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DIY Halloween Costumes with Cricut (& BuzzFeed!)

Posted by stephanie on October 13th, 2017

October is here (well, halfway over!), and we’ve been getting into the autumn spirit by crafting up a storm with one of our newer clients, Cricut. Cricut makes smart cutting machines that let you design professional-quality products with ease, from the comfort of your desk (or anywhere, really). With Halloween around the corner, DIY costumes are a no-brainer.

Grab some (pretty brilliant) ideas from BuzzFeed, which published a list of must-try options today: “17 Clever Halloween Costumes For Anyone With A Prime Account And A Dream.”

Rachel Wilkerson Miller used her Cricut for many of the costumes on the list, to embellish clothing with pop-culture-inspired text and designs. We’re kind of obsessed with the La Croix costumes — not to mention Cards Against Humanity and Buzzfeed Badges as easy ways to make comfortable dresses totally pop (and not get chastised for not wearing a costume to your friend’s Halloween party).

Which are your favorites?

(Photos from BuzzFeed!)

Free Every Wednesday: Remembering the Village Voice

Posted by stephanie on September 20th, 2017


We won’t soon forget the thrill of picking up the Village Voice on Wednesdays after work, before settling into our commute home. Sometimes, we’d be lucky enough to pass one of those telltale red sidewalk dispensers early in the morning, and get our fill of investigative takedowns and new restaurant reviews before even arriving at the office, trying to shield our keen interest in “Savage Love” from the eyes of passengers riding next to us. Either way, we’ll sorely miss the physical version of the Voice, which published its final print edition today, and will live on in digital-only form.

But the alt-weekly has special significance for another reason, too: it’s where Alissa got her start in PR for media, as Public Relations Director from 1996-1999. Alissa’s photo appeared in the final print edition of the paper among other Voice alums from over the years, including celebrated feminist writer Susan Brownmiller, New York Times critic Guy Trebay, and Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter Mark Schoofs. On the cover? None other than Bob Dylan.

A good thing doesn’t always last forever, but we’re happy to have the memories — and the memento!

Slate & STAT celebrate milestones

Posted by stephanie on November 4th, 2016

It’s an autumn of celebrating for ANPR!

In September, Slate celebrated its 20th anniversary—with a toast to the next 20—with a star-studded (literally) party at One World Trade Center.

Here’s who showed up. See the New Yorker for a write-up of what it was like listening to Slate’s four editors-in-chief discuss the past and present of the publication. Plus, Julia Turner on looking forward to the future of Slate, and NiemanLab on Slate’s refusal to chase digital media trends over the decades.


Meanwhile, STAT is celebrating its first birthday today, having officially reported from the frontiers of health and medicine for a year.


Here are just some of the things we learned from STAT this year:

–The longer your yawn, the bigger your brain.

–It’s possible to get your ENTIRE genome sequenced. It just takes a while. And a lot of money.
–EpiPen maker Mylan did more than make life-saving medicine inaccessible to millions of Americans; it violated antitrust laws, too.
–”Detox water,” the toast of the Kardashians, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
–Pressuring doctors to prescribe addictive pain drug OxyContin through bribes of sweet treats? Sadly, it’s been done.

 Keep up by signing up for some of STAT’s daily newsletters. (Our favorite is Morning Rounds, FYI)