Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Examiner editor Michael Howerton will be the keynote speaker for Press Club luncheon

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's awards luncheon is set for Dec. 5, and the keynote speaker will be San Francisco Examiner Editor-in-Chief Michael Howerton.

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.

Please CLICK HERE to register for the 38th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards luncheon.

It will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

The luncheon will honor the outstanding work of Bay Area TV, print, radio and digital media journalists, as well as the exceptional work of photographers, graphic designers and public relations professionals. The contest has several divisions: Digital Media, Magazine/Trade Press/Newsletter, Newspaper, Photography, Public Relations, Radio and Television.

The Press Club also will award journalism scholarships to high school and college journalism students.

Come and toast the best journalists in the Bay Area and our scholarship winners!

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 2015 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of November Press Club board meeting Nov. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Serra High School, 451 West 20th Ave., San Mateo

PRESENT: Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Jim Watson, Dave Price (via phone), Peter Cleaveland and Jim Henderson. ABSENT: Marshall Wilson, Aimee Strain, Jane Northrop.

FINANCE REPORT: Antonia said the club is doing better than she expected. She said there was $8,000 in the scholarship account, $7,967.76 in PayPal (contest entry fees), and $5,319.22 in the operations account. Antonia said the club has enough to cover the luncheon.

CONTEST BANQUET: The luncheon has been postponed until Dec. 5 because the judges need more time, Antonia said. She has put down a deposit for the room at the Crowne Plaza for that date.

IRS MATTER: The tax-exempt status of the club lapsed several years ago. The board discovered this fact earlier this year. Antonia and bookkeeper Ana Glodek conducted a conference call with the IRS. A penalty is possible. The main goal is to correct the situation and renew the nonprofit status. The board voted unanimously to get an estimate and a proposed retainer agreement from a CPA firm for the work that is necessary to correct this situation.

AWARDS LUNCHEON SPONSOR: Antonia reports the club is in negotiations with a corporate sponsor. They are offering help including finding a guest speaker.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Ed said the scholarship committee has selected one high school winner and two college winners. They'll get $1,500 each, for a total of $4,500. The board unanimously voted to increase the number of college scholarships to two, and approve the $4,500 expenditure.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE/CONTEST: Antonia reports that the club got 430 entries for this year's contest. Jim Henderson suggested that we change the entry process next year so that everyone entering the contest would pay a membership fee with their first entry. Price suggested the club conduct a membership survey at the upcoming awards luncheon on Dec. 5. Price will send a draft of the survey to board members and Jim Watson said he would tabulate the results.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: Antonia said she is shooting to hold the camp in the third week of February. She'd like to open the high school contest the same day as the boot camp so that attendees could be encouraged to submit entries.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Former LA Times sports columnist wins $7.1 million verdict in age and disability bias case

This item is a bit out of the bailiwick of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, but it might strike a chord with some of our members. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury tonight awarded $7.1 million to former LA Times sports columnist T.J. Simers on his claim that the newspaper discriminated against him because of his age and disability.

Simers’ attorneys claimed during the six-week trial that the Times tried to stifle his critical coverage of former Dodgers owner Frank McCort and then diminished his role at the paper after he suffered a mini-stroke and was diagnosed with complex migraine syndrome. Simers, now 65, was making $234,000 a year when he was forced out of his job in 2013. The Times said it will appeal.

The verdict was reported by Variety and the Times.

Save the Date: Press Club awards luncheon date changed to Dec. 5

The 2015 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's awards luncheon has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

Why? It's taking a little longer than anticipated for our out-of-state judges to review this year's entries.

The location of the luncheon will remain the same, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City. Please save the date, Dec. 5. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. Winners will be notified in advance via email.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chron suspends Warriors writer Rusty Simmons

Rusty Simmons, the San Francisco Chronicle's Golden State Warriors beat reporter, has been suspended without pay after he wrote an article Monday that was nearly a word-for-word copy of a team press release, Columbia Journalism Review reports.

Simmons cut-and-paste a news release the Warriors issued announcing the team had purchased land for a new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood from the software company Salesforce.

PR man Sam Singer, who represents the arena's opponents, saw the duplication and sent emails about it to his contacts. Examiner reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez took Singer’s tip and tweeted screen shots of the press release and the Chronicle story.

