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Journo Who Gave Hackers Password Could Get 25 Years

Ex-Reuters journalist gave Anonymous his Tribune Company password

(Newser) - Matthew Keys was described as a "disgruntled journalist" after he leaked his Tribune Company password to hackers in 2010, and he's likely to be even more disgruntled now: He was found guilty on Wednesday of charges including conspiracy to hack and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years... More »

Prominent Food Critic Drops His Anonymity

Jonathan Gold of LA Times says it's a useless fight these days

(Newser) - No more masks, silhouettes, disguises, or hiding behind potted plants. Food critic Jonathan Gold of the Los Angeles Times writes today that he is giving up even the "pretense of anonymity." His photo appears along with his essay, in which he acknowledges that it's been a losing... More »

LA Car Rampage Victim Was on Honeymoon

Witnesses say driver wanted to 'massacre a lot of people'

(Newser) - The woman allegedly killed by a deranged driver who plowed into pedestrians on LA's Venice Beach boardwalk was on her honeymoon and had only been married for three days. Alice Gruppioni, a 32-year-old from Bologna, Italy, was walking along the boardwalk with her husband when she was struck and... More »

Don't Let the Koch Brothers Buy the Media

Harold Meyerson doesn't want the LA Times to become a political tool

(Newser) - The Tribune Company's board likely views the Koch Brothers' attempt to buy its eight newspapers as a purely financial transaction. But almost no one else sees it that way, writes Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post . Thousands of LA Times readers, for instance, have already signed petitions against the... More »

Koch Bros. Look to Buy 8 Newspapers

Could use LA Times and others to spread conservative message

(Newser) - Brothers Charles and David Koch, the billionaire businessmen behind Koch Industries and noted supporters of libertarian causes, are looking to buy into the newspaper business. They're exploring a deal to acquire the Tribune Company's eight regional newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore ... More »

Reuters Suspends Editor Accused of Aiding Hackers

Matthew Keys, 26, faces up to 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A social media editor for Reuters is in hot water, accused of exacting revenge on a former employer by helping Anonymous hack it. Federal prosecutors say Matthew Keys, 26, passed along log-in credentials to servers owned by the Tribune Co., reports the Guardian . His Anonymous pal allegedly used them to... More »

Tribune Company Set to Exit Bankruptcy

But it may soon sell off its newspapers

(Newser) - The Tribune Company is set to emerge from bankruptcy today, four years after it filed for Chapter 11 protection as the American economy nosedived. The reorganized multimedia company has a new board of directors that includes plenty of entertainment industry veterans, and profitable assets including eight major daily newspapers and... More »

Tribune Co. Explores Sale of LA Times, Chicago Tribune

Rupert Murdoch rumored to be interested

(Newser) - What happens when you take the Tribune out of the Tribune Co.? We might be about to find out. The company is actively seeking bankers to help sell off its newspapers—potentially including the Chicago Tribune and LA Times—when it emerges from bankruptcy at the end of the... More »

'Red-Blooded' Murdoch Eyes LA Times, Tribune

News Corp's CEO 'has an irrational love of newspapers'

(Newser) - The head of the world's biggest news company is eying two crown jewels in American journalism: the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. In fact, Rupert Murdoch has been in preliminary talks about buying both papers in a purchase of the Tribune Co., according to executives at Murdoch'... More »

Devils Stay Alive in Stanley Cup

3-1 win in LA takes series to Game 5

(Newser) - Los Angeles Kings fans went to the Staples Center last night ready to celebrate their team's first Stanley Cup, but the Devils spoiled the party. The New Jersey team beat the Kings 3-1, taking the series to a Game 5 on their home turf. The game was 0-0 at... More »

Los Angeles Times to Launch Paywall

Paper's online content won't be free after March 5

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times is going behind a paywall next month, joining the ranks of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently, Gannett. (The latter's hasn't gone into effect yet.) The LAT "membership program" will eventually cost $1.99 a week when... More »

LA Times Wins Key Pulitzer

2011 prizes announced today in New York

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times took home the coveted public service Pulitzer Prize this afternoon for its exposé of widepsread corruption in the city of Bell, Calif. The piece eventually led to the arrests of eight city officials, including the city administrator, who was pulling down $800,000 a year. The... More »

Restaurant Photographs, Then Boots Critic

Image posted on blog for industry to see

(Newser) - A Los Angeles Times restaurant critic has been “unmasked” by a feisty restaurant boss, who snapped her picture while she waited for a table and then sent her packing, the Times reports. The restaurant posted S. Irene Virbila’s picture on its Tumblr blog , where it spread like wildfire... More »

How Frat Boy Hijinks Helped Screw the Tribune Co.

Boss Randy Michaels 'offered $100 to waitress to flash her breasts'

(Newser) - The shockingly sexist frat boy hijinks of top managers of the Tribune Company created an alienating workplace and "bankrupt culture" that helped send the financially troubled media firm into a tailspin, reports the New York Times . Just after radio exec Randy Michaels was hired by billionaire owner Sam Zell... More »

TMZ Scoops World on Jackson Death

(Newser) - TMZ left its more savory rivals in the dust yesterday, reporting Michael Jackson’s cardiac arrest and death before any other media outlet, the Chicago Tribune reports. The AOL gossip website reported Jackson’s death at 2:44 local time, less than 20 minutes after the singer expired. But many... More »

Times to Ax 300 Jobs, Local News Section

(Newser) - Amid growing gloom in the newspaper business, the Los Angeles Times plans to lay off 300 workers and shelve its local news section, LA Observed reports. Foreign and national news will be downplayed to fit local stories into the front section, the publisher said in a memo today. Seventy newsroom... More »

Big Day a Windfall for Newspapers

Huge demand for special editions

(Newser) - Newspapers expect a multi-million-dollar windfall in extra sales to people who want a keepsake of Inauguration Day, and publishers are gearing up to make the most of it, Bloomberg reports. The Washington Post is  jacking up its price to $2, and the New York Times, USA Today and other publications... More »

The Bell Tolls for Journos

Explosion of web content and staff cuts marks the end of an era

(Newser) - With the flurry of firings and buyouts at the nation’s newspapers, "it certainly feels like the end of days," writes Julia Klein in Obit. But while much has been made of lofty topics such as "the fate of democracy" and "journalism's core civic and watchdog... More »

Tribune Company Files for Bankruptcy

Financing billions in debt becomes too onerous in down economy

(Newser) - The Tribune Company filed today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due to mounting debt and an inability to pay interest in the floundering economy, the Wall Street Journal reports. Tribune’s profits declined 83% in the third quarter, making it difficult to finance $12 billion in debt. The company has... More »

Tribune May File for Bankruptcy This Week

Saddled with debt, media company looks at Chapter 11

(Newser) - The Tribune Co. has hired a financial adviser to help it file for bankruptcy as early as this week, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facing $12 billion in debt and shrinking profits, the owner of the Chicago Cubs and several newspapers has also brought in legal counsel to guide it... More »

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