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Richard Rushfield Opens New LA Bureau for BuzzFeed

Journalist and author Richard Rushfield will open a Los Angeles bureau for BuzzFeed, covering the movie industry for the new corner of the site. Rushfield left the L.A. Times in 2009 and published his book, Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the twilight of the 80′s. 

Journalist Kate Aurthur will be the site’s chief L.A. correspndent. Journalist Michael Hastings, author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, will aslo join as correspondent-at-large.

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti explained: “The most creative storytellers in the world live in Los Angeles and finding a way to cover entertainment in a powerful, shareable way is a real priority to us. We’re launching a new era of BuzzFeed with this bureau and are confident that this team will lead the best, most creative crew of renegades in LA and prove that the web is no longer a sideshow for TV and movie coverage. Los Angeles will be home to BuzzFeed Video, led by Ze Frank, and a west coast special ops team, editors focused on viral content, both which will be key in preserving BuzzFeed’s DNA while creating New York’s evil twin sister on the west coast.”

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Book Deal for American Idol History

dontfollow.jpgOur Hollywood blog sibling FishbowlLA reports that author and former Gawker editor Richard Rushfield just landed a book deal with Hyperion–writing about American Idol.

The working title is: “American Idol: The Last Empire.” Most recently, he published the memoir, Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost: A memoir of the Twilight of the 80s.

Here’s more from the post: “‘[It covers] the history and the world of American Idol,’ Rushfield tells FBLA. ‘How it created an empire, a phenomenon and how its maintained it…and the whole universe that swirls around the show.’”

Newspaper to Blog Exodus

51UBk9+HiVL._SS500_.jpgOver at our sibling blog, FishbowlLA, Tina Dupuy interviewed a former LA Times editor about the dilemma facing every writer in the 21st Century: to blog or not to blog.

Richard Rushfield explained why he left his post at a national newspaper to serve as West Coast editor at Gawker: “There were so many times when you’d write a wonderful article for the LA Times, or break some news and it would just be met by the sound of crickets. When you are at the LAT you’re at a place where even the website isn’t in the central flow of the nation’s cultural conversation. But at Gawker one is very much in and a part of that conversation and as one who is writing, in part at least to communicate, that’s where you want to be.”

Despite this new focus, Rushfield didn’t lose his long-form chops. He also wrote a new book: “Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the ’80s.”