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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Whatever happened to Scranton newspaper Go Lackawanna?

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Whatever happened to Scranton newspaper Go Lackawanna?
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

In Episode 40, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the NEPA Scene Podcast by going way, way back to the origins of NEPA Scene in a roundabout way. There was once a great little weekly newspaper in Scranton called Go Lackawanna, where Rich got his first full-time job in journalism as the staff writer. Our guests Chris Hughes and Jason Riedmiller served as the editor and main photographer at the paper, respectively, so with the old band back together, we recall the ups and downs of the two years we spent there fighting the good fight and delivering honest, unbiased journalism with a meager budget and a lot of heart. We discuss the difficulties we faced from our much larger competition and even our own parent company, breaking new ground in the area and leaving a lasting impression, the need for different perspectives and checks and balances in media, some of our best and worst memories on the job, corporate takeovers and poor management decisions, and why the award-winning publication ultimately closed, eventually leading to new ideas and the foundation of NEPA Scene.

In The Last Word segment, we look back at what we learned from our experiences with Go Lackawanna and what we hope others take away from it.

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