Tuesday, December 3, 2002

December 2002 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of Dec. 3, 2002, at the San Mateo County Times.

In attendance were: John Kane, Bill Workman, Darryl Compton, Ed Remitz, Jon Mays and John Horgan. Dave Price arrived late. The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m.

Minutes of the Nov. 5, 2002, meeting were approved 6-0. There was one alteration. The date of the club's annual holiday party was changed to Dec. 11. The date had been Dec. 10. There was no treasurer's report.

Darryl Compton said he continues to seek a location for the May 2, 2003, awards banquet. He said work is progressing on a fresh draft of a new contest entry form. He added that the deadline for contest entries will be Feb. 15, 2003. He also noted that he has received applications for five new club members. The typical membership fee is $35. He said he would like the club to provide him with a title, perhaps executive director. He would have a voice at meetings but no vote. That will be discussed at the Jan. 7, 2003, meeting.

Dave Price gave a report on the club's Web site. He said all of the glitches which had plagued the site have been cleared up.

John Horgan said there was nothing new to announce regarding the future of the San Francisco Press Club and its financial problem with the Internal Revenue Service.

Jon Mays requested that, during a week when there is a Tuesday election, the club's board meeting be changed to some other day, perhaps Thursday. That issue will be discussed at the Jan. 7 meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:28 a.m. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the San Mateo County Times.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

November 2002 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of Nov. 5, 2002, at the San Mateo County Times.

In attendance were: John Kane, Bill Workman, Michelle Carter, Darryl Compton, Ed Remitz and John Horgan. Dave Price arrived late. The meeting was called to order at 10:07 a.m.

Michelle Carter presented a treasurer's report which indicated assets of $19,782 and scholarship monies amounting to $9,924. She indicated that the 2002 awards competition produced a net profit of $4,514. Her report was approved unanimously.

John Horgan provided a report regarding the future of the San Francisco Press Club. He said the club's pending demise has been placed on hold due to a $750,000 debt owed to the Internal Revenue Service. It isn't clear how many assets the club will have after the IRS takes its share.

It was agreed unanimously to pay Darryl Compton a $3,000 fee to produce the 2003 annual awards competition. He also will receive a $50 per month administrative fee to maintain the club's membership list and to perform other related duties. It was noted that an effort will be mad to increase participation among both print and electronic journalists. Next year's awards banquet will be held May 2. The contest deadline will be sometime in February.

It was decided unanimously to hold the annual holiday party at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 (date has since changed since minutes were completed to Dec. 11) at the Congregational Church of Belmont. There will be a $10 per person charge for the catered affair. Bill Workman will procure the wine. It is expected that perhaps 20 to 30 people will attend.

Dave Price said he will tweak the club's Web site to correct several glitches.

Michelle Carter said a date for the next meeting of the Bench/Bar/Media committee has not be chosen.

It was determined that the recipient of the Mary Jane Zirkel scholarship will be a female who graduated from a high school in San Mateo. With the addition of a $113 transfer from the club's operating account, the stipend totals $2,000.

Dave Price broached the idea of having the club host potential election forums in 2003. Depending on the cost, the notion will be pursued.

Ed Remitz reported that an Oct. 26 high school journalism workshop sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association at Hayward's Chabot College drew about 80 young people.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:21 a.m. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Dec. 3, 200, at the San Mateo County Times.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Tuesday, September 3, 2002

September 2002 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors annual meeting Sept. 3, 2002, at the San Mateo County Times.

In attendance were: John Kane, Darryl Compton, Jack Russell, Michelle Carter, Ed Remitz, Dave Price, John Horgan and Aimee Lewis. The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. Jon Mays arrived late at 11:25 a.m.

The minutes of the Aug. 6, 2002 meeting, with one change regarding a proposed slate of 2002-03 club officers, were approved 7-0.

The treasurer's report was presented by Michelle Carter. It indicated an operating balance of $19,976.27 and a scholarship fund balance of $8,017.62. The treasurer's report was approved 7-0.

A 2002-03 slate of club officers included: John Kane, president; Jack Russell, vice president; John Horgan, secretary; Michelle Carter, treasurer; and Aimee Lewis, Jon Mays, Dave Price, Ed Remitz and Bill Workman, board members. Club members have received their ballots by mail. Results will be tabulated at the next meeting.

Dave Price gave an update on the club's Internet Web site. All systems appear to be go in this regard. It was noted that the club picnic is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Twin Pines Park in Belmont. It was agreed that John Horgan would contact officials of the San Francisco Press Club about a possible link with that group.

