ABOUT US

Grid is a change agent with the soul of an alt-weekly... in the form of a monthly magazine. We reflect the best of the Philadelphia region: our social entrepreneurs, food innovators and wellness advocates; our makers and doers, artists and activists. Our priorities and politics are informed by social, racial, economic and environmental justice. Grid reaches over 55,000 intellectually curious and actively engaged readers each month—Grid is distributed free in the Philadelphia region, and is also available by subscription. Our 100th issue hits streets in fall of 2017, and big changes are coming in the spring of 2018. 

DISTRIBUTION
Print copies can be found at local businesses and events in and around Philadelphia as well as online in a digital edition format (see the "Magazine" tab above). You can also subscribe to Grid to never miss an issue and to support local, independent media.

ADVERTISING
Advertising: It's how how Grid survives as a free, community-based publication! You can see our rates and be in touch with our team at any time to find out all of your options for ensuring that you reach Grid readers and at the same time support a local, independent magazine that cares about our community.

Fair warning: If you pitch us on a story, especially if it's a story on a company or big event, our advertising team will likely be in touch to provide you with options for reaching our readers, but they don't make editorial decisions (ever); they can only pass on information to our editor (see below for getting in touch directly with story ideas). You can also subscribe or make contributions to Grid to keep us going.

PITCHING STORIES TO GRID
All EVENT submissions should be submitted through the "submit" button on our events page. Please keep in mind that we are a monthly publication, and that we make selections for events three weeks prior to the month your event occurs in (if your event is in December, we need it the second week of November. If your event is at the beginning of the month, submit it eight to 10 weeks in advance to be safe!).

ADVOCATES who believe Grid readers should take action or know about your cause should submit information to action@gridphilly.com for consideration of publication in Grid Weekly, our newsletter, and possibly for print. We include an action readers can take each week, such as signing petitions, calling on legislators, attending rallies and other events in Grid Weekly. We do not report on or do calls to action for fundraising campaigns.  

WRITERS: Story pitches should be sent directly (and ONLY) to Editor-in-Chief Heather Shayne Blakeslee at heather@gridphilly.com after reading a few issues, understanding our departments and consulting our editorial calendar. (Pitches sent to our publisher will not be considered.) We work two to six months in advance. We are happy to receive pitches from any regionally based freelance writers. One paragraph will do, and we generally pay .20/word on published word counts. Regionally based photographers and illustrators should send a link to their work to our editor to be considered for assignments.

PUBLICISTS should keep in mind our core values, listed above, when pitching us. 

COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS are also welcome to send us information/tips/pitches/press releases, but we DO NOT take stories written by those organizations and DO NOT consider whether someone is advertising when considering pitches. If we decide to cover a story, our editor will assign an independent writer to do the story. We can only maintain our integrity by maintaining a bright line between editorial and advertising at Grid, so thanks for understanding!


OUR TEAM



Alex Mulcahy | Publisher Alex Mulcahy is the publisher of Red Flag Media, where for 20+ years he has dedicated himself to niche print publications. Red Flag Media also publishes Magnet, an indie rock magazine, and Decibel, an extreme metal magazine. Red Flag Media also does custom publishing work for national and local organizations, including Technically Philly and the Community Design Collaborative. He's the founding editor of Grid, and is very much of the opinion that print is alive and well. Mulcahy is a rabid Phillies and MLB fan who lives in West Philadelphia where he tends a backyard garden with his wife and two children. He grew up in Wilkes Barre, Pa., working at the family pizza shop and listening to indie music. He'd like to blow up the system and start over. For now, though, he'll settle for a more just and sustainable Philadelphia.  Contact him to help you with your custom printing or advertising needs (not story pitches). alex@gridphilly.com 215.625.9850 x 102

Alex Mulcahy | Publisher
Alex Mulcahy is the publisher of Red Flag Media, where for 20+ years he has dedicated himself to niche print publications. Red Flag Media also publishes Magnet, an indie rock magazine, and Decibel, an extreme metal magazine. Red Flag Media also does custom publishing work for national and local organizations, including Technically Philly and the Community Design Collaborative. He's the founding editor of Grid, and is very much of the opinion that print is alive and well.

