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Cincinnati CityBeat Celebrates 20th Anniversarynew

Editor Danny Cross writes: "One of the main reasons we're still here is because CityBeat has always been staffed by people who care about and are proud of Cincinnati."
Cinncinnati CityBeat  |  11-18-2014  11:00 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Ohio Alt-Weeklies Win SPJ Awardsnew

Cincinnati CityBeat, Cleveland Scene and The Other Paper each received nods from the local chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.
spjawards.org  |  09-10-2012  4:55 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Cincinnati CityBeat Acquired by SouthCommnew

Nashville-based SouthComm has announced the purchase of Cincinnati CityBeat. Publisher Dan Bockrath will remain in his position.
SouthComm  |  03-05-2012  12:45 pm  |  Industry News

Altperks Expands: Deal Program for Publishers Partners with Cincinnati CityBeat

With the addition of Cincinnati CityBeat’s brand-new storefront, Perkopolis, Altperks now boasts a network of 10 markets throughout North America. (FULL STORY)
Index Newspapers  |  11-17-2011  3:55 pm  |  Press Releases

Coalition Settles Suit With Cincinnati CityBeatnew

The city of Cincinnati and a coalition of local religious and nonprofit leaders led by Citizens for Community Values (CCV) have settled a federal lawsuit filed last year by CityBeat after the groups and law enforcement leaders had publicly asked the paper to stop publishing adult-oriented classified ads. "After a long year of fighting for our First Amendment right to publish CityBeat without government interference, I'm pleased and gratified to wrap up the legal proceedings on such a positive note," co-publisher and editor John Fox writes. While he admits that fighting the suit was "distracting at times," Fox says there was a principle to uphold. "I remain convinced that standing up to the CCV coalition's threats and intimidation was the right thing to do," he writes. "After all, the only reason bullies do what they do is because they think they can get away with it."
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  10-07-2009  3:09 pm  |  Industry News

Gannett Folds Faux-Alt Into Metromix Brand in Cincynew

The entire staff of CiN Weekly, the free weekly published by Gannett property The Enquirer, was let go yesterday. "Over the last few days, they've been re-stickering the outdoor plastic boxes with Metromix labels," Cincinnati CityBeat editor and co-publisher John Fox tells Editor & Publisher. Gannett has made similar moves with faux-alts in Nashville and Indianapolis. On Twitter, Enquirer editor Tom Callinan confirms the change: "CiN in print and online will continue with Metromix as dominant brand," he writes. "That does not lessen the sadness of layoffs."
Cincinnati CityBeat | Editor & Publisher  |  07-09-2009  9:19 am  |  Industry News

Four Ohio Alts Recognized in Statewide Awardsnew

Four AAN members took home a total of 17 awards in the 31st Annual Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards competition, hosted by the Press Club of Cleveland. The Other Paper was named "Best Non-Daily Newspaper in Ohio: Alternatives," with Cincinnati CityBeat taking second in that category. CityBeat also took home four additional awards, including first-place wins for Multiple Illustrations/One Story, Reviews/Criticism, and Single Illustration. Cleveland's Scene took home five total awards as well, including first-place finishes in the Best Section and Community/Local Coverage categories. The now-shuttered Cleveland Free Times won four awards, including firsts in Covers and Features. And in addition to its first place win mentioned above, The Other Paper was given two other awards.
The Press Club of Cleveland (pdf)  |  06-23-2009  9:19 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Cincinnati CityBeat Files Federal Suit Against Coalition Groupnew

CityBeat has filed a federal lawsuit against a number of local government officials and a coalition of local religious and nonprofit leaders led by Citizens for Community Values (CCV) who last month publicly asked the paper to stop publishing adult-oriented classified ads. The suit charges the coalition with violating the paper's First Amendment rights, conspiracy to violate its First Amendment rights and tortious interference with its business relationships. "When government officials use their position of authority to threaten a media organization with implied legal action unless a certain demand is met, that's wrong. And when CCV, ministers and nonprofit leaders conspire with government officials to threaten the media, they're wrong, too," writes CityBeat co-publisher and editor John Fox. "We've decided the only way to prevent permanent damage to our business is to ask a federal judge to intercede on our behalf and protect our right to exist."
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  07-09-2008  11:36 am  |  Industry News

