History & Mission
Crosscut was founded in 2007 by David Brewster. When it went not-for-profit in 2009, Crosscut joined the first-wave of local, independent, digital news organizations that included the Texas Tribune and MinnPost. It’s hardly surprising that Puget Sound’s entrepreneurial culture would give rise to innovation in news.
Crosscut’s believes that an informed public is essential if we are to find solid solutions to the civic and political challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest’s reader-supported, independent, non-profit electronic journal, Crosscut strives to provide our readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse on politics, culture and technology.
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Crosscut is a reader-supported news site, made possible by the generous support of our civically minded members. By becoming a sustaining member of Crosscut, you ensure the future of independent news here in the Northwest. You’ll receive many perks in return, including member discounts on all Crosscut events, special invitations to in-depth, exclusive events with local civic leaders, a featured spot on the Crosscut website, free downloads of Crosscut eBooks, even have the opportunity to have coffee with Crosscut Editor-in-Chief Mary Bruno!
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Crosscut publishes its own journalism and commentary. Our contributors (numbering about 100) are contract writers, freelancers, on a prominent figures in the community or in a given field, and regular folks and specialists who have something to report or something to say. We welcome anyone who brings something new to the community’s conversations. Contributors are paid on a per story basis, though some of our writers are on contract. We encourage you to send queries at any time, on any subject: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why does Crosscut highlight news from other sites? Do we really need a middleman to navigate Internet news?
If you’re like most people, you don’t have time to read two or three daily papers and a handful of blogs, any of which on any given day might have something you shouldn’t miss. Crosscut finds and highlights the best local journalism and the best local commentary, whether it’s the work of the biggest metropolitan daily newspaper or a part-time blogger. We link to whoever’s got the best stuff, focusing on good journalism not ideological consistency. Other media sites aren’t likely to steer you to a competitor’s version of news, even if it’s better.
Crosscut takes no stance as an organization except to encourage and strive for good journalism that is accurate, fair, civil, and transparent. Our political disposition is to encourage communities to find creative and sustainable solutions to major issues. That puts us in the zone of independent, bipartisan, “solutionist” politics. But we strive to reflect good reporting and commentary from many points in the spectrum. We do not have an editorial page and make no endorsements in elections.
Crosscut Public Media is a tax-exempt nonprofit overseen by a board of civic-minded trustees. Crosscut Public Media has 501(c)3 status with the IRS, and all contributions are tax deductible. Crosscut initially began publishing in April 2007 as a for profit LLC.
There are similar efforts around the country. The closest parallels are Minnpost in Minnesota; Voice of San Diego in San Diego; the St. Louis Beacon; the New Haven Independent; New West in Missoula and other Rocky Mountain cities; The Tyee in Vancouver, B.C.; the Texas Tribune in Austin; and The Bay Citizen in San Francisco. The general definition of these sites is: all-local, Web-only, locally owned, news-oriented (as opposed to ideological sites), publishing daily, and broad range of topics. This new form is growing fast, with most of the sites nonprofits, such as Crosscut. Here’s a recent overview of the trend in a New York Times article.
Mary is Crosscut's Editor-in-Chief and Interim Publisher. In more than 25 years as a journalist, she has worked as a writer, editor and editorial director for a variety of print and web publications, including Newsweek, Seattle Weekly and ABCNEWS.com. Her book, An American River, is an environmental memoir about growing up along New Jersey's Passaic.
CFO Michael Crystal is the CFO of Crosscut. He has over thirty years of financial and strategic management experience, much of that time spent in publishing. He was the CEO and publisher of Seattle Weekly and the publisher of Chicago Reader.
Berit Anderson is Managing Editor at Crosscut, where she follows tech, culture, media and politics. She is the founder of Crosscut's Community Idea Lab, a new kind of journalism that coalesces communities around seemingly intractable local problems. Previously community manager of the Tribune Company’s Seattle blogging network, her work has also appeared in YES! Magazine and on the Huffington Post, Geekwire, Q13Fox.com and KBCS 91.3 radio. She served as Communications Director at Strategic News Service, a weekly newsletter that predicts global trends in tech and economics, and Future in Review, an annual tech conference which gathers C-level executives to solve global problems. Her weaknesses include outdoor adventure, bananas with peanut butter and big fluffy dogs.
Tamara is the Development Director at Crosscut Public Media. Tamara serves as a board member of the World Affairs Council, and from 2008-2013 was on the board of the Young Professionals International Network. From 2011 to early 2014, she was Communications Coordinator at the UW’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she acted as liaison and representative to internal and external constituencies. Prior to this, Tamara was a Research Associate at Ross & Associates Strategic Consulting, where she supported the National Environmental Exchange Network and its leadership committees. Tamara holds a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Conflict Resolution from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served as the Vice President of the Associated Student Body and was a Sustainability Fellow.
