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#FollowJourn: @mattgarrahan/Los Angeles correspondent

January 28th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#FollowJourn: Matt Garrahan

Who? An Englishman in Los Angeles/Los Angeles correspondent.

What? Matt covers all things California for the the Financial Times’ website

Where? His work goes up regularly on FT.com.

Contact? Follow @mattgarrahan.

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to judith or laura at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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LA Times: Spot.Us expands to Los Angeles

Spot.us, the crowd-funded journalism venture that launched 10 months ago in San Francisco with funding from the Knight Foundation, has expanded to Southern California as its second market, the LA Times reported yesterday.

Full story at this link…

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LAObserved: Open plea to Rupert Murdoch from senior editor at Fox 11

September 9th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick, Job losses, Jobs

According to LAObserved.com, Mark Sudock, senior features editor at Fox 11 has written an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, pleading that he halts lay-offs at the Los Angeles-based station.

‘Please, please do everything possible to keep what the media has accurately described as the Fox 11 bloodbath from being realised’ Sudock begs.

Around 117 workers are to due to be made redundant at KTTV Fox 11, a LA news station part of the Fox News network and owned by News Corporation. Sudock writes to Murdoch:

“The cuts are so severe that virtually no one remains on-site to technically maintain the facility. The cuts are so deep that our ability to cover the news as we did this past week (with pursuits, brush fires and the Michael Jackson funeral happening simultaneously) is in absolute jeopardy.

“Sir, if we believe the rumors, this station or the station group needs to save ten million dollars. These layoffs appear to be the solution. Please, Mr. Murdoch, see a bigger picture.”

Full letter at this link…

Via Roy Greenslade.

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Tewspaper – the ‘online newspaper with no writers’

August 26th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Social media and blogging

A new online newspaper venture, Tewspaper, has been launched with automatic aggregation replacing the need for journalists. The sites use an algorithm to search and aggregate news from social media sites to create websites relevant to five US cities (though the site itself claims to cover 10), according to a press release.

The service uses publicly available APIs to find text updates and match images to stories for Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.

“We began by limiting the news to trusted authorities on Twitter. From there, we are working on an algorithm that can find additional breaking news from anyone on Twitter and other websites as it happens,” said Jared Lamb, the creator of Tewspaper, in the release.

The sites currently look pretty basic, but add an RSS feed and this could be a handy tool for journalists in these areas wanting to track news in real-time.

There’s also an attempt at a Digg-style user-rating system, perhaps similar to plans for the blogpaper, though this isn’t yet explained on the site.

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AFP: CBS debuts in-magazine video ad

August 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Advertising, Editors' pick, Magazines, Multimedia

The ‘video-in-print’ (VIP) ads in the September 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly will feature samples from upcoming shows broadcast by CBS, the North American television network.

The VIP ads will be limited to copies distributed in New York and Los Angeles.

Full story at this link…

Video from Wired’s YouTube channel below:

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US journalists released from North Korea

Last night, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two US journalists who had been sentenced to 12 years hard labour in North Korea, were said to be heading home on Bill Clinton’s private jet, reports the Independent. Full story at this link.

AP video below: Euna Lee’s Family in Los Angeles.

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New America Media: LA Watts Times managing editor on why his paper covers the black community better than the MSM

New America Media (NAM) reports on the LA Watts Times, a newspaper in Los Angeles, focusing on the black community. It is part of NAM’s LA Beez network, a collective of hyperlocal ethnic media.

“We try to look at positive stories that don’t portray blacks in a negative light, as we see in mainstream media,” managing editor Sam Richard says in the piece. “L.A. Watts Times has just been better in reporting deep down in the trenches.”

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Times Online: Time Out’s Elliott considers selling control to expand online

May 27th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Magazines

Tony Elliott, the proprietor of listings magazine Time Out, is considering selling control of the title to help fund online expansion.

“We want to develop in Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester; in Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And we’d certainly not look to launch magazines in places like Paris or Los Angeles without a developed website in place first,” he told the Times.

Full story at this link…

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AdAge.com: ‘Digital bigger chunk of revenue than print’ for the Onion

“Digital is becoming a bigger chunk of our revenue than print. Print is still very strong for us. Digital, it’s not much more than half, but it’s more than half,” Onlon President-CEO, Steve Hannah, told Ad Age, in the last question of a Q&A this week.

Hannah also denied rumours that the Onion’s weekly print edition is to be shut down, although Ad Age reports that the Onlon’s San Francisco and Los Angeles print editions have been closed.

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AFP: LA Times and Chicago Tribune in foreign desks merger

March 26th, 2009 | 3 Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

The LA Times and Chicago Tribune are pooling their foreign reporting operations to serve all Tribune newspapers. The operation will be run from Los Angeles.

Full story at this link…

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