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Voice of San Diego Responds to Blogger’s Complaint About Lack of CNBC Shout-Out

On Monday, Voice of San Diego investigative journalist Will Carless reported at length on the complicated topic of a local school district in big financial trouble for having relied on Capital Appreciation Bonds (CABs). At the time, Joel Thurtell, a retired Detroit Free Press reporter who had broken the story a few months earlier on his blog and helped source the VoSD report, seemed fine with the well-researched VoSD feature.

The nature of Carless’ Poway reporting falls well beyond the realm of Internet “hat tipping.” Thurtell seemed to recognize this, linking to the VoSD article on Monday and deeming it “excellent.”

What a difference an outlet makes. Once Carless jumped to the national airwaves of CNBC on Tuesday and let a network host frame the Poway story as his scoop, Thurtell hit the roof. In a long, angry August 8 open letter to the network, Thurtell outlines the full chronology of his reporting efforts, his contact with Carless and the earlier acknowledgment of his Poway reporting by another California journalist. He is demanding a CNBC correction.

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LA Times Technology Writer Awarded Knight Fellowship at Stanford

The recipients of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships have been announced, and of the 20 journalists who have been selected, one of them is a local. That would be David Sarno, technology reporter for the Los Angeles Times business section.

The John S. Knight allows recipients to pursue their ideas for innovative journalism at Stanford during the 2012-13 academic year. Sarno will work on creating “video tutorials showing journalists how to quickly build touchable, 3-D computer graphics for news.”

Other fellowship recipients from the golden state include Andrew Donohue, editor of the Voice of San Diego, Mary Aviles, editor of the EFE News Services in San Jose, and Kevin Weston, a new media entrepreneur from Oakland.

Voice of San Diego Lays Off Four

Although many things are going well for website Voice of San Diego, the organization still relies in part on grants from national foundations. Because the prognosis for that type of funding is not good, it has decided it must pare down its 2012 operating budget by $200,000.

As a result, the site announced today that it is letting go of neighborhood reporter Adrian Florido, education reporter Emily Alpert, photo editor Sam Hodgson and one (unnamed) other employee. CEO Scott Lewis and editor Andrew Donohue conclude their post with a no-nonsense assessment of the impact of today’s moves:

We’re not going to give you the hackneyed journalism line that we’ll “do more with less.” We are, however, taking this as an opportunity to go back to our roots and focus on impact. We’ll use all we’ve learned over the past seven years of VOSD to build a thriving and sustainable organization.

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Voice of OC to Launch End of the Year

Voice of OC is a nonprofit investigative news site plans to launch at the end of the year.

LAT’s Mike Anton reports:

The Voice of OC, which hopes to begin posting reports by year’s end, is the latest online venture focusing on local reporting and investigative journalism — two areas hard hit in recent years as newspapers have slashed staffing because of losses in ad revenue

Hm. Voice of OC and Voice of San Diego but they’re not affiliated? We looked to Andrew Donohue, editor at Voice of San Diego to clarify.

“There is no formal affiliation. We have independent boards, missions, staffs, etc.,” Donohue told FBLA.

“Norberto is a friend and respected colleague who sought our advice as he went about this process, and we offered him our perspective, as well as the lessons we’ve learned from our biggest failures and successes.

“The voice title I believe is sort of an homage to the model, rather than any indication of franchising or our organization’s individual expansion.”

We like this nonprofit news stuff. Where’s our checkbook…

LAT FOB: Media: Where Do We Go From Here? Panel

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The “Media: Where Do We Go From Here?” panel was moderated by LAT media scribe James Rainey. The panelists were Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Donohue, Marc Cooper, TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman and Arianna Huffington.

Waxman strangely mentioned Nikki Finke‘s name five times during the panel. The first time there was laughter from the (clearly) media wonky audience. The second and third times were just in passing. The last two times was after Rainey asked Waxman to clarify who she was talking about.

When asked what Waxman reads on a daily basis she said,”I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading the LA Times. I’ve gotten in the habit of reading their stories I should read elsewhere.”

Cooper said,”What I read is my computer. I read my computer and my mobile phone.”

Huffington stated,”I read physical newspapers.” Which got an applause break.

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