Nonprofit Newspaper El Tecolote Celebrates Golden Anniversary, After Starting at SF State in 1970

Monday, September 14, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- What started as a La Raza journalism course at San Francisco State University’s La Raza Studies Department — a department offering perspective of the Spanish-Indian experience in the Americas — has grown into a key source of information for Latino and other underrepresented communities.

The project of La Raza journalism was started in the spring of 1970 by Juan Gonzales, who graduated from SFSU with a Journalism degree, during the end of the successful SFSU student strike for the establishment of a College of Ethnic Studies. Because the La Raza Studies Department was still in its infancy with curriculum development, Gonzales was asked by instructors to create and teach the course.