“Mission Statement of Our Paper”
Editor's Note: The Mission Statement of our paper will be in blue-color
coding after the background history of how Pittsburgh Standard started
as a print edition and now an online edition.
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 print edition 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. I was able to acquire 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 since they won't be able to monitor it
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 an archives section since April
Now as the paper runs as
a commercial site, 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 Pittsburgh 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 as a means to glorify Christ whatever we publish. The paper does not end with those sections alone for there
is more to the paper to reach the public masses. You can reach me 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 it 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. Of course none of this would have been possible without the
Lord's help of using Andrew McMullen who brought the idea of PS to the
University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Day said, “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 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 AUG 11, 2009, 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 continents from a biblical
We will however not forget to reach out to the masses with the Gospel
of Jesus Christ whenever we can! We encourage all 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 to follow the
mission of our paper in these sections:
Greek Life |Education
|Multimedia |Sports |
devotionals, articles on Christian faith, and Christian religious events
rebuttal columns of local newspapers if the need arises.
NEWS: Includes news
coverage of campus life and non-campus life events.
extensive coverage of what is happening in sorority and fraternity life.
EDUCATION: Includes sample
study questions on various subjects useful for students.
ENTERTAINMENT: Includes reviews of
movies, songs, games, books, and other entertainment venues.
MULTIMEDIA: Includes photos,
slideshows, video footage, or audio footage of student events.
SPORTS: Includes coverage of Pitt sports
teams especially football.
FOOD: Includes reviews of restaurants,
students' dining experiences, recipes, and menus.
CULTURAL LIFE: Includes extensive coverage
of the diverse cultural events on local campuses.
TIMECAPSULE: Includes extensive coverage
of campus events that happened in the past.
ARCHIVES: Includes extensive archival
footage from the past.
TOP 5: Includes Top 5 viewed pages for the
month in different categories.
We hope you join
us! We write for you! You decide for us!