Editor Joe Copeland is a writer and editor for Crosscut, primarily overseeing political coverage. He has worked for Crosscut since 2010, covering most of the time since it became a non-profit organization. He was an editorial writer and editorial columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 2002 until its closure in March 2009. His editorial writing included the higher education, environmental and political beats. Before joining the P-I, he worked at The Herald in Everett as editorial page editor, city editor and a reporter. He has reported from Japan several times, most recently spending three months in 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar in Hiroshima. Some of the work is posted on Hiroshimastories.com. He continues to research the legacy of the atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He and his wife, a community college dean, live in Seattle. They have two grown children, Sean and Cathy.
Sherry Larsen-Holmes has been involved with nonprofits in the Puget Sound region for over fifteen years, She has worked and volunteered for human services and civic agencies in fundraising and administrative capacities. Sherry has served on the board of directors for Clear Path International (CPI), as well as local PTOs (including a stint as PTO president). From 2009 to 2013, she was Director of Administration and Grants Management at CPI. In 2013, Sherry worked as interim Executive Director at Healthy Start Kitsap. Sherry currently sits on the Nurse Family Partnership Regional Advisory Board and volunteers for Bainbridge Community Broadcasting. Prior to her career in nonprofit work, Sherry worked as a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation. Sherry received a BA in Business Administration and Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of Washington. She lives with her husband, Bryce, and her three children, Ali, and Joli, and Austin on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Kate Harloe is Crosscut's Community Manager & Editorial Assistant. After graduating from Hamilton College, Kate completed two seasons of work for the Southwest Conservation Corps before moving to Seattle to pursue her interest in journalism. Her background in writing and community organizing shaped her role at Crosscut as the connector between editorial and development operations. When not obsessing over media, culture, literature, or social justice, Kate can be found frolicking in the outdoors, or sitting round the dinner table of a cooperative community that she founded with the help of seven fellow Seattleites.
David Kroman is the city reporter for Crosscut. His Twitter is @KromanDavid and his e-mail is email@example.com.
Cambria Roth is an editorial assistant for Crosscut. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in journalism, she worked as an intern for Willamette Week in Portland and now lives in Seattle. Find her on twitter: @CambriaRoth
Miles is the Marketing and Development Intern at Crosscut. A recent alumnus of Deep Springs College, Miles is working towards becoming a think tank analyst. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alyssa Campbell is an Editorial Intern at Crosscut. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) where she studied law, political science, sociology, history and urbanism. With a strong interest in urban affairs, Alyssa has written for several online blogs about urban policy and planning issues in Seattle as well as in Montreal, where she lived last year. With a passion for community development, Alyssa has worked for diverse causes from the resettlement of refugee youth to implementing urban agriculture in disadvantaged communities.
Amy Augustine is an editorial intern at Crosscut. An East Coast native, her background is in print news. Reach her at email@example.com.
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What Does Crosscut Publish?
Crosscut finds and highlights the best local journalism and the best local commentary, whether it’s the work of the biggest metropolitan daily newspaper or a part-time blogger. There is a multitude of worthy sources of information on the Internet, but few people have time to navigate them all.
Crosscut publishes its own journalism and commentary. These are stories and angles others have missed or ignored. Our news coverage aims to complement that of other providers, to extend exploration of events and issues, to possibly encourage resolution.
Crosscut embraces new tools and tries new things as technology evolves, mindful of the relative strengths of textual, photo, audio, and video journalism.
Crosscut publishes news, commentary, news about commentary, commentary about news — just about anything that is non-fiction. Our broad definition of news is anything people want or ought to know. Commentary is opinionated or rhetorical expression. Crosscut also welcomes content that suggests new ideas or ways of looking at problems.
We welcome contributions of words, photographs, audio, video, illustrations, charts, PowerPoint presentations, and anything else that is true to life. You don’t have to be a professional, but whatever you provide should be a rendering of reality supported by facts.
Crosscut is a local Web site. We publish material that is endemic or has a significant connection to the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana, or the province of British Columbia. Obviously, certain activity in Washington, D.C., is of local interest, too.
Written contributions can be short, blog-like items or longer stories. Brevity is a virtue.
To contact our editors, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story idea.
Letters to the editor
If you wish simply to express your opinion in a non-journalistic fashion, send a letter to the editor to email@example.com. It doesn’t have to be about something on Crosscut. But it should be topical and relevant. And local.
Please include your real name, city of residence, and phone number so we can verify authorship. We won’t post your phone number or e-mail address, but we will post your name and city, and you should be prepared to see people comment on your letter on the Web site. We will withhold a letter-writer’s name for reasons that are compelling.
Submissions of journalism
You can submit story ideas to our editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submit something more than a comment at the end of an article or a letter to the editor, you must fill out a contributor information form. If you are to be paid, you must sign a contract and fill out Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, and return them to us via snail mail.
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