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LA Times Appoints New Managing Editor, Online

According to Omniture, the website in 2010 registered 1.64 billion page views and 493 million unique visitors. Of that visitor total, 30% were from the southern California area.

This is the purview of Jimmy Orr, who it was announced today will take over as the LA Times‘ managing editor, online, beginning February 28th. He replaces Sean Gallagher, who is moving to London.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jimmy take on overall responsibility for,” said Times editor Russ Stanton. “Since joining our newsroom last August, he has made significant strides in improving the usability of the site and we look forward to continued growth.”

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LA Times Sweeps the Times’ Editorial Awards

Safe to say the LA Times won all their own awards. Cough. This year’s Pulitzers. Cough. Congratulations all!

Joel Rubin
won for beat reporting. Harriet Ryan, Andrew Blankstein, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Ann Powers won for breaking news, the Michael Jackson story specifically.

And the Publisher’s Prize went to Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for sticking with a Toyota crash story that ended up causing one of the largest auto recalls in history. There’s the real breaking story. Get it? Huh? Breaking.

Complete list and a podcast with Russ Stanton is here.

Nancie Clare is the New Editor of LAT Magazine

We just love tales of employment.

Nancie Clare

Named Editor of LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 12, 2009 – The Los Angeles Times Media Group announced today that Nancie Clare will take on the role of Editor for The Times monthly, Sunday magazine effective immediately.

“Nancie Clare brings a wealth of talent to her position as LA’s Editor,” said The Times Editor Russ Stanton. “Her vision for our Sunday magazine’s coverage of all things Southern Californian promises to be fresh and eclectic.”

As an original member of the LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine’s September 2008 launch team, Clare served as Deputy Editor. She has been involved in every aspect of the publication’s conceptualization and development and became Executive Editor in January 2009. Clare will now oversee all of LA’s multimedia content, creative direction, and editorial staff, and will work alongside Publisher, Steve Gellman.

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LAT’s Staffers Win Society of American Business Editors and Writers Awards

The following is an LAT memo in full:


Recognition for the outstanding work of our staff continues to roll in.

“Shedding Risk,” a three-part series by business reporters Lisa Girion, Michael Hiltzik and Dan Costello that ran last October, won a Best in Business award in the Projects category from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Here’s what the judges said: “A highly informative, well written series on a subject that matters to everyone: health insurance. Excellent reporting shows how insurance companies are weeding out the policy holders who need help most in favor of helping the companies’ bottom line, understandable in a free enterprise system but harmful, even devastating to the folks excluded. Very timely in light of the current public debate about universal health care. Impact reported on public opinion and public policy.”

The series was enhanced by infographics prepared by Lorena Iniguez with the help of Wil Ramirez, and was edited by Bill Rempel and Marc Duvoisin.

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LAT Runs Story On Controversial Front Page Ad

Today’s Los Angeles Times features an article about the advertisement designed to look like a news story that ran on the front page yesterday. It seems that the ad, which was for the NBC show Southland, was the brainchild of the LAT advertising staff:

NBC wasn’t planning to buy print ads for “Southland” until The Times pitched this concept, said Adam Stotsky, NBC Entertainment Marketing president.

The advertisement, which drew complaints from about 70 readers, ran over the objections of Editor Russ Stanton. In addition, a dozen editors had e-mailed Hartenstein on Wednesday night asking that the ad be “withdrawn or revised.”

Perhaps the LAT advertising department should read the following:

“It’s unwise and ethically problematic to have advertising morph into news content and style,” said Bob Steele, a journalism values scholar at the Poynter Institute and a professor at DePauw University. “Each step may seem like a small one. But each time you cut a corner, you create weakness in the overall product.”