Chronicle editor Audrey cooper confirmed to CJR that Simmons, a sportswriter at the paper since 2002, has been suspended without pay pending an investigation of his entire body of work at the Chronicle. But Cooper also told CJR that she'd be surprised if the review reveals that copying press releases was a "chronic practice" of Simmons.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Press Club to award $1,500 scholarships

Friday, Oct. 23 — That's the deadline for submitting entries to the 2015 college scholarship competition sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

The competition is open to high school, community college and college students from 12 Bay Area counties who are planning a career in print, broadcast, online or photo journalism. The counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Yolo.

The club selects one college student to receive a $1,000 scholarship named for Herb Caen, the late San Francisco Chronicle columnist, and one high school student for a $1,500 scholarship named for the late Jack Russell, club co-founder.

Scholarship funds will be paid to colleges each recipient plans to attend, or is attending, to defray education-related expenses.

Work published, broadcast or webcast from fall 2014 through spring 2015 is eligible.

Entrants should send:

• A one-page resume.

• A letter of recommendation from an instructor in journalism, communications or English.

• Three to five examples of work as published or distributed. All entrants must include at least two examples of news writing or news coverage and may complete the submission with samples of feature writing or feature coverage. Only one example may be opinion-based.

• The entire package — resume, letter of recommendation and examples — should be combined into a single PDF that includes the entrant's name in the title. Video reports should be provided as links on a single PDF that is added to the combined PDF.

Entries should be emailed by Oct. 23 to:

Winners will be honored at the club's 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book, concert focus on My Lai Massacre

Hugh Thompson Jr.
The 1968 My Lai Massacre, one of the most shocking episodes of the Vietnam War, will come into focus this Saturday (Oct. 10) at 6 p.m. when the musical/monodrama titled “My Lai” will be performed by the Kronos Quartet at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.

Prior to the performance, author Trent Angers will give a brief talk about the heroism of Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson Jr., who played a major role in ending the massacre and testifying against the U.S. Army soldiers who committed the murders.

Angers, a seasoned journalist and editor from Louisiana, was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work on the Hugh Thompson story.

Angers has written a revised edition of his first book on Thompson. The revised edition, titled “The Forgotten Hero of My Lai,” reveals how Nixon initiated and led an effort to sabotage the My Lai Massacre trials.

One of Angers’ sources for the book were the handwritten notes of White House Chief of Staff H.R. Bob Haldeman. In a Dec. 1, 1969, meeting, Haldeman wrote that Nixon wanted to get the soldiers responsible for My Lai off the hook by destroying the reputation of Thompson. “Dirty tricks — not to high of a level … Discredit one witness … May have to use a Senator or two,” Haldeman wrote.

As for Saturday's concert, the music was composed by Jonathan Berger of Stanford; the lyrics (libretto) were written by Harriet Scott Chessman. The singer/main character is Rinde Eckert (who plays Hugh Thompson), with master Vietnamese musician Van-Ahn Vo.

For more about the concert, go to

For more about Angers book, go to Amazon.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Marinucci jumps to Politico

Carla Marinucci, a longtime political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has landed a job at Politico, which is launching a California section. Politico is starting several regional sections, and most of the writers for these sections are coming from newspapers. The news that she had taken a new job was announced by Politico’s Mike Allen. Marinucci has been covering politics for the Chron since 1996 and has been with Hearst Newspapers since 1983. Here’s her Chron bio. (Photo credit: Chronicle)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Newspaper launches a serialized novel

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Daily Post in Palo Alto began publishing “Palo Alto Odyssey,” a serialized novel about life in present-day Palo Alto, written by John Angell Grant.

The Bay Area newspapers have printed serialized novels before. The San Francisco Chronicle published Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City," a series that began in 1978.

“Palo Alto Odyssey” focuses on Miranda Jones, a woman who grew up in Palo Alto, attending local public schools, and later Stanford as an undergraduate.

After obtaining her law degree in New York, Miranda stayed in New York for a law career. Now she is returning to Palo Alto, perhaps to retire there, perhaps to sell her parents’ bungalow home in the Southgate part of town. Miranda is surprised at the changes she finds in Palo Alto from her childhood. It is no longer the sleepy university town she grew up in. Millionaire 20-somethings inhabit the cafes, creating new startups, as other wannabe entrepreneurs watch with envy. Housing prices have skyrocketed. New residents in the town, with more money, push out the earlier population. Families struggle.

