Baltimore Beat Returns—With BINJ Support
As announced earlier this month by the Maryland Delaware D.C. Press Association, Baltimore Beat returns in 2019.
In 2019, Baltimore Beat will relaunch as a nonprofit media outlet with support from BINJ. Along with the website, the Beat will deliver an emailed newsletter multiple times a week featuring arts and activist event listings, news reporting, op-eds, and longform stories, and produce a weekly podcast.
Founded in the wake of Baltimore City Paper ’s closure in November 2017, the Beat quickly established itself in the local media landscape thanks to its compelling, community-focused journalism and thoughtful arts coverage.
After just four months , the Beat’s publisher shut it down due to a lack of advertising revenue. Since then, Beat and BINJ cofounder Brandon Soderberg successfully negotiated ownership of the Beat and Lisa Snowden-McCray, its editor-in-chief reimagined a more sustainable version of the Beat .
Print will be a year two goal for Baltimore Beat but until then, Snowden-McCray and Soderberg will maintain an “IRL” local presence in Baltimore through on-the-ground education-oriented events, pop-up newsrooms, issue-oriented panels, and media workshops where reporters will demystify the world of journalism and encourage more of Baltimore to tell their stories for themselves.
Supporting the Beat will be BINJ’s most sustained and robust mission yet.