The San Antonio Heron aims to strengthen the democratic process in San Antonio with explanatory and analytical journalism, while mentoring students interested in serving their community through storytelling.
The Heron is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 83-1163274).
What we do
The Heron is a nonprofit nonpartisan newsroom that produces thorough, thought-provoking and unbiased journalism about downtown San Antonio development and the ripple effect it has on inner city neighborhoods.
Through our content and events, and on social media, we have moderated the ongoing progress vs. preservation discussion in San Antonio.
The Heron launched in June 2018. We are dedicated to producing thoroughly-reported and clearly-written stories. Our goal for every story is to gather all the facts and opinions and present them in an objective way so the reader decides on their own how they feel about the issue.
Through meaty analysis and deep dives, we strive to answer the following questions: How and why is downtown San Antonio changing? What’s the impact on nearby communities, especially vulnerable ones? Who’s benefitting and who’s not from the growth? How does San Antonio grow as a city while maintaining its unique culture?
Our second objective is the “how?” We aim to raise the standard for journalism in San Antonio by embracing a reader-first philosophy, while obsessing over objectivity and fairness. Our third goal is to create an internship program for San Antonio students who may want to pursue writing and photography. We’d like to create a pipeline of local talent so local kids can serve their communities through storytelling.
Simply put, we exist to inform our readers. That is our only obligation. We do not produce our journalism for personal gain, for awards, nor for vanity.