Mulcahy is a rabid Phillies and MLB fan who lives in West Philadelphia where he tends a backyard garden with his wife and two children. He grew up in Wilkes Barre, Pa., working at the family pizza shop and listening to indie music. He'd like to blow up the system and start over. For now, though, he'll settle for a more just and sustainable Philadelphia. 

Contact him to help you with your custom printing or advertising needs (not story pitches).

alex@gridphilly.com
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Alexandria Yarde | Sales & Marketing Director Alexandria (Alex) Yarde oversees Red Flag Media's sales and marketing strategy, including print and digital ad sales, sponsorship and event production. Alex has 5+ years organizing nonprofit fundraisers, educational seminars, awards ceremonies and festivals. When she is not planning an event, she's going to one, especially if it's related to beer, sports or live music.  Most of the things she is passionate about are green: namely, the environment and the Philadelphia Eagles. When she is not poring over revenue spreadsheets or negotiating with caterers, she's exploring other cultures, and has recently been wowed by Peru, Italy and Thailand.  Alex is a proud product of the Philadelphia public school system, and believes that fair access to a good public education is the key to solving the world's problems. She was raised in almost every neighborhood you can live in Philadelphia, and currently lives in Fishtown with her travel-companion boyfriend and their very tiny dog. Occasionally she lets one of them visit her at work. alex.yarde@gmail.com 215.625.9850 x 112

Alexandria Yarde | Sales & Marketing Director
Alexandria (Alex) Yarde oversees Red Flag Media's sales and marketing strategy, including print and digital ad sales, sponsorship and event production. Alex has 5+ years organizing nonprofit fundraisers, educational seminars, awards ceremonies and festivals. When she is not planning an event, she's going to one, especially if it's related to beer, sports or live music. 

Most of the things she is passionate about are green: namely, the environment and the Philadelphia Eagles. When she is not poring over revenue spreadsheets or negotiating with caterers, she's exploring other cultures, and has recently been wowed by Peru, Italy and Thailand. 

Alex is a proud product of the Philadelphia public school system, and believes that fair access to a good public education is the key to solving the world's problems. She was raised in almost every neighborhood you can live in Philadelphia, and currently lives in Fishtown with her travel-companion boyfriend and their very tiny dog. Occasionally she lets one of them visit her at work.

alex.yarde@gmail.com
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Allan Ash | Director of Advertising Allan Ash is a media veteran who has worked all over the region helping his clients craft compelling messages and get to their target audience through print and digital advertising.  allan@gridphilly.com 215.625.9850 x 103 Cell: 215.840.3136

Allan Ash | Director of Advertising

Allan Ash is a media veteran who has worked all over the region helping his clients craft compelling messages and get to their target audience through print and digital advertising. 

allan@gridphilly.com
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Cell: 215.840.3136


Trevor Tivenan | Account Executive Trevor Tivenan recently made the move back to his hometown in the Philadelphia suburbs from sunny Los Angeles, where he lived for 7 years. He worked in sales, advertising, events and marketing at the entertainment trade and website TheWrap.com. He met a lot of celebrities. This was super exciting for him, not so much for the celebrities.  At Grid, Trevor is an account executive, organizing guru, prioritization wizard... okay now he's just getting carried away with himself. Needless to say, he's having a hard time adjusting to the weather. He loves running, smiling, making friends with strangers and anything pertaining to avocados. He believes that kindness, open-mindedness and positivity are the solutions to many of life's problems. He is a hugger, a Pisces, appreciates a good sense of humor, loves long walks on the bea... wait... what is this bio for again? trevor@gridphilly.com 215.625.9850 x 100  

Trevor Tivenan | Account Executive

Trevor Tivenan recently made the move back to his hometown in the Philadelphia suburbs from sunny Los Angeles, where he lived for 7 years. He worked in sales, advertising, events and marketing at the entertainment trade and website TheWrap.com. He met a lot of celebrities. This was super exciting for him, not so much for the celebrities. 

