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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 2, 2009 at 6:21AM

Like it or not, both the publishing and media industries are undergoing seismic changes as they confront the digital future.
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DSCN8154Like it or not, both the publishing and media industries are undergoing seismic changes as they confront the digital future.

At last weekend's LAT Fest of Books packed media panel, moderator James Rainey was in the unfortunate position of having to defend the establishment--his own LAT, the NYT and the WSJ--against the brave new journalism of the online world. Arrayed on that side were Andrew Donahoe of non-profit muckraking online Voice of San Diego, Marc Cooper of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, and editrixes Sharon Waxman of The Wrap and Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post.

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Maybe it’s because I’m staying at the Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard, but I keep thinking of newspapers as Norma Desmond.

Papers are still big. It’s the screens that got small.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.