New Voice For The City

by Randy Shaw on April 7, 2004

Welcome to Beyond Chron, the Voice of the Rest. We provide coverage of political and cultural issues often distorted or ignored by the Bay Area’s largest newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. Beyond Chron presents a critical look at the cutting edge issues of the day. Beyond Chron is published by the San Francisco-based Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Clinic Director Randy Shaw is the paper’s editor. Shaw is a longtime San Francisco activist who has published three books on activism, The Activist’s Handbook, Reclaiming America, and his new work, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. The University of California Press published all three books. Paul Hogarth is Beyond Chron’s managing editor. Hogarth is an activist and attorney who has been both a college journalist and a former elected official in Berkeley.

The Chronicle Has Failed Us

Beyond Chron began in April 2004 in response to the San Francisco Chronicle’s one-sided coverage of the Newsom-Gonzalez San Francisco mayoral runoff in 2003. Chronicle reportage was as fair and balanced as Fox News. Its subsequent coverage of Newsom’s first term was largely fawning, a sharp departure from its less than favorable treatment of the city’s three prior mayors. Unlike Fox News, whose mistruths are exposed on dozens of progressive blogs, prior to Beyond Chron the Chronicle’s daily bias went largely unscrutinized.

Since our founding, the Chronicle’s declining readership and low industry status has reduced its local impact. And Beyond Chron now extensively covers state and national issues.

During our five plus years, Beyond Chron has provided a resource for progressives to access information, countered mainstream media distortions, and built support for progressive campaigns.

Nationally, progressive blogs like act as truth squads, exposing politicians lies almost as soon as they are spun. Beyond Chron plays a similar role for local, state and national politics.

Beyond Chron will provide breaking stories, and will have the flexibility to get stories out well before the morning Chronicle. Readers who want the latest news can sign up to receive email updates.

We believe that a reliable, progressive daily news source is long overdue. If you agree, please take a minute and send an announcement about Beyond Chron to your e-mail list. Readers can play a major role in publicizing this site, and any assistance in building our audience is much appreciated.

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