The Public Publisher: A midsummer night's plea

A year into the new gig, progress and the need for our readers to become members.
A year into the new gig, progress and the need for our readers to become members.

The warm sunlight and leafy shade of Pioneer Square have returned to remind me that it’s been a year since I wrote my opening July salvo as the new publisher of Crosscut. Technically I was not to begin until September, but there was urgency and so I spent my summer vacation getting underway in the new job a little early.

I am happy to report that there has been great progress, and there also remains great urgency. That is why, in part, I am writing to ask for an anniversary gift, literally. As a reader of Crosscut, please join the growing ranks of Crosscut members by making a donation of any size. We need you. Call us at 206-382-6137 or click here to give online.

As I near my first year in the role of publisher, Crosscut is just completing the midway point in our fiscal year. We have a lot to be proud of, but we still have an uphill battle to raise the money necessary to support the kind of independent, quality journalism so desperately needed in our region.

In many ways, the chart below is actually the picture of market demand for our in-depth writing and analysis about topics as far-reaching as the proposed coal terminal, the recent legislative session in Olympia, the burgeoning Eastside and the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race. Our readership has doubled since last July, as this chart shows. Our investment in covering the state capitol led to substantial readership gains, and we hope to invest in the same in-depth coverage of other communities.

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About the Authors & Contributors

Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw is a senior director in Microsoft’s strategy group.