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Posts Tagged ‘Roy Rivenburg’

Internet Catches Up to TV Critic’s Cheeky Wizard of Oz Synopsis

Fifteen years after being recognized in the LA Times by Roy Rivenburg as the “TV Listing of the Week,” a brief Wizard of Oz plot synopsis is getting a major new round of props thanks to Reddit and Imgur.

Jim Romenesko tracked down the author of the Kansas-busting logline, Rick Polito, who now resides in Boulder, Colorado and juggles a little freelancing with a lot of stay-at-home-dad duties. Polito wrote the cheeky summary during his years as TV critic for the Marin Independent Journal:

“It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email signatures. Someday, I’m going to walk down the street and see it on a T-shirt and punch the person who’s wearing it,” he jokes.

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Schwarzenegger’s New Budget Idea Was a Parody Before It Was a Plan


In July of last year, Not the LA Times ran a piece with the title,
Adios, San Diego!
California auctions off seaside metropolis to wipe out state deficit

Then, the headline from the real LAT yesterday was:

Gov. proposes selling L.A. Coliseum, other properties to raise cash

The creator and writer of Not the LA Times Roy Rivenburg, told FBLA,”I think this is the third or fourth NTLAT story that has come eerily close to predicting the future.”


Roy Rivenburg, the Orwell of LA.

Not The LA Times Takes on California Section

In comedy, that’s what you call a ‘gem’. Roy Rivenburg, creator and writer of, the site that looks EXACTLY like the sans the underlying despair and crippling anxiety, has a good one:

The latest manifestation of Facebook power involves L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein, who today succumbed to pressure from the social network’s “Save The L.A. Times California Section” page.

“When 2,213 Facebookers, many of them current or former L.A. Times writers, unite behind a cause, resistance is futile,” Hartenstein said.

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Not-The-LAT in 90

latfronttt2.jpgRedesign Reinvigorates: Roy Rivenburg takes on the LAT redesign. Best graph: “The reaction was jaw-dropping. At a Starbucks in Glendale, one newspaper reader was mobbed by young people who put down their iPods and asked, ‘Wow, where can I get one of those?’”

clinton-jolie.jpgSuspension of Disbelief: In a piece that mocks John McCain‘s campaign suspension, Rivenburg suggests how other people might put things on hold: “Bill Clinton: Former president said he was ‘suspending my marriage to Hillary so I can work on the economy. In the 1990s, when I previously suspended my marriage, the economy did great.’”

pangoddddld.jpgThe Economy: Picks and Pans The mock paper mocks McCain’s erratic economic “solutions”: “In a last-ditch effort to derail Barack Obama‘s White House bid, John McCain unveiled a new economic rescue plan yesterday, urging Americans to protect themselves from financial calamity by panning for gold at Knott’s Berry Farm.”

We (Heart) Roy Rivenburg


Yes, we’re a few days late with this, but we were busy atoning for our sins. Looks like we have another sin to apologize for: The sin of not getting this to you sooner. Check out Roy Rivenburg‘s latest “edition” of Not The L.A. Times:

Determined to quash “treasonous” leaks to a local journalism blog, L.A. Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein has grounded the entire newsroom for a month, revoking their TV privileges and forbidding them from going to the Homecoming dance next Friday.

Mock L.A. Times Mocks, Well, The L.A. Times


Roy Rivenburg at Not The L.A. Times is not too proud a man to admit when he’s been beaten at his own game. Not even two months into launching the satirical web site of the hometown paper of record, Rivenburg had to concede that the L.A. Times has become a better parody of itself than any mock newspaper could hope to be.

In a few years, when we’re all short-order cooks in the United States of China, we hope we’ll be able to look back at this and laugh.

Not-The-LAT Mocks Staffers’ Suit


A new “issue” of Not The L.A. Times is online and offers a send-up of one of the strangest chapters of the Sam Zell era: The staffers’ lawsuit against the paper.

Roy Rivenburg‘s mock pub suggests:

“On the heels of a class-action lawsuit accusing L.A. Times owner Sam Zell of wrecking the newspaper, dissident Times writers are now suing 425,000 former subscribers for ‘failing to appreciate our bodacious journalism.’”


The lawsuit seeks damages of $2.99 a week from each AWOL subscriber.

–Via Romenesko

FBLA Interview With Roy Rivenburg

zell3.jpgWe LOVE and had to learn more about its creator, Roy Rivenburg, a 15-year features writer at the LAT (he quit last year). Rivenburg was a syndicated humor columnist for two years, and enjoyed a brief stint writing Recall Madness, a humor column on California’s recall race.

Despite his pedigree, he agreed to answer a few of our dumb questions:

That looked like it took a tremendous amount of work. What inspired it? Thanks for noticing how much work was involved (actually, the hard part was teaching myself enough Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash to put everything together; the writing part was fairly swift).

What inspired it? A few things. I had long thought it’d be fun to parody the paper, but figured there was no way to duplicate the look of the site. Earlier this year, I had dinner with Janine Kahn, a friend who was then web editor of OC Weekly. Somehow the spoof idea came up and she said I could easily reproduce the look of by copying their html coding (I can explain more if you want me to get technical). Well, she was wrong about it being that easy, but by then I was determined to do it. So I bought all the software and started in.

How often will you update it? If someone writes me a million-dollar check, I’ll be happy to hire a staff and update weekly. But aside from an occasional update when inspiration strikes, I have no plans on that front.

That’s too bad!