By Charlie Deitch ≈ email@example.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.