Services and Resources for Journalists
By: Alex Cave
Thank you for your interest in San Francisco, which offers something for everyone to discover, explore, enjoy, celebrate and savor. At San Francisco Travel, we represent more than 1,700 businesses in and around San Francisco and assist thousands of journalists each year. Our goal is to assist you as quickly and thoroughly as possible. This is an outline of some of the services we provide to the media.
Public Relations Staff
Laurie Armstrong, Director Media Relations US & Canada
Phone: (415) 227-2615
Fax: (415) 227-2668
Angela Jackson, Director of Media Relations International
Phone: (415) 227-2603
Fax: (415) 227-2668
Alex Cave, Associate, Marketing Services & Media Relations
Phone: (415) 227-2681
Fax: (415) 227-2631
San Francisco Travel Website
Use our official website to download maps, find walking tours, discover background information or story ideas. San Francisco Travel also maintains special micro-sites with content on:
- Food and wine
- Arts & Culture
- Beyond the Bay
- Italian language Web site
- German language Web site
- Spanish language Web site
- Brazilian language Web site
- French language Web site
- Japanese language Web site
- Chinese language Web site
- Korean language Web site
San Francisco Travel Media Section
The Media section of the San Francisco Travel website, contains:
- Electronic Press Kit – Including a Fact Sheet and Recent & Coming Attractions
- “What’s New in San Francisco” – current and past editions are available
- Classic San Francisco Stories and other recent press releases
- Access to our Media Library with more than 400 images and videos
- A Request for Media Assistance form to submit – our staff will respond promptly
To sign up for San Francisco Travel’s press release RSS feed, click on the orange RSS feed button on the upper right-hand corner (under "Plan Your Next Trip"). Each time the site is updated, the information will be sent to your RSS subscriptions.
For an insider’s perspective, join more than 500,000 people who follow San Francisco Travel on Facebook, follow “OnlyinSF” on Twitter, and follow "OnlyinSF" on Pinterest.
San Francisco Travel has an online media library of hundreds of digital images, as well as stock video footage (b-roll) available for non-commercial use in promoting travel to San Francisco. To register for the media library, please visit http://barberstock.com/sanfranciscotravel. Requests will be answered promptly.
Visitor Information Center
For general information on activities, transportation and lodging in San Francisco, call our Visitor Information Center at (415) 391-2000. Visitors are also welcome to visit the Center at 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market Streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. The Visitor Planning Guide is available by contacting San Francisco Travel. To receive a copy by mail in the U.S., call (415) 391-2000, write to the San Francisco Travel Association, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102-2804; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The guide is also available online for viewing or may be ordered at www.sanfrancisco.travel. Domestic and international shipping charges apply.
Media Visits/Editorial Tours
If you are planning a visit to San Francisco and need assistance with story ideas or travel itineraries to San Francisco, please complete and return the Media Assistance Form at the earliest possible opportunity. The earlier you contact us, the more we may be able to assist you.
Once submitted, a member of the San Francisco Travel Media Relations team will respond via email within 24-48 hours.
We require a three -week notice, longer for visits during our busier months (June-October). Requests for complimentary or press-rated accommodations are handled on an individual basis. Specific dates must be provided before accommodations can be arranged.
San Francisco Travel is not able to pay for airfare to bring journalists to San Francisco, nor can we guarantee complimentary ground transportation. If complimentary meals or tours are arranged for you, a gratuity of 18-20 percent to the server or guide is customary.
If you are planning to shoot film or video in public places in San Francisco, you must contact the City of San Francisco Film Commission for a Film Permit. City of San Francisco Film Commission, (415) 554-6241. The Film Commission is not associated with the San Francisco Travel Association.
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Media Assistance Form
> For assistance with story ideas or travel itineraries to San Francisco, please complete and return the Media Assistance Form.
> Once submitted, a member of the San Francisco Travel Media Relations team will respond via email within 24-48 hours. For immediate assistance with U.S. and Canadian requests, please contact Laurie Armstrong at email@example.com. For all requests outside of the U.S. and Canada, please contact Angela Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.