Megawords (run by the artist duo of Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, both 2012 Pew Fellows) is self-described as "an experimental media project" that takes the form of an independently published, biannual print photography magazine, as well as related installation projects and public events. Megawords strives to create an ongoing narrative that examines daily life in cities through documentation of surroundings and experiences, without the distraction of commercialization. Murphy and Smyrski collaborate with artists, photographers, designers, writers, musicians, and other creative people in order to produce the Megawords publication. The ideas and images in the magazine encourage readers to "make a leap into the dark, to rethink their environments, neighborhoods and lifestyles, and to draw their own conclusions." In addition to past grants including 20011's Mobile Publication Studio, Megawords has expanded its practice to participate in other cultural events and convenings, including the installation of an interactive kiosk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as part of the Center-funded 2012 exhibition Zoe Strauss: Ten Years.
Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy, the artist duo that constitutes Megawords, worked with four European artists to plan for the creation of a roving media production lab—a truck from which they would conduct interviews, make zines and videos, and document residents in three socio-economically and culturally distinct Philadelphia neighborhoods. "We like to think that the final outcome of the project will be a catalog of Philadelphia," noted Megawords. The planning team—Megawords plus E. B. Itso & Adam of Denmark and Sweden, and Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf of Berlin—scouted the city and identified the three neighborhoods as well as neighborhood ambassadors to assist them with community relations. When realized, the project will result in two new non-commercial photo-zines. Between 2005 and 2012, Megawords has self-published 14 non-commercial photo-zines, broadcast a weekly Internet radio show, organized multiple events and performances, and exhibited widely.