About Berkeleyside

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.

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Learn about all the ways you can help support our work (most of them don’t cost a penny!).

uncharted logoBerkeleyside 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 lknobel@gmail.com.

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.

b-the-changeBerkeleyside 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.”


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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