Saturday, March 14, 2015

Press Club contest details coming soon

Keep your eyes on this webpage for the Press Club's call for entries for our annual Greater Bay Area Excellence in Journalism Contest. We hope to post details about entering the contest soon. Last year we got 392 entries from journalists and public relations professionals.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Controversial sports pundit Jay Mariotti lands at the Examiner

Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ESPN sports personality Jay Mariotti, whose career came to a screeching halt when he was arrested for stalking and assault-related charges in 2010, has been hired by the San Francisco Examiner as its sports director.

Here's the Examiner's announcement and the Chronicle's take.

While Mariotti spent 16 years at the Sun-Times, he gained a national presence on the ESPN show "Around The Horn," where sports talking heads yell at each other.

When it comes to covering pro teams, Mariotti was never a homer. Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called him a gay slur, but apologized later. When Mariotti left the Sun-Times in 2008 to write for AOL, and proclaimed print was dead, Roger Ebert wrote a scathing column about Mariotti titled "Jay The Rat."

Mariotti lost his gig at ESPN when he was arrested for domestic violence and stalking a then-girlfriend. He took a plea bargain that spared him from the possibility of being convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, according to the LA Times.

As the Chronicle put it, "Mariotti was confident that he would be accepted in San Francisco, where accusations of domestic violence — later dropped — against Ross Mirkarimi nearly ousted him from the San Francisco sheriff’s office in 2012."

According to the Chronicle, Mariotti compared the plight of the Examiner to “what I walked into at the Sun-Times. But I was able to keep it alive.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dori Maynard, journalist and champion of diversity, dead at 56

(From the Associated Press) Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56.

The Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education confirmed Maynard's death in a brief statement posted on its website. It didn't give a cause of death.

"Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism," Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told the San Jose Mercury News. Maynard served of the Knight board. "She was the voice that must be heard."

"When others were shying away from speaking about race, Dori was fearless. She made an amazing difference for so many people," Garcia added.

The daughter of Robert C. Maynard, the former owner of the Oakland Tribune, Dori Maynard was herself a journalist, working at the Detroit Free Press, the Bakersfield Californian, and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass.

Along with her father, she was a Neiman scholar at Harvard University in 1993. At the time of her death, she was still the president of the Oakland-based Maynard Institute, the nation's oldest organization focusing on ensuring newspapers, magazines and other news outlets accurately portray overlooked communities.

In 2013, she penned an opinion column for the Tribune in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, saying that media looking for explanations of America's ongoing racial struggle should look at themselves.

"It's time for us to look at what our distorted coverage of communities of color is doing to the country," Maynard wrote. "It's time for us to look at whether we're meeting our ethical obligation to give our audience factual and credible information necessary to make rational decisions in its private life and about public policies."

The morning of her death, she was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute thrive and to attract funding to support that work, the institute said. "Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Daily News in Palo Alto to become a weekly

The Daily News in Palo Alto announced on its front page yesterday that it will reduce its publication schedule from three times a week to just one day beginning March 20.

Now a broadsheet, the free paper will switch to a tabloid size. With the one-day-a-week publishing schedule, the Daily News will be delivered “to most homes and targeted businesses in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton,” Publisher David Rounds said in the story.

Mercury News subscribers in Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Redwood City and San Carlos will also get the Daily News inserted into their Friday Mercs, he said. The Merc and the Daily News are both owned by Digital First Media.

On Fridays, the Daily News will continue to be delivered to its news racks. And Rounds said that the Daily News will continue to provide breaking news coverage on its website,

"We will be tripling our reach and will focus on home delivery,” Rounds said. “The redesigned tabloid-size newspaper will provide the same quality writing and editing our readers have come to expect and we will be tightly focused on the local news and sports that is so important to Peninsula residents.”

The Palo Alto Daily News operated as a six-day-a-week newspaper from its start in 1995 until March 2013 when it went to three days a week.

The Daily News competes in a three-newspaper market with the Palo Alto Weekly, which comes out on Fridays and delivers to homes, and the Daily Post, which publishes Monday through Saturday.

Meanwhile, the chain that owns the Daily News, Digital First Media, has been for sale since last fall (more).

