It’s been a busy and eventful year for Berkeleyside. We have reported on extremist political clashes; interviewed Milo Yiannopoulos; delved into homelessness, controversial school issues, crime in the city and the closure of one of Berkeley last manufacturing plants, Pacific Steel Casting. An independent press is more important than ever.
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Here are some of the highlights from our busy and productive year:
Nov. 2016: Berkeleyside launches Direct Public Offering
June 2017: Berkeleyside joins Membership Puzzle Project
June 2017: Berkeleyside joins Facebook Journalism Project
Sept. 2017: Lenfest Institute awards Berkeleyside grant
Oct. 2017: Berkeleyside’s fifth Uncharted Berkeley Ideas Festival
Berkeleyside’s held its fifth annual two-day ideas festival, Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, on Oct. 27-28 at the Peet’s Theater at Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley. This year, Helena Brantley joined Lance Knobel at the helm as co-curator. Highlights included Joan Williams on class cluelessness, Ronald Rael on the architecture of border walls, and Rick Wilson on why “everything Trump touches dies.” The festival was attended by more than 400 people, many of whom came to its opening-night party at the Brower Center, participated in the new Living Room Conversations workshops hosted by JCC East Bay, and patronized the festival’s pop-up bookstore managed by Books Inc. In a feedback survey, 57% of festival-goers said the event was “Excellent” and 29% said it was “Very Good. ” Over 70% said they’d be very likely to recommend the festival to their friends. Read a recap and browse the photo galleries. Want to know more? Email Lance Knobel at email@example.com
Nov. 9, 2017: Emilie Raguso named Journalist of the Year
Nov. 2017: Berkeleyside wins Excellence, other SF Press Club awards
Berkeleyside was honored for overall excellence by the San Francisco Press Club. The Berkeleyside team won first-place awards in the digital media division for overall excellence, for breaking news, for coverage of the November 2016 election, for Frances Dinkelspiel’s series on the Premier Cru scandal, for Emilie Raguso’s feature on an injured bicycle rider, and Alix Wall’s story on Rubicon Bakery, among other awards. Read more about the awards.