It was determined to change the time of the club's monthly meeting to 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the San Mateo County Times. The board took no action regarding a San Francisco Chronicle decision to terminate a column written by Stephanie Salter.

It was noted that the next gathering of the Bench, Bar, Media Committee will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City. The club's annual Christmas party will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Le Pot au Feu in Menlo Park (location has since been changed). Ed Remitz said the California Newspaper Publishers Association will sponsor a workshop for high school journalism teachers at Chabot College in Hayward in October.

Darryl Compton said he will need an increase in his stipend to produce the club's annual journalism contest. That will be considered at a future meeting. Board members concluded the meeting by judging a final best-in-show entry provided by the San Diego Press Club.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 p.m. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the San Mateo County Times.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

San Francisco and Peninsula press clubs in talks

PPC, SF Press Club in talks

The Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors met with members of the San Francisco Press Club on July 2 to discuss options for SF club, whose history dates back to 1888.

Dick Alexander and Larry Matthews of the SF Press Club said that about 80 percent of their members are non-journalists who joined to enjoy the privileges of the private club. For instance, SF Press Club members can stay free or at reduced rates in luxury rooms at other press clubs around the world.

In 1997, the SF Press Club, facing large debts, declining membership and building code compliance issues, sold its building at 555 Post St. and moved into its current quarters at 155 Sansome St.

Now the SF club is considering a proposal to merge with another club in San Francisco, but it wants to find a good home for the newspaper memorabilia it has collected for more than 100 years, Alexander said. Another idea was to, perhaps, have the PPC take on the SF Press Club's annual contest.

PPC board members urged the members of the SF club to return with a proposal the board could consider.

Friday, May 10, 2002

2002 Peninsula Press Club awards

FOSTER CITY — Bay Area print journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 134 awards of excellence in 58 categories at the Peninsula Press Club's 25th annual Professional Journalism Awards dinner here tonight.

The Peninsula Press Club's annual Professional Journalism Awards Competition dinner was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

The winners were selected from 437 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Competition was for work done in 2001. Entries were judged by the Press Club of Cleveland, the Press Club of New Orleans and the San Diego Press Club.

Winners of Herb Caen Scholarships were Ben Aguirre Jr. and Marijana Sapina-Kerkhove both from San Jose State University and Adrienne LaMarr Clark of Los Gatos High School. The Peninsula Press Club annually awards $1,000 scholarships each to the winning high school and college journalism students.

The complete list of winners follows:


NEWSPAPERS - Dailies over 75,000 circulation (Division A)


Editorial:
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "September 11, 2001," John Diaz
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Tossing Away Privacy," John Diaz
Honorable Mention: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Out of Reach: County Needs Major Policy Changes to Avoid an Enclave for Rich," Paul Gullixson

Editorial Cartoon
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Hippie and Terrorist," Tom Meyer

Column
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Jon Carroll Columns," Jon Carroll
Second Place: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Lowell Cohn Columns," Lowell Cohn

News Story
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Coming to Grips on the Death Road," Anna Badhken
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Bin Laden's Man in Silicon Valley," Erin McCormick, Lance Williams
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, "Clerk's Tip Foils College Bomb Plot," Mercury News Staff

Feature Story of Light Nature
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "High-Tech's Repo Man on a Roll," Matt Marshall
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "180-Degree Turn at Oval Office," Robert Salladay
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, "Line of the Times," Steve Rubenstein

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Blood Feud," Susan Sward
Second Place: Contra Costa Times, "To Save a Child," Sonia Krishnan
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, "Bad Company," Marianne Costantinou

Series
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Broken Promises: School Bonds," Chuck Finnie, Julian Guthrie
Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, "Power Coverage," Mercury News Staff
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, "A Valley Family's Supporting Cast," Michelle Quinn, Tracy Seipel

Technology Story
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "Science by Subtraction," Paul Jacobs
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Dead Zones," Todd Wallack

Business Story
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Power Kingpins Rake in Millions in Stock Deal," Christian Berthelsen, Scott Winokur
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "PG&E Showers Bonuses, Raises on 6,000," David Lazarus
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, "Network Associates Paid the Price for Pushing the Limits," Elise Ackerman, Cecilia Kang

Entertainment Review
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Emotional Rendering of Mahler's Sixth," Joshua Kosman
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Simply Wonderful," Robert Hurwitt

Page Design
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Who Killed Excite@home?," Matt Petty
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "America Under Attack - Nightmare," Randy Greenwell, Frank Mina
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, "Troubled Waters," Matt Petty, Joe Shoulak

