Meet the editor of the Bay Area News Project

Your chance to meet the new editor of the Bay Area News Project is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The new editor is Jonathan Weber, co-founder of The Industry Standard and a former LA Times staff writer. Weber intends to hire at least 15 journalists this year. Hear about his vision for “building a stellar newsroom to cover Bay Area government and politics, the arts, business, entertainment, community news and other topics.” The event is set for 6:30 to

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NYT gets 1,000 new Bay Area subscribers

The New York Times, which had 40,080 daily subscribers in the Bay Area and 57,514 on Sunday, has picked up 1,000 more after introducing its Bay Area section, NYT Editor of Digital Initiatives Jim Schacter told a group of local journos on Tuesday. Schacter also spoke about the concern raised on blogs that the NYT is looking to turn Berkeley j-school students into unpaid reporters. He said the NYT’s deal will be with the Bay Area News Project (the nonprofit

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BA News Project CEO to make $400,000 a year

The SF Weekly is reporting that Lisa Frazier, the CEO of the new F. Warren Hellman-financed Bay Area News Project, will make $400,000 a year. Not bad for somebody who has no journalistic experience. She’s a business and media consultant. By comparison, former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger, who heads the Herbert and Marion Sandler news nonprofit Pro Publica, was paid $570,000 in 2008, according to IRS documents. The SF Weekly also reports: Newsroom sources at KQED, meanwhile,

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Bay Area News Project names CEO, editor

The F. Warren Hellman-funded Bay Area News Project announced today it has hired media and business consultant Lisa Frazier as its CEO and Jonathan Weber, co-founder of The Industry Standard and a former LA Times staff writer, as its editor. The announcement also stated that the project will supply news for the Bay Area sections of The New York Times. While the NYT’s involvement had been discussed for months, with KQED’s decision to withdraw from the project, there were questions

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KQED drops out of Bay Area News Project

David Weir of BNET says the deal to create a non-profit local news organization in San Francisco based at KQED has collapsed. Weir reports that KQED has pulled out of the deal, a fact that has been confirmed by Berkeley J-School dean Neil Henry in an e-mail to Poynter’s Romenesko. However, Henry says, “We have secured an outstanding CEO and an extraordinary editor in chief whose names will be announced later this month.” That matches what the Press Club was

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BA News Project to name editor, CEO in January

The Bay Area News Project (that joint effort between the UC-Berkeley j-school, KQED and financier F. Warren Hellman) will announce its executive editor and CEO in January, Scott Walton of KQED says. “We have outstanding candidates but I can’t give you a firm date except to let you know that we are confident about being able to do this soon. I think the launch will be pushed back a little bit but 2nd quarter of 2010 is still realistic,” Walton

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Bay Area News Project to name editor soon

The American Journalism Review has an update on the Bay Area News Project, the nonprofit being created by the UC Berkeley j-school, KQED and Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman to cover local news. AJR says the project will announce its choice of executive editor in “early December” (that’s about now) and start producing news “in the spring.” The story has nothing new on whether The New York Times will use the project’s copy. All a Times spokeswoman would say

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Nonprofit news project seeks CEO, editor

The Bay Area News Project (that nonprofit start-up involving Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman (right), KQED, the Berkeley j-school) has posted help wanted ads for its chief executive and executive editor. Neither posting gives a salary range. Things the CEO is required to possess include an “ability to foster and encourage smart risk-taking and experimentation.” The CEO must also be “a visionary with well-developed people management skills, strategic thinking, and a demonstrated ability to inspire.” The two-page job description

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Hellman eyes city funding for news project

Investment banker and Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman told Forbes that he may seek funding from the city of San Francisco, and other governments, for the nonprofit news organization he’s planning: Forbes’ Dirk Smillie asked Hellman: You’re contributing $5 million from the Hellman Family Foundation to start this venture, but how will you make it sustainable? Hellman replied: “It will take a fair amount of money, raised annually. Contributions to public broadcasting in the Bay Area are up this

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