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How Mission & State became foundation’s Mission Impossible

By   /  Friday, July 18th, 2014  /  Columns, Opinion  /  Comments Off on How Mission & State became foundation’s Mission Impossible

It’s time to hit “pause” on the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Mission & State public-interest journalism project. That’s not just my view. At a packed community meeting with representation from a half-dozen media organizations in the area, Lois Mitchell, president of The Orfalea Foundation, a program funder, urged the foundation to suspend a controversial contract that Read More →

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News organizations object to Mission & State funding plan

By   /  Tuesday, July 15th, 2014  /  Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on News organizations object to Mission & State funding plan

A two-hour debate over the future of the Mission & State investigative reporting project in Santa Barbara ended with no resolution but one funder calling for a time-out to reassess the awarding of a management contract to a for-profit news organization. The meeting was held at the offices of the Santa Barbara Foundation, which awarded Read More →

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Mission and State to launch in early June

By   /  Friday, May 31st, 2013  /  Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Mission and State to launch in early June

Come next week, there will be a new voice in Santa Barbara’s journalism market. Mission and State, a nonprofit news website that’s been in the works for more than a year, will consist mostly of in-depth, long-form stories about the Santa Barbara area and its residents. Joe Donnelly, Mission and State’s executive editor, told the Read More →

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Editorial: Santa Barbara media startup offers new model

By   /  Friday, February 22nd, 2013  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Santa Barbara media startup offers new model

The region’s sometimes quirky lineup of media players welcomes a new entrant this month. Mission and State, a nonprofit spawned by grants from the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Knight Foundation among others, rolled out the red carpet for its new staff on Feb. 19. The project was previously called the Santa Barbara Investigative Journalism Read More →

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