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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.
Patch is a network of local news sites with a combination of staff-produced and community-contributed material. It is owned by Hale Global, with former owner AOL retaining a small stake. The company, which focuses exclusively on local news, began with a handful of sites in New Jersey and Connecticut and is now in about 900 communities. It…