No News Is Bad News: Pittsburgh City Paper's Membership Campaign | Pittsburgh City Paper

No News Is Bad News: Pittsburgh City Paper's Membership Campaign

click to enlarge CP ILLUSTRATIONS: ABBIE ADAMS
CP illustrations: Abbie Adams
Did you see our letter from the editor this week? Like alternative news media all over the country, we are struggling, and we're asking for your help. We want to meet you at the next arts crawl. We want you partying with us at our annual Best of Pittsburgh party. And we want you to keep reading.

In an attempt to recover some of the great amounts of advertising revenue we've lost because of the coronavirus pandemic hitting at the same time that media organizations across the country have already been struggling, we have launched a membership campaign to help stave off these major losses. Pittsburgh City Paper relies heavily on event-based revenue and has even launched our own event division to drive up our funds. We've always loved bringing people together and our livelihood depends on it. This current situation puts that into jeopardy.

City Paper is committed to keeping our print and digital products free, and we rely on advertising and event revenue to support the local journalism you’ve come to expect and deserve. We were planning on launching this campaign later this year, but present circumstances have increased our urgency. Once this passes, we want to make sure we’ll still be here with you. And we appreciate your support.

Are you a business interested in talking to an ad rep about our Business Membership Campaign, which includes discounts on advertising packages? Email supportus@pghcitypaper.com.

$15
Covers the cost of filing a public records request or the purchase of three reporters' notebooks
Thank you! Thank you! We will think of you when going after that next hard news story.

$60 or $5 per month
Pays for a single copy of City Paper for the year. Each individual paper costs us over $1 to produce, and we give it away for free!

Receive your name listed as a member in printed edition of City Paper and at pghcitypaper.com

$120 or $10 per month
Covers the cost to send a reporter and photographer to event

Receive a CITY PAPER T-shirt and your name listed in printed edition of City Paper and pghcitypaper.com

$240 or $20 per month
Covers the cost of our email newsletter for a week

Receive a photo print from City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham; early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS; a CITY PAPER T-shirt and CITY PAPER branded insulated mug (fits a can of beer perfectly); and your name listed in printed edition of City Paper and pghcitypaper.com

$480 or $40 per month
Covers the cost to produce City Paper podcast and Lynn Cullen for four weeks

Receive two VIP Tickets for Best of Pittsburgh Party; a photo print from City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham; early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS; a CITY PAPER T-shirt and CITY PAPER branded insulated mug (fits a can of beer perfectly); and your name listed in printed edition of City Paper and pghcitypaper.com

$960 or $80 per month
Covers the cost of delivering the newspaper for one week

Receive two tickets to a private annual event with CITY PAPER staff including dinner and drinks; two VIP Tickets for Best of Pittsburgh Party; a photo print from City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham; early access to tickets and discounts for CITY PAPER EVENTS; a CITY PAPER T-shirt and CITY PAPER branded insulated mug (fits a can of beer perfectly); and your name listed in printed edition of City Paper and pghcitypaper.com

Membership gifts associated with donations will be received according to each threshold outlined above. One-time donations should expect to receive gifts in 4-6 weeks from contribution. Monthly sustaining gifts will be sent in 2-4 weeks after reaching the one-time threshold figures. ................................................

Please note that your support of Pittsburgh City Paper's journalism does not constitute a charitable donation and does not qualify for a tax deduction. If you have any questions about contributing to Pittsburgh City Paper, please contact us at supportus@pghcitypaper.com.

Five more ways to support Pittsburgh City Paper:
• Subscribe to our newsletters
• Subscribe to our podcasts
• Advertise with City Paper
• Support our advertisers
• Follow us and share the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Some testimonials from our readers:
In a time of declining publications, we need an alternative voice like that of PGH City Paper more than ever.
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman, Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Equity & Access Advocate

We need credible, alternative news sources to help us navigate these times. City Paper is telling the stories that won't be part of mainstream media coverage. Supporting this team with a modest monthly donation is an investment in the lives of all of our neighbors, especially those who are vulnerable, marginalized and under-represented in the important community conversations. Invest in media, art, and your neighbors. Now more than ever.
— Sue Kerr, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

I love City Paper because they aren't afraid to be critical; not out of snark, but because they love Pittsburgh and want the best for it.
— Matthew Buchholz

I look forward each and every week to reading the City Paper's coverage of film. The writing is thoughtful and relevant, and Pittsburgh is lucky to have it!
— Joseph Morrison, Harris Theater Venue Manager / Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

City Paper rocks!!
— Michael Barnhouse, Lola Bistro and Leo. a public house

In a time when cities are losing local media and news coverage, the Pittsburgh City Paper is an indispensable resource — a locally produced source of local news and information, plus a great guide to informative and fun things happening around town. I know, because I used to work there, and part of my job was reading everything in the paper TWICE!
— Al Hoff

Pittsburgh City Paper continues to offer a rare glimpse into Pittsburgh art culture and politics that is not represented elsewhere in the local media landscape. Since Editor Lisa Cunningham has taken the helm, the weekly paper has broadened the scope, offering more diverse voices reflecting a wider spectrum of experiences in Pittsburgh. This includes stories about communities of people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, etc. Lisa has also overseen a noticeable improvement in the visual presentation of the paper and I especially love Abbie Adam's illustrations, which increase enjoyment and the readability of Pittsburgh City Paper.
— Kirsten Ervin

“I love to pick up a copy of the Pittsburgh City Paper when I’m out on my lunch break. It helps me keep up with local news and events and I appreciate insightful articles by our local journalists.” Pittsburgh City Paper's coverage of our event early on helped us gain momentum and reach our goal of teaching over 100 womxn to skateboard in our first year.
— Maya Haptas, Shed Your Fears

Pittsburgh City Paper is an indispensable source for Pittsburgh news. As a fellow journalist who curates the best stories every day for The Incline newsletter, I rely on City Paper's thorough coverage. With a small staff, City Paper pulls off the absolute feat of creating a weekly newspaper full of articles that are both insightful and delightful. City Paper introduces me to new Pittsburghers every week through its extensive coverage of the arts. And City Paper isn't afraid to take on our city's biggest institutions, asking the tough questions that our leaders need to answer. Pittsburgh's alt weekly is an institution, and it makes Pittsburgh a better place.
— Rossilynne Culgan, The Incline

I love to pick up a copy of the Pittsburgh City Paper when I’m out on my lunch break. It helps me keep up with local news and events, and I appreciate insightful articles by our local journalists.
— Beth Alexander

Pittsburgh City Paper is always a crucial part of our messaging for clients and a true voice for our city. I'm grateful for their platforms and their opportunities that give voice to so many. As a marketer, I can tell you that their audience is one of the most responsive in the market. In addition to tackling tough subjects, they showcase artists and musicians in a time when the press pool to promote and showcase on the arts is rapidly and dismally dwindling. They've stayed steady and never wavered on their commitment to solutions and coverage for small businesses. The best part about City Paper? THE PEOPLE. I know it sounds corny, but they show up and they care.
— Eileen French Jordan, Revive Marketing Group

City Paper is an indispensable asset to the Pittsburgh area. Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures relies on CP reporting not only as an arts organization, but also as engaged individuals. In these uncertain times, we look to your news coverage to inform us through an alternative lens and to your laudable cultural coverage to expand our horizons.
— Stephanie Flom, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures