by Eric Potter Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute October 31, 2018 When Tamara Power-Drutis worked at Crosscut Public Media, a nonprofit news site in Seattle, she was involved with the site’s email newsletter. She was absolutely sure they were doing it wrong. She just didn’t know in what way. “It went out twice a day, but we didn’t [...]
by The Evergrey The Evergrey August 14, 2018 It all started four days after the 2016 presidential election, when Seattle’s Eric Liu gave his first “civic sermon.” “Many of you feel not just shocked but betrayed. Not just sad but grief-stricken,” Eric said then, sounding like a pastor in church. “So we gather today in search [...]
Last week’s horrifying murder of Nabra Hassanen placed a spotlight on the increase in Anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States since the 2016 presidential election. While hard data on these crimes is difficult to piece together given the individual and institutional barriers to reporting, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 2017 Civil Rights Report cites 2,213 bias incidents in the last year, including 260 anti-Muslim hate crimes. This marks a 44% rise from 2015, and a staggering 584% increase from 2014, when the group counted just 38 hate crimes.
We’re writing today with thrilling news. Yesterday, Crosscut formally agreed to join with KCTS 9 Public Television under the umbrella of a larger, multi-platform nonprofit organization that will be called Cascade Public Media. This merger represents an exciting new chapter for Crosscut, for KCTS, and for regional, nonprofit news in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll get to the details in a moment. First, we want to assure you that Crosscut isn’t going anywhere. You’ll continue to read our special brand of feisty, civic-minded journalism. You’ll see the same lively debates over where our region is headed. It will all be brought to you at Crosscut.com by the same staff of hardworking writers and editors who will operate with strict editorial independence under the new organization. There will be no layoffs. In fact, the merger allows us to bring several part-time staffers up to full-time and offer everyone improved employee benefits. In addition to enhancing the work we already do, the Crosscut-KCTS 9 merger gives us access to resources and expertise to do more in-depth journalism, as well as cutting-edge video and multimedia production. We’ll reach a broader audience, build Crosscut’s membership and create a more robust and sustainable business model. We’ll provide a platform for more journalists with a greater variety of voices and opinions and with broader coverage of the Seattle metro region, state government and Washington state.