Monday, March 13, 2017

Examiner editor Howerton leaving to work for SF supervisor; Andersen and Dudnick move up

Michael Howerton
Michael Howerton, editor in chief of the San Francisco Examiner and vice president of editorial for San Francisco Media Company, where he also oversees the SF Weekly, has been tapped to serve as chief of staff for Board of Supervisors President London Breed, according to a report in the Examiner.

Gregory Andersen, previously the Examiner’s managing editor, has been promoted to editor in chief. Laura Dudnick, the paper’s city editor, will become the new managing editor.

“After three great years leading the Examiner and SF Weekly, it’s tough to leave,” Howerton said. “The work our reporters do at both papers is essential to the functioning of The City, and I have been proud to be part of that. But I leave both papers in great hands with talented newsrooms, and I look forward to following their coverage.”

Howerton is a member of the San Francisco Press Club’s board of directors and Dudnick is a former member of the board.

Howerton’s career in newspapers spans two decades. A San Francisco native, he has worked as editor in chief of the Examiner since April 2014, and previously held the title of managing editor at the paper. He also has worked as an assistant news editor of the Wall Street Journal and managing editor of the Berkeley Daily Planet.

Prior to his time at the Examiner, Andersen, a Bay Area native, was publisher and executive editor at Marinscope Community Newspapers in Marin County. Howerton starts his new job on March 20. (Photo credit: Jessica Christian, S.F. Examiner)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

$34,000 in scholarships available to students planning a career in journalism

The Sacramento Press Club plans to award $34,000 in scholarships to students preparing for a career in journalism. The seven scholarships range from $4,000 to $8,000. Teachers should encourage their standout students to apply.

Community college students who are transferring to four-year colleges will get special consideration for the $4,000 Nereida Skelton Journalism Scholarship. Six other scholarships are offered to those who will be college juniors, seniors or graduate students this fall and who are focusing on journalism.

For details, go to the Sacramento Press Club's website. The deadline to apply is midnight March 31, 2017.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Training session set for safeguarding your digital communications

Now more than ever, reporters must use good security practices when newsgathering and communicating with sources. A free training session scheduled for March 2 in San Francisco will help journalists learn how to assess security threats, protect sources, use secure text messaging software, and more. The training session will be led by digital security experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation including Security Engineer/Technologist Bill Budington and Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz. This event is hosted by SPJ NorCal, the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Click here to register. Space is limited. Beer will be served. Donations accepted to support SPJ programming.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 2017 Press Club board minutes

Meeting via teleconference, Feb. 9, 2017, at 6 p.m.  

Present: Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Dave Price, Jim Watson, Carla Worfolk, Jim Henderson and Jane Northrop.

Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest debrief: Website needs to be updated to fix incorrect information. (That was done Feb. 10.)  

Finances: Antonia had a conversation with the IRS and learned that the club's main operational account is in good standing, and that only the 2015 returns are due. However, she learned that no returns had been filed for the scholarship account since 2007. That needs to be remedied in order to receive tax-deductible contributions. Antonia applied for reinstatement of this account on Dec. 16. Jane said she'd contact her bookkeeper and Antonia suggested a tax professional. The board will confer to ensure the right person is hired. A motion and a second was made to approve this idea, and it was passed unanimously.

The main account, a 501(c)(6), has a balance of approximately $7,000. The scholarship account, a 501(c)(3), holds about $3,500.

Executive Director: The board voted to hire Terry Williams, the executive director of the San Diego Press Club and a contest coordinator for other clubs. She will run our professional and high school contests for a fee of $2,000 a year.  

Statement on Press Club Values: Ed suggested the Press Club issue a statement about our values in light of allegations by the White House that the news media deliberately disseminate “fake news” and withhold facts. Carla said that the statement should wait until the club gets its "ducks in a row" regarding the club’s overall organization with the pending hire of an executive director. She said such a statement could come before our contest, which will celebrate the club's 40th anniversary. She said that the anniversary would be a good time for a "rebranding" of the club. The rest of the board agreed with her idea.  

High school boot camp: Antonia said Saturday, May 13, would be the best date for this year's camp based on the school calendars she's seen. She said it's important to pick a day that doesn't conflict with SAT tests or high school proms. City College of San Francisco, which hosted last year's boot camp, is again willing to provide space for the event.  

Contest judging: Directors were advised that they would be asked to judge the Milwaukee Press Club's contest in the next few days. Milwaukee has judged our contest in the past, so this is simply returning a favor.  

Insurance: At a previous meeting, Carla said she felt the club's directors should have insurance like people who serve on other nonprofit boards. Other directors agreed including Ed who spoke about the importance of such insurance. At the Feb. 9 meeting, both Jim and Dave reported that they have spoken to agents who sell Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance. A $1 million policy will run the club somewhere between $500 and $700 a year, an agent told Dave. Dave said he would get an exact price quote and relay the information to the board.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Burlingame journalist's book prompts NY district attorney to reopen investigation into columnist Dorothy Kilgallen's 1965 death

Mark Shaw's book 

(From the Palo Alto Daily Post, Feb. 1, 2017, by Emily Mibach, staff writer)

A Burlingame man’s new book that claims journalist and TV personality Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered in 1965 has prompted the New York City District Attorney to re-open the case. Kilgallen died while she was investigating leads in the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Mark Shaw’s book, “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much,” delves into the circumstances surrounding Kilgallen’s suspicious death.

Kilgallen was the only journalist to interview Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, and she disclosed Ruby’s testimony to the government before it was officially released to the public, creating an enemy in FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

In addition to being a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Kilgallen was also one of the original panelists on the popular game show “What’s My Line?”

On Nov. 8, 1965, Kilgallen was found dead in a bed in her five-story New York City townhouse. The medical examiner initially ruled her death accidental due to the amount of sleeping pills and alcohol in her system.

But Shaw contends that the examiner’s office was controlled by the Mafia, which likely wanted her dead. Kilgallen was 18-months deep in researching Kennedy’s assassination.

Shaw said she was in the process of unearthing whether Oswald had acted alone in killing Kennedy when she died.

According to Shaw, immediately after Kilgallen died, her files regarding the Kennedy and Oswald case disappeared. She was planning on writing a tell-all on the assassinations of both men.

