About Us

The Bold Italic is an online magazine, shop, and events hub in San Francisco. We celebrate the free-wheeling spirit of the city.

We are a chorus of voices. The Bold Italic publishes first person stories by locals on issues and topics that are on the brains and lips of San Franciscans. We are not a news site, we’re a hub for conversations to be heard and discussed. Some of the pieces we publish will make you laugh. Some will have you nodding your head in agreement. And others will completely piss you off. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of The Bold Italic, but they are the true opinions, experiences, and thoughts of writers from the diverse community we live amongst. Whatever feelings our stories incite, we hope our continuing conversation will get you thinking, talking, and inspire you to share your opinions with us on living in San Francisco. If you’ve got a compelling story or perspective to share, we want to hear it. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how to contribute your story.

We support businesses. The merchants, food carts, coffee shops, galleries, bars, and bookstores we patronize everyday are an undeniable part of how we understand and define our lives, personal spaces, and communities. It’s our mission to commemorate the greatness, beauty, innovation, and heart involved in doing business.

We inspire you to live life out in the city. There are amazing things happening around you. The content,events, and products we offer are designed to invite you to get off the computer and take part in the experiences right outside your door.

We help localize brands. Through our storytelling and bespoke experiences, we create authentic connections that bring brands to life at a personal level.

We know design matters. We understand that beautiful design uplifts. We enhance, provide valuable context, and extend the reach of our content with original illustration, photography, and thoughtful graphic design.

The Bold Italic is owned by Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI).


Partner With Us

Whether you want to talk to us about advertising, sponsorships, or custom campaigns, we’re here for you.

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in getting your product in our online shop, email shop@thebolditalic.com.

Send Us Story Ideas

Know of something we should write about? Or want to pitch us a conceptual photo essay?

Do Tell

Make Us Famous

Have a press or media-related question? Want to see our media kit?

Ask Away


Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

The Bold Italic is always striving to combine unique content, groundbreaking design, and exclusive events that
inspire our readers to get out and experience the city. With a curated lens on all things San Francisco, we have
the attention of avid city readers, social conveners, and creative professionals.

Have a unique message that begs for to be told? Get the attention of our audience through our website, blog,
active social media channels, newsletter, and curated online shop. If you’d prefer to reach people face to face in
the real world, partner with us on an event, let us help you craft your own, or host your next fete in our 3,300
square foot event space.

Have an idea? Want to chat? So do we.

Get our Media Kit


Meet the Team

Nice to meet you.

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Laura Ramos

Executive Producer

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Sarah Han

Content Director

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Jennifer Maerz

Managing Producer

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Taylor Reid

Shop Manager, Office Coordinator

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Lauryn McCarthy

Business Development  

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Ellen Black

Director of Events  

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Wendy Steiner

Content Coordinator

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Isla Bell Murray


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Jessica Saia

Visual Producer

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Melissa Small

Design Director

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Max Kirchoff

Development Director


Jobs At The Bold Italic

Freelance for us

Are you a writer, designer, illustrator, or photographer living in SF with a compelling point of view? Send us clips and a pitch about why your story should be heard or seen. We’re looking for all types of first-person perspective pieces, including satire, editorials, conceptual photo essays, infographics, and more (At this time, we do not print fiction or poetry). Note: we don’t have to agree with your opinion, but we do have to like your writing, photos, or design work.