Founded in 2014, the Local Paper offers hyperlocal news with a “hypervocal” spin. 

“East Falls Local” aka the Local Paper has been a boot-strapped operation from jump street, when Steve and Carolyn Fillmore started a Facebook page for photos & items of interest specific to their neighborhood of East Falls, Philadelphia. Soon after, they began sharing features on, and in a free publication offered seasonally, at first, and then monthly as popularity grew. In 2017, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia took the Local under their humanities umbrella as a non-profit project promoting free, independent press.

Thanks to a generous grant from Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania in 2018, the Local expanded to highlight contributors throughout NW Philadelphia — reporters, community leaders, and developers, as well as fiction & humor writers, memoirists, reviewers, and more. In May 2019, we officially added Germantown to our banner and relaunched as

SHOUT OUT to our sources and contributors: we couldn’t do this without all the great writing, photos and information they generously share.

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.

In addition to & the Local’s social media feeds, every month we print our best stories and reader comments in a splashy free publication available all over the area.

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

Call or text the Local Paper: 215-498-8874
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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.