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The LA Times millionaire’s daughter is tinkering with paper. And the staff welcomes it.
Daily Beast / Handout Photo Illustration When the Wall Street Journal reported in February that Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shion was thinking of selling paper, the news sent shock and alert through the paper newsroom. I did. Sunsion and Spokesperson The largest newspaper on the west coast quickly tried to curb speculation, ease staff anxiety, downplay the report as “inaccurate” and declare the owner “committed” to the paper. But for many LA Times employees, Stanford graduates have briefly declared on Twitter. Several .LA Times staff members responded by publicly tweeting a sigh of relief. “Thank you,” wrote Molly Hennessy Fiske, Houston bureau chief of the treatise: sweet. “Staff writer Joel Rubin cheered on Nika’s conviction and tweeted,” Do you have any questions? ” Immigration reporter Cindy Calcamo added, “Nika, thank you for your feedback.” “For those who left us with the stability of the paper, I felt it was important to say that such false information could be very confusing.” Said in an email to The Daily Beast. “Tweets seemed like a very small thing, because it’s much easier to instill rumors that something might happen than to guarantee that it won’t happen to people.” It might have been a bit of a surprise that the firm denial came not from the paper owner, but from a daughter who wasn’t found anywhere on the masthead and was so unobtrusive. Over the past year, however, the daughter of a pharmaceutical company executive has emerged as a proxy between the paper and its owner’s family. Patrick Sunsion was less involved in the treatise during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to LA Times insiders. Two of his pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines that are currently in clinical trials, but their daughter has a larger informal role. You will be familiar with it in some newsrooms. She doesn’t have a formal title or obligation on the paper, but the LA Times itself is increasingly involved in high-level management decisions, with Nika acting as another representative of the family in making decisions about the paper and its direction. I reported that it became. The Daily Beast said LA Times staff spanned multiple levels of the company, many of whom said the increased involvement of Nika was a welcome addition to the newsroom. It’s different from the members of the Sultsburger family, who have been both owners and writers and reporters of the New York Times. In the treatise, Nika Sunsion is not a journalist and has no desire to be a flashy media executive. She worked shortly as an intern in this treatise nearly 10 years ago, but has made a name for himself in the philanthropic world as a full-time community activist in Los Angeles. Since earning a master’s degree in African Studies from Stanford University, she has led several nonprofits, a guaranteed income fund, and a charity, the Compton Pledge, aimed at promoting regional basic income projects in Los Angeles. Co-director of. A partnership that provides direct cash transfers to hundreds of low-income LA residents. The year after Soon-Shiong’s family bought LA Times and several other Southern California treatises from Tribune Publishing for $ 500 million, she remained largely away from the newsroom business. But after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd last year, she saw an opportunity to help ease tensions in the newsroom in a national conversation about racism, police, and institutional fraud in the news business. It was. A paper to significantly increase coverage of non-white communities in the Los Angeles area. He proposes not to use the word “looting” when reporting public anxiety over police atrocities and racial injustice. The Times then changed the style guidelines to specify when the paper felt it was appropriate to use the term. Floyd’s death has begun internal calculations within the LA Times, especially for black, Latin, and Asian abuse and lack of upward fluidity, staff, disproportionately white leadership, and the most diverse in America. “Dehumanization” coverage of a non-white community in Southern California, one of the metropolitan areas. When some of the details were released last year, Sunsion remembered The Daily Beast and was urged to contact a caucuse of black and Latino staff to start a conversation between their families and their groups. .. And over the past few months, Nika has been in contact with the staff of the caucuses, building personal relationships and gaining the respect of many employees in the newsroom. My family has paper, “she said. “And I didn’t want it to be lost in translation, especially if I could encourage Flanker’s dialogue.” Since the rekindling in last year’s treatise, Sunsion has also been involved in newsroom issues on the opinion side. It came to be. .. LA Times insiders who are familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast that she has been actively attending meetings on the paper editorial board for the past year. I learned how to express it at the same time as dismantling the bias that has become established in the mass media, “she wrote to Beast by email. NYC’s most elite media star Spawn has begun an awakened high school treatise, but the Soon-Shiong family with an editorial board has already proven to be at risk of potential conflict with staff. I will. For example, last year, the treatise was preparing to support candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary last year. Meetings with candidates such as Pete Butigeg, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar. According to sources familiar with the situation, when the board brought Patrick Sunsion the choice, billionaire businessmen who are both paper owners and publishers said the paper would support the primary candidate. I refused it, claiming that I didn’t want it. This move has created friction between publishers and members of some editorial boards, including editor Nicholas Goldberg. Finally, on September 10, the LA Times approved Joe Biden in the general election, but the owner’s family is still popular among staff, especially thanks to Nika’s efforts. Some employees were initially skeptical of Patrick Sunsion, but newsroom staff who purchased the newspaper in June 2018 made a family purchase from the former owner of the company, Tribune. I think it is preferable as a remedy and over alternatives. A dying local newspaper. Personally, the LA Times staff who spoke with The Daily Beast made quite positive statements about Nika’s growing presence, provided she was free to talk about her employer anonymously, and she said. Accepting the employee’s mission to make the newsroom and its coverage more comprehensive, many reporters are close in age and may prove a welcome liaison between staff and family. Sunsion said he was encouraged by the warm welcome from the staff and explained how he sees the similarities between philanthropy and her purpose in family newspapers. Institutions should not blame us for harmful cultures and processes, “she said. “If we don’t really understand together what it looks like and how it feels to lead in a different direction, that’s not the case.” Finally, Soon-Shiong says of the paper and its ownership. He said there was no comprehensive editorial agenda other than promoting stronger ties between them. My hope is to be empathetic to staff at all levels of the company, “she said. Send it to The Daily Beast here. Put your top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.