Yesterday we shared with you some juicy snippets of a Mediabistro interview with Janice Min, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, in which she said that Los Angeles was seriously lacking in talented journalists.
“Hiring out here is hard,” Min complained. “There is not a bench out here at all. You struggle to find enough working journalists out here to staff your publication and to even interview.”
Min’s statements left many local journos rolling their eyes. “Gee, sorry we letcha down, Janice,” tweeted Jon Weisman of Variety.com. “That’s Minsanity,” quipped David Young of True Blue LA. LA Weekly‘s Dennis Romero called Min’s remarks B.S. “Tons of great journalists in this market,” he said.
Fox LA’s Hal Eisner defended the local talent pool via Facebook: “I know many extraordinary journalists in L.A. I know many who are, sadly, out of work and have been looking for some time.”
Same here, Hal. In this era on media downsizing, there are more talented L.A. journos than ever looking for work, and they aren’t hard to find. Post a listing on the Mediabistro job board if you’d like to hear from them. This is the entertainment capitol of the world, and we have the journalism talent to match.
The full interview with Janice Min, available only to AvantGuild subscribers, is well worth reading. Check it out, and tell us what you think of her take on Los Angeles.