Founded in 2014, The Local is a monthly hyperlocal newspaper with a “hypervocal” spin. We’re all about sharing our take on issues with a definite point of view. Rather than having the last word, our writing encourages neighbors to get involved, and nurture the power, joy, & novelty of their own voices.
By sharing stories and photos, we celebrate the unique history and culture of East Falls, Germantown, and other NW Philly neighborhoods. We document the characters and enterprises that make those communities so special. A free local paper is an incredible tool to inform, unite, and promote neighborhoods across all demographics.
Our goal has always been to document living in NW Philly through our own eyes, and invite others to do the same. We don’t compete with traditional-style news, we complement it with personal perspectives. (Including art, humor, design, and whatever else our contributors offer that’s relevant to our readers.)
We’re telling the stories you won’t find anywhere else, from the “front lines” of developing neighborhoods struggling with real issues and celebrating unique triumphs every day.
The Local has grown into a 24 page, full-color monthly neighborhood newspaper offered free to neighbors.
With over 20,000 followers and consistent dot-com traffic, we offer broad social media reach and a platform that’ll get your words plenty of eyeballs.
The Local is a program of CultureTrust of Greater Philadelphia, a charitable trust with the mission “to provide shared management resources for arts and heritage programs of diverse disciplines and cultural traditions.”
SHOUT OUT to our sources and contributors: we couldn’t do this without all the great writing, photos and information they generously share.
Thank you for supporting regional, independent press. We’re proud to develop this new hybrid of print & social media specifically for our readers, the coolest cats in the city.
BIG HUGS ALL AROUND: We love NW Philly! And we hope the Local Paper helps you love your neighborhood a little more, too. Got a great local story? Submit your own version or pass us a tip we can follow up on.
FOUNDERS/EDITORS: Steve and Carolyn Fillmore
GTOWN EDITOR: Sandy Smith
Important: we are not in any way related to Chestnut Hill Local, West Philly Local, the Daily Local News, or any other publication (online and/or in print) that uses the word “local” in its name.