Shaw and those he interviewed for his book believe that she would have pointed the finger at New Orleans crime family boss Carlos Marcello. Shaw also believes Marcello may have orchestrated her death as well. Marcello died in 1993.

Shaw also said that the room Kilgallen was found in was not where she normally slept, and, according to her hair dresser, the bathrobe she was found in wasn’t one she normally wore. She was found in full make-up and had her hair still up from that night’s episode of “What’s My Line?”

“It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize it (her death) was staged,” Shaw said.

On Dec. 4, Shaw sent a letter to New York DA Cyrus Vance Jr. asking him re-open Kilgallen’s case, saying that what he uncovered while researching the book, points to the idea she was murdered.

“Even though the events surrounding her death are now five decades old, I do not believe your office’s re-opening of the investigation will result in futile posturing. There are strong leads based on credible witnesses and a primary suspect is indeed still alive,” Shaw wrote to Vance.

DA spokeswoman Joan Vollero told the New York Post earlier this week that a staffer had read Shaw’s book and reviewed Shaw’s letters, and that the DA was re-opening the death investigation.

Shaw, 71, has written 25 books and has lived all over the country before moving to Burlingame four years ago. However, he had lived in the Bay Area five other times. Shaw worked as a legal analyst for CNN, ESPN and USA Today on the O.J. Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson cases. Prior to becoming a legal analyst, he was a criminal defense attorney, which is one reason why he wants to see Kilgallen’s murderer brought to light.

“I’ve always been interested in the underdog and making sure people get justice,” Shaw said. “After (Kilgallen) died she was just about erased from the face of the earth.”

RTDNA now accepting scholarship applications

The Radio Television Digital News Association’s Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2017-2018 scholarships and fellowships. Bay Area students may be particularly interested in the Pete Wilson Scholarship, named after the late KGO-TV and KRON anchorman and KGO radio host. Go here for more information. In addition, four fellowships for professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience as well as 9 scholarships between $1,000 and $10,000 are available for students. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday party for Bay Area journalists is Dec. 14

The Press Club has decided to combine its annual holiday party with those being hosted by other journalism groups on Dec. 14 at the Bluxome Street Winery, 900 North Point St., San Francisco. Enjoy wine, catch up with fellow media friends, and hear from the Solutions Journalism Network's Bay Area chapter and the Society of Professional Journalist's Northern California chapter. Here's how to get tickets.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

An update on Press Club scholarship recipients

Last year’s recipients of $1,500 student scholarships are moving forward with dazzling accomplishments in journalism, we are happy to report.

The club provides two scholarships. One is named for the late Herb Caen, Pulitzer-prize recipient San Francisco Chronicle columnist, the other for Jack Russell, revered Peninsula newsman and club co-founder who died in 2014.

The scholarships usually are given to one student in each category. In rare cases, however, multiple students may be selected.

This occurred for the Herb Caen scholarship when the work of two students was deemed exceptionally noteworthy.

Each student was a staffer for The Oak Leaf, the campus newspaper at Santa Rosa Junior College. The students are Kyle Schmidt, 20, and Maci Martell, 22.

Schmidt has since graduated from SRJC and is now attending New York University where he studies film and journalism.

“I have had a blast here and never felt any closer to the center of off-the-wall stories and news,” he tells us. “ … I wouldn’t be here without clubs like yours.”

Martell is completing her associate’s degree in journalism at SRJC serves The Oak Leaf and journalism program as a teaching assistant. Her program garnered even more awards in October from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.

“I am extremely proud of the work our dedicated staff accomplished, as numerous people from our team won top awards in several categories,” she says.

“In addition to the JACC video journalism award Kyle and I received for the student rape reaction video, my fellow co-editor-in-chief (Estefany Gonzalez) and I won an award for one of our editorials from last year,” she says. “I am extremely proud of the work our dedicated staff accomplished ….”

Kellen Browning, then of Davis High School, received the Jack Russell scholarship. He is now attending Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where he is majoring in political science in preparation for a journalism career.

Browning impressed the club scholarship judges. He also covered sports simultaneously for the Davis Enterprise newspaper.

Browning, 18, was selected the California Student Journalist of the Year and the National Journalism Student for 2016 by the Journalism Education Association.

He already is serving as managing web editor for the campus newspaper, The Student Life.

He currently takes one English class, a crime fiction class, Spanish, politics and ethics. “My favorite,” he says of the ethics class.

He also competes on the track team, though a recent injury has benched him.

“It’s been a whirlwind experience transitioning to college and I’m looking forward to pursue internship possibilities and keep writing,” Browning says. “I do not get much sleep. It’s a lot of work but I’m working on ways to manage it and have some fun, as well.”

The club is developing a more robust program serving high schools journalists in the next scholarship cycle. Plans are underway to host the next boot camp at City College of San Francisco, courtesy of Juan Gonzales, journalism department chair. It will include the club’s high school journalism competition and scholarship presentation. The expected date will be in late April or early May.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Examiner editor Michael Howerton joins San Francisco Peninsula Press Club board

Howerton
San Francisco Examiner Editor-in-Chief Michael Howerton has joined the board of directors of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

Howerton is the vice president of editorial for the San Francisco Media Company, which publishes the Examiner and SF Weekly. He has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Daily, the Marin Independent Journal and The Berkeley Daily Planet. Michael has taught writing courses at Berkeley City College, UC-Berkeley and San Francisco State.


Howerton has taught writing courses at Berkeley City College, UC-Berkeley and San Francisco State. He was born in San Francisco, grew up in Berkeley and now lives in Oakland.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 2016 Press Club board minutes

Meeting via teleconference, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

Present: Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Dave Price, Jim Watson, Carla Worfolk, Edrie Blackwelder. Absent: Jim Henderson, Peter Cleaveland, Jane Northrop, Marshall Wilson.

Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest: The general consensus of the board is that the club would mail certificates to the winners. Antonia will handle the printing. Board members will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Serra High School's conference room to stuff envelopes.

Executive Director: The board discussed plans for next year's executive director. The board has been approached by Terry Williams, executive director of the San Diego Press Club, who offered to manage both contests next year for a fee of $2000. Williams works for four press clubs across the country. Further discussion is needed.

Tax-Exempt Matters: Edrie pointed out that the club can't solicit grants or sponsorships without regaining its nonprofit status. Jim and Dave agreed to look into this. Edrie also said that the club should obtain errors and omissions insurance for directors. Others on the call agreed with that idea.

