Angelenos may have noticed some changes in their morning paper. Like most of today’s dynamic organizations, the Los Angeles Times has gone through a series of major changes.
Over the past 12 months, the nationally renowned and award-winning newspaper has appointed several new managers, including Publisher Jeff Johnson, Editor Dean Baquet and Editorial Page Editor Andrés Martinez. These new leaders, as well as other staff of the publication, are refining the paper’s editorial focus.
To learn more about the Times' new direction, the publication’s goals and how local organizations can support its editorial coverage, City of Hope hosted a reception for nearly 50 individuals representing San Gabriel Valley-based organizations and City of Hope staff on Jan. 26 at the Visitor Center on campus where they could meet the new Los Angeles Times leadership.
At the gathering, Johnson, Baquet and Martinez discussed planned changes in editorial focus and content, explaining that the newspaper would place greater emphasis on California’s news. The program’s host, City of Hope President and CEO Michael A. Friedman, M.D., added that California is an innovative state, home to some of the world’s most renowned academic research institutions, a burgeoning biotech industry, and a leader in stem cell research, as well as the world’s seventh largest economy. Therefore, California’s news is often national news.
The Los Angeles Times leadership also discussed the value of gathering feedback from readers, and explained the importance of the online version of the newspaper in their efforts to reach a larger and wider audience.
Guests at the event included representatives from some of the San Gabriel Valley’s most influential organizations, including biotechnology companies, health care providers, universities, colleges and nonprofits. Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, who represents City of Hope’s congressional district, also were present.
"We were pleased that the Los Angeles Times partnered with us on this reception," said Brenda Maceo, senior vice president, Communications. "It was an important opportunity to introduce the new leadership team at the Times to City of Hope as well as other organizations and businesses in the San Gabriel Valley."