Update, April 7

Darrow Montgomery has chronicled our city through his photographs for nearly four decades. After discussions with Darrow over the past several days about the vision for the digital-first Washington City Paper, we are thrilled to announce that he is going to continue his work with WCP online. Every great digital-first publication needs a strong visual identity, and we are grateful to have Darrow’s talent and leadership moving forward.

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Dear loyal readers,

Today we are announcing that Washington City Paper is becoming a digital-first publication and will no longer offer a regular print edition. This was a difficult but necessary decision, and one that many of our peer publications nationwide have had to make over the past decade. We held on as long as we could, but our current way of operating was no longer sustainable and the change will let us focus our efforts on being the best digitally native publication we can be. 

As a result, the April 7 and May 5 print editions will be the last regular issues you’ll see on the newsstands.

We will continue to cover the critical political and cultural news of Washington, as we always have, online. We will continue to hold events, and we will occasionally publish special print editions. The same important journalism that has shaped our 41-year history will live on.

Unfortunately, with the end of our print circulation, some staff reductions were necessary. We are deeply grateful to those five crucial and impactful individuals for their service to City Paper, and we are working with management to support them and help with their transitions. The cuts will affect sports editor Kelyn Soong, City Lights editor Ella Feldman, creative director Nayion Perkins, and our photographer, Darrow Montgomery, who has captured D.C. through his lens for City Paper since 1986. And Heather McAndrews, who has worked at the paper in a variety of different roles for more than 20 years, will also be departing.

We look forward to seeing you online, where the vast majority of our audience already consumes our journalism. Thank you for your loyalty, and know that we will work diligently to maintain the trust you have placed in us to serve you over all these years.