Bay Citizen cuts ties with NY Times

Steven T. Jones of Bay Guardian reports that this Sunday is the last day The Bay Citizen will provide stories for The New York Times, which prints a Bay Area edition twice a week. The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit started with $5 million from the late Lehman Brothers executive Warren Hellman, has merged with the 35-year-old Center for Investigative Reporting, headed by former Chronicle editors Phil Bronstein and Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal. The Guardian headlined its piece “The Bay Citizen divorces

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Investigative center to focus on state issues

The Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting announced today that it is launching a new statewide reporting initiative to produce in-depth multimedia journalism specific to California. Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal, CIR’s executive director and former Chronicle managing editor, will have overall responsibility for the project. Louis Freedberg, a veteran journalist who was most recently on the Chron’s editorial board, will direct the project. “We will hire top journalistic talent to tell stories in new and creative ways and to distribute them throughout

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SF heavyweights discuss a nonprofit Chron

The Chronicle is reporting that a number of local powerbrokers, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, got together this week to discuss the idea of turning the Chronicle into a nonprofit operation, but Hearst continues to say it’s not interested. Attendees included Wells Fargo heir F. Warren Hellman, former Chronicle publisher and Chamber of Commerce head Steve Falk, Farallon Capital executive Margaret Sullivan, former Chron managing editor Robert Rosenthal and Chron Guild leader Carl Hall. Nobody from Chronicle management attended. The Chron

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Rosenthal: Journalists are being eliminated

Former Chron managing editor Robert Rosenthal (right) told a Commonwealth Club audience that downsizing in the news business has resulted in 400 to 500 fewer journalists in the Bay Area in the past five to six years. At the start of the 2000s, he estimated the region had about 1,000 to 1,200 journalists. “Journalists, in a sense, are being eliminated,” Rosenthal said, according to SFSU’s Golden Gate Express Online. Rosenthal, former KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith, KGO ABC7 News Director Kevin

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This ought to be interesting

Two big names in the Bay Area news business — Leslie Griffith and Robert Rosenthal (both pictured) — are among the panelists who will sound off Thursday on the topic of “The State of Journalism: Are Integrity and the Bottom Line Compatible?” Griffith, who left Channel 2 last year after 20 years at the station, is writing a book about what she says is corporate censorship of the media called “Shut-up and Read.” “Rosey” Rosenthal resigned from the Chron in

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Rosey leaves Chron without 2-weeks notice

Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal (pictured) says he’s leaving Friday as the Chron’s managing editor without giving the customary two-week’s notice because “[t]he next two weeks are going to be so tumultuous there, for me to linger around when I could not be part of the future did not make sense.” That’s according to an interview he gave to Joe Strupp of E&P. The article also says that executive editor Phil Bronstein declined to comment when asked if he had tried to

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Chron’s Rosenthal leaves as part of shakeup

Two weeks after the Chronicle announced it was eliminating one-quarter of its newsroom, Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal (pictured) has resigned. In a note to the staff Tuesday, he said he was leaving “without rancor or acrimony,” according to a story in the Chron. His departure, he said, would give Editor Phil Bronstein room to restructure the Chronicle’s newsroom and take a “more hands-on approach” to running the paper. A replacement hasn’t been named. Rosenthal, known as Rosey, had been at

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