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City Hall pays journalist's salary

The nonprofit San Francisco Public Press is paying paying the salary of one of its editorial employees with money from a city jobs stimulus program, the SF Weekly reports.

Public Press director Michael Stoll would not disclose how much money multimedia producer Monica Jensen is receiving through Jobs Now, saying the the information is a private personnel issue. However, he said that the city is currently paying her entire salary, which he described as “competitive.”

The city official with that information could not provide it to the SF Weekly by its press time.

Stoll defended his decision to take city money, saying NPR and PBS receive funding from the federally financed Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

F. Warren Hellman, the Wells Fargo heir who is funding the Bay Area News Project, said last September that he might seek city funding for his news operation, too.

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