High School Bootcamp: Ed said the event for high school students will take place in late April or early May.

Scholarships: Ed provided an update on students who had received press club scholarships.

Addendum: In the past couple of months, Melissa McRobbie, Aimee Lewis Strain and Laura Dudnick have left the board. The board, communicating through email, has selected the following people to serve as directors — Edrie Blackwelder, Carla De Luca Worfolk and Michael Howerton.

Meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m. Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Dave Price.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Here are the winners of 2016 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club presented the 39th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards on Saturday, honoring the work of more than 100 journalists representing 29 media organizations. The awards were presented during a luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City.

The annual contest is open to media professionals in the 11-county greater Bay Area. The contest received 241 entries this year. Seven other press clubs — in Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County and San Diego — judged the entries.

Top award winners for Overall Excellence were:

• Digital Media, First Place — India Currents
• Newspapers/Daily, First Place — The San Francisco Examiner
• Newspapers/Non-Daily, First Place — San Francisco Weekly
• Newspapers/Non-Daily, Second Place — San Francisco Business Times
• Newspapers/Non-Daily, Third Place — Palo Alto Weekly
• Magazines/Trades/Newsletters, First Place — San Francisco magazine
• Magazines/Trades/Newsletters, Second Place — Santa Clara Magazine
• Magazines/Trades/Newsletters, Third Place — The Spectrum
• Radio/Audio, First Place — KALW
COMBINED DIVISIONS (BLOGS, EDITORIAL CARTOONS, PHOTOGRAPHY)
Blog / Commentary
• First Place: El Tecolote, “Slain Mexican journalist did not die in vain,” by Mabel Jimenez

Editorial Cartoons
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Closing the digital divide,” by Justin DeFreitas
• Second Place: El Tecolote, “Slain Mexican journalist did not die in vain,” by Gustavo Reyes
• Third Place: Central City Extra, “Naloxone, the lifesaving antidote,” by Lise Stampfli

Photography / News
• First Place: Oakland Tribune, “The Struggle is Real,” by Jane Tyska
• Second Place: San Francisco Business Times “Warriors parade,” by Todd Johnson
• Third Place: San Francisco Business Times “Pie girls,” by Todd Johnson

Photography / Sports
• First Place: SFBay.ca, “Raiders fire final bullet in Ravens shootout,” by Scot Tucker
• Second Place: Oakland Tribune, “Stephen Curry warmup,” by Jane Tyska
• Third Place: SFBay.ca, “Giants lose seventh straight at AT&T,” by Scot Tucker

Photography / Feature
• First Place: Oakland Tribune, “Mural Walk,” by Jane Tyska
• Second Place: SFBay.ca, “A’s pour it on Rangers with late rally,” by Scot Tucker
• Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Insect Kids,” by Veronica Weber

Photography / Series
• First Place: Oakland Tribune, “Mykenna's New Legs,” by Jane Tyska
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “In A Certain Light,” by Veronica Weber
• Third Place: El Tecolote, “Dia de los Muertos,” by Joel Angel Juarez, Manuel Orbegozo, Drago Renteria

Business/Tech Story
• First Place: Bloomberg, “Leaked Lyft Document Reveals a Costly Battle With Uber,” by Eric Newcomer, Leslie Picker
• Second Place: Prep2Prep.com, “I Created A Fake Business & Bought It An Amazing Online Reputation,” by Kashmir Hill
• Third Place: Bloomberg, “Tesla Looks for What Women Want,” by Dana Hull

Columns-Sports
• First Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Murph's Place: Hazing rears ugly head,” by John Murphy

Editorial
• First Place: India Currents, “Are You One of Those,” by Jaya Padmanabhan
• Second Place: SFBay.ca, “Chronicle, Hearst should be ashamed of crowdfunding,” by Jesse Garnier

Feature / Light
• First Place: Fusion, “I TURNED CAPS LOCK ON FOR A WEEK AND EVERYONE HATED IT,” by Kashmir Hill
• Second Place: Bloomberg, “Latter-Day Carnegies Bestowing Names on San Francisco Hospitals,” by Alison Vekshin
• Third Place: SFBay.ca, “Chronicle drops newspaper ‘hawkers’ after 27 years,” by Bradley Focht

Feature / Serious
• First Place: Fusion, “Haunted by Hackers,” by Kevin Roose
• Second Place: Bloomberg, “A Sex Scandal Rocks Stanford's Business School,” by Peter Waldman

• Third Place: New America Media, “EPA Slow to Halt Use of Deadly Pesticide,” by Viji Sundaram

News Story
• First Place: Bay City News, “Sunnyvale’s gun law upheld,” by Julia Cheever •
Second Place: Bloomberg, “Uber Raises Funding at $62.5 Billion Valuation,” by Eric Newcomer • Third Place: Bay City News, “San Francisco: Court says Batmobile protected by copyright,” by Julia Cheever

Series
• First Place: Bloomberg, “The Startup Bubble Starts to Deflate,” by Staff
• Second Place: CNET News, “Net Fix,” by Marguerite Reardon
• Third Place: Bloomberg, “California's Oil-Rich Past and Clean-Tech Future,” by Lynn Doan, Mark Chediak, Michael Marois, Chris Martin, Harry Weber

Sports Feature
• First Place: SFBay.ca, “A peek inside the lives of baseball ‘WAGs’,” by Cierra Webb
• Second Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Menlo lifted by off-kilter coach’,” by John Murphy
• Third Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Coastside team brings it’,” by John Murphy

Sports Game Story
• First Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Stop the presses! McClatchy wins title,’” by John Murphy  

MAGAZINES / TRADE PUBLICATIONS / NEWSLETTERS

Columns-Features
• First Place: Parents' Press, “Raising Dad: Singing the Birthday Party Blues,” by Tony Hicks

Columns-News/Political
• First Place: The Spectrum, “As I was saying …,” by Steve Penna

Feature / Light
• First Place: San Francisco Magazine, “$1.2 Million. 13 Offers. 400k Over Asking. For This?” by Sarah Stodder
• Second Place: San Francisco Magazine, “What Are You Running (And Running And Running) From?” by Diana Kapp
• Third Place: Traditions Magazine, “Serra's Stanford Trio,” by Jonathan Allen

