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Mission

At Crosscut, we believe that an informed public is essential to solving the challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest’s independent, reader-supported, nonprofit news site, Crosscut strives to provide readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse, and to create a more just, equitable and sustainable society.

Become a supporting member

Crosscut is a reader-supported news site, made possible by the generous support of our 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, and a featured spot on the Crosscut website. In addition, your membership constitutes a tax-deductible gift!

By becoming a member, you make it possible for us to provide you with the insight and in-depth analysis you need to fully participate in civic life. If you have questions about your membership, feel free to email Brett Coffee at membership@crosscut.com or call 800.937.5287. You can also check out the FAQs below.

Click here to become a Crosscut member.

If you are already a member, you can use the links below to update your member information:

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Crosscut Member Heat Map

Sponsorship

Crosscut sponsors are positioned in front of hundreds of thousands of engaged, civic-minded readers who care about and influence the Puget Sound region. With 1.6 million unique visitors each year, Crosscut provides our sponsors with the opportunity to reach a loyal, affluent, influential and educated group of readers over a one-year term. Our editorial and event sponsorship levels make underwriting rates affordable, and because of our 501(c)(3) status, your support may constitute a tax-deductible charitable donation.

Contact Joe Heslet at jheslet@KCTS9.org for more information about current sponsorship opportunities.

Advertising

Advertising on Crosscut positions your organization in front of hundreds of thousands of engaged, civic-minded readers who care about and influence the Northwest region. With 300,000 page views each month, advertising on Crosscut introduces your company to a loyal, affluent, influential and highly educated group of readers.

Check out Crosscut’s media kit to pick the right package for you, and contact Jonah Fruchter at jonah.fruchter@crosscut.com to set up your insertion order.

Crosscut’s Young Professionals Board

The Crosscut Young Professionals Board will advance the future of quality journalism through community outreach. The board amplifies perspectives and voices underrepresented in traditional media, and engages more young people in nonpartisan dialogue.

Board members serve a two-year term, and work closely with Crosscut to increase readership and impact, while also providing a professional development opportunity. Keep an eye out for the first events from the inaugural board this year. You can read more about the board members here.

FAQs

About FAQs

What is Crosscut’s mission?

Crosscut’s foundational belief is that an informed public is essential if we are to find good 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.

Why should I support Crosscut?

Crosscut is a 501(c)(3), reader-supported, independent news site. By becoming a sustaining of Crosscut, your contribution keeps our content free and accessible to everyone in the Northwest and beyond. Memberships are tax-deductible, and you’ll receive many perks in return, including:

  • Invitations to exclusive Crosscut member events
  • Member Discounts on all Crosscut events
  • Quarterly membership report from our Editor-in-Chief
  • Exclusive access to the Backstory, with tales from behind the journalism every other month

What’s the difference between a subscriber and a member?

Subscribers can read and comment on Crosscut stories for free. Members make a financial contribution to Crosscut and receive member benefits and recognition. Also, members are the ones who make it possible for subscribers to access Crosscut for free.

Is my Crosscut membership tax-deductible?

Yes. Crosscut Public Media is a not for profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Can I auto-renew my membership on a monthly or annual basis?

Yes! Please and thank you! When making your gift, you can select the MONTHLY or ANNUALLY buttons so that your contribution continues to sustain Crosscut’s independent, in-depth, free news for all.

Am I a current member?

You can call or email our membership team at membership@crosscut.com or 800-937-5287 to find out the status of your membership.

How do I have my employer match my gift?

Ask your employer if they offer a matching program, or submit a match request to stretch your gift even further. Have questions? Call or email our membership team at membership@crosscut.com or 206-382-6137.

How long does my membership last?

Membership lasts for one year from the date of your contribution. You can also become a sustaining member by making an ongoing, monthly gift.

Can I submit a donation by check or over the phone?

