LA is a 'Company Town'


Take for instance the LA TImes. It's got lots of failings but it does report on the entertainment industry very very well. Of course you might expect it to get into the weeds in its daily CALENDAR section. After all, every newspapter has some kind of Arts and Entertainment section. But most are filled with syndicated articles and profiles of top TV shows, filmmakers and stars, not original reporting. And certailnly no where near the volume of inside stories that Calendar does.

The Times also publishes some excellent multi-page supplements, dubbed The Envelope, leading up to every major entertainment awards event. More importantly the Times' Business section covers the entertainment media regularly, as it should: it's a significant source of commerce. But my point is that these stories are Local, hometown news here and naturally will get more attention than elsewhere.

Of course the two big industry trade rags — The Hollywood Reporter and Variety—are located in LA as well. And just about every award show is done in LA now. OK, the Tonys are in NYC but even the ACM awards are held here (The Ryman in Nashville just can't cut it anymore!)

Now, I don't mean to be cheerleading for LA to the exclusion of the many publishers of media trade mags around the country who do a fabulous job keeping us up to date on industry trends, products, people and technology. Our industry, in all it's forms from music and graphics to equipment and gaming and radio, film, TV and more, does not lack for information sources professionals can use.

But I am always amazed that more media pros don't recognize the need to stay informed. (For easy access to top stories daily see RoundTable's Media News Feeds under the menu item, HEADLINES.) And that they are not aware of the stellar job the LA Press (TV and Print) does in covering our industry.


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