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An Ethnic Media Beacon Goes Dark, but Its Creator Keeps Inspiring

Rob Waters, San Francisco Public Press — Apr 3 2018 - 8:00am

Sandy Close has made it her life’s work to find and amplify unique voices from different ethnic communities, especially those of the young. For nearly 50 years, Pacific News Service and its successor, New America Media, practiced “journalism from the inside out” by bringing people from many cultures into the newsroom. Last fall, Close had to shutter her organization, but her legacy lives on in dozens of professional journalists who got their start with her.

Guerrilla Art Project Uses News for ‘Housing Displacement Facts’

Joe Eskenazi, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 20 2018 - 9:00am

The fall 2017 issue of the Public Press, which focused on some possible  solutions to homelessness, inspired graphic designer Erik Schmitt to create informational labels he posted on single-room occupancy hotels listed as empty.

Diabetes, Obesity Drain S.F. Economy Even More Than ‘Soda Tax’ Backers Proclaim

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 6:00am

Proposition V, which would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, underplays big health and associated costs linked to those drinks. Top estimates approach $1 billion a year.

Mining the Internet Archive’s TV News

Noah Arroyo and Hyunha Kim, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

The director of the TV News Archive sits down with us to explain how people can use the database to search for news segments and share them on social media.

Online TV Archive Preserves History of Politics Coverage

Noah Arroyo, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

This publicly accessible tool helps journalists (and anyone else who's interested) for the first time to perform data-driven analyses of the content found on television.

Slick, Misleading TV Ads Paid Off

Meka Boyle, Cody Wright and Michael Winter, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 8:00am

The 2015 election united the political clout of two rich, powerful industries that will exert an enduring in uence across the city, Bay Area and nation: real estate and technology.

Election Ads Overshadowed TV News 7-to-1

Noah Arroyo, Meka Boyle and Cody Wright, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 7:45am

Bay Area stations surveyed aired a combined 25.8 hours of paid political ads. By comparison, they aired about 3.5 hours of election news coverage.

In Bid for Dominance, Mayor’s Allies Flood S.F. Politics With Corporate Cash

Angela Woodall and Michael Stoll, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 8:00am

Last year spending on local elections was the highest on record, reaching nearly $28 million. The infusion of cash demonstrates how politicians and their powerful associates wield an influence on the political process that our campaign finance laws cannot effectively or appropriately manage.

Well-Off Foodies, Bargain-Hunters, Cruise Different Aisles

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:42pm

Two different stores that target two distinct populations with different priorities: One serves the area’s longtime Latino residents; the other caters to those who can afford premium prices for freshness and the cachet of buying from local vendors.

In the Heart of Tech, a Persistent Digital Divide

Peter Snarr, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:31pm

Internet access is increasingly taken for granted — for finding a job, attending all levels of school, managing a business, entertainment and communication. But 100,000 San Francisco residents cannot afford a home connection.

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