Sunday, July 1, 2007

July 2, 2007 News

Los Angeles Magazine's Matt Segal is promoted to features editor as of August 1, and former LA Times Magazine Editor Ann Herold succeeds him as managing editor. LA Mag starts a bi-monthly travel column in September.

LA Times features writer Mary MacNamara turns TV critic. She's one of the Times' best feature writers – seems like a waste to have her reviewing television shows.

I like the LA Times' ads announcing Al Martinez's return – something on the order of "Yes, we can read [your letters]." Here's a link to his return column in today's paper.

LA Observed reports on the promotion of San Gabriel Valley Newspapers' Larry Wilson and some other changes on the editor level, plus the naming of Hector Gonzalez as Pasadena Star News city editor and of Kate Keyes as San Gabriel Valley Tribune assistant city editor, both reporting to Metro Editor Eddie Barrera.

Here's one for the "Here's Why It Pays to be Accurate on your Resume" department: Romanesko has a press release from Freedom Newspapers (OC Register, etc.) that leads with, "Marti Buscaglia, recently announced as the new publisher of The Orange County Register, will not join the company after all, said N. Christian Anderson III, current publisher of the Register… 'I regret that information came to light after we had announced Marti's appointment that precludes our being able to move forward with this decision,' Anderson said. 'She has come forward to inform us that she misrepresented her educational qualifications on her resume… '" Embarrassing for all concerned.

Speaking of accuracy (or embarrassment, perhaps), my mailing list for Rafu Shimpo was way out of date, and they were kind enough to call and correct it. The address is 138 Onizuka Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

I read about the death of 44-year-old San Jose Mercury News veteran Richard Ramirez at LA Observed on June 21, but it wasn't until this week that I found this larger story that ran on June 22 in the Mercury News. Very sad.