When news broke Monday morning that Window Media had closed up shop — and in doing so folded the Washington Blade and Southern Voice among several other LGBT newspapers and magazines — Blade editor Kevin Naff, speaking for the newspaper’s stunned staff, vowed they wouldget another D.C. paper up and running as soon as possible.
And they have.
At 9:30 this morning, E.S.T., the DC Agenda hit the streets, providing “critical coverage of local and national LGBT issues along with much needed community news,” according to a press release. It was hand-distributed by 17 former Blade staff members.
Publisher of the new paper is Lynne Brown, who was the Blade publisher and had worked for the D.C. institution for more than 23 years, according to the press release. She said: “The power and effectiveness of the Washington Blade did not die with the name. That strength actually came from the spirit and intensity of those who wrote the stories and reached out to the community. It’s those same people who are the backbone of this new venture, a group that is the true definition of grit and resilience.”
Former Blade editor Kevin Naff is now DC Agenda editor. He said the staff has been “buoyed by the outpouring of support from our colleagues, our community, people all over the city and even beyond DC,” and that he expects DC Agenda to “grow and evolve and to eventually include a larger and more diverse group of voices.”