Since 2002, in the great American tradition of grassroots publications, the Utica Phoenix takes its place among those independent newspapers speaking the voice and view of the often unheard. The Utica Phoenix is an independent, progressive newspaper published by For The Good, Inc.
The Phoenix regularly addresses issues and subjects that mainstream media ignore or shy from. While other weeklies and dailies provide cursory coverage, the Phoenix delivers in-depth stories. Rather than sensationalize events of the inner-city, the Phoenix reports, passionately, with an emphasis on the innate dignity of the individual. The Utica Phoenix is a positive, uplifting voice in a daily onslaught of negative press.
Representing a progressive, multi-cultural and multi-generational readership, the Phoenix features pages sponsored by MVLA (Mohawk Valley Latino Association) and the Polish Community (“Polonia”), a natural health section, a poetry page, and we’re not afraid to speak of God.
The Phoenix takes pride in its diverse array of writers. Many of our writers contribute articles and columns, which have large followings. Our writers cover a range of ages, ethnicities and religions, and are an even split in terms of gender. The Phoenix provides a platform for those who seek to educate through the written word.
The month of September saw the online launch of our publication at UitcaPhoenix.net. The October issue of the Utica Phoenix was also the 9th anniversary edition and the first issue for sale for $.50. As of January 2011 the Utica Phoenix has become a paid weekly publication, eligible then as a means of publishing regional public notices, legal notices, obituaries, and other official documents.
Distribution of the Utica Phoenix is now handled by Wolfe News Service, which distributes the New York Times, Daily News and other national publications. Wolfe News Service takes our publication into the four counties of Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Madison and towns and villages therein. The Phoenix is now sold in all area Hannaford, Price Chopper, Walmart, Rite Aid, Nice N Easy, CVS, and Fastrac stores, The Turning Stone Casino, Savon gas stations and all area college bookstores as well as numerous other stores, shops and grocers throughout the region.
This is a huge development for our region. For the first time in modern memory, Utica will have a paid weekly option for local newspaper readers. As you know, the Phoenix is a positive, multi-cultural and progressive publication founded in the proud heritage of grass roots American journalism.