Today, SPJ/LA sent the following letter congratulating Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, as the new owner of the Los Angeles Times.
Society of Professional Journalists
Greater Los Angeles Chapter
P.O. Box 572632
Tarzana, CA 91357
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D.
Executive Chairman, California News Group
Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
June 21, 2018
Dear Dr. Soon-Shiong,
On behalf of the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter, we are writing to congratulate you on your recently concluded purchase of the Los Angeles Times, and extend to you a warm welcome to the Los Angeles journalism and media community.
We know the business climate for newspapers is challenging, and expectations for your stewardship are high. We join the rest of our fellow journalists in wishing you well in rebuilding and restoring the Times, and ensuring it remains financially and journalistically strong while serving our community.
SPJ/LA, which has enjoyed a long and close relationship with many Los Angeles Times journalists over the years, stands ready to assist and support you in this effort. If there’s any way our local chapter or our national organization may be helpful, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us.
Thank you for your willingness to invest in the Los Angeles Times for all the right reasons. Best of luck to you in this exciting new era for our Times.
Stephanie Stassel-Bluestein, Ed.D.
Los Angeles Times Valley Edition staff member, 1990-2004