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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 citypaper.net. Staff reporters focused on labor issues, politics, education and poverty. Critics reviewed 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 Research.
Founder Bruce Schimmelsold the paper to the Rock family (Milton L. Rock and his son Robert H. Rock) in 1996. In 2014, Metro acquired the City Paper from the Rock family. In 2015, the City Paper was sold to Broad Street Media, owner of Philadelphia Weekly . The last edition was published on October 8, 2015.
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 on 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 on 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.
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.
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, Stephan Sitzai
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.
In 2014, City Paper won 15 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
In 2013, City Paper won 8 Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
Also in 2013, City Paper won one Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards.
In 2012, City Paper won six Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
In 2011, City Paper won two Association of Alternative Newsweeklies awards.
In 2010, City Paper won six Newspaper of the Year (NOY) awards, including the prestigious newspaper of the year honor.[ citation needed ]
Also in 2010, City Paper won six Keystone Press Awards, awarded by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.[ citation needed ]
In 2009, City Paper won three Newspaper of the Year (NOY) awards.[ citation needed ]
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