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Scott Sandell appointed morning entertainment editor, Calendar

July 29, 2009 |  3:05 pm

Here's the memo to the staff from Sallie Hofmeister, Assistant Managing Editor, and Craig Turner, Arts and Entertainment Editor:

We are pleased to name Scott Sandell as the morning entertainment editor for the Calendar and Company Town operations. In this newly created position, Scott will give us an earlier jump on the news each day and improve coordination among Calendar, Company Town, the Web, the photo and graphics departments and the rest of the paper. Working a 7 a.m.-to-3:30 p.m. shift, Scott will scour the wires, papers and the blogosphere to put together our early morning coverage. He will be responsible for an internal memo that will be distributed to senior editors at 7:30 a.m. that gives a heads-up on stories moving to the Web and enterprise on deck for the day.

He will work with the entertainment Web producers and the film, television, music, arts, culture and Company Town editors and bloggers to ensure that breaking news is posted online quickly, budgets are updated, we are promoting our wares on Twitter and Facebook and we are identifying fresh angles on hot topics. As the main liaison between the print and the Web operation, Scott also will make sure that stories developed for the paper have elements that maximize their impact online. He will continue to scout the blogs for items that can be adapted for print.

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 Calendar Weekend and The Guide. Most recently, he has been a deputy editor for daily and Sunday Calendar, taking an active role in the Culture Monster blog and in spearheading Calendar’s reverse-publishing efforts. 

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in German and accounting and a master’s in journalism, all from USC. Last year, he spent a month studying Chinese in Dalian, China. In his spare time, he plays hockey (see the skate on his desk), studies Mandarin and attempts to make dinner for his girlfriend, Kim Sim, an attorney.

Please join us in wishing Scott well in his new assignment and doing all that you can to make him a success!