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Fresno Bee To Fill Reporting Gap With Privately Funded 'Education Lab'

Laura Tsutsui
Valley Public Radio
Fresno Bee Editor Joe Kieta says the paper is using non-profit partners as a way to fund an education reporting team. While he's not counting on private funding to replace regular revenue streams, he says it is a way to fill reporting gaps.

The Fresno Bee has served the Valley for nearly a hundred years, but like so many newspapers across the country, it has lost revenue along with dozens of reporters in the past decade. Now, the paper is trying a different approach to serve and inform its public. Inspired by a similar project out of the Seattle Times, the Bee is building an Education Lab. The way the Bee is funding the project is also pretty nontraditional: with private, non-profit funding. 


Listen to the interview above to hear Fresno Bee Editor Joe Kieta explain what readers can expect from the four-person team.

Laura Tsutsui was a reporter and producer for Valley Public Radio. She joined the station in 2017 as a news intern, and later worked as a production assistant and weekend host. Laura covered local issues ranging from politics to housing, and produced the weekly news program Valley Edition. She left the station in November 2020.
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