Outlet: Los Angeles News Group
Journalist: Kim Guimarin
Tags: community journalism, editing
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DFMie judges chose Kim Guimarin, senior editor for the Los Angeles News Group, as Assigning Editor of the Year for Digital First Media.
LANG Executive Editor Michael Anastasi nominated Guimarin for the honor:
In the ever-shifting culture of journalism these days, titles often don’t reflect the work that falls on the name in front of them. In Kim’s case, this is certainly true. Ever the champion of doing things better — and with a larger digital presence — than we’ve done them before, Kim has been the driving force behind the success of three LANG newsrooms.
Whether it’s stimulating the planning process, as in the case of last year’s event coverage of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and the Route 66 Rendezvous; or motivating follow-up coverage on a story we maybe didn’t push as hard out of the gate, Kim’s graceful management of three very different teams has kept LANG’s Inland group at the forefront of digital journalism.
We’ve created this Storify to showcase some of the varied projects she led in 2012.
The DFMies judges explained why they chose her:
The package of stories her editors submitted exudes creativity and digital dexterity. Notably, the piece on Jo-Ann Fabrics and a staffer denied leave while undergoing chemotherapy relied on crowd-sourcing for its rendering, taking a seemingly incremental story and giving it greater cosmic importance. That is the hallmark of solid and relevant local journalism.
Further, the blogs and live coverage of the Route 66 Rendezvous and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival were great fun and engaged readers. These pieces do not have her byline on them but, as great assignment editors can attest, her mark is all over them and she should be proud.
Guimarin works closely with the inland cluster of papers. She also oversees the photography staff for LANG. She has been working with the group for nine years. She attended Humboldt State University where she received her degree in journalism and mass communication.