Washington Blade: Blog Post 1

The Washington Blade is a publication targeted at the LGBT community with a strong focus on D.C.-area news. However, the Blade is not entirely hyperlocal, as it also covers international and other national news involving the LGBT community. Also considering that it does deal greatly in D.C. news, it covers decisions made by congress that will carry nation-wide affects. According to the site’s About page, The Washington Blade was founded in 1969, four months after the Stonewall Riots, which jumpstarted what is commonly recognized as the Gay Rights Movement in the U.S. It’s likely that the Blade rose and blossomed alongside the Movement. It is the oldest LGBT newspaper in the U.S.

The Washington Blade was purchased in 2001 by Window Media, LLC. Window Media, LLC, which supported a number of gay newspapers and magazines, folded eight years later. The Blade consequently went out of business, but its writers continued to publish as the D.C. Agenda. The Blade began again under its original name in 2010 when Brown Naff Pitts Omnipedia, Inc. gained assets to the name, according to a February issue written by Kevin Naff, the publication’s editor. The Blade is currently operated under Naff and published by Lynne Brown.

The newspaper’s staff consists of Joey DiGuglielmo as features and multimedia editor, and Lou Chibbaro Jr. and Chris Johnson as news reporters. The Contacts page offers the emails and phone numbers of these editors as well as the paper’s creative director, graphic designer, sales and administration staff.

No particular mission statement, although it does state in the About page that “Whether you read us in print, online at washingtonblade.com, via Facebook or follow us on Twitter or on your mobile device, the Washington Blade continues to serve the D.C.-area LGBTQ community while covering all the national and international news important to our lives.” Considering that the publication experienced its temporary fall from 2009 to 2010, it has made an effort to not only cover material that affects a wide range of LGBT people, but to reach out via trending social media. The decline of the physical newspaper may have been involved with Window Media, LLC, which urges the Blade to not only uphold its image as an impactful news source, but to also thrive in a digital age.