Jessica Kraft on Muck Rack

Jessica Kraft

San Francisco, CA
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Writer w/bylines @NYTimes @theatlantic, @KQED, @politicofocus, @batterysf. Working Mom + artist @motherwhelmed. On a continuum between kitsch and transcendent.

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I’m a journalist and graphic artist based in San Francisco. I cover health, sustainability, art and culture (and sometimes law, science and tech). My bylines include the, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian,

What was your first job as a journalist?

As a contributor to the alternative weekly East Bay Express, I broke the story about California’s 2012 campaign to label GMOs and conducted investigations into toxic art materials, incense burning and food waste in the Bay Area.

How is social media changing news?

It is becoming the mainstream channel by which we are all informed.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

Keep in mind that a free and independent press is good for everyone. It keeps democracy healthy and resilient, and it keeps power in check. PR is only good for the institution or person for which it stands. Consider this when you review any written material, including sponsored content and advertising. Who is it trying to help? If it’s true journalism, it’s trying to help everyone, for the public good.