By Pittsburgh Current Staff
As of Jan. 29, the Pittsburgh Current is an official member of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, Current Publisher Charlie Deitch announced today.
“My staff and I are humbled with our acceptance into AAN,” Deitch said. “I have long worked for AAN-member publications and I know both the value and gravitas the organization brings to alt-publications. We are an independent publication willing to push the envelope when necessary. We plan on being active members of the organization and, as a long-term goal, hope to bring AAN’s annual convention back to Pittsburgh in the next few years.”
The Current joins the organization as an affiliate member and plans to apply for full membership when the 2019 application process opens later this year.
“We are very much looking forward to becoming an active participant in AAN,” Deitch said. “This membership means the world to us; it serves as further validation that our organization is on the right path to becoming an independent, vital voice in this city.
The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) is a 501c(6) organization, which represents 101 alternative newsmedia organizations throughout North America. AAN member publications reach more than 38 million active, educated and influential adults in print, on the web and on mobile devices. AAN’s purpose is two-fold: to provide services and leadership that ensure the success of its members; and to strengthen alternative journalism through advocacy and education. AAN is focused on accelerating member success through a variety of initiatives, always with an eye towards excellent quality journalism. There are a wide range of publications in AAN, but all share these attributes: an intense focus on local news, culture and the arts; an informal and sometimes profane style; an emphasis on point-of-view reporting and narrative journalism; a tolerance for individual freedoms and social differences; and an eagerness to report on issues and communities that many mainstream media outlets ignore. AAN members speak truth to power.
About Pittsburgh Current: Pittsburgh Current is a multi-platform alternative-media company formed in June 2018 by former Charlie Deitch and Bethany Ruhe, the former editor and marketing director of the Pittsburgh City Paper. Deitch was fired in May 2018, a week after he refused to stop writing about a controversial state politician. Ruhe resigned a short time after, The goal of the twice-monthly newspaper and daily online editions is to give Pittsburghers a true alternative to the mainstream media through honest, unfiltered, independent, reader-first journalism.