About the San Francisco Public Press
Noncommercial Public-Interest News for the Bay Area
The mission of the Public Press is to enrich civic life in San Francisco by delivering public-interest journalism to broad and diverse audiences through print and interactive media not supported by advertising.
Design Director Tom Guffey edits page one.
What we do
The San Francisco Public Press is an independent nonprofit, noncommercial news organization dedicated to producing important local public-interest news. We do for print and Web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television.
The Public Press provides context-rich, nonpartisan journalism that fills the void of hard-hitting accountability reporting left by the downsizing of the commercial press over the last decade. More than 70 professional freelance journalists and volunteers write, edit and distribute the news, and use social media to encourage conversation among under-served communities.
We publish online and quarterly in our advertising-free broadsheet newspaper for sale at more than 50 local retail locations. We also distribute copies free to senior, community and public health centers.
The Public Press supports other local public media and public-affairs programs by highlighting the best stories from more than 30 nonprofit partners, including KQED Radio, KALW Radio, the Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch, Bay Nature magazine, Earth Island Journal, Shareable.net, National Radio Project, New America Media, Mission Local, Oakland Local, the Commonwealth Club of California and the World Affairs Council.
Online since March 2009, the Public Press has published quarterly newspapers since June 2010. Each features original reporting, stories from our partners and team-reported special projects. Our cover stories so far:
- Cost overruns on the Bay Bridge (with McSweeney’s Panorama)
- Treasure Island: redevelopment on shaky ground
- Efforts to improving Muni’s on-time record through technology
- The Bay Area media meltdown
- The struggle to balance San Francisco’s budget
- The battle against human trafficking
- Regional approach to climate change by promoting smart growth
- San Francisco law enforcement’s uneven efforts on domestic violence
- ... and hundreds of other under-reported topics
Toward sustainable local public media
We have received support from the San Francisco Foundation, numerous other institutional funders and more than 200 individual donors. Our long-term goal is to build a nonprofit news organization supported significantly by local membership. Cultivating a broad base of public support requires producing important, in-depth investigations that build a loyal audience and encourages readers to become members like in public broadcasting. Please donate to support our reporting. The San Francisco Public Press is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Recent video coverage of the Public Press
Nov. 6, 2012: Mark Glaser, who directs PBS Mediashift interviews the Public Press’ Michael Stoll about print and Web coverage of the 2012 local elections, which it in collaboration with researchers at the University of California and the League of Women Voters San Francisco. See the entire live-streamed election-day lineup of journalists discussing their coverage.
Oct. 30, 2012: Devin London, a student from the Academy of Art University.
April 10, 2012: “Dan Rather Reports” on the Public Press’ 2-1/2 year quest for official 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS. The organization was ultimately successful.
Help the Public Press benefit from a class-action settlement with manufacturers of LCD screens. Two minutes of your time could be worth more than $50 to us!
Media coverage of the San Francisco Public Press
SF Panorama offers a 21st century model for newspapers — Zoe Corneli, “Crosscurrents” on KALW News (12/15/09)
Include interest when reporting projects' cost, Rosalind Gammon, Businessjournalism.org (12/14/09)
McSweeney’s Proves Print Isn’t Dead — Claire Suddath, Time (12/11/09)
SF Panorama: Definitely Worth the $16 — Jess Hemerly, 7x7 (12/10/09)
The SF Bay Bridge: Made in China and Costing a Fortune — Marian Wang, Mother Jones (12/10/09)
A newspaper to inspire you all over again — Alan Mutter, Reflections of a Newsosaur (12/10/09)
The Expense of Fixing the Bay Bridge — Michelle Quinn, New York Times Bay Area Blog (12/9/09)
The Birth of Panorama, a Drink and Then Sleep — Anna Bloom and Gerry Shih, New York Times Bay Area Blog (12/9/09)
McSweeney’s looks to save print; 320 page newspaper results — Betsey Reinsborough, Editorsweblog.com (12/9/09)
Wednesday Foodie Edition — Armand Emamdjomeh, Mission Loc@l (12/9/09)
Getting Misty-Eyed Over Dave Eggers Newspaper Experiment — Elizabeth C., Crabbygolightly.com (12/09)
San Francisco Panorama — “Forum” with Michael Krasny, KQED Public Radio (12/8/09)
Dave Eggers, newspaper publisher? — David Ulin, Los Angeles Times (12/8/09)
San Francisco Panorama hits the streets — Steven T. Jones, San Francisco Bay Guardian (12/8/09)
Panorama!! — JD Beltran, SFGate.com (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s “Panorama” Newspaper Arrives -- With Special Probe of SF Bay Bridge Project — Editor & Publisher (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s Bay Bridge Investigative Report Released — Jay Barmann, SFist.com (12/8/09)
Case Study in Collaboration: Spot.Us, Public Press and McSweeney’s — David Cohn, PBS MediaShift Idea Lab (12/8/09)
Dave Eggers’ One-Day-Only Newspaper — Stacey Delo, MarketWatch (12/8/09)
A heartbreaking work of newspaper genius -- at $16 a pop — Will Bunch, Philly.com (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s San Francisco Panorama Sells Out Immediately — Rhonda Winter, Eco Localizer (12/8/09)
Too Big to Comprehend — Andy J. Wang, Curbed SF (12/8/09)
Nonprofit profile: SF Public Press — Maureen Futtner, Examiner.com (11/4/2009)
Interview with Project Director Michael Stoll about changes at San Francisco Chronicle, KGO Radio News (11/4/2009) (MP3)
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