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.