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February 24, 2009


Suzanne Yada

Hi Mark,
I've been reading your blog in my feed reader for a while and this post hits very close to home. I'm an intern at The Public Press, a nonprofit noncommercial news organization in San Francisco. We're hoping to completely reinvent the daily news model, borrowing from NPR or Consumer Reports models.

Right now we're piecing together a newsroom and already publishing at http://public-press.org. We're about to hit the ground running soon. Though we won't be able to immediately fill the shoes of the Chronicle should it fold, I don't have to tell you twice that the city needs dedicated and quality journalism in whatever form it can take it.

Paul Grabowicz

Mark -

Here at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism we launched a local online community site called Mission Local in the city's Mission District last October.

It's one of a half dozen such sites students will be running year round to teach them about digital media and explore the viability of hyper-local community news sites. More about the project is on our school's home page (journalism.berkeley.edu) in the Highlights section.

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