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crosscut.com
Primary Twitter:
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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 was launched in 2007 by Seattle Weekly founder David Brewster. It is based in Seattle and has seven staff members and about 40 freelancers.

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.

Recent Nieman Lab coverage:
May 15, 2012 / Antonio Jiménez
PubliCola, 2009-2012: How a Seattle news startup built an audience but not a business — Founder Josh Feit says the operation could never gain the business-side momentum needed to turn the local politics site into a sustainable organization....
Jan. 12, 2009 / Zachary M. Seward
Is there room for two in Seattle? — Consensus: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is unlikely to find a buyer within 60 days — make that 57 days — the deadline set on Friday by its publisher, the Hearst Corporation. That means the most populous city in the...

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: June 21, 2012.
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