Miranda’s old friend from high school is now a schizophrenic panhandler on University Avenue. Parents and teachers worry about the pressure on children and Palo Alto’s teen suicide epidemic. Women and men, both, struggle with conflicts between career and marriage.

“Palo Alto Odyssey” will run six times a week in the Daily Post through Oct. 5, in short chapters of about 500 words each. This is the right length, says Daily Post Editor and Publisher Dave Price, “for a reader to enjoy over a cup of coffee.”

Price says that the serialization gives the Daily Post another dimension. One dimension is simply reporting the news and the second is the Opinion page, where local issues are debated. This creates a third level where local trends and happenings can be brought to life through the serial.

The novel’s creator, John Angell Grant, is a longtime journalist and the author of 12 produced stage plays. Grant is also the theater critic for the Daily Post. Back episodes of “Palo Alto Odyssey” will be downloadable daily at the author’s website at  

Full disclosure: Price is the Press Club's secretary and webmaster.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Chron's Henry Lee jumps to Channel 2

Henry Lee, who covers crime and courts for the Chronicle, has joined KTVU as a justice reporter and anchor, TV Spy reports. Lee will lead the new Crime Files franchise for Channel 2. His reports will air on the Sunday edition of the 10'O Clock News. He has been at the Chronicle since 1994. Here's his bio. The last Chronicle reporter to jump to TV news was Cecilia Vega. She went to Channel 7 as a reporter in 2008. She joined ABC News in 2011, and this year became a weekend anchor for ABC.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Police release video of suspects in robbery of Examiner photographer

San Francisco police have released this video showing the black Pontiac Grand Prix that two robbers used as a getaway car after they robbed a San Francisco Examiner photographer of his camera on July 23.

The photographer was walking east on Bryant Street, near the Hall of Justice, when two robbers pushed him from behind.

As he fell, the robbers grabbed his Canon EOS-1D digital camera and dragged him 20 feet. The camera and lenses are worth more than $9,300.

The robbers fled south on Langton Street and a surveillance camera captured footage of them driving away in the Grand Prix. The video also appears to show a possible "Good Samaritan" chasing the suspect in a Toyota Tacoma pickup or a similar vehicle.

Police are asking the public to help identify the Good Samaritan in the pickup truck or the robbers. Anyone with information is asked to call (415) 575-6039 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444. Tips can also be sent by texting TIP411 and starting the message with SFPD.

Suspect jailed in robberies of TV news crews

Bay City News reports that a man suspected of robbing and assaulting two TV news crews covering a homicide at Pier 14 last month has been arrested and jailed.

Michael Anthony Jones, 23, was arrested on July 27 and booked into jail on suspicion of robbing and assaulting the news crews with the help of two accomplices who remain at large.

Jones pleaded innocent on July 30 and remains in jail with bail set at $250,000.

On July 2, a group of broadcast news reporters were robbed at gunpoint of their camera equipment as they were covering the shooting death of San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle. At about 6 a.m., news crews had gathered on The Embarcadero, in front of Pier 14, when the suspects approached them. The suspects demanded camera equipment from NBC Bay Area and KTVU Fox-2, according to San Francisco police.

Police said there were two armed suspects and a third suspect who acted as a getaway driver. Part of the attack was caught on camera by one of the crews preparing for a live broadcast. One cameraman was struck in the head with a pistol and suffered a laceration to the head. The three other victims were not injured.

The suspects made off with camera equipment valued at over $100,000.

The three suspects fled in a black BMW 7 Series sedan, Gatpandan said. Investigators were able to locate the BMW used in the Pier 14 robbery and on July 27, San Francisco police investigators, with the assistance of the Oakland and Fremont Police Departments, identified Jones as a suspect and located him with the BMW at a Motel 6 in Fremont, police said.

Following a brief foot pursuit, Jones was arrested as he was leaving a room at the motel, police said.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Redwood City photojournalist Reg McGovern dead at 95

The Palo Alto Daily Post is reporting that well-known Redwood City photojournalist Reg McGovern has died after complications from a fall. He was 95. McGovern died Wednesday (Aug. 5) in Mountain View, said his wife Janet.

The two met at the now-defunct Redwood City Tribune, where McGovern was a staff photographer for 36 years. She said he taught her a lot about journalism, and he was well-known because of his colorful personality and sense of humor.

