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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.
The Sacramento Press is a for-profit online local news organization that covers Sacramento, Calif. The Press was launched publicly in 2008 by Ben Ilfeld, who ran the site until 2013, when he sold it to local marketer David Terry. It had an editorial staff of three in 2012, along with numerous unpaid contributors, about 110…