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Berkeleyside is trying something that has never been tried before by a news organization: asking our readers to become shareholders to ensure a robust future for our award-winning local news site.
On Nov. 3 we announced a direct public offering to raise $800,000 in capital to invest in Berkeleyside. In just over three weeks, we have raised over $260,000 from over 62 investors.
Now we’ve set ourselves — and our community — a challenge: to get half way there and raise $400,000 by Dec. 31.
Supporting independent journalism is more important than ever. Berkeleyside will continue to bear witness and hold the powerful accountable during these uncertain times, and keep you informed about everything that’s going on in the city. In the past few weeks alone, Berkeleyside’s tiny team reported 167 stories on the Berkeley elections; unveiled serious mail delivery problems in the city, and the need for a new bike lane after a near-fatal accident. We also told you about the deer that jumped into the King pool during a kids’ swimming lesson, the plight of the monarch butterflies, and the coming together of hundreds of people in the “greatest little city in America” after the election for a sunrise unity gathering. … Continue reading »
The president-elect has shown he has no respect for the press and its role to bear witness and hold the powerful accountable. He banned major news outlets, including Univision and the Washington Post, from his events and called the media “lying,” “disgusting” and “rigged.”
Without the press, we would know very little about Donald Trump. Without a local press, a community knows little about what is happening in the city’s corridors of power, is unaware of the machinations of the local economy, crime trends or community happenings. In the past months, Berkeleyside published 159 stories about the local election.
Berkeleyside is trying something that has never been tried before: asking our readers to become our shareholders. The only requirement is being a California resident. As a founding investor, you will help ensure your award-winning local source of news for Berkeley thrives long term.
If there’s a place that understands the importance of a free press, it’s Berkeley. After just a few weeks, we are already over a quarter of the way to reaching our capital-raising goal of $800,000. If just 600 of our readers invest in the next six weeks at the minimum $1,000 level, we will reach our goal by year-end. … Continue reading »
An invitation to our readers: Invest in Berkeleyside, help ensure the future of an independent press in Berkeley
Seven years after three veteran journalists launched independent news site Berkeleyside, we are embarking on an exciting new step in our development. In a pioneering move, we are inviting our readers to become shareholders in Berkeleyside through a direct public offering.
Our goal is to raise $800,000 to invest in Berkeleyside so we can build on and improve how we serve Berkeley and the East Bay. The funds will enable us to hire a second full-time reporter, invest in more in-depth journalism, redesign Berkeleyside to be a responsive, mobile-friendly site, and expand our sales and marketing efforts. We want to deliver more 24/7, award-winning journalism, provide a dynamic community forum, and bring people together at world-class events. In just a few weeks, and before a formal announcement, we have already raised more than $160,000. Your investment will allow Berkeleyside to grow and thrive long term.
Earlier this year, Berkeleyside joined more than 80 other media organizations in the Bay Area to publish a day of stories focused on homelessness in our midst.
Monday, that coverage was recognized by the NorCal chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as part of its 31st Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Berkeleyside’s Frances Dinkelspiel and Emilie Raguso won in the explanatory journalism category, in the small division for print media outlets, “for their comprehensive coverage of homelessness in Berkeley using data and effective storytelling to identify problems, seek answers and analyze proposed solutions.”
Dinkelspiel and Raguso created eight in-depth stories that ran sequentially June 29 over a period of about seven hours as part of the San Francisco Homeless Project.
The SF Homeless Project to which Berkeleyside contributed also took home the contest’s Public Service Award: “Participating media organizations collaborated to publish and broadcast during one week in June more than 300 stories about various aspects of homelessness and efforts to address them. The SF Homeless Project is a sign of a new era in journalism in which news outlets join their forces to fight for a better society,” wrote the judges. A follow-up day of coverage is being planned for December. … Continue reading »
UPDATE, 1:55pm: Both Twitter and our comments are back in action.
ORIGINAL STORY: The major attack Friday that has caused big websites to go down — including Netflix, the New York Times, The Guardian, Spotify and Reddit — has affected Berkeleyside too.
Our Twitter account is unavailable, as Twitter is one of the sites that has shut down. Our comments are not functioning as they operate on the Disqus platform which also appears to have been affected by the outage.
The New York Times reported that many large websites were inaccessible to some East Coast users Friday morning and to people across the country by the early afternoon after Dyn, a company that serves as an internet switchboard, came under attack. … Continue reading »
If you’re a fan of Berkeleyside’s local news coverage, there are plenty of ways to help support us. And most of them don’t involve a penny. Here’s a handy list.
SEND US TIPS Our small team relies on the community’s eyes and ears to know what’s happening in your neighborhoods. We want to hear from you! Email general tips to email@example.com. If you have public safety news, write to our special crime line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET OUR EMAILS We have three main email options to choose from: Daily headlines of all our stories, a weekly round-up of our best food news, and — hot off the presses — a breaking news alert service. Our emails are always free and you can unsubscribe anytime. Sign up here.
SHARE PHOTOS We love seeing what you’re seeing around town. Send photographs to the email addresses above. If you’re on Flickr, add images to our Berkeleyside Flickr group. If you’re on Instagram, tag #Berkeleyside when you want us to see your photos. We might feature them and will always credit you.
SHARE OUR WORK We need your help to grow. Share our stories on social media and with your neighborhood groups and other networks if you find them valuable. Buttons at the bottom of each story help share in the way you prefer. You can also “like” our stories on Facebook and retweet them on Twitter. Small efforts like this help amplify our work. … Continue reading »
TCHO’s Chief Chocolate Maker Brad Kintzer is to host a special chocolate lab at Berkeleyside’s Uncharted Festival of Ideas, on Friday Oct. 14. Kintzer, who studied botany and has spent months working on cacao plantations throughout Latin America, will provide an insider’s perspective on how cocoa is sourced and offer enlightening chocolate tastings.
