Women indicate what sources they go to for news and information, and how frequently they rely on them.

This is the second in a series documenting our efforts to map the information needs of Oakland’s Latino immigrants. Click here for the first post on the climate of fear, misinformation and mistrust in media that we found in initial conversations with community leaders.

At first glance, Oakland may be…


In the past decade, misinformation has emerged as a leading threat to democracy and public health. And the news industry has invested in countering this ill. We have created fact-checking sites, verification organizations, and disinformation beats, and strengthened our skills in identifying misinformation.

But for Latino immigrants and many other…


A peek at how we organized our research into overcrowding’s impact on health using a virtual whiteboard with plenty of digital post-its.

By Sonya Lustig

Three months ago, El Tímpano began investigating the prevalence of overcrowded housing in Oakland’s Latino and Mayan immigrant communities and how those housing conditions affect the health of residents, throughout and beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We knew from the start that this project demanded an unconventional…


Community is at the heart of El Tímpano, our mission, and how we work. We began not by launching a website but by building relationships within Oakland’s Latino and Mayan immigrant communities, and working with residents, community leaders, and local partners to design local news with and for those communities…


Photo by Garrick Wong from a 2018 Journalism+Design workshop on the Bay Area’s housing crisis.

When Orlando Ruiz’s brother brought COVID-19 home from his janitorial job in May, self-isolation was out of the question. He lives in a house in East Oakland with his parents, brothers, and their families. …


In mid-summer, El Tímpano received a gut-punch of a message from an audience member. In a text in Spanish, she told us, essentially, “you always write the same — call such and such number. But they don’t pick up… Pure lies.”

In her typed words was the exasperation El Tímpano…


The waiting room at a resource clinic in East Oakland — one of the spaces where El Tímpano has conducted outreach with partners during the shelter-in-place order. (Photo by Henry Sales)

No puede uno trabajar. Lo están descansando y los biles y renta no esperan, pero si es por el bien de uno pues ni modo.

You can’t work. They are furloughing people and the bills and rent are due, but if it’s for your own good, what can you do?


By Madeleine Bair & Sophie Lan Hou

Since El Tímpano’s founding in 2018, we’ve relied on the expertise of our audience to shape our work. Our editorial decisions and distribution strategies have been directly informed by listening, closely, to the Latinx immigrants of Oakland on everything from what they want…


This blog was originally published on the Reynolds Journalism Institute website.

The fact that East Oakland is a media desert, particularly for immigrant residents, is clear. In the past two decades, the Latino immigrant community has grown faster than any other in the city. At the same time, options for…


At a workshop facilitated by El Tímpano, residents indicated what sources they go to for information they can count on.

Author’s note: Originally published on the Reynolds Journalism Institute website.

Where do you get news and information that’s relevant to you?

That’s what El Tímpano asked hundreds of Latino immigrants in Oakland, California, during an information needs assessment we conducted throughout the past year. …

Madeleine Bair

Journalist & civic media innovator. Oakland native. Cumbiambera.

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