Full disclosure: The Press Club’s webmaster is Dave Price, a former owner of the Daily News and now the editor and co-publisher of the Post.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

KTVU reporter, photographer attacked and robbed in Hayward

The string of attacks against Bay Area TV crews continues. On Tuesday, a KTVU crew was attacked and robbed of camera equipment after doing a live shot in Hayward.

The Chronicle reports that Channel 2 reporter Tara Moriarty and camera operator Keith Crook were reporting from World’s Fare Donuts at 20800 Hesperian Boulevard west of Interstate 880. The restaurant is the home of many lottery winners, and the two had been doing live shots earlier in the morning about the Powerball jackpot, which is approaching $500 million.

Moriarty and Crook had just finished a live shot at the donut shop about 6:40 a.m. and were walking back to the news truck when they were confronted by two men in masks. Crook was hit and fell to the ground.

The assailants robbed Crook of a live transmission unit — a device attached to a camera for use in live broadcasts — and a microphone, officials said.

The men were last seen fleeing east on West A Street on foot, police said. KTVU said Moriarty and Crook were shaken up, but otherwise uninjured in the incident.

“They’re fine. That’s the good news,” said KTVU news director Dana Hahn.

The Chronicle said the
stolen gear was tracked by GPS north on Interstate 880, across the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood. But it wasn’t immediately recovered.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Audrey Cooper new top Chronicle editor

Audrey Cooper
Audrey Cooper tried unsuccessfully 15 years ago to get an internship at the San Francisco Chronicle. Now she has been named editor in chief of the paper, Hearst Corp. announced.

She succeeds Ward Bushee, who retired in 2013. Cooper had been acting editor-in-chief, though her title was managing editor. The appointment is effective immediately. A search for a new managing editor to succeed Cooper will start immediately.

Cooper, 37, is the first woman to hold the position of editor in chief at the Chronicle. The appointment comes three days before the Chronicle celebrates its 150th birthday.

Cooper is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and a 1999 magna cum laude graduate of Boston University, with degrees in journalism and political science. She previously worked at the Tri-Valley Herald, the Associated Press and the Record of Stockton, where she served as metro editor.

Cooper joined the Chronicle as an assistant metro editor in 2006. She was named metro editor in 2009, assistant managing editor in 2011, deputy managing editor in 2012 and managing editor in 2013.

The story announcing her appointment said her immediate plans call for hiring investigative reporters and expanding

Cooper’s appointment to lead the newspaper was in sharp contrast to her first attempt to join the Chronicle 15 years ago. “I applied for an internship three years in a row,” she said. “I never even got a callback.” (Photo credit: Mike Kepka, Chronicle, 2013)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Newspaper building defaced with paint after it uses term "illegals"

The Associated Press reports that the Santa Barbara News-Press building was defaced with paint and graffiti after the paper referred to immigrants as "illegals" in a front-page headline.

Police were investigating the vandalism that occurred Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

In addition to apparent paintball splatters, the entrance to the building was spray-painted with graffiti that read: "Fight back" and "The border is illegal not the people who cross it." Cleaning crews went to the building to wash off the paint.

The paper on Saturday printed a story about a California law taking effect that allows people who are in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses.

The page had a photo of people waiting in line at a Department of Motor Vehicles office with the headline: "Illegals Line Up for Driver's Licenses.

The headline drew intense criticism.

"Not only is snapping a photo of a group of Latinos and calling them illegal wrong and ignorant, it also creates a hostile environment for the largest ethnic community in the state," said a petition on the website

The petition, which had 2,500 supporters as of Thursday, called on the paper to retract the story and apologize for what it terms "racist and hateful" language.

A demonstration also was planned for Thursday evening in front of the News-Press building.

Donald K. Katich, the News-Press director of news operations, said in a statement that the newspaper has used the term for nearly 10 years.

"It is an appropriate term in describing someone as 'illegal' if they are in this country illegally," he said, adding, "When breaking the law becomes the norm, America is no better than other lawless nations."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Police strike two news photographers with batons during Berkeley protests

Police roughed up photographers for the Chronicle and KTVU Channel 2 during protests in Berkeley, the Chron reported.

Chron freelance photographer, Sam Wolston, said a Berkeley police officer struck him about 7:30 p.m. Saturday as he crouched to take pictures between a line of officers and protesters outside Berkeley police headquarters on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The baton strike came after officers had touched Wolson twice, apparently to stop him from moving near the line, he said.

