Washington City Paper
|Founded||1981; 39 years ago (1981) (as 1981)|
|Headquarters||734 15th St. NW, Suite 400|
|Circulation||68,059 weekly in 2011|
See also: List of newspapers in Washington, D.C.
The Washington City Paper is a U.S.
The City Paper is distributed on Thursdays; its average circulation in 2006 was 85,588.
The paper's editorial mix is focused on local news and arts.
Its 2018 circulation figure was 47,000.
For its first year it was called 1981.
The name was changed to City Paper in January 1982 and in December 1982 Smith and Hirsch sold 80% of it to Chicago Reader, Inc.
In 1988, Chicago Reader, Inc. acquired the remaining 20% interest.
Amy Austin, the longtime general manager, was promoted to publisher in 2003.
On December 21, 2017, it was announced that D.C.-area venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein would buy the City Paper.
He became the first D.C.-based owner in the paper's history.
Ein announced the creation of two groups to ensure the paper's long-term success: "Alumni Group" and "Friends of Washington City Paper."
He and the Simon Wiesenthal Center claimed that the story used anti-Semitic tropes.
Prominent sports journalists, Jewish groups, and Jewish writers published sharp criticism of Snyder and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's claims of anti-Semitism, referring in various opinion pieces and public statements to their statements as, “breathtakingly dumb allegation”, “almost unbearably stupid”, and “so self-evidently lacking in merit”.
The Washington City paper issued its own response in a published editorial, saying, "But we at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously—in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover.
So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites."
In response, hundreds of loyal readers donated over $30,000 to a legal defense fund.
Regular City Paper features include:
- a cover feature, 2,500 to 12,000 words in length
- an arts feature, 1,200 to 2,000 words in length
- The District Line, a section of shorter news features about D.C.
- Loose Lips, a news column and blog devoted to D.C. local politics
- Young & Hungry, a food column and blog
- Housing Complex, a real estate column and blog
- Music, theater, film, gallery, and book reviews by various writers
- City Lights, a section comprising critics' events picks.
Also published is one syndicated feature:
Notable former staffers
- David Carr – Former staff writer, The New York Times; author, The Night of the Gun
- Jake Tapper – Chief Washington correspondent, CNN
- Ta-Nehisi Coates – National correspondent, The Atlantic; author, Between the World and Me; MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient
- Katherine Boo – Author, Behind the Beautiful Forevers; MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient
- Erik Wemple – Media critic, The Washington Post
- Jack Shafer – Senior media writer, Politico; former columnist, Reuters; former columnist, Slate
- Amanda Hess – Staff writer, The New York Times; former staff writer, Slate
- Dave McKenna – Staff writer, Deadspin
- David Plotz – CEO, Atlas Obscura; co-host, Slate Political Gabfest; former staff writer, Slate
- Jelani Cobb – Staff writer, The New Yorker
- Clara Jeffery – Editor-in-chief, Mother Jones
- Kara Swisher – Co-founder, Recode
- Jason Cherkis – Reporter, HuffPost
- Neil Drumming – Producer, This American Life
- Amanda Ripley – Journalist and author
- Michael Schaffer – Editor, Washingtonian
- Brett Anderson – Contributing writer, The New York Times; former restaurant critic, The Times-Picayune
- Tom Scocca – Deputy executive editor, Special Projects Desk, Gizmodo Media Group
- Christina Cauterucci – Staff writer, Slate
- Lydia DePillis – Economics reporter, CNNMoney; former economics reporter, Houston Chronicle; former business reporter, The Washington Post
- Jonathan Fischer – Senior editor, Slate
- Josh Levin – Executive editor, Slate
- Jessica Sidman – Food editor, Washingtonian
- Mike DeBonis - Reporter, The Washington Post
- Alan Suderman, Virginia statehouse reporter, Associated Press
- Will Sommer - Reporter, The Daily Beast
- Shani Hilton – Deputy Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times
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