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California Nonprofit News Start-Ups Work with NYT, Others

Every few days in recent weeks, there's been a new report about the advance of nonprofit journalism in California. The biggest and most ambitious came last week as San Francisco venture capitalist, philanthropist and bluegrass aficionado Warren Hellman pledged $5 million to create a new journalism operation in the Bay Area.

A marquee platform for Hellman's unnamed San Francisco venture could be provided by the Bay Area edition of The New York Times, which is in talks to carry the start-up's work. The start-up also has substantial partners in the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED, a public television and radio station, both of which will provide reporters and expertise.

Recently, plans were unveiled for a watchdog journalism start-up in Orange County and another news upstart expanded into Los Angeles. At current scale the nonprofit newbies can't patch over holes left behind by traditional news operations, but expect to see more stories from the philanthropic news teams picked up by for-profit media outlets.



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