tabloid, it will be called the Los Angeles Examiner, a 50-page mockup issue is scheduled to be printed next week, and the target start-up is this summer (early June, actually). "Contributors to the prototype include comedian Billy Crystal, producer Lynda Obst and former New Times Los Angeles columnist Jill Stewart, said Tim DeRoche, a former Riordan aide who is heading up the project," the LABJ reported. There are quotes from DeRoche, Riordan, Ken Layne, and several industry analysts. As for the site you are reading, "It is not clear what will happen to the LAExaminer.com Web site, which Layne founded with Matt Welch, also a member of The Examiner's editorial staff. 'Most likely we will continue LAExaminer.com for what it is,' Layne said." Stay tuned! You go away for a month, and you come back, and suddenly there's a handsome new newspaper! (You really should see the elegant mockup.... I was shocked.) Hopefully, 2003 is shaping up to be an improvement over years past. As my pal Ali says, "Adios a dos-mil-dos!"

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Somebody needs to send me a copy of this mock up ... or let me see it next time I'm down south.

Posted by: Howard Owens at January 18, 2003 05:13 PM

Congratulations!

Can't wait to see the thing. Is that prototype issue being circulated publicly, or is it just for potential advertisers and other big-shots?

Posted by: Tony Biasotti at January 18, 2003 08:06 PM

Thanks, Tony! It's a small, private run (the thing is really a "mockup" and "prototype," though it's filled with terrific original stories, illustrations, photos, full-page ads, etc.) ... and it will be shown around on a Need-to-See basis. I will try to hoard as many copies as possible, obviously, and then auction them off on EBay....

Posted by: Matt Welch at January 18, 2003 09:11 PM

Congrats, that's awesome.

But, isn't Layne moving to Reno?

Posted by: Bob at January 20, 2003 12:19 AM
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