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TypeWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_0_0 Alternative weeklyWashington City Paper_cell_0_0_1
FormatWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_1_0 TabloidWashington City Paper_cell_0_1_1
EditorWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_2_0 Alexa MillsWashington City Paper_cell_0_2_1
FoundedWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_3_0 1981; 39 years ago (1981) (as 1981)Washington City Paper_cell_0_3_1
HeadquartersWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_4_0 734 15th St. NW, Suite 400

Washington, D.C., U.S. 20005Washington City Paper_cell_0_4_1

CirculationWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_5_0 68,059 weekly in 2011Washington City Paper_cell_0_5_1
WebsiteWashington City Paper_header_cell_0_6_0 Washington City Paper_cell_0_6_1

See also: List of newspapers in Washington, D.C. Washington City Paper_sentence_0

The Washington City Paper is a U.S. Washington City Paper_sentence_1

alternative weekly newspaper serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Washington City Paper_sentence_2

The City Paper is distributed on Thursdays; its average circulation in 2006 was 85,588. Washington City Paper_sentence_3

The paper's editorial mix is focused on local news and arts. Washington City Paper_sentence_4

Its 2018 circulation figure was 47,000. Washington City Paper_sentence_5

History Washington City Paper_section_0

The Washington City Paper was started in 1981 by Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, the owners of the Baltimore City Paper. Washington City Paper_sentence_6

For its first year it was called 1981. Washington City Paper_sentence_7

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. Washington City Paper_sentence_8

In 1988, Chicago Reader, Inc. acquired the remaining 20% interest. Washington City Paper_sentence_9

In July 2007 both the Washington City Paper and the Chicago Reader were sold to the Tampa-based Creative Loafing chain. Washington City Paper_sentence_10

In 2012, Creative Loafing Atlanta and the Washington City Paper were sold to SouthComm Communications. Washington City Paper_sentence_11

Amy Austin, the longtime general manager, was promoted to publisher in 2003. Washington City Paper_sentence_12

Michael Schaffer was named editor in April, 2010, two months after Erik Wemple resigned to run the new local startup TBD. Washington City Paper_sentence_13

On December 21, 2017, it was announced that D.C.-area venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein would buy the City Paper. Washington City Paper_sentence_14

He became the first D.C.-based owner in the paper's history. Washington City Paper_sentence_15

Ein announced the creation of two groups to ensure the paper's long-term success: "Alumni Group" and "Friends of Washington City Paper." Washington City Paper_sentence_16

Defamation Lawsuit Washington City Paper_section_1

In 2011, Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, filed a lawsuit against the City Paper for a cover story that portrayed him in a negative light. Washington City Paper_sentence_17

He and the Simon Wiesenthal Center claimed that the story used anti-Semitic tropes. Washington City Paper_sentence_18

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”. Washington City Paper_sentence_19

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. Washington City Paper_sentence_20

So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites." Washington City Paper_sentence_21

In response, hundreds of loyal readers donated over $30,000 to a legal defense fund. Washington City Paper_sentence_22

Contents Washington City Paper_section_2

Regular City Paper features include: Washington City Paper_sentence_23

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  • a cover feature, 2,500 to 12,000 words in lengthWashington City Paper_item_0_0
  • an arts feature, 1,200 to 2,000 words in lengthWashington City Paper_item_0_1
  • The District Line, a section of shorter news features about D.C.Washington City Paper_item_0_2
  • Loose Lips, a news column and blog devoted to D.C. local politicsWashington City Paper_item_0_3
  • Young & Hungry, a food column and blogWashington City Paper_item_0_4
  • Housing Complex, a real estate column and blogWashington City Paper_item_0_5
  • Music, theater, film, gallery, and book reviews by various writersWashington City Paper_item_0_6
  • City Lights, a section comprising critics' events picks.Washington City Paper_item_0_7

Also published is one syndicated feature: Washington City Paper_sentence_24

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Notable former staffers Washington City Paper_section_3

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