The zany AI angle, pushed heavily by Tronc's new billionaire biotech benefactor Patrick Soon-Shiong, is just one recent twist in the saga at the once-storied newspaper chain. Since USA Today owner and rival Gannett made a hostile bid for Tribune/Tronc last month, Chairman Michael Ferro has done everything to keep the company from changing hands. On CNBC today, Ferro outlined some of his plans to revitalize the company, whose share price has dropped by nearly half over the last couple years. It involves using vaguely described machine learning technology to produce lots of video. "There's all these really new, fun features we're going to be able to do with artificial intelligence and content to make videos faster," Ferro told interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin.
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A five-week summer program created by the L.A. Review of Books is currently underway at USC to help people break into the publishing industry. But that industry, despite having some local stars, is centered 3,000 miles away. "We do want to make people job ready," said LARB publisher and editor in chief Tom Lutz, but "at least half, maybe more than half, [of students] in the program are not looking to move to New York to get into that kind of publishing job." Instead, the LARB / USC Publishing Workshop emphasizes "entrepreneurial possibilities and innovation," Lutz said. "What they're looking to do is join an entrepreneurial venture here or start their own."
Chris is a freelance journalist whose portfolio includes a weekly media-focused column in UK national title The New European, a stint as News Editor at TheMediaBriefing and bylines at the Guardian, Alphr, The Memo and more. He is the host of the Media Voices podcast and can be often be found tweeting about publishing innovation at @chrismsutcliffe.
Amazon announced this morning that Transparent creator Jill Soloway will be editor-at-large for its newest imprint. TOPPLE Books, according to a press release, will primarily publish narrative non-fiction and fiction from writers who identify as women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer.