off the record
Shortly after Amazon yanked 5,000 Independent Publishers Group titles off its virtual shelves in a contract dispute, the retail giant offered an olive branch of sorts to the world of letters: a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Review of Books, the non-profit online literary review that planted a flag in the scorched earth of Sunday books supplements in 2011.
“It’s a pittance for them,” said Steve Wasserman, former editor of the shuttered Los Angeles Times Book Review, who nonetheless applauded Amazon’s recognition of LARB.
“Criticism is the oxygen of literature,” he said. “I’m happy to see the establishment of something of really grand ambition.”
It was bad enough when long-time second grade teacher Mark Berndt was arrested for allegedly playing horrible “games” with his students involving body fluids. Now a second faculty member at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles, 49-year-old Martin Springer, has been arrested and accused of “lewd acts”:
Beware the “club girl!”
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that this breed of attractive nightlife reporter for tabloids like OK! and Star oprates undercover at clubs to get juicy celebrity gossip.
“Mainstream” media are forced to stay out, the article says, but the club girl hops past the red velvet rope. Also? Read More
After closing its Orange County press, the L.A. Times is now selling time on its remaining presses to the Wall Street Journal. What’s more, the Journal will get the later press run, hindering the L.A. Times’ ability to print breaking news. Says LA Observed:
I’m hearing that the Times’ off-the-composing-floor deadline of 11 Read More
The Washington Post and Bloomberg News are starting a joint news service: Washington Post News Service With Bloomberg News. This follows an announcement earlier this week that The Post and The Los Angeles Times would dissolve their longstanding partnership. Says an article in The Post:
Kate Carlisle, managing editor of the Times-Post operation, Read More
Starting on Monday, The Los Angeles Times will be throwing itself into the already crowded online Hollywood news and rumor business with a revamped version of its Company Town blog. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint (who most recently was director of industry programs at the Paley Center’s Media Council) will be Read More
A democracy cannot function without a free press.
O.K., we know that, and you probably can’t see another word about it. The point of what follows is practical. We’re in this unbelievable business morass, an indescribable battlefield. How do we get out of it?
Contributing to this catastrophe has been newspapers’ stubborn refusal Read More
On July 6th, 2005, The Observer officially launched the Media Mob under editor Tom Scocca with a post that attempted—and failed—to introduce an awkward portmanteau word we thought would capture large media companies’ incursions into the then-still novel medium of blogs. We called it (shudder) blogentrification, and described it as follows:
It starts with Read More