Goodbye Blade, Hello Agenda

Staff members unite for new publication

By Jim Iovino
|  Friday, Nov 20, 2009  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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Goodbye Blade, Hello Agenda

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You won't be able to pick up a copy of the Washington Blade this weekend, but staff members from the now-shuttered gay publication hope you grab a copy of the DC Agenda instead.

A Twitter message alerted the masses Friday morning to the next chapter in LGBT news in the District: "We're live! http://dcagenda.com First issue online now, will be distributed around DC today! Watch this feed for locations!"

With the Blade's swift and sudden end this week after 40 years of service, some former employees decided to rally around their craft and put together a new paper and Web site to serve their community. The result is the DC Agenda.

The main post on the homepage Friday morning is a letter from editor Kevin Naff, who describes the outlook and mission of the Agenda:

"The strength of the Washington Blade did not lie in its brand name — it came from the spirit of those who worked passionately to serve and inform our community. Those people are still here. Our work continues."

The Web site looks pretty good. Time will tell if the content matches that which the Blade used to create. In any case, best of luck to the staff as they move forward on a bold and aggressive endeavor.


 

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