It’s 6:06 a.m., 53° and going to an OMG 78°. Details are here.
First, congratulations to the Mission Loc@l staff for winning a place as one of two national finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for news reporting for the series “How Clean are San Francisco’s Restaurants?”
Rigoberto Hernandez, an SF State intern who is now on his way to the Portland Oregonian, started this series during the summer and then a new group of reporters, led by Ashwin Seshagiri, assisted with data from EveryBlock and with incredible work by Fay Abuelgasim, J.J. Barrow, Lisette Mejia and Lauren Rosenfeld, picked up the story in the fall, adding tremendously with an amazing interactive map that first mapped restaurant scores in the Mission and then in every SF zip code.
The series produced changes in the Health Department’s website and its policies on informing the public when a restaurant is closed because of rats or other health violations.