Entertainment/calendar writer Lea Lion leaves the Downtown News to cover entertainment for LATimes.com. No replacement for her as of yesterday.
LA Observed reports that the copy desk for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News is going to the San Bernardino offices where its staff will be combined with the desk that puts out the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
"This means, of course, that a big swath of the news in Los Angeles County will be handled by editors sitting in another county. At least it's not India," notes L.A. Observed editor Kevin Roderick, referring to headlines made by PasadenaNow.com, which staged a brilliant publicity coup by announcing its search in India for reporters to handle local (here) coverage.
One more thing. Every writer I've talked to from the LA Newspaper Group urges any and all of us frustrated by the one-size-fits-all coverage in the new LA.com features section to make some noise about it. After all, the comics fans got some changes made. Editor Ron Kaye's email is email@example.com.
Which reminds me… I got an email from PasadenaNow editor James Macpherson a few weeks back suggesting that in light of the limited local coverage resulting from the LA Newspaper Group's consolidations we PR types could "pitch Pasadena Now and be assured that your Pasadena-area, arts and culture pr will be published. True, we are 100% online -- but also true, we have 50% of the Star-News' readership online (growing dramatically), our Events calendar is second to none (for Pasadena events), and we issue a weekly e!Pasadena e-newsletter which goes to 13,650 locals. So, please check us out. Updated daily 7 days a week. In our 3rd year. 63,000 uniques monthly. Editor, James Macpherson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Arts & Entertainment editor, Candice Merrill."
Nikki Finke says that Broadcasting & Cable layoffs include editor Max Robins and Los Angeles co-bureau chief Jim Benson. Here's the official announcement with some details.
At the LA Times, new Film Editor Tim Swanson arrives in September, and Business section Deputy Editor/Entertainment James Bates changes teams in a few weeks when he'll join Sitrick and Company.
Check out Dana Goodyear's new-ish Postcard from Los Angeles blog on the New Yorker's web site.