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LAT Managing Editor Looks Back Fondly on His Days as a Foreign Correspondent

The apex of Scott Kraft’s career as a foreign correspondent for the LA Times, where he ascended late this summer to the prestigious post of deputy managing editor, occurred at the turn of the millennium. It was in connection with his coverage of the release of Nelson Mandela from South African prison, and as a colleague recalls in today’s American Journalism Review piece, it led to a rather amazing presence in one particular LAT edition:

Kraft had six bylines in the paper that day, three of them on page one, recalls Simon Li, who was foreign editor at the LA Times while Kraft was a correspondent. “It was a mastery of his beat and his subject,” Li says. “It was unexcelled.”

Not to mention the fact that it took place at a time when a byline truly meant something. Today, all you need is an Internet connection and the ability to figure out WordPress or Blogspot.

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Geraldine Baum, The LA Times’ NY Bureau Chief, Steps Down After 23 Years

Geraldine Baum, The Los Angeles Times’ New York Bureau Chief since 1989, is stepping down tomorrow. According to a memo Baum sent out to colleagues, she has decided to move on because she wants to take her life in a new direction.

“It’s as simple and complicated and mysterious as this: Although I’ll never stop writing and thinking like a journalist, it’s time for Geraldine 2.0,” wrote Baum. “I leave knowing I did the kind of work that mattered, and I’m grateful that journalists like all of you still do.”

See the complete memo after the jump.

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LA Times Picks Up RFK Journalism Award

The Los Angeles Times continues its winning streak with a 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for their coverage of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. From editor Russ Stanton‘s newsroom memo:

The Times’ winning entry in the international print category showcased the work of reporters Joe Mozingo, Scott Kraft, Tracy Wilkinson, Tina Susman, Ken Ellingwood and Mitchell Landsberg and photographer Liz Baylen.

All were themes of our reporting on the disaster in Haiti. Among the highlights were Joe’s heart-rending story about a mother’s quest to save her child from a cholera epidemic, Scott’s piece on an 11-year-old street urchin surviving on wits alone in the days after the quake, and Liz’s gallery of still and video images that showed how one survivor struggled to master an artificial leg and then rebuilt his ruined home with scraps of wood and sheet metal.

The RFK Journalism Award “honors those who report on issues that reflect Robert F. Kennedy‘s concerns including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.”

OC Weekly Rips LA Times Profile of Region’s Richest Man

The best thing about OC Weekly reporter R. Scott Moxley‘s February 24th take-down of a recent LA Times Business section profile of billionaire Donald Bren is the way he has graphically marked up the original two-page article with notes and arrows.

As Moxley points out, the author of the February 13th LA Times article, Scott Kraft, is an excellent journalist, which Moxley writes only exacerbated his disappointment with the overall fluff nature of the piece. His opening annotations suggest that PR lingo often bandied about on behalf of the billionaire real estate developer made it into both the headline and initial paragraphs LA Times article.

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LAT Editorial Assignments

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

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