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New 'LA Times' Owner Wants To Compete With 'New York Times' And 'Washington Post'

New 'LA Times' Owner Wants To Compete With 'New York Times' And 'Washington Post'

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  • It’s great that the LA Times joins the ranks of news organizations with massively wealthy custodians. The issue is that we have hollowed our small local newsrooms who don’t have the same luxury. I wish one of these wealthy news aficionados would buy a local news conglomerate for once and treat them individually

    It’s great that the LA Times joins the ranks of news organizations with massively wealthy custodians. The issue is that we have hollowed our small local newsrooms who don’t have the same luxury. I wish one of these wealthy news aficionados would buy a local news conglomerate for once and treat them individually with the same focus on providing resources so they can serve their constituents.

  • The future of news is in the hand of billionaires — as profitability is elusive. Thankfully there are those who recognize the importance of a free press to our way of life... and are willing to invest (the Atlantic/jobs, washpo/Bezos etc).

  • Patrick Soon-Shiong has put 75-year-old Norm Pearlstine at the head of the newsroom. Definitely the biggest name to lead the paper in years—but can he bring the tech vision necessary?

  • Viva la Press. My first thought is that he may be looking toward the return to the Mary Tyler Moore/Daily Planet-ish style newsroom. I would be interested to see what he does with the technology in the face of the war on news as well as total profitability, given where technology currently is (odd Catch

    Viva la Press. My first thought is that he may be looking toward the return to the Mary Tyler Moore/Daily Planet-ish style newsroom. I would be interested to see what he does with the technology in the face of the war on news as well as total profitability, given where technology currently is (odd Catch 22 there). Because he had a handful of missteps and likely not a fit in medical technology, maybe he is bent toward print and online. **sits back to watch**

  • It's one thing to SAY you want to compete with those papers, but here's what he has to do to actually compete with them.

    1) Build up teams of journalists who can deliver a steady stream of scoops about people in power and companies/organizations that matter: the kind of high-impact pieces that those

    It's one thing to SAY you want to compete with those papers, but here's what he has to do to actually compete with them.

    1) Build up teams of journalists who can deliver a steady stream of scoops about people in power and companies/organizations that matter: the kind of high-impact pieces that those two papers do regularly these days. You've either have to build up that talent pool over time, or spend a lot of money to poach those people away from other places.

    2) Become a bona-fide media-tech company—ie spend on next-generation content tech, whether it's a building a whole new CMS that you can license to other media companies (like the WaPo) or pushing technologies like AI and personalization into your newsroom (like the NYT).

    The LAT used to be a very good paper, but has been pretty decimated in recent years. Soon-Shiong's got his work cut out for him.

  • Big news has always been owned by people with a lot of money. At least these people (Jobs/Bezos) seem to want to keep some editorial freedom.

  • Best of luck 🙏

  • Competing with the NYT and WSJ will be an uphill task for the LAT and will require deep pockets following years of under investment. It will also require them to make extremely rapid moves to catch up with their competitors digitally, I wish them well and want them to succeed.

  • Battle of the giants

  • If you want to compete remain Liberal ,if you want to lead print the Truth !