Back copies, tours and more
How do you start a subscription to The Times? Place an ad? Get permission to reprint a story? Sign up to take a tour? Contact a reporter? Even staffers can use guidance when it comes to sorting out which department does what.
Answers to those and other often-asked questions can be found at the FAQ: General L.A. Times information link on the right side of this page. (If a question you want the answer to is missing, let us know -- the list can and will be updated.)
Here's what you'll find at that FAQs link:
How do I start or stop a subscription?
Customer service can be reached at 800-252-9141.
What if I have a story idea or news release?
Give a thought to which section of The Times is most likely to publish something along the lines of your idea or news event, then contact that desk. A list of desks and staff is here.
How do I contact staffers at the Los Angeles Times?
You can reach L.A. Times staff members by using an address in this form: email@example.com. E-mail addresses for writers in the news sections appear with stories. Or you can write to staffers in care of their desks (firstname.lastname@example.org, for example, or email@example.com).
The phone number is 1-800-LATIMES.
A list of newsroom staffers and sections can be found here:
How do I request permission to reprint content from The Times?
The Reprints department will need to know what you'd like to use; how you'd like to use it; to whom you'd like to distribute it and for what purpose. Please e-mail that information to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 213-237-6515. Phone number: 213-237-4565.
How can I buy a back copy of The Times?
Los Angeles Times subscribers can call customer service at (800) 252-9141 to request a back issue and have it charged to their home delivery accounts. The current cost for subscribers is $4 for Sundays, $2 for the daily. If you are not a subscriber, you may either mail your request along with a check, money order or credit card information to: Los Angeles Times, 202 W. First St. Los Angeles, CA 90012; attn: Back Issues; or fax your request with your credit card information to (213) 237-4720. Please include your name, card expiration date and the number of copies you wish to receive. The current cost for non-subscribers, which includes shipping and handling, is $10.75 for Sundays and $6.25 for the daily.
What is the relationship between the L.A. Times and Times Community Newspapers?
Times Community Newspapers -- the Burbank Leader, Coastline Pilot (Laguna Beach), Crescenta Valley Sun, Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa), Foothill Leader, Glendale News-Press, Huntington Beach Independent and La Cañada Valley Sun -- is a business division of the Los Angeles Times, but the eight newspapers maintain separate editorial and business staffs. Each focuses exclusively on in-depth local coverage of its community. For more information about TCN, please go here.
How do I place an ad?
To place an ad call 1-800-234-4444, or go to latimes.com/placead
Free public tours by reservation are available of the historic Times building and the newspaper's printing facility in downtown Los Angeles. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and groups can be as large as 35 individuals. Tours are given year-round (Mondays through Fridays), major holidays excepted. All Times facilities are disabled accessible. Tour information and reservations: (213) 237-5757.
Other facts about The Times can be found at the Media Center link: