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What lies ahead for journalism? Check out our panel discussion Mar. 7!

In Conversation at the P&P: The Future Of Journalism

As The Pen & Pencil Club celebrates its 125th anniversary year, we’ve arranged a panel discussion to talk about the future of journalism in Philadelphia and beyond. How have social media, 24 hour news cycles, and the current administration changed the game? What are the challenges we face? What do we see happening to print, radio, and online news?

We have assembled an outstanding panel for discussion, hosted by P&P Governor and Fresh Air with Terry Gross associate producer of digital media Molly Seavy-Nesper.

This conversation will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at the club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the kitchen will be open so come early for a good seat, a meal, and a stiff cocktail. Active members can bring 1 non-member guest.

Meet our panel:

Cassie Owens is a modern life reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. On her beat, she covers culture and trends around the city and region. Cassie is a native Philadelphian and Brown University alumna.

Katie Colaneri is WHYY’s Assistant News Director. She first came to the station in 2013 as a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration covering the state’s energy economy and the environment. In 2015, she led WHYY’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and was part of the team that covered the Philadelphia mayor’s race. Now as Assistant News Director, Katie helps plan and edit WHYY’s coverage, including daily news, features and special projects.

Josh Middleton is the editor of Time Out Philadelphia, where he covers arts and events happening in the city, and man’s multiple social media accounts for the outlet. His previous work experience includes Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia magazine and the Philadelphia Citizen.

Sameer Rao is a reporter for Colorlines, focusing on arts & culture news. As a freelance writer, Sameer’s work has appeared in Stereogum, VICE’s Noisey, Under the Radar, Splitsider, Philadelphia City Paper, WXPN’s The Key, PhillyVoice, the Public School Notebook, and Independent Restaurateur. His writing primarily focuses on music, comedy, theatre, film, social entrepreneurship, race, media, gender, critical theory, pop culture, and where all of those things intersect.

 

“The Hidden City Revealed” – Popkin, Woodall and Saffron at the P&P Feb. 28

Mill Creek Sewer photo by Joseph E.B. Elliott

Photo of the Mill Creek sewer by Joseph E.B. Elliott, from “Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City”

Philadelphia is an easy city to love yet a difficult city to know. Its ways and its spaces, even those long thought familiar, are often closely guarded secrets – even those lying in plain sight.

Writers Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, the creators (along with Bradley Maule) of the Hidden City Festival and the website Hidden City Daily,  have collaborated with photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott to produce a masterful book that takes you to those secret places hiding in plain sight, “Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City.”

On Feb. 28, Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, will lead a conversation with Popkin and Woodall. Students of the city’s built environment and its history will not want to miss this.

This event is open to the public, but tickets will be required to enter. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Pen & Pencil Club members. Members should use the discount code contained in the Notes newsletter for this event to get their free tickets.

Photo night with Nick Ut, AP’s legendary ‘Napalm Girl’ photographer

Photojournalist Nick Ut will share his work at the Pen and Pencil on Thursday, February 22nd at 8 p.m. He recently retired after 51 years with the Associated Press.

Born in Vietnam, Nick Ut joined the Associated Press at age 16 following the death of his older brother, an AP photographer. Covering that war for eight years, he took many successful photographs, including the “napalm girl,” nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc, running naked and screaming after her clothes were burned off. Realizing the extent of her injuries, he took her for medical help before returning to AP to develop his film. The iconic image was widely published, named World Press Photo of 1972, awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize, and credited with helping to turn public sentiment against the war.

He spent another decade working in Tokyo, Hanoi, Laos and Cambodia before reassignment to Los Angeles. There he photographed the Olympics, wildfires, earthquakes, riots, and celebrities. He has stayed in touch with Kim, now living in Canada. Last year he retired from AP after 51 years, and was honored with PSA’s International Understanding Through Photography award, given annually for photography that has impacted people’s perceptions. His prize-winning work over the years has resulted in his presentation, “From Hell to Hollywood.” He is married and has two grown children.

 

This presentation has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Nick Ut as well as Lynn Maniscalco and the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography, where Ut will be visiting to judge their annual competition.

 

Can’t make it on the 22nd? Ut will present his work again on Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Cokesbury Auditorium, 726 Loveville Road in Hockessin, Delaware.

‘If you like A, try B’: next wine tasting at P&P Feb. 15!

The next wine tasting in the series conducted by P&P President Brad Wilson will be on the theme of “If you like A, try B’ Thursday, Feb, 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The idea will be to present four lesser-known wines that may well appeal to drinkers of better-known wines, regions and/or grapes. So, for example, if you like California pinot noir, try New Zealand! Or if you Cabernet Sauvignon, try Petit Verdot!

Cost is $35 and includes appetizers. Sign up at the bar or call the club, 215-731-9909.

Photo Night: 2017 Year in Review

Philadelphia’s photo community is invited to join with members of the Pen and Pencil Club to attend the annual our Year in Review presentation — curated as always by David Maialetti.

The event takes place on Wednesday, February 7 at 8 p.m. but you should arrive early if you would like a seat. There’s always a big crowd for this event.

(Update: The submission deadline has passed.)

Have a Super time at the P&P Sunday — Eagles, food and more!

The P&P will be the place to be to watch the Super Bowl!

The club will open at 6 p.m. Sunday so everyone can catch all the action,

The club will offer the Eagles’ beatdown of the Patriots (we hope!) on 2 TVs including our big screen.

