Bay Citizen cuts ties with NY Times

Steven T. Jones of Bay Guardian reports that this Sunday is the last day The Bay Citizen will provide stories for The New York Times, which prints a Bay Area edition twice a week. The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit started with $5 million from the late Lehman Brothers executive Warren Hellman, has merged with the 35-year-old Center for Investigative Reporting, headed by former Chronicle editors Phil Bronstein and Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal. The Guardian headlined its piece “The Bay Citizen divorces

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Bay Citizen will no longer supply stories to New York Times

The Bay Citizen will end its relationship with The New York Times as of April 29 so that it can have relationships with multiple media partners in the Bay Area, according to Steve Myers of Poynter. The Times prints a section twice a week on Bay Area news that carries reports from The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit that also distributes its stories online. The Bay Citizen has recently merged with the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, whose executive director,

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CIR, Bay Citizen may merge

The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting have signed a formal letter of intent to merge the two nonprofit news organizations. Under terms of a memorandum of understanding approved by both boards, management of The Bay Citizen will be handed over to the existing leadership of the Berkeley-based CIR within 30 days. Phil Bronstein, the chairman of CIR’s board of directors, will become the executive chairman of the combined companies. Former Chronicle Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal would remain

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The Bay Citizen in merger talks

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The Bay Citizen, the two-year-old nonprofit news organization, is in merger talks with the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting. The Journal attributed its report to Bay Citizen staffers and others familiar with the discussions. Those sources said the talks are in the early stages and could fall apart. CIR executive director Robert Rosenthal is quoted as saying that it is unclear where the conversations will lead. In the past few months, Bay Citizen

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Steve Fainaru to leave Bay Citizen

Steve Fainaru Steve Fainaru, interim editor-in-chief of The Bay Citizen, announced Friday that he will be leaving the nonprofit news organization next month to pursue a book project with his brother, ESPN sportswriter Mark Fainaru-Wada. His departure follows the resignations of editor-in-chief Jonathan Weber in September and CEO Lisa Frazier in October. Last month, financeer Warren Helman, who launched Bay Citizen, died at age 77 of leukemia. The Bay Citizen, in its story about Fainaru’s departure, said it is currently

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Bay Citizen’s well-paid CEO quits

Frazier After 21 months as the chief executive officer of The Bay Citizen news site, Lisa Frazier is stepping down from the $400,000-a-year job for what she said were personal reasons. Last month the news site lost its editor, Jonathan Weber, to Reuters. “I set out to transform an idea into a reality and to build the foundation for that reality to continue,” Frazier said in a story posted on The Bay Citizen’s website Friday afternoon. “I’ve created jobs in

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Weber stepping down as Bay Citizen editor

Weber The editor of nonprofit news website The Bay Citizen, Jonathan Weber, announced today that he is stepping down after 18 months. His departure was first reported by SF Appeal, which said he was going to Reuters. But Weber would only say in his announcement that he plans to “pursue a new opportunity, the details of which will be announced shortly.” Pulitzer-winner Steve Fainaru, a former Washington Post reporter, will take over as interim editor. Fainaru has been with The

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Bay Citizen workers decide to unionize

By a vote of 7 to 5, journalists at the nonprofit news website The Bay Citizen have decided to affiliate with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. The union reports that 14 votes were cast, but that two of the ballots are being challenged. The remaining ballot count resulted in a 7-5 win to form the union. The two challenged votes have not been opened, however the Guild said that whether these

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Panel discusses survival of nonprofit journalism

Lisa Frazier, president and CEO of The Bay Citizen, said Saturday she doesn’t know if nonprofit journalism online will be able to sustain itself. Frazier was one of the panelists for a discussion on nonprofit journalism at the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. According to Reportr.net, Frazier said The Bay Citizen can be a “test kitchen” for journalism, technology and business models. To make the model sustainable, takes time but also takes money

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Bay Citizen announces additional fundraising

The Bay Citizen says it has raised $14.5 million and that it only will spend $4 million in its first year, according to a report by Staci D. Kramer on the PaidContent.org website. Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Weber decided to release the news that Bay Citizen had raised the $14.5 million (which includes the $5 million in seed money from Warren Hellman) after a Matier & Ross item on Dec. 26 said the nonprofit was hitting the streets of Oakland to sell

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