Sunday, November 16, 2008

November 17, 2008 News

Hot off the press, so to speak, from Veronique de Turenne (filling in for Kevin at LA Observed):

1. LA Times Real Estate Editor Lauren Beale's layoff was rescinded, and she remains in that position;

2. At the LA office of Entertainment Weekly, Chris Willman and Shirley Halperin, who covered music, were laid off.

The LA Times' staff list is back up on the web site – but NOT updated, and it contains numerous names of folks axed in the last few weeks. Sigh.

But news still trickles out…

Mary MacVean, formerly on the news assignment desk, is now "is moving to the Features staff as a writer who will specialize in issues relating to food. We anticipate her reports will appear in all of the weekly feature sections, in addition to news," according to the Times' Readers Rep blog.

According to the Times' Readers Rep blog, Millie Quan, who was to become a features senior editor with a mission to bring more features stories to Page One, instead was named senior editor/enterprise, effective immediately. According to the statement, "The recent round of staff cuts prompted us to reconsider" the earlier plan.

More from the announcement:

In her new role, Millie will edit Column Ones, helping fill the void created when Roger Smith became national editor. She also will edit narratives, projects and other enterprise. Millie will continue to work with the national editor and several reporters whose stories she edited on the national desk.

From the LA Watts Times:

Aisha Mori Coleman is no longer with the L.A. Watts Times, our new Managing Editor is Samuel Richard, please send your messages to ( him at sam@.

Courtesy of LA Observed, Rebecca Schoenkopf has resigned as editor of LA City Beat. Take the link for details.