San Francisco's Pacific News Service And New America Media Close After Nearly Half a Century

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The final edition of the Oakland Tribune is displayed in a newspaper rack on April 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. After a 142 years, the final edition of of the Oakland Tribune was printed today. The Bay Area News Group's flagship daily will be replaced with the East Bay Times, a consolidation of other Bay Area News Group papers.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In San Francisco in 1970, a China scholar and a group of freelance journalists founded the Pacific News Service to challenge the official U.S. narrative about the Vietnam War. The news service later launched New America Media, a collaboration of ethnic news organizations, and many other journalism projects. Pacific News Service and New America Media are closing this week. Executive Director Sandy Close joins Forum to discuss nearly half a century of ambitious journalism, and the changing media landscape.


Sandy Close, executive director, New America Media