At Grid, Trevor is an account executive, organizing guru, prioritization wizard... okay now he's just getting carried away with himself.

Needless to say, he's having a hard time adjusting to the weather.

He loves running, smiling, making friends with strangers and anything pertaining to avocados. He believes that kindness, open-mindedness and positivity are the solutions to many of life's problems.

He is a hugger, a Pisces, appreciates a good sense of humor, loves long walks on the bea... wait... what is this bio for again?

trevor@gridphilly.com
215.625.9850 x 100

 


Heather Shayne Blakeslee | Editor-in-Chief Heather Shayne Blakeslee believes in empowering people and communities to create a thriving economy and a living future. She has 20 years of experience as a sustainability, social justice, social entrepreneurship and arts advocate/practitioner, most recently with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Friends Center and Bread and Roses Community Fund; in New York she worked for six years with Poets & Writers, a national literary nonprofit and monthly magazine. Blakeslee is also Red Flag Media's COO, an essayist, the leader and award-winning singer-songwriter of the folk-noir band Sweetbriar Rose, a middling middled-aged soccer player, an aspiring cello player and a gardening enthusiast. She lives in a tiny South Philadelphia home overflowing with instruments, which share space with her partner and two rescue cats.  Blakeslee was one of the first 10 subscribers to Grid. She wants to make Philadelphia a world class city. heather@redflagmedia.com 215.625.9850 x 107

Heather Shayne Blakeslee | Editor-in-Chief
Heather Shayne Blakeslee believes in empowering people and communities to create a thriving economy and a living future. She has 20 years of experience as a sustainability, social justice, social entrepreneurship and arts advocate/practitioner, most recently with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Friends Center and Bread and Roses Community Fund; in New York she worked for six years with Poets & Writers, a national literary nonprofit and monthly magazine.

Blakeslee is also Red Flag Media's COO, an essayist, the leader and award-winning singer-songwriter of the folk-noir band Sweetbriar Rose, a middling middled-aged soccer player, an aspiring cello player and a gardening enthusiast. She lives in a tiny South Philadelphia home overflowing with instruments, which share space with her partner and two rescue cats. 

Blakeslee was one of the first 10 subscribers to Grid. She wants to make Philadelphia a world class city.

heather@redflagmedia.com
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Michael Wohlberg | Art Director and Designer Michael Wohlberg is on part-time loan as our brilliant art director from fellow Red Flag Media publication Decibel, an extreme metal mag. He's a sought after illustrator who may ask you to hold his phone while he enters the mosh pit at the Municipal Waste concert, or maybe just to hold his veggie burger. He's a graduate of the University of the Arts. Wohlberg is annoyed that his mom didn't teach him Spanish, so to get back at the family he's learning Japanese instead, all the better to taunt them at Thanksgiving and to haunt video game parlours in Tokyo.  He doesn't sleep. Ever. Most importantly, he's the proud owner of dapper dog Henry, our office spirt animal. Henry's had some surgery on his legs, so Michael carries him to work. We're not sure who owns who. Henry will never die. Ever. Please direct all art inquiries to Grid's editor. 

Michael Wohlberg | Art Director and Designer

Michael Wohlberg is on part-time loan as our brilliant art director from fellow Red Flag Media publication Decibel, an extreme metal mag. He's a sought after illustrator who may ask you to hold his phone while he enters the mosh pit at the Municipal Waste concert, or maybe just to hold his veggie burger. He's a graduate of the University of the Arts.

Wohlberg is annoyed that his mom didn't teach him Spanish, so to get back at the family he's learning Japanese instead, all the better to taunt them at Thanksgiving and to haunt video game parlours in Tokyo. 

