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Henry Waxman asks Tribune CEO to reconsider newspaper spinoff

U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman has sent a letter to Tribune Co. CEO Peter Liguori saying interviews with experts "raised serious concerns about the future of the Los Angeles Times" should the company go ahead with its plan to spin off its newspaper division.

Poynter's Rick Edmonds is among the experts Waxman consulted.

Waxman is concerned about Tribune Co.'s plans to saddle the newspapers with debt and keep their real estate, but he also says the company's plan to consolidate some newsgathering functions "raises concerns about the ability of the papers to continue putting resources into local coverage." The plans, he says, "will place the long-term viability of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune papers at risk."

In a statement to Poynter, Los Angeles Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein said that, "From our ongoing discussions, Congressman Waxman should by now be fully aware that the structure of the spin-off of Tribune Publishing is based on sound financial principles and a deep commitment to providing Tribune's newspapers with a strong, long-term future." He continues:
The assertions of the academics consulted by the Congressman provide no new insight and in many cases are simply wrong. As publisher of the Los Angeles Times for the last six years and soon-to-be Chairman of the Board of Tribune Publishing, I am extremely confident that the plan put forth by Tribune Company is sound, reasonable and will help protect and build a strong future for the Los Angeles Times and Tribune's other newspapers for years to come.
Waxman has raised concerns about the plan before. He plans to retire this year.

Here's the letter:

Letter to Tribune Co. CEO from Henry Waxman by Andrew Beaujon

Related: Buzz off, Waxman — Congress can’t tell a newspaper how to do business (Reuters)
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L.A. Times sees a newsroom marriage proposal

On Friday, journalists at the Los Angeles Times got to be part of a moment.   Laura Nelson, a transportation reporter at the Times, told Poynter in an e-mail that no one at the Times knows the couple. "They’re just two people who really love their local paper."
Darrell (Kunitomi, communications) had been telling everyone for several weeks that there was going to be a proposal by the city desk at 11:45 a.m. on Friday. The tour group was a few minutes late, so by the time they arrived, there were probably 25 or 30 reporters and editors milling around by the city desk, waiting for it to happen. Someone randomly shouted, “Do you have the photos?” so it looked like we were busy. We were joking that the tour group must think that journalists just hang around all the time, shooting the breeze. I didn’t hear much of the proposal, unfortunately, but he got down on one knee and she said yes!
In an e-mail to Poynter, Kunitomi said he was contacted about a month ago about the proposal. "He said he wanted to propose at The Times," Kunitomi wrote. "I was struck by his originality." The man told Kunitomi that his girlfriend is a writer and editor, and that the newsroom wouldn't just be suitable, but unique, "and I agreed." On Valentine's Day, Poynter wrote about a proposal via the Toronto Star's front page.
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L.A. Times reporter talks about his story-writing ‘Quakebot’

Ken Schwencke's early story about the earthquake that affected Los Angeles Monday morning bears an unusual note:
This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

Reached by phone, Schwencke said he began working on the algorithm, which he calls Quakebot, after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. "Living in a seismically active place ourselves, I started playing with using the USGS data feeds," he said. The U.S. Geological Survey has a "wonderful data notification service which sends out emails," Schwenke said. (more...)
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, the Los Angeles Times building is seen in downtown Los Angeles. Newspaper headlines have skewered money lenders for dubious decisions that stoked the recession. Now the financiers are starting to headline newspapers in a new way, as the owners. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

LAT fires investigative reporter after disclosure of ‘inappropriate relationship’ with source

Los Angeles Times | Associated Press The Los Angeles Times fired investigative reporter Jason Felch after he disclosed he had "engaged in an inappropriate relationship" with someone who was a source for a Dec. 7 story on Occidental College's handling of sexual assault allegations. Times Editor Davan Maharaj fired Felch on Friday. The Times noted:
Maharaj said the inappropriate relationship with a source and the failure to disclose it earlier constituted "a professional lapse of the kind that no news organization can tolerate." (more...)
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Freedom Communications’ Los Angeles Register to launch mid-April

