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Noah Arroyo Discusses Veritas Lawsuit on “Your Call”

Noah Arroyo, assistant editor for the San Francisco Public Press, was a guest this morning on “Your Call” on KALW 91.7 FM. He spoke with host Rose Aguilar about his reporting on a tenant lawsuit against Veritas, one of San Francisco’s biggest landlords.

Listen to the conversation here. The segment featuring Noah begins about 37 minutes into the program.

Live now on Your Call's media roundtable: we’re discussing anti-abortion legislation across the country, the Trump administration’s attack on the Title X family planning program, and the impact of the Global Gag Rule on women’s health around the world We will also talk about California's affordable housing crisis and a lawsuit against Veritas, San Francisco's biggest landlord. The firm is accused of trying to force out rent-controlled residents. Join us with: Jodi Lynn Jacobson, president and Editor-in-Chief of Rewire.News Tara Todras-Whitehill, photojournalist, multimedia producer and co-founder of Vignette Interactive Noah Arroyo, assistant editor at San Francisco Public Press

Posted by Rose Aguilar on Friday, April 5, 2019

Live From the Issue 27 Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who joined us Wednesday, March 20, at The Green Arcade to celebrate the launch of Issue 27, featuring reporting on a lawsuit filed against San Francisco’s largest landlord, the city’s “privacy-first policy” mandated by voter-approved Proposition B, and claims by environmentalists that fast-track housing policy talks did not include them — plus a first-hand account of San Francisco’s biennial homeless point-in-time count.

You can watch the whole program here.

Against the Algorithm

Lila LaHood, publisher, and Michael Stoll, executive director. Photo by Daphne Magnawa // San Francisco Public Press

Though the newspaper and sfpublicpress.org are still the main ways we communicate with readers, like many news organizations we’re always looking ahead toward changes in how people consume local news.

We recently tried a new way of connecting directly with readers craving insider info on city politics: Project Text, a two-month pilot in partnership with the Alpha Group at Advance Digital. We deployed veteran political reporter Joe Eskenazi to serve up daily text message tidbits — and several scoops! — around the June election. We love that so many people engaged with Joe and shared their own insights. We hope to launch another topic-focused text project this fall — stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, we encourage San Francisco news mavens to join us as eager followers of Mission Local (missionlocal.org) where Joe was recently hired as managing editor.

Many of you follow the Public Press on social media, and we will keep posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But Facebook has caused a lot of problems for journalists recently by changing its rules about what it calls “political content.” To combat fake news, the social giant started limiting distribution of journalism about politics along with political ads. This policy also applies to news stories referencing topics Facebook classifies as “national issues of public importance,” defined as: abortion, budget, civil rights, crime, economy, education, energy, environment, foreign policy, government reform, guns, health, immigration, infrastructure, military, poverty, social security, taxes, terrorism and values.

In response to pushback from media outlets and journalism organizations, Facebook modified the policy and now captures promoted news stories (i.e. whenever publishers pay for increased visibility) about political issues and political ads in separate archives. To boost stories on the platform, journalists who cover hard news now face extra layers of authorization and scrutiny.

We’ve decided not to pursue authorization for this service, which we think could have unforeseen consequences for participating news organizations. You’ll still see our stories on Facebook, but we’ll depend on organic distribution, since most of our stories will get caught in the political and issues-of-public importance-filters. We’re not alone in our thinking and are heartened to be part of a national coalition of news organizations appealing to Facebook to change these rules. We’ll let you know what happens.

In the meantime, the best and most certain way to get updates about the latest Public Press reporting and events remains our email newsletter. Sign up here — sfpublicpress.org/newsletter — and you’ll always be in the know.

Lila LaHood, publisher
Michael Stoll, executive director

Challenge Grant From Jonathan Logan Family Foundation

The San Francisco Public Press is pleased to announce an exciting $25,000 challenge grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. The foundation also made a gift of $25,000 in unrestricted funding. 

To trigger the match, the Public Press must raise $25,000 in new contributions. The goal is to draw support from new members. But if you’re already a member, you can still help! Increased contributions from existing supporters qualify, too.

The Public Press will receive the match as soon as we reach the goal, and we’re aiming to raise $10,000 by June 8.

Your support is essential for the Public Press to continue producing local, public-interest journalism for San Francisco and the Bay Area. Join us for this match and double the power of your donation!

Thank you for helping us access this wonderful opportunity.

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Give News to the Ones You Love

2017 Holiday Gift Package

Wracking your brain to come up with the perfect present for your favorite newsie? Have we got a gift for you!