LAT Memo: A New Multimedia Editorial Product – Brand X

The following is an internal memo from Russ Stanton:


As the media landscape continues to shift, we are seizing the
opportunity to expand The Times to a different audience with a new
multimedia editorial product called Brand X (

In a few weeks, the street boxes currently occupied by Metromix will
offer a new weekly tabloid created by the combined efforts of the former Metromix staff, and our newsroom. Online, BrandX will take blog form and will evolve and exist apart from with its own identity and voice.

Brand X is designed to be a community, aimed at younger,
social-networking readers who are interested in culture, technology,
entertainment, food, events, volunteering, style and the outdoors.
Reader input and participation will be part of the mix, as will
features, quick-hit items, reviews and listings.

Brand X will include Times coverage of must-see concerts, exhibitions
and events in Southern California. We’ll reverse-publish many of our blog posts, use Times-generated articles and photos, and
create original content that can go back into the main paper. It’s
content sharing on an extremely local level and will bring our great
work to an audience that does not currently see it.

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LAT And Chicago Tribune Foreign Desks To Merge

Staffers received news yesterday via memo from editor Russ Stanton that the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune are merging their foreign reporting desks into one operation. From the memo:

The joint operation will be run from Los Angeles, where the bulk of the editing staff is currently based, in consultation with editors in Chicago and across the Tribune family. The staff will be consist of LA Times and Chicago Tribune correspondents, strategically based around the world, who will emphasize original reporting, delivered in a unique voice for both print and online audiences. Their mix of daily news and features will meet our readers’ expectations for sophisticated reporting and writing from the outside the United States.

Read the entire memo at LA Observed.

LAT Memo: Sallie Hofmeister to Become Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment

This is from LAT Editor Russ Stanton and it’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it:

From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: New Arts & Entertainment group; Sallie Hofmeister, editor


Entertainment is Southern California’s signature industry and biggest global export. With more than 50 reporters, editors and producers in Calendar, in Business and at, we have among the largest number of journalists — and the best report — in town on this important subject.

For several years, our staffs covering entertainment, the business of entertainment and the arts have been located on different floors and our coverage strategy could best be described as loosely coordinated. That approach is inadequate today given that we face fierce competition, have moved to an integrated newsroom and publish in different mediums.

Today we are establishing a new department that will be headed by Sallie Hofmeister, who is leaving her post as business editor for the masthead job of Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment. She will report to Managing Editor Davan Maharaj.

The rest after the jump…

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The NYO Dives Into the Deep-End of ‘How to Save Newspapers’

kindle-1.jpgThe New York Observer has a nice long, very smart, multi-bylined piece today about the future of newspapers. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but for those of you in a rush the short version is that newspapers should look more like Facebook! Kidding…but only sort of. Says the NYO:

The media of the 21st century is one that is blogged — not a negative thing, see later in the piece! — and merged with the users’ own experiences and viewpoints synthesized with the original. If postmodernism came to literature in the ’80s, it’s got to come to journalism now.

In the meantime here’s a quick takeaway from some of the major players the NYO spoke with:

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LAT’s Robyn Dixon Named Winner of Batten Medal

robyn22.jpgAnd we thought only movie people were worthy of such honors.

This is a memo from Russ Stanton:

Stanton, Russ

Sent: Sun Feb 22 10:32:24 2009

Subject: Robyn Dixon, winner of the Batten Medal

Robyn Dixon today was named the winner of the prestigious Batten Medal of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for her coverage of the political and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.

The award, named for the late James K. Batten, CEO of Knight Ridder Inc., recognizes “compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog.”

It’s not the first time Robyn’s reporting from Zimbabwe has placed her in exclusive company. Last year, she won a Robert F. Kennedy Award (the judges lauded her “extraordinary courage”) and a Sigma Delta Chi international reporting prize.

It would be hard to overstate the danger and difficulty of reporting in Zimbabwe. Robyn has made 11 trips there over the last two years, working undercover because foreign journalists are officially unwelcome. To avoid arrest, she entered the country by land whenever possible, chose out-of-the-way lodgings and tried to dress like a local.

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