Berkeleyside wins Excellence in Journalism award

The Berkeleyside team at the conclusion of its recent Uncharted festival. Photo: Pete Rosos

The Berkeleyside team at the conclusion of its recent Uncharted festival. From left: Lance Knobel, Frances Dinkelspiel, Siciliana Trevino, Wendy Cohen, Tracey Taylor and Emilie Raguso. Photo: Pete Rosos

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter has awarded Berkeleyside its Excellence in Journalism award for community journalism. The award was made for Berkeleyside’s coverage of the Berkeley schools’ superintendent search and for stories about the proposed sale of the downtown post office.

“Too often, local issues of significant importance to relatively small audiences go ignored by the media, because the interest isn’t wide enough to merit coverage for a regional audience,” said Jeremy Smith, editor and producer at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, one of the judges. “Berkeleyside’s laser­like focus on issues important to Berkeley residents and parents should serve as a model for hyperlocal websites nationwide.” 

Berkeleyside was founded in October 2009, and is a leading example of a new wave of local news sites produced by independent, entrepreneurial journalists and salespeople. It’s a founding member of LION Publishers — Local Independent Online News Publishers — a grouping of most of the serious independent local sites in the country.

“It’s wonderful to get external recognition for the work we do covering Berkeley’s news,” said Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel. “We’re proud of our work, but our goal is to continue to increase the depth and range of our coverage. There’s no shortage of news in Berkeley and we want to be truly comprehensive.”

In the last month, Google Analytics has recorded 150,000 unique visitors to Berkeleyside and over 500,000 pageviews.

Do you rely on Berkeleyside for your local news? You can support independent local journalism by becoming a Berkeleyside Member. You can choose either a monthly payment or a one-time donation. 

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  • Guest

    Congratulations Berkeleyside! MOST well deserved….

  • alixwall

    mazel tov to all of you!

  • M.E. Lawrence

    Congrats to our B’side! I’ve been a fan since your first month of existence; I really like the mix of articles, as well as your calm and clarity.

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  • Neil

    A well deserved award, indeed. Keep up the excellent reporting.

  • Sylvia Paull

    I wouldn’t know what’s happening Berkeley without reading Berkeleyside. Thanks for your wonderful reporting.

  • Markos Moulitsas

    Congrats! Well deserved.

  • Matthai K. Chakko

    Congrats! Much deserved!

  • Woolsey

    I agree with all the above. I especially enjoy the clean layout and the wonderful headline photos. Makes reading the sometimes disagreeable news an aesthetic pleasure.

  • Culper Agent 355

    Congrats to all. What a nice accomplishment!

  • Jim Rosenau

    Huzzah! I’m really grateful to you for getting this off the ground and maintaining such high quality on a low budget.

  • Rachel Anderson

    Just echoing and ditto-ing all of the huzzahs and congratulations! Well-deserved.

  • Bill N

    Congratulations! This was a well deserved award for you all. Hey folks, you can subscribe for as little as 5 bucks a month!! That’s really really cheap for good and informative local news source!

  • w00t! I was a judge for a different category (digital, data viz) but not surprised to hear you won the community award.

  • kirstiebg

    Congratulations from all of us at The Framer’s Workshop! We really believe in this type of journalism and appreciate your thorough coverage of Berkeley news.