I was a freelance photojournalist for the San Francisco Bay Guardian for more than a year. The Bay Guardian willingly gave me a chance to shoot for them when I was still very green. I did a happy dance on the street when they put me on their masthead just after my twentieth birthday.
Their staff and editors were enormously talented, passionate, hard working and dedicated to excellent journalism. I’m deeply saddened that, after 48 years of raising hell, SFBG will cease publication tomorrow. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with them and I sincerely hope everyone at the Bay Guardian finds success in their next venture.
The loss of the Bay Guardian should be disheartening for the city of San Francisco. It was not only a local institution, but every reporter and editor their worked their hardest to keep those in power accountable.
Journalism is not good business. Especially with the rise of the internet age, more people are treating journalism as a free commodity, despite the fact that reporters have to make a living too. The fact that it’s difficult to make news organizations profitable does not diminish their importance. The purpose of journalism is to shine a light on problems, give a voice to those who don’t have one and check the power of those who have it.
It’s not certain if any publication could fight the good fight like the Bay Guardian did. Hopefully, this isn’t the end. If it is though, the staff of the Bay Guardian certainly deserved a better exit than being unceremoniously escorted out of their building on a Tuesday morning.
Hey Flask Mob Family! Check out my article in San Francisco Magazine about Flask Mob and Evan Thompson!
Many thanks to everyone who helped :)