When former Lucky Peach editor Peter Meehan joined the Los Angeles Times in October 2018, he did so to be a contributing editor who could “guide the editorial direction and enlargement of The Times’ meals and dining coverage” in the wake of the unexpected loss of life of longtime food critic Jonathan Gold. But in February, the L.A. Paper dropped the “contributing” part, determining to make Meehan the reputable editor of the phase.
I had started bossing people around so much by that factor,” Meehan says. “I became invested enough in the technique and the vision that it has become something I desired to do.” Yesterday, the fruit of Meehan and his group’s labors came to life as the first stand-on-my-own meals segment within the L.A. Times 2012. Grub caught up with Meehan as he boarded a flight again to New York, where his circle of relatives nonetheless lives, to speak about his plans for the revitalized meals phase.
How did Jonathan Gold’s passing affect your coming to the L.A. Times?
Well, he was speakme to me about coming to L.A., And he edited the segment for a while. But I in no way took all of it that severely. And then he was given unwell virtually speedy this beyond the summer season, and I suppose Jonathan become a large part of why [the paper’s new owner,] Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, offered the report. I assume he turned into one of the marquee people at the L.A. Times. And so suddenly, they had those new owners who had been equipped to put loads of cash and support into meals, and they had misplaced the fellow who ought to show them the manner.
What was the run-up like before the day before today’s launch?
They had also employed a group of recent humans since I joined. Before, food was best two and a half pages on Saturdays. I changed into, like, we want more extraordinary real estate. We want a stand-by myself meals phase. There is a choice to reinvent and reinvigorate the L.A. Times, and there has been no pushback. They have been similar to, ‘Okay. How quickly do you need to do it?’ And that’s an incredible component in any media surroundings, mainly this one. I’m very proud of
The first section and what we made and what’s in it. Still, I see it as the first step toward something new that we can drive. I assume there are simply loads of techniques and interdepartmental collaboration that [haven’t] always been a part of the procedure at the L.A. Times, mainly at some point of that Tronc awful-possession duration. I suppose if we made a product that human beings need to peer, want to have a look at, want to personally, need to hold, need to subscribe to, it would require a few formal inventions along with producing the fine journalism we can.