Feature / Serious
• First Place: San Francisco Magazine, “The Outsiders,” by Gary Kamiya
• Second Place: San Francisco Magazine, “Why Are Palo Alto’s Kids Killing Themselves?” by Diana Kapp
• Third Place: The Spectrum, “Reddy To Fight,” by Julie McCoy, Anne Callery

Graphic Design
• First Place: Santa Clara Magazine, “Change the Game,” by Steven Saum, Linda Degastaldi, Jane Hambleton, DJ Stout, Kristen Keiser

Page Design
• First Place: Santa Clara Magazine, “Silicon Valley Story,” by Steven Saum, Linda Degastaldi, DJ Stout, Kristen Keiser, Brian Stauffer
• Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “Padre Profiles,” by Michelle Wilkinson
• Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra,” by Michelle Wilkinson

Series
• First Place: The Spectrum, “Walking Redwood City,” by Greg Wilson

Sports Feature
• First Place: San Francisco Magazine, “Arrested,” by Michael Weinreb
• Second Place: Santa Clara Magazine, “A Wild Generosity,” by Brian Doyle, Steven Saum, Ron Hansen, Linda Degastaldi, Jane Hambleton

Sports Game Story
• First Place: Traditions Magazine, “Serra Basketball Wins CCS Championship,” by Jonathan Allen  

NEWSPAPERS / DAILY

Columns-News/Political
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “On Guard,” by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
• Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, News/Political Columns by Joel Engardio
• Third Place: The Daily Post, Columns by Dave Price

Columns-Features
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, Feature Columns by Joel Engardio
• Second Place: Palo Alto Daily News, “Can Online Dating Pass the Sniff Test?” by Malcolm Fleschner
• Third Place: Palo Alto Daily News, “Age Against the Machine,” by Malcolm Fleschner

Editorial
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “‘Comply or die’ mentality must end for SFPD,” by Michael Howerton
• Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “A real problem with no easy solutions,” by Jon Mays
• Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Standing by our sanctuary city,” by Michael Howerton

Entertainment
• First Place: Palo Alto Daily Post, “'Triangle' well acted with many surprises,” by John Angell Grant

Feature / Light
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Mission High student with autism embraces rock star status on campus,” by Laura Dudnick
• Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Dante Benedetti honored at Italian Athletic Club,” by Antonia Ehlers
• Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Holding on to History,” by Jessica Kwong

Feature / Serious
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Public defender investigator answers a formidable calling,” by Jonah Owen Lamb
• Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Two years after losing both legs in crash, SF man has new outlook on life,” by Laura Dudnick
• Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Ex-Examiners: Former reporter-editor recalls Jonestown, 1980s newsroom,” by Laura Dudnick

Headline
• First Place: The Daily Post, “Making traffic go in circles,” by Dave Price
• Second Place: The Daily Post, “Larry Ellison has an Epiphany,” by Dave Price
• Third Place: The Daily Post, “Superintendent gets schooled,” by Dave Price

News Story
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Homeless families face difficult choice of shelter or school,” by Joshua Sabatini
• Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Public officials named in new findings from FBI probe of ‘Shrimp Boy,’” by Jonah Owen Lamb
• Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Suhr gave family friend special treatment,” by Jonah Owen Lamb

Page Design
• First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Justice, Pride, Love,” by Gregory Andersen
• Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Jurassic World,” by Erik Oeverndiek
• Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “An avengers overdose,” by Erik Oeverndiek

Series
• First Place: Palo Alto Daily Post, “A chance meeting has sad ending,” by John Angell Grant, Steve Curl
• Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Santa Clara County jail death coverage,” by Tracey Kaplan, Robert Salonga, Julia Sulek
• Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, Homeless coverage in San Francisco by Joshua Sabatini

Sports Feature
• First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, “Bay Area sports chaplains tend to players' spiritual needs,” by Susan Slusser

NEWSPAPERS / NON-DAILY

Columns-News/Political
• First Place: The Sonoma Independent, “Behind Sonoma County Library Hours Crisis,” by Jonathan Greenberg

Editorial
• First Place: San Francisco Business Times “By missing housing targets, SF shoots itself in the foot,” by Jim Gardner
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Beyond the anguish,” by Bill Johnson
• Third Place: El Tecolote, “El Tecolote stands with Galería de la Raza,” by Staff

Entertainment
• First Place: San Francisco Weekly, “Midnight at the Oasis,” by Peter Lawrence Kane
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “The original matchmaker,” by Karla Kane
• Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Devilishly good fun,” by Karla Kane

Feature / Light
• First Place: San Francisco Weekly, “Midnight at the Oasis,” by Peter Lawrence Kane
• Second Place: El Tecolote, “The astronomical persistence of José Hernández,” by Maria Antonieta Mejia
• Third Place: Central City Extra, “I can still hear it,” by John Burks

Feature / Serious
• First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Finding Asylum,” by Sue Dremann
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “A question of boundaries,” by Elena Kadvany
• Third Place: El Tecolote, “Out in the Mission: Galería mural vandalized for depicting LGBTQ Latinos,” by Alexis Terrazas

Graphic Design
• First Place: San Francisco Business Times “Data explosion,” by Matt Petty
• Second Place: San Francisco Business Times “Construction game,” by Mitch Green
• Third Place: The Sonoma Independent, “Infographic illustrating water usage,” by Jonathan Greenberg, Sammy Vanek

News Story
• First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Payday at City Hall,” by Gennady Sheyner
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Blown Away,” by Gennady Sheyner, Jocelyn Dong, Sue Dremann, Brenna Malmberg News Story
• Third Place: Central City Extra, “New super smack puts Public Health in crisis mode,” by Mark Hedin

Page Design
• First Place: San Francisco Business Times “Warriors,” by Matt Petty
• Second Place: San Francisco Business Times “Raiders,” by Mitch Green, Matt Petty
• Third Place: El Tecolote, “Fired up,” by Alexis Terrazas, Mabel Jimenez, Atticus Morris, Katie Beas

Series
• First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Stanford under pressure,” by Elena Kadvany
• Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “The fight to preserve Buena Vista,” by Gennady Sheyner
• Third Place: Central City Extra, “TL: Diverse City,” by Tom Carter, Paul Dunn

