Monday, February 18, 2008
HELP – I NEED A SMALL FILM PROJECT PUBLICIST TO REFER
Can anyone out there email me with a recommendation for a small PR firm or independent publicist with expertise in handling a project for an independent film? I'd love to suggest someone really good to the filmmaker, who is the husband of one of my clients. Let me know: Laura.Stegman@hotmail.com, thanks!
LA TIMES FEATURES ME JOHN MONTORIO GETS THE AX MONDAY
Nikke Finke has the memo. Read it and more about this here.
NEW DAILY NEWS RESTAURANT CONTACTS
Larry Lipson retires as Daily News restaurant critic after 50 years. Food Editor Natalie Haughton and travel writer Eric Nolan will continue to review restaurants both in the Valley and in their "Over the Hill" column.
GLAMOUR NAMES WEST COAST EDITOR
James Patrick Herman starts March 10 as west coast editor of Glamour. You probably remember him from his most recent role at InStyle.
NEW PRODUCER AT KWHY'S CON CILE Y LIMON
May thanks to Leticia Buckley for passing on the tip that Annie Coronado is the new producer at KWHY'S Con Chile y Limon replacing Daisy Ruiz. Coronado provides this formal contact info:
Producer - "Con Chile y Limon"
KWHY - Canal 22
3000 W. Alameda Ave. Suite 1353-A
Burbank, CA 91505
AMERICAN WAY MAGAZINE CONTENT ONLINE
You can read American Airlines' inflight mag content, current and past issues, at www.AmericanWayMag.com.
THEY'RE GONNA PUT ME IN THE MOVIES…
Are you a closet screenwriter? You might want to check out this great new "all hands script project" from Eric Estrin and LA Observed.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
BAD NEWS FROM LA TIMES
As if the new LA Times owner's personality isn't enough bad news, the Times announced today upcoming layoffs of 100 to 150 people.
Monday, February 11, 2008
NOTES ON HEALTHCARE REPORTERS
Carol Stevenson generously passed on her thorough and informative notes from a media breakfast with some healthcare reporters, and I'm excerpting them here:
Lisa Girion, a Los Angeles Times business reporter
Lisa Girion is a Los Angeles Times business reporter who covers primarily health insurance and some hospital-related news. These days the business section is very consumer-oriented, she said. Lisa is looking for stories that address the relationship between consumers and health insurance companies and/or hospitals. She looks at all her e-mails, but rarely checks her voicemail. It’s better to pitch reporters than editors. Use key words in subject line to make searching easier. (i.e. “Leading Geriatrician,” “Medicare Advantage Expert,” etc.). She wants direct access to the spokesperson rather than coordinating an interview with the PR person. Ideally, she’d like the cell number for the source. She is not likely to connect with a PR person so that person can arrange an interview. She’ll just move on to the next source. LA Times is competitive with New York Times, WSJ and USA Today. They WILL NOT cover a story that’s been covered in one of those papers. If you pitch a story to her, haven’t heard back and would like to pitch it elsewhere, send her a note with “Planning to Pitch this to the New York Times” next to your original subject heading to let her know that you’re taking the story elsewhere. She does not have time to meet you for coffee and rarely holds desk side meetings.
Who Does What in Healthcare at the Times?
Daniel Costello, business reporter focusing on physicians and hospitals.
Mary Engel, metro public health reporter – Does not cover private hospitals, business or consumer healthcare-related products; nor does she do week, month or day healthcare observances.
Alice Short, new healthcare editor for
Ron Lin, new healthcare reporter for
Ricardo Alonso Saldibar,
bureau reporter who covers federal government healthcare issues, SCHIP, debate over curbing costs, etc. as well as drug and food safety Washington
Charles Ornstein and Tracey Weber, investigative healthcare reporting
Mr. Jordan Rau,
bureau covers legislation – healthcare politics and policy, political initiatives and campaigns Sacramento
Shari Roan, health section main reporter covers everything but fitness. Requires a strong news peg.
Tami Dennis, one of health section’s main editors, interested in consumer health and trends, news you can use. Calling her to see if she got your e-mail just irritates her.
Denise Gellene, science reporter focused on psych, behavior and neuroscience (“above the shoulders”)
Tom Maugh, science reporter focused on medical breakthroughs
Mr. Ashley Dunn, science editor
Gia-rui Chong, infectious diseases
Karen Kaplan, genetics
She focuses on LA first and only rarely Orange County. The business you're pitching needs to be located in LA or have a major LA influence. Sometimes covers the SFV; they’re trying to do more. She’s looking for trend, overview and analysis healthcare business stories. If you’re pitching more than one person at the BJ, be upfront about it in your e-mail. Do not call her on Wednesdays. or Thursdays. Fridays are good days to follow up. She doesn’t mind follow ups, but make sure it’s a good time. Don’t worry if you don’t hear back, as she might be hanging onto it for future reference. She will NOT cover a story that’s been in the LA Times or in any of the other top five national dailies. Like Lisa at the LA Times, Deborah likes e-mails with bite-sized bullet points at the top and supporting info. later in the e-mail. She contributes to a page three column that focuses on “something bright, something light.” This would be the place to land something that’s a little “off.” Always have a cell number for your spokesperson and make sure they are in fact available when you pitch the story. As we know, nonprofits don’t get much attention in the LABJ. What helps your chances of getting coverage for a nonprofit is if the organization is partnering with a corporation, which creates a business angle. They do not cover charity work.
TWICE A WEEK
The Beverly Hills Courier begins publishing twice a week (adding Wednesdays to Fridays) on February 27, according to a front-page note in its February 8 issue.
Unbeknownst to me, the Ventura County Star's mailing address changed (not sure when) to:
Caryn Brooks (email@example.com), previously an "Associated Press asap" entertainment editor.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
NEW ''EVERYTHING ELSE" WEB SITE-BLOG FROM AL MARTINEZ
Check it out here. Al says it "takes you a step beyond what I currently write in my Monday column for the Los Angeles Times. In it, we'll talk politics, culture, war, family life and, well, everything else."
NEW EDUCATION REPORTER AT LA OPINION
Thanks to Jessica Schmidt at The Rogers Group for passing this on: "Ivan Mejia is the new reporter assigned to cover education issues since Ruben Moreno was just assigned to cover City Hall."
NEW MASTHEAD NOTATIONS
Noticed some new-ish names in the Westside Today newspapers masthead (Brentwood News, Beverly Hills 90210, Santa Monica Sun): Shannon Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Editorial Director; Jim Bursch (email@example.com) is Community News Editor and Online Media Director; and Katie Grim is Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At Beverly Hills 213, Natalya Garber is Assistant Editor. Not sure how new this is, but I just noticed it.