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Friday, April 30, 2021

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 10:06 AM

Pittsburgh City Paper is honored to announce the news, arts, and entertainment altweekly has won four awards in the 2021 Keystone Media Awards, a statewide journalism competition for Pennsylvania media companies.

The awards, published on Thu., April 29 by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, are presented each year to Pennsylvania journalists whose work "displays relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and furthers First Amendment values."

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper wins four 2021 Keystone Media Awards (2)
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
Artwork for The Health Issue
City Paper competed in the category of "multi‐day publications with over 50,000 circulation" and won First Place under the Special Section category for The Health Issue, a publication with stories focused on mental health and suicide prevention. This issue was dedicated to former CP managing editor Alex Gordon who died of suicide in October 2020.

The altweekly also won a second place award for graphic design, and two honorable mentions.

The First Place win for The Health Issue is especially meaningful for City Paper because it was published a month after Alex's death while the staff was still grieving, choosing to honor his memory by turning their grief into something meaningful and aiming to help others who were struggling. In addition to CP's full-time staff, contributing writer Tara Fay Coleman also penned a personal essay for this issue about her own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts.

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper wins four 2021 Keystone Media Awards (3)
Page designs by Abbie Adams
City Paper art director Abbie Adams took home a second place win in the Keystone Awards for Feature Page Design for her layout on Hannah Lynn's story on Preserving Pittsburgh, a feature on Pittsburgh's three-year-old archive department working to make the city's history more accessible. Not only did Abbie design the cover and pages for the story, but she joined Hannah on her interview to take photographs, which she then used as references to illustrate all of the artwork that accompanies her page designs.

click to enlarge Pittsburgh City Paper wins four 2021 Keystone Media Awards (4)
CP illustration: Abbie Adams
Black Lives Matter activists in rural Bedford County illustration for Pittsburgh City Paper and Spotlight PA story
An Honorable Mention Award went to CP news editor Ryan Deto and writer Joseph Darius Jaafari for the News Feature Story category for a story published in partnership with Pennsylvania nonprofit newsroom Spotlight PA. Ryan and Joseph's story, which ran simultaneously in both publications, looked into how video footage did not support state police accounts of shots being fired at a group of civil rights marchers in Central Pennsylvania, which then led to misinformation inspiring paranoia and rallies against the marchers in two small towns.

CP art director Abbie Adams' illustration of Black Lives Matter activists in rural Bedford County for this story also won an Honorable Mention award for Graphic/Photo Illustration.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 3:33 PM

click to enlarge Tereneh Idia's column awarded top honors for second consecutive year at Western Pa. Golden Quill Awards (2)
Screencap from Tereneh Idia's award announcement at the 2020 Golden Quill awards
Pittsburgh City Paper received two Golden Quill awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania's 2020 annual awards ceremony Thursday evening, including the winner of Excellence in Written Journalism, Daily for Columns/Blogs for contributing writer Tereneh Idia's column "Voices."

"These columns focus on the issues of justice for people who don't have the same level of influence as the writer does," said local media personality Susan Brozek Scott, the master of ceremonies for the evening's virtual event, which aired online and on local cable channel PCTV because of the coronavirus pandemic. "From children protesters to Black women, she addresses uncomfortable truths without letting the readers off the hook."

This marks the second year in a row for Idia receiving the prestigious award. "Worst place to be you" is one of this year's award-winning columns which earned her the recognition.

click to enlarge Tereneh Idia's column awarded top honors for second consecutive year at Western Pa. Golden Quill Awards
Screencap from Jared Wickerham's award announcement at the 2020 Golden Quill awards
Also winning a Golden Quill for the second year in a row is Pittsburgh City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham who received the 2020 award for Excellence in visual Craft Achievement-Sports Photo for his photograph of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

"Judges said, 'hands down the best entry in the category.' Great anticipation of the action and perfect timing," said Brozek Scott of Wickerham's photo when announcing his award.

