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Alt-Weekly Editor Releases His First Marvel Comicnew

Philadelphia City Paper editor and crime novelist Duane Swierczynski has teamed up with artist Jefte Paolo for "Moon Knight Annual" #1, which is set for release by Marvel this November. He tells Comic Book Resources that the book originated with fellow crime writer Ed Brubaker asking him if he ever wanted to get into writing comics. "That was like asking Lindsay Lohan, 'Hey would you ever want to get high and go driving?' Of course I wanted to write for comics," he says. "Consider me a silly happy bastard," Swierczynski writes on his blog. "It's not often a 25-year-old dream comes true."
Comic Book Resources  |  08-21-2007  11:44 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia City Paper Announces New 'Journalism of InAction'

Philadelphia City Paper Press Release  |  08-08-2007  11:30 am  |  Press Releases

Online Ad Firm Signs Six Alt-Weekly Clientsnew

Mediaspan, which calls itself "the leading provider of digital content management and national advertising solutions for over 4,000 local media properties," yesterday announced the addition of several new clients, including AAN members Philadelphia City Paper, Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Current, Salt Lake City Weekly, Arkansas Times and Jackson Free Press. "Our drive to deliver new, national revenue for our affiliate partners goes hand-in-hand with our goal of meeting the demands of national advertisers who want to reach a specific local audience, in markets large and small, across multiple types of media," says a Mediaspan executive. "Whether advertisers seek online display ads on newspaper websites, pre-roll video on TV websites or online radio audio streams, we can deliver."
Mediaspan Press Release  |  01-31-2007  3:19 pm  |  Industry News

Philly City Paper Editor-in-Chief Publishes Second Crime Novelnew

In an interview discussing his sophomore effort, The Blonde, Duane Swierczynski says his journalism career has made him a better writer. "It has beaten some of the bad writing out of my system," he tells the Journals. "Journalism teaches you to be concise; space, after all, is precious." But fiction has also helped make him a better editor and journalist. "I think writing fiction has helped me realize that story is king, even in non-fiction. When I edit stories for the City Paper, I find myself mostly looking for structure flaws -- hiccups in the storytelling -- and craving strong narratives that unfold like a novel. After all, journalism is just storytelling with the truth."
Journals (AOL.com)  |  01-12-2007  11:25 am  |  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

2006 Diversity Internship Recipient Offers a Fresh Perspective

Tasha Ho-Sang (pictured) parlayed an insightful letter to the editor into a summer internship at the Philadelphia City Paper, with funding assistance from AAN's Diversity Internship program. Ho-Sang had a wealth of story ideas, and during her two months at the alt-weekly she was able to develop a few of those ideas into successful articles. "Stories she pitched came from a realm that we wouldn't have found if we hadn't had the chance to bring Tasha on," Managing Editor Brian Hickey says. (FULL STORY)
Amy Gill  |  09-13-2006  9:42 am  |  Association 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

How Severe Were Nick Sylvester's Transgressions?new

His fabrications in The Village Voice were "neither culturally significant nor journalistically shocking," Philadelphia City Paper founder and former owner Bruce Schimmel writes in his weekly column, and the disciplinary actions that resulted were "a shot across the bow of the mother ship of New Journalism." But Duane Swierczynski uses his editor's letter to disagree: "If we're not vigilant about separating truth from fiction, can you imagine what schoolkids will be saying about George W. Bush in 200 years?" Fabrications are too often rewarded, and editors who prod writers for amazing dialogue need to be equally passionate about checking accuracy, Swierczynski argues.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  03-23-2006  8:45 am  |  Industry News

Philadelphia City Paper's Editor in Chief Authors 'Gory' Novel

"The Wheelman" is not only Duane Swierczynski's second novel, it's his second novel this year. His first, "Secret Dead Men," was published in January. Reviewer David J. Montgomery called "The Wheelman" a "slim gem of a crime novel" in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Swierczynski is also the author of nonfiction books on the topics of crime, scams, and beer.
11-14-2005  1:33 pm  |  Industry News

Former Philly CP Writer Is Mayor's New Mouthpiecenew

Philadelphia City Paper  |  04-29-2005  3:40 pm  |  Industry News

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