As James Rainey of the LA Times pointed out a few months ago, there are fewer full-time reporters covering the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (4) than there are supervisors (5); and there are almost as many former journalists (2) working for a single supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
Now LA Observed reports that Yaroslavsky's staff has looked out onto the new media landscape and decided to overhaul the supervisor's website to give it a more newsy feel. The office plans to hire a part-time writer "with sharp editorial skills" to produce stories on a variety of topics that will "connect and communicate with constituents on issues that impact their lives and intersect their interests."
The opening is listed on JournalismJobs and Joel Sappell, former reporter and editor at the LA Times, is heading up the project.
Combining political savvy with journalistic talent is certainly nothing new - David Axelrod might be the best and latest example of that. But as professional journalism and impartiality diminish, we're likely to see much more of this partisan-institutional journalism filling the void. After all, they're willing to pay for it.