Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009 News

From writer Karen Young about her new online community news magazine:

Last summer you posted information about the Sun Community Newspapers going on hiatus so I just want to give you an update. I was the editor of the newspaper group at that time and we never re-opened. I'm writing to let you know that I personally created and launched an online community news magazine for the San Fernando Valley on June 22 —

My mission is to spotlight the people who live, work and create in the San Fernando Valley. My tagline is: Rolling out the red carpet for community in the San Fernando Valley. I also have a free daily email to subscribers with "my daily find" which is a person, product, event, business — it really runs the gamut. The email is an article that then lives on the site

I believe that MY DAILY FIND is a new model for community journalism on the web. I have original articles with bylines, bios and photos of the writers. There is no blogging, citizen journalists or aggregated content. I use a lot of photos.

Contact address [] is karen…

Auto reply from Robin Goldsworthy, city editor of the Crescenta Valley Sun…

Thank you for contacting me. As of July 6, I no longer work for the Tribune Company/LA Times/Valley Sun newspapers as the CV Sun was closed on July 3. To submit information pertaining to the Crescenta Valley, contact Dan Evans, director of editorial, at the Glendale News-Press [Address is at dan.evans]. If you need immediate assistance, or wish to submit information for La Canada, I invite you to contact the La Canada Valley Sun Editor, Carol Cormaci, at (818) 790-8774. To contact me, send an email [] to robingoldsworthy2.

On a somewhat related note, there's a new-ish blog with "Real-time news about Glendale, Crescenta Valley, Burbank and La CaƱada" from the LA Times Community Newspapers staffs of the Glendale News Press, Burbank Leader and La Canada Valley Sun.

LA Observed reports changes at the Wall Street Journal's LA bureau here.

The LA Times Readers Rep blog announces new sports editor here.

Thanks to the sainted Libby Huebner for passing this along, from Doug Ramsey's Rifftides:

JazzTimes magazine announced today that it will come back to life with an August issue. A post on the magazine's site says that a Boston company, Madavor Media, has acquired JazzTimes. It describes Madavor as "a market-leading enthusiast publishing and trade-show group."

Read the whole post here.

The inspirational Zan Dubin Scott recommends Vocus' blog, which also has a comprehensive "media moves" section.

Got this in a press release from Kristen Calavas: ( is pleased to announce the hire of Shannon Levy to the position of Beauty Director. Levy previously served as the Managing Editor of Makeup Artist magazine for 5 years. She is also a Contributing Editor to On Makeup magazine and will continue in this capacity while working as Beauty Director for Prior to her tenure at Makeup Artist, she was a beauty reporter & contributor at InStyle magazine. TheLookbook will be launching a Beauty & Makeup Artist division in the Fall of 2009.

From Fishbowl New York about two weeks ago, this news:

New York public radio station WNYC just announced that it has purchased classical music station WQXR from The New York Times, promising to maintain its classical format and transform it into a public radio station.

As part of the deal, Univision Radio Inc. will pay $33.5 million to swap its FCC broadcast license for 105.9 FM and transmitting equipment for the New York Times Co.'s license, equipment, and signal at 96.3 FM. Then WNYC will pay the Times Co. $11.5 million for 105.9 FM's FCC broadcast license, transmitting equipment, WQXR's call letters and Web site.

Full details here.

Deepest condolences to music writer Greg Burk and his wife on the loss of their daughter, Lily.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15, 2009 News

Jeremy Kinser moves to The Advocate from Frontiers-In Los Angeles with this parting email, noting that his last day…

…will be Tuesday, July 21. It's been a wonderful seven years with Frontiers/IN Los Angeles/Frontiers in L.A. I've accepted a position at The Advocate and am very excited about this new challenge… Please know that the magazine is in very capable hands with our Associate Editor Stephan Horbelt. If you want to introduce yourselves, please contact him at stephan.horbelt []

In response to my question, Jeremy adds:

I'm replacing their Arts & Entertainment position but I think my title will be Senior Editor.


There's a new foodie blog: GrubStreet Los Angeles, with this info from the welcome message:

For three years, New York Magazine's Grub Street has done the hungry work of a New York City food and restaurant blog, obsessively covering every crumb of news. But there's a world of cuisine beyond the five boroughs, and as of today Grub Street is going national, expanding its horizons across the continent to here in Los Angeles (and touching down in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco along the way).

So with that — hello, welcome, good to see you! I'm Hadley Tomicki and I'll be your server/editor while we explore the ongoing adventure that is eating in Los Angeles. We'll be covering anything and everything edible in The City of Angels, from unsung street food to the latest celebrity-chef showcase, obscure local eateries and markets to the strictest reservations.

Wonder if Hadley T. is related to Bill T.?

These next items are a little old, but here they are anyway…

Fishbowl LA reports on four non-layoff editorial staff departures from Entrepreneur Magazine: Associate Editor Kim Orr, Research Editor James Park, Associate Web Editor Elizabeth Wilson, and Associate Editor of Franchise Allison Gergley. Take link for details.

WWD reports...

Tina Brown and Gabe Doppelt are reuniting for the third time, as Doppelt leaves as W’s West Coast bureau chief to join The Daily Beast, founded by Brown at InterActiveCorp. Doppelt, a former editor in chief of Mademoiselle and VH1 producer, began her career as Brown’s assistant at Tatler and was an editor at large at Brown’s short-lived Talk… Doppelt will be hiring reporters for the new bureau and will be working out of IAC’s Los Angeles building.

From LA Weekly's blog:

Long-time Los Angeles journalist Drex Heikes will return to California this summer to become LA Weekly's next editor…

Read the full story here.

You've probably already read about the top editor-level changes at the LA Times from a week or so back, but if not, check it out here.

As an aside, I got the LA Times Magazine with my paper last Sunday. Guess they finally ditched the "preferred zip code"-only delivery that was in effect for a few months.

Wonder if people have stopped freaking out yet about changes to the weather and comics pages?