Pittsburgh Current

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Pittsburgh Current
The Pittsburgh Current Logo
TypeAlternative Weekly
FormatTabloid
Founder(s)Charlie Deitch, Bethany Ruhe
PublisherCharlie Deitch
LaunchedJuly 11, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-07-11)
Headquarters1665 Broadway Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15216
CityPittsburgh
CountryUnited States
OCLC number1057123446
Websitepittsburghcurrent.com
Free online archivesYes

The Pittsburgh Current is a free weekly alternative newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The paper is distributed on Wednesdays and covers local news and arts. It was founded in 2018 by Charlie Deitch to promote Freedom of the press claiming his former employer Pittsburgh City Paper engaged in censorship.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Charlie Deitch, Pittsburgh Current Founder and Publisher

The paper was founded by Charlie Deitch, former editor-in-chief of Pittsburgh City Paper. He alleges his May 15, 2018 firing was a result of his criticism of politician Daryl Metcalfe. The article in question, "Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has Proven Himself Unfit for Office" ran on May 2, 2018.[1] The City Paper staff, which included Deitch, brought harsh criticism against Metcalfe, 'his opinions and beliefs to be racist, xenophobic, close-minded and full of general numb-skullery'.[2] Two days later, a published article would attack Metcalfe's pro-gun rally for attracting white supremacists.[3]

Upon seeing the article Vernon L. Wise III, the President of Eagle Media Corp. which owns Pittsburgh City Paper, contacted Deitch. He instructed Deitch to refocus the paper's reporting to Pittsburgh politics. Deitch pushed back saying though Metcalfe was not a Pittsburgh politician, his position in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives impacts the Pittsburgh area.[4] Wise then fired Deitch on May 15, 2018. Deitch recalls the interaction and asserts Wise stated Metcalfe was a personal client, thus making Wise's action an act of censorship. Wise declined to comment to local press about the firing.[5]

Deitch launched the Pittsburgh Current Kickstarter campaign on June 12, 2018. The Pittsburgh Current would copy the same format and take several staffers from Pittsburgh City Paper putting it in direct competition of his old employer. “I was mad at them for not for being the publication that I thought they should be.” Deitch stated. This was Deitch's way to combat censorship and the campaign successfully raised $21,161 from 334 backers.[6][7]

The first issue of the Pittsburgh Current ran in July 2018.

Rob Rogers Comics[edit]

Rob Rogers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s former editorial cartoonist, was fired on June 14, 2018.[8] Rogers had worked at the Post-Gazette since 1993, but John Robinson Block has shifted newspapers editorial stance in a more conservative direction. The Post-Gazette had killed 19 of Rogers cartoons from March to June 2018. Roger's cartoons often made fun of President Trump. He claims this was the reason for his termination.[9][10] The Pittsburgh Current picked up Rob Roger's comics for local syndication in response.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lyons, Kim (May 17, 2018). "'I refused': Fired City Paper editor claims efforts to suppress coverage". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ City Paper Staff (May 2, 2018). "Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has Proven Himself Unfit for Office". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved March 19, 2019. We’ve found many of his opinions and beliefs to be racist, xenophobic, close-minded and full of general numb-skullery.
  3. ^ Deto, Ryan (May 7, 2018). "State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's Pro-gun Rally Attracted Support of Group with White-Supremacist Origins". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Lord, Rich (May 15, 2018). "Pittsburgh City Paper Fires Editor After Disagreement on Coverage of State Legislator". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 19, 2019. Charlie, Can you redirect your anti Metcalf [sic] efforts toward let’s say maybe Pittsburgh politics.
  5. ^ Uberti, David (May 5, 2018). "Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Says He Was Fired for Criticizing a Local Conservative Politician". Splinter. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Braden, Allison (March 19, 2019). "After the death of alt-weeklies, alt-alt-weeklies". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved March 19, 2019. I was mad at them for not for being the publication that I thought they should be.
  7. ^ Deitch, Charlie (June 12, 2018). "The Pittsburgh Current Alt-Monthly: Phase One Funding". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Gannon, Joyce (June 14, 2018). "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fires editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Former Post-Gazette Cartoonist Who Cited Politics In Firing Finds New Outlet". KDKA. June 22, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Rogers, Rob (June 15, 2018). "I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2019. I was fired on Thursday. I blame Donald Trump. Well, sort of.
  11. ^ PG Staff (June 22, 2018). "New Pittsburgh alt-monthly to run former Post-Gazette Rob Rogers cartoons". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Rob Rogers' Cartoons To Appear In New Pittsburgh Publication". Associated Press. June 22, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2019.

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