FROM Laurie Ochoa
Who bought the LA Weekly? The group Semanal is buying the LA Weekly. There’s not much known about Semanal -- what it is, who’s behind it, and what it plans to do with the Weekly. The Weekly is already a much thinner version of its old self. But it used to be the go-to independent paper for Angelenos.
Can a Printed Literary Magazine Thrive in LA? We've heard a lot about the end of print journalism, printed essays, memoirs, fiction, poetry and portrait writing. Now some veteran editors and journalists are going against the tide with a full-color, quarterly publication, "a new template for the next generation of print publications." Laurie Ochoa, former editor of the LA Weekly, executive editor of Gourmet magazine and reporter and editor at the LA Times, is editor and co-founder of Slake .
Some Big Changes in LA's Journalistic Landscape The Tribune Company says it's ready to consider offers for the Los Angeles Times . The so-called "alternative" LA Weekly has already been bought out by New Times Media , a chain which once tried--and failed--to compete with the Weekly. Yesterday, it was announced that Jill Stewart, a principal writer for New Times LA, will be the Weekly's Deputy Editor of News under Laurie Ochoa, who continues as Editor . We talk about changes in place and what might be to come.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?