El Tecolote began as a project in a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University on August 24, 1970. Professor Juan Gonzales created the class as a way to channel more Latinos into journalism. At that time Latinos and other people of color were virtually invisible in the major newsrooms.
The newspaper soon moved into the Mission District, becoming a training ground for advocacy journalism, and playing an important role in the community by covering issues often ignored by the mainstream press.
From the beginning, El Tecolote has been a community effort, powered by donations and a staff of dedicated volunteers. Today it’s a biweekly publication with a circulation of 10,000, and is the longest running Spanish/English bilingual newspaper in California. El Tecolote is also a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association and a founding member of New America Media, a national network of ethnic news media.
“Given the lengthy and important history of ethnic, community and independent media in this country, it’s an honor to continue the legacy of this newspaper. We could not do this without the support of our community and dedicated volunteers.” – Alexis Terrazas, El Tecolote Editor-in-Chief.