The South Seattle Emerald’s mission is to amplify the authentic narratives of South Seattle
We do this work because…
The South Seattle community has been neglected and underserved by media
Our vibrant community deserves more accurate representations
Responsible media must consistently employ a racial justice lens
We believe accountable, relationship-based media is better media
What happens in South Seattle matters
Every community should have a conduit to speak truth to power
It’s essential to provide an accessible platform for local voices
Equitable access to relevant information is vital to an engaged democracy
In a community long silenced by mainstream media, The Emerald acts as a powerful megaphone: amplifying the voice and experience of South Seattle.
Founded as a platform that authentically depicts the dynamic voices, culture, arts, ideas, and businesses that fall within South Seattle’s borders, the Emerald is news as it was originally intended to be: not as business, nor as a forum for propaganda, but as a service to the community it chronicles.
In the words of Board Vice President, Bridgette Hempstead: “For the community, by the community, to the community.”
Former Editor-in-Chief Marcus Harrison Green and Board President Devin Chicras discuss the Emerald’s mission with Mike McCormick of KEXP.
Our Comment Policy
At this time we have closed comments on our articles.
We believe that anonymous comment sections do little in the way of fostering intelligent, civic debate. We will instead seek to engage with our readership in a variety of alternative forums.
We came to this decision after it became abundantly clear that our articles, largely featuring and written by members from BIPOC communities, became targets for racists, sexist, and bigoted comments. In the digital age, social media has largely replaced under-article forums. On a human level, those comments have real world consequences for people who make themselves vulnerable by publicly sharing their stories.
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