Bay Citizen to spend $5 million in one year

Matier & Ross report that the $5 million in seed money Bay Citizen got from philanthropist Warren Hellman is only expected to last for a year. That’s forced the nonprofit to hire a half-dozen paid fundraisers to hit the streets to find new members at $50 a pop. “Of course, we want to be sustainable and rely on a variety of funding sources, and one of the most crucial is memberships,” Bay Citizen membership director Rose Roll told M&R. Roll

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Online News Association plans first meetup

The first meetup of the SF Bay Area Online News Association will take place Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at The Bay Citizen, 126 Post St., Suite 500, in downtown SF. Attendees can look forward to networking, light refreshments, and remarks by Jonathan Weber, editor-in-chief of The Bay Citizen, a new non-profit news organization serving the nine counties of the Bay Area. The Bay Citizen covers civic news and culture, with its own reporting staff and through partnerships.

Bay Area NYT affiliate partners with Young Dems

Most news organizations wouldn’t even consider co-sponsoring an event with a political party. But as Peter Jamison of the SF Weekly reports, Bay Citizen, the new online news organization that is providing stories to the New York Times, held an event Tuesday night in conjunction with the San Francisco Young Democrats at The Chieftain, an Irish pub on Fifth Street. Writing before Tuesday’s event, Jamison said: The event will feature drink specials, pub trivia in which contestants can challenge The

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Bay Citizen branches out into online apps

Bay Citizen, the nonprofit online news site that provides stories for the New York Times, is busy creating apps (online applications). The first gives information on how much San Francisco workers make and where they live. For example, the San Francisco city workers living in Placer County brought home an average of $127,164 in 2009 — nearly three times the county’s average per capita income, according to Bay Citizen. The second provides immunization rates among Bay Area kindergarteners. Editor Jon

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Times public editor faults labeling of local column

The New York Times’ public editor, who answers questions about the paper’s news coverage from readers, has taken the side of readers who complained that a column in the Times’ Bay Area section blurred the line between news and opinion. The Aug. 15 column headlined “Fighting Tooth and Nail, Unions Overstep” was was written by Jonathan Weber, the editor of the nonprofit Bay Citizen, a new news-gathering organization funded through donations led by a $5 million contribution from San Francisco financier

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‘Wild Experimentation’ in the local news scene

Christin Evans, owner of Booksmith in San Francisco, describes in a Huffington Post piece a panel discussion she moderated that included journalists who are attempting to reshape the business with new business models. The panelists were The Bay Citizen’s Lisa Frazier, SF Public Press’ Micahel Stoll, Mission Local’s Lydia Chavez. All three said their news organization had not yet reached sustainability. They all described foundation and citizen donations, or “the NPR model” of news underwriting through sponsorship, as their aim. 

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Guest speaker for Press Club banquet announced

The guest speaker at this year’s Press Club awards banquet will be Jeanne Carstensen, managing editor of The Bay Citizen, the nonprofit Bay Area news organization that launched last month. She’ll provide an insiders view of The Bay Citizen, which has 24 paid staffers including a newsroom of 16 journalists. The nonprofit plans to go beyond a website and eventually offer news through podcasts, radio and TV. Carstensen came to The Bay Citizen from Salon, where she also held the

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Bay Citizen, a nonprofit news project, launches

With $5 million from Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman and $3.7 million from other donors, The Bay Citizen launched its website today. It carried stories about the region’s worst global warmers, the battle in Oakland over restraining orders aimed at gangs, the low property tax bills of some of San Francisco’s richest residents, and the Chinese exodus from San Francisco. In sports, the Citizen reports that the Warriors got eight bids, some topping $400 million, but not Larry Ellison’s.

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The Bay Area Citizen to start May 26

The Bay Citizen, the nonprofit formerly known as the Bay Area News Project, plans to launch its online news service on May 26, Editor Jonathan Weber announced on his blog. Weber said the Citizen’s managing editor for news, Steve Fainaru, starts next week, and then the nonprofit will begin hiring reporters. Weber said the project is also looking to hire a “community editor,” and that position will be posted by the end of the week. Weber told the San Francisco

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Steve Fainaru joins nonprofit news startup

Steve Fainaru, a Bay Area native who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Washington Post, was named today the managing editor of the F. Warren Hellman-funded Bay Area News Project, which has become The Bay Citizen. Fainaru was born in Mountain View and graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur. He has been based in the Bay Area for the Post since 2002 and currently lives in El Cerrito. Fainaru won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2008 for

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