By Tim Redmond
48hills is taking a short summer vacation break. Since we’re such a small operation, with minimal staff, the only way we (well, I) get any time off with my kids is to put things on hold for two weeks.
We will be back after Aug. 1, with lots of big news – and this fall, a redesign of the site to make it look more like a newspaper, which it is, and less like a blog.
We’ve been at this a little more than six months. I launched the site as a digital daily in December, and the response has been amazing. I am so thrilled with the level of community support we’ve gotten – while I’m working on selling ads and (I hope) getting grants, so far 48hills exists because of you. We are, at this point, entirely funded by donations.
The IRS has approved our 501 c 3 application, so all contributions are tax deductible.
We’ve accomplished a lot in a little time. Since the launch, here are some of the big stories we’ve done:
We did the reporting legwork and broke the story of the sex scandal at St. Francis church (which the Chron’s Matier and Ross picked up with no credit)
We investigated how Airbnb got a pass from the city for so many years
We helped sponsor a major forum on housing issues, leading to this
We investigated the stunning story of a local golf club that still discriminates against women
We broke the story of how much the city is losing in tax deferrals
We broke the story of the gunshots that killed Alex Nieto
And so, so much more.
And all the while, Caitlin Donohue told you the best and most fun things to do every day.
My goal is to turn 48hills into a sustainable digital daily newspaper, and we’re off to a great start. See you in a couple weeks.