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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 Tyee is an online news organization that covers public-interest news and culture in British Columbia. The site was launched in 2003 by David Beers, a former Vancouver Sun journalist. It received $190,000 in initial funding from the British Columbia Federation of Labor and a labor-affiliated capital fund. The Tyee is structured as a for-profit…