Earlier this week, CP web editor Neal Santos ran into President-elect Barack Obama while he was working out and filed a quick blog post about the encounter, noting offhand that Obama was listening to a Zune, the Microsoft device launched to compete against Apple's iPod. That small detail set off a wave of coverage worldwide, from tech blogs to mainstream outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. "Zunegate" was born, City Paper was flooded with traffic, the site had to come down for 20 minutes or so, and Santos felt the need to post a clarification the next day. "I want to correct what I said yesterday about Obama using a Zune," he wrote. "I claimed that it was his Zune. I don't know for sure that it was his. It could belong to one of the many Secret Service dudes that were at the gym, Michelle, or even one of his daughters."
Brian Hickey was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident Friday in Collingswood, N.J. According to his wife, he was struck around 10:15 pm and left for dead, and is currently in stable condition at the Trauma-ICU of Cooper University Hospital after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. "The last CAT scan showed the pressure was very good," Hickey's father tells the Philadelphia Daily News. "He's in critical but stable condition." During a 4.5 year stint at City Paper, Hickey rose to become the managing editor. He left the paper in February. More from Metro.
While more than 70 papers are asking their readers to pledge to spend $100 of their holiday shopping locally this year, in Philadelphia, one alt-weekly has taken it a step further. The City Paper is hosting a Trunk Show on the most overhyped of mall shopping days, the day after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday. The show will feature clothing, jewelry, bags, stationery, housewares and more from local designers, craftspeople and boutiques. AAN News recently caught up with City Paper associate publisher Roxanne Cooper via email to find out more about the initiative.
Adamma Ince, who worked at the Voice for 12 years until she left last fall, will replace longtime PW editor Tim Whitaker. Whitaker had been the paper's editor since 1994, when it was known as Welcomat. At the Voice, Ince served as chief of research, associate editor, reporter, and, most recently, managing editor. "Adamma gained valuable experience and a special passion for editorial from The Village Voice in New York which can only lift PW to new heights in the fast changing world of print and electronic media," Anthony A. Clifton, the CEO of PW parent company Review Publishing, says in a release.
In an real-time experiment with user-generated content, today City Paper is hosting a reader-submitted photostream on its website to capture all the local Election Day action. "Trouble at the polls? Take a pic. Long lines at your polling place? Take a pic. Thugs trying to intimidate voters? Take a pic," says editor-in-chief Brian Howard. "Get snapping. Then get submitting. You're all poll watchers tomorrow." The photos will be on display at City Paper's homepage and at citypaper.net/electionphotos. Readers can upload photos via the paper's Flickr stream at www.flickr.com/groups/cp_election.
Creative Loafing (Tampa) editor David Warner (who used to work at Philadelphia City Paper) and City Paper editor Brian Howard (who didn't work in Tampa, but whose grandfather lives there) make a friendly wager on the Rays and Phillies and, most importantly, find a way to create a poll that drives traffic on their blogs.
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.
Electile Dysfunction, a documentary about political campaigns that City Paper's Mary Patel made with Joe Barber, has been bought by an independent film studio, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cinema Libre plans to distribute the doc, which uses the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in Pennsylvania as "a case study to explore how campaigns work," through Netflix, Blockbuster and Amazon. Patel tells the Inky that Electile Dysfunction will be out next month.