Our Work: Local News Matters

The San Francisco Bay Area is a fascinating, complex and innovative place, full of diverse people, institutions and stories. Bay City News Foundation was established to help fill the gaps in coverage that have emerged in the region and work with others to create, publish and distribute those stories. We now have 50 reporters and editors, a paid internship program and a robust website covering local news, equity issues, data trends and information hubs about COVID-19, local libraries and the upcoming fire season.

Join us in this important mission.

Milestones and Goals from 2018 & 2019:

~ Launched LocalNewsMatters.org as a non-profit site for readers with community news, data reporting, projects, features and partnerships with other non-profit media, including CALmatters, EdSource and Solutions Journalism Network.

~ Published hundreds of stories, photos, graphs and packages with fresh items posted daily

~ Published “Equity Ripples,” a series of stories and photos related to uneven resource distribution in the region

~ Partnered with Catchlight Local to create a series of photo stories about equity issues in the region

~ Published more than 75 “Data Points” to help readers understand the changing Bay Area, county by county

~ Provided coverage of specialized topics such as environment, health, demographics, business, education, arts and entertainment, and statehouse news

~ Created a network of freelance reporters, providing work for journalists who might not otherwise have outlets for their work

~ Created a paid internship program, especially for women and people of color who are not well represented in newsrooms

~ Experimented with crowdsourcing to support local news coverage

Milestones and Goals
in 2020 & 2021:

~ Pursue collaborative reporting projects to expand distribution of important journalism about housing, income inequality, immigration, health care, the environment and culture

~ Work with ProPublica Local on a series of investigative stories of importance to the Bay Area

~ Partner with USC Annenberg Center for Health Reporting on a series about water supply issues and health

~ Dive into census coverage, particularly for communities in danger of being undercounted

~ Double our annual budget through individual and institutional donors, sponsorships and partnerships to support more journalism

~ Partner with a crowdfunding and micro-subscription tool to increase revenue for targeted coverage of Bay Area culture and cities like Martinez that are losing local newspapers

~ Create a membership plan to gather ongoing revenue and engagement, particularly with local communities like Martinez that need more news coverage

~ Expand our network of freelance reporters and editors to provide more news coverage of the region, which stretches from metro areas to the wine country to the Peninsula to the suburbs to Silicon Valley


~ Our COVID-19 Information Hub brings updated information about local services, testing and vaccinations in the 12-county region so readers are informed and able to navigate the pandemic. We also have library hub, a fire season hub and a local elections hub.

~ Our on-the-ground journalists, data reporters and paid interns work 24/7 to report breaking news, connect the dots on regional issues and investigate news that matters, whether it’s climate change and the environment or housing or local government.

~ Since starting in 2018, we have published thousands of stories on equity issues, local arts and culture, and the volunteers and first responders who inspire us every day.

Impact with a Hybrid Model

Bay City News Foundation is dedicated to public service journalism. Our work gets amplified by an affiliation with a longstanding regional newswire that serves most other media in the SF Bay Area, including broadcast, print and digital outlets. The hybrid model allows our community coverage to reach millions of viewers, listeners and readers every day.