Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50

That Bay Area News Project / The Bay Citizen, it looks like they’re opening for bidness with a quickness. And they want your money too – actually, you might find donating a few bucks of seed money rewarding. Take a look.

Here’s the pitch I got today:

“Dear LADIESMAN217,
 
“I know that you’re passionate about local journalism, because you’ve signed up for our newsletter.  Now, you have the chance to do something positive for Bay Area news.  Help us create a vital institution for the Bay Area – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen.
 
“The state of news in the Bay Area is at an all-time low.  Half of the professional journalists covering the Bay Area are gone.  Original reporting about education, public policy, government, science and health, art, and other important civic topics has been hit the hardest.  What important stories are we missing?”

Now hold on, is the state of news in the Bay Area really at an “all-time low?” Really?

I’ll tell you, one of the specific examples cited by BANP Founder (the real Founder, not a run-of-the-mill-$50-donation founder) F. Warren Hellman to show the need for non-profit journalism in the bay area was the category of ballet reviews. Now, I just finished coding the HTML for a brace of reviews for the latest ballet performance in town – check it out here. Do you think this incomplete list is too short? Do you think the quality of writing from all those writers just isn’t there? Mmmmm.

Cheer up newsie, you’ll be repurposed and back in action in a couple months:

Anyway, look forward to the BANP owning the field of arts review soon. I don’t know, maybe ballet reviews in newspapers were somehow better back in the day?

Of course that’s a pretty specific nitpick, I’ll agree. But what about a century ago when Bill Hearst got people all fired up about something based on a bunch of lies ’n stuff? Wasn’t that par for the course back then? I’m thinking things are not at an all time low, myself. Oh well.

You can read the rest of that pitch letter after the jump. Be sure to take note of all the perks of Founderdom:

“As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.
 

(Tell you what, you give this Citizen $50 and I’ll take you out to Chow, no problem. Now, you might not be able to deduct that from your taxes…)

As promised, the rest of the pitch, after the jump. Maybe you’ll think this offer a good deal.

 
You can help reverse this trend.  We created The Bay Citizen for people like you who want a source of ambitious, balanced journalism for the Bay Area.  In this historic time of flux for the news industry, we have an unprecedented opportunity to pioneer new business models and experiment with the way that news is created and communicated.
 
Help make Bay Area history – become a Founder of The Bay Citizen 
 
On Wednesday, May 26th – fewer than sixty days from today – our website will officially go live, filled with original, agenda-setting news stories about the Bay Area.  Until then, we’re pleased to announce the official kickoff of our Founder campaign.  From now until May 26th, you can become a Founder of The Bay Citizen by donating a gift of $50 or more.
 
As a Founder, you will receive:
Free admission to our launch party for you and a guest.  We’re planning to have the event in San Francisco, and we promise an entertaining evening.
Permanent recognition as a Founder on a special page of our Web site which we will unveil when our site goes live.
An invitiation to help shape The Bay Citizen by participating in our surveys and focus groups.
And of course, the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to make history by supporting the future of Bay Area journalism.
Founders who donate over $1,000 will also receive an invitation to a small-group lunch with myself and Jonathan Weber, our Editor in Chief.  The full description of our Founder tiers and benefits can be found here.
 
Having a broad base of support from the community is critical to achieving our mission.  Please spread the word about The Bay Citizen to a friend, family member, or colleague who supports local journalism by clicking “send this to a friend” at the top of this letter.
 
Help us ensure a bright future for journalism and for the Bay Area.  Become a Founder today by visiting http://www.baycitizen.org/donate.
 
Thank you,
Lisa Frazier, Jonathan Weber, and The Bay Citizen team
 

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2 Responses to “Bay Area News Project to Go Live May 26th, 2010 – Become a Founder for Just $50”

  1. Sarah B. says:

    I think you should get a discount since they co-opted half of your blog’s name! ;)