Seeking Temporary General Assignment Reporter

The San Francisco Public Press is seeking to hire a general assignment reporter who has experience doing quick turnaround dailies but also the capability to dig deeper and do analysis from time to time. Experience covering housing and homelessness would be a plus. The Public Press is a small but mighty nonprofit news organization that has produced award-winning investigations on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, ride-sharing safety, sea level rise on the waterfront and the treatment of the homeless in the coronavirus era. We are looking for someone who can help our team produce work that sets the local news agenda. Job Description

The ideal candidate has a network of sources and a track record of producing strong local news pieces, including fresh angles on well-covered stories and occasional scoops.

Seeking Investigative Reporter for Short-Term Project

The San Francisco Public Press is seeking to hire an investigative reporter for a project focused on housing. The Public Press is a small but mighty nonprofit news organization that has produced award-winning investigations on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, ride-sharing safety, sea level rise on the waterfront and the treatment of the homeless in the coronavirus era. We are looking for someone who can help our team produce work that sets the local news agenda. Job Description

The ideal candidate has a track record of producing high-impact public-service journalism, knows how to use public records laws to uncover crucial documents, and can analyze data to deepen the reporting. This position will initially be part time for six months.

Condemning Hate in Online Spaces

Dear Public Press community,

I need to tell you about an upsetting, hateful incident that occurred during a Public Press Live event we held as a Zoom webinar on Thursday, May 28. The Public Press takes this matter seriously, especially in light of the pain and grief expressed nationwide this week about the chronic mistreatment, disrespect and disregard for black lives. A few minutes into our discussion with students about their experience with and perspectives on distance learning during the pandemic, one or more people flooded the text chat with horrific racist epithets directed at La’Jaya Smith, a recent graduate from San Francisco’s Life Learning Academy. The Public Press condemns this kind of behavior and prohibits it on all platforms and venues under our control. As soon as we saw the disturbing comments, another staff member and I responded quickly to eject the attackers and suspended commenting for all participants.

Surviving the Pandemic: The Future of Local Media

The Public Press hosted a discussion April 30 exploring news media challenges facing community journalism before and during the crisis and how the future will require more diverse and sustainable business models that don’t rely exclusively on advertising. Our panelist were:

Martin Reynolds, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute
Michael Stoll, executive director, San Francisco Public Press

The discussion was moderated by Gina Baleria, assistant professor of communications & media studies at Sonoma State University, and host of the new podcast “News in Context,” that explores media bias and how information is delivered and consumed. It airs on KSFP 102.5 FM Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Watch a full recording of the conversation.

Coronavirus Scams and How to Avoid Them

The Public Press hosted a conversation April 9 to help the community understand how to identify and prevent phone and email scams that target the vulnerable — the elderly, people who are isolated or who have limited digital literacy.

Neighborhood Meets Challenge: How S.F.’s Sunset Organized for Pandemic Aid

The Public Press hosted a conversation April 3 with Sunset Neighborhood Help Group founders Frank Plughoff, Bianca Nandzik and Stefan Nandzik about how they are coordinating a dynamic volunteer network to connect with elderly and at-risk neighbors who need help buying groceries and running errands during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meka Boyle, who first reported on the Sunset neighborhood’s call for mutual aid,  also participated in the panel, which was moderated by our publisher, Lila LaHood. Watch a full recording of the conversation.

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We Need Your Help to Cover the Pandemic

Since March 11, the San Francisco Public Press and “Civic” have accelerated to a pace we did not think possible for our small nonprofit newsroom. In two and a half weeks, we published 34 stories that brought as many visitors to our website as we saw in the last three months of 2019. I can tell you definitively: We did not plan for this. Instinct kicked in for those of us with daily newspaper, broadcast and wire service experience. The need is urgent.