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Downsized veterans of the Los Angeles Times have united online to look for piecework.
The Journalism Shop is a new Web site where 23 "highly skilled newspaper veterans interested in taking on freelance assignments" introduce themselves and describe their specific skills as reporters, writers, editors, designers, and marketers. (If they didn't do PR before, some are game to try now.)
"Over the past couple of years, the Los Angeles Times and its corporate owner, Tribune, have undergone an epic financial crunch which has led to the jettisoning of hundreds of veteran journalists. We are some of them," the Journalism Shop explains. "The Los Angeles Times' loss can be your gain."
And 12 former staff photographers can be reached at the Pro Photography Network. “We will shoot anything, anywhere, for anyone,” claims photographer Matt Randall, who spent 22 years at the Times as a photographer and photo ops manager. "We are the best of the best."