Tim's San Francisco

Former Guardian editor launches nonprofit media venture, promising progressive reporting delivered daily online



Longtime Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond, who left the paper in June, is launching a new media project, continuing more than 30 years of work as one of San Francisco's premier progressive voices by starting an online publication under a new nonprofit organization.

The San Francisco Progressive Media Center promises to deliver original news, arts, and cultural reporting on a daily basis, differentiating itself from local blogs that serve mostly to aggregate stories written by other media outlets and offer commentary on that reporting.

"Democracy can't survive without reporters and I want to have reporters out there covering the news everyday. San Francisco has always needed a liberal daily newspaper," Redmond told us, predicting that online reporting outlets representing various perspectives will eventually rise to compete with the limited local coverage offered by the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner.

"I will focus on all the things I care about in San Francisco," Redmond told us, listing land use issues, housing costs, and media criticism as some examples of his interests.

Redmond has remained remarkably upbeat and positive since his clash with the San Francisco Print Media Co. — whose purchase of the Guardian he engineered last year to save the financially troubled, locally owned newspaper — ended his long run with the Guardian (see "On Guard," June 19).

"I'm just moving on and doing my own thing. I'm excited about my new project and I'm raising a lot of money for it," Redmond said. "I'm getting a tremendous amount of community support. I hope to have 50-60 grand on hand by the end of the month."

To help reach that goal, Redmond and his supporters will throw a fundraiser on Sept. 26 at the El Rio. Despite being a stalwart of the left, Redmond said he's getting support from across the ideological spectrum. "I have spent 30 years building a reputation in town as someone who doesn't take cheap shots and I'm fair," was how Redmond explained his broad support.

Although he's still awaiting IRS approval of his nonprofit status, Redmond has already assembled a board of notable progressive luminaries to help him, including Eric Weaver, Laura Fraser, Calvin Welch, Alicia Garza, Gen Fujioka, Gabriel Haaland, and Giuliana Milanese.

"I wanted a board that reflects the diversity of San Francisco's left," Redmond said, noting that board explicitly has no editorial control.

Haaland said that Redmond has long been an important progressive voice in San Francisco and he's happy to see that voice continue, particularly under the new nonprofit model that he's creating.

"Having an independent, progressive media is more important than ever, and being a nonprofit takes it to another level of independence," Haaland told us.

Welch said the new publication is arriving just in time to help expose important issues that will affect the future of San Francisco.

"I think we're at a critical point in this city's history," Welch told us, citing the growing public unease with intensified waterfront development and other economic and sociopolitical trends. "The timing is impeccable and people would be interested to read online what Tim and others' takes are on what's happening in the city."

San Francisco Progressive Media Center will be the latest effort to expand the city's media landscape amid the downsizing of the once-dominant Chronicle and Examiner (see "Media experiments," 5/25/10). Those ventures have included the San Francisco Public Press, SF Appeal, and the Bay Citizen, which had a high-profile launch in 2009 followed by being folded into the Center for Investigative Reporting last year (see "Compressing the press," 2/22/12).


Which of course means that it really isn't that diverse at all. Yet he then also says that he welcomes people across the ideological spectrum.

So which is it? Does Tim welcome only diversity from the left? Or all diversity?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

The word diversity has no real meaning anymore.

For the left it just means, people of all colors and sexual identification that agree with us.

Posted by Matlock on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

opposite of what it really means. Tim's broad church will no doubt exclude landlords, executives, republicans and anyone with money.

In other words, it will be an echo chamber for the doctrinaire left. A circle jerk for ageing lefties who have seen the world pass them by.

Posted by anon on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

And of course we all know how deprived of media coverage landlords, executives, republicans and the moneyed are, don't we? Right.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

Any chance we could get lilli to move over there?

Posted by LOL Barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

I doubt it will have much reach and influence. SF is a very different city now. Old school lefties find that fact very hard to accept.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

Tim can always re-hire Steven for his new blog, making him special correspondent for drugs, bikes, nightclubs and burning man, i.e. all the stuff that doesn't matter.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
Posted by marke on Sep. 25, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

"Eric Weaver, Laura Fraser, Calvin Welch, Alicia Garza, Gen Fujioka, Gabriel Haaland, and Giuliana Milanese."

When was the last time that any on this crew connected with San Franciscans and won a contested candidate election?

Posted by marcos on Sep. 25, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

Who since being unceremoniously bounced from the DCCC and had his role at SEIU eclipsed by Chris Daly has seemed more like a wandering little bird looking for its nest than anything else. Perhaps the SFPMC could really provide someone like Gabrielle with the focus he seems to lack right now - much of the left seem discombobulated and unmoored.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Sep. 25, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

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