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July was a bittersweet month for LAist. We had a record-breaking month with nearly a million visitors coming to our humble site. Little did we know that some of the guests were big wigs from the venerable Los Angeles Times who left with two of our editors.

Indeed, several weeks ago our Film Editor Elina Shatkin was snapped up from our midsts to become Content Producer for CalendarLive at LATimes.com, and yesterday our Sports Editor Adam Rose also got the call up to the pros and will soon be the USC Sports Blogger for the Times.

Elina swears that her time at LAist helped her get recognized by the local paper, but I say it was her sharp wit and excellent coverage of the LA film industry, especially her livebloggin at the MTV Movie Awards that would have gotten her on everyone's radar no matter what site she was rocking for.

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In 11 months Elina busted with 245 posts that not just covered film beautifully and was one of the first to say that Pans Labyrinth was not all that, but branched out into the Pinkberry scandal, doled out that great photo essay of the coolest gas station in Beverly Hills, interviewed teen sensation Smoosh, as well as the trippy dude from the local billboards.

"Writing for LAist has been an awesome experience," Elina said in an email to the contributers when she announced her new job, and the fact that she was stepping down as Film Editor. "Although I started doing it as a lark (my boyfriend recommended that I send Tony a film review and see if he wanted to run it on the site), I do think that it was largely my work here at LAist that landed me the gig at the LAT. For anyone interested in a career (or at least a job) in journalism or writing, I think blogging is definitely the way to go. LAist will always have a special place in my heart and among my bookmarks."

Her first byline for the Times was this Live Earth story in July. We're very proud of her and confident that she will do quite well on Spring Street.