A YouTube video of a CNN news report, posted at, shows the officer hitting Wolson with a baton 31 seconds into the segment.

Also Saturday, a police officer struck an unidentified KTVU photographer with a baton.

“We became caught in the current,” reporter Katie Utehs said on that night’s broadcast, as a video showed the incident. “Jabbed by a baton, pushed back from the police line, as people hurled rocks at officers.”

The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists wrote a letter Sunday to Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan and Mayor Tom Bates to protest the treatment of journalists covering the protest and ask for an investigation into “inappropriate uses of force by officers against members of the news media.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Press Club's Christmas Party is Thursday

We hope to see you this Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Press Club Christmas Party.

The event will be held at El Torito in Foster City. Come and meet your fellow Bay Area journalists who work in print, radio, TV, broadband and public relations. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with our annual board meeting (open to all members), followed by drinks (first one free) and appetizers at 7 p.m.

The party is a great opportunity to renew your membership.

Do you have friends who are interested in joining the Press Club? Please invite them to attend — they can sign up that evening. Hope to see you there!

El Torito is located at 388 Vintage Park Drive, Foster City.

We need to get a head count to the El Torito staff ASAP. Please R.S.V.P. to Press Club Executive Director Aimee Strain at Thank you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Uber executive investigated for snooping on reporter

The AP is reporting that Uber Technologies is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by snooping on a reporter's ride.

The probe stems from allegations that Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber's New York office, used a company tracking tool called "God View" to monitor the location of a BuzzFeed reporter earlier this month. Internet news service BuzzFeed first reported the investigation.

In a statement, Uber said access to the personal data of anyone using its car service is limited to "legitimate business purposes." The San Francisco company said employees violating the rules may be disciplined or fired.

News of the investigation followed a separate BuzzFeed story, which reported that another Uber executive recently threatened to look into the personal lives of journalists that have criticized Uber. Emil Michael, Uber senior vice president for business, made his remarks in New York during a dinner that was also attended by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and a list of prominent guests including actor Ed Norton, New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman and Huffington Post CEO Arianna Huffington, according to a USA Today column published Wednesday.

The USA Today column was written by Michael Wolff, a prominent journalist, who said he invited BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith to the Uber dinner without informing his guest that all conversations were supposed to be off the record. Wolff said most other guests at the dinner didn't hear the conversation between Michael and Smith.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Longtime Merc reporter Betty Barnacle Dillane dead at 83

Betty Barnacle Dillane, a dogged police reporter for the Mercury News for decades, died Nov. 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 83.

She was one of the first women hired by the then-San Jose News in the 1950s. The Merc obit said she developed such a trustworthy relationship with police that she was permitted to flip through their files to find reports she thought were newsworthy.

"No one worked the phones like Betty," said former Mercury News copy editor Michele Jurich, noting Dillane's skill in getting people to open up to her.

Dillane's obit notes that she was gracious, kind and welcoming to women in the newsroom. Her thoughtfulness showed up in her obituaries, which she wrote during her last years with the Mercury News, and she often received thank-you notes from grateful families.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Palo Alto High School opens $13 million journalism center

Palo Alto High School has opened a $13 million Media Arts Center to houses the school's bustling journalism program which includes a student newspaper, daily TV show, website and magazines focusing on campus life and sports. The 23,000-square-foot, two-story building includes 119 Apple desktop computers, 13 LCD television screens, six soundproof interview booths and a high-tech room for Paly's daily broadcast show, "In Focus." The Palo Alto Weekly says it is a "next-century Media Arts Center designed to serve the school and community for generations."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bay Guardian closes after 48 years

The San Francisco Bay Guardian, a voice for the city’s progressives for 48 years, is putting out its last issue today.

Publisher Glen Zuehls of San Francisco Media Co., which acquired the paper from Bruce Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble, two years ago, said the Guardian has been losing money.

San Francisco Media also owns the Examiner and the city’s other alt-weekly, SF Weekly. The paper’s staff was told the Guardian was closing at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“They shut down everything — our sites, our social media, our passkeys, right away,” Editor Steven T. Jones told the Chronicle. “We’ve all been laid off, effective immediately. ... I need an escort to go to the bathroom and get back to the office to pack up my stuff.”

