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Paul O back in the LANG fold

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by rpmmutant, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member


    He's not really back in the family, but he is the only body the Los Angeles Newspaper Group has in China for the Olympics. He covered the BMX final as well.
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    He's also writing for:

    - <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/08/19/sports/olympics/z9c9fc426f1b76f6f882574aa0078010c.txt">The North County Times</a> (and <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/08/18/sports/olympics/zdceb3d656e2186fe882574a90068f057.txt">The Californian</a>)
    - <a href="http://www.avpress.com/n/19/0819_s10.hts">The AV Press</a>
    - <a href="http://www.pe.com/sports/special/2008/olympics/stories/PE_spts_olympics_20080820_craig.16945498.html">The P-E</a>

    And <a href="http://www.oberjuerge.com">blogging</a> multiple times every day from Beijing.

    Suck it, LANG.
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder who made that phone call/e-mail and how the negotiations for pricing went.

    His stuff from over there has been great. As usual.

    I especially like the fact he showed up in the P-E, a paper he battled for 30-plus years.
  4. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    We were wondering how PaulO managed to keep his credential while not working for anybody. Wasn't his credential issued to him through the SB Sun? Somebody said, "I'd be afraid to go over there under those circumstances. The Chinese government might shoot you."
    The stuff he has filed for newspapers has been good. But his blog, oh well, it's a blog. Who cares about having to run to get on a bus, or that some Romanian TV guys took up two seats with their equipment.
    Oh yeah, and beach volleyball is ... FUN. Didn't need to go to China to figure out that one.
  5. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    Might want to check back in with that blog after all: Journalism Carnage Hits Home at Beijing
  6. socal, i wondered that myself...maybe his lang byline is his payment for use of his credential?

    does anyone know if he was gonna have to pay his way to beijing if he still had been employed by san bernadino? i would think singleton would be one of the first to chop olympics coverage.
  7. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Paul's paid his own way to the Olympics and World Cup before, so it wouldn't surprise me if LANG wasn't footing the whole bill even if he wasn't laid off earlier this year. I have to think he was prepared for that.

    As for his credential, the man's covered something like 13 Olympics. Safe to say he knows enough people at the USOC (or IOC) to figure out a way to get to China even after being laid off. I imagine he got those freelance contracts lined up pretty quickly and made it clear that he'd still be working when he was in Beijing.
  8. thanks, buckweaver. amazes me that the guy would pay his own way over there, even though he probably wasn't making big coin under the singleton regime.
  9. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Actually, no. For a big event like the Olympics, he would have applied for a credential as a representative of LANG, not The Sun -- and, of course, he could claim to be writing for eight papers, not one. Which was true, and in a pinch might help his cause to secure a credential (not that he would ever be denied, because he's been around for 32 years.)

    One of the (few) "benefits," I guess, of working for a chain with so many shared entities. They spread the money around to keep everybody in the black and get what they need. The Sun on its own couldn't afford to send a writer to the Olympics -- nor would Dean allow it -- but LANG could. That's how it works.
  10. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    I did see that entry. It was the most compelling thing he has written from China. That was too good for a blog item.
  11. hell, even if you're making $80k a year, it's still not big money out there.

    (as for singleton's picayuneness, i'm basing that on what he's paying out east at some of his properties, even papers with circulations larger than 40k.)
  12. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Well, that's why I said I have to believe he was prepared for that. Besides, he's done it before so maybe I'm just not "amazed" by the idea that he would pay his way to go cover something he loves to cover. To each his own.
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