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Philadelphia City Paper Publisher Paul Curci Announces Departurenew

Paul Curci, publisher of Philadelphia City Paper, is stepping down after twenty-seven years with the paper.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  10-14-2010  10:41 am  |  Industry News  |  Comments (1)

Art Students Reimagine Philadelphia City Paper News Boxesnew

City Paper publisher Paul Curci invited graphic design and industrial design students from the University of the Arts to rework the paper's street boxes, and "the results are, by and large, stunning," according to editor Brian Howard. The mock-ups use ideas ranging from the utilitarian (a box that collects rain water and funnels it into a street-level dog bowl) to the futuristic (the "multi-lingual distributional information kiosk" pictured at left which features solar power, USB and headphone ports, and allows individuals to print out personalized issues of the paper). A jury that included arts professionals and Curci chose winners, some of which may be produced in the coming year.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  10-17-2008  12:44 pm  |  Industry News

Fallout from Michael Lacey's Comments Continuesnew

The Village Voice Media executive editor's Friday night utterance of the "n-word" continues to be discussed in media circles and on the internet. Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas, who may be sued by Phoenix New Times soon, criticized Lacey's comments at a press conference on Tuesday, saying "this should be the Don Imus moment for Arizona's media," KTVK-TV reports. KTVK-TV also has the full video of the acceptance speech in which the offending comment was made. And Philadelphia City Paper publisher Paul Curci is weighing in as well, calling Lacey's comments "vicious and hateful" in an incensed letter to AAN News.
KTVK-TV  |  04-10-2008  1:33 pm  |  Industry News

Philadelphia City Paper Celebrates 25 Yearsnew

The 160-page anniversary issue, published today, is "an idiosyncratic mashup of 25 years of city journalism," writes editor Duane Swierczynski. "We've selected 25 'memorable' stories, from investigative epics to little goofy items that made us smile." Co-founder Bruce Schimmel provides details of the paper's "ugly, lovely birth" as an offshoot of a local community radio station, and Publisher Paul Curci looks toward the alt-weekly's future: "As a reader, expect to have more access, to our writers and to the stories themselves. Expect more new voices and new features. As an advertiser, expect more innovative ways to reach new customers. Above all, expect the unexpected."
Philadelphia City Paper  |  09-28-2006  8:05 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia City Paper Will NOT Sell Ads on Its Front Page

Philadelphia City Paper Press Release  |  08-08-2006  2:22 pm  |  Press Releases

Alt-Weekly Wants Fake Reporters 'Bitch-Slapped'; Kos Agreesnew

In Philadelphia City Paper's March 24 edition, publisher Paul Curci accuses television networks of sacrificing ethics for the sake of the bottom line and decries broadcast media outlets' practice of airing prepackaged video news releases. Daily Kos, a popular politics and culture blog, featured the opinion piece and offered this observation: "Going so far as to demanding his readers question even the very paper that he puts out, Curci examines the fake news segments put out by the government, why they're unacceptable, and why the GAO, ruling that these fake news snippets are legal, [is] unacceptable."
Daily Kos  |  03-25-2005  3:43 pm  |  Industry News

Philly City Paper Publisher to New Editor: "Welcome Home"new

When Philadelphia City Paper publisher Paul Curci conducted a national search for a new editor, he spoke to "no less than three dozen candidates," according to his open letter in the paper's latest issue. With input from his staff, he handpicked Philly native Duane Swierczynski, who worked at Philadelphia magazine and Men's Health before moving on to New York and an associate editor position at Details. Curci says that Swierczynski "made good in Philly, elevated his game in New York and chose to return to the city he loves to do what he does best -- lead young writers to excellence."
Philadelphia City Paper  |  10-26-2004  12:50 pm  |  Industry News