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How to Become the Media

Philadelphia Weekly, July 11, 2001

One of my first jobs out of college—certainly the first job I cared about—was on the editorial staff of the Philly Weekly. I was hired to edit the arts and entertainment listings, which I more or less neglected as I tried to get as much of my writing into the paper each week as I could. This essay was the first chance I got to write about something that mattered to me personally. I went to the Underground Publishing Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio, where I attended workshops and lectures and met writers, artists, and librarians who were also activists, and who made their own media and took control of its distribution. The experience made a huge impression on me, and the things I learned that weekend serve me to this day.

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