• Examiner: "The Guardian has not made money for years," said Zuehls.

• Guardian Publisher Marke Bieschke says he believes the Guardian will "live in some other form."

• The Guardian was "one of the most venerable, staunchly independent and defiantly weird" alt-weeklies.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jury rejects reporter's claim that he was targeted by BART deputy police chief

BCN reports that a federal jury in San Francisco on Monday rejected a journalist's claim that he was unfairly arrested during a 2011 protest at a BART station in retaliation for articles critical of the transit agency. 

David Morse, a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, sued now-retired BART Deputy Police Chief Dan Hartwig in 2012 to challenge his arrest during a protest at the Powell Street station in San Francisco on Sept. 8, 2011.

Hartwig, the supervising officer during the incident, ordered Morse to be arrested for allegedly blocking a fare gate in violation of a state law that prohibits interference with the safe and efficient operation of a railroad. Morse had written a series of articles criticizing BART police in the previous two-and-a-half years, beginning at the time of the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by then-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle at an Oakland station on New Year's Day in 2009.

He claimed he was unconstitutionally targeted for arrest because he had exercised his right of free speech as a journalist. Hartwig, who was represented in the case by BART lawyers, did not dispute that Morse is a journalist, but claimed he was breaking the law by blocking the fare gate along with other protesters.

After four days of trial and one day of deliberation, a seven-member civil jury in the court of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley unanimously returned a verdict exonerating Hartwig.

Morse's lawyer, Dan Siegel, said, "We're disappointed," but said no decision has been made on whether Morse will appeal.

BART attorney Dale Allen said, "There was no evidence of any animosity going from Deputy Chief Hartwig toward David Morse."

The demonstration was aimed at protesting Grant's death, the fatal shooting of Charles Hill by a BART officer in San Francisco in 2011, and BART's decision to cut off cellphone service during previous demonstrations.

After being arrested, Morse was handcuffed, detained at a police substation for more than two hours and then cited and released. A judge dismissed charges against him nine months later.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Press Club will host boot camp for high school journalists on Sept. 26.

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's eighth annual High School Journalism Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at The College of San Mateo. This event is intended to help high school students sharpen their journalistic skills. There will be speakers, workshops, panels and critiques of school papers. For more information, download the flyer and registration form.

San Carlos may ban home delivery of unsolicited newspapers

The San Mateo County community of San Carlos is looking at banning newspaper companies from throwing newspapers on the driveways of homes if the resident hasn't subscribed. The Daily News reports that the City Council has asked its attorney to draft an ordinance that would ban unwanted newspapers and commercial solicitations from landing on residents' property and the sidewalks in front.

The Daily News says the action was prompted by Councilman Cameron Johnson, who said residents frequently told him they don't want the free San Francisco Examiner dumped on their driveways.

"It's a nuisance, it does signal to people that no one is home ... and I think the waste issue is very important," Johnson said.

Johnson said he called the Examiner requesting that it stop delivering papers to his house. After a few weeks however, the newspapers started showing up again.

"I can make it so people can't call me at home and I can make it so people can't send me email, but there is no way to stop the San Francisco Examiner from throwing their newspaper on my lawn," Johnson said.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rent hike forces Bay City News to move from SF to Oakland

The Examiner reports today that the Bay City News Service is leaving its Market Street home in San Francisco for slightly smaller digs in Oakland due to a rent hike.

Tech businesses are bidding up the price of office space in San Francisco, and BCN wasn't able to find a place that fit in its budget.

"Our landlord here has proposed almost doubling our rent," Wayne Futak, BCN's general manager, told the Examiner. "We don't plan to change our coverage at all by being in Oakland, just fiscally it's less expensive."

Dan McMenamin, BCN's managing editor, is quoted as saying that the move won't diminish the wire service's coverage.

"We are a regional news service, so we didn't see a need to stay in San Francisco," he said, adding later, "I don't see it as a huge deal."

BCN provides news stories and calendar items to about 100 newspapers, radio stations, television newsrooms and websites.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reporter attacked while another is robbed

In the past two days, one local TV news reporter was attacked while covering a story while another was robbed in a news van.

On Sunday afternoon, KTVU reporter Cara Liu was assaulted by a woman in Oakland while covering a murder story at a flea market near the Coliseum, according to media blogger Rich Lieberman. Lieberman quotes a KTVU source as saying the Liu was shaken and unnerved, and that her injury was not serious.

 This morning at about 5, KRON reporter Jackie Sissel was robbed at gunpoint while sitting in a news van on the Interstate 280 overpass near 18th and Pennsylvania Avenue. He was preparing for a story on recent work that was completed on the freeway when two men with bandannas hiding their faces got out of a car, opened the van doors and put a gun to Sissel's head, SFGate reported.

The assailants stole a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera tripod before fleeing in their car. No arrests have been made.

 The incidents are the latest robberies of news crews over the past couple of years. The TV stations have hired security guards to accompany news crews.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New GM for KRON named

Ashley Gold Messina, an executive with WDCW-TV in Washington, D.C., has been named vice president and general manager of KRON, replacing Brian Grief, who left in January.

Messina has been with WDCW since 2001 when she joined the station as an account executive. She's currently vp and general manager of the CW affiliate. Both WDCW and KRON are owned by Media General.

She starts on Sept. 10. Here's the company's news release

August 2014 Press Club board minutes

Aug. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Celia's Restaurant, San Mateo

PRESENT: Kristy Blackburn, Darryl Compton, Laura Dudnick, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrup, Dave Price, Ed Remitz. ABSENT: Jon Mays, Peter Cleaveland, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson.

FINANCE/MEMBERSHIP: Darryl indicated there was no change since last month.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: It will be Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at CSM. The idea of merging the boot camp with the J-Day event sponsored by the Journalism Education Association, Northern California (JEANC) won't happen this year. Kristy, who is apart of JEANC, said that they won't have a J-Day next year, just a session for advisers. So we'll consider the idea of merging our boot camp with J-Day in 2016. Jane, Kristy and Antonia will take on the task of contacting high school advisers about the boot camp.

GRANT PROPOSAL FROM THE TALON STAFF AT LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL: The board unanimously voted to provide a $350 grant for apparatus that will enable students to use their smartphones to shoot high-quality news video. There was some discussion about whether the club, with its revenues declining should be making grants. It was agreed that the board would talk about its finances at next month's meeting.

NEWSLETTER: Laura suggested that the club scrap the newsletter and use Facebook instead. The idea was unanimously approved. Members who receive the emailed newsletter will be notified about the change. Laura volunteered to take on the task of posting information on Facebook.

STEVE O'DONOGHUE'S PROPOSAL FOR A STATEWIDE JOURNALISM ALLIANCE: Directors received an email Aug. 5 about the alliance. O'Donoghue will provide more information at a meeting at the Marines Memorial in SF on Dec. 4.

O'Donoghue stated: "I am in conversations with CNPA about a concept where there would be one umbrella journalism organization for the entire state, horizontally and vertically. That is, high school, community college, university and professional levels, educators, reporters, publishers. The idea is each individual entity would remain autonomous in terms of its mission and activities, but combine for business and advancement of the cause. E.g., one large non-profit where we pool endowments, investments, to increase revenue. We share services (e.g., conference booking, registration), combine for First Amendment fights regardless of level, and perhaps set up regional groups to improve resources for far flung corners of the state." Directors said they were open to the idea, although Dave wondered what it would cost.

JOURNALISM CONTEST JUDGING: Darryl said we would get entries from Florida in September.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

July 2014 Press Club board minutes

July 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Celia's Restaurant, San Mateo

PRESENT: Kristy Blackburn, Peter Cleaveland, Darryl Compton, Laura Dudnick, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrup, Dave Price, Ed Remitz, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson. ABSENT: Jon Mays

GREATER BAY AREA JOURNALISM AWARDS DEBRIEF: Laura said that we should get a photographer for next year and that we shouldn't read the names of people who aren't present. There was also talk of the Mariachi band next door. The board agreed that we should investigate other venues. Dave was going to check into the Poplar Creek Golf Club and Antonia would get information about the Elks Club.

FINANCE/MEMBERSHIP: Finance statement showed a $13,211.78 balance for all accounts. Membership stands at 169.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: Marshall reports that CSM has offered two dates, Sept. 21 and Oct. 3. Sept. 21 was the board's first choice. Directors agreed to contact high school advisers. Antonia asked Laura to be the key note speaker. The board talked about break out sessions. Marshall suggested a session for advisers.

