New York Times Launches Bay Area Edition

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

The New York Times will publish its first San Francisco Bay Area edition on Friday, and a couple of prominent California journalists will contribute to it, the paper said on Thursday.

The edition will reach print sooner than executives had predicted over the summer, meaning that it will go on the market before a planned Wall Street Journal edition for the Bay Area, which is expected later this fall. The new Times edition will include extra pages of local news on Fridays and Sundays.

The Times said that Daniel Weintraub, a longtime columnist on public affairs for the Sacramento Bee, will write a column on politics for the paper’s new edition, and Scott James, a novelist and founder of the the SoMa Literary Review in San Francisco, will write a local column. In addition, will have a blog on local affairs.

At first, most of the editing and reporting will be done by Times staff journalists, but the plan calls for turning the bulk of that work over to a local operation after a few months. More…