‘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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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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