Bay Citizen announces launch date, asks community for $$

The Bay Citizen, the non-profit journalism 2.0 startup backed by Warren Hellman, has announced its news site will go live on May 26 with actual news.

The project is one of several non-profit journalism efforts in the Bay Area, as local author Frances Dinkelspiel wrote in the New York Times’ Bay Area coverage last week.

Formerly known as the Bay Area News Project, the endeavor originally planned to leverage content and staff from public radio/TV behemoth KQED, but the station dropped out of the project early this year. The Bay Citizen then signed an agreement with the New York Times to provide content to the national paper’s Bay Area coverage.

The Bay Citizen is inviting Bay Area residents to donate some dough to support community journalism. “Founding members” will be acknowledged on the project’s website and will be invited to a launch reception.

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