Sports Feature
• First Place: El Tecolote, “Squashing the odds: Latina immigrant breaks stereotypes,” by Alexis Terrazas  

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Corporate Brochure
• First Place: Serra High School - San Mateo “2015 Admissions Video,” by Sandy Brook, Beth Freeman, Rico Corona, John Coen  

RADIO / COMMERCIAL

Feature / Serious
• First Place: KALW, “Lady Jay talks about being transgender in prison,” by Louis A. Scott
• Second Place: KALW, “Life after the Jungle: One woman's struggle with homelessness,” by Isabell Angell

Feature / Light
• First Place: KALW, “How to stake your place in line for California’s precious water,” by Audrey Dilling
• Second Place: KALW, “Band of volunteers keeps an eye on SF bond projects,” by Raja Shah

Series
• First Place: KALW, “NUMMI, five years later,” by Angela Johnston
• Second Place: KALW, “Black mental health care,” by Leila Day

Public Affairs
• First Place: KHMB Radio, “John Muller - aka Farmer John,” by Peter Finch

TELEVISION / VIDEO
Entertainment
• First Place: KQED 9, “One Collective Breath: Janet Cardiff's The Forty Part Motet,” by Lori Halloran, Aaron Drury

Feature / Light
• First Place: KQED 9, “Bleak Beauty: The Photography of David Maisel,” by Aaron Drury, Lori Halloran, Blake McHugh, Owen Bissell

Feature / Serious
• First Place: Al Jazeera America, “Fathers Day Behind Bars,” by Melissa Chan, Matt McFetridge, Mike Anderson
• Second Place: Al Jazeera America, “Inside the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program,” by Melissa Chan, Matt McFetridge, Mike Anderson
• Third Place: Al Jazeera America, “First Cuban Farmers Market Signals Reform,” by Melissa Chan, Emma Calderín, Belisa Morillo, Mike Anderson

News Story
• First Place: Al Jazeera America, “Weapons Show Fuels Police Militarization Debate,” by Melissa Chan, Matt McFetridge, Mike Anderson
• Second Place: Al Jazeera America, “Couple Return Home After Devastating Fire,” by Melissa Chan, Matt McFetridge, Mike Anderson News Story
• Third Place: Al Jazeera America, “Anticipation Builds in Havana,” by Melissa Chan, Emma Calderín, Belisa Morillo, Mike Anderson

Business / Technology
• First Place: Al Jazeera America, “Buying Out the Bahamas” by Melissa Chan, Simone Perez, Mike Anderson
• Second Place: Al Jazeera America, “Cuban Entrepreneurs Tread Line Between Capitalism and Socialism” by Melissa Chan, Emma Calderín, Belisa Morillo, Mike Anderson
• Third Place: Al Jazeera America, “CA Businesses Brace for Secretive Trade Deal” by Melissa Chan, Annie Pong, Mike Anderson

Public Affairs
• First Place: “Talking with Henrietta,” a TV show, “The Social Determinants of Health,” by Henrietta J. Burroughs

Sports Feature
• First Place: Al Jazeera America, “Cuban Baseball Players Eye U.S.,” by Melissa Chan, Emma Calderín, Belisa Morillo, Mike Anderson

Videography
• First Place: Al Jazeera America, Composite by Mike Anderson

The Bill Workman News Writer Award, a scholarship and stipend established in 2015 to honor the journalism career of former San Francisco Chronicle reporter and SFPPC past president Bill Workman, is given each year to the First Place winner of the Newspaper/Daily News Story category. Joshua Sabatini of the SF Examiner won the 2016 Bill Workman News Writer Award for the pair of stories “SF homeless families face difficult choice of shelter or school” and “SF homeless shelter changes policy on families amid criticism.”

Journalist Carla DeLuca Worfolk, an Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, gave the keynote speech at the SFPPC luncheon. Worfolk has enjoyed an extensive career across media, gravitating towards highly creative assignments with an emphasis on education, public service and policy. During her years as a CNN producer in Atlanta, Worfolk supervised content for the highly-rated CNN Saturday/Sunday Morning program, a live, two-hour magazine show, and was also on the Emmy-winning team that covered the Olympic Park Bombing in 1996.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Journalism awards luncheon Oct. 1

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club will present the 39th Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards on Saturday, Oct. 1. More than 100 journalists representing 29 media organizations will receive awards at the luncheon. The Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest is sponsored by SmallTownPapers Inc.

The awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City, 1221 Chess Drive.

The Press Club received 241 entries this year. The judging was done by press clubs in other cities -- Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County and San Diego.


Worfolk
Journalist Carla De Luca Worfolk, an Emmy award-winning television and documentary producer, will give a keynote speech. Worfolk has enjoyed an extensive career across media, gravitating toward highly creative assignments with an emphasis on education, public service and policy. During her years as a CNN producer in Atlanta, Worfolk supervised content for the highly-rated CNN Saturday/Sunday Morning program, a live, two-hour magazine show, and was also on the Emmy-winning team that covered the Olympic Park Bombing in 1996.

The awards luncheon is open to the public. Visit this link to purchase tickets or use PayPal (top left).

Below is a list of general award winners. Specific awards, such as first-, second- and third-place, will be announced at the luncheon.

Jonathan Allen, Gregory Andersen, Mike Anderson, Isabell Angell, Katie Beas, Owen Bissell, Sandy Brook, John Burks, Emma Calderín, Anne Callery, Tom Carter, Melissa Chan, Mark Chediak, Julia Cheever, John Coen, Rico Corona, Steve Curl, Leila Day, Justin DeFreitas, Linda Degastaldi, Audrey Dilling, Jocelyn Dong, Brian Doyle, Sue Dremann, Aaron Drury, Laura Dudnick, Paul Dunn, Antonia Ehlers, Malcolm Fleschner, Joel Engardio, Bradley Focht, Beth Freeman, John Angell Grant, Mitch Green, Jonathan Greenberg,

Lori Halloran, Jane Hambleton, Ron Hansen, Mark Hedin, Tony Hicks, Kashmir Hill, Geetika Jain, Mabel Jimenez, Todd Johnson, Angela Johnston, Joel Angel Juarez, Elena Kadvany, Karla Kane, Peter Lawrence Kane, Jessica Kwong, Brenna Malmberg, Matt McFetridge, Maria Antonieta Mejia, Belisa Morillo, Eric Newcomer, Gary Kamiya, Tracey Kaplan, Diana Kapp, Kristen Keiser, Vandana Kumar, Jonah Owen Lamb, Michael Marois, Chris Martin, Julie McCoy, Blake McHugh, Belisa Morillo, Atticus Morris, John Murphy,

