Here’s the deal …
Since 2008, Mission Local has been all up in the Mission District reporting on everything from tacos to tech, crime to culture, murals to MUNI, recording the lives and changes in the city’s oldest (and arguably, best) neighborhood.
Originally a project of UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, we struck out on our own in 2014. We aspire to be a model of local, self-sustaining, fiercely independent neighborhood news. We hope to reflect the Mission in all its diverse, fun, conflicted, and fascinating brilliance. We plan to keep chronicling its many stories for years to come.
Site illustrations: The man above our What To Do listing and the sweeper at the end of each story are illustrations done by Rini Templeton, an activist-artist who did thousands of illustrations and allowed organizations and individuals to use them as open-sourced artwork. She died in 1986 in Mexico City. Some of her illustrations are kept online here.
We want to hear from you! Send your tips, story ideas, and unique perspectives to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Promise to
Offer original, transparent reporting.
Admit and correct our mistakes.
Cover everyone in the neighborhood.
Experiment on how best to make civic issues meaningful.
Our full policy on editorial independence is here.
2301 Mission Street #104, 94110, San Francisco
Where we are
We’re in the process of becoming a fiscally sponsored, non-profit project.
Joe Eskenazi, formerly with SF Weekly and SF Magazine, becomes Managing Editor
Instead of covering crime, we focus on covering the SFPD and how it works.
In the race for District 9 Supervisor, a civic engagement project – 43 Questions – runs for 43 weeks and ends in a public forum.
The community helps photograph every block in the Mission for Good Morning Mission.
Daniel Hirsch, Andrea Valencia, Laura Wenus and Lydia Chavez of Mission Local win the SPJ NORCAL Excellence in Journalism Award for Community Journalism for “their broad, in-depth coverage of San Francisco’s Mission District, with a strong focus on how housing issues affect residents.”.
Mission Local moves into a new space at 19th and Mission.
The 108-year-old building where Mission local’s offices are located is damaged in a fire that leaves one dead and dozens of tenants and businesses homeless.
Mission Local produces numerous articles covering the fire including two in-depth investigative pieces on the owner.
We redesign and add new features. We also start selling business and reader memberships.
CBS local names Mission local as one of the best local blogs in the Bay Area. We’re pleased, but we’re not a blog!
We’re officially Mission Local Inc. We publish a print edition of historical pieces.
Ed Wasserman, a new dean at Berkeley’s J-school decides that “The curricular value (of Mission Local) to our students is limited or even, at times, non-existent.” He stops funding for the hyperlocals during school breaks or vacations.
We disagree about the value, and spin Mission Local off as its own independent, media enterprise.
Rent Increases mean Mission Local moves to 2588 Mission Street.
Mission Loc@l becomes Mission Local.
Streetfight writes about Mission Local as the “Hyperlocal That Gets Its Right”.
Mission Local is a Finalist for SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence Award.
Mission Local wins first place for Region SPJ on How Clean Are San Francisco Restaurants? – by Mission Loc@l Staff, University of California, Berkeley. The series changes the citywide restaurant inspection policy.
We begin a collaboration with SFGate, posting our stories on their local blogs with link backs to Mission Local.
The concrete sculptures on 20th Street won’t budge from their space so we find new offices on Treat and 17th Streets.
KQED notices our on-the-ground reporting of the changes on Mission Street.
Mission Local wins Webby Award for the best student news site in the country.
Mission Local begins translating all of its content into Spanish.
We get our first office in the Mission on 20th Street, sharing 600 square feet with some enormous concrete garden sculptures.
Launched as a project of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Great stories, but no one is reading us.