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Courtesy of Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel/size adjusted from originals

Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel are the co-founders of the "hyper-local" news site Berkeleyside.com and Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.

Leslie Wong, used under CC BY, cropped

Bay Area journalism suffered a strong jolt, earlier this month. The Bay Area News Group has been an epicenter of local coverage for decades, publishing the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune, and the Contra Costa Times, among others.

The Point Reyes Light, a weekly newspaper in West Marin, is known for a lot of things. It won a Pulitzer Prize, it’s done muckraking reporting on a local cult, and riled up residents with its change in ownership. But these days, one of its most popular features is a police log that transforms people’s worries into something close to literature.

An excerpt from The Point Reyes Light Sheriff's Calls: An oak tree was reportedly dying, its debris crumbling into the roadway