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The San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco’s longest running independent voice, was shut down and brought back to life within two days.

October 16, 2014

SFBG

By Mari Eliza, zrants – excerpt

This story is a fast moving train which I will attempt to follow and share as it unfolds.

The demise of one of the oldest, most consistently progressive, liberal, left-leaning publications, in one of the most liberal cities in the America, is disturbing to all journalists at a time when the profession is under attack from many angles, and independent voices are being silenced.

Even though we didn’t always agree with the editorial slant, and were not favored by the SFBG’s recent endorsements, the possible loss of open dialogue in the press is of grave concern to all of us, and one that we hope will be corrected soon. We need to hear from all sides in order to make informed decisions.

To get this fast changing story out in a timely manner I will limit my comments and post links to as they turn up. We are tracking the news of the shutdown two days ago and the sudden disappearance of the online archives, to what appears to be a reappearance of some of the issues today. This story is changing fast and we will may with updates as the situation changes, so stay tuned…

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The Bay Guardian shuts down
By Tim Redmond, former SFBG editor : 48hillsonline – excerpt
I was teaching my San Francisco State class from 10 to noon, on the sixth floor of a building right next to the Westfield Mall, and about 11:45 my phone started to buzz like crazy. I finished class, checked the messages …. And found out that the Bay Guardian, the newspaper I helped run for 30 years, the voice of the San Francisco left, a community institution … was just shut down… (more)

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San Francisco Bay Guardian Shuts Down
By Jon Brooks : kqed – excerpt

Its founding mission was to “print the news and raise hell.”
After 48 years of doing just that, the San Francisco Bay Guardian has shut down. The San Francisco Media Company, the alternative weekly’s current owner, made the announcement on the Guardian’s website this morning. The rest of the site is now offline.
Tomorrow’s edition, which will be the annual “Best of the Bay” issue, will be the last published… (more – including audio interviews)

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Can we save newspaper archives — and history?
By Tim Redmond, former SFBG editor : 48hillsonline – excerpt

OCTOBER 16, 2014 – The owners of the Bay Guardian, who shut the paper down Monday, have at least gotten one message: It’s not okay to take offline the website and digital archive of the paper.’

After going down for two days, sfbg.com was live late this afternoon. So the years and years of back stories can once again be found, the former staff have a chance to link to their work if they want to apply for jobs, and the links many other publications have used to connect to Guardian stories will once again be live.
I wonder how long that will last… (more)

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The Bay Guardian back up
By Tim Redmond, former SFBG editor : 48hillsonline – excerpt

OCTOBER 16, 2014 – The owners of the Bay Guardian, who shut the paper down Monday, have at least gotten one message: It’s not okay to take offline the website and digital archive of the paper.’ After going down for two days, sfbg.com was live late this afternoon… (more)

Link to 192 publication archives:  Read Bay Guardian issues going back to 2010:   http://issuu.com/sf.guardian

 

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  1. October 16, 2014 11:18 am

    Reblogged this on Grassroots Actions.

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