Added Pages to Run Fridays and Sundays First in a Series of Local Print and Online Initiatives
NEW YORK, Oct 15, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The New York Times announced today an expanded Bay Area metro report
with added pages of local content on Fridays and Sundays in the San
Francisco area. The Bay Area report will launch on Friday, Oct. 16. The
new pages will complement the national and global coverage that long has
made The Times a popular news provider in the region.
The Bay Area pages initially will be written and edited by New York
Times journalists and contributors and will include enterprising
coverage of local concerns, focusing on public affairs, culture and
lifestyles in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, the East Bay and the
region. The pages will expand on the work of The Times's 10-person San
Francisco news bureau and its already extensive coverage of the Bay Area.
A longer-term objective of this initiative is to work with local
journalists and news organizations in a collaborative way, first in the
Bay Area and then in other major markets around the country. The Times
is in discussions with news organizations in the Bay Area about
supplying journalism for these pages.
"At a time when so many news organizations are in a forced retreat, it's
exciting to be part of a venture that has set out to build more and
better news coverage," said Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times.
"And as someone who grew up in the Bay Area, I'm proud that we can play
a role in enriching the quality of reporting about the region."
Felicity Barringer, a long-time reporter and editor for The Times, will
edit the pages. Daniel Weintraub, who has covered California politics
and public affairs for more than two decades, including for the past
nine years as the public affairs columnist for the Sacramento Bee, will
write a politics column. Scott James, a journalist and novelist who has
written about Bay Area life for the past 10 years and is the founder of
San Francisco's SoMa Literary Review, will write a local column.
These stories and columns will also appear on NYTimes.com. Next week,
The Times will introduce a blog called "The Bay Area," designed to
complement the print pages by leading a conversation about the top
stories of interest to people in the region.
The Times also is in conversations with potential news providers in
Chicago to provide the same kind of regional report, devoted to local
news and written by local reporters with deep roots in the community.
The added pages and online components for both editions will be
supported by local advertising.
"We believe there is potential to collaborate with local publishers by
printing and distributing pages in The Times and adding regional content
online," said Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager of The
Times. "The right alliances will bring together trusted brands and will
provide additional quality local content for our readers."
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SOURCE: The New York Times
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