By Charlie Deitch ≈ charlie@pittsburghcurrent.com

You know the old saying that freedom isn’t free? Well, they weren’t bullshitting!

This is the first of what I know will be many days of operation for the Pittsburgh Current. Here in the beginning, it’s going to be tough sledding. But, former City Paper Marketing Director Bethany Ruhe and I didn’t start this publication because it was going to be easy. We started this because it is necessary.

We started from scratch and the outpouring of support has been tremendous. As I write this, our Kickstarter isn’t quite one week old and we are two-thirds funded and that’s important. Not because of the money, although we will put it to good use, but because your support means you agree this publication is vital.

We haven’t done it alone:. We’ve called our friends and called in favors and as of today we are a content-producing media company. The plan is to publish quality content online daily. We will publish monthly in print and our first issue is set to hit the streets July 11. It’s an uphill climb, but we’re excited and ready to take the journey.

Our editorial staff and league of contributors is made up of both seasoned journalists and eager, young reporters. Many people will contribute, but the core group right now includes former Post-Gazette staff member Kim Lyons as editor at large. Kim was one of the first people I heard from when I was fired by City Paper last month and was on board this ship from the start. It’s also great to announce that veteran music journalist Margaret Welsh is joining our staff as interim music editor. In addition, recent University of Pittsburgh graduates and Haley Frederick and Amanda Reed are the Current’s first two staff writers. While we plan on adding more voices to our list of columnists, I’m very happy to announce that comedian, writer and friend Mike Wysocki will be starting up his popular column with us. We are also excited about adding new voices including political activist Aryana Berringer and LGBTQ activist and writer Sue Kerr to our list of weekly contributors.

On the business side, Bethany Ruhe will serve as Associate Publisher and her emphasis will be on sales, marketing and events. We are also working closely with Jeff Rose, the publisher of Local PGH, sharing our strengths to make sure both publications are successful.

Honestly, there is a lot more to come and it will seem like we’re making new announcements every day. As we build our stable of contributors, our online content will become more robust, as will the rest of the site.. And most importantly, if you have a story tip or an event you want us to consider covering email me or any of the other crew listed on the staff page.

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Current.

4 Comments

  • Ed D says:

    Hi Folks,
    Good move , with the current media environment that seems to be turning conservative ,while the folks that live here in the majority aren’t. I see the current management teams of those publications as carpet baggers, spreading many untruths and supporting an agenda that is trying to reconstruct the way we think.
    We are all smarter that that and if we all don’t support them then maybe they go out of business and we can return to our normal media environment back to the people.

  • Raymo says:

    Thomas Jefferson: “…The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them….”

  • Mary Ruth Kelsey says:

    I am so pleased that you all are taking up the responsibility to provide us with real news. And I’m overjoyed that I’ll be able to see Rob Rogers’ cartoons again! Thank you.

  • Michael Robb says:

    Thanks for continuing the struggle against this wave of political sensorship. I canceled my PG subscription and no longer look to the CP for valid reporting on the politics of our region. On a purely non-political note, what happened to Al Hoff?

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