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The Washington City Paper is a U.S.alternative weeklynewspaper serving the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The City Paper is distributed on Thursdays; its average circulation in 2006 was 85,588. The paper's editorial mix is focused on local news and arts. Its 2018 circulation figure was 47,000.
Amy Austin, the longtime general manager, was promoted to publisher in 2003. Michael Schaffer was named editor in April, 2010, two months after Erik Wemple resigned to run the new local startup TBD.
On December 21, 2017, it was announced that D.C.-area venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein would buy the City Paper. He became the first D.C.-based owner in the paper's history. Ein announced the creation of two groups to ensure the paper's long-term success: "Alumni Group" and "Friends of Washington City Paper."
In 2011, Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, filed a lawsuit against the City Paper for a cover story that portrayed him in a negative light. He and the Simon Wiesenthal Center claimed that the story used anti-Semitic tropes. Prominent sports journalists, Jewish groups, and Jewish writers published sharp criticism of Snyder and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's claims of anti-Semitism, referring in various opinion pieces and public statements to their statements as, "breathtakingly dumb allegation", "almost unbearably stupid", and "so self-evidently lacking in merit".
The Washington City paper issued its own response in a published editorial, saying, "But we at City Paper take accusations of anti-Semitism seriously--in part because many of us are Jewish, including staffers who edited the story and designed the cover. So let us know, Mr. Snyder, when you want to fight the real anti-Semites." 
In response, hundreds of loyal readers donated over $30,000 to a legal defense fund.
Regular City Paper features include:
a cover feature, 2,500 to 12,000 words in length
an arts feature, 1,200 to 2,000 words in length
The District Line, a section of shorter news features about D.C.