: Staff member of the Columbus Free Press with a float during the Doo Dah Parade in Columbus, Ohio. He stands at an ironing board with a sign reading "Press Corps." The Doo Dah Parade is a community event held on July 4th each summer since 1983, with its route through Columbus's Short North and Victorian Village neighborhoods. Participation is open to individuals and groups, and entries are generally of a satirical theme on a cultural or political topic, in support of a local organization, or displaying artistic creativity.
The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.”
In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1301AV_B02F08_06 Subjects
: Newspaper publishing; Columbus (Ohio)--History--20th century; Social issues; Journalism; Parades; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)