This is the third of four profiles of journalists at nonprofit news startups.
Michael Stoll started his nonprofit, noncommercial investigative news venture from scratch in 2008. Stoll was an experienced reporter living in the Bay Area during the painful shrinking and transformations of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Examiner. He had reported for established newspapers and at the nonprofit, “Grade the News,” which was affiliated with Stanford University.
After teaching for two years at San Jose State University and the University of San Francisco, he “started gathering together some folks to talk about a public radio–style newspaper, to do some interesting things with an interesting model.”
His idea was to create a local news source with hard-hitting stories, which financially pinched local newspapers might no longer have the time and space to cover. Read more