Over the next couple of weeks, Mission Local will return to earlier stories to follow up on what happened to people and places that we reported on during the first month of the pandemic. But there’s nothing like the full experience of revisiting the headlines of a year.

As the year progresses, you can also see the increasing cases, the oversized impact on Latinx residents, and the minimal testing of that community. Ideas — like a tracking app — were promoted and then disappeared; reopening schools at first seemed possible, but then became impossible.

We’ve done stories on all of these issues and we will continue to explore the ongoing impact of the virus, but this offers a grab from the headlines experience. You can search any of these headlines and come up with a story.

Let us know what you think. Do we have it set too fast? Too slow?

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Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

REPORTER. Annika Hom is our inequality reporter through our partnership with Report for America. Annika was born and raised in the Bay Area. She previously interned at SF Weekly and the Boston Globe where she focused on local news and immigration. She is a proud Chinese and Filipina American. She has a twin brother that (contrary to soap opera tropes) is not evil.

Follow her on Twitter at @AnnikaHom.

Juan Carlos Lara covers business and development in the Mission. Juan Carlos, a San Francisco State alum, is as much a photographer as he is a writer and previously worked as the campus news editor at Golden Gate Xpress, SF State’s student paper.

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Tweets can be found at @jcl_scoop

Founder/Executive Editor. 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 and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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  1. This is powerful and fascinating. So grateful for the consistently excellent work of Mission Local during the pandemic!

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  2. Wow! Time lapse recap Live is a nice touch! Keep up the great work that you do!

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