SF Weekly is a free alternative weekly newspaper in San Francisco, California. The newspaper, distributed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area every Wednesday, is published by the San Francisco Newspaper Company. Founded locally in the mid-1980s and bought by Village Voice Media (then New Times Media) in 1995, SF Weekly has garnered notable national journalism awards. The paper sponsored the SF Weekly Music Awards, also known as the "Wammies."
In September 2012, Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Media's papers and associated web properties from its founders and formed Voice Media Group. Four months later, SF Weekly was sold to The San Francisco Media Company, owners of The San Francisco Examiner and long-time rivals San Francisco Bay Guardian, giving the publishers control of three of the four major English-language newspapers in San Francisco. In 2014, San Francisco Media Co. became fully owned by Black Press.
- News: includes local, regional and sometimes statewide short and longform news stories.
- Arts and Entertainment: includes a weekly calendar, city events listings, a music section with a weekly music column, several music features, show previews, and CD reviews. The section also includes a bi-monthly Books and Arts section, a food column, film reviews, theater reviews, the bar and cocktail column Distillations, as well as Dan Savage's syndicated sex advice column Savage Love, and astrology chart Free Will Astrology.
- Online Offerings: The Snitch news blog, All Shook Down music blog, the SFoodie food blog, and The Exhibitionist arts blog. All offer daily news and posts.
With an October 30, 2007 Op-Ed blog entitled "SF's Needs to Kill Its Armenian Genocide Resolution", Benjamin Wachs stirred controversy due to remarks deemed to be extremely offensive by descendants of survivors of the genocide by pondering what gift would most appropriate for his girlfriend to celebrate Armenian Genocide Day. The Weekly's former web editor David Downs responded by musing "If there was a genocide, then why is there so many left of you around to bitch?"
The SF Weekly was the subject of ethical controversy in Jan., 2006, when a column about the AVN porn awards misidentified the event's location and honorees. The paper's editor had apparently altered a column about a different event from years before.
Bay Guardian Company, Inc. v SF Weekly, et al.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian, another free alternative weekly newspaper distributed every Wednesday in the San Francisco Bay Area, sued SF Weekly in civil court, alleging that it tried to put the Bay Guardian out of business by selling ads below cost. The Guardian won the suit in March, 2008, and was granted a $6.2 million in damages, a figure that swelled to $21 million with antitrust penalties and interest by June 2010. After the verdict, the Guardian obtained court orders allowing it to seize and sell the Weekly′s two delivery trucks and collect half of the Weekly′s ad revenue.
SF Weekly currently occupies the 17th floor of 225 Bush Street. Previous locations included Suite 710 in the 55 Francisco Street building, Suite 3800 of 185 Berry Street (China Basin Landing) and 425 Brannan Street.
- 2002: Investigative Reporting: (Above 54,000) 1st Place: "Fallout" by Lisa Davis and John Mecklin, SF Weekly
- 2004: Investigative Reporting: (Above 50,000) 1st Place (tie): "Death, Maiming, Money, and Muni" by Peter Byrne, SF Weekly
- 2004: News Story: (Above 50,000) 1st Place: Lisa Davis, SF Weekly
- 2008: Cover Design: (Above 50,000) 1st Place: Darrick Rainey, "Wheelchairs of Fortune" July 25 2007; "Just Say No" May 23 2007, "Future Games" April 27 2007, SF Weekly
- 2009: News Story: (Above 50,000) 1st Place: "Snitch" by Ashley Harrell, SF Weekly
- National Society of Newspaper Columnists
- 2009: Humor: 1st Place: Katy St. Clair, Bouncer