Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14, 2009 News (*updated)

This LA Times news just in, per LA Observed, via an LA Times memo (read memo by taking the link):

Kelly Scott will succeed Lisa Fung as arts and culture editor and Suzanne Muchnic is retiring as arts reporter after 31 years at The Times.

If you're looking for V Page editor Mia McNeice at Variety, note this auto reply I got today:

Thank you for your e-mail. I am currently out of the office on maternity leave. If you have any questions about events and the V Page please contact Vanessa Morsse. Have a great holiday season and I will be in touch once I return.

The email address is Vanessa.Morsse.

The LA Times moves religion writer Duke Helfand over to the Business staff as a health industry writer, per LA Observed.

And Business writer Lisa Girion goes to "metro," according to this memo.

LA Observed also says that more LA Times layoffs are coming tomorrow (December 15). I read that more layoffs at Fox TV (local) are imminent as well.

From Cision:

Senior editor and columnist Lorrie Lynch has been let go from USA Weekend. She leaves amidst recent staff layoffs at the publication and at USA Today, as previously reported in The Navigator. Lynch joined the magazine in 1990 and penned the celebrities Who's News column.


Francis Lam has joined the Internet magazine as a food editor and has helped launch the site's food section. He most recently served as a blogger for and was a contributing editor for Gourmet magazine until its recent closure. Lam can be found on Twitter at

Wanted to make a special shout out to Harriette Smith and her In the Wings blog… check it out here!

I'm concluding with this video from Disneyland that details how candy canes are made. Merry Christmas, everyone!