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Site Twitter handle

@SFPublicPress

Facebook link

facebook.com/SFPublicPress

Year launched

2009

Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3

Monthly visitors

13,200

Revenue

  • $101,000 - $250,000

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • None at this level

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • Small donations (Less than $1,000)
  • Foundation grants
  • Membership

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Large donations ($1,000 or more)
  • Events
  • Merchandise
  • Sponsorship
  • Syndication

Publishing platform

  • Drupal

Mobile

37 percent

E-newsletter

  • Yes

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • Yes

City

San Francisco

State

CA

Last Publisher Update

  • 2016-03-16 03:28:33 UTC

San Francisco Public Press
San Francisco, California
Lila Lahood

The San Francisco Public Press is a local nonprofit, noncommercial news organization that publishes a website and quarterly newspaper. Public Press journalists explain complex local policy issues in an accessible way, investigating problems and reporting on ideas for tangible solutions in areas such as  education inequality, health care, affordable housing, climate change, homelessness, public safety, and labor standards. Revenue: Donations, grants, membership.

Introduction by publisher

The San Francisco Public Press is a local nonprofit, noncommercial news organization that does for print and Web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television. We publish a website and quarterly newspaper, and partner with other public media and civic groups on reporting and convening public events.

Since 2009 we have established a reputation in the community for producing high-impact in-depth reporting projects on a wide range of topics. Our teams of seasoned journalists explain complex local policy issues in an accessible way, investigating problems and reporting on ideas for tangible solutions.

As commercial newsrooms continue to pare back their investigative units, we aim to fill the void with substantive coverage of education inequality, health care, affordable housing, climate change, homelessness, public safety, labor standards and other critical and timely local concerns.

Our newsroom employs a network of experienced freelance reporters to produce data-rich stories that readers can use to affect change in their communities. We frequently collaborate with other nonprofit organizations in our journalism and public programs.

The Public Press provides a unique node in a network of local public-media ventures by using our print and digital distribution to spotlight reporting from more than 30 nonprofit news and civic partners, including the three largest public radio stations in the Bay Area and more than 20 specialized and neighborhood publications. We are also regularly invited to be interviewed about our reporting projects on public radio.

All of our journalism, from 2009 forward, can be found at sfpublicpress.org. But even in one of the most tech-obsessed cities, our handcrafted approach to news in print is winning awards connecting to broad and diverse audiences.

While much of our funding comes from foundations and newspaper sales, it is pledges from individuals through our membership program that social entrepreneurs around the country are watching as a key part of our innovative sustainable business model for noncommercial local journalism.

The mission of the San Francisco 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.

Effective engagement practice

We use a multifaceted approach for engaging our audience. We focus our editorial energy on producing quarterly in-depth investigative reports with rich graphics, maps and data visualizations, so it is essential that we notify our audience when new stories are published online and in our broadsheet newspaper. We rely on our email newsletter and social media to get word to our direct followers. We actively promote our projects to local and national media. Through partnerships with other nonprofit newsrooms, our stories are often picked up by other Bay Area news outlets, and our reporters are frequently interviewed on air about their work on three public radio stations: KQED, KALW and KPFA. Our quarterly print edition is sold at 50 retail locations around the Bay Area. We also distribute free copies to four dozen community and senior centers and health clinics in San Francisco, mostly in low income neighborhoods. We

Coverage area

  • Metro or large city

Mission

  • Produce investigative news

Topics of coverage

  • Education & schools
  • Environment
  • Other

Other content topics

Our coverage of the following are about the same level as our coverage of Education & schools and environment (both checked above): government & politics, planning & development, and affordable housing & homelessness.

Watchdog

  • Yes, it is the primary focus

Institutional partners

  • University
  • Nonprofit media organization
  • Community news site
  • Other

Other institutional partners

nonprofit civic affairs organizations & a coworking space/community event venue

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Students

Contributor compensation

  • Freelance or part-time paid staff
  • Interns who are paid

Revenue-side compensation

  • Part-time paid employee without commission
  • Unpaid volunteers

Publish donors

  • Publish all donor names
  • Publish all foundation names

In the news

Yes. TK