The Los Angeles Times recently announced that it will cut 17% of its editorial staff. Given that some worry the paper's fortunes won't improve, should Southern California prepare for a future without the L.A Times? All week, Los Angeles prosecutor and blogger Patrick Frey discusses the future of the paper and the state of the larger media landscape with Marc Cooper, an LA Weekly columnist, a Huffington Post senior editor and a visiting professor at USC. Their first exchange will appear Monday.
Marc Cooper and Patrick Frey agree that the paper is nearing its demise, though for different reasons.
Patrick Frey and Marc Cooper both agree that the paper suffers from self-inflicted wounds, though they offer different reasons why.
Marc Cooper says new media and old couldn't exist without each other. Patrick Frey says readers are increasingly turning to blogs to escape mainstream journalism's arrogance.
Patrick Frey says Southern California would get along fine without the Los Angeles Times. Marc Cooper predicts a future in which The Times' brand of journalism will appeal to a niche market.
Marc Cooper links the paper's recent downsizing to Tribune Co. boss Sam Zell's desire for high profit margins. Patrick Frey says that The Times has a credibility problem it cannot blame on Tribune.