He was not only a photographer, but a reporter too, and knew how to become friends to develop sources, said his wife. McGovern proclaimed that he had “telephonitis” when every evening he would call lots of his friends round robin style, she said.

“He was a maverick,” longtime friend and former co-worker George Gananian said of McGovern. “He always went against conventional wisdom.”

When on assignment for a San Francisco 49ers game at Kezar Stadium, Gananian remembers the herd of photographers huddled together in one section of the sidelines. But McGovern was at the other end of the field, waiting for the play to come toward him. At just the right moment, when the sun was behind the offensive team, McGovern snapped a photo that worked with the sun, highlighting the players.

The other photographers had to zoom in and then crop their photos while McGovern knew how to frame his photo without much editing, Gananian said. “He damn near always got the shot he wanted,” Gananian said. With tight deadlines at the Redwood City Tribune, McGovern invented shortcuts to make the photo editing process go faster.

This photo by Reg McGovern of a 1952 magnesium
fire in San Carlos won a top award for spot news

Gananian recalled a car crash on the corner of Veterans Boulevard and Main Street at noon, close to the 12:30 p.m. deadline for the afternoon newspaper. McGovern had a special fast-acting chemical solution he called “Jungle Juice” that he invented during his years in the South Pacific. The developer converted the negatives in just one minute instead of three to make deadline.

McGovern was born in Redwood City, the son of San Mateo County Sheriff Thomas McGovern and his wife, Hilda, who became the first woman state traffic officers in San Mateo County in 1928, months after her husband’s death, said Janet McGovern.

McGovern lived in Redwood City for most of his life, and attended Sequoia High and San Mateo Junior College. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific aboard the ammunition ship the U.S.S. Murzim.

McGovern was first hired by the Tribune in 1945 as a staff photographer. His wife said he had a “natural nose for news and an eye for unusual angles.” He won numerous awards during his years at the Tribune, his wife said.

Years later, the McGoverns collaborated on the local history books “Redwood City,” “Redwood City Then & Now” and most recently “Menlo Park.” McGovern loved band music and in the early 1950s began his won record company, Fidelity Sound Recordings.

McGovern is survived by his wife, Janet; his two sons, Thomas of South San Francisco and James of Walnut Creek and his wife, Kim; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Plans for his memorial are being made, but donations can be made in his honor to the Salvation Army, Golden State Division, 832 Folsom St., San Francisco or Kainos Home & Training Center, 3621 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Report: SFWeekly/Examiner publisher says there's no wall between editorial and ads

The new publisher of the SF Weekly and Examiner, Glenn Zuehls, declared in a staff meeting on Friday that there is no wall between advertising and news, according to Joe Eskenazi, who wrote for the SF Weekly for eight years. Eskenazi's report was carried by San Francisco Magazine.

Zuehles was upset that the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park pulled $68,496 worth of ads over a humorous story in the SF Weekly about the casino. Eskenazi said Zuehls ordered the newsroom to do a puff piece on the casino in the hopes of getting the ads back. When the newsroom staffers objected, Zuehles said the staff should dig into their own pockets to come up with the $68,496.

Eskenazi says three editorial employees have "parted ways" with the Examiner over the dust up. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gannett reportedly looking to buy the Merc

The San Jose Mercury News is a likely takeover target of Gannett, the Wall Street Journal says.

The story is based on comments by Gannett CEO Robert Dickey that he has assembled a team of banking and legal advisers to pursue deals in markets with populations between one and three million people.

“We are aggressively pursuing all the opportunities in front of us,” he said.

The Journal says: “The list of newspapers in markets of over one million people is short. One such title, the San Jose Mercury News, was recently put on the block by owner Digital First Media along with its 75 other daily newspapers, but all were taken off the market in May.”

Thursday, July 2, 2015

News crews robbed, assaulted in San Francisco

News crews from two Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts this morning.

The robbery and assault occurred at about 6 a.m. Thursday along the city's waterfront, SF Gate reported. Several camera crews were broadcasting live reports for local morning shows about a killing that occurred nearby Wednesday night.
KTVU reporter Cara Liu was reporting live when someone ran up and stole camera equipment belonging to KNTV, which also had a crew on the scene.

