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Amy Danzer appointed Assistant Lit Editor of Newcity

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Newcity headshot IINewcity is pleased to report that Amy Danzer has joined our staff as Assistant Lit Editor. In this role, Amy will take the lead in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s literary culture, from fiction to poetry to graphic novels and everywhere in between.

Amy Danzer writes fiction and creative nonfiction, teaches literature and writing at Chicago-area colleges and universities, and manages several masters programs at Northwestern University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Literature, both from NU. When Danzer isn’t working, reading or writing, she is often at live lit events in town, photographing the city, or spending time with her partner and kinfolk. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Assistant Editor-Music Opening

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Newcity seeks an assistant editor to work directly with the editor in building on the foundation of music coverage in Newcity. This is a paid, part-time position.

Is music journalism dying? We don’t think so. We think it’s time to roll up your sleeves, make your metaphorical fists, and start a fight with the forces of banality at work in the culture. You know who and where they are.

The ideal candidate would be an exceptional writer and journalist, with a wide range of genre interests coupled with an innate feel for the musical zeitgeist. The ability to craft creative and provocative essays and features, while inspiring the same from a stable of freelance contributors, is paramount. As is an ability to source strong local music-news features. A working comfort with digital and social media are expected; multimedia skills are a plus. Read the rest of this entry »

Why delivering Newcity is the perfect gig in the freelance economy

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One day, usually every other Wednesday, we rent vehicles and deliver Newcity to just under a thousand locations around Chicago and Evanston. The steady, regular work has proven to be a solid gig for several of our longtime drivers who are musicians by trade—with some doing this as long as fifteen years. 

Why does this work for them?

It’s a concentrated (one long day), regular batch of work and income

It’s physical but not unduly taxing, offering a respite from a too-often sedentary life

It’s a way to engage, face to face, with the city around us in a time of increasing digital isolation. Drivers are in and out of vehicles breathing fresh (well, Chicago) air; interacting with shopkeepers and getting to know parts of the city in great detail. 

It’s a way to contribute to a publication you read, with a mission you believe in. (If you don’t, forget the rest: this is not for you.) Read the rest of this entry »

David Hammond appointed Dining & Drinking Editor of Newcity

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Hammond, Paris, 2012bNewcity is pleased to report that David Hammond has joined our staff as Dining & Drinking Editor. In this role, David will take the lead in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s outstanding culinary and cocktail culture.

David has written about food and restaurants in Chicago and around the world for Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader, as well as Where Chicago and Chicago Social. For four years he wrote the “Food Detective” column in the Chicago Sun-Times. He produced two seasons of “Soundbites” for WBEZ, and he continues to produce food-focused radio programs for Rivet News Radio. He is currently working on the second cable television season of “You Really Should Eat This” in conjunction with Wednesday Journal, where since 2010 he has written a weekly food blog and weekly print column. David is a lead moderator of LTHForum.com, the 16,000 member Chicago culinary chat site. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity’s Best of Chicago Publishes October 30

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Last year’s cover was created by Ivan Brunetti, who also had the cover of The New Yorker the same week.

At the end of October, Newcity will be publishing its legendary Best of Chicago. The publishing event of the year in Chicago, it’s the one edition that anyone doing business with Chicagoans should advertise within.

At a time of transition in the print media world, Newcity continues to be a growing force in Chicago media, with circulation and revenues year-to-date once again up meaningfully over last year. If you wonder how we do it, look no further than into this one-of-a-kind (if often imitated) issue.

With 200 or so categories, most of which are not repeated for five years, Newcity’s Best of Chicago has no competition as a chronicle of the finest our city has to offer. And with our signature takes on the city’s zeitgeist provided in a comprehensive audience poll, you can be confident that your marketing message will reside at the very center of Chicago’s conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity’s Film 50 Publishes October 2

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10.3.13 Film50Newcity will document the creative forces fueling the surging film, video and television worlds with its second annual Film 50, this year’s final edition in its Leaders of Chicago Culture Series.

With the evolution in digital media reshaping the way we watch movies, TV and everything else, the traditional stranglehold of Hollywood is giving way to a new world of decentralized production and exhibition, from the network TV show to the DIY film. And in the process, film is becoming an art form with a local culture to rival the other arts. Where last year’s edition focused on the behind-the-scenes players, this year we turn to the artistic forces increasingly abundant in this city.

If you have a stake in this, want to support its development, or simply want to reach a film and television-loving audience, this is one issue you’ll want to advertise in. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity presents its Chicago Manual 2014: Ruminations, circumspections and encouragements for new citizens of Chicago, its South Side and the University of Chicago

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Coming September 22, 2014

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Imagine a guide to campus life, and life itself, written by those who’ve already lived it. We did, and last year we published the first edition of Chicago Manual, which you can read here.

Nobody knows the University of Chicago better than Newcity. Our founders/publishers sport three degrees between the two of them, and our writing corps is peppered with Chicago degrees. This fall, once again, we’re teaming up with current students, recent graduates, not-so-recent graduates and lifelong South Siders to craft an orientation edition of Newcity designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students alike to life in the city, in Hyde Park, and at the University of Chicago.

This special edition of Newcity will be distributed solely on campus, in Hyde Park and in adjacent neighborhoods and will be produced in an all-color, bound tabloid version. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Custom Publishing: UChicago Arts Fall Edition

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UChiArtsSpring14CoverUChicago Arts: A quarterly guide to arts & culture at the University of Chicago

After its summer hibernation, Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood explodes back to  life in the fall with new and returning students, professors and other folks crowding its streets. This, combined with the traditional start of the arts season in the fall, sees it full manifestation in the dynamic pages of UChicago Arts, a quarterly guide to concerts, exhibitions, lectures, plays, screenings, performances and more at the University of Chicago.

From the Logan Center and the Arts Incubator to Court Theatre and the Smart Museum, the University of Chicago is home to renowned arts destinations, and world-class artists and emerging creators alike. This is the first publication covering the full range of UChicago Arts, and the best chance to reach this intellectually and culturally engaged audience.  Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Custom Publishing: Official Guide to Chicago Artists Month (DCASE)

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001_ChicagoArtistsMonthWe’re again partnering with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to produce the official guide to Chicago Artists Month, which takes place all around the city throughout the month of October, some 300-plus events in all. The guide takes the form of a 32-page glossy magazine, filled with details about events taking place throughout the city and the month, along with dynamic photos of a diverse group of featured artists.

Sixty thousand copies of the publication will be inserted into the September 18 Art 50 edition of Newcity, street-teamed to select locations around Chicago, and, of course, available at all of the city’s key cultural and tourist properties, including the Chicago Cultural Center. Not to mention the hundreds of neighborhood partners for Chicago Artists Month. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity’s Big Art Issue Publishes September 4

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090513Next week marks the biggest night/weekend of art openings of the year. And to prepare audiences, Newcity brings the Big Art Issue. Not only will we publish our usual mix of reviews and features, and run down a list of the openings, but we’re once again turning this issue of Newcity into an artists’ project itself.

Last year’s “Hijacking the Newspaper” project was the talk of the art world. Don’t miss out on this year’s conversation.

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