SAN FRANCISCO — A non-profit news organization with an Internet Age vision for covering stories launched a website devoted to community service journalism in the San Francisco area.
The Bay Citizen went live online at baycitizen.org on Wednesday and hoped to eventually distribute news through podcasts, radio and even television.
"As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-supported organization, The Bay Citizen has joined a small but growing number of similar news organizations across the country dedicated to locally-focused public service journalism," the publication said in a message on its website.
The Bay Citizen said it has a deal to supply the prestigious New York Times newspaper with stories for a biweekly Bay Area Report section to be published in print editions.
Its "new media" plan of operation includes combining experienced staff with partnerships with local bloggers and independent news websites for sharing stories.
Billionaire investment banker Warren Hellman put up a reported five million dollars in seed money for the news service, which received several million more through years of fundraising.
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