what does this have to do with LA?
and sometimes i would say something snarky or eventually ignore them because it’s obvious that they for some reason only want you to stay in your so-called lane.
but whats interesting is, when i was at the Los Angeles Times, i never saw that once in a comment.
nobody ever asked, if youre the LA Times, why do you have bureaus all over the world?
in 2002, for example, the LA Times, NY Times, and Washington Post each had over 25 foreign bureaus.
if having a city in the name of your publication limited you to only covering the news, people, and trends of those city limits, then why did the greatest journals of our time attempt to cover the entire world when they were at the top of their game?
because context is everything.
and the world is small.
and cosmopolitan cities are influencing and being influenced by global events, politics, the arts, and technologies.
why does the NY Times cover LA as much as they can? why do they have an office here?
even they know how bad they are at it, but why do they keep trying… and failing?
because what happens in LA affects things in NY, whether they want to admit it or not.
when the NYT writes about east coasters settling down in echo park, do their readers ask WTF does this have to do with Manhattan?!?!
it has everything to do with Manhattan. or will. or has.
maybe what happens in echo park is foreshadowing what may happen to the boogie down Bronx soon.
and maybe the best way to tell that story is to have seen it happen first hand, and then thank Yahweh you wrote it down.
because that’s what journalists do. we check shit out and then write it down.
and, to me, the best writing doesn’t spell everything out for the reader, it allows them to apply it to their lives in their own way.
so when at LAist we wrote about Vegas or Frisco or when I drove around the entire country and Canada, i was (hopefully) mostly showing our audience two things
omg LA is so much better than this
omg LA needs some of this in our lives.
or best of all,
omg [cool city or town] is just like us? crazy!
which is what the big papers did in 2002
and still do today.
and why i did it at LAist, with great success.
thank God, Sports Illustrated developed its Swimsuit Issue
thank God, the New Yorker and the NYT doesn’t just write about New York
what would i say today if i was running LAist and someone asked me that?
you always think of your best comebacks well after the fact,
but this is what i’d say.
i’d say, you know how on the local news. on every local news channel. ever. all around the world…
when they do the weather…
they don’t just tell you if it’s gonna rain in the city that you’re in.
they show the whole area, then the whole country
you might even see canada and mexico in there too.
they do this not because someone watching might be flying to canada and mexico
they do it because everything is connected
the storm in the ocean soon turns into rain here.
no one ever asks fritz coleman why he doesn’t just stick to LA county weather