Monday, October 01, 2007

FishbowlLA On New Changes At LA Times!

Lot of interesting stuff in the latest 'leaked' memo from Jim O'Shea:

Jim O'Shea: The LAT To Become More Transparent

LAT editor Jim O'Shea announces some changes at the paper that include keeping Janet Clayton on as a "consultant," entrusting the ever-rising Russ Stanton with improving the paper's Monday circulation and putting Marc Duvoisin in charge of all projects.

The changes are the result of the paper's internal, Queer-Eye-sounding Reinvent committee, which came up with 48 recommendations for improving the paper -- two-thirds of which, O'Shea said, he plans to implement.

To the staff:

In July, the Reinvent committee, a group of Times employees representing a cross-section of the newspaper, issued its report on ways to improve the Los Angeles Times. The report gave 48 specific recommendations ranging from improving local coverage to closer collaboration with the online news site. I've decided to more forward on about two thirds of the committee's recommendations, some of which are already under way and some of which will require further study.

The committee's recommendations will be dealt with in three phases.

Follow the above link to the rest of the memo, but the key goal is to make both the paper and the website more user friendly - and more inter-connected. Worthy goals, but never easy ones to accomplish.

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