Freedom Communications | Orange County Register Freedom Communications' challenge to the Los Angeles Times — the Los Angeles Register — will soft launch on April 16, the company announced Monday. The company also plans to introduce roughly a dozen community papers throughout Los Angeles County. Over 7,500 retail and news rack locations will carry the Register at $1.50 on weekdays and $2 on Saturdays and Sundays, the company said. Home delivery will follow at an initial four-week subscription rate of $19.99. According to a company statement:
"The Los Angeles Register will deliver community-building information about local activities, people and issues that impact our lives every day," said Aaron Kushner, co-owner of Freedom Communications and Publisher of the Los Angeles Register. "Newspapers play an incredibly vital role in the social fabric of our lives- informing, inspiring and connecting us with our community. The Los Angeles Register and our community newspapers serving Los Angeles will focus on creating deep and meaningful local connections, as it is this type of bond and mission that helps subscribers, advertisers and our community itself thrive."
In December, Kushner told the staff of the Orange County Register that the new paper will have "not quite the heft of the Orange County Register" and will be produced by the O.C. Register's existing staff. (more...)
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For 7 years, L.A. Times’ Homicide Report has wrested stories from grim data

We’ve heard a lot about Chris and Laura Amico’s Homicide Watch – and for good reason. The site tracks homicides in Washington, D.C., (and, as of just over a year ago, Chicago and Trenton) from police report to conviction, giving … Read more

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LAT sources: Police chief finds policy violated in mistaken shooting of paper deliverers

Los Angeles Times Police Chief Charlie Beck concluded that officers failed to follow department policy when they shot and injured two women delivering the Los Angeles Times in the midst of the manhunt for rogue ex-cop Chris Dorner a year ago, the paper's sources say. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Beck found the eight officers who fired on the two women violated the rules on use of deadly force. The paper attributed the information to multiple sources familiar with the case. The police were guarding the home of a police captain who had been involved in the decision to fire Dorner for misconduct. When they spotted a truck similar to Dorner's, they let loose a volley of bullets. Forty-seven-year-old Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were hit. Hernandez suffered the most serious injuries with two shots to her back; Carranza received superficial wounds, the paper said. The officers involved have yet to be identified and were assigned to desk duty.
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Tribune expands music business with Gracenote purchase

Tribune Co. | The New York Times
Tribune Co. is purchasing the music metadata firm Gracenote in an $170 million agreement with Sony Corp. of America, the company announced Monday:

Gracenote is the largest source of music data in the world, featuring metadata for more than 180 million tracks, which helps power more than a billion smart phones and tablets, as well as the world’s most popular streaming music services.

The purchase comes as Tribune continues its transition away from publishing and ends the year having cut $90 million in print division compensation costs as of the third quarter. (more...)
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O.C. Register owner plans new daily paper in Los Angeles

Orange County Register | Los Angeles Times | KPCC
Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner plans to launch a daily paper in Los Angeles called the Los Angeles Register. He told staff of his plans in a meeting Thursday, Mary Ann Milbourn reports.

The new paper will have "not quite the heft of the Orange County Register," Kushner said, and it will be produced by the O.C. Register's existing staff, Milbourn reports. It will have an L.A. office, he told Milbourn.

Kushner told the Los Angeles Times' Andrea Chang the new paper will "hire editorial staff externally and transfer some existing employees to the L.A. office."

The paper will be distributed to the "entire Los Angeles area,” a Freedom Communications spokesperson told Wendy Lee. (more...)
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Front page ads aren’t new at the Los Angeles Times

"I hope the LA Times was well compensated for this," Nieman Lab director Joshua Benton tweeted about the Los Angeles Times' front page ad Wednesday.
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The paper has "had a number of innovative campaigns on A1," L.A. Times spokesperson Nancy Sullivan told Poynter in an email. (more...)
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