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Bayosphere was a short-lived user-driven local news site in San Francisco.
Bayosphere was launched in 2005 by former San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor and Michael Goff and received investment funding from Mitch Kapor and the Omidyar Network.
The site developed a citizen journalist pledge. Gillmor’s primary focus was on the citizen journalism process, and he didn’t specify the subject matter that the site would cover. Consequently, Bayosphere was criticized for not being focused.
The site was criticized after its demise for being tech-centric and not truly representing San Francisco, and using inaccessible web tools. Gillmor pointed to a lack of collaboration and lack of partnerships as being key to the site’s demise.
Baristanet is a network of local news sites covering seven towns in New Jersey. Baristanet was founded in 2004 by Debbie Galant and Liz George as a site on their town of Montclair, N.J.. It was one of the first successful startup local news blogs. In July 2010 the site expanded to cover three other…