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AAN Members Win Handful of Pennsylvania Press Awardsnew

Both the Philadelphia City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly took home plenty of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association's 2008 Keystone Press Awards. City Paper's Tom Namako and Doron Taussig placed first and second, respectively, in the speciality category of Distinguished Writing in a Weekly. The Weekly won the Sweepstakes award for the division in which alt-weeklies are eligible. In competition within that division, the Weekly won 11 awards, including first-place finishes in Feature Story, Headline Writing, News Feature Story, News Photo, and Online Journalistic Innovation. City Paper also nabbed 11 awards in that division, including first-place wins in Business or Consumer Story, Column, Investigative Reporting, and News Beat Reporting.
Pennsylvania Newspaper Association  |  04-14-2008  8:37 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Philadelphia Weekly's Jewish Hamster Ruffles Some Feathersnew

The cover of the paper's annual gift guide depicts a tan-and-white hamster with a yarmulke and traditional payes, resting a front paw on a dreidel. "A rodent as a symbol for the Jew has a long and notorious history, which becomes apparent even if you do a rudimentary search on the internet," the Jewish Exponent reports. An angry letter to the Weekly reads: "Where did your art director receive her training? At the Heinrich Himmler Academy of Design?" The hamster, ironically enough, is the pet of the Weekly's Liz Spikol, who is Jewish. She tells the Exponent she doesn't find the image offensive, and she doesn't "understand why Orthodoxy would be offensive. I just thought it was a fun image in context of our theme," Spikol says. "I didn't find it problematic," adds an Anti-Defamation League regional director. "We don't find anything objectionable about this."
The Jewish Exponent  |  11-26-2007  8:55 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia City Paper Wins State Press Awardnew

The alt-weekly was named the 2007 Non-Daily Newspaper of the Year by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. City Paper also took home first place awards in General & Departmental News Coverage and Diversity, where it finished in a tie with Philadelphia Weekly.
Pennsylvania Newspaper Association  |  10-23-2007  10:14 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Philadelphia Weekly Sale: 'There's Nothing Happening'new

That's what Review Publishing president Anthony Clifton is saying. (Review is the parent company of the Weekly.) "The word inside the PW offices is whatever possible deal was on the table is now dead," according to the paper's Philadelphia Will Do blog. This is the first time since rumors of the sale first surfaced in late March that Clifton has commented either way on the possible purchase.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  04-30-2007  8:25 am  |  Industry News

More Potential Buyers for Philadelphia Weekly Namednew

An unnamed industry source tells the Weekly's Steve Volk that a group led by Richard L. Connor is among the bidders for his paper. Connor, the editor and publisher of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., led a group of investors last year in the purchase of that paper from the McClatchy Co. "Another company frequently mentioned among industry insiders as a potential bidder is Times-Shamrock Communications," Volk says, but the company says it has "no involvement." Times-Shamrock owns AAN members Baltimore City Paper, Detroit's Metro Times, Orlando Weekly, and the San Antonio Current, among other publications. Village Voice Media and Philadelphia Media Holdings have also been named as companies interested in purchasing the Weekly.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  04-09-2007  8:17 am  |  Industry News

Village Voice Media 'Most Active Prospect' in Philadelphia Weekly Salenew

Unnamed "insiders" tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that Review Publishing LP, the Weekly's parent company, wants to package its three other publications with the alt-weekly in a sale, but VVM only wants the Weekly. Rumors of the paper's sale first appeared last week, and it has been reported that Philadelphia Media Holdings, the parent company of the city's two dailies, is also interested.
Philadelphia Inquirer (Second item)  |  04-02-2007  7:42 am  |  Industry News

More Rumblings About Possible Philadelphia Weekly Salenew

On the heels of yesterday's story that the alt-weekly is reportedly on the market for $25 million, unnamed "informed observers" tell the Philadelphia Daily News that Philadelphia Media Holdings (PMH) is among the bidders. PMH owns both the Daily News and Philly's other daily, the Inquirer. "All I can say is no comment," PMH CEO Brian Tierney says.
Philadelphia Daily News (Second item)  |  03-27-2007  8:09 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia Weekly on the Market?new

That's what Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Klein says he's heard from unnamed "publishing sources around town." His sources tell him that Review Publishing LP, the parent company of the alt-weekly, is asking $25 million for the paper and signing confidentiality statements with prospects. While neither Review President Anthony Clifton nor Vice President Jim Stokes responded to Klein's requests for comment, the Weekly's editor says he's heard nothing about a sale. "It would be a shock to me," Tim Whitaker says.
Philadelphia Inquirer (Second item)  |  03-26-2007  8:52 am  |  Industry News

Dan Savage: No Love for Santorumnew

Ever since Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., publicly equated homosexuality and bestiality, Dan Savage has been turning up the heat on his homophobic nemesis. First, he organized a contest to name a sex act after the Republican senator. Now Savage, the editor of Seattle's The Stranger and one of altdom's most popular columnists, is taking the fight to Santorum's home turf. He recently followed the warpath to Philadelphia, where he talked to Philadelphia Weekly about efforts to defeat Santorum's midterm re-election bid. When questioned about his take-no-prisoners crusade, Savage says, "I really feel that it's an all-hands-on-deck sort of fucking moment."
Philadelphia Weekly  |  10-04-2006  7:45 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

Columnist Leaves Philadelphia Weekly After Eleven Years

Solomon Jones' final column appears in the Feb. 1 issue of PW. In it, Jones writes that he has had many opportunities in his life, but he is "most grateful for the opportunity that was afforded me 11 years ago, when I walked in the doors of Philadelphia Weekly." Jones is leaving to serve on an exploratory committee that will determine if Congressman Chaka Fattah should run for mayor of Philadelphia.
02-01-2006  5:06 pm  |  Industry News

PW-Philadelphia Weekly Feature Garners Education Reporting Awardnew

Aina Hunter won second prize in the "Feature, News Feature or Issue Package" category of the Education Writers Association's 2004 awards. Her entry, "Speak No Evil: Don't Ask, Don't Tell," published in two parts on Sept. 22 and 29, tells the story of Edgar Friedrichs, who was convicted on four felony counts of child sexual abuse and indicted for the murder of one of his students.
Education Writers Association  |  03-23-2005  3:37 pm  |  Industry News

Street Teams Imitate Medieval Marketing Tactics

Sometimes word of mouth is a more effective way of promoting a paper than a print ad. That's why some alternative newsweeklies send street teams out to bars, movie theaters and cultural events to hand out freebies and stir up interest in their papers. When they dispatch their street teams to public places, alt-weeklies like NUVO and Boston's Weekly Dig are relying on a centuries-old marketing technique the music industry revived. (FULL STORY)
Ann Hinch  |  04-30-2004  1:45 pm  |  Industry News

Farewell to Philly Inquirer's Roseynew

Philadelphia Weekly  |  11-07-2001  9:35 am  | 

Hardball Homeboy: Sip 'Til He Stopsnew

Philadelphia Weekly  |  10-25-2001  7:53 am  |