During the incident, KNTV camera operator Alan Waples was pistol-whipped. KTVU anchor Brian Flores was introducing the story and preparing to go live to Liu when she appeared startled and said, “Hold on, hold on, wait,” before disappearing from the screen, as KNTV reporter Kris Sanchez and Waples, 54, were being robbed at gunpoint.

The assailant, one of three suspects, came up behind Waples, who was was adjusting Sanchez’s lighting, and put a gun to his head.

“Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Sanchez yelled.
The KTVU camera that was stolen.
Photos from the San Francisco Police.

Waples said, “Take the camera!”

He recalled later that he was waiting for the click of the gun. “I thought he was going to kill Alan,” Sanchez said.

he man then threw Waples to the ground and hit him with the gun in the ear, causing a large gash and leaving a big bruise on his upper arm.

All of this unfolded quickly as KTVU was broadcasting live, although the incident wasn’t audible.

One of the robbers.
“Cara, you still there?” Flores asked. “Sorry, there’s an incident out here,” she replied as she and KTVU photographer Keith Crook left to tend to the stricken KNTV crew.

“What’s going on out there, Cara, doing OK?” Flores asked.

The robber drove away in a black BMW with two cameras and two tripods from stations KTVU and KNTV.

Two other camera crews on the scene weren't robbed.

Waples was examined on the scene and wasn't hospitalized.

The gun used in today's robbery.
Local television and newspaper crews have been robbed several times in recent years, though usually the incidents occur in Oakland.

Many crews travel with armed guards when reporting in high-crime areas.

Wednesday's murder and Thursday's robbery occurred at Pier 14 along the Embarcadero, a popular spot for tourists and locals.

San Francisco police were first called to the pier at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday where they found a 31-year-old woman wounded with a gunshot to the upper body. Police detained a "person of interest," but released no further details about the shooting. The woman died later at a hospital.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GraceAnn Walden, pioneer in local food media, dies

The Chronicle is reporting that its former Inside Scoop columnist GraceAnn Walden has died.

"She made restaurant news and gossip a dedicated beat in this food-obsessed town, breathlessly chronicling the paths of chefs through town and tracking the underbelly of the restaurant scene with her sharp, witty and sometimes controversial writing," the Chron's Inside Scoop blog said.

She wrote the Inside Scoop column from its inception in 1991 to 2005. In recent years, she had been living in the North Bay, conducting food tours around North Beach, and sending out her food-centric newsletter. (Photo credit: Chris Stewart, Chronicle)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sports writer Ron Bergman dead at 80

Longtime Bay Area sports writer Ron Bergman died today (May 28). He was 80.

The AP reports that Bergman had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, "Mustache Gang," about the 1972 title team.

He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports.

The A's were planning a moment of silence in Bergman's honor before their game Thursday night against the Yankees.

He is survived by former wife Sally, children Anne and Adam; a brother Jim; and grandchildren Henry and Ella.

Press Club honors high school journalists

Students from nine Bay Area high schools were commended for outstanding newspaper and yearbook during the 2015 High School Journalism Awards. Sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the awards ceremony took place on May 21 at the San Mateo History Museum in Redwood City. There were 375 entries this year, which ranged from overall excellence to sports stories to opinion pieces and special features. Here are the winners.

“The students’ caliber of writing was exceptional this year,” said San Francisco Peninsula Press Club President Antonia Ehlers. “Our judges had a tough time determining the winners because there were so many in-depth, thought-provoking entries. Our students investigated important topics including medical illnesses, drug use, racial tensions, and the potential of ‘hookup’ social media sites. On behalf of the Press Club Board of Directors, we commend these students for putting their hearts and souls into making a difference through the written word and photo journalism.”

Press Club Vice President Jim Watson spoke to the students about careers in journalism and how to expand their horizons by exploring related industries that hire writers. Executive Director John Ellis stressed the importance of networking with Bay Area journalists to learn from the experts and seek mentorship opportunities.

Carlmont High School in Belmont received the Overall Excellence Award. The group also received a prestigious Pacemaker Award and is ranked in the nation.

"The Bay Area schools have some of the top journalism programs in the nation,” said Carlmont English Department Chair Justin Raisner. “For us to take top honors in this contest is quite an impressive feat.  I'm really proud of the effort that my students put into their writing, photography and design. Winning these awards helps students know that they are producing top-level work. When a journalism program wins awards, it raises the status of journalism in the school and the community. Between these awards this year and winning the national Pacemaker last year, I have a lot of support when there's push-back on a sensitive story."

