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Berkeleyside is Berkeley, California’s independently owned local news site.
Launched in 2009, Berkeleyside was founded by three veteran journalists: Lance Knobel, Tracey Taylor and Frances Dinkelspiel.
Berkeleyside is a local newspaper without the paper. It reports the news and covers the extraordinary diversity of people, issues, events, food and environment in this city whose impact reaches far beyond the Bay Area.
A pioneer in the field of online local journalism, Berkeleyside benefits from its large community of engaged readers. Berkeleyside averages 750,000 pageviews a month, and 220,000 unique visitors.
Berkeleyside was the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Award for Community Journalism in both 2013 and 2014. In 2015, we won Best Local Twitter Account in the East Bay from the East Bay Express. In 2016, we won an Excellence in Journalism Award from SPJ NorCal for our comprehensive coverage of homelessness in Berkeley.
Berkeleyside produces the annual Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. Uncharted was founded in 2013 as the Bay Area’s first ideas festival. It brings together some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate, and workshops designed to engage and inspire. Questions about the festival? Please email Uncharted program director Lance Knobel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeleyside is currently making a direct a public offering seeking investors from its community to raise capital to invest in the business and ensure the long-term future of independent journalism in Berkeley. We believe we are the first news organization in the the country to ask our readers to become shareholders. Learn more at invest.berkeleyside.com or call Berkeleyside co-founder and president Lance Knobel at 510- 671 0380.
Berkeleyside Inc. is proud to be a Benefit Corporation (or B Corp), defined as “a type of for-profit corporate entity that includes positive impact on society, workers the community and the environment.”
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To submit an op-ed to the Opinionator section, email email@example.com [Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don’t publish anonymous pieces. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The recommended length is 500-800 words. Please include your name and a one-line bio that includes full, relevant disclosures. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion.
Email Berkeleyside staff individually:
Berkeleyside telephone: 510-671-0380 (If we are not available immediately, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.)
Berkeleyside address: Berkeleyside Inc., P.O. Box 5232, Berkeley, CA 94705
We want Berkeleyside to reflect the passionate, diverse voices of Berkeley, but we also want it to remain a place of civility and respect for other people. Guidelines for comments are simple: Be relevant, be courteous and argue with issues not people.
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Who we are
Lance Knobel (co-founder) is an international consultant and professional writer. In 1999-2000 he was director of the Programme of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was also editor-in-chief and managing director of World Link, the magazine of the World Economic Forum. He was an adviser in Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit in London. His journalism credentials include being editor-in-chief of Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain, and founder and editor of Designers’ Journal in Britain. He has published four books on architecture and design. His blog, Davos Newbies, has been running since 1999. Email: email@example.com
Wendy Cohen (business director) has been Berkeleyside’s business director since October 2010. She has an extensive background in magazine publishing and media sales. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November 2008, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her second book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California was published in October 2015 and was both a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Frances is a former staff reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers and the San Jose Mercury News. Her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. Email: email@example.com
Tracey Taylor (co-founder) is a journalist and editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Tracey has worked as an editor for business-to-business magazines and at the Financial Times, as well as for private clients, including non-profits and authors. She has edited two books —and worked as a professional blogger. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilie Raguso (senior reporter, community engagement chief) joined the Berkeleyside team in October 2012. Prior to that, she launched and ran community news site Albany Patch in Albany, Calif. Her stories have been featured on the New York Times website, Salon and NPR, and in the East Bay Express. Emilie was a crime reporter for The Modesto Bee after getting her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2006. She has lived primarily in the East Bay since 2004. Read more. Phone: 510-459-8325. Email: email@example.com
Kate Williams has been writing about food since 2009. After spending two years developing recipes for cookbooks at America’s Test Kitchen, she moved to Berkeley and began work as a freelance writer and recipe consultant. She started writing for Nosh at its launch, in 2012. In addition, her writing has appeared on Serious Eats, SF Weekly, Bay Area Bites, and The Cook’s Cook. Kate officially joined the Nosh team as an editor in 2015. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie McKeen has many years’ experience selling local newspapers and has an extensive background in digital advertising. She has also worked in media planning for agencies in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tel: 510 214 3931. Email: email@example.com
Bethany Del Lima toils behind-the-scenes on membership outreach and data. She is a veteran of content, information and editorial management in high-tech. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Seal is Berkeleyside’s film critic. A movie connoisseur with a penchant for natty hats who lives in Oakland, John writes a weekly film recommendation column at Box Office Prophets, as well as a column in The Phantom of the Movie’s Videoscope, an old-fashioned paper magazine, published quarterly. He also writes regular film reviews for IMDB, which can be read here.
