In Seattle, Crosscut focuses on ‘News of the Great Nearby’

By Kathleen Majorsky

Crosscut is a site that has been around for awhile, as start ups go, and has moved through a couple of iterations.

In that sense, it reflects the entrepreneurial path many Block by Block sites are on now, or may soon find themselves traveling.

A regional news site based in Seattle, Crosscut describes its mission this way:

“We pay particular attention to what we call ‘News of the Great Nearby,’ meaning the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana, and the province of British Columbia. This regional coverage is meant to help draw the region together and to give readers a sense that they live in a larger, varied ‘nation-state.’ ‘’

This goal: highlighting the best of local news and commentary, not routine breaking news.

“As an organization we see ourselves as a solutions conduit for our readers. We direct them to possible solutions to problems and how they can personally get involved,” assistant editor Berit Anderson says.

Even though Crosscut is excelling as a regional news source, the site still struggles with the same revenue challenges other smaller independent sites face.

“We are always trying to refine that balance between advertising and membership and grants that allow us to continue functioning and keep providing services and the media literacy we do for our community,” Anderson says.

But this challenge doesn’t prevent Crosscut from working toward their goals for growth and expansion.

“We would love to become more open to a larger and more diverse community of readers,” Anderson says.

This is the last in a series of posts called “Who is Block by Block?”  for The Patterson Foundation website to introduce the foundation community to the sites and publishers whose work the foundation is supporting through Block by Block. We’re cross posting them here..

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