Ocean Beach Bulletin partners with KQED
The Ocean Beach Bulletin, San Francisco’s hyperlocal source for news about Ocean Beach and adjacent neighborhoods, has entered a partnership with KQED through the Networked Journalism project of J-Lab.
The partnership provides KQED, the nation’s most listened-to public radio station, with detailed coverage of this unique part of San Francisco to supplement its broad regional news, and provides greater distribution for the Ocean Beach Bulletin’s stories of life on the city’s western edge.
“We’re pleased to establish this partnership with KQED, one of the best-recognized and most-respected names in Bay Area media,” said Tom Prete, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Ocean Beach Bulletin. “KQED has earned that respect by producing high-quality journalism, a goal for which we also strive on the neighborhood level.
“The Ocean Beach area is often overlooked, but it’s an important and special part of San Francisco, and one that is constantly changing. We hope the Ocean Beach Bulletin’s partnership with KQED will help bring the stories of this special place to a wider audience.”
The Ocean Beach Bulletin joins other local news organizations in partnership with KQED, including Stanford University’s Peninsula Press, San Francisco Public Press, Oakland Local, Berkeleyside and NeighborwebSJ.
“Our initial news associates taught us a lot about how to work collaboratively to improve coverage of the Bay Area,” said Bruce Koon, news director at KQED Public Radio. “We expect those lessons will continue with Ocean Beach Bulletin, which caught our attention because it focuses on a single San Francisco neighborhood. New technologies such as blogs and social media make it possible for neighborhoods to be better informed about local issues but the information is greatly enhanced if journalists are involved, and that’s the case with Ocean Beach Bulletin.”
“When we started the Ocean Beach Bulletin, our main goal was to provide reliable news coverage for our neighborhood, which we hoped would strengthen the ties of community for those who live, work and play out here,” said Ocean Beach Bulletin Associate Editor Mark Lukach. “This partnership with KQED feels very validating, and is a reassurance that even as we grow increasingly global and connected as a society, neighborhood news coverage is still very important.”