Jun 3, 2022 - News

Columbus Alive, irreverent alt news outlet, shuts down

Guitarist Jason Isbell at a concert.
After Columbus Alive reviewed Jason Isbell's concert at the Palace Theatre earlier this year, the singer-songwriter tweeted, "Columbus is lucky to have this publication." Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ghost Hounds

Today is the last publishing day for Columbus Alive, the alternative news outlet with a long history of covering pop culture, local politics and social justice issues.

What's happening: Gannett, the outlet's parent company and owner of the Columbus Dispatch, shuttered Alive as part of broader cuts to its magazine division.

  • Alive published a magazine for many years before going exclusively digital in mid-2019.

💭 Tyler's thought bubble: As a big fan of alt-weeklies, I'm saddened by the sudden loss of Alive's insightful, irreverent coverage.

  • Staffers Andy Downing, Joel Oliphant and a collection of talented guest writers offered a unique mix of hilarious writing and thoughtful reporting about life in central Ohio.
  • Alive's closing leaves a big gap that will not easily be filled.
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