The Warning Horn in San Francisco is the official student weekly newspaper, sponsored by ASUSF. The warning horn was built in 1903 and was first called Ignatian. In the 1930s, when the name of the university was changed, the newspaper became San Francisco Foghorn. The warning horn has played a significant role in the campus over the years, and has some famous alumni: Pierre Salinger, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle and press secretary, President John F. Kennedy; famous writer and historian Kevin Starr; and Leo McCarthy (Leo T., former Lieutenant Governor of California. In 1961, Foghorn won the "Pacemaker Award" from the American Newspaper Publishers Association. In 1998, Midland Social Publishing House named it "Best University Paper of the Year".
From 1977, the USF radio station KUSF broadcasted online until 2011, when it sold its license to the classical radio station in Southern California. KUSF's music programs are rich and varied, from rock to hip-hop to world music, which have won international attention. Its weekly community service series has won numerous awards, including public service awards. KDNZ, another USF radio station, is run by students.
The University of San Francisco TV station USFTV was established in 2006 and is entirely run by students, and broadcasts on Channel 35 around the dormitory and campus, including news, sports and cultural programs. In 2008, USFtv students collaborated with Wyclef Jean to make a music video for his song "If I were the President".
Ignatian is USF's annual literary magazine, published every spring, with a wide range of content, from philosophical works to personal essays, short stories, poetry and photography.