Seattle's newest online journalism venture, crosscut.com, launches this Monday, a kind of alternative to this alt-weekly - and it, too, is being birthed by former Seattle Weekly founder David Brewster. Ex-Weekly managing editor Chuck Taylor is Crosscut's editor and former Weekly executive editor Skip Berger, a.k.a. Mossback, will be writing a Crosscut column under the same name. In a recent e-mail, Brewster said "Crosscut will be all local news and commentary, pointing readers to the best local reporting from a wide variety of sources-think tanks, blogs, mainstream media, and citizen-specialists," updated through the day.
A second online venture is also in the works, with more Weekly alums involved - former columnist Geov Parrish and freelancer Michael Hood. Says Hood in an e-mail today: "We're a small group of journalists, politicos, writers, editors, and IT people creating a major multimedia news and community-building site- as yet unnamed- but coming soon." They'll have a 24/7 news desk and "original reporting on politics, sports, business, weather, arts & entertainment," and more, Hood says. "Think of us as the Seattle Times-except with energy, integrity, and edge."
Others involved include Dave Neiwert, Darcy Burner, David Goldstein, Lynn Allen, Clark Humphrey, and Ben Krokower. The Site With No Name is having a small gathering for potential writers and other interested parties from 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 17, 2007, at the Fountain Court, 2400 4th Avenue in Belltown.