El Tecolote is the voice of San Francisco’s “pueblo.” We answer questions and report on news that shape the lives of Latinx people who live or work in the city. Located in the heart of Mission District, we document and amplify the community’s vibrant role in the city’s political, art and cultural scene.

What We Do

We are a bilingual publication focused on local news, arts and culture. You can find our work on our daily website and social media, weekly newsletter, monthly podcast and our bi-weekly print newspaper. With a circulation of 7,000, El Tecolote is the longest running bilingual (English/Spanish) newspaper in California.

Who We Are

Our team is a mix of journalists, artists, academics, volunteers and community members who believe community media has the power to strengthen underserved or marginalized groups.

Our History

Our newsroom is rooted in a legacy of grassroots, community journalism. In the 70s, Professor Juan Gonzales created a La Raza Studies class at San Francisco State University as a way to channel more Latino people into journalism careers. The final project was to create a bilingual newspaper in English and Spanish. The first edition of El Tecolote hit the streets on August 24, 1970.


We pride ourselves in training the next generation of journalists. If you’re a student or community member interested in receiving hands-on training in digital-first, multi-platform and multimedia journalism, join us!

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2024 cohort. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to erika@eltecolote.org.