Renaissance Journalism invites Bay Area journalists and news organizations to host an “On the Table” mealtime conversation with community residents in 2018 to discuss the housing crisis.
Even San Franciscans accustomed to hearing complaints about soaring housing costs were taken aback when Fiona Gray declared that she might be forced to leave the city.
She is, after all, a cheery-faced Mission High School student still living at home with her parents.
Sitting at a dinner table with her father, James Gray, and other Bay Area residents, Fiona was glum about what the present crisis in housing spells for her future. Many classmates are homeless and depend on free school meals. Homelessness, in effect, had become “normalized” at Mission High, she explained.
The Bay Area Media Collaborative (BAMC) is Renaissance Journalism's three-year initiative to test an innovative model of collaborative, community-centered journalism. This ambitious effort seeks to inspire and support journalists from diverse news organizations to work collaboratively as they investigate the region’s most pressing problems—and in the process, produce powerful journalism with far-reaching impact. To begin, the Bay Area Media Collaborative will tackle the complex housing crisis. Check out BAMC's upcoming events calendar.