Philadelphians have been told for months that after years of sharing Philly.com as the online dumping ground for both newspapers, 2013 would bring two things: 1) Individual websites for both papers, and 2) a paywall that requires users to pay for the content therein. On Thursday—seemingly by accident; both sites are still in "beta previews"—the websites emerged into public view, at Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com. Barring last-minute problems, the sites should officially launch on Monday.
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Photographer Will Steacy, whose father worked at the Inky for 29 years, has chronicled the paper's recent struggles through a series of images documenting the months leading up to its move from its old headquarters on North Broad. In a series of photographs he released to Wired, Steacy manages at once to introduce us to the new, downsized-era of the Philadelphia newspaper, while hinting at the newsroom's former self, its rumpled editors clacking away, surrounded by piles of newspapers. “The internet, for lack of a better metaphor, makes up the branches of the tree,” he told Wired. “But newspapers have centuries-long
As my colleague Joel Mathis reported last week, the launch of the Daily News and Inquirer paywalled websites isn't just about pageviews. It's also about trying to sell some more newspapers, since print products are still the lifeblood of any legacy media organization (including this website's parent mag). The new all-access digital subscription plans are cheapest if you get one weekend paper delivered. No brainer in terms of economical value.It's a little backwards, though, if you consider that young people are most likely to want the cheapest subscription price. They're also the folks least likely to want a physical paper dropped on their stoop every Saturday or Sunday. Here, 16 creative ways to repurpose the stack of dead trees you've opted-in to.
The brand-spankin' new websites for the Inky and the Daily News are officially live. As my colleague Joel Mathis noted last week, the DN, decked out it bold-faced red, has retained its familiar tabloid feel, while the Inquirer has a statelier feel. Along with the new sites, of course, are new paywalls, which you'll discover as soon as you attempt to click on articles from Inquirer.com or PhillyDailyNews.com.Key takeawaysPrice-wise, your best bet is the same for both papers: Pay $2.50/week and get free digital access and Sunday home delivery. It's actually more expensive to go straight-digital, as the papers are trying
One of the last remaining battles—for now—has been settled between the company that owns Philly's two major daily newspapers and the union representing its journalists: Sources say that Interstate General Media and the Newspaper Guild have settled a grievance over last fall's reassignment of older reporters at the Inquirer to hardship posts in an apparent attempt to force their resignations and shed some of the higher salaries on the reporting staff. (You'll recall that Howard Shapiro, the Inky's longtime theater critic, took a buyout after being reassigned to cover South Jersey.) Interstate General said at the time that the moves
The New York Times' dry notation about Drew Katz's (son of Inquirer owner Lew Katz) wedding, held at the Breakers in Palm Beach, definitely did not include all the fun details that South Florida gossip site GossipExtra.com and the New York Post have published, like:• GossipExtra puts the wedding tab at more than $1.5 million, which may seem like a lot of cash, but keep in mind that Lew Katz sold the New Jersey Nets for $300 million in 2004.• Recognizable faces among the 500-plus guests included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Oprah BFF Gayle King, Newark mayor Cory Booker, bad girl socialite blogger
One of Philadelphia's mega-philanthropies is willingly winding down its operations, after more than a decade of mega-giving. The Lenfest Foundation, which was founded by billionaire H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and his wife Marguerite, is planning to sunset most of its major investments over the next 10 to 15 years. Lenfest, personally and through his charity, has disbursed $1.2 billion to Philly-area programs since founding the group in 2000. The 82-year old also chairs the board of the Interstate Media Group, which owns the Daily News and the Inquirer. [Insert snarky joke about having enough charities on his hands already.]"I'm not in
The Philadelphia Inquirer has awarded former Flyers goalie and current self-help guru Bernie Parent 700 seemingly unedited words every two weeks to ruminate on whatever he wants. Unfortunately, he blew his Valentine's Day topic prematurely on his February 1st column "Unleash your hidden wolf on Valentine's Day," in which he advised his readers to "Stay horny, my friends." So yesterday, in his hotly-anticipated V-Day piece "Enrich and nourish the mind, body and soul will follow," Bernie had trouble figuring out exactly what he wanted to say.Part I. "It is imperative to make clear the difference between the feeling of loneliness and
Occasionally, the New York Times runs a Sunday wedding announcement that makes one half of a couple seem a hell of a lot less into the whole thing than his or her partner. Usually, these feature horror stories about repeated rejections and disastrous dates, repackaged as stories about doggedly persistent suitors, undeterred by failure. Oddly enough, today's schmaltzy, page-long Inquirer feature on the relationship between prominent Philly denizens Ralph and Suzanne Roberts (celebrating their 70th anniversary) features a similarly wince-inducing narrative.When they were 20 and 19, 70 years ago, Ralph asked Suzanne to marry her twice. And twice, Suzanne said