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Crosscut is a nonprofit news site that covers politics, the arts, and culture in the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on analysis over breaking news.
The site specializes in lengthy, analytical pieces and is aimed at educated, influential readers. It also aggregates local and national news from other online sources. In 2012, it briefly ran columns from the former Seattle news startup PubliCola following that site’s short-lived closing.
Crosscut began as a for-profit site, but it switched to a nonprofit model in 2009, slowing its advertising sales and adding memberships and grants. It began its nonprofit status with $150,000 in donations and grants, including $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It reduced staff and hours in summer 2012 because of falling revenues.
Semana is a weekly newsmagazine based in Colombia. It was founded in 1982 and its success helped built one of Latin America’s leading publishing company, Publicaciones Semana. The magazine is recognized -and has been repeatedly awarded- for its investigative reporting, news analysis and opinion, which draw one million readers every month. That audience started to grow…