Thursday, December 18, 2003

New name for Peninsula Press Club contest

The Peninsula Press Club is changing the name of its annual contest to the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition so that the title correctly reflects the geographic reach of the annual event.

The contest is open to journalists in an 11-county region, yet the previous title, with the word "peninsula," suggested the competition was confined to the West Bay.

In previous years, the contest has received entries from Santa Rosa, Napa and Santa Cruz, but directors said they will reach out to more journalists in outlying areas this year in an attempt to broaden the competition.

The PPC board voted to change the name at its Dec. 17 meeting, where directors also:

• Set Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 as the deadline. Entries are to be mailed to delivered to Executive Director Darryl Compton's residence at 4317 Camden Ave., San Mateo, 94403-5007.

• Set May 28, 2004 as the date of the awards banquet, although the location has not been finalized.

• