By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
Tomorrow, July 11, the Pittsburgh Current officially becomes two-years-old.
That’s a major accomplishment for us. Because I’ll be honest, there have been times in the past four months when I wasn’t so sure we’d make it. On May 12, we admitted that and asked for help from our readers in the form of one-time donations or sustaining memberships. Since that time, I can honestly say, we are only here because of you.
Since May 12, we have received nearly $6,500 from supporters’ donations. That money combined with $5,000 each from the Google News Initiative and the Facebook Journalism Project has allowed us to keep going. Nearly 100 percent of that money went to content creators. Today as we prepare to start our third year in business, we are once again asking for help.
I know it’s a huge ask, especially given what we’re all going through with the pandemic. That’s also why I wanted to be completely transparent about how much we’ve received and how it’s been spent. At this time, our full-time news staff consists of myself and Visuals Editor Jake Mysliwczyk working with incredible freelance writers to bring you important stories that you need to know about.
That includes coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement in the Pittsburgh and keeping the city accountable for its actions as well as local school districts, the spread of COVID-19 at the Allegheny County Jail, the triumphs and struggles of local school districts as they try to educate through a pandemic, stories about the pandemic through legitimate sources with the best information, a primary election that featured contentious races and voter suppression, while still keeping a system of checks and balances on our government. and local media, including other outlets as well as ourselves. And we launched a new podcast. featuring Allegheny County Councilor-at-Large, Bethany Hallam.
The bottom line, if you can spare anything to help support independent, influence-free journalism, we would be beyond grateful. I’m not going to launch into guilt-trip mode or anything like that, but here’s what I promise in return. The Pittsburgh Current will keep putting out content for absolutely as long as we are able, with or without additional funding (obviously the money would make it a much longer time). It’s the only thing that I know how to do, quite frankly, so we’re going to keep moving forward.
Thanks for all of your support in the past and in the future.