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A five year examination of the Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom reveals the challenges and harsh realities facing the newspaper industry
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    “IF IT BLEEDS IT LEADS”
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    This Kickstarter exclusive is an old newsroom proverb.

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    “NO BOSS SHALL RULE THIS TOWN”
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    Made exclusively for Kickstarter and based on the 1929 original opposing the ruthless Vare family political machine and corruption that infested City Hall.

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    DEADLINE NEWSPAPER.
    Early Edition. Early Edition. The first installment of the two volume DEADLINE publications, featuring 70 essays by current and former Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom staff, including many Pulitzer winners. Printed at Skuykill Printing Plant on the same press as the Inquirer. Advance copies of this newspaper are available ONLY through Kickstarter.

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    "A MIRROR OF GREATNESS, BLURRED”
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    Edition of 50, hand numbered, signed by artist, 20" x 24"

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    “THE FINE PRINT” T-shirt.
    Full graphic tee, printed on front and back, featuring the collage "A Mirror Of Greatness, Blurred, 2012." Edition of 50. Size availability: S, M, L, XL, please specify size with order.

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    DEADLINE BOOK.
    Late Edition. The Kickstarter special. Introduction by Gene Roberts, editor of the Inquirer from 1972-1990 and won the paper 18 Pulitzer Prizes. The second installment of the two volume DEADLINE publications. All copies purchased on Kickstarter will be signed by the artist and come hand wrapped in a Philadelphia Inquirer front page from 2014. Each item is unique.

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    DEADLINE NEWSPAPER & BOOK. The complete two volume, Early and Late Edition, DEADLINE publications. Comes with a special "Deadline is like a traffic jam" insert print based on the original which once hung in the copy desk. Available ONLY through Kickstarter.

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    8" x 10" archival pigment print of "Midnight, Foreign Bureaus Gone Dark, 7:24pm, 2011", edition of 50, signed and numbered by artist. INCLUDES DEADLINE NEWSPAPER

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    “WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY”
    Write your own Obituary in 140 characters or less to be featured in the Obituaries section of the DEADLINE NEWSPAPER.
    INCLUDES 3 COPIES OF DEADLINE NEWSPAPER

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    "Y2K"
    Historic Newspapers.
    December 31, 1999 & January 1, 2000 complete papers. Each edition includes special sections devoted to the history of Philadelphia.
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    "MEGATURD"
    Limited Edition Book.
    Includes signed DEADLINE BOOK & DEADLINE NEWSPAPER, Reporter's Notebook, "If It Bleeds It Leads" Pencil, Inches to lines Conversation Chart, "No Boss Shall Rule This Town" Pin, Editorial Submission Rejection Letter, Vintage Letterpress Letters, Memo from Tom Steacy, Thomas Jefferson's Famous "Newspapers Without Government" Letter—underlined by my grandfather John Steacy.

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    “FINAL EDITION OF THE BULLETIN”
    Historic Newspaper.
    Under the leadership of Gene Roberts and an inventory of award winning journalists who zigged instead zagged, the Inquirer put The Bulletin out of business in 1982 and established itself as one of the best papers in the country. Roberts went on a hiring spree that year, hiring 95 people including my father and 20 former Bulletin employees. INCLUDES DEADLINE BOOK & DEADLINE NEWSPAPER

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    “THREE MILE ISLAND.”
    Historic Newspaper Pack.
    The Inquirer assigned 27 reporters and photographers to cover the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979. Their deep coverage of this event received a Pulitzer Prize.
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    “SHOE-LEATHER REPORTING.”
    Historic Newspaper Pack.
    Donald Barlett and James Steele. Legends. Here are two big stories from their tireless examination of the American energy industry. Their work began in 1973 when they accurately predicted, and proved, a manufactured oil crisis was brewing, long before any other paper. For one series they spent a year reporting and traveled 12,000 miles.
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    11" x 14" archival pigment print of "Don Sapatkin, Deputy Science & Medicine Editor, 6:44pm, 2009", edition of 15, signed and numbered by artist. Includes DEADLINE NEWSPAPER.

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    “A WEEK OF BANNER HEADLINES”
    Historic Newspaper Pack.
    Sept. 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th Front Pages.
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    DOWN THESE MEAN STREETS
    Book & Goody Bag
    Originally released in October 2012, Down These Mean Streets sold out in a month and the extremely limited "Campaign Financing Goody Bags" sold out in days. They are now impossible to find. Each "Goody Bag" includes: Signed Monograph, Vintage Bank Deposit Bag, Noose, Antique Wrench, Blank Time Card, Application For Unemployment Benefits, Scratch-Off Lotto Ticket, Buffalo Nickel, "Iraq's Most Wanted" Cards & American Flag.

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    "SHOT TO DEATH DIPTYCH." Extremely rare Inquirer front pages chronicling one of the most noted events in 20th Century American history. INCLUDES DEADLINE BOOK & DEADLINE NEWSPAPER

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    "A 5.0 Newsquake." Join me for a night at the printing plant when the DEADLINE NEWSPAPER goes to press. Located in Conshohocken, PA.
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    "U.S. ATTACKED"
    Historic Newspaper
    September 12th, 2001. A day we will never forget. Page after page of deep coverage, not one A-section ad, pure class.
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    "KENNEDY SHOT TO DEATH"
    Historic Newspaper.
    A tragic day remembered in this front page.
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    “NIXON RESIGNS.”
    Historic Newspaper.
    One of the most significant events in journalism history. Woodward & Bernstein would inspire an entire generation of journalists.
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    “A SLICE OF THE ‘WEDDING CAKE’”
    White brick from the "Tower Of Truth" Elverson Building, home of the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1925-2012.
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