People who work at publications like this one are convening here this week for the annual alternative newspaper convention.
There'll be seminars, speakers, awards and lots of shoptalk. By the final night of the convention some sales dog from Phoenix or Vegas or one of those faux cities will end up with his picture on Flickr wearing a lampshade.
It beats ending up at the Roundhouse.
Our crosstown City Paper friends are the hosts for the convention, which runs through Saturday.
Nice guys, the CP folks. Nicer than we are, for sure, since they're the ones hosting this shing-a-ling.
We are throwing a bowling night (rented shoes included). So we're good for something.
In any event, welcome!
We've got just two suggestions for you while you're here.
First, Saturday's the Roots Picnic, which you can read about in our paper this week. Snag a ticket if you can. It'll be way more fun than the "energize your databases" seminar your boss wants you to go to.
We also recommend stopping by the Pen & Pencil Club, which is located in an alley called Latimer in the heart of the city (we've got a lot of alleys, part of our charm, best explored by daylight).
The P&P is seriously lo-fi in design, but the food ain't bad, the beer is cheap, and late night--seriously late night--the conversation can turn wickedly weird.
At the bar you'll find a local restaurant staffer who just finished a five-hour shift serving apple martinis sitting next to a guy who's been on the same stool since '81 talking nonstop about the Inquirer and Gene Roberts and the Pulitzers of yore. It's quite the mashup. You'll dig it.
And really, who among us in this business couldn't use a round or three of drinks?
Things have been a bit challenging of late.
You may have heard.
You don't need to read a newspaper to know more than is necessary about the great print-to-Web migration, or be much of an analyst to know there'll be no reversal of that trend.
If you work in publishing, you have a choice: You can belly up at the P&P and wax nostalgic for the days when people used to read, or you can create reasons for people to go to your website.