Headline
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "The Young and the Tested," John Hubbell
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "N-Sincere," Lisa Hix
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, "Detained on the Path to Allah," Lee Sims

Specialty Story
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "Visionary Berkeley Chef Led Revolution in Dining," Carolyn Jung
Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, "The Soundtrack to America," Charlie McCollum
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, "Troubled Waters," Janet Fletcher

Sports Story
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Athletic Wasteland," Cicero A. Estrella, Mark Fainaru-Wade
Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, "I Will Play Again," Elliott Almond

Sports Column
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Wimbledon Saves Its Best for Last," Bruce Jenkins
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "A Drive to Survive on City's Green Streets," Scott Osler

Web Site
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "sfgate.com," www.sfgate.com


NEWSPAPERS - Dailies under 75,000 circulation (Division B)


Editorial
First Place: San Mateo County Times, "FEMA Plan Washes Away Democratic Process," Martha McPartlin
Second Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Public Kept in Dark About Bike Death," Dave Price
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, "A Day That Will Change Our Lives," Diana Diamond

Editorial Cartoon
First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Airline Regulations," Steve Curl
Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, "The Mailman," Russ Cohen
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, "Cell Phone Bill," Steve Curl

Column
First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Diana Diamond Columns," Diana Diamond
Second Place: San Mateo County Times, "John Horgan Columns," John Horgan

News Story
First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Fitzhugh Has Three Explanations," June D. Bell
Second Place: San Mateo Daily News, "Ah Sam Cofounder Dies," Edward Carpenter
Honorable Mention: San Mateo Daily News, "$1 Land Deal Questioned," Edward Carpenter

Feature Story of Light Nature
First Place: San Mateo County Times, "Domino Donations," Amy Yarbrough
Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, "City on Quest for a Burger, Doughnut," Jon Mays

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First Place: San Mateo County Times, "Friendship at Auschwitz," Amy Yarbrough
Second Place: San Mateo County Times, "Ethnic Exodus," Christine Louie

Series
First Place: San Mateo County Times, "State of the Cities, Price of Security,"
T. S. Mills-Faraudo, Justin Jouvenal, Tim Simmers, Jean Whitney
Second Place: San Mateo Daily News, "Rivalry Week," Emanuel Lee, Dave Payne, Matt Schwab, Mitch Stephens

Entertainment Review
First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Foothill's 'Woods' is Impressive," John Angell Grant
Second Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "'Pacific' Tackles Historic Dilemma," John Angell Grant

Page Design
First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, "Video Shows Bloody Scene," Dave Price
Second Place: San Mateo Daily News, "Troops Deployed," Brian Bothun
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, "A Day of Infamy - Sept. 12, 2001," Dave Price

Headline
First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, "Judge Throws the Book at Librarian," Jon Mays
Second Place (tied): San Mateo Daily News, "Sewer Plant to Make Juice," Brian Bothun
Second Place (tied): San Mateo Daily News, "Soccer Mom's Bust Upheld," Brian Bothun

Sports Story
First Place: San Mateo Daily News, "Mr. Passion Now a Padre," Mitch Stephens
Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, "Little Big Game - More Than Just Football," Nathan Mollat

Sports Column
First Place: San Mateo Daily News, "From the Bullpen," Matt Schwab


NEWSPAPERS - Non-Dailies (Division C)


Editorial
First Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Patients Suffer in Stanford Standoff," Jim Gardner
Second Place: Concord Transcript, "Mt. Diablo Medical Center Needs Best of Intentions," Jacquie Oliverius

Column
First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, "Daryl Savage Columns," Daryl Savage
Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Steve Symanovich Columns," Steve Symanovich
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Weekly, "Carol Blitzer's Columns," Carol Blitzer

News Story
First Place: San Francisco Bay Guardian, "The Turf War Over Public Housing," Cassi Feldman
Second Place: Concord Transcript, "Unrest Sprouts at Clayton Gardens," Theresa Harrington
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Weekly, "Law and Borders," Lisa Davis

Feature Story of Light Nature
First Place: Independent Newspaper Group, "Life Lessons Made from Scratch," Jennifer Christgau
Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Born to be Wild," Daniel S. Levine
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Weekly, "Thrash Culture," Daryl Savage

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First Place: San Francisco Weekly, "Sound of Success," Matt Palmquist
Second Place: San Francisco Weekly, "Sweat, Steel, and Stealth," Bernice Yeung
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Weekly, "Who is Clint Reilly, Really," Peter Byrne