Andrew Gilbert writes a weekly music column for Berkeleyside. Andy, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, covers a wide range of musical cultures, from Brazil and Mali to India and Ireland. A Berkeley-based freelancer, he contributes features on jazz and international music to numerous publications, including the San Jose Mercury News, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and Los Angeles Times. His column covering the Bay Area dance scene, Dance Card, runs monthly in the Contra Costa Times. And his CD reviews air regularly on KQED’s “California Report.” Email: email@example.com
Nancy Rubin is a Berkeleyside contributing photographer. Nancy is a long-time Berkeley area resident who moved here from her native Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley, a family tradition begun in 1929. She taught for 25 years at Berkeley High School, then worked at Drake High in Marin County. Nancy authored the book Ask Me If I Care: Voices from an American High School. Since retiring in 2002, Nancy has travelled extensively, honing her photography skills. She specializes in candid shots, capturing people being themselves and the emotions of the moment.
Emily S. Mendel reviews Berkeley’s vibrant theater scene for Berkeleyside. As a native New Yorker (although now a 37-year East Bay resident), Emily grew up loving and studying theater, from Off Off to On Broadway, as her multi-volume Playbill collection attests. Ending her 30-year law practice has given Emily the time to indulge in her love of the arts and travel. In addition to Berkeleyside, she is also a regular contributor to culturevuture.net in the areas of art, film, television and travel.
Ted Friedman, B.S. Journalism, 1961, University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana was kicked out of photo-journalism in 1959. “Turn in your Speed Graphex,” the award-winning photographer/professor demanded. He developed his shot-from-the-Southside photos at the Berkeley Daily Planet. He uses his M.A. in Creative Writing from SF State, 1967, to practice “creative journalism” at Berkeley Reporter.
Alix Wall appeared in her hometown paper in Riverside, California as “Chef of the Week” when she was 15 years old, and in high school, she founded “The Bon Appetit Club.” After working as a journalist for many years, Alix became a certified natural foods chef from Bauman College in Berkeley in 2007. While she continues to cook healthy, organic meals for busy families, she is also a contributing editor of j. weekly, the Bay Area’s Jewish newspaper, in which she has a monthly food column and writes other features. Her food writing can also be found on KQED’s Bay Area Bites, SFoodie, and The Jew & the Carrot. In addition to food, she loves writing about how couples met and fell in love, which she does for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Style section and j. weekly.
Risa Nye is a Bay Area native. She was born in San Francisco and grew up in the East Bay. She spent many happy years on the UC Berkeley campus, both as a student and as an employee. She has worked in hospitals and high schools. Five years ago, she left the world of counseling to pursue an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has found her special niche at Berkeleyside: writing about the local cocktail scene as Ms Barstool. Her writing has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Monthly, Hipocampus Magazine, and at www.eatdrinkfilms.com.
Pete Rosos has been a regular contributor to Berkeleyside since 2012 and has worked as a freelance photographer for well over a decade. He shoots mainly digital, but still has a use for, and love of, film (especially B/W). Pete’s interest in photography grew while working as a photographer’s assistant at Fairlight Media Pool in Hamburg, Germany (1998-1999). He then went on to attend and graduate from Speos Photographic Institute in Paris, France (1999-2000). Previous professional experiences include freelance work shooting for Kapital
Clothing Design in Japan (2002-2005), promotional work for Acta Non Verba, an Oakland based non-profit (2014), and editorial images for San Francisco Magazine (2015). His work has been shown at The Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and The Perfect Exposure Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984. After working for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers for ten years as a legal worker and then lawyer, he went to work for another labor union in 1981 and has been there since, first as an attorney, and, since 2006, as its elected leader. In his free time he walks the streets of Berkeley, street by street and block by block, recording and photographing the quirky material culture that he finds. Dalzell, who is an expert on slang, writes the Quirky Berkeley blog and contributes to Berkeleyside about his finds, both in the present tense and with an occasional foray into Berkeley’s non-conformist past.
Delency Parham is a graduate of the University of Idaho where he played football and majored in journalism. He graduated from Berkeley High in 2010, which is where he discovered his passion for writing. He lives in Berkeley.
Berkeley news outlet aims to turn readers into investors
San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2016
Berkeleyside news site utilizes investment crowdfunding to raise capital
Daily Californian, Nov. 6, 2016
With a direct public offering, Berkeleyside wants to turn its readers into its newest owners
Nieman Lab, Oct. 12, 2016
Inflection Point: Interview with Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel
KALW, Oct. 5, 2016
Interview: Berkeleyside co-founder on the state and future of local news
The E’ville Eye, March 18, 2016
Berkeleyside: The nimble hyperlocal news site is winning awards and attracting eyeballs
CALIFORNIA magazine, Winter 2015
Can Berkeleyside turn an engaged community into a profitable membership program?
Nieman Lab, Nov. 5, 2014
Berkeley pureplay scratches a niche
NetNewsCheck, Nov. 21, 2011
How to start your own local news site: tips from a Berkeleyside co-founder
10,000 Words, March 29, 2011
Lance Knobel: For hyperlocal news, we local players will have the edge
Nieman Lab, Feb. 10, 2011
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