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NY Nonprofit Buys Investigative Public Policy Pub City Limits

city limits.jpgThe nonprofit Community Service Society of New York is launching a journalism experiment, by buying investigative public policy publication City Limits for $200,000.

CSS plans to retain the title’s current staff and name, and will invest $1 million into it, in the hopes of spinning it off into an independent publication within six months, Crain’s reports.

CSS’s vice president of government relations and public affairs, Walter Fields, will be taking over the role of publisher, and he plans to immediately revamp the magazine’s Web site and increase the print pub’s frequency to eight times a year up from four. The magazine will also be available on newsstands.

Recently, a slew of nonprofit investigative news outlets have taken root, from The Huffington Post‘s new venture to The Texas Tribune. Following this nonprofit model, and backed by a powerful nonprofit group, City Limits has the chance to add to the discourse in New York City in a positive way. But CSS president David Jones promises the pub will act independently, albeit with a clear mission:

“Clearly the news environment in New York City has changed dramatically. The discussion on many of the things we work on — poverty, the working poor and moderate income people — doesn’t get much space in mainstream media.”

NYC nonprofit takes on journalism assignmentCrain’s New York Business

Related: HuffPo Launching Nonprofit Investigative Journalism Venture

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Washington Times Editor Fights Back Against NYT‘s Anti-Obama Allegations

nytimes814.jpgA story on the front page of The New York Times today about opposition to President Obama’s health care proposals linked one “stubborn yet false” rumor about the alleged “death panels” back to The Washington Times:

“The specter of government-sponsored, forced euthanasia was raised as early as Nov. 23, just weeks after the election and long before any legislation had been drafted, by an outlet decidedly opposed to Mr. Obama, The Washington Times.”

But TWT Executive Editor John Solomon is fighting back against the accusation that his publication is “decidedly opposed” to the president and his administration. In a memo obtained by our sister blog FishbowlDC, Solomon said his paper’s objectivity should not be called in to question simply because of the “voice of its editorial pages.”

“Our news pages have no agenda except to accurately and fairly cover the news, including that made by the administration,” Solomon said.

Solomon said his newsroom was “doing factual and fair reporting” and challenged the New York Times to prove that the Washington Times was not producing “a fair, balanced, accurate and compelling news report every day.” He also requested an apology from the New York paper.

Read the whole memo here.

Update: Later on Friday, the Solomon sent out a second memo claiming the New York Times “formally called to apologize and will be running a correction in tomorrow’s paper.”

“The Times‘ Washington bureau chief, Dean Baquet, wanted me to personally pass along his apology,” Solomon told his staff. “He also shared these words with David Jones: ‘I would never say your paper has been anything but absolutely fair and objective to Obama.’ We agree and accept the Times‘ apology.”