New York Times to the Rescue?

San Francisco financier Warren Hellman wants to fill the holes in Bay Area news coverage left by the decline of

San Francisco financier Warren Hellman wants to fill the holes in Bay Area news coverage left by the decline of local papers, and the New York Times (though not exactly sitting pretty itself) may help. The Hellman Family Foundation would put $5 million into the project, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Describing the proposed Bay Area News Project, Noelle Leca of public broadcaster KQED said:

The plan is to create a multi-media group that will link reporters and editors, [public broadcaster] KQED’s TV, radio and online capabilities, UC Berkeley’s journalism school’s expertise and the New York Times as the partnership’s “print distribution agent.”

The Business Journal says the Times has been in “advanced negotiations” and is having “fruitful” conversations about the possibility of using content from the news service for a new Bay Area section the paper.


 

New York Times to the Rescue?