NEPA Scene is the independent arts and entertainment website Northeastern Pennsylvania has been waiting for.

The area is frequently mocked for being behind the times, and oftentimes its media reflects this, so NEPA Scene was created not only to embrace the Digital Age, but to encompass all its best elements. It combines the accuracy and professionalism of a print magazine with the immediacy and convenience of a blog, offering a wide variety of content to an even wider variety of readers.

Those looking for in-depth interviews, thoughtful reporting, and exceptional photography will find it here. Those looking for a five-minute distraction in the form of a Top 10 list, viral video, or quick blog post will also find it here. The site is updated daily with new content, highlighted by a unique design with no paywall or outmoded layout to navigate.

NEPA Scene covers everything from music and movies to food and books, with an emphasis on artists and entertainers located in or traveling through Northeastern Pennsylvania, though its coverage area extends to Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. Instead of simply reporting on creative people, the site also works directly with them to share content and spread the word about everything that’s happening in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and beyond.

As the site expands, original columns, vlogs, and podcasts will be introduced. Currently, NEPA Scene is simply a labor of love by founder and editor Rich Howells, but it is quickly expanding into a full-fledged business with a hard-working staff as traffic and interest continues to grow. Support of any kind for this imaginative and interactive endeavor is appreciated.

Send press releases, tips, story ideas, potential content, advertising inquiries, and general questions or feedback to Rich directly at richnepascene@gmail.com.


Q: What is NEPA Scene?

A: Based in Scranton, NEPA Scene is a brand new type of website for Northeastern Pennsylvania, covering the thriving arts and entertainment scene in this area and nearby cities like Philadelphia and New York. It focuses specifically on artists and entertainers from NEPA, but extends to noteworthy creative people traveling through this coverage area as well.

Q: There are already publications and websites that cover arts and entertainment in this area. What makes this one necessary or any different?

A: NEPA Scene is run completely independently, a start-up website where passion, not profit, comes first. After working for years in local media, founder and editor Rich Howells decided to pursue his dream of running his own publication his own way, with artists helping artists to build a DIY community around the site to promote the incredible talent of the area.

In addition to an eye-catching, user-friendly design, NEPA Scene takes an honest and fresh approach to its content by combining elements of newspapers, magazines, and blogs to deliver something that will satisfy and resonate with every type of reader.

Q: How can I promote my event/band/concert/art/etc. on this website?

A: E-mail all relevant information to richnepascene@gmail.com. If it’s in our coverage area and relevant to our audience, it will be posted as a blog update and/or in the calendar section. Rather than getting lost in cumbersome listing pages, your event will be placed in a simple, easy-to-use calendar similar to the events calendar used by Facebook. If a full story with an interview is possible, we will get in touch with you.

Q: How can I become a contributor to NEPA Scene?

A: Submit a résumé and samples of your work to richnepascene@gmail.com. At this time, contributors cannot be compensated financially, but once the site grows to a sustainable level, this will become an integral part of the operation, as we believe all artists should be compensated for their time and effort.

Q: How can I advertise on NEPA Scene?

A: Simply e-mail richnepascene@gmail.com to learn more about all the unique advertising opportunities available on this website, including opportunities not offered by any other website or publication in the area.

Q: Who drew the artwork used in the top banner?

A: All the black and white artwork, including the image above, has been generously provided by Scranton illustrator and educator Ted Michalowski and used with his permission. More information about him and his work can be found on his website.

Q: Who designed the logo?

A: Robert Wolf, a web designer and photographer from New York, was kind enough to design the NEPA Scene logo, which incorporates the Keystone State symbol. Visit his website to see more of his work.


Do you like what you see? Would you like to help keep NEPA Scene in business? Please consider helping us out with a donation. Any amount, no matter how big or small, is appreciated!