Elizabeth Spiers

journalist & digital media expert

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Pregnancy and privilege

Blogging has been pretty lackluster here for a while, and I suppose I alluded to why a few weeks ago: a combination of busy season with work and feeling under the weather. And I can now clarify: by “under the weather” I mean morning sickness.  And by “morning sickness” I mean all day nausea and […]

Maybe I’ll just take a break from Facebook…

The Root has a good piece up on how to deal with friends’ racist reactions to Ferguson on social media. It’s sadly necessary, at least for me. In my fifteen years living in New York, I’ve found myself arguing on many occasions that not everyone in my homestate of Alabama is racist, homophobic and generally […]

To Comment, or Not to Comment

Fred Wilson has a post up today about Re/Code’s decision to eliminate comments, and not surprisingly, there’s a heated discussion about it… in the comments. (I commented on it, and maybe predictably, some blowhard called me a child for disagreeing with him, and then proceeded to mansplain journalism to me, thereby demonstrating the downside of interacting […]

Already Over You, Fall-Slash-Winter.

Fall is my least favorite part of the year work-wise. Everyone tries to cram a lot of last-minute stuff into Q4 and there’s a lot of scrambling and in the middle of it, all of the holiday goings-on and attempts at collective formalized seasonal merriment. (Merriment is not my bailiwick generally.) But the last few […]

How many women does Bill Cosby have to rape before NBC cancels his show?

50? 100? 1,000? Bill Wyman had a must-read essay in CJR last week about why the much of the press hasn’t been asking Bill Cosby about rape allegations. As a journalist, this really gets under my skin. In a lot of cases, it just boils down to cowardice. A lot of people are cowed by celebrity […]

For PR People: How Not to Cold Pitch a Journalist / Editor

I’ve probably written a variation of this post before, but I can’t find it at the moment, and given the state of my inbox and voicemail, it’s evident that it all bears repeating.  And the last couple of weeks, there have been some fairly egregious abuses, so I’m in a particularly foul mood with regard […]

Hiring: Editor in Chief

I’m hiring for a new project:  Casper is seeking a full-time editor-in-chief to run an independent media property that covers sleep and related lifestyle issues and stories, from the science of sleep to bedroom décor to your favorite things to do in bed. The editor-in-chief will manage all editorial functions, including assigning and editing articles, […]

Monday List

PENTAGRAM’S WORLD CHESS SET. There’s no way I could/would shell out USD$450 for a chess set, but this Pentagram designed rosewood/maple set is very, very nice. (And my skill level at chess suggests that I don’t deserve to play on anything nicer than Milton Bradley-grade equipment.) MORE QUIET, PLEASE, (ASSHOLES). One of the advantages of […]

Admin note: I didn’t give up on blogging; I was just severely under the weather last week. (It’s hard to get motivated to blog or do much of anything else when your two primary concerns are more sleep and trying not to vomit.) I think this week will be better. And FYI, this stuff is the […]

No, I won’t be going to The Gutter, but it’s because I’m ambivalent about hipster bowling.

I put this on Facebook for concerned Alabamians related to me, but thought I’d reiterate here: re: Ebola in NYC: I don’t think anyone’s freaking out over it. NYC has an enormously sophisticated response system (especially post-9/11) and hospitals here are equipped to deal with this sort of thing because the assumption is that eventually […]