He doesn't sleep. Ever.

Most importantly, he's the proud owner of dapper dog Henry, our office spirt animal. Henry's had some surgery on his legs, so Michael carries him to work. We're not sure who owns who. Henry will never die. Ever.

Please direct all art inquiries to Grid's editor. 


Walter Foley | Associate Editor Walter Foley is our associate editor and copy chief, in charge keeping up with news and events sections of the magazine and ensuring that all commas, colons and clauses are in the right spot. He also copyedits other Red Flag Media publications, including Magnet and Decibel. When it comes to Municipal Waste, he can get confused about what magazine he's editing. Foley has degrees in Journalism and in Music from Chico State University, and he grew up both in Pennsylvania and in the Bay area, where he was homeschooled alongside three brothers. In addition to keeping our copy as clean as a whistle, he keeps the beat in several bands around town, including The Dirty Soap and Sweetbriar Rose. He also studies African percussion, rigs up drum sets from saw blades and dabbles in sound engineering.   If you ask nicely, you can borrow his copy of the AP Stylebook, but you may not borrow his cowbells. After setting up his drum set at a gig, he always marvels at how many guitar players can't seem to bring a capo. He meditates regularly and drinks a lot of coffee. He knows he should have brought a travel mug.

Walter Foley | Associate Editor

Walter Foley is our associate editor and copy chief, in charge keeping up with news and events sections of the magazine and ensuring that all commas, colons and clauses are in the right spot. He also copyedits other Red Flag Media publications, including Magnet and Decibel. When it comes to Municipal Waste, he can get confused about what magazine he's editing.

Foley has degrees in Journalism and in Music from Chico State University, and he grew up both in Pennsylvania and in the Bay area, where he was homeschooled alongside three brothers. In addition to keeping our copy as clean as a whistle, he keeps the beat in several bands around town, including The Dirty Soap and Sweetbriar Rose. He also studies African percussion, rigs up drum sets from saw blades and dabbles in sound engineering.  

If you ask nicely, you can borrow his copy of the AP Stylebook, but you may not borrow his cowbells. After setting up his drum set at a gig, he always marvels at how many guitar players can't seem to bring a capo.

He meditates regularly and drinks a lot of coffee. He knows he should have brought a travel mug.


Megan Matuzak | Finance Associate and Office Manager Megan started at Red Flag Media as an intern for Magnet Magazine. She then quickly went from stuffing envelopes to Finance Associate and Office Manager, which is her official title.  But ask anyone around the office and they would agree: she does a little bit of everything. A graduate from Temple University, Philly quickly became home. As a writer, photographer and overall creative, she’s got her hands in a little bit of everything, from the Eagles Stadium to the old Peanut Chew Factory in North Philly. She credits her time in Los Angeles and New York City for enriching the creativity and quick wit that makes her special. Megan has watched Grid evolve over the past two years. The magazine has opened up new conversations, shown light where it was dark and (sort of) changed her mind about beets. Most of all, as the magazine becomes more inclusive, she loves to watch the community it nurtures grow with each issue. megan@gridphilly.com 215.625.9850 x 106

Megan Matuzak | Finance Associate and Office Manager
Megan started at Red Flag Media as an intern for Magnet Magazine. She then quickly went from stuffing envelopes to Finance Associate and Office Manager, which is her official title.  But ask anyone around the office and they would agree: she does a little bit of everything.

A graduate from Temple University, Philly quickly became home. As a writer, photographer and overall creative, she’s got her hands in a little bit of everything, from the Eagles Stadium to the old Peanut Chew Factory in North Philly. She credits her time in Los Angeles and New York City for enriching the creativity and quick wit that makes her special.

Megan has watched Grid evolve over the past two years. The magazine has opened up new conversations, shown light where it was dark and (sort of) changed her mind about beets. Most of all, as the magazine becomes more inclusive, she loves to watch the community it nurtures grow with each issue.
megan@gridphilly.com
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