Q&A with Meg Fair, Now Covering the LGBTQ Beat for the Pittsburgh Current

I was stoked to learn that my newspaper home, The Pittsburgh Current, had brought Meg Fair on board FT to cover the ‘LGBTQ beat’ as well as to provide music and other coverage. They have done some great reporting and I think their openly queer identity is very important to this role. Note – I […]

So About My #GLAADaward and Queer Erasure in the Pittsburgh Media Market

GLAAD award outstanding blog

My latest column for The Pittsburgh Current is out today. I decided to explore how the lack of mainstream media coverage of this blog winning a national media award reflects the larger issue of queer erasure in media in this market. Colleagues working in local media markets told me that the story was ignored because […]

Support the Post-Gazette Journalist Union With This Blog Button #NoPGWithoutMe

No PG Without Me

  Add this button (badge) to your website to show your support for the unionized journalists of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can use this code if you like. I hope to see blogs across the region <div style=”width:100%;height:auto;position:relative;padding:10px”><a href=”https://pghguild.com/”><img src=”https://pghguild.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/no-pg-without.png”></a></div> How is the contract situation at the PG? Not good. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh’s […]

Congratulations to Winners of the 2019 Golden Quill Awards, Especially The Pittsburgh Current and PublicSource – Yay!

GOlden Quill Pittsburgh Current Chris Potter

I was pleased to see so many familiar names (and media pieces) among the winners of the 2019 Golden Quill awards. The Golden Quills recognizes professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in Western PA and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia. A very special shout-out to my colleagues […]

Block Family, Post-Gazette Refuse (Again) to Publish Letter from Newsroom Employees

Block Family Foul

You’ve probably read this elsewhere, but I wanted to show my solidarity by publishing this letter here. I also want to point out that there are a lot of members of the Block family who derive financial benefit from the operations of Block Communication, Inc (and the Post-Gazette) which affords them a degree of financial […]

With Anti-Transgender Editorial, Post-Gazette Officially Proves that Pittsburgh Never Was #StrongerThanHate

The phrase ‘a new low’ seems inadequate to describe the mean-spirited, churlish, vicious, nasty, hateful bitterness of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board. But writing out that serious of descriptive words repeatedly is equally insufficient to capture the true evil this Board has embraced. This week, they published this scathing indictment of Twitter’s new speech policies […]

Casual Catholic Culture & Pittsburgh: No More Glorifying Fish Fries, Pierogies, and the Like

Pittsburgh Fish Fry

I came across a local online contest for the best local pierogies this weekend, one of those features that media sites run to generate interest and engagement. It was the final round of voting and one of the finalists is a local Roman Catholic parish here in Pittsburgh. My initial reaction was both shock and […]

WESA Revamped Daily ‘Confluence’ News Program Misses the Point

Most Liveable Boosterism

I heard a long time ago that local NPR affiliate WESA 90.5 FM was planning to launch a daily newsprogram. It seemed like a good idea. We need daily news here in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t particularly thrilled that existing program The Confluence would be expanded rather than create a new program. The Confluence was originally […]