FRESH IDEAS FOR UPCOMING YEAR: Ed proposed mentoring for high school newspaper advisers by the club's advisers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Journalist originally from Marin County detained by Iran

A Marin County native who now works for The Washington Post, Jason Rezaian, is among four journalists believed to have been detained by the Iranian government in Tehran, the Chronicle reported today.

The reason for his detention was not immediately clear. The situation is made more difficult by the fact that Iran and the U.S. have not had formal diplomatic relations since the hostage crisis of 1979.

Rezaian, 38, has been the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent since 2012. Before that, he frequently traveled between the United States and Iran, working as a freelance writer for several magazines and newspapers, including the Chronicle.

Between 2005 and 2007, Rezaian wrote a blog for The Chronicle called "Inside Iran," which discussed the political and cultural affairs of the largely isolated nation. (Photo credit: Mike Kepka, Chronicle)

Friday, July 11, 2014

New leader for group that includes the Examiner, SF Weekly, Guardian

Glenn Zuehls, an executive who has worked in print media for more than two decades, has been named the publisher of the San Francisco Media Co., which produces The San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

He replaces Todd Vogt, who announced to the company’s staff in May that he was heavily leaning toward selling his share of the company to his partners, Oahu Publications Inc.

“Vogt told the gathered throng that he's arrived at a fork in the road in his relationship with the Hawaiian outfit: Either he must sell his shares in the media conglomerate to them, or -- with the aid of as-yet non-existent partners -- he'll buy them out,” the SF Weekly reported May 6. “He informed the newsroom he's highly likely to cash out come May 30. Vogt reiterated to SF Weekly moments ago that's still the case.”

The story the Examiner posted about Zuehls’ appointment made no mention of Vogt.

Dennis Francis, president of Oahu Publications, the parent company for the San Francisco Media Co. and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, announced Zuehl’s appointment on July 2, a day after the three papers moved into new offices at 835 Market St. 

The Examiner said Zuehl played an instrumental role in the 2010 merging of Hawaii's two primary papers, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser. In an era when newspapers were declining in production, the Star-Advertiser has since increased newsroom staff and circulation, the Examiner said. Zuehls said he will focus on strengthening advertising for the San Francisco Media Co.'s three papers.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sam Goldman, journalism teacher, sports information director, dies

The following is from the Chronicle: Bay Area sporting events won't be quite as much fun to cover without Sam Goldman's sweet personality and his contributions to a reporter's sweet tooth.

Goldman, who died Tuesday (June 17) at 87, was a fixture in Bay Area press boxes for decades. He treated media members to butterscotch and peppermint candies while referring to each person as "Great Leader" or "Coach." Actually, Goldman coached dozens of reporters.

He was a longtime journalism teacher at San Bruno's Skyline College. He was a sports-information director (SID) for Skyline, San Francisco State and what became known as the West Coast Conference. In fact, he was the conference's first SID.

A graduate of San Francisco's Mission High and San Jose State, Goldman long will be remembered for his warmth, enthusiasm and his regard for sports journalism.

He is survived by his wife, Adele — who often accompanied him at sporting events — four daughters, six grandchildren and a great grandson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Eternal Home Cemetery, 1051 El Camino Real, Colma. (Photo credit: San Francisco State University)

Bay Area journalist Kevin Weston dead at 45

Kevin Weston, a journalist at the Oakland Post and San Francisco Bayview and the youth communications director with New American Media, died at his Oakland home on Sunday following a two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. He was 45.

"Rest in power, Kevin," San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim said Wednesday before adjourning a meeting in his honor.

The Oakland Tribune, in its obit for Weston, said served as editor-in-chief of YO! Youth Outlook Magazine, executive producer of YO!TV and was a social justice activist, poet, youth advocate and hip-hop entrepreneur.

His writing had appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the Sacramento Bee.

In 2012, Weston was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

Weston was also a founding member of the Chauncey Bailey Project, an investigative team formed after the August 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey Jr. Bailey was reporting on a story regarding the suspicious activities of the Your Black Muslim Bakery when we was slain on broad daylight in downtown Oakland. (Photo from the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford.)