Hello, my name is
Ramesh C. Reddy. As the publisher of the online edition of the Pittsburgh Standard, I would like
to welcome you to our paper. The paper originally started out as a monthly paper
edition serving predominantly the Carnegie Mellon University and the
University of Pittsburgh community. It was funded by the Center for Life
and Family to give students an alternative paper to the Pitt News and
It was a pilot program for an entire school year from September
2001-April 2002. We ran the paper without paid advertisements. As of April 2002, the
print edition had stopped but I am so grateful for all the staff that made the
paper possible from the publisher to each writer.
When the paper was not going to be coming anymore, I was a
bit disappointed because I heard wonderful stories of the impact the paper made
in many student’s lives. I did not want that impact to be stifled just because
there was not going to be a print edition.
As the then managing editor of the paper, I took it upon myself to do what
I could so that the paper would continue if not as a paper edition. With this in
mind, I contacted the publisher to see if I could use the Pittsburgh Standard’s
name to run the paper online. Permission rights were given to me to have the
Pittsburgh Standard’s name to run an online edition as long as the Center for
Life and Family would be absolved of having anything to do with the online
edition starting in May 2002 until a future paper edition could return.
An agreement was reached and the Pittsburgh Standard was born on a
http://www.pittsburghstandard.com. Just because I decided to start an online
edition of the paper, I did not want people to forget what made this opportunity
With this in mind, I have
archived all of the paper edition issues from Sept 2001-April 2002 and
included them on the site with a new monthly archive section since April
Now as the paper runs as
a commercial site and I was given rights to have the name, I don’t intend to forget what made
the paper successful. If anything, I hope to see the online edition improve over
the paper edition.
I encourage you all to
look through the archives to see the kind of articles that were covered in
the paper so you can know what the editors and writers made possible. All
of them will be moving on but the Standard will remain. It will
remain to reach out to readers in different ways through the different sections
of the paper.
If you have always wanted
to write and could never find the opportunity to write, I invite you to
come aboard the PS. The online paper can only become better with
dedicated editors and writers who have a passion to use the paper as a
means of public service whether that service includes covering breaking
news, writing impressions and expressions to influence and challenge the
public, etc. The paper does not end with those sections alone for there is
more to the paper to reach the public masses. You can reach us with any questions or comments at
I would now like to leave you
with the words of the former Editor-in-Chief, Jeremy Day. He
is the one who took upon himself with other members of Chi Alpha Ministries the responsibility of making the print-edition of
the paper a reality and influenced lots of students with the limited staff team
he was able to have.
“As part of our effort to respect and acknowledge all viewpoints, we welcome
comments and submissions. We do this to continually provide a high level of
service and integrity to our readership. We want to give you all the information
you need and want, when you want it. So enjoy yourself as you are looking
through the Pittsburgh Standard and thanks for reading! The mission of our paper
is “To get the truth behind various news stories out into the public’s eye and
educate them in various ways. We will not be biased one way or the other, but we
will always carry the light of truth that comes from Christ. Our hope is to
slowly pull our generation from the quagmire that Hollywood and the media has
seemed to have led us into.”
years, the paper had lost its focus on what Jeremy Day originally intended. What
has already been written will not be removed but from now on to bring the paper
back to its original mission, as of MAY 21, 2007, we will no longer be a
conservative paper alone.
Instead, we will
be an objective paper whose focus will be on emphasizing a biblical worldview in
our writings whether we are labeled as conservative, liberal, libertarian,
socialist, communist, etc in our coverage of what is happening on
the campus, in the city, in the country, and in the continent from a biblical
worldview. We will however not forget to reach out to the masses with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ whenever we can!
With this in
mind, we encourage all students to join our staff and have their work published.
We come #1 in Google search when our name is typed in the search engine which
did not happen before. Also, our writers can usually be found on Google search!
We are looking
for writers and editors in EXPRESSIONS,
HOTPRESSIONS, NEWS, GREEK LIFE, ENTERTAINMENT, TRAVEL, CAMPUS LIFE, FEATURE,
IMPRESSIONS, EDUCATION, FOOD, SPORTS, BUSINESS, PHOTOGALLERY, AND GAMES!
We hope you join
us! We write for you! You decide for us!