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Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

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Fact-Checking: All of our content is independently reported by paid reporters trained to talk to multiple sources, to find documentation where possible and to check facts religiously.  To avoid any conflicts with unreported content, we DO NOT accept sponsored content.

Corrections Policy: We welcome reader input on errors and attend to them immediately. Readers can contact the reporters – all of their emails are at the end of each story. Or they can contact the Executive Editor, or the Managing Editor at Our office can also be reached from 10 to 7 p.m. at 415-275-4739.

Ownership and Funding: Mission Local is a fiscally sponsored project. Our Fiscal Sponsor is San Francisco Public Press (EIN: 27-1275141) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All memberships and other donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Checks written for Mission Local should be made out to SF Public Press with a note in the memo to Mission Local. They can be sent to Mission Local at 2489 Mission Street, #14, SF 94110 or SF Public Press, 44 Page Street, Suite 504, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Ethics Policy: We adhere to the ethics policy of the Society of Professional Journalists. The link takes you to the policy and position papers on the policy. The policy is also included below. 

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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