Good-bye, Philadelphia Media Network. Hello, Philadelphia Inquirer.
On June 1, the Inquirer celebrated its 190th birthday with a new logo, web address and company name. The name change also affected the former Philly.com (now Inquirer, com) and the Philadelphia Daily News (all housed under the former PMN).
Inquirer executive editor and senior vice president Stan Wischnowski explained that from 2006 to 2015, the company went through seven owners, and with those changes came many different names and identities.
"It was time to deliver brand clarity to the market we serve," Wischnowski said. "The Inquirer is now a public benefit corporation, and as such our primary purpose and responsibility is to serve the Philadelphia region with strong and independent journalism for the greater good of its citizens and the community at large."
Wischnowski estimates that all elements of the rebrand were under construction for about a year. During the process, he said that buy-in was required from the newsroom every step of the way. Communication was key, and staff members had quarterly meetings about the rebrand.
The nameplate was one item the newsroom grappled with for some time. Wischnowski said a team of in-house graphic artists collaborated with world renowned type-designer Matthew Carter to create the Inquirers new logo. Carter previously worked with the newsroom to digitize the previous masthead. After more than six months of research, a logo designed by Sara Pfefer, an Inquirer graphic designer, was chosen.
"The newsroom was ultra protective of the nameplate--every letter was a conversation," Wischnowski said. "It speaks to the pride...