Also on the program at the two-day Uncharted festival, which is back in downtown Berkeley for its fourth year, are conversations with Michael Krasny, Mark Bittman, Sujatha Baliga and Aminatou Sow. Kevin Powell and Eve Ensler will be on stage together on Saturday Oct 15 in a session titled, ‘Violence or love? Rape culture, race, and building social movements.’ See full program.
This year also sees the festival’s first deep-dive session on climate change, in partnership with the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. As part of CNR’s first ever Big Ideas @CNR competition, John Battles will discuss how and why many ecosystems are suffering from loss of resilience, and Dennis Baldocchi will address the water-food-people nexus: how climate change threatens California’s ability to sustain its population and its economy. The pair will be joined by Steve Bumgardner (aka Yosemite Steve) one of the world’s great natural-history filmmakers, who will provide a visual insight into working in the High Sierra. … Continue reading »
Uncharted, a production of Berkeleyside, features some of the world’s edgiest thinkers and creative performers. It takes place over two days in downtown Berkeley. This year’s festival is on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15.
On this week’s Uncharted Radio Hour, we hear from Shannon Brownlee, a national leader in highlighting the scope and consequences of overuse in healthcare. Brownlee argues that millions of people in the U.S. are being harmed — and are even dying — by having unnecessary health interventions. She explores many of these issues in her book, Overtreated — Why too much Medicine is Making us Sicker and Poorer. Brownlee was in conversation with former KQED Health Editor Lisa Aliferis.
Also on Thursday’s Uncharted Radio Hour: Alice Dreger, an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher and a writer. Her most recent book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Dreger made headlines in 2015 when she resigned from her position at Northwestern University for what she said was a lack of academic independence. Dreger sat down with Lance Knobel, co-founder of Berkeleyside and Uncharted’s program curator, at the 2015 Uncharted Festival for a conversation that ran the gamut from sex through science and back again. … Continue reading »
Where’s that smoke coming from? Why are there helicopters over Berkeley? Why are there cop cars tearing down my street? These are just a few of the types of questions Berkeleyside is asked all the time, sometimes several all at once in a day.
Take just this week — our tiny team reported on a significant fire next door to a veterinary hospital; the pursuit of a dangerous, armed suspect that ended in a dramatic arrest in a Berkeley park; and an assault with a bat that left a man with serious injuries after readers got in touch wanting to know what was going on.
We need your help to provide you with answers. Support us by becoming a Berkeleyside member!
We know you appreciate knowing what’s going on in your city. As Dorothy Hearst put it on Twitter Wednesday:
“Thx @berkeleyside 4 the excellent reporting. I knew where 2 go 4 info when I saw helicopter in the sky this morn.”
With New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, the Berkeleyside team wanted to wish all of our readers a safe and happy new year.
The year just ending has been busy for Berkeleyside. We published 1,902 stories (and counting), had more than 2.3 million unique visitors and 8.4 million pageviews (up 27% and 12% from 2014). We held our third annual Uncharted ideas festival and have just issued a number of podcasts using some of the conversations from Uncharted. Look out for … Continue reading »
As we wind down for the holidays and draw close to the end of 2015, Berkeleyside would like to wish all our readers a happy and peaceful few days of relaxation.
We would also like to remind our readers that everything you read on Berkeleyside, every story we report, every Facebook post and Twitter alert, be it breaking news or a heartwarming tale, is brought to you for free.
Become a Berkeleyside member now and you’ll be entered to win one of four $75 gift certificates to eat at Comal or The Advocate!
If you value the service Berkeleyside provides you as an independently run, local news business, we ask you to support us by becoming a member, or increasing your current contribution as an existing member. … Continue reading »
Thanks to the generosity of the Berkeleyside community, our Advertising Director Wendy Cohen delivered just short of $3,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank on Friday morning.
The funds were raised at the Berkeleyside holiday party at Spats on Thursday night, through the tips left for the “amateur-hour” Berkeleyside bartenders, aided by a wonderful team of guests, as well as the sale of raffle tickets. We are grateful for how accommodating patrons were as we all figured out how to pour the perfect G&T or, even, how to mix up a martini!
We are happy the Berkeleyside community could help the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which is a stellar organization: It distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month and serves an astonishing one in five Alameda County residents — yes, you read that right: one in five. According to the food bank, one in three children in Alameda Count faces the threat of hunger.
Even though the holidays are when people tend to think about helping nonprofits like the food bank, it’s good to remember that it needs volunteers and donations throughout the year. … Continue reading »
As news organizations around the country continue to grapple with the tenor of their comments sections, we at Berkeleyside are turning to you, our readers, to help us increase the civility and relevance of the vital community voices on our site.
We’re holding a giveaway to encourage readers to stick with a single online identity. And, beginning Jan. 1, we will no longer allow guest comments.
A $50 gift certificate to Sweet Adeline Bakeshop goes to one lucky reader!
Though it is separate from our news coverage, we believe the comments section provides valuable insights into how community members think about issues of importance in Berkeley. While we do hear from readers who say they are put off by the tone of certain commenters, others tell us they find the comments section entertaining, engaging and much more focused than those on other news sites. We think it can be even better.
People have so many different ways of communicating, and a wide range of comfort levels as far as tone, so we know there are bound to be a variety of responses to reader posts. We want to create a place where a broad swath of the community feels comfortable sharing their views, which we hope can be done with respect and positive intention. But we can’t do it without your help. … Continue reading »