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Reason Magazine Hosts ‘Thank You for Vaping’

The folks at Reason magazine sure know how to turn a municipal matter into a good time.

ShutterstockECigarettePer the Eventbrite invite, the outlet will be counting down the final hours before Tuesday’s NYC ban of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, clubs and public places with condensation style:

We invite you to taunt the prohibitionists: Listen to prominent critics of e-cig regulation, listen to music from a live DJ and carry on vaping after midnight to flaunt your disregard for the nanny state!

Featuring, at 9.30 pm, Bill Godshall, director of Smoke Free Pennsylvania, in interview with journalist and Willpower co-author John Tierney, followed by Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium. Guest commentators will also include Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch, along with his co-host of The Independents, Kmele Foster.

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Could the Koch Brothers Be Good For the Tribune Co. Newspapers?

Four days ago, The New York Times reported the billionaire Koch brothers are interested in buying the Tribune Company’s stable of newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, igniting fears from some in the media that the duo would use the paper’s to thump for their libertarian causes.

On Friday morning, NPR’s David Folkenflik talked to some former Tribune newspapermen who said, basically, so what?

“I think with the Koch brothers, people will probably look at it and say, ‘well, O.K., here are people with a lot of money, and maybe they’ll actually invest in the place and maybe they’ll have some ideas about how we diversify our revenue base and get away from this heavy, heavy, heavy reliance on advertising,” said James O’Shea, the former Chicago Tribune managing editor and Los Angeles Times editor. “I don’t think anybody’s going to object too much if the Koch Brothers buy the Chicago Tribune and [the paper] has a libertarian, kind of right-wing editorial page.”

Matt Welch, the editor of the libertarian Reason magazine and a former assistant editorial page editor at the Times added that the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper’s editorial board once helped propel the Republicans like Richard Nixon to office.

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How Zócalo Public Square Got Its Start at ‘Snooty’ LA Gathering

Last week, we highlighted Ken Layne’s great remembrance piece for The Awl about humbly launching LAExaminer.com in 2001 and almost carrying over his pioneering news-blog efforts into print. Now, on the occasion of website Zócalo Public Square’s 10th anniversary, founder Gregory Rodriguez has shared an equally delightful trip down memory lane.

He explains that around the time Layne and Matt Welch were building out LAExaminer, he was happily working on his own stuff and only occasionally venturing out of the house to network. It was during one such rare 2002 sojourn that everything turned:

I wasn’t thinking about that [subconscious need for creative brethren] in 2002 when I accepted an invitation to attend a snooty LA gathering of writer types. I was honored to be a part of the mix, looking forward to some interesting conversations. Instead, a small, untoward comment would wind up shaking me out of my solitary life.

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Ken Layne Recalls the Enterprise Known as LAExaminer.com

Despite the Church of Scientology across the street, the pit bulls next door and a car that didn’t really work, Ken Layne insists his original home office set-up for LA’s defunct LAExaminer.com was “very pleasant.” That description also applies to his overall reminiscences for The Awl.

Layne says he was prompted to start the site and quickly rope in neighborhood pal Matt Welch by his daily dose of Romenesko. Later on, Richard Riordan would almost turn the blog into a weekly print publication, which would have been super cool:

The style was just the way we talked around endless pitchers at Ye Rustic Inn up the street on Hillhurst, full of moral certainty and outrage and cheap jokes — it’s what is widely practiced and critically dismissed as “snark” today, although we never had any interest in celebrities. The dreary mayor James Hahn and the pompous columnists at the terrible Los Angeles Times were regular topics, as was boosterism about the Lakers, public transportation and the eastside neighborhoods in general. We were reflexively opposed to the bland wealthy valet parking lot of the Westside.

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Sharon Waxman Updates Matt Welch vs. Joe Flint

Here’s a good example of how to proactively cover a Twitter fracas. Rather than simply recap the tweets, TheWrap CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman picked up the phone today. The result is a deeper look at the issues Reason magazine editor Matt Welch has with the business direction taken by his former employer, the LA Times.

For Welch, it’s not just a matter of the questionable March move to a paywall, which was the crux of his exchange on Twitter with LAT media and entertainment reporter Joe Flint. It’s also about how the newspaper has prioritized its budget cuts:

“Even though they’ve cut a ton, they cut stupidly,” Welch said. “They cut the people making news and they keep every stupid blowhard columnist who nobody likes and gets paid a generous six-figure salary.”

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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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Breaking: 65 Journalists to Get Paid ‘Small Amount’ by True/Slant

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True/Slant has made a ‘soft launch’ as an ‘original content news network’. Or the best way we’ve come up with to further stalk Matt Taibbi. Or former LAT editor Matt Welch. We love how True/Slant has so many working journalists – working more. Innovative.

Walter S. Mossberg at WSJ writes on All Things Digital:

The journalists are paid a small amount, but the plan is to turn them into minipublishers under the True/Slant umbrella. They will be offered a share of the advertising and sponsorship revenues their individual pages generate and, in some cases, equity in True/Slant, which is backed by venture capital.

These contributors are allowed to keep writing elsewhere, either online or in traditional media, and even to promote these outside efforts on True/Slant. But they are expected to post original commentary and analysis to True/Slant. They also are allowed to arrange for their own advertising or sponsorships, in addition to what True/Slant can sell, and even, in some cases, to add other authors to their pages.

In another unusual move, the contributors also are required to actively engage with readers on the site. They must post a minimum number of comments in reader discussions about their articles and curate the comments, giving prominence to the most interesting. They are even expected to comment on each other’s posts.

Journos forced to be social? Eegads – what a horrible future we live in.

Oh Eight and Its Debates…

This is a video from Slate V about previous debates.

We also caught former LAT editor, John McCain biographer Matt Welch‘s enlightening op/ed piece:

And when a candidate confuses his own political ambitions with the fortunes of his country, that’s when Great Men turn into self- parodies.

“I have craved distinction in my life,” McCain wrote in his 2002 political memoir, “Worth the Fighting For.” “I have wanted renown and influence for their own sake. That is, of course, the great temptation of public life. … I have never been able to conquer it permanently, but I have tried.”

Don’t say he didn’t warn us.

Great men turning into self-parodies? Brilliant. Speaking of which – it’s called for McCain tonight. He won, you know. Yikes.

Where They Are Now…

We stumbled upon this video. It’s Matt Welch – former LAT editor current editor-in-chief of Reason magazine. Hi Matt!

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