The San Diego Free Press was started in June 2012, in association with the OB Rag, to bring San Diego news and commentary from a distinctively progressive and grassroots perspective to the greater San Diego and outlying areas. Our mission is to provide a forum for those views, just as we’ve done at the OB Rag, but on a larger scale.
We are, at present, an all volunteer organization. That may change as we evolve. We’re just gonna see where this takes us.
We are looking for local writers, bloggers and citizen journalists who may have their own websites and would like to expand their audience, or want to write about issues that affect them and their neighbors but don’t have an outlet. Please see below FAQ for First Time Contributors.
Reach us by email at Contact@SanDiegoFreePress.org
The San Diego Free Press is governed by an editorial board consisting of Brent Beltrán, Anna Daniels, Frank Gormlie, Patty Jones, Rich Kačmar, Annie Lane, Barbara Zaragoza & Doug Porter. We do this because we believe.
While we welcome press releases, we generally do not print them. We’re not doing this to repost PR blurbs for commercial enterprises. And we are totally uninterested in sponsored content of any kind.
If you are a progressively oriented activist or research organization and want your information to appear here, try writing something up that doesn’t sound like a press release. We do not have reporters in a traditional sense to dispatch to cover events or editors who can be pitched on stories.
About once a week we get comments/email taking us to task for not being “objective.” You would think that the “Progressive Views” part of our logo might be a clue. But some people just don’t get it.
We’re not objective, whatever that is. We don’t believe that it is even possible to write about anything without referencing ones values and worldview. We do, however, try to be honest.
FAQ for First Time Contributors:
San Diego Free Press gives preference to submissions about local and regional issues with a grassroots and progressive perspective.
Write about what you know and what you care about.
- We are an all-volunteer group of citizen journalists. No one gets paid at this time.
- You may be working with any one of our daily editors: Doug Porter, Anna Daniels, Annie Lane, Barbara Zaragoza or Rich Kačmar.
- Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We don’t publish every submission we receive.
Here’s what you need to know:
Please contact us directly if you wish to submit a video, photo-essay, poem or political cartoons.
- Most articles are around 1,200 words. You may write less. Please use spell check and edit carefully before you submit. It may take up to a week to post an article unless it is time sensitive. Please let us know in the subject line. Example: Submission — Time Sensitive.
- If you state something that is not a commonly known fact or as the basis of an argument, please provide links. If you can’t embed the link, paste it next to the sentence.
- You can send your articles as an attached document or cut and paste into body of an email. No PDFs.
- If you have personal images or have identified a fair use image, attach as a JPEG. We need to know the source of the image (name of photographer or the url of the specific image). We will not post the image without proper image attribution. Photographers deserve credit for their work.
- Provide a short biography. (3-4 sentences)
- We do not publish lengthy academic submissions. Please edit your submission for an audience of laypersons. Specialized vocabulary needs to be defined. Do not use footnotes. Use links instead and use them sparingly.
- Please understand that we will change headlines if necessary.
- If an article that originates at SDFP is reposted elsewhere, the SDFP origination must be cited. Also, for our own records, please let us know the name of the publication that used your work.
- We are a professional organization. That doesn’t mean we don’t make mistakes. If you take issue with your published article or find an editorial error, please contact us directly at email@example.com. Facebook and the public comment section of an article are not the appropriate places to resolve these issues.
- Ownership of an article is transferred to the San Diego Free Press upon publication. We do not “take down” published articles unless these narrow criteria are met:
1. The safety of the writer is in jeopardy
2. The article was improperly vetted by the author (hoax) or sent with intent to deceive (malicious)
3. Under very specific legal direction
If you have questions about submitting (in particular how to attach documents or attribute photos), please contact us for assistance.