Ian Stewart 
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Re: “UC Berkeley Threatens Bay Area Journalism

I'd like to clear up a couple of things in this post: No. 1, students at UC Berkeley have no direct involvement in the Bay Area News Project. The as-yet-unnamed project will have its own staff. The J-School will hold a position on the project's board of directors, and will provide some editorial direction, but no staff.

KQED, likewise, is not staffing this project. There may be some news-sharing, and the idea is that both the project and KQED will benefit from this partnership.

Secondly, the NYT has yet to agree to a formal partnership with the project.

Lastly, as a J-School student, I feel I should defend the students here at Berkeley. Almost all of us come here from newsrooms around the state and country. Many of us, myself included, were recently laid off. The notion that "student journalism" is poor journalism is simply incorrect. The students here produce some amazing work -- work that the traditional news outlets in the Bay Area are unable to do because of the thinning of news staffs and elimination of beats.

This project has many merits, and I look forward to seeing it come to life.

-Ian Stewart

Posted by Ian Stewart on 10/06/2009 at 9:39 PM

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