James Massey, Erik Oeverndiek, Manuel Orbegozo, Jaya Padmanabhan, Steve Penna, Simone Perez, Matt Petty, Liz Pfeffer, Annie Pong, Dave Price, Marguerite Reardon, Drago Renteria, Gustavo Reyes, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Kevin Roose, Joshua Sabatini, Robert Salonga, Steven Saum, Louis A. Scott, Raja Shah, Gennady Sheyner, Susan Slusser, Lise Stampfli, Brian Stauffer, Sarah Stodder, DJ Stout, Julia Sulek, Viji Sundaram, Alexis Terrazas, Ben Trefny, Scot Tucker, Jane Tyska, Sammy Vanek, Alison Vekshin, Peter Waldman, Cierra Webb, Harry Weber, Veronica Weber, Michael Weinreb, Michelle Wilkinson, Greg Wilson

Press Club thanks retiring board members

A note from Press Club President Antonia Ehlers:

Thank you to Melissa McRobbie, Aimee Lewis Strain and Laura Dudnick for your tireless energy and contribution to the Press Club's board. You have inspired us in many ways and we wish you all the best in the future.

We welcome two new board members, Carla De Luca Worfolk and Edrie Blackwater, and look forward to working with both of you to continue our mission of fostering the spirit of journalism.

KQED seeks applications for its youth advisory board

KQED is looking for high school students who want to join the broadcaster's new Youth Advisory Board.

The board will meet every other week throughout the 2016-2017 school year to hear pitches from KQED staff, discuss how to improve media use in the classroom and provide feedback on KQED media and educational tools.

It's an opportunity to meet other teens, learn more about media and help KQED improve its programming.

The board is open to Bay Area students in grades 9-12. Participants will be compensated with a $400 gift card.

The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2016. CLICK HERE to apply.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Warren Hinckle, columnist and author, dead at 77

Warren Hinckle, the pugnacious
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San Francisco columnist and author, died Thursday (Aug. 25) at age 77.

The Examiner’s obit said, “Recognized in part for the unmistakable eye patch that he wore following a childhood accident and his beloved basset hound Bentley that accompanied Hinckle everywhere from assignments to the newsroom to bars, Hinckle dipped his pen into San Francisco politics for decades, writing memorable columns for numerous publications including the San Francisco Examiner.”

The Chronicle said in its obit: “One of the milestone moments for Mr. Hinckle came when he assigned Hunter S. Thompson to cover the Kentucky Derby in 1970 for Scanlan’s Monthly. The resultant rollicking article, 'The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,' not only launched the over-the-top, personalized journalism that came to be known as gonzo, it began a lifelong friendship between Mr. Hinckle and Thompson. Mr. Hinckle’s final book, 'Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?' is expected to be published this year. He began writing it in 2005 and was making changes to the manuscript until near his death.”

Friday, August 12, 2016

If you haven't seen it already, here's John Oliver's piece on the decline of newspaper journalism

John Oliver of HBO's "Last Week Tonight" takes aim at the newspaper industry and lambasts the corporate owners like Tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing). It includes a hilarious parody of the movie "Spotlight," featuring a reporter who desperately tries to report a scandal at city hall but is impeded by his own paper's obsession with social media and clickbait.

Maybe the best scene in the movie parody was when the paper's editor, played by Jason Sudeikis, tells the reporter, played by Bobby Cannavale, that he's not interested in his corruption story. “I’m just not sure what kind of clicks were going to get on that,” Sudeikis says, before green-lighting a story pitch from Rose Byrne about a cat that looks like a raccoon. When Cannavale protests, Sudeikis delivers the ugly truth about the state of journalism today.

“Technically, you don’t work for a newspaper anymore,” Sudeikis says. “You work at a multi-platform, content generation distribution network now.”

Between 2004 and 2014, online ad revenue generated $2 billion in profit for newspapers, Oliver said, while print ad revenue fell by $30 billion. "That's like finding a lucky penny on the sidewalk on the same day your bank account is drained by a 16-year-old Belgian hacker," Oliver joked.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Protesters attack KTVU crew

A KTVU news crew was assaulted by protesters in San Francisco's Mission District on Friday night, and police have made three arrests.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Valencia Street near the Mission Police Station. Police said several protesters confronted the news crew demanding not to be filmed, then assaulted the crew resulting in injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Bay City News.

KTVU reported Saturday that protesters shouted expletives about the station and "mainstream media" before clashing with police.

Nearby officers attempted to separate the people involved and arrested three protesters on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest. Many of the protesters left the scene, according to police, but 30 to 40 people stayed on Valencia — throwing garbage into the street and lighting it on fire. They left the scene after an order to disperse. Police say they used a fire extinguisher to put the flames out.

The Associated Press reports that three protesters were arrested on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

No officers were injured, but police advised media outlets covering protests over the weekend to be aware of a hostile element.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Press Club presents journalism awards to high school students

Bay Area student journalists received 47 awards of excellence on Thursday (May 19, 2016) from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. The awards ceremony was held at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway Street in Redwood City.

Judges selected winners from 441 entries from student journalists throughout the Bay Area. Awards honored work completed in newspapers, websites and yearbooks during the 2015-16 school year. Entries were judged by professional journalists associated with the Press Club.

Carlmont High School’s “The Highlander” won the First Place General Excellence award for newspapers, and Junipero Serra High School’s yearbook won the First Place General Excellence award for yearbooks.


