Thirty San Francisco news organizations are devoting resources to an effort to flood local media with coverage of homelessness in the city, The New York Times writes. Participants in the unusually large collaboration, spearheaded by the San Francisco Chronicle and including nonprofits such as public broadcaster KQED and progressive magazine Mother Jones, will collectively publish and air their reports on June 29.
The Chronicle will focus on the issue for a week, dispensing with traditional article formats and venturing into advocacy journalism to put forward ideas to address the problem. Audrey Cooper, the daily’s editor in chief, said the idea is to create a “wave” of coverage that forces politicians to take action. “You will not be able to log onto Facebook, turn on the radio, watch TV, read a newspaper, log onto Twitter without seeing a story about the causes and solutions to homelessness,” she said.