Birmingham resident to launch positive news magazine

September 13, 2010

We’ve hard some not-so-upbeat news recently about the Birmingham metro area. Our unemployment rate dropped from 10 to 9 percent in July, but is still considered high. Recently, a study listed Birmingham as the 9th most stressful city in the country. So how ‘bout some good news for a change?

Enter: Cutressa Williams, Birmingham-based freelance writer, who is launching a new online magazine with partner Larry Genkin of Baltimore. Dubbed Positively Alabama, the magazine will debut in October, according to The Birmingham News, and will focus on stories “about people, places and venues that make Alabama the Beautiful,” Williams said. The URL is

When asked how she feels about launching a new publication amid turmoil in the media industry, she admitted she’s “nervous” but thinks it should succeed “because it is new and different.”

She plans to keep her costs down by focusing on blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media applications. You can submit ideas to or fan the magazine at

So what do you guys think? Is this a good idea? Could Birmingham use a little pick-me-up?

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