Series
First Place: San Francisco Bay Guardian, "PG&E/Raker Act Scandal," Savannah Blackwell, Rachel Brahinsky, Tim Redmond
Second Place: East Bay Business Times, "'Wright Stuff' Cost Businesses $18M," Alan Doyle

Technology Story
First Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Layoff-Proof in America," Brendan Doherty, Lizette Wilson
Second Place: San Francisco Weekly, "Cell Therapy," Matt Palmquist

Business Story
First Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Facing the Judgement Day," Brendan Doherty, Ron Leuty
Second Place: East Bay Business Times, "Corporate Crunch: Firms Face Board Member Shortage," Dan Gallagher
Honorable Mention: East Bay Business Times, "Blackout Exemptions Could be Short-Lived," Katherine Conrad

Page Design
First Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, "Know Thy Credit Score," Andrea Lima, Cynthia Sheets
Second Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, "Expecting a Tax Return?," Andrea Lima
Honorable Mention: East Bay Business Times, "Mixed Signals (Page 1)," Michelle White

Headline
First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, "Whopper Gets Whacked," Daryl Savage

Specialty Story
First Place: Pacific Sun, "Fungus Among Us," Jill Kramer
Second Place: San Francisoc Weekly, "Smoking Gun," Joel Engardio
Honorable Mention: Pacific Sun, "Stroke Strides," Jill Kramer

Sports Story
First Place: Independent Newspaper Group, "Viri Sacrifices Self for Fellow Runner," Jesse Smith
Second Place: San Francisco Weekly, "Daydream Believers," Jeremy Mullman

Sports Column
First Place: Independent Newspaper Group, "When Every Boy in Class Wanted to be Lynn Swann," Jeff Carter

PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY (Division D)


Spot News Photo
First Place: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "SWAT," Chris Chung
Second Place: Associated Press, "Bus Into House," Paul Sakuma
Honorable Mention (tied): Palo Alto Daily News, "Sharpshooters in East Palo Alto," Susan Bradley
Honorable Mention (tied): San Jose Mercury News, "Smoking Out Al Quaida," Len Vaughn-Lahman

General News Photo
First Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Desperate for Housing," Vince Maggiora
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Welcome Home," Deanne Fitzmaurice
Honorable Mention (tied): Associated Press, "Pink Slip Part," Paul Sakuma
Honorable Mention (tied): Associated Press, "Streaker," Paul Sakuma

Feature Photo
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "Self-Esteem, Military School Style," Luci S. Houston
Second Place: San Francisco Chronicle, "Backstage Beauty," Christina Koci Hernandez
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, "Cat at Fishbowl," Susan Bradley

Sports Action Photo
First Place: San Mateo County Times, "Ouch," Mathew Sumner
Second Place: Associated Press, "Ouch," Paul Sakuma
Honorable Mention (tied): San Francisco Chronicle, "Strrrrrretch," Frederic Larson
Honorable Mention (tied): Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Dropping In (A Swell Winter Day)," Shmuel Thaler

Sports Feature Photo
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "Victory in the Muck," Nhat V. Meyer
Second Place: Associated Press, "Tripped After Hot Trick," Paul Sakuma
Honorable Mention (tied): San Jose Mercury News, "Barry Bonds' 70th Home Run," Nhat V. Meyer
Honorable Mention (tied): Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Stroke of Luck (Meet's Talent Pool Deep)," Shmuel Thaler

Photo Series or Picture Story
First Place: San Jose Mercury News, "War on Terror in Afghanistan," Len Vaughn-Lahman
Second Place: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Bird Rescue," Chad Surmick
Honorable Mention: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, "Cancer Mom," Chris Chung

Best Photo - Non-Dailies
First Place: San Francisco Business Times, "Brett Wilson," Najib Joe Hakim
Second Place: Silicon Valley Business Ink, "Soft Landing," Scott Lewis


TELEVISION (Division F)


News Story
First Place: KNTV - NBC3, "Emergency Task Force," Dean C. Smith
Second Place: KTVU Fox 2, "International Child Abductions," Ron Acker, Mark Curtis, Alicia Dlugosh, Renee Gaumond

Public Affairs Program
First Place: Foster City Television, "The General Plan Update," Arlene Shields, Robert Warner

Interview or Talk Show
First Place: KTVU Fox 2, "Bay Area McVeigh Victim," Mark Curtis, Alicia Dlugosh


RADIO (Division G)