Absolutely! You can mail your contribution to:

Crosscut Public Media

401 Mercer St

Seattle, WA 98109

 

To make a donation over the phone, you can call us at 800.937.5287.

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.

What is Crosscut’s editorial stance? Are you liberal or conservative?

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.

Who owns Crosscut? What are your sources of revenue?

Crosscut Public Media is a division of Cascade Public Media, a tax-exempt nonprofit overseen by a board of civic-minded trustees. Cascade Public Media has 501(c)3 status with the IRS, and all contributions are tax deductible. Support for Crosscut comes from individual members, grants, sponsorship, and advertising.

Is there anything else like Crosscut out there?

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.

Who are Crosscut’s writers?

Crosscut publishes its own journalism and commentary. In addition to our staff writers and editors, our contributors are contract writers, freelancers, prominent figures in the community or in a given field, and regular folks and specialists who have something to report or say. We welcome anyone who brings something new to the civic conversations affecting the area and the state. 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: editor@crosscut.com.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Who do I contact?

You can email or call us at membership@crosscut.com or 800-937-5287.

What is Crosscut’s history?

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. On December 2, 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public TV under the umbrella organization Cascade Public Media in order to build a more engaged and informed public.

Why did Crosscut merge with KCTS 9 into Cascade Public Media?

Crosscut merged into Cascade Public Media in order to fulfill a shared vision: a more engaged and informed public. This merger brings Crosscut reporters the organizational support to do their best storytelling, and will allow them to collaborate with multimedia producers. It will also increase our capacity for member engagement and recruitment to create a long-term, sustainable business model. Crosscut will maintain our individual and distinct presence and independent editorial voice.

How will the Crosscut/KCTS 9 merger affect my membership? Do you still need my support?

We need your support now more than ever. You’ll continue to see the facts and analysis on local issues you’ve come to expect from Crosscut on Crosscut.com. This merger will help us do more reporting thanks to greater resources and organizational support. It will also help Crosscut diversify our revenue streams, and membership will continue to be a crucial pillar of the Crosscut model. Your membership will continue to support independent journalism, and you have the choice to direct your donation to Crosscut.

Now that you’re part of Cascade Public Media, who is calling the shots editorially?

Greg Hanscom, Crosscut’s Editor-in-Chief, will continue to lead our editorial decision-making and strategy.

What is Cascade Public Media?

Cascade Public Media is the new legal name for the organization that includes Crosscut, KCTS 9, and What’s Good 206. The name change reflects our diverse offerings across media platforms.

Were any Crosscut staff laid off in the merger with Cascade Public Media?

No, there weren’t any layoffs. All of Crosscut’s and KCTS 9’s staff will maintain positions. In addition, many part time staff were moved up to full time.

What does the Crosscut staff think of the KCTS 9 and What’s Good 206 staff?

We think they’re pretty cool, and we’re looking forward to creating some interesting collaborations across platforms.

Why am I having trouble commenting on Crosscut?

All of Crosscut’s comments are posted through a separate third-party program called Disqus. If you’re having trouble, please contact them here for support. Crosscut’s staff doesn’t have the ability to troubleshoot that system.

Comment policy

As a public media organization, Crosscut is committed to presenting a diversity of voices and perspectives through the stories we produce. We invite our readers to participate in an active and respectful discourse through our comments feature. All comments will be regularly moderated on our website; if we deem a comment to be inappropriate and/or threatening, it will be deleted. In cases of repeated violations, we reserve the right to ban commenters.

Job Openings

To learn about current job openings and internships at Crosscut, visit our Job Opportunities page.

Staff

Greg Hanscom, formerly of Grist, Urbanite, and High Country News.

Greg Hanscom

Greg Hanscom is the Executive Editor of Crosscut and KCTS 9 public television. In his more than two decades as a journalist, Hanscom's writing has run the gamut from inner-city schools and urban redevelopment to tribal and public-lands policy. He is a former editor of the regional nonprofit magazine High Country News and the Baltimore-based Urbanite magazine.

