Back in May, we covered the upcoming launch of Baltimore Beat as a Black-led, Black-controlled nonprofit newspaper. The site launched this week.
You can read the launch post from Lisa Snowden, the newspaper’s editor:
We wanted to tell stories that reflected the fact that Baltimore City’s residents are more than 60% Black. We wanted to give Black writers the opportunities to tell their own stories.
I started blogging here at KinshiPress because there is a new wave of exciting, mission-driven start-ups and they’re nearly all on WordPress. You can see that in the background of some of staff at the Baltimore Beat. The staff come places such as The Appeal, The Real News, BmoreArt and The Trace, which all share similar DNA. They are non-profits, focused on specific topics, run by experienced journalists, and powered by WordPress.