your own joke here: What did this person do all day? Was his informal internal CRO abbreviation SOL? And so on.

Actually, much of what John T. O’Loughlin (pictured) did before TheWrap’s Lucas Shaw got the scoop this morning that he is leaving probably involved trying to translate the incredible success of LATimes.com into equally robust revenue streams. Here’s the statement given to Shaw by LAT spokesperson Nancy Sullivan:

“John O’Loughlin has been a valued member of the Tribune Company team for over 20 years and we wish him the very best in his next endeavors. The Times is in the process of looking at both internal and external candidates to head a strong, diverse revenue team that delivered a great 2011.”

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LAT Media Group Circulars Wind Up in USPS Trash

On Monday morning, reporters for the Easy Reader News took some photos of recycling bins behind the Redondo Beach Main Post Office filled with apparently undelivered Local Values advertising circulars issued by the LA Times Media Group and PennySaver USA. Although a spokesperson for the USPS told the paper the materials were likely deemed “undeliverable, duplicate, or excess,” LAT spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan is not so sure.

After reviewing copies of the photos, here’s what Sullivan told the paper:

Sullivan said that the Times’ system prevents duplications. “The Los Angeles Times Media Group does utilize the United States Post Service (USPS) to deliver Local Values in Redondo Beach and we are gravely concerned about what this photo appears to depict,” Sullivan said in a statement. “The Times will be working with the USPS to understand the circumstances and their plans to remedy the situation if necessary, and will join with the producers of the other mailers apparently disposed of to gain a full understanding.”

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LA Times Magazine App Given the Axe

The November issue of LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine is out Sunday, but it won’t be available for download. The magazine app, launched just this April, has been killed.

We worried this might be a bad omen. The mag lost publisher Shelley Cole during a round of LA Times lay offs in July, and LA Observed forecasts a new round of belt-tightening is on the horizon.

But LAT spokesperson Nancy Sullivan reassures us:

For the near term we have put LA’s app on hiatus as we evaluate and evolve our digital distribution strategy. The Magazine itself is not going anywhere.

Here’s hoping the app comes back. The LA magazine translates to tablet form quite well. And we’re among the many readers who don’t receive the mag with our Sunday paper. Sure, it can be found online, but the app restores the element of portability. Once we’ve downloaded, we can read it anywhere – no wifi required.

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