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Journos in Bay Area Launch 'Chauncey Bailey Project'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Journos in Bay Area Launch 'Chauncey Bailey Project'

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In a collaboration reminiscent of the 1976 "Arizona Project," more than two dozen San Francisco Bay Area journalists are launching the Chauncey Bailey Project to continue the investigative reporting the Oakland Post editor was pursuing when he was murdered on Aug. 2.

"We cannot stand for a reporter to be murdered while working on behalf of the public," said Dori J. Maynard, president and CEO of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. "Chauncey's death is a threat to democracy. Journalists will not be intimidated. This type of crime cast a chilling affect over our community. We will not be bullied. We have to prove that there is no gain, and hell to pay, when the very structure of our society is challenged."

Bailey was looking into the suspicious activities of the Your Black Muslim Bakery and the Bey family members who operated it over the past two decades.

Devaughndre Broussard, a 19-year-old handyman at the bakery, has confessed to the murder of the editor of the black-oriented weekly. But Project members noted that questions about the reasons behind the slaying remain a mystery.

Project editorial coordinator Robert J. Rosenthal said the print, broadcast and new media journalists would investigate past and current activities of the family empire.

"This is a unique collaboration and we hope our work goes beyond Bailey's murder and reveals broader issues that impact the lives of Oakland's citizens," said Rosenthal, the former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. …

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