FishbowlDC TVNewser TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser GalleyCat SocialTimes

Posts Tagged ‘Amy Alkon’

Amy Alkon Threatened With Defamation Lawsuit by TSA Agent

“Advice Goddess” Amy Alkon has been threatened with a $500,000 defamation lawsuit by TSA agent Thedala Magee, for a column Alkon wrote in which she said she was “raped” during a pat down at the airport. Magee wants the offending post taken down.

Doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Techdirt got a hold of all the relevant legal wrangling. And Alkon’s lawyer isn’t backing down.

Your client aggressively pushed her fingers into my client’s vulva. I am certain that she did not expect to find a bomb there. She did this to humiliate my client, to punish her for exercising her rights, and to send a message to others who might do the same. It was absolutely a sexual assault, perpetrated in order to exercise power over the victim. We agree with Ms. Alkon’s characterization of this crime as “rape,” and so would any reasonable juror.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Copy Editing: Intro

Copy Editing: IntroStarting January 6, learn basic copy editing skills using the AP Stylebook! In this course, you'll learn how to use dictionaries and online reference tools to edit work, ask the right questions to clarify convoluted copy, prepare for a copy editing test, and tailor your resume to find more work as a copy editor. Register now!

Columnist Amy Alkon Traumatized by the TSA

Over the weekend, columnist Amy Alkon (a.k.a. “The Advice Goddess,” pictured) was on her way back to LA from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference in New Orleans, when this happened:

My boyfriend was told he had to stop videotaping the TSA officer giving me a “pat-down” (ie, groping my breasts, hair, and near my vagina) at the New Orleans airport on Sunday, July 24, at approximately 6 am…

I unfortunately was not able to get the officer’s name because my boyfriend was disturbed because I was sobbing due to the vile touching of my sexual parts…The screener was a short black woman. I wept as she violated me.

Read more

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.”

Read more

A Closer Look At The Front Page Bruin Ad

When we reported that the Tuesday edition of the Daily Bruin had run an advertising wrap as the front page, we didn’t realize the ad was made to look like the front page of the newspaper. Clearly, the full-page ad shown below was designed to confuse and mislead the reader. So we were surprised that the editorial by the Bruin staff expressing their dismay over the ad received harsh criticism from journalist Amy Alkon. In her blog she writes:

Idiots! Idiots! Perhaps partly because I’m somebody who started in advertising … I have respect for advertising. Also, perhaps because I’m not a drooling idiot.

The ads, you teenaged twats, are what keeps the paper in business. If you go on to real newspapers, you’d do well to be really nice to the sales staff, and even thank them from time to time. Without them, you’ll be writing P.R. copy or working as a barista — if you’re lucky.


Alkon blog found via Ed Padgett

Previously on FBLA: Daily Bruin Runs Front Page Ad, With Apologies

Amy Alkon’s New Digs

AlkonNeafgwMasthead color.jpgWe told you Advice Goddess Amy Alkon was moving to Citybeat, didn’t we? (Answer: Yes.) And now you can read her there one day a week. A little taste:

“‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ is actually pretty dumb advice. A cover that’s bright yellow and illustrated by Dr. Seuss is unlikely to contain the lost Dostoevsky novel Raskolnikov Hears a Who!

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Advice Goddess Amy Alkon Expands Her Empire

AlkonNewMasthead color.jpgAdvice Goddess Amy Alkon has long been a favorite of newspaper feature editors starving for good syndicated material. But after years living in L.A., winning awards at L.A. Press Club (and even being a finalist for Journalist of the Year this past year), she still wasn’t running anywhere locally. That all ends tomorrow, when the local lovely will begin appearing in Citybeat.

To celebrate, she sat down with FBLA, and in a tribute to the Goddess’s patience, answered our patented Stupid Questions:

Read more

LA Times Shines City


A while back, the LA Times solicited suggestions from locals as to how to make life in LA even more wonderful, and today, we learn how to make the city shine.

A Chowhound editor wants more communal tables, and Josh Richman suggests we all go to places we already know about, like The Apple Pan, probably so that we’ll stop jamming hot spots his celebrity pals frequent.

Heather Havrilevsky wants a city square, and we’re guessing she’s not content with Pershing Square, which looks like an urban quarry. (See how nice it looked in 1976?)

Amy Alkon asks cell phone chatters to lower their voices (we concur, but if you must shout, make it juicy and lie if you have to.)

Barbara Bestor has the coolest idea–use mini-malls as staging areas for art, and not the selected by city employees kind of art. Who doesn’t want to see Pretty Nails by Banksy?

LA Times Wants to Polish the Big Orange

FBLA Goes to the Party: Los Angeles magazine

Los Angeles magazine threw a deb party for Amy Saralegui , the new publisher. Charming and affable in a long black coat (designed by her brother in law), Salagui had been with Texas Monthly (another Emmis Publishing title), but moved to LA in a flash, and is renting Timothy Leary’s old pad.

There was talk about the WGA strike, but not enough to be a conversational trend.

028 (Small).jpg

Mickey Kaus, Anna Soellner (Center for American Progress), Roland Wiley (RawInternational), Bob Johnson (, Linda Deutch

048 (WinCE).jpg
Amy Alkon, Ron Kaye

025 (WinCE).jpg
Kit Rachlis, Amy Saralegui and Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas

LA Weekly Names Grifting County Workers: Gift Card Four

Remember the county employees who treated themselves by using gift cards meant for kids in foster care? Jack Leonard, who wrote the story in the LA Times, had told Amy Alkon that he was trying to find the names of those involved, but it was a huge department.

But D. Heimpel in the LA Weekly, investigated and found that four employees of Services Outcome Improvement Project, ie the Gift Card Four, were responsible for the purchasing and distribution of gift cards and trips to Glen Ivy and House of Blues. Some kids went along on these outings, but most of the recipients were employees and “mentors”. The DA’s office filed an investigative case under the name Sherrie Hiller, a children’s service administrator.

Here’s a report from the LA County Dept. of Child and Family Services, referencing a Sherry Hiller. Coincidence? Highly unlikely.

LA Times Won’t Name Names of LA County Grifting Workers

Revengerella by Amy Alkon: Book Deal!


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.