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

After nearly six years, the sit-lie law is having trouble staying on its feet

By Grady Penna, Bay News Rising staff reporter – Decorated with a nine-ball ornament dangling from his neck, rings covering each finger and a hulking pack strapped to his back, … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

San Francisco’s aristocrats, law enforcement and nudists come out for Pride

By Zak Cowan and Mariana Raschke Bay News Rising Reporters   The sandstone was draped in rainbow as the attendees cuddled around the caviar stands, sipping sparkling wine and indulging in the splendor … Continue reading

June 30, 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

Farmers counting the drops as drought drags on, yield drops by 20 percent

By Elisabetta Silvestro, Bay News Rising staff reporter — During a rare hot summer day in San Francisco, farmers’ stands fill United Nations Plaza. “Dollar a pound, mix and match!” some … 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

Is the gig up? Contract workers seek security, benefits, vote to unionize

The gig’s up on the gig economy as contract workers vote to unionize By Erasmo Martinez, Bay News Rising staff reporter — Tracey Kelly drives a double decker shuttle bus from South … 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