Monday, May 25, 2015

Winners in High School Journalism Contest

The following local students received awards in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s annual high school journalism contest for work they did on their school newspapers and websites. The awards were presented to the students on Thursday (May 21) at the old courthouse in Redwood City.

1. News Story Winners 
   First: San Mateo High School: “Senator Jerry Hill Bashes SMUHSD” by Cindy Zhang 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Former Carlmont student killed at 19 years old” by Kimiko Okumura
   Third: Aragon High School “SMPD tests cameras” by Carolyn Ku 

 2. Features Story Winners 
   First: Eastside College Prep: “Race Matters: Student Poll Finds Police Overstep Power” by Corine Forward, Cohen Price 
   Second: Aragon High School: “Aragon Opens Up About Marijuana Use” by Jordan Kranzler, Brandon Yan, Alex Furuya 
   Third: Convent of the Sacred Heart: “Hookup Culture Becomes the Norm, Causing a Double Standard for Many Women” by Tatiana Gutierrez 
   Honorable Mention: Aragon High School “Tinder and Grinder” by Regina Wen, Jordan Kranzler
   Honorable Mention: Santa Clara High School “Your Brain on Drugs” by Ellie Houseman, Joseph Hughes, Daniel Huynh, Sophia Kakarala 
   Honorable Mention: Carlmont High School: “Behind the Mask: Carlmont’s walking DJ” by Kelly Song    Honorable Mention: Santa Clara High School: “Students in the Shadows” by Theodora Vojnovic 

 3. Sports Story Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Boys varsity soccer falls to Sequoia” by Jocelyn Moran 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Boys soccer begins season strong” by Naomi Asrir 
   Third: “Eastside College Prep: “Panthers first bid for state title falls short in final minutes” by Chorine Forward 

 4. Editorial Winners 
   First: Terra Nova High School: “You can trust me with cars, why not condoms?” by Emily Stack 
   Second: Santa Clara High School: “California teacher tenure laws not the problem” by Sophia Kakarala    Third: Carlmont High School: “Airport harassment: TSA affects people beyond the gate” by Shira Stein 

5. Column Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Columns by Dominic Gialdini” by Dominic Gialdini 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Why cops are never prosecuted” by Michael Bastaki 
   Third: Aragon High School: “‘Sucker’ rules” by Murray Sandmeyer 
   Honorable Mention: Mills High School: “Pushing for Progression in Primetime” by Daysia Tolentino
   Honorable Mention: Mills High School: “Fighting Racial Injustice From Ferguson to Millbrae” by Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz 

6. News Photo Winners 
   First: Terra Nova High School: “Fire tears through valley” by Emily Stack 
   Second: Eastside College Prep: “Blood drive successful despite minor glitches” by Elizabeth Perez
   Third: Carlmont High School: “Homecoming begins” by Han Vu 

7. Feature Photo Winners 
   First: Aragon High School: “Students who Cosplay at Aragon” by Jenney Zhang 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “New mural brings color to campus” by Han Vu 
   Third: Eastside College Prep: “Losing loved ones at a young age” by Yajaira Vargas 

8. Sports Photo Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “JV softball perseveres to gain the lead” by Avery Adams 
   Second: Aragon High School: “Aragon Varsity Basketball v. Hillsdale High School” by Magali de Sauvage 
   Third: Aragon High School: “Aragon Boys’ Varsity Football v. Half Moon Bay” by Magali de Sauvage 

9. Layout & Design Winners 
   First: Serra High School: “Homecoming Week” by Robert Horne, Matthew Claybrook, George Anagnostou 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “The Highlander — January 2015” by Staff 
   Third: Convent of the Sacred Heart” by Aoife Devereaux 

10. Website Design Winners 
   First: San Mateo High School, by Angela Zhang, Jean Ye 
   Second: Carlmont High School: Entry 10301 “Scot Scoop News” by Shira Stein 
   Third: Mills High School: “The Mills Thunderbolt” by Nathan Chau 

11. Web Site Content Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Scot Scoop News” by Staff 
   Second: San Mateo High School, by Jean Ye, Angela Zhang 
   Third: Mills High School: “The Mills Thunderbolt” by Nathan Chau, Iris Hung 

12. Yearbook Winners 
   First: Mills High School 
   Second: Serra High School 

13. General Excellence Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “The Highlander” by Staff 
   Second: Santa Clara High School: “The Roar, December 2014, February 2015 and April 2015” by Staff 
   Third: Aragon High School: “February, March, and April 2015 editions of the Outlook” by Staff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vince Roman, former KGO-TV news director, dies

One of the first news directors in Bay Area television, Vince Roman, died April 29 in Belmont at age 90.

