September 26, 2018 – With the once robust metropolitan news coverage in New York dwindling, a new nonprofit website called The City is teaming up with New York magazine in hopes of replacing some of that lost local accountability and investigative journalism.
The City will be led by Jere Hester, a lifelong Brooklynite and former city editor at The Daily News, where he spent almost 15 years. Mr. Hester expects to hire 15 journalists to focus on beats like transportation, politics, affordable housing, health care, education and climate change. He plans to start publishing articles in January.
“We’re really hoping to not only do some good here, but also to kind of reconnect people to civil activity,” said Mr. Hester, 52, who since 2006 has been the director of the NYCity News Service at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. “To me, the best stories are the ones that bubble up from communities.”