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Scott Sandell is named deputy online arts and entertainment editor

January 4, 2010 |  4:44 pm

Here's the memo to staff from Sallie Hofmeister, assistant managing editor; and Craig Turner, arts and entertainment editor:

We are pleased to announce that Scott Sandell, who has brought new energy and news-orientation to the entertainment report since being named Calendar morning editor just a few months ago, will take on expanded duties as deputy online arts and entertainment editor.
In his new position, Scott will report to Online Arts and Entertainment Editor Lisa Fung, working with her to expand our film, television, music, Company Town, celebrity and arts and culture coverage on the Web. He will continue to serve as the morning editor and as the liaison between the print and Web efforts, unifying our coverage, particularly of breaking news and daily features. Working closely with assignment editors, Scott will develop Web-only content for stories, coordinate the planning of Web components for longer-range projects and help develop blogging and social media training programs for editors and reporters.
Scott also will assist Lisa on other special Web projects, including new online features.
Scott joined the paper in 1993 as an intern and worked as a reporter and a copy editor in the Business, South Bay and Calendar sections. After a stint in the Valley, he moved to Calendar, where he eventually became copy chief. In 2003, Scott joined the assigning editing ranks, serving first in Home and then on Calendar Weekend and The Guide. Most recently, he has been a deputy editor for daily and Sunday Calendar and morning entertainment editor.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in German and accounting and a master’s in journalism, all from USC. Outside the office, he plays hockey, practices his Mandarin, and tries his hand at cooking dinner for his girlfriend, Kim Sim.

Please congratulate Scott, who will be moving his desk closer to the Web operation in the coming weeks.