Friday, December 18, 2009

LA Times Layoff Names Starting to Become Public

Kevin Roderick of has been compiling names of some of the layoffs at The Los Angeles Times this week. Here is some of his report:

Arts reporter Suzanne Muchnic sent a brief farewell message to the newsroom this morning — "Saying goodbye is hard to do. Sending my new e-mail address is easy..." Assistant book editor Orli Low's note this afternoon was a bit longer:

["]Words cannot describe my feelings, both upon entering this place in those first few days of working here and upon leaving it today. It's really hard to leave the best job you can imagine, but I do so knowing that those who pre-deTimes-ed me and those still here fighting the good fight are among the finest and most talented people there are. I have enjoyed every last minute of it and wish you all only the best.["]

Her exit, and that of longtime book section writer Susan Salter Reynolds, appears to leave only editor David Ulin and deputy Nick Owchar in what used to be the Book Review pod, plus Jacket Copy blogger Carolyn Kellogg.

On the science desk, the exit via layoff of John Johnson leaves — at least for now — plenty of health and medical writers, but no reporters with hard science as a specialty. ...

When ESPN Los Angeles debuts Monday, its team is expected to include LAT Lakers bloggers Andrew and Brian Kamenetzky and the Times' Dodgers bligger Jon Weisman, according to the website The Big Lead.

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