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Lila LaHood, the operations manager of the San Francisco Public Press, stands outside the Ferry Building marketplace in San Francisco, hawking the paper, which does not contain ads. (Kevin Sullivan/Here & Now)
Lila LaHood, the operations manager of the San Francisco Public Press, stands outside the Ferry Building marketplace in San Francisco, hawking the paper, which does not contain ads. (Kevin Sullivan/Here & Now)

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Lila LaHood, operations and development director for the San Francisco Public Press


The San Francisco Public Press, which runs a news website and publishes a quarterly newspaper, has come up with a unique way to deal with the drop in newspaper ad sales: get rid of them.

The non-profit group, which launched in 2007, decided that instead of paying the bills through advertising, it would use the public radio membership model. It's a small venture, relying mainly on volunteers, some grant money, and a cadre of freelancers. But Lila LaHood, the paper's operations and development director, says the paper is filling a void left by the loss of nearly half the journalism jobs in the Bay Area of the past decade.

The San Francisco Press, which carries no ads.
The San Francisco Press, which carries no ads.

This segment aired on June 3, 2011.

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