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.
Founded in 2007, Crosscut was a pioneer in the national landscape of local, online-only news outlets. Working out of coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall offices, its small team of writers broke fresh ground on topics such as transportation, homelessness and the reshaping of the urban landscape. As other news outlets downsized, Crosscut moved into beats that were being abandoned, including city and state government. The work began winning awards and getting noticed, especially in the halls of power.
In 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public television under the umbrella of a single nonprofit called Cascade Public Media. Today, our combined staff of reporters, video producers and web developers fills an essential role in the Northwest’s news ecosystem, focusing on politics and public policy, race and equity, arts and culture and the environment. We tell stories and provide context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.
Key tenets of our work include:
• Spotlighting solutions: While one of journalism’s central jobs is to shine a light on wrongdoing and injustice, we believe it is critical to go one step further and examine possible solutions to our thorniest problems.
• Collaborating and sharing: To maximize our reach and impact, we drive powerful collaborations among media organizations, and work closely with local nonprofits to access new audiences. Our articles, videos and multimedia reporting are often made available at no cost to other regional news outlets.
• Engaging our community: From our solution-seeking Community Idea Labs and the annual Courage Awards breakfast to the innovative Crosscut Festival, we create spaces for inclusive, civic discussion about the most pressing issues of our day.
• Measuring impact: We closely monitor not only online audience engagement and television viewership, but also social media activity, attention from key community and political influencers, shifts in the regional civic and political dialogue, and public policy reform.
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We welcome reporting and editorials on a range of topics regarding Seattle, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. We prize writing that informs and illuminates the people and problems facing our region in a clear and original way, and that highlights potential solutions.
Read about pitching news stories and features here, and find our guidelines for commentary pieces here. If you have an idea for a story you’d like us to write, use our Tips and Story Ideas form. Please do not use this form to submit press releases. Send those to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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. Comments that are off-topic, target any ethnic, racial or religious group; are self-promotional or contain offensive language, personal attacks, spam, and certain links to other sites will be deleted. In cases of repeated violations, we reserve the right to ban commenters. Crosscut will close comments on stories three days after they have published.
Crosscut editors reserve the right to pre-moderate comment threads. Because of an increased volume of comments that violate our commenting policy, especially on opinion pieces, we are more aggressively moderating comments to ensure that the contributions are productive and thoughtful. Unfortunately, our staff cannot always immediately review submitted comments. For any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: COMMENT.
Editorial Independence and Donor Transparency
We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with not-for-profit public media membership standards. Donors and members subscribe to Cascade Public Media’s belief that promoting greater civic engagement and informed discourse is a direct route to a better and more productive Pacific Northwest. They play no role in guiding the journalism produced by Crosscut’s independent newsroom.