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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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After roughly a year and a half, the foundation-funded nonprofit news website Mission & State will go quietly into that good night. Originally the brainchild of News-Press refugees, the outlet was designed to focus on investigative pieces that would be published via existing publications.

After its advisory board fired the editor, feeling that the site was on a financially unsustainable path and not living up to its goals, fiscal agent The Santa Barbara Foundation hatched a plan to hand over management to online news organization Noozhawk.

However, after representatives of several media outlets (including The Santa Barbara Independent) said they could not collaborate with a competitor, that plan has been scrapped. Over $300,000 in unspent donations, out of $1 million total, will be returned, said Foundation president Ron Gallo in a letter.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the staff of Mission & State had been fired by the advisory board.

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Integrating with Noozhawk made Mission & State a competitor of the Independent.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think Joe Donnelly, Sam Slovik and Alex Kacik did an outstanding job and I'm sorry to see Mission & State go.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with K_V. There was some excellent research and writing there, including by Donnelly, Slovik and, especially, Kacik. And I thought the Homeless in SB blog was valuable.

at_large (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

too bad.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 8:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The concept behind Mission and State was good- support independent and in-depth reporting in Santa Barbara. The 24/7 news cycle and the media economy makes it hard for any news organization to provide that needed type of reporting, except in big cities. Even if Mission and State went off the rails a bit, and even if other media objected to Noozhawk 'managing' the project, there must have been alternatives more beneficial to the community than shutting the whole thing down and returning the remaining funds.

wallymoon (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 9:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

County Grand Jury continues to investigate government wrong doing in depth. File complaints with them.

JarvisJarvis (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 10:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Enjoyed the quality of the pieces written at M&S. Hope some of that appears at Noozhawk.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

never heard of it

JamPenn (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 12:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Now you know why.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There must have been a better way than killing it.

Beep (anonymous profile)
July 28, 2014 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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