High School 2016 Annual SFPPC Student Journalism Award Winners 
#1 — NEWS 
• First Place: Santa Clara High School, “School crosswalk endangers students” by Hannah Shin
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Jewish students face conflict: prom or Passover?” by Aria Frangos
• Third Place: Carlmont High School, “Scots spread love” by Jill Albertson

#2 — FEATURES
• First Place: Aragon High School, “Every Bit as Human as Everyone Else” by Michael Herrera, Anders Zhou
• Second Place: Washington High School, “Ansley Guillebeau: 2338 Miles Away From Sweet Home Alabama” by Hanaki Sato
• Third Place: Santa Clara High School, “Student Battled Anorexia Because of Modeling Standards” by Sadia Hasan
• Honorable Mention: Carlmont High School, “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” by Kelly Song
• Honorable Mention: Carlmont High School, “Social Anxiety” by Megan Tao
• Honorable Mention: Carlmont High School, “Genderfluid Flows Through Carlmont High School” by Holly Chen
• Honorable Mention: Aragon High School, “How Old are You?” by Annika Hom, Katie Savage

#3 — SPORTS STORY
• First Place: Eastside College Prep, “Girls hoops are golden” by Vanessa Ibarra
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Sequoia hold on to Terremere Trophy” by Bijan Khalili, Minh-Han Vu
• Third Place: Carlmont High School, “Sun sets on girls soccer with a tough CCS game” by Aria Frangos

#4 — EDITORIAL
• First Place: Eastside College Prep, “Let's wipe out the Drama disease” by Staff
• Second Place: Convent of the Sacred Heart, “Racial insensitivity triggers community discussion” by Staff
• Third Place: Eastside College Prep, “Wake up and read the 'For Sale' signs” by Staff

#5 — COLUMN
• First Place: Carlmont High School, “Are liberals really open-minded?” by Anya Marie Meredith
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Why Is It So Hard to Get a Great Bagel in California?” “Coming to America” and “Story of a second semester senior” by Kelly Song
• Third Place: Eastside College Prep, “A word from the wise: Owen the Owls speaks out” “Remember R-e-s-p-e-c-t? Let's show some” “Not in my house!” by Isaac Olvera

#6 — NEWS PHOTO
• First Place: Carlmont High School “Super Bowl City policies spark 'Tackle Homelessness' protest?” by Han Vu
• Second Place: Aragon High School, “Seussical: Oh, the thinks you can think...” by Scott Liu
• Third Place: Eastside College Prep, “Sophomore Isaiah Meacham calmly waits for the technician to finish placing the needle in his arm” by Roberto Perez

#7 — FEATURE PHOTO
 • First Place: Aragon High School, “Your Food, Your Choice: The Rise of Customization in Restaurants” by Jenney Zhang
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Boxed water VS bottled water: do the differences outweigh the similarities?” by Estella Lippi
• Third Place: Junipero Serra High School, “Light Shapes Our Way (Title Page for Yearbook)” by George Anagnostou

#8 — SPORTS PHOTO 
• First Place: Eastside College Prep, “Sophomore Alayah Bell faces tough defense from Village Christian High School during the state championship game on Thursday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento” by Elizabeth Perez
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Carlmont proves to be a competitor at track PAL” by Avery Adams
• Third Place: Aragon High School, “Track and Field Teams Compete at San Mateo Bearcats Invite” by Scott Liu

#9 — LAYOUT & DESIGN 
• First Place: Washington High School, “The Eagle: May 20, 2015” by Winny Huang
• Second Place: San Mateo High School, “San Mateo Hi: December 10, 2015 and March 10, 2016” by Tiffany Lee, Cindy Zhang, Ellen Zhu
• Third Place: Washington High School, “The Eagle: March 18” by Nicole Bergelson

#10 — WEB SITE DESIGN 
• First Place: Carlmont High School, “Scot Scoop News” by Sarah Schisla, Taran Sun, Aria Frangos, Sophie Haddad, Megan Tao
• Second Place: Mills High School, “Mills Thunderbolt” by Daysia Tolentino
• Third Place: San Mateo High School, “The San Mateo Hi” by Rachel Kirkes

#11 — WEB SITE CONTENT 
• First Place: Aragon High School, “The Aragon Outlook” by Staff
• Second Place: Carlmont High School, “Scot Scoop News” by Sarah Schisla, Taran Sun, Aria Frangos, Sophie Haddad, Megan Tao
• Third Place: Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, “The Broadview” by Staff

#12 — YEARBOOK CONTENT
• First Place: Junipero Serra High School, “Midweek Chic” by George Anagnostou, Cole Moscaret
• Second Place: Junipero Serra High School, “The Final Yard” by Cole Moscaret
• Third Place: Mills High School, “Back on Track” by Staff

#13 — GENERAL EXCELLENCE / YEARBOOK
First Place: Junipero Serra High School

#13 — GENERAL EXCELLENCE / NEWSPAPER
First Place: Carlmont High School, “The Highlander” by Staff
Second Place: Aragon High School, “The Aragon Outlook” by Staff
Third Place Tie: Convent of the Sacred Heart, “The Broadview” by Staff
Third Place Tie: San Mateo High School, “The San Mateo Hi” by Staff
Honorable Mention: Eastside College Prep, “The Eastside Panther” by Staff
Honorable Mention: Santa Clara High School, “The Roar” by Staff

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Press Club seeks board members

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is accepting applications for its board of directors. Working journalists or public relations professionals in the Bay Area are welcome to apply. At a minimum, a director is expected to attend 6-10 board meetings a year. But the club is an all-volunteer operation and directors are needed to roll up their sleeves and help with contests, high school presentations and events. One need the board has is a director with a background in bookkeeping or accounting. If you're interested or just want to find out more, please contact club President Antonia Ehlers.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BANG brings on new top editor, cuts 11 copy-editing positions

In a two-day period, the Bay Area News Group got a new newsroom leader and announced that it was reducing its copy desk staff by 11 people. President and Publisher Sharon Ryan announced April 21 that Neil Chase, who most recently was a consultant, will become executive editor of the group of newspapers and websites that includes the Mercury News, East Bay Times and 30 weekly publications. The next day, BANG’s managing editor/content, Bert Robinson, sent this memo describing how the company will deal with the elimination of 11 copy editing positions. “The bottom line is that we will be eliminating a layer of valuable editing across most of the copy desk — what is known in desk parlance as the rim,” Robinson wrote.

Monday, April 4, 2016

RIP Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times

Final Editions
After 142 years, the Oakland Tribune today printed its last edition. So too did the San Mateo County Times. The Trib will be replaced Tuesday morning by the East Bay Times, a consolidation of the Tribune, Contra Costa Times, the Daily Review in Hayward and The Argus in Fremont. Similarly, the San Mateo County Times will become the Mercury News. The South Bay paper is dropping "San Jose" from its name. The consolidation came with about 20 layoffs in the newsrooms of these publications. All are apart of the Bay Area News Group. Subscribers in Oakland, Fremont and Hayward will receive news inserts bearing the old dailies' names each Friday.