Roman went to work for KGO-TV in 1951, became news director and remained with the ABC station for 37 years until he retired.

Roman and his partner Sam Rolph, co-founder of Hillbarn Theatre, bought a house on San Juan Boulevard in Belmont in 1956 and remained there until some time after Rolph died in 2006.

They also had homes at Lake Tahoe and on the north shore of Kauai. For the past five years, Roman has lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Belmont.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Roman served as a B-24 radio operator in the 8th Air Force during World War II and flew 13 missions before the war ended. He was mustered out at March Air Force Base in Riverside.

He told friends that he liked the warm weather and decided to remain in California. He parlayed his wartime experience in radio technology into a job in the new world of television. He started by delivering them; then he heard that KGO-TV was hiring and made the jump to TV news.

He rented a room on the Peninsula. When his landlady heard he was interested in community theater, she sent him to Hillbarn where he met Rolph.

Eventually, his mother and father, both Lithuanian immigrants, and his sister and her husband joined him on the Peninsula.

He outlived most of his Roman kin but is survived by Rolph’s nephew, Mike Venturino of Belmont, a good friend who managed his affairs.

Friends will gather to celebrate Roman’s life from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Homeless Cat Network, P.O. Box 6, San Carlos 94070, or the Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame 94010, are suggested.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Enter the high school journalism contest

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is inviting high school journalists from throughout the Bay Area to submit entries for our annual high school journalism contest. The deadline to enter is May 8, so there isn't much time. The awards will be presented on May 21 in Redwood City. The contest is sponsored by Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. Go here to get the details. Here's a look back at last year's winners.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Chronicle names Kristen Go as digital managing editor

Kristen Go
The Chronicle announced today (April 24) that Kristen Go, a deputy managing editor at the paper since 2008, has been promoted to the newly created position of managing editor, digital, where she will run the Chron's online and visual operations. As deputy ME, she was in charge of providing digital and social media training to the staff, overseeing special projects and the Sunday edition. Go joined the Chronicle after working as a reporter and editor at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While at the Denver Post, she was part of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School. Here's the story. (Photo credit: Russell Yip, Chronicle)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KPFA host Wesley Burton killed in car accident

(From Bay City News) A public radio host who died in a rollover crash near his Oakland home early Saturday morning had deep Oakland roots and loved to barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors, his nephew said Monday.

"He was a guy that you could make friends with within an hour," said Wesley Burton's nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez.

Hernandez has raised nearly $20,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help support Burton's wife and three young children -- a crucial source of support as Burton did not have life insurance.

Burton was killed in a crash Saturday (April 18) at about 2:20 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near 59th Street, according to police. He was trapped inside the vehicle and despite life-saving measures, was pronounced dead there.

He worked as a board operator and co-host at Berkeley's KPFA 94.1. His two shows, "Sideshow Radio" and "After Hours," played hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz music late at night.

Hernandez, who first met Burton when he was only 6 years old, said his uncle had always loved music and the two played drums together when Hernandez was young. Burton married Hernandez's aunt, Lucrecia, and since then was like a father to him, he said. Burton's young children, Santiago, Enrique, and Samaya, were like siblings to him.

"Whenever somebody thought of a good father, it was him," Hernandez said. That Burton was such a good and devoted father was a special accomplishment because Burton himself grew up without a father, Hernandez said.

His fundraising page is online at (Photo courtesy of KPFA.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

CNBC opens bureau in San Francisco

Josh Lipton in the new CNBC bureau
CNBC has begun broadcasting from its new San Francisco bureau at 1 Market in the heart of the Financial District. The bureau is originating both on-air segments and contributing to the network’s digital sites. It will share the space with Re/code. CNBC has had a San Jose bureau for several years, but as the center of gravity for tech coverage has move to San Francisco, the financial network needed a bureau there, too. Here’s a Q&A TVNewser did with technology correspondent Josh Lipton about the new bureau. (Photo credit: TVNewser)