Bay News Rising

Professional and college reporters training collaboratively for the future of Bay Area journalism. Bay News Rising is a project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild made possible by the labor and contributions of its members.

Newark blaze guts recycling center and forces residents to remain indoors

By Staff Writer Mitchell Walther A four-alarm fire ravaged the Western Pacific Pulp and Paper Recycling Center in Newark last Friday night, creating a noxious cloud that forced residents to … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

For some, 40 hours a week is not enough to pay city’s soaring housing costs

By Ekevara Kitpowsong, Bay News Rising Staff Reporter — Except for those with sponsors or the status of a Keith Haring, it’s a given that artists need another source of … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Star graffiti artists say form is losing its edge, co-opted by ‘insta-graf generation’

By Alex Lamp, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Graffiti is going mainstream. Don’t believe it?  Come on down to the 1AM art gallery on Howard Street and watch techies from … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bayview population in flux, spurring fears, hopes among residents

By Alex Lamp, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Dawud Dirbas, 44, has worked at Kennedy’s Market on the corner of McKinnon Avenue and Third Street in San Francisco’s Bayview district … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Por Vida’ mural vandalism is only latest attack on Latino LGBT community

By Khaled Sayed, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Yellow police tape surrounds a crime scene. This time there is no lifeless body lying on the ground, but a mural, celebrating … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bay Area workers cry foul as Staples, US Postal Service team up

By Emilia Rosales, Bay News Rising staff reporter — A quiet deal between the federal government and a chain discount store threatens to end a venerable public service, squash one of … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Funding a mayor’s campaign is hard without a billion bucks of backing

Commentary by Michaela Payne, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Incumbent Mayor Ed Lee has some competitors in the upcoming Nov. 3 elections, but not much competition. Lee is running for … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Housing prices drive up commute time, but shrink family, social time for a far flung workforce

By Patrick Cochran, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Ask commuters rushing to catch a Pittsburg-bound BART train at the end of a busy work day to describe their twice-a-day trek … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

When no place to park means no place to live: S.F. car dwellers “hammered by cops”

By Erasmo Martinez, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Melodie has lived in an RV since 2008, but this day, the 57-year-old looks distraught as she gazes down the road: A … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Union cabbies give mayors an earful at Uber soiree: ‘We pay high fees, they pay zero’

By Erasmo Martinez, Bay News Rising staff reporter — As mayors from across the country quietly filed into Uber’s Market Street headquarters, protestors outside roared their dissatisfaction with the tech giant’s hotly debated business practices. Uber ferried its distinguished visitors, in town … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment