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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Do You Miss The SF Bay Guardian? A Final Issue Is Hitting the Streets Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:18 AM

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It's been three months since the city's progressive paper folded. What have those exiled Guardianistas been doing since you ask? 

Making a Goddamn newspaper, that's what. 

This Thursday, the San Francisco Bay Guardian will "come back to life" when it the Guardian-in-Exile Project’s commemorative final print edition hits the streets. It's a fun way to celebrate the newspaper’s 48-year history of "printing the news and raising hell" while discussing all that went down upon the paper's abrupt closure and what's next for the Guardian family. 

According to former staffers, the 24-page issue was produced by the former Guardian staffers themselves and bankrolled by Guardian readers and people in the community. The Guardian-in-Exile Project is sponsored by the nonprofit San Francisco Public Press, which will distribute the commemorative issue as an insert to its Winter 2015 edition, available January 22 at bookstores and other outlets around town. 

The Guardianistas will also be out on the street handing out several thousand more copies as well as making "renegade newspaper drops" around the city.

Here's what the Exile staff has to say about it:
In the issue, [Steve] Jones and News Editor, Rebecca Bowe, write articles examining SFMC and the other players in town who might have played roles in the death of the Guardian, also looking at the history and future of the Guardian and progressive journalism. Guardian founders Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble and its longtime Executive Editor Tim Redmond write touching tributes to the Guardian, its unique mission, and its community. Reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez covers a tough year for the left in San Francisco, professor Jason Henderson concludes his Street Fight column, and journalist Chris Cook outlines next steps for the progressive movement.

On October 14,2014,  the Guardian's owners, the San Francisco Media Co. decided to shut down the progressive institution, claiming it wasn't a financially feasible product. Of course, the progressive community didn't take it well. 

"Now, the Guardian’s journalists will have the final word, not the corporation that took over the locally owned paper in 2012," the staff said in a statement released this morning. 

“The sudden shutdown of the Guardian shocked us and our community, but we knew right away that it wasn’t over yet,” Jones said. “Immediately, we went to work securing our archives, looking for ways to continue the Guardian, and producing a final issue. We wanted to report on the circumstances of our demise, bring some perspective to the important role the Guardian has played, lay out possibilities to revive the Guardian, and say goodbye to our readers, at least for now.”

You can also see a electronic edition of the Guardian Commemorative Edition at GumRoad today. Readers can pay what they wish to download the issue and will also have the option to download an extended edition with 20-plus more pages of Guardian memories. You can get a Guardian-in-Exile T-shirt, too! 

Meanwhile, the former staff is in negotiations with SFMC to get access to the paper's archives and digital archives dating from 1982. 

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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