I understand the logic behind hiring Steven Zeitchik from The Hollywood Reporter (even if he did inherit my blog!). It's all about breaking news. That's also why they're hiring Amy Kaufman, a junior player from The Wrap. Everyone is obsessed with traffic. And fast-breaking news--as Nikki Finke has proved--- is the way to get it.
There's life left in journalism yet: LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes and his arts editor Tom Christie are looking to replace Scott Foundas, who left for a programming gig at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. They have an opportunity to cull through the best film critics in the country and anoint a powerful new voice. Exciting. Who will it be? Glenn Kenny? Dennis Lim? Nathan Lee? Karina Longworth? Melissa Anderson? Who do you think should get the job?
The other job being advertised is Zeitchik's staff reporter/blogger gig at THR. But god knows what will happen there, as Lachlan Murdoch and his team take over Nielsen. Clearly, Zeitchik saw the LAT as a more stable platform than where he was.