L.A. Times Goes From Watchdog To Peeping Tom

6a00d8341bf71353ef00e5507234978833-800wi.jpgIn a move that is innovative, interesting and downright creepy, latimes.com announced a new feature called ICU in which a vid-journo stalks the people on freeways, street corners and the “missed connections” section of Craigslist.

The idea, from what we can tell, is to allow journo Katy Newton to find the real stories of “real people.” But it sounds real prying. We’re gonna try to connect with her ourselves in a minute here and report back to you. In the meantime, here’s the press release:


Every day, hundreds of tiny stories spring up from the SoCal maze of freeways and neighborhoods and into the “missed connections” section of Craigslist. Beginning this week Los Angeles Times video-journalist Katy Newton tracks down the faces behind her hand-picked posts and uses her camera to bring these stories to life. Meet “Sunset & LaBrea,” “Strathmore Place & Westwood Plaza” and “Metro Gold Line at Union Station” at ICU: Los Angeles Missed Connections.

Link and check back each Tuesday to see how the scene grows.

– Venture out and tempt fate – using I C U’s interactive the “Where the Boys/Girls Are” map.

– Or send us your personal I C U tale – Katy may train her lens on you.

– Get your own video up on Your Scene.

– Or join the discussion.