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History[edit] Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch started the Baltimore City Paper in May 1977 while students at Johns Hopkins University. It was originally named the City Squeeze and Smith and Hirsch published it using the offices of the Johns Hopkins student newspaper. In 1978, they took the paper out of the University and started publishing it as the Baltimore City Paper. Smith said that he viewed the paper as an alternatively weekly similar to the Chicago Reader and the Boston Real Paper. The paper has been free, except for a time between 1979–81, where they charged .25 per issue. Charging a fee turned out to be mistake, as most of the paper's income came through advertising revenue and the fee led to a precipitous drop in circulation, and consequently advertising revenues.[3] It is best known for providing information on clubs, concerts, theater, and restaurants, but each issue also has one major article on a subject not usually being carried by the mainstream media. In each issue there are also several political and advice columns and numerous cartoons including the weekly comic DIRTFARM by Ben Claassen III.

Notable stories[edit] The City Paper has broken several important stories[which?] in the Baltimore area, including a plagiarism scandal involving longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Michael Olesker.[citation needed] The City Paper presents the Best of Baltimore awards every year, in which various local businesses, attractions, and aspects of Baltimore, Maryland are highlighted.[citation needed] In the summer of 2013, Times-Shamrock Communications announced its intention to sell off all of its alternative newspapers outside Pennsylvania, including the City Paper. In February 2014, the Baltimore Sun Media Group announced it had reached an agreement to purchase the Baltimore City Paper, with the sale to close in March 2014.[4]

Notable writers[edit] J. D. Considine (1977–1980)[citation needed] Peter Koper (1979-1980) [5][6] Franz Lidz (1978–1979)[7][8] John Strausbaugh (1979–1990)[1][not in citation given]

References[edit] ^ "Alliance for Audited Media Snapshot Report - 6/30/2013". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014.  ^ Sullivan, Margaret (23 July 2017). "The Atlantic is 'most vital when America is most fractured.' Good thing it soars today". WashingtonPost. Retrieved 24 July 2017.  ^ Kauffman, Zach. "The Changing Face of Journalism". Young Money.  ^ Baltimore Sun Media Group to buy City Paper ^ Smith, Russ. "Pictures of You (#3)". Retrieved 16 October 2015.  ^ Smith, Russ. "When Baltimore's Leon Pig Ruled". Retrieved 16 October 2015.  ^ "Lidz weaves a tale of family, life on fringes", 02.19.91 - Baltimore Sun ^ "Odds are, these guys are real characters", 09.21.95 - Baltimore Sun v t e Tronc, Inc. The Baltimore Sun Media Group The Baltimore Sun The Aegis The Capital Carroll County Times Catonsville Times Maryland Gazette Baltimore City Paper Chicago Tribune Media Group Chicago Tribune The Beacon-News Chicago ChicagoNow The Courier-News Daily Southtown Hoy Lake County News-Sun Metromix Naperville Naperville Sun Pioneer Press Post-Tribune RedEye Daily Press Media Group Daily Press Tidewater Review The Virginia Gazette Hartford Courant Media Hartford Courant CTNow Hartford ReminderNews Morning Call Media Group The Morning Call Orlando Sentinel Media Group Orlando Sentinel El Sentinel Sun-Sentinel Media Group Sun-Sentinel Forum Publishing Group Florida Jewish Journal El Sentinel del Sur de la Florida Spanfeller Media Group The Daily Meal The Active Times Other assets New York Daily News This article about a Maryland newspaper is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v t e Retrieved from "" Categories: Alternative weekly newspapers published in the United StatesNewspapers published in BaltimoreTronc, Inc.Publications established in 19771977 establishments in MarylandSouthern United States newspaper stubsMaryland stubsHidden categories: Articles needing additional references from July 2014All articles needing additional referencesPages using deprecated image syntaxAll articles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrasesArticles with specifically marked weasel-worded phrases from July 2014All articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from July 2014Articles with unsourced statements from March 2008All articles with failed verificationArticles with failed verification from July 2014All stub articles

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