A nonprofit newsroom for Richmond

People across Richmond want more reliable, independent news about what’s happening in their city. We’re launching a free nonprofit news outlet to serve residents with original local reporting and information about Richmond and what makes this city unique.

Welcome to Richmondside.

Meet the newsroom

Cityside, the nonprofit publisher of Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside, has assembled a talented and passionate team of journalists for its third local newsroom, Richmondside, which will begin publishing this summer. The group is led by Kari Hulac, a longtime Bay Area journalist who will serve the newsroom as its founding editor-in-chief. Joining her is staff reporter Joel Umanzor, a Richmond local. The launch team is rounded out by two summer reporting interns, Holly McDede and David Moreno.

Read more about the team.

Clockwise from upper left: Richmondside editor-in-chief Kari Hulac, reporting interest David Meza and Holly McDede, and staff reporter Joel Umanzor. Credits: Kelly Sullivan, D.M., H.M., J.U.

About Cityside

It all started in late 2009 when three journalist friends living in Berkeley, CA, decided to address the information gap in their city by starting a digital-only local news site called Berkeleyside. Fast-forward to 2019, and in collaboration with new partners and leaders, they launched the Cityside Journalism Initiative to bring more great local journalism to the Bay Area. Berkeleyside has been joined by Nosh, providing news about the East Bay’s dynamic food scene, and The Oaklandside, which launched during the pandemic lockdown in June 2020 to serve Oaklanders. Together, those outlets reach more than 500,000 people in the East Bay every month. Cityside is now excited to add Richmondside to the line-up of communities we serve. Learn more about Cityside.

As a nonprofit newsroom, Richmondside depends on support from the community. Your tax-deductible donation will fund quality journalism that makes an impact.

How we’re building Richmondside with community input

Starting in spring 2023, Cityside began a concerted listening effort in Richmond. As part of the program, we hired four community listening consultants with deep connections to the city. We talked with more than 200 people from across Richmond to learn what they want and need from local news.

We want to hear from you

Tell us what you think

Meeting up

We’re holding informal meetups at coffee shops, cafes, beer gardens and bars across Richmond so we can chat with Richmonders to hear what you want from Richmondside.

Two took place in 2023, at Kaleidoscope Coffee and The Backyard, and we’ll be announcing new 2024 dates here, and in our newsletter. (Sign up for the free newsletter.)

Have a suggestion as to where we should hold a meetup? Email us at hello@richmondside.org

FAQs

Who is behind Richmondside? 

Cityside Journalism Initiative is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization that is launching Richmondside. We already run Berkeleyside (launched in 2009) and The Oaklandside (launched in 2020). Learn more about Cityside.

Where does your money come from? 

Our nonprofit model relies on four main sources of funding to support our journalism: We get grants from national and local foundations; we get support from individual donors, mostly located in the East Bay; readers donate through membership (Oaklandside and Berkeleyside between them have nearly 8,000 members); and we get sponsorship revenue from mostly local businesses and organizations.  

Some of the launch funding for Richmondside has come from the Google News Initiative and the Hellman Foundation. All of Cityside’s donors who have given more than $1,000 are publicly disclosed.  

Are you affiliated with any Richmond organizations?

Richmondside, and its parent nonprofit organization Cityside, are completely independent of any external organizations. 

There are already news outlets serving Richmond. What is your relationship with them?

We believe in collaboration, not competition. We think more journalism is better than less journalism and so we aim to add to good reporting already being done in Richmond. We look forward to collaborating with others who are already addressing Richmond’s information needs.

Why aren’t you reporting anything yet? 

We’re eager to get started reporting for Richmonders! We need do the necessary preparatory work first, including putting the finishing touches on our website and getting the right newsroom staff in place.

What are you planning to report on?

The goal of our community listening work was to learn about the information needs of Richmonders. The feedback many Richmonders have provided us (and we want to hear more from you!) will help us determine our reporting priorities from the start. We know we won’t be able to cover everything right away, but if we get the support needed to build our Richmond newsroom, we will expand our coverage in line with Richmonders’ needs.

Who have you been speaking to in Richmond? 

We started our community listening efforts in Richmond in the spring of 2023. We hired four Richmonders to help us with one-on-one interviews, and we held a number of virtual group meetings as well. We’ve spoken to more than 200 people in Richmond, so far. Learn more about our listening work.

Where will you be based? 

We’ll have a newsroom in Richmond. We’re still trying to figure out where. 

Are you hiring?

We do not currently have any job openings.

I still have questions. How can I find out more about Richmondside?

Sign up for our Richmondside newsletter where we will be providing updates about our plans and progress. You can also reach out directly to the newsroom at hello@richmondside.org.