Irreverent alternative newspaper Columbus Alive halts publication

After Columbus Alive reviewed Jason Isbell’s concert at the Palace Theater earlier this year, the singer-songwriter tweeted, “Columbus is lucky to have this post.” Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ghost Hounds

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

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

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

💭 Tyler’s Thought Bubble: As a big fan of alternative weeklies, I am saddened by the sudden loss of Alive’s insightful and irreverent coverage.

  • Staff members Andy Downing, Joel Oliphant and a collection of talented guest writers delivered a unique blend of hilarious writing and thoughtful reporting on life in central Ohio.
  • Alive’s closure leaves a big void that won’t be easily filled.

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