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Florangela Davila

Florangela Davila is the Managing Editor at Crosscut. A veteran Seattle journalist, she worked for 14 years as a staff reporter covering race, immigration and features at The Seattle Times. She's been a longtime arts contributor to KNXK-FM as well as Crosscut. Her work has also appeared on NPR and in Seattle magazine. Florangela is a former faculty member at the University of Washington. Prior to Crosscut, she served as the Voices of the Region director for Seattle nonprofit Forterra where she launched Ampersand the print magazine and executive produced Ampersand Live, a stage show. You can email her at florangela.davila@crosscut.com.

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland is the Senior Editor at 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 is the author of an e-book, "Peace Quest: The Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." He and his wife, a community college dean, live in Seattle. They have two grown children, Sean and Cathy.

during the Seattle Human Services Coalition Candidates Forum at Miller Community Center in Seattle on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

David Kroman

David Kroman is the city reporter for Crosscut. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and likes to canoe. His Twitter is @KromanDavid and his e-mail is david.kroman@crosscut.com. David also accepts sensitive information through the encrypted messaging app Signal at (206) 947-7926 and snail mail at 401 Mercer St, Seattle, WA, 98109.

Crosscut's newest team member Lilly Fowler, photographed at UpGarden P-Patch Community Gardens in Seattle on June 15th.

Lilly Fowler

Lilly Fowler is Crosscut's staff reporter. Lilly was born in Mexico and raised in Nogales, a small border town. Before joining Crosscut, she worked as a producer for the national program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS. Lilly has also worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and FairWarning, an investigative news organization launched by former Los Angeles Times reporters. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, Slate Magazine, Marketplace and other media outlets. You can email her at lilly.fowler@crosscut.com or find her on twitter at @LillyAFowler

during the Seattle Human Services Coalition Candidates Forum at Miller Community Center in Seattle on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth is Crosscut's Assistant Editor. She focuses on editing, writing, curating Crosscut's daily and weekly newsletters and more. Before Crosscut, she worked for Swift Communications, providing digital media for many of their newspaper properties around the country. Her work has appeared in Willamette Week, Forbes and Reno News & Review. Find her on Twitter @CambriaRoth or email at cambria.roth@crosscut.com

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Knute Berger

Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Gray Matters column for Seattle magazine and is an occasional guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at knute.berger@crosscut.com or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.

6/7/15. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

Matt Mills McKnight

Matt Mills McKnight is Crosscut's staff photographer. He covers a variety of political, social and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys finding stories in his own South Seattle neighborhood, as well as researching projects throughout the rest of the city and region that he believes will inspire thought and discussion among readers. Previously he was a news photo editor at MSN News and a freelance photojournalist covering many of the region's major news stories for a variety of regional, national and global news organizations.

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Mason Bryan

Mason is the editorial assistant for Crosscut and KCTS 9. A New Mexico native, he moved to Seattle for college to study politics and pursue writing. He has written for various publications, including The Santiago Times, The Huffington Post, and Real Change News. Find him on Twitter @Mason_Bryan93.

Jonah Fruchter

Jonah Fruchter

Jonah Fruchter is Corporate Development Manager for Crosscut and KCTS9. Jonah comes to Crosscut with a diverse background in both the private and nonprofit sector. After founding his own nonprofit, Jonah realized he enjoyed using his marketing and sales skills to raise money for organizations he cared about. Since his friends and girlfriend have a limit for political conversations, Crosscut is the perfect outlet for Jonah's healthy addiction to high quality political news.

Submit a story

Crosscut publishes news, commentary, and 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.

Crosscut is a local website. 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.

You can submit story ideas and pitches to our editors at editor@crosscut.com.

If you have an idea for a story you’d like to see written, use our Tips and Story ideas form to submit it.

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Featured image by Tiffany Von Arnim.