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April 30, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Northwestern University professor who had agreed to head up USC's journalism programs but then quickly decided against it attributed his decision to “a mismatch” between visions of the job. Douglas Foster said that last week he had tentatively accepted the position as director of USC's journalism school, pending agreement on a few points. He declined to specify what details caused him to change his mind two days later, and stressed that final contract papers with the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism had not been drawn up or signed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The search for a new director of USC's journalism school has taken a confusing turn after a Northwestern University professor accepted the job but then suddenly withdrew two days later. Douglas Foster's reversal and decision not to head up USC's undergraduate and graduate journalism programs “was disappointing,” according to Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. But Wilson predicted it would turn out to be “a bump in the road” in the life of the journalism school, which is one of Annenberg's two academic units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Three Los Angeles City Council members -- including a candidate for mayor -- asked their colleagues Tuesday to consider pulling city pension money from the investment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the publication to buyers who do not support “professional and objective journalism.” Since emerging from bankruptcy last year, Tribune Co. -- which owns eight newspapers including The Times and 23 television stations -- has been...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"The thing we try to do first and foremost is watchdog journalism, and everything comes under that line. " Thus did L.A. Times editor and self-proclaimed "chief cheerleader" Davan Maharaj describe the paper's approach to investigative reporting in a panel discussion titled "The L.A. Times and Accountability Journalism" at the Festival of Books on Saturday. In the past year, Maharaj said, "We took on the county assessor's office, a scandal at the county jails, poor fire-response times among LAFD paramedics, poor regulation in recycling" -  and, he quipped, "every aspect of Lindsay Lohan 's interface with the police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
What is wrong with the New York Post? Thursday morning, the tabloid newspaper's front page featured a huge photo of two young men with backpacks, with the giant headline: “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.” In the online story, the pair's faces had big red circles around them. Yes, sort of like targets. Turns out, the young men had nothing to do with the blasts. Thursday afternoon, the Post backpedaled:  “Investigators have now cleared the two men whose pictures were circulated last night in an email among law enforcement officials, sources told The Post today.
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April 15, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
The South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism Monday for its investigation of off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens by speeding. The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., started its investigation after an off-duty Miami police officer was pulled over by a Florida state trooper for driving 120 mph in fall 2011. The resulting three-part series, "Above the Law," found that accidents caused by officers driving at high speeds - in many cases when off duty - caused at least 320 crashes since 2004, killing or maiming 21 people.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It's hard to sum up one man's achievements in any article or post. It's even harder if that man is Roger Ebert, who in no particular order was critic, TV personality, social-media guru, blogger, scholar, screenwriter and advocate. Still, there are some very quantifiable ways that Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, changed film and film journalism. That's true in very noticeable realms -- reviewing and supporting movies, and adding a remarkable voice to the criticism canon -- but in more subtle ones as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Big and beefy with a scraggly beard, Shane Smith looks more like an aging roadie than a thrill-seeking foreign correspondent or a budding media mogul. But Smith is both those things. Vice Media Group, the company Smith co-founded and is chief executive of, has gone from a single magazine aimed at tattooed teeny-boppers to a media empire with more than 30 offices around the globe, a large digital presence, a record label, an advertising agency and a book publisher. The closely held Vice is projected to hit nearly $200 million in revenue this year and has a valuation approaching $1 billion, according to people close to the company.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The longlist for the Orwell Prize , Britain's prestigious award for political writing, was announced Wednesday. Fourteen journalists and 12 books are in the running for investigations on subjects including Starbucks,  torture, death row and the lives of the super-rich.  The prize is awarded in two categories -- books and journalism -- for works that reflect George Orwell's ambition to "make political writing into an art. "  This means, as...
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