Ronn Owens to stay at KGO

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Long-time KGO radio host Ronn Owens won't be going to sister station conservative KSFO 560, contrary to what the station announced four days ago.

When Cumulus Media, owner of KGO 810 and KSFO 560, fired most of the KGO newsroom crew on Thursday and reformatting the station, it also announced that Owens would be moving from his morning slot at KGO to afternoons at KSFO. Yesterday, the station reversed course.

Why? Two different stories have emerged.

Management told the Chronicle that his fans didn't want him changing stations, and they apparently flooded the station with complaints on Friday. Owens is a liberal who probably wouldn't be a good fit on a station with hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

The other story, according to media blogger Rich Lieberman, is that Owens had a contract that requires he stay on KGO. Apparently management didn't read the contract before announcing the switch, and neither had Owens, who announced the move on his show Thursday. But Owens' agent found the clause requiring him to stay at KGO.

So when the "new" KGO premiers tomorrow (April 5), Owens will be back on the air, though his show will be shortened from three hours to two. He'll work 10 a.m. to noon.

The new KGO schedule looks like this:
• Armstrong & Getty, 6-10 a.m.

• Ronn Owens, 10-noon

• Ethan Bearman, noon-2 p.m.

• Brian Copeland, 2-4 p.m.

• Chip Franklin, 4-7 p.m.

• DreX, 7-10 p.m.

Friday, April 1, 2016

KGO-AM fires most news staffers in advance of a format change, Ronn Owens goes to KSFO

KGO-AM 810 on Thursday fired more than 20 of its employees, including nearly everyone in its newsroom, and transferred longtime host Ronn Owens to sister station KSFO 560, which has conservative hosts.

Starting Tuesday, the team of Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, who had been doing the morning show on Talk 910, will move to KGO and replace the morning news from 6-10.

At noon Thursday, KGO began playing a recording of people talking about San Francisco and songs about the city. The recording will apparently be played over and over on a loop until the new format begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, the owner of KGO and KSFO, wasn’t talking about the changes Thursday, but several radio industry websites said KGO’s new lineup will feature new local hosts and nationally syndicated programming. Long-form news programming will not be part of the mix.

The move comes at a time when the ratings for radio stations across the country are falling because listeners are switching to online services like Pandora or satellite programming.

For more than 30 years, KGO-AM was the top radio station in San Francisco in terms of ratings and revenue. When Cumulus acquired the station in 2011, it dumped several popular hosts including Gil Gross, Gene Burns, John Rothmann, Len Tillem, Bill Wattenburg and Ray Taliaferro, in favor of an all-news format with the exception of Owens’ show. Ratings plummeted. The station eventually returned to the talk format except during the morning and afternoon drive times, but the audience didn’t return.

Thursday, the station fired more than 20 employees without any advance notice. Media blogger Rich Lieberman, who broke the story about the changes at KGO, said those who were shown the door include anchors Jennifer Jones-Lee, Jon Bristow, sportscaster Rich Walcoff, reporters Jason Middleton, Kristin Haynes and Kim McCallister, afternoon host Chip Franklin and production man Mike Amatori, the voice on many commercials on KGO.

Owens’ move to “Hot Talk” KSFO might be awkward since he’s politically middle-of-the road. The rest of KSFO’s schedule is filled with conservative hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Sean Hannity.

Owens, in his last show on KGO yesterday, wondered how he would be treated by KSFO’s conservative audience when he starts his show there next week. He’ll do the afternoon drive shift, from 3 to 6 p.m. He had been at KGO for 40 years holding down the 9-noon time slot.

Armstrong & Getty, who broadcast from Sacramento, are politically more conservative than the typical KGO host, which may signal a shift in philosophy at that station.

Armstrong & Getty work for Cumulus’ arch rival, iHeart Media, and are syndicated on several West Coast radio stations. KGO now will be one of the stations taking their syndicated feed.

Cumulus also owns KFOG-FM (104.5, 97.7), which will also see a format change. KFOG’s deejays were pulled off the air yesterday, some were fired, and the station is just playing music with no local hosts until its new format starts on April 20.

Like KGO-AM, KFOG’s ratings have fallen in recent years. KFOG’s current format, which is called “adult album alternative” in the radio industry, features an eclectic mix of blues, reggae, folk and rock from the 1960s to the present. The station has had a loyal group of listeners known as Fogheads. KFOG’s best days, in terms of ratings, were in the 1990s and early 2000s, and the station began to drop after longtime morning man Dave Morey retired in 2008.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Ben Bagdikian, journalist, author, former UC-Berkeley j-school dean, dead at 96

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Ben Bagdikian, former dean of the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and media critic who played a key role in publishing the Pentagon Papers, died March 11 at his home in Berkeley. He was 96.

Over five decades, Bagdikian was a national and foreign correspondent for newspapers and magazines, the author of eight books and a professor and the dean at Berkeley.

In 1971, while assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, he helped that newspaper publish the Pentagon Papers, a secret history of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. At the time, a federal court had barred The New York Times from printing excerpts of the papers, so Bagdikian personally obtained the documents from former defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg.

His 1983 book, “The Media Monopoly,” predicted the consolidation of American journalism by major conglomerates.

He retired from UC-Berkeley in 1990.

Bagdikian’s many accolades include a Peabody Award, a Pulitzer Prize (which he shared with a team at the Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin), a Guggenheim Fellowship and a James Madison Award. (Photo by Richard Barnes)

Here are the obits from The New York Times , The Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

Friday, March 4, 2016

High school journalism boot camp set for March 12 at City College of San Francisco

Save the date, Saturday, March 12, 2016.

That’s the day the Journalism Department at City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club will co-host a boot camp for high school journalism students on the campus of City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco.

Registration starts at 12:30 and workshop sessions begin at 1 p.m. Go to the Diego Rivera Theater. Workshop topics include investigative reporting, transition to college journalism, broadcasting, social media and webcasting and photography.

The key note speaker will be Joe Fitzgerald, columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

There’s still time for high school journalism advisers to sign up their students for the boot camp. Please email Press Club President Antonia Ehlers to let her know you’re coming.