Other Pittsburgh City Paper Golden Quill finalists included Wickerham's photo of Summer Lee for Excellence in Visual Craft Achievement-Personality Profile Photo; Wickerham's photo of "Barron's Entrance" for Excellence in Visual Craft Achievement-Sports Photo; and, Hannah Lynn's "Port in a Storm" for Excellence in Written Journalism, Daily-Traditional Feature.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 10:11 PM

Last month, after posting a news story about a public official who is trans on Pittsburgh City Paper's official Facebook page, our feed was soon filled with transphobic comments. Dozens of them in a short time span.

When hateful comments appear on our website or social media pages, we do our best to monitor and delete them. We also alert readers of our policy against hate speech, then block people's pages who ignore our warnings.

After June's transphobic comments, which were the worst examples of hate speech on our platforms we have seen in recent times, we added a long list of filters to our Facebook page moderation settings, where you can block posts or comments containing certain words or phrases. Still, more hateful comments continued to make their way through our page, despite our filters, which meant if we weren't monitoring our page 24/7, offensive posts could remain on our page for hours at a time.

Today, City Paper's management team — which includes myself (editor in chief Lisa Cunningham), ad director Jasmine Hughes, and our director of operations Kevin Shepherd — have made the decision to turn off all comments on

This decision comes in light of the difficult decision of company-wide furloughs and cutbacks on Friday, including three editorial staffers. This decision is made based on the fact that we no longer have the staff to monitor comments on our website. We would rather disable comments entirely than risk having even one transphobic, racist, or hateful comment appear on our site.

Let me be clear, however. Our aim is not to silence reader responses or voices, and we welcome readers to send us feedback on our stories, whether positive or negative. Since we are removing the comments from the website, we are instead announcing a new weekly curated Letters to the Editor section launching on our website as early as Mon., July 6 if we get submissions, which will include links to the stories readers are commenting on next to their feedback.

If you are interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, please email submissions to with "Letter to the Editor" in the subject line. Submissions must be 100 words or less to be considered for publication.

If you have a question and/or would like to request a response from a writer or editor, please include that in your email, and we will do our best to include answers in the post along with your letter.

Additionally, if it was possible to at least temporarily disable comments entirely from our Facebook page until we are able to get our furloughed staff back full-time, we would do so. Unfortunately, after looking into this, it does not appear to be an option. In the meantime, we will continue to try to monitor our Facebook page as much as we can, but since we are short staffed, we are afraid comments will sometimes fall through the cracks. If you do happen to see a comment slip through our filters, and if you are comfortable doing so, we would really appreciate it if you are able tag us on the post so it brings it to our attention, or you could email me directly at and put "HATE SPEECH" in the subject line, and we will do our best to remove it as quickly as we are able to do so.

And for any trolls reading this who are now just going to fill my inbox with hate mail: I've read it all before. At least try to be original this time.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 2:56 PM

A pinball machine at the Pacific Pinball Museum.

It’s Mario time.

Replay FX, a festival dedicated to arcade, console and tabletop games makes Pittsburgh its home for the weekend.

The festival hosts the largest pinball tournament in history, Pinburgh. Over the three day event, 840 competitors will pinball on over 300 machines.

64 women will compete for a $5000 prize in the first ever women’s pinball competition. Catch the final on July 29 at 2:30pm.

Nostalgic? Replay FX has the classic, 1980 bad-graphic games. Beat your middle school high scores on games like Pac-Man, Tetris and Mario Bros. Bring back your skills from 4th grade with The Oregon Trail Challenge. Live out your NFL dreams on an Xbox 360.

This arcade and gaming extravaganza neglects nothing. Entire rooms of the festival are dedicated to tabletop games.

Take a trip through the Candyland forests or strategize over The Resistance.

Listen to seminars by pinball designers.

Dress your best to compete in the cosplay competition.

Hear some of your favorite theme songs reimagined through rock with Replay’s live music lineup.

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Replay FX has it all, no tokens needed.

Replay FX continues through July 29. Buy tickets and day passes here.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Pittsburgh P-G cartoonist Rob Rogers fired after speaking out against anti-Trump cartoons being pulled
Screenshot from Lynn Cullen Live
Rob Rogers (right) with City Paper's Lynn Cullen - Watch the video archive
In a June 14 tweet, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers announced he had been fired.

