by Whet Moser
In this week's issue, Michael Miner checks in on two new approaches to funding journalism—or old models in new places—The Bay Citizen and the Chicago News Cooperative. There's a new program ramping up, though, that's really caught my eye: the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center. It's an interesting idea—one small news office, focused on one issue (broadly speaking—the Rust Belt/upper midwestern economy in the 21st century), while funded by multiple partners (including WBEZ) and making content for multiple platforms. Today it was announced that Micheline Maynard, a business reporter and NYT vet whose recent beats have focused on the airline and automotive industries, will be heading up the center out of Chicago. And they appear to be hiring.