Just days after Baltimore’s City Paper closed a new weekly newspaper and website will debut on Nov. 15, its founders announced.

The Beat, Baltimore’s new independent newspaper, is being promoted as a comprehensive guide to Baltimore covering local news and the arts “with its ears and eyes open to the community and a focus on long-form storytelling.”

According to the announcement press release, The Beat is owned by Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, which publishes the nearly 50-year-old Washington Blade as well as the Los Angeles Blade, which bowed in March.

Lisa Snowden-McCray, 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 in the release. “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.”

“I’m thrilled to join the Beat team and launch this new publication dedicated to serving the Baltimore community,” said Marsh. “Quality journalism has never been more important and Baltimore deserves an independent voice that will serve readers and advertisers alike.”

Brandon Soderberg, former City Paper editor in chief, serves as the Beat’s managing editor and news editor. The Beat will collaborate on news with both Blade newspapers and with The Real News Network’s Baynard Woods. “We want to hear people out, collaborate, and make this a paper for the whole city not certain parts of the city,” said Soderberg.

Kevin Naff, a Baltimore resident and co-owner of BNP Omnimedia, is publisher.

“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 launching its website. “Real cities need alternative media outlets and our city, in particular, will benefit from the Beat’s focus on local news and entertainment.”

The publisher said the first print edition will hit the streets Nov. 15 at hundreds of Baltimore area bars, restaurants, resource centers, gyms and other locations.

Compiled by Baltimore editor Jeffrey Davis, managing partner of Baltimore PR firm Van Eperen.

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