Last week, Rogers had spoken publicly about the decision by the Post-Gazette editorial board to pull several of his recent cartoons. Many of them had criticized or satirized President Donald Trump, including Trump's immigration enforcement policies. 

"Sad to report this update: Today, after 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired," tweeted Rogers.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers critical of paper's decision to pull anti-Trump cartoons
Rob Rogers (right) speaking with Lynn Cullen on June 7
Rob Rogers doesn’t want to normalize this president.

Over the last few months, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board has pulled several editorial cartoons submitted by Rogers, a longtime cartoonist. Those pieces included criticism of President Donald Trump and his immigration enforcement policies and the NFL’s new national anthem rule that Trump fervently backs.

After initially opting for silence on the situation, Rogers continued going public Thursday with an appearance on Lynn Cullen Live. (Listen to the full interview on Cullen's podcast.)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Today we had to make the very difficult decision to part ways with our editor, Charlie Deitch.

Charlie has served Pittsburgh City Paper and the people of Pittsburgh incredibly well in his tenure here and oversaw many positive changes at City Paper, including our newest redesign.

We are very excited for the future of CP and feel like we have a team in place that will help to move CP into a future where we can encompass all of Pittsburgh, with a renewed focus on neighborhoods, the arts, food and drink, and of course, local news.

Change is always difficult, and this was a difficult day. We are committed to the employees of CP, who work hard every day to put together a publication that we can all be proud of.

We wish Charlie nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

We are excited to announce that Rob Rossi will now be joining us as Editor of City Paper. Rob has been a Pittsburgh media staple for years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. We look forward to Rob’s introduction to you in the next few days, and we are excited for you to all be a part of the City Paper’s bright future.

Vernon L. Wise III
President, Eagle Media Corp.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 5:11 PM

click to enlarge Pittsburgh official Twitter account retweets a user with title "WHITE NATIONALIST"; city says it was in error
Image courtesy of Twitter
Sometime between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Pittsburgh's official Twitter account, @CityPGH, retweeted a tweet from an account named "WHITE NATIONALIST" in all caps. The user's handle is @FIGHT_4UR_RIGHT and the profile states, in all capital letters, "GLOBALISTS DESTROY BORDERS, LANGUAGE & CULTURE OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS. THEY WANNA DUMP TRUMP, HELP MUSLIMS & RULE THRU SHARIA LAW!"

The retweet in question was a reply to a video of actress Jennifer Lawrence saying "Hey Trump, fuck you," referring to President Donald Trump. The tweet from "WHITE NATIONALIST" stated "THAT PERSON IS THE ACTRESS, Jennifer Lawrence. I'M SURE HER PARENTS ARE VERY PROUD. ... #PENNSYLVANIA #PITTSBURG @dailypenn @PittsburghPG." Pittsburgh's official Twitter account was also tagged in this tweet.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Pennsylvania state House candidate Dan Smith calls out state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe for post insulting Parkland students
Dan Smith Jr. (left) and Daryl Metcalfe (rigth)
On Feb. 14, 17 students and teachers were killed in a mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla. In response, Florida students are organizing walkouts and protests, hoping to encourage legislators to pass more gun-control measures, and their efforts are being joined from high school students across the country.

On Feb. 21, more than 100 students from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, Downtown, joined the effort by walking out and marching to Market Square.

But for Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Cranberry), those students are just left-wing agitators.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Served fresh from CP Marketing!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM

We know you like snackable content.  It’s okay – we do, too.  That’s why the Marketing Department here at City Paper put on its thinkin’ cap and decided our readers need a little something extra to get through the day – queue CP Extra

We’ve already started creating content for you – lists, quizzes, crazy Pittsburgh conspiracies, stories about what we had for lunch – but we’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions, angry comments, whatever it may be to make sure we deliver the best content just for you.  After all, yinz keep us going – and we want to thank you.

That being said, please take 3-5 minutes to answer a couple questions about what online content you love most, and we’ll get crackin’ on bringing it right to you.

Thank you,

City Paper Marketing Department

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