The Georgetown Dish, a neighborhood social and news site, to launch in December
A mockup of The Georgetown Dish, less tabloid-y than its Huffington muse
Ask Georgetown resident Beth Solomon what she envisions for The Georgetown Dish and she’ll tell you she’s looking to create “a cross between a local Huffington Post and Washington Life Magazine.” Specifically, on December 16, she and her partners will launch a website that’ll provide you with all the photos and coverage of Georgetown social events, aggregated and original neighborhood news content, and local listings you’ll ever need.
The scope of the site sounds pretty ambitious. Solomon, a former reporter and speechwriter and current communications consultant, said The Georgetown Dish will be divided into three verticals: “The Scene” will cover social events in Georgetown. (She said the party she attended at Cafe Milano on Sunday for Kathleen Kennedy would be a good candidate for coverage).
“The Dish,” for which she already has several columnists lined up, will be for news and commentary, and “The Scoop” will have “informational and commercial listings,” like classifieds, sports schedules, and restaurant specials. Solomon also anticipates getting restaurant reviews from contributors and aggregating coverage “that’s already out there.”
“Really what I’m doing is curating the voices in Georgetown,” she said.
Solomon said that student Katherine Duncan (COL ’11), who she knows through the local Down Dog Yoga, will be writing a column “from the perspective of the student but also as someone who works in the neighborhood and is from around here.” Duncan did not respond to a request for a comment. At least one photographer is already on board, and Patty Ivey, a local who Solomon also knows though Down Dog Yoga, is slated to write “a very thought-provocative opinion column.”
The Dish editors won’t be adopting the alarmist, enormous red headlines HuffPo sports, but it looks as though they do want to take after Arianna the socialite: Solomon wants to host events around Georgetown to “take [their] online cafe to real places.” Tackle Box, which was among its first advertisers, will hostThe Dish‘s launch party, and Baked & Wired will be the scene of their first community event.
Finally, Solomon would like to run a daily feature called the top five Tweets in Georgetown. “We want to know, what’s John Kerry, Desiree Rogers, Madeline Albright got to say?” Solomon said.
That may or may not put Twuesday Tweetacular to shame.
Via Swimming in Quicksand. Mockup courtesy Beth Solomon.