By Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor Thomas Westphal of Dortmund
Like everyone in the COVID-19 era, we were forced to reimagine everything we do, including how to tell important stories from our region.
Postindustrial launched its daily newsletter in March, just days before a nationwide lockdown was imposed to help stop the spread of the virus. Turns out the daily edition arrived at just the right time considering the sheer volume of news about restrictions in respective states, protests of mask mandates, and the subsequent rollout of the vaccine.
Your feedback on our Postindustrial Daily proved crucial to shaping our reporting for the magazine, the podcasts we produce, and much more.
We can’t thank you enough for your financial and moral support during these trying times.
But the virus wasn’t the only story we’ve covered over the last tumultuous year.
The shooting death by police of an unarmed Black woman in Kentucky and the maiming of Black man in Wisconsin, just two of the many racial injustices in recent years that helped spark widespread protests in Postindustrial America and beyond, has also been at the forefront of our coverage.
Over the summer, when the presidential race kicked into high gear, the Postindustrial states Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin played a central role in delivering the White House to President-elect Joe Biden.
When Trump’s white nationalist rhetoric and lies about a supposed “rigged election” sparked a coup attempt at the Capitol, some of the people who stormed the Temple of American Democracy, unfortunately, hailed from the Rust Belt and Appalachia.
However, many of you reached out to denounce this hateful and seditious act while thanking us for shining a light on this dark underbelly of American discontent, further illustrating that the insurrectionists trying to destroy American Democracy were in the clear minority among us.
Your support also manifested in a sharp increase in paid subscriptions and an ever-increasing reader base — more of you have subscribed to the magazine and newsletter than at any other time in the history of Postindustrial.
We can’t thank you enough for your financial and moral support during these trying times. As things (hopefully) improve on the health, political, and social fronts, we promise to keep providing you with the important stories you’ve come to expect from us.
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Postindustrial founder Carmen Gentile has worked for some of the world’s leading publications and news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. Reach him at email@example.com.
Kimberly Palmiero is CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Postindustrial Media. She has more than 20 years of experience as an editor, project manager, and small business owner. She previously served as a managing editor for Trib Total Media in Pittsburgh, and also held editing roles with former Gannett news outlets. She is the immediate past president of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.