Cityside will be the parent nonprofit for Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside.
The radio station’s owner, Pacifica Foundation, is negotiating with Alameda County’s tax assessor to lower the amount of taxes owed.
The new Oakland journalism platform will be headed by Tasneem Raja, a trailblazer in nonprofit and community-led journalism. The effort has secured initial funding of $3.1 million.
Berkeleyside won the community journalism honor for the third time. Natalie Orenstein was recognized for her series on Berkeley’s landmark school integration program.
The agreement relieves the radio network of nearly $2 million owed in back rent and fees.
Its parent company lost a nearly $2 million lawsuit, placing the longstanding Berkeley radio station in immediate danger.
Berkeleyside was honored for overall excellence at an awards ceremony organized by the San Francisco Press Club on Thursday night.
Raguso accepted the “highest award to be given tonight” at the Society of Professional Journalists awards dinner Thursday.
The SPJ NorCal board said it was impressed both with Raguso’s stories and the breadth of the issues she covers for the Berkeley community, as well as her tireless approach.