Behind the Scenes: News Partnerships

The Public Press partners with more than 30 nonprofit news and civic organizations to expand our coverage of community issues. We feature news reporting, edited text from radio programs, graphics and photos from these partners on sfpublicpress.org and in our quarterly ad-free newspaper. 

We talked about partnerships recently with Lydia Chávez, managing editor at Mission Local, a bilingual nonprofit news outlet covering San Francisco's Mission District.

Why does Mission Local share stories with the Public Press and collaborate on reporting, as it did in a story about extended Mission District bus detours?

The Public Press is invaluable in getting information to the public. Even in the digital age there are simply people you don't reach online and news should be consumed as widely as possible. We too put out a print edition and find that some of those who become digital readers, first find us first in print.

How can nonprofit news operations fill some of the gaps left by the commercial press?

 They can play a tremendous role, but they need the public's support. News gathering takes time and people. The pieces that appear in the Public Press represent a lot of time and care by editors and reporters who are working for very little money. If we truly believe in a democracy, nonprofits like the Public Press should be supported by foundations and individuals. We all benefit by having a more informed populace.

Thank you to all of our nonprofit partners for working with us to share more context-rich, public-interest journalism with communities throughout the Bay Area

The Bay Citizen, Bay Nature, California Watch, California Northern Magazine, Central City Extra, KALW News: Crosscurrents Radio, KALW: Philosophy Talk, KALW: Your Call, KPFA, City Visions Radio, KQED: The California Report, KQED News, KQED Forum, Mission Local, National Radio Project, New America Media, Shareable, Spot.Us, Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones, El Tecolote, San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association, Oakland Local, PBS MediaShift, Consumerist Union: Consumerist blog, Creosote Journal, Earth Island Journal, Center for Investigative Reporting, Public Policy Institute of California, Commonwealth Club of California, World Affairs Council of Northern California

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