In an article that appears on the dead-tree pages of today’s San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Caleb Garling writes about the inspiration and economics behind several “hyperlocal” San Francisco neighborhood blogs, including Bernalwood.
Along the way, he also reveals the secret weapon that enables Bernalwood to provide our coverage of Bernal Heights: You!
Todd Lappin, who runs Bernalwood, has occasional unpaid contributors but writes most of the posts about Bernal Heights himself. As with other blog editors, though, he notes that most of his stories are sourced from helpful neighbors.
“I’ve never told everyone (in Bernal Heights) that they’re the reporters, but they are,” he says.
An example: In late January, the Queen’s Nails Gallery caught on fire. Lappin says that within an hour, neighbors had sent him photos of damage inside the gallery, photos of emergency workers outside the gallery and first-person accounts of the events – all making for a pretty complete and informative post about the fire.
“And I hadn’t left my house,” he laughs. “That’s pretty consistent. I act more like an editor and curator and packager. … (The residents) step up.”
It’s true, of course. And I’m very grateful for it. Bernalwood depends on our vigilant neighbor-reporters to keep you up to date about what’s happening on the streets of Bernal Heights.
That’s why we always always always appreciate your tips, comments, timely insights, and awesome photographs. Keep them coming! The Bernalwood Action News Team is ready to roll; just drop a line and send your photos directly to the Editor’s Lounge at bernalwood *at* gmail *dot* com or tweet us @bernalwood.
PHOTO: Base image by Adrian Mendoza