Philadelphia City Paper

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Philadelphia City Paper
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Metro
Publisher Jennifer Clark
Editor Lillian Swanson
Founded 1981
Ceased publication 2015
Headquarters 30 S. 15th St., 14th floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
United States
Circulation 70,000
ISSN 0733-6349

Philadelphia City Paper was an alternative weekly newspaper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The independently owned paper was free and published every Thursday in print and daily online at Staff reporters focused on labor issues, politics, education and poverty. Critics review the city’s arts, entertainment, literary and restaurant scene. Listings of concerts, art exhibits, dance performances and other events were carried in the paper and in a comprehensive online events calendar.

The publication was established in November 1981 as a spinoff of the now-defunct WXPN Express newsletter. Philadelphia City Paper distributed 70,000 copies in more than 2,000 locations throughout Philadelphia, its suburbs and South Jersey. Its more than 2,000 orange-colored boxes and wire racks were found in Center City Philadelphia, in cafes, small businesses and on many university campuses.

Each year, City Paper published a City Guide for college students and new residents.

Its monthly readership was 521,000, which was verified by Scarborough.

Founder Bruce Schimmel sold the paper to the Rock family in 1996.[1] In 2014, Metro acquired the City Paper from the Rock family.[2] In 2015, the City Paper was sold to Broad Street Media, owner of Philadelphia Weekly. The last edition was published on October 8, 2015.[3][4]

Print edition[edit]

City Paper was broken into a variety of different sections.

Naked City: The paper's news section regularly featured A Million Stories, an offbeat analysis of current events in the city, the Bell Curve, the city's "quality-o-life-o-meter".

Cover Story: Typically a long-form feature, news, or service package, taking on various writing forms such as narrative, question-and-answer, and explanatory. The paper's front page art or design was usually centered around the cover story's content.

Arts & Entertainment: Reviews and short show previews of both local and national talent. The section covered a broad swath of genres, including music, photography, performing arts, books and visual arts.

Movies: Reviews and picks of local, independent and mass-produced films. Lead reviews were usually written by Sam Adams, Shaun Brady, or Drew Lazor. The section also included movie shorts (200-word graded reviews) and local repertory film listings.

Events: A calendar of noteworthy events in the city, highlighting everything from clothing boutiques and book signings to festivals and music performances with quick, witty previews.

Food & Drink: Reviews and features centered around local restaurants, cafes and bars, and also chronicles the goings-on of Philadelphia's restaurant community, such as openings and closings. Reviews were mostly handled by critic Adam Erace.

Online edition[edit]

City Paper's website featured the digital version of the print edition, along with links to blogs and social networking pages.


The Naked City: The news blog, covering anything from breaking news to quirky stories from the community.

Meal Ticket: The paper's food and drink blog.

Shop Savvy: Brenna Adams' expertise on shopping on a budget.

Data Points: A look at Philly's tech universe.

Let's Get It On: Rachel Kramer Bussel on sex of all stripes.

Philly: Hyper Local: This blog focuses on the local happenings with culture, food, people and more in Philly's neighborhoods.

Get Lit: Lynn Rosen reads between the lines for insights on the local book scene.

Social networking[edit]

City Paper had regularly updated profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Contests: The contest page offered viewers opportunities to win concert, theatre, movie tickets and more.


Associate Publisher Jennifer Clark

Editor in Chief Lillian Swanson

Senior Editor / Music Editor Patrick Rapa

Arts & Culture Editor Mikala Jamison

Senior Staff Writer Emily Guendelsberger

Staff Writer Jerry Iannelli

Copy Chief Carolyn Wyman

Production Director Dennis Crowley

Senior Designer & Social Media Director Jenni Betz

U.S. Circulation Director Joseph Lauletta

Account Managers Sharon MacWilliams, Susanna Simon

Classified Advertising Sales Jennifer Fisher

Founder & Editor Emeritus Bruce Schimmel



In 2015, City Paper won 11 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

  • First Place: Investigative Reporting
Ryan Briggs
  • First Place: Series
Emily Guendelsberger
  • First Place: Feature Story
Natalie Pompilio
  • First Place: News Feature Story
Emily Guendelsberger
  • First Place: News Beat Reporting
Daniel Denvir
  • First Place: Feature Beat Reporting
Mikala Jamison
  • First Place: Front Page Design
Brenna Adams, Jenni Betz
  • Second Place: Personality Profile
Mikala Jamison
  • Second Place: News Photo
Maria Pouchnikova
  • Second Place: Video Story
Daniel Denvir, Emily Guendelsberger
  • Honorable Mention: Ongoing News Coverage
Daniel Denvir


In 2014, City Paper won 15 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

  • First Place: Investigative Reporting
Ryan Briggs
  • First Place: News Series
Daniel Denvir
  • First Place: Feature Beat Reporting
Emily Guendelsberger
  • First Place: Photo Story
Neal Santos
  • First Place: Sports Photo
Neal Santos
  • First Place: Front Page Design
Reseca Peskin
  • First Place: Page Design
Reseca Peskin
  • First Place: General News
Daniel Denvir
  • First Place:Ongoing News Coverage
Daniel Denvir & Samantha Melamed
  • First Place: Featured Story
Ryan Briggs
  • First Place: Graphic/Photo Illustration
Evan M. Lopez, Emily Guendelsberger & Jess Bergman
  • First Place: News Beat Reporting
Samantha Melamed
  • Second Place: Feature Beat Reporting
Adam Erace
  • Second Place: Business or Consumer Story
Samantha Melamed
  • Honorable Mention: Column
Daniel Denvir
  • Honorable Mention: Special Project
Pat Rapa


