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2021 is Washington City Paper’s 40th anniversary year! Celebrate with us throughout the year as we look back on the paper’s legacy, community impact, and notable alumni. Here’s how you can be part of the celebration:

  • Become a member! In 2019 we launched our membership program, hoping to offset advertising revenue losses with community support. If you want to keep us around for another 40 years, consider becoming a member for as little as $5.
  • Peruse our digital archives! Thanks to the DC Public Library, we’ll soon have a complete digital archive of our past issues. Every Monday we’ll share a paper from that week in City Paper history.
  • Tell us your City Paper story. Below you’ll find a form where you can submit your runs-ins, dust-ups, and memories with your local newspaper.
  • Cast your vote in our Best of the Decade Cover Contest with the ballot at the bottom of this page.

Keep Us Around for Another 40 Years

Did you know that City Paper is community funded? After facing years of ad sales loss, we launched our membership program in 2019. Our hope is that the readers who find value in our work will chip in to keep us afloat for another 40 years, at least. Will you become a part of the future of City Paper?

This Week in City Paper History

Each week we’ll share a digitized paper from our archives, working our way through highlights from four decades of issues. Thank you to the DC Public Library for partnering with us to create an online database of papers! This is an ongoing project that will result in a rich, accessible resource for our community. 

My City Paper Story

Our staff can attest: If you tell someone you work for WCP, odds are, if that person has been in the District long enough, they have a story about the paper. Maybe they met their spouse at an Adams Morgan warehouse party in the ’90s, found the best roommate in our classifieds section, or got their business off the ground thanks to a feature. We want to share these stories of connection with you all and catalog them as we head into our next four decades. Do you have a City Paper story? Be it good, bad, ugly, or absurd, we want to hear it. We’ll share some selections online and in print throughout the year. 

Best of the Decade Cover Contest

City Paper has had some iconic covers over four decades of printing. Each quarter we’ll share a batch from each decade, curated by our current creative director, Julia Terbrock, and leave it to you, dear readers, to choose the best cover of the decade. We’ll share high res PDFs of the winning covers with our members for printing, framing, or paper airplane making, so if you haven’t signed up to support your local newspaper financially, here’s another great reason (besides keeping us in business reporting on our community)!