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San Francisco Public Press
Last updated on January 2, 2014


The mission of the San Francisco Public Press is to enrich the civic life of San Francisco by delivering public-interest journalism to broad and diverse audiences, through print and interactive media not supported by advertising.

The San Francisco Public Press is a nonprofit news organization in San Francisco that does for print and Web journalism what public broadcasting has done for radio and television.

We publish public-interest news reporting at www.sfpublicpress.org with the help of more than 70 professional and volunteer journalists and nonprofit specialists striving to fill the void of accountability reporting that’s been lost with the downsizing of the commercial press.

Our goal is to create a sustainable, replicable noncommercial business model for delivering quality local journalism. Our nonprofit media business model incorporates entrepreneurial use of technology and traditional standards of journalism to provide better local news coverage to underserved audiences, and re-imagines the daily newspaper as a public-media institution accountable to the community.

We are also establishing content and distribution partnerships with an existing web of local independent and public media, aiming to enhance communication among the diverse neighborhoods, ethnic groups and shared-interest communities throughout San Francisco.

Since March 2009, professional journalists working as volunteers and freelancers have been creating the original news content published on our website.

In December 2009 we published, in collaboration with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Bay Bridge Report, examining how the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has racked up $12 billion in costs.

In the summer of 2010 we began producing a print newspaper edition in an effort to bridge the digital divide. We continue to publish a quarterly print edition available at for $1 at about 50 retail locations around the Bay Area. More than a dozen nonprofit news and civic organizations contribute stories to the paper, including KQED, KALW, the Commonwealth Club, World Affairs Council, Center for Investigative Reporting, New America Media and the Neighborhood Newspaper Association of San Francisco.

We have received support from the San Francisco Foundation and more than 700 individual donors.

Contact people:
 Michael Stoll, Executive Director, (phone), (email)
Lila LaHood, Chief Operating Officer, (phone), (email)
Marc Smolowitz, Board Member, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (415) 495-7377

 44 Page St., Suite 504
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Web Site: http://www.sfpublicpress.org


 The office is located on Page Street between Franklin and Gough streets. It is accessible by BART (Civic Center) and Muni (Van Ness) as well as Market Street buses and street cars.

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