Let's get a little better acquainted. We will know more about you, what you like about Crosscut (and dislike), and what you most want to read, if you take just a few minutes to complete an online readership survey. Just click here to go to the survey, which is being done for us by the respected GMA Research firm.
As an incentive for taking the survey, we will have daily drawings for free tickets to Seattle Arts & Lectures events, and restaurant premiums. I hope you'll take the survey and enter to win some nice nights out.
I'm sure you understand how valuable these surveys are, and I invite you to be candid. This is the third such survey we have taken, so the information helps us know more about our readers and what the trends are in readership usage and loyalty. It's critical information to help guide our coverage and new features; and it is important information for underwriters and donors.
As for letting you know us better, here's some recent staff news. Crosscut has hired a new executive director, Terri Hiroshima, who will oversee the business, revenue, and publishing sides of Crosscut Public Media. Terri has deep experience in Seattle arts and nonprofit organizations, notably by holding leadership positions with One Reel, Seattle Theatre Group, Empty Space, and others. Berit Anderson has joined the editorial staff as an assistant editor, coming to Crosscut from KCPQ-TV, Yes! Magazine, and several web-oriented institutions. Michele Matassa Flores, our ace managing editor, has left the company to pursue writing and other opportunities: Special thanks to her for a job very well done. We welcome three new editorial assistants: Pete Jackson, who oversees the daily aggregation service "The Clicker"; Erik Neumann, who is working on the community-activation project directed by Deputy Editor Joe Copeland; and Jessica Alberg, our summer intern.
Crosscut has new offices (and as of today, new furniture donated by Pop Media). We are now in Pioneer Square, in the handsome old Globe Building, the former home of Elliott Bay Book Co. Pioneer Square is a happening place once again, particularly in this building with our nonprofit neighbors such as Seattle Parks Foundation, the Alliance for Pioneer Square, and Seattle Arts & Lectures. We're glad to be here and glad to do our bit to boost the historic birthplace of big ole Seattle. We recently held our third Membership Party down in the Square, this one coinciding with a lively First Thursday Arts Walk and attended by several of the new faces in the Seattle arts scene.
Thanks for your readership and support. Let me particularly thank the 60 of you who took advantage of the Seattle Foundation's Give Big Day, earning a match from the Foundation and putting another $5,070 into our Membership Fund. Thanks, good people. And thanks to those who help further by taking our Readership Survey today.