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Journos Pay Tribute to the Late, Great Cathy Seipp

It was five years ago today that beloved LA reporter Cathy Seipp lost her battle with cancer. On Twitter, those who knew her best are sharing old links and heartfelt memories using the hashtag #MissSeipp.

Two of Seipp’s closest friends, Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch and his freelance journalist wife Emmanuelle Richard, are now east coasters (D.C., and soon, Brooklyn). A couple of their thoughts:

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Daughter Curates Legacy of Journo Cathy Seipp

Maia Lazar (pictured), the 21-year-old daughter of dearly departed LA freelance journalist Cathy Seipp (The National Review, many others), is a very busy person this holiday season. In addition to helping plan an upcoming forum in Budapest on January 15th for her employer, the Center for International Media Ethics, she has announced a multi-pronged 2011 initiative to preserve the legacy of her mom.

“I am working on sorting through my mother’s writings and will be putting together a book next summer,” Lazar tells FishbowlLA via e-mail. “In the meantime, I am re-publishing her blog and working on a journalism mentoring database, which I hope will be launched around the same time as her book.”

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Revengerella by Amy Alkon: Book Deal!

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Syndicated columnist and Advice Goddess blogger Amy Alkon expands her plans for world domination by penning Revengerella: One Woman’s Battle to Beat Some Manners into Impolite Society, true stories of the spectacular ways a self-described “manners psycho” pranks cell phone abusers, telemarketers, spamsters, road hogs, and other bad guys out of being rude. McGraw-Hill will publish and the book was sold by Betsy Amster at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises.

The late Cathy Seipp dubbed the firey redheaded writer Revengerella and Alkon wrote a good deal of the proposal and sample chapters while keeping Cathy company through chemo, etc. The book is dedicated to Seipp.

Wit’s Autopost: Theresa Duncan Blog Lives On

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Either there’s a ghost or a prankster at the late Theresa Duncan’s blog, The Wit of the Staircase where a new posting has appeared.

An editor’s note says that there’s a New Year’s Eve post coming up, as well.

Duncanologists can dissect the story of Basil Rathbone and a mysterious phone call, as originally told by Dick Cavett, as well as the timing of the post. Or they can say to hell with it.

Tonight’s PBS Frontline offers a look at the funeral home of Thomas Lynch, whose books inspired Six Feet Under, and whose firm buried Duncan. Uncanny, but a coincidence to be relished.

(And in a similar way, Mickey Kaus quotes the late Cathy Seipp.)

LA Press Club Awards: Web World Winners

fedpre.jpgThe LA Press Club gave out their 49th Annual Awards on Saturday night, at a gala dedicated to the late Cathy Seipp.

Winners abound, for a full list, check here. For a list of the Online winners, check here:

Pat Saperstein won Best Individual Weblog for Eating L.A.

Michael Collins, of EnviroReporter.com, won in the best Online News Story, Feature, Series or Package category for Real Hot Property

Bennet Kelley, at the Huffington Post, won the online column, commentary and criticim category.

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March 30 is “Stop Cyberbullying Day”

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Andy Carvin declares today as Stop Cyberbullying Day. Blogher’s Lisa Stone, writing about Kathy Sierra, exhorts us to Hate the Hate Speech. There’s an online community (when is there ever not an online community?). Angela Gunn, in US Today, suggests:

We start treating the blogosphere less like an episode of Jackass and more like the place we live.

And Violet Blue makes the case that cyber threats are usually directed against women, but she doesn’t mention the late Cathy Seipp and her cyber-annoyer, Eliot Stein, aka Troll Dolls.

Meanwhile, someone has been busy, laboring at the parody trade. Eliot Stein’s Diary is not safe for work, according to Patterico.
That alone is enough to make most people click through.

(FBLA thinks the guy in the logo is sort of hot–in a Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down way. Is that so wrong?)

Cathy Seipp and Kathy Sierra: Wild in The Blog-o-sphere

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Sandra Tsing Loh memorializes Cathy Seipp and explains the mysteries of Technorati in an op-ed in the LA Times. Loh touches on the wilder shores of blogging–cybersquatting, parody posts and free speech. (Look for more on the cathyseipp.com case.)

Another blogging woman, Kathy Sierra, has pulled out of the ETech conference in San Diego, thanks to an online terror campaign. For the last month, she’s gotten death threats in her comments box. According to Sierra, she was targeted on a now-pulled site meankids.org. and then found a photo of herself, muzzled on Bob’s Yr Uncle. She called the police and named names.

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Rageboy, aka Chris Locke, defends himself against the charges that he had much to do with this, and even if he did, so what?

The Cathy Seipp-Geist

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Funeral rites in Blogistan take strange forms, as fans and friends of Cathy Seipp have discovered since her actual funeral on Friday.

Her own blog, Cathy’s World has become the online equivalent of open-mike night, and Lewis Fein is killing.

Luke Ford, never content to let sleeping feuds lie, enjoys stirring the pot, with predictable results.

Bloggers like funerals, except for the formal, boring parts.

The NY Times obituary seems edited for length. We told him so much more.

Cathy’s cousin Debbie gives an interesting perspective.

Ed Driscoll reminds us that Cathy usually said it first and best, with links to her piece on Hollywood screamers.

And Steve in West Virginia sums it all up:

If you believe in forever, and angels hover in the heights;
if there’s a blogging heaven, then you know they have a Hell of a site.

Piranhas in the Fishbowl: Grazer-Gate Continues

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Andres Martinez, for such a pleasant guy, seemed to have made some LA Times enemies in his very short tenure there. All weekend, FBLA has been hearing various little snippets of rumors that Martinez was perceived as “too pro-business” or “not in touch with the rest of the paper”. LAObserved is ground zero for those who went on the record.

LATimes watcher, the late Cathy Seipp, wrote about Martinez in 2005 in the National Review Online. Then, Martinez was full of bright and shiny plans for a fresher Op-ed section with freelancers and outside experts writing editorials, readers contributing to online wikitorials, and other innovations planned under Michael Kinsley. Kinsley thinks it’s all ridiculous, but his literal-minded readers wonder why he’s posting about it.

First to crash and burn was that wikitorial.

But Martinez perked up the section, transferring some staff to news, hiring Matt Welch and Tim Cavanaugh from Reason, Rob Greene from the Weekly. Not everyone agrees that the changes were helpful.

One of those named by Martinez in his online tirade, Tim Rutten wraps himself in a few hundred words of sanctimony and loftily observes:

Like most of my colleagues at The Times, I’m fundamentally uninterested in other people’s personal lives

Which might explain why circulation has dropped so drastically in the last years. Remember when reporters were daring, risk-takers? Now they’re as prim as frontier schoolmarms, and as dull as civil servants.

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Sundown on Sunset

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FBLA is in a somber mood, as so many things have vanished from the Los Angeles scene this week.

Cathy Seipp died at 49 but remains top hit on Technorati.

Andres Martinez leaves the LA Times in a fit of pique.

Nicole Ritchie suffers from low blood sugar.

The Hollywood Christmas parade is cancelled, forever.

Wolfgang Puck bans foie gras.

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