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Philadelphia Weekly Executive Editor Among Those Leaving the Papernew

Longtime PW staffer and well-regarded mental health columnist and blogger Liz Spikol has left the paper. Philip Dawdy reports that Spikol will return to blogging at some point, but is currently taking a bit of a break. Her departure comes on the heels of recently reported layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs at the paper, moves addressed by PW parent company Review Publishing's president and chief operating officer in a statement given to AAN News. "Like most organizations, we needed to take proactive and hopefully temporary measures to preserve as many jobs as possible while best positioning the organization for long term growth," George Troyano writes. "We remain very optimistic about the future and will continue to invest in new initiatives and technologies. We will maintain a strategic and creative approach to best maneuver through these challenging times."
Philebrity  |  08-12-2009  10:28 am  |  Industry News

Alt-Weekly Scribe's Work on Mental Illness is Part of Growing Trendnew

The New York Times this weekend explored the movement of "mad pride," which entails people publicly speaking frankly about their experiences with mental illness. The Times noted that Philadelphia Weekly senior contributing editor Liz Spikol, who chronicles her struggles with bipolar disorder for the paper in her column and on her blog, is a leading and prominent voice in this area. Spikol says she's "so excited" to be in the article -- and so is her mom. "Imagine my mom seeing the link on Mother's Day, and keep in mind, we are a Jewish family," she writes. "We ran to WaWa to get a copy of the paper because, for some reason, I wouldn't believe it was 'real' until I saw the print edition." The Times also traces the origins of the prominent online forum and support network The Icarus Project to the alt-weekly world -- it began six years ago when "one of its founders ... wrote about his bipolar disorder in the San Francisco Bay Guardian."
The New York Times  |  05-13-2008  10:16 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia Weekly Managing Editor Makes Fans on YouTube

Liz Spikol, the managing editor of Philadelphia Weekly, has chronicled her struggles with mental illness in her weekly column, on her blog, and now, on YouTube videos. Her latest, "From Depression to Desperation" (below), was briefly on the first page of YouTube's top-rated section. Although the main topic of the video is Spikol's experience with electroshock therapy, the viewer comments often include opinions on Spikol's two pairs of glasses, as PW's "Philadelphia Will Do" blog notes.

09-21-2006  8:34 am  |  Industry News