News Story
First Place: KCBS Radio, "Reports From Ground Zero," Doug Sovern

Feature Story
First Place: KCBS Radio, "Paddling McCovey Cove," Mike Sugerman


MAGAZINES (Division H)


News Story
First Place: Wines & Vines Magazine, "Niebaum-Coppola: The Master's Hand," Jean Deitz Sexton
Second Place: San Jose Magazine, "Splitsville, Silicon Valley," San Jose Magazine Staff

Review/column
First Place: San Jose Magazine, "UpFront: Seize the Initiative," San Jose Magazine Staff
Second Place: San Jose Magazine, "Off the Wall: Nothing Like a Fine Whine," San Jose Magazine Staff

Page Design
First Place: San Jose Magazine, "Road Rallying," San Jose Magazine Staff
Second Place: San Jose Magazine, "Til Death Do Us Part," San Jose Magazine Staff

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

High school journalism awards announced

Eastside Preparatory High School in East Palo Alto took top honors in the 2001-2002 Peninsula High School Journalism Awards Competition sponsored by

the Peninsula Press Club and Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Eastside, advised by teacher Angela Buenning, won 10 awards including first-place in the General Excellence category. Capuchino High School in San

Bruno and Mills High School in Millbrae each took six awards.

Sports Photo:
Honorable Mention: Aaron Gandhi, Capuchino
2. Joanna Leon, Eastside
1. Elizabeth Elias, Eastside

Feature Photo:
HM. Chris Eden, Capuchino
2. Marissa McGee, Eastside
1. Elizabeth Elias, Eastside

News Photo:
HM. Elizabeth Elias, Eastside
2. Chris Eden, Capuchino
1. Jonathan Gonzalez, Eastside

News story:
HM. Joanna Katz, Mills
2. Joanna Katz, Mills
1. Monica Lee, Mills

Sports story:
HM. Victoria Soldavini, Mills
2. Andrew Titmus, Hillsdale
1. Marissa McGee, Eastside

Editorials/Opinion:
HM. Meghan Brown, Mills
2. Jonathan McEvoy, Hillsdale
1. Dima Tishyevich, Mills

Features:
HM. Angelique Burton, Eastside
2. Aaron Gandhi, Capuchino
1. Diana Nenchev, Hillsdale

Layout and design:
HM: The Stampede, Capuchino
2: Burlingame B, Burlingame
1. The Eastside Panther, Eastside

General Excellence:
HM: The Stampede, Capuchino
2. Hillsdale Scroll, Hillsdale
1. Eastside Panther, Eastside

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

Underground newspaper to compete in high school journalism contest

BY SARA GAISER
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

An underground newspaper put out by Pacifica students unhappy with censorship at an official school paper was accepted for a high school journalism competition by the Peninsula Press Club last night.

The Subterranean, put out by a mostly anonymous group of Terra Nova High School students, will be the first unofficial student publication to compete side by side with school-sponsored papers in the annual contest.

"The issue was that it was not sanctioned, it was not a normal school-sponsored newspaper," Peninsula Press Club President John Kane told the Daily News. Kane said the paper had sparked an intense discussion among club board members at a meeting in San Mateo. "This has never come up before."

Ultimately, the paper was found to meet all of the competition's criteria and the board voted unanimously to accept it. A Terra Nova English teacher agreed to sign off as the paper's faculty sponsor.

Board member Ed Remitz said he was concerned that other "underground" newspapers would not know they were eligible for the contest, but did not think that official sanction and support should be relevant to a discussion of journalism.

"I'm looking forward to sitting down and actually looking at the papers," he said.

The Subterranean was launched last year after 1,500 issues of the official school paper, The Roar, were destroyed by Terra Nova officials, according to a statement by the paper's editors.

Principal David Kazakoff had reportedly objected to an article in the paper called "Deuces Wild" about card-playing on campus that suggested students would not be playing in class if teachers were doing their jobs properly.

Since then, the paper has put out 12 issues, more than any other student paper in the contest this year, and covered topics ranging from the Pacifica City Council race to speeding drivers to depression.

Regular features include "Kudos and Loser of the Week" and student poetry and cartoons, as well as criticism of school officials and teachers. Writers take pseudonyms such as Thomas Paine, Dante Alighieri and Arthur Dent.

"Due to the underground nature of the publication and in order to avoid administrative reprisal, the Subterranean's writers must remain protected under pseudonyms," wrote co-editor and student Nils Palsson in his contest entry form.

Kazakoff could not be reached for comment last night. Palsson declined comment.