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Joy Press Appointed Books & Culture Editor at L.A. Times

Joy Press has been promoted to the post of books and culture editor at the Los Angeles Times. The former deputy television editor tweeted the news: “So I have a new job! Bye bye TV, hello (again) books.”

Press has worked as a book critic and TV critic for the Village Voice, also serving as culture editor at Salon and the Voice. Here’s more about the appointment, from a memo sent by L.A. Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short:

Her presence will allow us to expand our coverage of publishing and literary culture, with a special emphasis on ramping up our digital content. Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for 2 1/2 years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps.

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LA Times Eliminates Freelance Books Columnists

The Los Angeles Times has eliminated a number of freelance books columnists, including Susan Salter Reynolds, author of the weekly “Discoveries” column. Books staffers Carolyn Kellogg, Jon Thurber, David Ulin, and Nick Owchar all remain at the newspaper.

Publishers Weekly had the scoop: “Reynolds was with the Times for 23 years as both a staffer and freelancer and wrote the ‘Discoveries’ column that appeared each week in the Sunday book review. She was told that her column was cancelled and will not be replaced by another writer … Jon Thurber, editor of the book review, explained to Reynolds last Thursday that all books-related stories will now be done in-house, and that the decision to cease eliminate non-staffers was based on his freelance budget being cut.”

In addition, Paperback Writers” columnist Richard Rayner and “Word Play” columnist Sonja Bolle were also cut. Blog editor Tony Pierce has also been laid off. The newspaper would not reveal how many freelance jobs were lost. A spokesperson told Publishers Weekly “we have not changed our commitment” to writing about books.

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LA Times Names Jon Thurber Book Review Editor

latimes.jpgThe LA Times has tapped Jon Thurber as the newspaper’s new book review editor.

In his new position, Thurber will edit the online books section, supervise the Jacket Copy blog, and curate a “broader range of reviews, features and trend stories” for the print paper.

Here’s more from the memo: “During the last year, Jon served as managing editor, print, where he directed the daily A1 process, oversaw the successful launch of the LATExtra section and, in recent months, has been working with me on a number of strategic initiatives tied to the future of the newsroom … Before being named managing editor last July, Jon spent 11 years as obituary editor, building our coverage into some of the best in the country. He also led by example, penning more than 400 obits during his time as editor.”