The Washington Blade’s parent company announced today plans to launch a new alternative weekly newspaper called the Baltimore Beat.
The move by Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia comes just one day after the Baltimore City Paper published its last issue after a 40-year run. The City Paper was owned by the Baltimore Sun.
The Baltimore Beat, a new weekly newspaper and website debuts on Nov. 15, its founders announced.
The Beat will be a comprehensive guide to Baltimore and cover local news and the arts with a focus on long-form storytelling.
Lisa Snowden-McCray, a veteran local journalist and formerly of the Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Sun is editor-in-chief and Jennifer Marsh, a 28-year veteran of City Paper, is the associate publisher.
“We are here to hold politicians accountable, to be voices for people in this city who have historically been ignored, and to help right deeply entrenched wrongs,” said Snowden-McCray. “We’re here to celebrate with you, too. There are amazing things happening in Baltimore, and we want to talk about each and every one.”
Kevin Naff, co-owner of BNP Omnimedia, will take on the role of Beat publisher. He will continue his role as editor of the Washington Blade.
“I’m a longtime Baltimore booster,” said Naff, who has served on the board of Live Baltimore and worked for the Sun from 1996-2000 helping to launch its website. “Real cities need alternative media outlets and Baltimore, in particular, will benefit from the Beat’s focus on local journalism.”
BNP Omnimedia also owns the Los Angeles Blade, which bowed in March.
The Beat’s first print edition will hit the streets Nov. 15 at hundreds of area bars, restaurants, resource centers, gyms and other locations. Visit baltimorebeat.com to learn more.