Public Media Potluck - 2019 - San Francisco

Build the next generation of Public Media together at the two day "Public Media Potluck". Share ideas, projects, and stories of success and failure with different public media product teams from around the country. Have a bigger impact by tackling issues facing public media organizations of all sizes and types of digital sophistication. This collective, coordinated effort will ensure you're solving problems that benefit more than just "our team", while also reaping the same efficiency benefits from other products and teams. The goal is to stop reinventing the wheel, at every program and station, to work together more, and to share technology.

We are in the process of formulating what topics to focus on for this meetup. Please use contact form below to give us suggestions!

If you'd like to contact the team organizing the Potluck, the best way to do that is via this form.

Where and When

January 17-18, 2019 (Thursday-Friday)

Please RSVP by Friday, December 21 via the Evite

Note: Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr holiday for those who may want to turn the trip into a long weekend in San Francisco.

2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


Cost and tickets

It's 100% free! But we still need you to RVSP by the deadline of Friday, December 21 here:

Getting There

If you're flying in, both SFO and OAK are accessible to public transportation. Nearest BART Station to KQED is Mission 16th Street.

San Francisco Internation Airport (SFO)

Oakland Internation Airport (OAK)

Schedule (tentative):

Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:30 – 4pm program, group dinner out

Analytics and Business Intelligence: The Path towards Data-Driven Newsrooms
A discussion of how to move beyond pageviews and spreadsheets, and into regularly-delivered metrics that keep your colleagues informed, and lead to newsroom success.

Process! Process! Process!

Friday January 18, 2019, 8:30 – 4pm

Smart speakers

Earnest Collaboration
What shared problems/challenges do we all have that we'd like collaboration on? Propose a topic, or join a topic in a breakout session here.


Please note that KQED, 2601 Mariposa Street between Bryant and York Streets in San Francisco's Mission District, is located in a primarily residential neighborhood, and there are no hotels within close walking distance. Hotels downtown or South of Market (SOMA) are about 15-20 minutes by taxi or rideshare.

If you want to try to stay closer to KQED, we recommend trying AirBNB.

Downtown SF: Hotel Zetta, Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

There is one boutique hotel that is a little closer than downtown, the Parker Guest House. As of Dec 11 they still had rooms available, prices per night start at $199.

If you are entering addresses in GPS for streets in the Mission District or Downtown that are named with numbers (for example 17th Street), be sure you enter Street and not Avenue. You will end up in a very far away neighborhood if you accidentally use Avenue!

Places of Interest

Trip Advisor - Things to Do in San Francisco

Trip Advisor - Top Things to Do in the Mission District

FunCheap SF

Head to the 3rd Floor Lunchroom at KQED for a view of the new Salesforce Tower! (fog permitting)

This event conflicts with the Thursday evening dinner, but Thursday, Jan 17, 5-10pm is Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa downtown.


Light breakfast and box lunches will be provided at KQED on Thursday and Friday. Please let us know about any food allergies via the Evite, by the December 21 RSVP deadline.

Below are some local eateries:

Yelp's Top 10 Restaurants Close to KQED

Great nearby market with takeout Gus's Community Market 2111 Harrison St. at 17th Street (two-three blocks)

Safeway and some fast-food restaurants at Potrero Center, a two-block walk from KQED at 16th Street and Potrero


Closest Dive Bar to KQED: Mission Hill Saloon 491 Potrero Ave at Mariposa

Some Other Favorite KQED Drinking Spots Within Walking Distance:
The Homestead 2301 Folsom St at 19th Street
Asiento 2730 21st St at Bryant Street
Southern Pacific Brewing 620 Treat Ave off 20th Street
Jay 'n Bee Club 2736 20th St at York St.
Il Pirata 2007 16th St between Potrero and Utah Streets
Double Play Bar & Grill – Sports Bar 2401 16th St at Bryant