You may have noticed that Hoodline's articles often cite one or more neighborhood "tipsters" who've written in to let us know about neighborhood happenings. We often use those inquiries and reports as the jumping-off point for our coverage.
"I was walking home from the Toronado tonight shortly before 2am only to discover police cars surrounding a completely flipped over car on Haight Street between Fillmore and Webster." — Greg B. [Our story]
"I just noticed a new gelato shop open on Haight St, between Cole and Shrader (north side of the street)." — Chris [Our story]
"The water quality in the Outer Richmond has declined rapidly over the last week ... Attached is a picture of my bathroom sink from yesterday." — Jeffrey K. [Our story]
"Do you guys know what's going on with Morty's Deli in the Tenderloin? They've been closed for a few weeks ... Really hoping this is only temporary." — Sam [Our story]
We're always on the lookout for local news to report, but we know that our readers pound the pavement every day as they go to work, run errands, and chat with neighbors and local businesses. Local residents can quickly recognize retail shuffles or neighborhood permit notifications, catch photos of a late-night fire or collision, and provide progress updates as new buildings rise, restaurants open and close, and criminal activity ebbs and flows.
In the last two years we've received 2,000+ tips from more than 1,400 unique tipsters across the city. Our readers are our most valuable connection to local neighborhoods, and we want to make it as easy and rewarding as possible for them (you!) to connect with us.
We offer multiple channels for readers to send us tips, including an email tipline (firstname.lastname@example.org), "Submit a Tip" form on our website and app, and the option to message us via Twitter and Facebook. Our editors see every tip that comes in, and can respond with further information, ask for more details, or even connect tipsters with Hoodline reporters who can investigate further.
There's no tip too large or small, but do we especially love when tipsters include photos, so if you see something happening in your neighborhood, don't forget to grab your camera or smartphone to document the action. If your tip leads to a story, we'll mention you in our article (usually by first name and last initial, although you can also tip anonymously or using your full name), and you'll rest easy knowing you pitched in to help your local neighborhood news operation grow and thrive.
In conclusion, we hereby declare today to be Tipster Appreciation Day: write in with a hot tip that we can turn into a Hoodline story today (May 3rd), and we'll send you an official Hoodline hoodie to show how much it means to us.