During the game the club will offer complimentary hot food. Check with the bartender for drink specials.

And of course since the P&P is open until 3 a.m. your celebration can stay right at the club!

Join us for what should be a memorable evening.

 

“Philadelphia: The Hidden City Revealed” at the P&P Feb. 28

Mill Creek Sewer photo by Joseph E.B. Elliott

Photo of the Mill Creek sewer by Joseph E.B. Elliott, from “Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City”

Philadelphia is an easy city to love yet a difficult city to know. Its ways and its spaces, even those long thought familiar, are often closely guarded secrets – even those lying in plain sight.

Writers Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, the creators (along with Bradley Maule) of the Hidden City Festival and the website Hidden City Daily,  have collaborated with photographer Joseph E.B. Elliott to produce a masterful book that takes you to those secret places hiding in plain sight, “Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City.”

On Feb. 28, Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, will lead a conversation with Popkin and Woodall. Students of the city’s built environment and its history will not want to miss this.

This event is open to the public, but tickets will be required to enter. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Pen & Pencil Club members.

Poetry Night returns Jan. 28 with 3 readers, open mike

January’s edition of Poetry@P&P features Megan Gillespie, Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, and Tim Lynch and will be at the Pen and Pencil Club on Sunday, Jan. 28th at 8 p.m. Afterward there will be an open mic hosted by Robert Zell.

Megan Gillespie’s work has appeared in The Florida Review, New Delta Review, and Cimarron Review. Her honors include fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. By day, she is a businesswoman and a mom.

Savannah Cooper-Ramsey is a poet and a member of Philly’s Art Dept Collective. Her conceptual chapbook projects, Not Fit For Print: Forthcoming Titles and The Self and Other Jokes, will be released by Waterhouse Ltd. Press in Spring 2018. Her work has also appeared in Whirlwind Magazine, the 2017 Moonstone Anthology, and elsewhere. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at Columbia University, and teaches First-Year Writing at Drexel.

Tim Lynch has poems forthcoming or published with Puerto del Sol, Yes Poetry, Luna Luna, tenderness, yea, Occulum, & more. He has directed various workshops for young writers through Rutgers University in Camden and  conducts interviews for Tell Tell Poetry. He would be delighted to meet you on Twitter & Instagram @timlynchthatsit.

P&P Elections Jan. 25 — new format, new night, new fun evening!

This year’s P&P annual elections will have a whole new look.

The elections will be Thursday, Jan. 25. Doors will open at 6:3o p.m. with voting from 7 to 9 p.m. All ACTIVE members who are fully paid on their dues are eligible to vote. ALL members are eligible to attend and we encourage them to do so — see more below.

Under our new bylaws, the voting procedures will be very different. We will be electing a President and eight Governors In the past we elected a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Board will elect officers other than President from its membership at the Board meeting that follows the elections.

Members may nominate any ACTIVE member for President or Governor until Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. Members may nominate themselves. Send all nominations to Brad Wilson at fullfathomfive675@gmail.com. Write-in ballots are welcome as long as the candidate is an Active Member in good standing.

We encourage candidates to submit statements of why they are running and what they would like to accomplish on the Board. These statements will be made available at the Club and on Election Night for voters to read.

On the 17th a full list of those nominated will be posted at the P&P Bulletin Board and on this website.

 

On Election Night, the voting will be supervised and the counting done by the election judges with a board meeting to follow.

We hope for a fun and festive Election Night. There will be light food available and drink specials including our 125th anniversary cocktail. We encourage all members to come and meet the candidates in a sociable and friendly atmosphere.

The State of Philadelphia Journalism in the Present: P&P panel Jan. 17!

As The Pen & Pencil Club celebrates its 125th anniversary year, we’ll be examining where journalism has been in Philadelphia and where it’s going, and on Wednesday, Jan, 17 at 8 p.m., where it is right now.

We have assembled an outstanding panel from all works of the profession, hosted by P&P Governor and Philadelphia Media Network’s Claudia Vargas, to discuss the challenges, rewards and impact of Philadelphia journalism right now.

Doors open at 6:3o p.m. and the kitchen will be open so come early for a good seat and a good meal for what should be a memorable night.

The panel:

Gabriel Escobar, Editor and Vice President of Philadelphia Media Network, home to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Escobar joined the Inquirer in 2007. Before that, he spent 16 years at The Washington Post, as a reporter on the local and national staffs, as a foreign correspondent based in South America and as city editor. At the Inquirer he has also served as managing editor, deputy managing editor and as assistant managing editor for news.

Amy Z. Quinn, co-creator and producer of This is Philly. Quinn launched This is Philly, a social-first news brand from Advance Local nearly a year ago to much success. A social media expert and familiar name in local journalism, Quinn has worked with The Inquirer, WHYY, City Paper, Gannett New Jersey, and many local websites. Amy has also taught journalism in area universities since 2009.

Solomon Jones, host of “Your Voice” on Philadelphia’s Praise 107.9 FM. Jones is also a blogger and commentator for WHYY. He has a weekly column that appears both in the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Joe Holden, reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Holden started out on-air in Charlottesville, Va., then went on to an eight-year stint as an investigative reporter in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton television market where he broke many of the stories surrounding the reputed Kids For Cash judicial scandal. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he was a reporter and weekend anchor for the NBC station in Pittsburgh.

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