What’s the Best Print Publication in Philly?

Next American City is up for an award for “Local Print Publication That Beat The Odds and Did Great Things In Their Struggling Medium This Year.” And maybe it’s time to look back on some of the coverage we did in 2009 on that yucky mess called Old Media.

2009 was the year of the Old Media implosion. It was the year when Clay Shirky said we were living through a revolution we didn’t understand. It was the year the Rocky Mountain News died. It was the year Facebook had as many users as there are people living in the United States and newspaper circulation dropped another 7 percent or so.

Clay Shirky, predicting the decline of print media.

Next American City was eager to comment on these shifts in the publishing landscape. We asked what happens to cities when newspapers fail? We looked at how the digital divide was affecting cities. We asked what happens to cities when bloggers become urban planners? And perhaps saw the culmination of all of this in our new annual conference Open Cities: New Media’s Role in Shaping Urban Policy.

All of this is to say that, indeed, the odds were against Next American City’s survival this year. So please vote for us as “Local Print Publication That Beat The Odds and Did Great Things In Their Struggling Medium This Year.” (We really want to win and we’re still in fourth place!)

Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

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