2013 was a very good year for Crosscut.
Readership grew by more than 60 percent, owing to our gavel-to-gavel coverage of the state legislature, a renewed focus on Seattle City Hall and ongoing series on foster care, coal trains and more. In November, our coverage of the 2013 election, along with Eric Scigliano's expose on blindingly bright bicycle lights, drew 160,000 visitors to the site.
All told, 1.5 million people read Crosscut this year. Our goal is to convert every one of those readers into members in 2014, which promises to be an even more exciting 12 months. Why, you ask? Well . . .
Thanks to a generous grant from Boeing, we'll be completely redesigning Crosscut.com. Hallelujah! (Look for a new, improved site in late spring).
Generous support from the Raikes Foundation will allow us to continue our 2013 Kids@Risk focus with a new series on homeless youth (starting in January).
We'll be launching new initiatives in the areas of art and technology, and doubling down on our scrutiny of Seattle, King County and Olympia, where veteran Oly correspondent John Stang will be joined this session by Robert Mak, one of the most respected public affairs broadcast reporters in the region. We also plan to expand our political (and technology) footprint to the Eastside.
And, of course, we'll be extending the conversation about Northwest ideas and issues beyond the digital realm with our monthly Civic Cocktail and other real-world, face-to-face events.
We'd love to have your support for any or all of the above. To borrow a phrase from one of our cherished Crosscut members: "Resistance is futile." Just:
- Click here to donate online;
- Call us at 206-382-6137 and we’ll take your pledge over the phone;
- Snailmail your gift to our offices at 105 S. Main Suite 330 Seattle, WA 98104;
- Or email your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether and however you choose to donate, we thank you very much for your interest and support. Here's to 2014!