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Another reason you should become a Crosscut annual member

Dailies have had to cut back their extensive op-ed pages, reflecting the public's business. But not at Crosscut. To keep up the service, we need your support as an annual member.

With its informed readership and wide range of writers, Crosscut has become the Puget Sound region’s best journal of informed commentary and in-depth writing on public affairs. It has held that position since the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave up its second daily op-ed page at the start of 2009 (having held out several months longer than The Seattle Times on moving in that sad direction).

Having gone through the P-I’s collapse, I know how easy it would be to simply bemoan the darkening future for journalism. But Crosscut, and other not-for-profit ventures in journalism, are examples of why there is cause for much more optimism than pessimism. The non-profit model is the best way for journalism, commentary, and debate that inform rather than sensationalize the public discussion of the public’s business. I'm happy to be back helping that to happen.

By joining Crosscut or other nonprofits in journalism, the public has a chance to own its media in ways that were unimaginable even a few years ago. Combined with the evolving technologies for delivering the news, the widening development of nonprofit journalism is a hopeful sign for the future of an informed democracy. Please become an annual member today, during our March membership drive. It's easy to contribute and join online. Many thanks — and feel free to send me submissions: joe.copeland@crosscut.com.

Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

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