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Sat - 23.09.2017


LA Times

Financially speaking, this seems to have been a mixed week for the LA Times. On the one hand, Fishbowl LA reported on Tuesday that the LA Times Magazine, which has been running for almost three years in its current form, will shut down next month due to a tough market. On the other, the LA Times announced this Thursday that it has received $1m of funding from the Ford Foundation to strengthen its reporting of beats including immigration, minority communities and Brazil.

First to the bad news. Fishbowl LA quotes the editor of the LA Times Magazine, Nancie Clare, who attributes the closure to a lack of funds. “I think it’s fair to say there were revenue issues,” says Clare, “it’s still a tough economic climate, especially for print. I don’t think they got rid of us because they don’t like us.” Fishbowl LA writes that the monthly magazine’s seven staff will be laid off, and there’s “no indication” that jobs in other parts of the newsroom will be made available to them. “They’re contracting in the newsroom too. There’s nowhere to absorb us,” says Clare, quoted in the article.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-18 15:14

The Wrap reported yesterday that the LA Times is laying off between 12 and 20 staff members in a fresh round of redundancies. A spokeswoman from the Times, who is quoted by The Wrap, says the redundancies “are primarily editorial positions," although she added, "some are administration, some are copy desk, some are design, some are news operations."

The Wrap writes that arts and entertainment editor Craig Turner, who has worked for the Times for more than 40 years, and Shari Roan, who has reported for the paper’s health section for 22 years, are among those who will be leaving.

As Kevin Roderick at LA Observed notes, last month the standalone Health section for which Roan used to write was scrapped along with the Food and Home sections. All have now been merged into a new “lifestyle” section published on Saturdays.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-21 18:39

Today the Los Angeles Times goes live with its new "membership program". With a model similar to the New York Times metered paywall, the LA Times will give its readers 15 free stories a month, after which it will ask users to pay 99 cents for the first four weeks of digital access.

While this seems like a scheme to monetize digital, it focuses heavily on getting readers to continue with print. For one thing, digital access is free to print subscribers. Secondly, and more unusually, when the initial 99 cent rate expires, the LA Times will charge $1.99 a week for a package which includes digital access and its printed Sunday newspaper, or $3.99 a week for digital access only.

The LA Times is straight-forward about the reason that it is paying digital subscribers to accept the Sunday printed paper: "The Sunday edition of The Times has the most advertising and readership, making that the company's most profitable publication day," writes Jerry Hirsch in the paper's business section.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-05 18:17

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