We tell the real story of Oakland through news & community voices --& train people in Oakland--small biz, non-profits, to be visible online
Oakland Local is the independent, non-profit news resource for what’s happening in education, city government, food, innovative tech, arts & culture, youth & more in Oakland. We are journalists, educators, women, people of color and entrepreneurs funded by Google, the Investigative News Network, the California Endowment Foundation, the GW Williams Institute for Investigative Reporting and more.
WE NEED YOUR HELP SO WE CAN TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS AMAZING CITY WE LIVE IN--AND THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IMPROVE
Our programs include Oakland Local Academy (hands-on training for non-profits, community & youth), Oakland Local.com (daily news & community voices with high civic engagement), Hack the Hood/Get your business online (youth media/tech training to support job readiness & economic development) Oakland News Cafe (monthly civic events and forums on topical issues) and Code for Oakland, an annual civic hackathon we helped found and run.
We are the authentic voices of Oakland. Our contributors live across the city and range in age from 17-75. We publish diverse viewpoints from a winde range of people drawn together by their passion to reflect the real Oakland and tell the stories that should be told and are not. We publish community voices and professional reporters and we love youth and beginners as well as OGs and experienced folks.
We are pro-small and local business. We're all about shopping locally and helping merchants, artisans and small business people use our site and our classes and programs to connect to community who will buy from their and keep and bring money and jobs into the community. We celebrate Oakland innovators, workers, and business folks, because they are us.
We make connections across silos and sectors. Oakland Local has been involved in programs that bring together techies and local residents (Code for Oakland), small business people and social media marketers (Hack the Hood), concerned citizens and subject matter experts (Oakland News Cafe) and people who want to learn new skills (Oakland Local Academy).
.We have a big footprint to tell the story of Oakland. OL's content is distributed across the web via Yahoo! News, KQED, SFGate, New America Media, The Media Consortium, and other partners. Our team speaks at national conferences about building a sustainable--and scrappy--non-profit business model here in Oakland that is diverse and inclusive; we also train attendees in using media and tech at conferences organized by Netroots Nation, The John and James L Knight Foundation SF State/Renaissance Journalism Center and others.
We need community support to tell the stories and do the trainings we do. Donate here to fund our stories and trainings; all donations are tax deductible. Or consider how we can help you tell your story to our community and make new business connections.
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