In a press release, CEO Lisa Frazier said the organization chose the
name "Bay Citizen" because "Our mission is to provide news and
information that helps create more 'Bay Citizens.'"
Editor-in-chief Jonathan Weber noted in a blog post
that "the notion of the 'good citizen' has become a wry, almost
sarcastic reference in the age of snark," but, he wrote, "it's hard to
deny the simple fact that good citizens make great communities."
It will be
interesting to see how this notion of community-building plays out in
the structure of the Bay Citizen newsroom and in how they produce and
distribute their reporting. (California Watch, a recent investigative journalism start-up and project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, published a piece yesterday about how their reporting is being distributed and remixed at different publications across the state.)
Meanwhile, the Bay Citizen has posted new job descriptions for a Culture Writer/Editor, an Editorial Assistant, an Online News Editor, and seven reporting positions.
For the reporters, they're looking for at least two years of experience
with a professional publication, and noted they would be considering
both veteran and early-career journalists. "Expertise in video, audio,
still photography, data-driven reporting and other forms of multimedia
journalism are highly desirable."