Coalition Group Asks Cincinnati CityBeat to Halt Adult Adsnew

Citizens for Community Values, a group that "promotes moral values," is leading a coalition that yesterday held a news conference to publicly ask the paper to stop publishing adult-oriented classified ads, CityBeat reports. The group's letter is signed by various local sheriffs, county attorneys, pastors and others. "I do find it interesting that this organization wouldn't choose to reach out to us and to communicate to us in advance versus going about it in a public way, which strikes me as somewhat self-serving," general manager and co-publisher Dan Bockrath tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We cooperate with authorities in every instance when they're investigating one of our advertisers." CityBeat also released a statement to the press, which notes that "just about every public official" in this coalition has been the subject of negative stories in CityBeat, and that Citizens for Community Values has worked to get distribution points to drop the paper. "We make decisions about our business every day and on our own terms," the statement reads. "We won't be bullied or intimidated by any outside force that thinks they can make those decisions for us."
Cincinnati CityBeat | The Enquirer  |  06-10-2008  9:16 am  |  Industry News

Cincinnati CityBeat Editor Found Guilty of Criminal Trespassingnew

Yesterday, Judge David Stockdale sentenced News Editor Greg Flannery and three other defendants to one day in jail. The defendants also received six months probation and were ordered to pay court costs and perform 20 hours of community service, Flannery writes on the CityBeat blog. The sentences were suspended pending appeal. The defendants were arrested last September when they conducted a sit-in at U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot's office to protest the Iraq War.
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  03-14-2007  7:51 am  |  Industry News

Former Cincinnati CityBeat Columnist Adapts Book for the Stagenew

Kathy Y. Wilson has turned "Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black and White," a collection of her columns written for the Cincinnati alt-weekly, into a one-woman play, according to the University of Cincinnati's student paper. Wilson, who teaches at the university, tells The News Record she hopes the seats are filled for this evening's one-time performance: "What can be more important for college students right now in America, in this time of political excitement, with a bi-racial man and a white woman running for president of the United States, than to hear some black woman stand up and talk about the shit that made that all possible: race, gender and class."
The News Record  |  02-26-2007  1:44 pm  |  Industry News

Rumsfeld Subpoena Request Shot Down by Ohio Judgenew

Judge David Stockdale denied a request to drag former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before a Hamilton County court as a material witness in a trespassing case involving CityBeat news editor Greg Flannery, reports a local Fox affiliate. Flannery was one of seven anti-war protesters arrested after occupying the Cincinnati offices of congressman Steve Chabot, a supporter of the war in Iraq. A lawyer for the defendants admits that it was always unlikely that Rumsfeld would be forced to testify.
Fox19 Cincinnati  |  01-16-2007  2:42 pm  |  Industry News

Rumsfeld Called to Testify in Case Involving Alt-Weekly Editornew

Cincinnati CityBeat News Editor Greg Flannery was one of seven people arrested for criminal trespassing on Sept. 27 when they protested the Iraq War by conducting a sit-in in U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot's Cincinnati office. Now he's asking the former Secretary of Defense to take the stand in his case. "I think testimony about the war that Rumsfeld can offer is essential to our defense, which is that we were breaking the law to stop a much more serious crime," Flannery tells the Cincinnati Post. The trial is set for Jan. 22.
Cincinnati Post  |  01-08-2007  1:52 pm  |  Industry News

Cincinnati CityBeat Greets Cheney With Peace Signnew

Hearing that the Vice President was dropping by the chamber of commerce just across the street from their offices last week, CityBeat warmed up the welcome wagon: "We hope to spruce up the exterior of the building so he knows just how welcome he is," News Editor Gregory Flannery wrote on the alt-weekly's blog. Although police clamped down on protestors during Cheney's Oct. 25 speech, an anti-war banner was unfurled from CityBeat windows. A photo of the sign was included in coverage of the speech in the Cincinnati Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Of course, it didn't take much detective work to figure out who was behind the banner: Who else would use a semi-colon in a protest sign?
Cincinnati CityBeat  |  10-31-2006  8:47 am  |  Industry News

Ohio Weeklies Team up on State Candidates

Three AAN members in the Buckeye State recently collaborated on election coverage so each could benefit from the others' insight into their "hometown" candidates. In profiles that were published in successive months in all three papers, Cincinnati CityBeat wrote about Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (pictured); Cleveland Free Times examined Democratic Senate candidate Sherrod Brown; and The Athens NEWS took a close look at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland. CityBeat editor John Fox talks about how and why he and his fellow editors pooled their resources. (FULL STORY)
10-25-2006  1:31 pm  |  Industry News