In 2013, City Paper won 8 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

  • First Place: Feature Beat Reporting
Shaun Brady
  • First Place: Page Design
Reseca Peskin & Matt Egger
  • Second Place: Business or Consumer Story
Samantha Melamed
  • Second Place: Photo Story
Neal Santos
  • Second Place: Feature Story
Emily Guendelsberger
  • Second Place: Investigative Reporting
Isaiah Thompson
  • Second Place: Column
Daniel Denvir
  • Second Place: Graphic/Photo Illustration
Evan M. Lopez
  • Honorable Mention: Personality Profile
Drew Lazor

Also in 2013, City Paper won one Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards.

  • Second Place: Editorial Layout, circulation 50,000 and over
Big Vision Awards by Reseca Peskin & Brenna Adams
  • Honorable Mention: Beat Reporting, circulation 50,000 and over
Fiscal Policy Reporting by Daniel Denvir


In 2012, City Paper won six Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.[5]

  • First Place: Investigative Reporting, circulation 10,000 and over
Isaiah Thompson for Why is Harry Bennett Dead?
  • Second Place: Series, circulation, circulation 10,000 and over
Isaiah Thompson and Anthony Campisi for The Abandoned City series
  • First Place Personality Profile, circulation 10,000 and over
Josh Middleton for Preaching Out
  • First Place News Photo, circulation 10,000 and over
Neal Santos for Safe Haven
  • Second Place News Photo, circulation 10,000 and over
Neal Santos for Down and Out
  • First Place Page Design, circulation 10,000 and over
Reseca Peskin, Alyssa Grenning and Allie Rossignol for The Green Line, Posh Spice and Naked City


In 2011, City Paper won two Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards[6]

  • First Place: Arts Feature, circulation 50,000 and over
Holly Otterbein for The Island
  • First place: Food Writing, circulation 50,000 and over
Drew Lazor for Minette Men, Here Come The Rooster and Waiting For Good Dough

Also in 2011, City Paper was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Awards:[7]

  • Excellence in Non-Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication)
Ralph Cipriano for The Billion-Dollar Boondoggle


In 2010, City Paper won six Newspaper of the Year (NOY) awards, including the prestigious newspaper of the year honor:[8]

  • First Place: Newspaper of the Year (Non-Daily)
  • First Place: News Writing Excellence
  • First Place: Layout & Design
  • First Place: Editorial/Opinion Page Excellence
  • Second Place: Best Use of Photography
  • Second Place (tie): Special Section
  • Second Place (tie): Advertising Excellence

Also in 2010, City Paper won six Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association:[9]

  • First Place: Investigative Reporting
Isaiah Thompson for Steamrolled
  • First Place: Special Projects
Brian Howard for The Big Vision Issue
  • First Place: Sports Story
E. James Beale for The Prospect
  • First Place: Personality Profile
Carolyn Huckabay & Neal Santos for She's On a Mission
  • First Place: Feature Beat Reporting
Trey Popp for Food Beat
  • Second Place: Specialty Award for Distinguished Writing
Isaiah Thompson for Cop Detect; Believe It or Not; Meet Your New Neighbor


In 2009, City Paper won three Newspaper of the Year (NOY) awards:[10]

  • First Place (tie): General and Departmental News Coverage
  • First Place: Advertising Excellence
  • Second Place: Layout & Design


In 2008, City Paper won three Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards:[11]

  • First Place: Editorial Layout, circulation 55,000 and over
Reseca Glasser for "Truth in Prints"
  • First place: Photography, circulation 55,000 and over
Michael T. Regan for "Stenton Avenue Reprise"
  • Second place: Media Reporting/Criticism, circulation 55,000 and over
Doron Taussig for "The Deluge"

Also in 2008, City Paper won 13 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association:[12]

  • First place: Distinguished Writing
Tom Namako
  • Second Place: Distinguished Writing
Doron Taussig
  • First place: Investigative Reporting
Winnie Atterbury and Stacia Friedman's "F for Felony"
  • First place: Business or Consumer Story
Ted Hesson's "Betting the House"
  • First place: News Beat Reporting
Doron Taussig's coverage of immigration
  • Second place: News Feature
Doron Taussig's "The Prodigy"
  • Second place: Feature Photo
Michael T. Regan's "We’re Taking Poe Back"
  • Second place: Photo Story
Michael T. Regan and Rick Valenzuela's "Stenton Avenue Reprise"
  • Second place: Front Page Design
Reseca Glasser and Evan M. Lopez
  • Second place: Page Design
Reseca Glasser


  1. ^ Fagone, Jason (2012-05-24). "The Death (and Life) of the Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper | Philadelphia Magazine". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  2. ^ Mathis, Joel (2014-08-13). "Metro Buys City Paper; Layoffs Ensue | News | Philadelphia Magazine". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  3. ^ Broad Street Media acquires rights to Philadelphia City Paper
  4. ^ Brian Hickey (2015-10-08). "The alt-weekly printed its final edition today.". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "2011 AltWeekly Awards Winners Announced | Honors & Achievements". 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  7. ^ "Society of Professional Journalists | Sigma Delta Chi Awards". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ [4][dead link]
  11. ^ "". Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
  12. ^ [5][dead link]

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