Chron disputes NYT report that it plans to end standalone food section

The Chronicle is disputing a report in this morning’s New York Times that said the San Francisco newspaper plans to stop publishing its standalone food section. The Times said: “Now, The Chronicle, owned by the Hearst Corporation, is planning to eliminate its stand-alone food section and integrate it into a single lifestyle section — tentatively titled “Artisan” — with material from other parts of the newspaper, including the home section, according to employees who have been told of the plans.

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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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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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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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NYT calls Bronstein’s plagiarism claim ‘ridiculous’

The New York Times is firing back at Phil Bronstein’s (right) claim that the Old Grey Lady “borrowed” an anecdote from the Chronicle. Here’s a statement from the Times’ associate managing editor for standards, Philip B. Corbett: The suggestion in Phil Bronstein’s blog post that a New York Times reporter improperly borrowed or plagiarized from a San Francisco Chronicle article in a profile of the Oakland police chief is ridiculous.  The chief, in discussing his move to Oakland, explained his

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Stanford panel discusses future of news

How healthy is the news business these days? “On a scale of one to 10 of healthy media, we’re somewhere around two,” Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, said at last night’s 44th Annual Kelly McClatchy Memorial Symposium at Stanford. The topic was the future of journalism. The Stanford Daily reports that New York Times Co. CEO Arthur Sulzberger, perhaps the biggest name scheduled to appear, was absent. Much of the discussion focused on producing journalism in

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Bronstein accuses NYT of borrowing from Chron

The New York Times’ Bay Area section is off to a rocky start. Chron editor at large Phil Bronstein says the Times “borrowed” material from his paper for a story about the new Oakland police chief. The following is from Bronstein’s blog: A story about the new Oakland police chief, the lead and longest of four pieces in the two-page Bay Area NYTimes insert, began with a compelling anecdote:   Anthony W. Batts was enjoying a successful run as the

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NYT’s SF move ‘defensive as much as offensive’

Phil Rosenthal, who covers the media for the Chicago Tribune, says the NY Times’ launch of a Bay Area edition is part of a national strategy to fend off the Wall Street Journal, which intends to become the national newspaper of record. [T]his may not simply be a play for the hearts left behind as the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News recalibrate themselves to the harsh economic realities afflicting the newspaper business. The Times’ maneuver may be

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Local editors say NYT section no threat

In comments to Editor & Publisher, the top editors at the Chron, Examiner and Bay Area News Group said they don’t consider the new twice-a-week Bay Area section in The New York Times or its Bay Area news blog to be a threat. Chron’s Ward Bushee: “They have 10 people covering a very large, competitive area. We have a full staff much larger than that covering the area … All it means to us is that there is a lot

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NYT’s Bay Area section starts tomorrow

The New York Times, which has a daily circulation of 49,000 in the Bay Area (65,000 on Sundays), will launch its Bay Area section tomorrow (Oct. 16), with coverage of “Arts & culture, style & dining, politics & public affairs, San Francisco & Silicon Valley,” according to an e-mail to subscribers. The section will appear Fridays and Sundays. Columnists in the new section include Daniel Weintraub, a longtime Sacramento Bee political columnist, and Scott James, a novelist and founder of

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