We here at CL would like to extend the warmest welcome to the newest member of N.C.'s alt-media family, the Triad City Beat.
Started by former Yes! Weekly editor Brian Clarey - who wooed Yes! staff writers Eric Ginsburg (also an occasional CL contributor) and Jordan Green - the City Beat covers news and culture in Greensboro, High-Point and Winston Salem.
"Covers" is the simple way of putting it. I'll let their eloquent mission statement explain:
Triad City Beat exists to chronicle the Triad cities as low-cost incubators of innovation, sustainability and creativity. We publish smart reporting and writing that recognizes the intelligence of our readers. An informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy, and we take our responsibility seriously to provide good journalism to hold economic and governmental powers accountable, both locally and across North Carolina.
In a time when newspapers are on life support, this new venture is beyond refreshing. Not only are they starting off with "some money in the bank," as their publisher wrote in an op-ed, but "all equity shareholders in the business are members of the team." We're only a little jealous.
Pick up a copy if you're ever in the Triad or visit their website, triad-city-beat.com.