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Posts Tagged ‘Alexia Tsotsis’

TechCrunch Editor Sells Clothes Off Her Back for Charity

Alexia Tsotsis, full-time TechCruch editor and part-time fashionista, is parting with a chunk of her wardrobe to benefit the nonprofit Charity:Water. In partnership with online consignment shop Threadflip, Tsotsis is offering up fashionable finds ranging from a J. Crew sweater (pictured at right) to a studded pair of Miu Miu heels.

The clothing sale is part of a larger effort by Tsotsis to raise $10,000 for Charity:Water. Tsotsis dedicated her 30th birthday to the cause, encouraging donations in lieu of gifts.

Charity:Water is an organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Unsafe water kills approximately 30,000 people every week, mostly children, so it’s easy to see why Tsotsis was eager to get involved. 100% of donations to Charity:Water go directly to funding safe water projects, a refreshing alternative to the many charities who blow a significant portion of donations on “operating costs.”

And if Tsotsis looks familiar, it’s because she used to be a local. She served as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter in 2008 and 2009. She now resides in San Francisco.

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Paul Carr Reveals NSFW Corp Publishing Plans

The post-TechCrunch cat is out of the bag with regards to Paul Carr, courtesy of his former workmate Alexia Tsotsis. Responding to her blog post (which he has also, very helpfully, added to via a funny Skype interview), the Las Vegas based entrepreneur (pictured) has confirmed that his top secret Not Safe For Work Corporation is a vanguard Internet publishing company.

Carr will be aiming his content exclusively at those using tablets and e-book readers. Here’s the skinny, courtesy of Tsotsis:

NSFW Corp’s first publication will be The New Gambit, which Carr describes as The Economist as written by The Daily Show writers–something like The Onion but for real news.

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Las Vegas Start-Up Stonewalls Former Colleague

San Francisco based TechCrunch writer Alexia Tsotsis (pictured) has a funny item about her efforts to find out the nature of a new start-up being put together in Sin City by her former blog mate Paul Carr.

Turns out Carr is not so talkative now that he’s on the other end of the 2.0 reporting equation. However, after Tsotsis refused to take no-comment for an answer, he sent her an email listing 25 areas of focus his start-up will not be involved with. These include:

5. Giving a shit about your social graph
8. A browser plugin that explains to blog readers why something “is news”
14. Publishing a newspaper
15. Creating a crowdsourced database of Julian Assange’s hypocrisies
21. A microblog platform for public resignations
25. Quora

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FIRED: Moviefone Editor-in-Chief Patricia Chui

The same editor who yesterday informed freelance contributors to AOL properties Moviefone and Cinematical that most of them were out of a job was herself let go today. Moviefone editor Patricia Chui has been taking heat in the media world for inviting the fired writers to continue writing for the websites — as unpaid bloggers. Kara Swisher of All Things Digital has the details:

Sources said Chui was terminated by John Montorio, the HuffPo Media Group’s culture, entertainment and lifestyle editor. Arianna Huffiington is head of all content at AOL, which recently paid $315 million to buy the Huffington Post.

This is the second time in as many months that Chui has come under fire for clumsy management. In March, she defended a Moviefone marketing employee who asked a TechCrunch writer to alter a published story because a film studio had complained.

Moviefone Defends Asking TechCrunch Writer to Appease Movie Studio by Altering Story

We might never have noticed Alexia Tsotsis‘ post on AOL’s TechCrunch about marketing strategy for the film The Source Code if a publicist at Summit Pictures hadn’t tried to dictate editorial content. But they did.

Said publicist complained about the “snarky” post to the employee at AOL’s Moviefone, who had connected Tsotsis with Summit. Moviefone then emailed Tsotsis and asked her to “tone down” the story.

Tsotsis, who you may remember from her stints at LA Weekly and SF Weekly, understandably decided against rewriting a story to please a movie studio. Instead, she published the request from Moviefone:

First wanted to thank you for covering Source Code/attending the party, etc. But also wanted to raise a concern that Summit had about the piece that ran. They felt it was a little snarky and wondered if any of the snark can be toned down? I wasn’t able to view the video interviews but I think their issue is just with some of the text. Let me know if you’re able to take another look at it and make any edits. I know of course that TechCrunch has its own voice and editorial standards, so if you have good reasons not to change anything that’s fine, I just need to get back to Summit with some sort of information. Let me know.

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Alexia Tsotsis Leaves LA for SFWeekly

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Alexia Tsotsis
is headed north to the Bay Area.

From her blog:

Yes, the rumors are true.

I am moving to San Francisco to become web editor of the S.F.Weekly, which, much like the L.A. Weekly is part of a group of websites known as Village Voice Media.

I am extremely thankful for all the support I have received from the technology sector in both Los Angeles and San Francisco and gratefully hope that we can continue to work together and grow under the auspices of my new role.

Good luck to you Alexia!

LA Observed Celebrates Six Years

We made it to the rooftop party at the Formosa this past Friday to celebrate the six year anniversary of popular media blog LA Observed. That’s over 12,000 posts, according to LAO creator Kevin Roderick (or K-Rod, as we like to call him)(Not to his face). There were a gajillion people there, and we managed to get a few pictures-

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Alexia Tsotsis and Erin Broadley of the LA Weekly

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Pandora Young elicits a snarl from Kevin Roderick

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