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LA Times Editor Steps Down

Like many media outlets, The Times felt the financial blow as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The newspaper suffered losses from ad buys as the pandemic and shutdowns impacted more businesses during the second quarter of 2020.

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The Los Angeles Times will be undergoing a significant change to its staff as editor Norman Pearlstine will step down from his position after two and a half years. The 78-year-old will assume an advisory role for the paper as they look to appoint a new overseer of the newsroom.

The Times’s owner and Executive Chairman Patrick Soon-Shiong sent a letter to the staff announcing Pearlstine’s decision to step down. Pearlstine mentioned that he’d be retiring in October, but there was no timetable for his exit.

Furthermore, The Times will appoint two veteran interim managers to take over Pearlstine’s role as an independent hiring firm manages to find a new executive editor.

“As we became the new owners and needed to rapidly and thoughtfully revive this great American newspaper, Norm’s experience as a journalist and media executive proved invaluable,” Soon-Shiong said.

Like many media outlets, The Times felt the financial blow as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The newspaper suffered losses from ad buys as the pandemic and shutdowns impacted more businesses during the second quarter of 2020.

Nonetheless, Soon-Shiong thanked Pearlstine for helping guide the media outlet through this challenging time. “We’re fortunate that we have a strong leadership team in place, both in the newsroom and across the company. We will continue the search to find the right candidate to serve as the next editor of the Los Angeles Times and provide an update when we have more news to share,” the Times’s owner said.

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Jack Dorsey: It Was My Decision to Resign as Twitter CEO

Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey abruptly resigned from the company citing his belief that the company is ready to move on from its founders. 

According to CNBC, Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

“My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational,” Dorsey tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead.”

Dorsey founded Twitter and was forced out as CEO in 2008. He returned as CEO in 2015 when Dick Costolo departed.

“I want you all to know that this was my decision and I own it,” he tweeted. “It was a tough one for me, of course. I love this service and company, and all of you so much. I’m really sad, yet really happy. There aren’t many companies that get to this level.”

Dorsey plans to remain on Twitter’s board for the next six months or so to help with the transition before fully departing the company.

Twitter missed Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings per share last quarter. 

In September, the company agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a class-action suit, in which investors accused the company of providing misleading numbers about engagement.

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NY Daily News Announces Andrew Julien as Its Executive Editor

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

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The New York Daily News has some new leadership as the New York Post relayed the announcement that Andrew Julien is the new executive editor of the newspaper. 

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

“I am honored, humbled, and thrilled,” Julien said. “The New York Daily News is a vital and vibrant part of the media landscape that hums each day with stories and photographs that engage and inform readers in the city and across the nation.”

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to see up close the passion and commitment of our journalists, and it’s clear that everyone in the organization is deeply committed to our mission. We will continue to honor that commitment as we seek new readers — both in print and online. On a personal note, it’s great to be heading back to the city where I grew up.”

Before taking over this role, where it would see Julien relocate to New York, he served as editor in chief and publisher of Daily News sibling newspaper The Hartford Courant, where he’s been for the past three decades.

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Kevin Kietzman Examines Deal Done by Chiefs, Car Crash Victim’s Family

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car.

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newsletter and podcast from award-winning journalist Kevin Kietzman examine the motives behind a recent deal struck between the Kansas City Chiefs and the family of a baby who was injured in a vehicle collision involving one of its former coaches. 

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car. Reid later told police that he had 2-3 drinks and used Adderall that same day. 

Under the terms of the deal, the team has reportedly agreed to cover all of the girl’s medical bills and provide long-term financial compensation. 

“Would your former employer ever do this for you?” Kietzman asked. “Why did the Chiefs release the information on a Friday afternoon when nobody was looking and why did they release the information just one day after owner Clark Hunt had his only once per season news conference?” 

Kietzman criticized the media for not asking questions and accused the team of striking the deal to cover Andy Reid and team President Mark Donovan individually. 

“You see, these guys won a Super Bowl and didn’t call the NFL commissioner dirty names in private emails,” said Kietzman. “No, they almost certainly broke about a million NFL and team rules and regulations and threw a rager for the coaches prior to the Super Bowl as a perk.” 

Kietzman added that the NFL considers words more detrimental to the league’s image than actions.  

“Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft gets popped in Florida at a massage parlor, prostitution ring,” he added. “No biggie, it just goes away.  It’s not like he wrote an email to somebody that the NFL has lost its mind catering to the woke culture America is now rejecting at every turn.”

In 2019, Keitzman was let go from Sports Radio 810 WHB after critical comments he made on-air about Britt Reid. 

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