On Music Journalism with George Miller of JUMP Philly and Alex Mulcahy of Decibel, Grid and Magnet

What does it take to publish successful music writing today? How do you follow the music scene in the age of basement shows, MySpace and internet memes? Where do you begin to gain access to bands, and what is the value of publishing print magazines in an information universe of blogs, tumblrs and YouTube? The founders and editors of some of today’s most influential and interesting music journalism projects will answer these questions, and more, at Paley Library.

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George Miller is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University and the founder of JUMP: The Philly Music Project, a magazine dedicated to music makers of all genres who hail from and create music exclusively in the City of Brotherly Love. He is a journalist, photojournalist and proud Philadelphian. Miller worked at the Philadelphia Daily News for more than 11 years, serving as a staff photographer, features writer, general assignment reporter and police beat writer.His words and images have appeared throughout the paper, in every section. Since leaving the paper in 2005, he has freelanced as a writer and photographer for numerous publications, on numerous subjects. The only common denominator in all his articles (and images) is that they are focused on the city and its citizens.

Alex Mulcahy, owner of Red Flag Media, Inc., grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA. After finishing his English degree at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, he went to work for the independent record store, Gallery of Sound. He became interested in the store’s music publication, and eventually bid to take over the business. Mulcahy’s passion for music and writing helped the publication mature to the point that he began creating publications for independent record stores around the country.

One of Alex’s first employees, Alex Mudrain, was a fellow music buff, particularly of extreme music. Mulcahy encouraged him to expand his writing on the genre into a book, which became Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore. The success of Choosing Death led to the creation of Decibel Magazine in 2004, Red Flag Media’s first national newsstand publication. Since 2009, Mulcahy has delved into another of his passions with GRID Magazine, a free monthly publication devoted to sustainability issues and initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2011, Red Flag Media relaunched the beloved independent music magazine, MAGNET.

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