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LA Daily News closing bureaus

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by rpmmutant, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    The downsizing at the Los Angeles Daily News continues. The bureaus, if you can call them that, are closing in some of the suburban areas the paper covers. Once the newsroom is consolidated, layoffs are expected. Lean Dean working his magic again.
  2. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Gotta love old Lean Dean. They way he keeps cutting, he's more like Microscopic Dean.
  3. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Is this on their Web site? I don't doubt that it's happening, but would like to see some kind of proof just to be sure.
  4. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

  5. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    It was announced during the afternoon editorial meeting Tuesday that two bureaus would be closing and the paper would try to absorb the positions and offer buyouts. If not enough people take the buyouts, layoffs would be next. It's mostly newsside positions and photo. But it sounds like the cuts might trickle down to other areas of the paper, namely copy editors and photo desk positions. Less work leads to fewer positions. Not that we aren't stretched as it is.
  6. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Any more word outside of L.A. Observed that the LADN building has been sold to Hearst?
  7. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    The building has been up for sale for a few months. I heard that it has been sold, but not to whom. We have been told that we will be moving elsewhere within the year. Van Nuys, North Hollywood, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita have all been floated as possibilities, but there have been no concrete details given to us.
  8. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Well, that'd be one way to reopen the soon-to-be-shuttered Santa Clarita bureau: Move the whole operation there!
    My money will be on San Gabriel. Consolidate into one building with the SGV Tribune, then in time, put all of LANG's properties into one building. At this point, they're all being passed off as basically the same thing.
  9. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Great, run the Long Beach and Torrance papers from San Gabriel. That always works.
    At least at San Gabriel, there's an In 'N' Out across the street, Artie's Pizza a few blocks down the way and King Taco (which has an armed guard) a short distance the other ways.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    An honest question...
    What could Hearst's interest be in the building? It's in a commericial area and would be far more valuable to a retailer. If I'm thinking of the same property.
  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Don't know, but MediaNews and Hearst have partenered up in the Bay Area, but I don't know of anything they're doing together in SoCal.
  12. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Forgive me if I'm D_Bing here, but I've talked to two members of the Singleton Gulag in the last five days and they've both said the sports desk work is now going through San Gabriel. Agate, copy, slot, they're putting out the IV Daily Bulletin and San Bernardino Sun sports sections in West Covina.

    One said it's the first step toward a universal desk and relegating those papers to bureau/vassal status.
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