News junkies around the Bay Area have been worried about the future of the leading newspapers such as the S.F. Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News as their circulation dwindles. Now comes word from the N.Y. Times that a brand new nonprofit news source for the Bay Area will appear within months. The new, as yet nameless, source will have a website staffed by professional journalists and has the backing of local investors as well as the Berkeley School of Journalism. Readers who love the feel and smell of a newspaper may worry that this development will hasten the end of print journalism, but there’s no question that the media world is changing. With all that is going on in the region, the country and the world, we need all the reliable news we can get. Civic-minded citizens will be watching to see whether this new option meets at least some of our needs.
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