Check out our 2017 holiday gift package, which includes:

  • A one-year membership with the San Francisco Public Press — including home delivery of the next four issues, beginning with Issue 24 in February 2018. Delivered by bicycle in San Francisco.
  • Your recipient’s name listed as a member in the next four issues.
  • A canvas tote bag with the Public Press logo in orange.
  • A reporter’s notebook with the Public Press logo.
  • Copies of all four print issues published in 2017.

For a donation of at least $50, we will send all of the above to your designated recipient!

If you would like us to mail a 2017 holiday gift package, place your order by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 19, to ensure USPS delivery by Saturday, Dec. 23.

If you would like to pick up a gift package, they will be available at our office (44 Page St., Suite 504) through 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22. Call 415-495-7377 or email outreach@sfpublicpress.org to coordinate a pick-up time.

The Big Bonus: Your Generosity Will Be Doubled

By choosing the 2017 holiday gift package, not only will you get credit for selecting an awesome, unique gift and supporting local, public-interest journalism, you will also be helping the Public Press double your donation through NewsMatch, which is matching contributions from individuals dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 per person through Dec. 31. Your charitable donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Happy Holidays! And thank you for your support!

Fund for Investigative Journalism Awards $9,000 Grant to Public Press

The Public Press is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for $9,000 — the third grant it has received from the foundation. The Public Press will report in 2018 on the role of the Silicon Valley tech industry in dealing with issues of data security.

Grants from Fund for Investigative Journalism and Cal Humanities

The San Francisco Public Press received two new grants this summer for investigative reporting projects: a $3,000 grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for follow-up reporting on sea level rise in the Bay Area — the focus of our investigative report in Issue No. 17 — and a $10,000 grant from Cal Humanities for an education reporting project.

This is the Public Press’ first grant from Cal Humanities and its fifth grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

We are grateful to Cal Humanities and the Fund for Investigative Journalism for their support.

FCC Grants Public Press LPFM License

On July 26, 2016 the Federal Communications Commission granted a broadcast license to the San Francisco Public Press for a low-power FM (LPFM) radio station on the frequency 102.5 FM. The station will be on air seven days a week, 12 hours a day, in two six-hour blocks.The frequency will be shared with another nonprofit organization, San Francisco Community Radio.

The two organizations intend to collaborate on building a transmitter in San Francisco that will reach most households in the city and possibly reach parts of the Peninsula and the East Bay. For the time being the plan is to maintain two separate studios. Our aim is to start broadcasting within 18 months.

The Public Press, which currently produces a website and quarterly print newspaper focused on in-depth news and investigative reporting about public policy, plans to create its own news and public-affairs programs for the LPFM radio station and run programming from other nonprofit partners.

We have pledged to work with San Francisco Community Radio on the joint construction and maintenance of a broadcast tower, and also will engage in some joint marketing, cross-promotion and exchange of technical knowledge and volunteer capabilities. We jointly have pledged to stay on the air 24 hours a day every day. The Public Press will be on the air every day from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. San Francisco Community Radio will broadcast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The San Francisco Public Press is not currently engaged in radio broadcasting, and we expect that it will take at least 12 months to build our transmitter, set up a studio and begin broadcasting on our LPFM station.

If you would like to participate in community planning conversations about the new LPFM station, send an email to radio [at] sfpublicpress [dot] org and ask to be added to the LPFM planning list.

Investigation on Segregation in Schools Nominated for State and National Awards

The San Francisco Public Press has been named a finalist in the Education Writers Association’s 2015 National Awards for Education Reporting and in the California Teachers Associaion’s 2015 John Swett Awards for Media Excellence.

The Public Press is a finalist for the teachers association’s award for Continuous Coverage of Schools/Education Issues for the “Choice is Resegregating Public Schools” investigative report. Entries are judged by a volunteer panel of media professionals from around California. The association will announce award winners later this spring.

The same report was nominated for the education writers’ national awards. Winners for those awards will be announced at the association’s national seminar in Boston on May 1.

$3,000 Grant from Strong Foundation for Environmental Values

The San Francisco Public Press has received a $3,000 grant from the Strong Foundation for Environmental Values for an investigative reporting project exposing the various ways that climate change will negatively affect residents of new and planned real estate projects throughout the Bay Area — and how local governments and urban planners can best respond to those challenges. This project extends the reporting initiated in our sea level rise investigation, which showed how Bay Area builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century.

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