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Garrett Griffin
11.21.16

What is YeahKC? Kansas City Wants to Know.

What is YeahKC? We might answer that question by asking one back. When was the last time an exciting Kansas City news source was born? Search your memories. It’s been a while. We here at YeahKC believed it was time for something new.

Surveying the journalism around you today, what do you see? A century-old newspaper with a dwindling staff (an editorial board of one, in fact), disproportionately older readers, and a paywalled website. A 36-year-old weekly with slow content output online. TV news channels and their websites that seem to focus on murder, weather, and pet stories. Small community papers with virtually no online presence. A blog with a mix of news and half-naked women. And let’s not even start on the actual appearance of many of these websites.

A vacuum existed. This city lacked a high-quality, fast-paced, modern (web only) source of progressive news, culture, and opinion for a new generation of Kansas City professionals. Enter YeahKC. Spend but a moment on YeahKC and it becomes clear this is not your father’s website.

There is more to it than that, however. YeahKC brings forth a new optimism. We want to change, in positive ways, the way people think — about what Kansas City could be, what the nation could be, what the world could be. It starts with each person. How will we live? How should we act, whether individually or as a body of American neighbors determining law? From books to read to social justice movement to join, from restaurants to try to KC history to know, from comedy shows to see to policies to support, YeahKC suggests ways to both brighten your life and brighten the future of this great city and nation. We are delightfully biased, filled with KC pride, and excited to share stories of meaning with you.

There’s something in the air. We’ve all felt it, beginning at different times. For some, it was the parade of accolades KC suddenly began receiving — from Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, and so on. For others, it was the moment a baseball hurled by Wade Davis struck the glove of Drew Butera for the final out of the 2015 World Series. Whenever it was, the feeling was unmistakable: Kansas City is on the rise, in a way everyone is excited about, but with an outcome no one can precisely predict. It seemed wise, in this moment in history, for something new — YeahKC — to help carry KC into the future.

We hope you’ll join us, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and checking YeahKC.com daily. The adventure is truly just beginning.

Garrett Griffin

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Garrett S. Griffin is the news editor and political writer for Yeah KC, and the author of Racism in Kansas City: A Short History. A former religious conservative, he is now an atheist and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. See all his writings at gsgriffin.com.

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