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I sat down to write you a note about the integral role you fill here at Crosscut, about the $50 match pledged today for new and renewing member gifts of $50 or above, and how we’re relying on your support so that we can keep providing you with the facts and analysis you need to intelligently participate in civic life.

But then I realized that others have already said it perfectly.

“We are inundated with stories about naked starlets and tarnished athletes, murders and car crashes. 'How you feel' replaces 'why did this happen'. 'Who is to blame' obscures 'how can we fix it'. Crosscut pushes back against that approach.”

Steve Scher, our Elephant in the Room contributor

“News media used to exist by virtue of a kind of monopoly — one big general interest paper in a city, a dominant outlet in niches like business or youth culture or talk radio. Now, sites such as Crosscut exist because they have connected deeply with a community and its need for reliable, diverse reporting and points of view. That connection is most validated by readers who care enough about the outlet and their community to support these ventures with annual (tax-deductible) donations, preserving the reporting for all to read.”

David Brewster, our founder

We’ve also heard from many renewing members:

“With the challenges facing traditional print newspapers and magazines, Crosscut has become my go-to source for more in-depth reporting and features on local Pacific Northwest politics, arts and culture.” Julie Anne Kempf

“In the dizzying world of information and issues coming at me with firehose force. Crosscut is a stream of fresh news and viewpoints.”John Arthur Wilson

Crosscut is “the only place to go for credible comprehensive coverage of our region, for civic dialogue: I read it twice a day!”Jan Hendrickson

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About the Authors & Contributors

Tamara Power-Drutis

Tamara Power-Drutis is a writer, researcher and the former executive director of Crosscut.