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There's supposed to be an unbreachable wall between news stories and advertising, but more and more advertising is designed to look like news. The LA Times is among the financially strapped publications that take money to produce articles that promote special interest groups. They're not written by news reporters, but how's a reader to know? Even if there's clear labeling, will doubts be raised about credibility?

Later on the program, persuading homeless people to evacuate dangerous places before the El Niño deluge.  

Photo: Ryan Quick

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Sarah Sweeney

The LA Times and "Sponsored Content" 13 MIN, 41 SEC

The LA Times, cooperating with the Columbia School of Journalism, recently published a hard-hitting series on Exxon. It exposed the oil giant for casting doubt on climate change and opposing emission controls at the same time its own researchers were proving that climate change was real. But investigative reporting was not all that the Times was up to. It was also creating a website for the California Resources Corporation, formerly Occidental Petroleum, with articles and videos supporting the oil and gas industry. 

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)
Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute (@kellymcb)

More:
Maddaus on the LA Times use of "sponsored content"
Washington Post on foundations funding LA Times' education reporting
Poynter Institute on how news organizations can sell sponsored content without lowers standards

Heavy Rains May Threaten Hundreds of LA's Homeless 9 MIN, 6 SEC

Hundreds of homeless people are living in dangerous places, including storm channels that have been dry during years of drought but which could become raging torrents when the Niño works a massive change in the weather. We get an update on what's being done prepare from James Featherstone, general manager of LA City's Emergency Management Department, and Natalie Komuro, the executive director of Ascencia, which provides homeless services in South Glendale and Northeast LA.

Guests:
Jim Featherstone, Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (@ReadyLA)
Natalie Komuro, Ascencia (@AscenciaCA)

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