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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.
California Watch is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on public affairs issues in California. A project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch was founded in 2009 and is based in Berkeley, Calif. In March 2012, the CIR merged with the Bay Area nonprofit news site The Bay Citizen under the auspices of…