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Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Fenske’

Jonathan Gold-Watch Gets Dramatic**

The single most juicy question on the minds of media watchers in LA right now is undoubtedly whether Jonathan Gold is really heading to the LA Times. Over the weekend LA Observed reported that even though Gold had a signed deal with the LA Times, Village Voice Media owner Mike Lacey was pulling out all the stops to keep Gold at the LA Weekly--and a bidding war with the Times for Gold’s services was in full swing. This morning, however, a post on the food blog of the LA Weekly‘s sister paper The Village Voice seemed to confirm that Gold was indeed leaving for the LA Times.

The post’s title was unambiguous. “Jonathan Gold Leaving L.A. Weekly for L.A. Times,” screamed the headline. The author of the post then wished Gold “the greatest success in his new job.”

Well, that must be that then, no? The Village Voice is the biggest property in VVM’s chain. Lacey must have given them the scoop, figuring if he was going to lose Gold, he might as well hand his paper a big story.

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New LA Weekly Editor is Owner’s Ex-Girlfriend

Wow. Neon Tommy’s Benjamin Gottlieb dug up a rather sensational scoop in a well-reported story on incoming LA Weekly editor-in-chief Sarah Fenske. It turns out that back when Fenske was a columnist for the Phoenix New Times a few years ago, she dated Mike Lacey–owner of the Weekly‘s parent company Village Voice Media.

This guy:

“We haven’t been involved for years,” Fenske told Neon Tommy. “I would hope that my work would stand for itself.”

Fair enough. Gross though. Very gross.

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LA Weekly Announces New Editor-in-Chief

Just hours after news broke that LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes was on his way out, a replacement has been named: Sarah Fenske, managing editor of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. Both papers are owned by Village Voice Media.

Fenske, who has never worked in Los Angeles, may seem a strange choice to lead a publication that’s supposed to be on the cutting edge of LA culture. But she has a 10-year history with New Times Media, who acquired both the LA Weekly and the Village Voice Media name in 2005. The New Times has a history of promoting from within, even if that means sending employees to new cities they aren’t familiar with.

According to the LA Times, they were informed of the new hire by VVM executive editor Mike Lacey before LA Weekly‘s own staff. The company memo, which was sent to employees at 3:30, is after the jump.

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