Our Mission

Bay City News Foundation serves the San Francisco Bay Area and is backed by charitable donations from contributors who care about local news, a free press, democratic values and an informed citizenry. We target geographic and topical news deserts. We collaborate with other media. We experiment with technology. We work with journalism schools to train the next generation of reporters. Help us do more with a donation today.

Individual and institutional donors help us with projects aimed at:

Providing basic on-the-ground local news reporting and filling the geographic and topical gaps left by contracting legacy media companies. You can find many of these stories about Bay Area news, arts and culture, demographic trends and history at LocalNewsMatters.org.

Building partnerships with other media on journalism projects. We are working with Solutions Journalism Network, SF Senior Beat, CALmatters, USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and others to amplify good and important work.

Testing new technology to gather and distribute news in the way consumers want to get it. We are collaborating with entrepreneurs from the JSK Journalism Fellowship program at Stanford University, including Project Facet, to test new products.

Supporting the next generation of journalists with internships and training. We are working with San Francisco State, San Jose State, UC Berkeley, Newsroom by the Bay at Stanford University and others to train and mentor students so they have a professional path toward journalism jobs. A generous donation from the Hogan-Newton Fund at the Miami Foundation is helping to “turbocharge” this program by giving substantive mentoring to these interns.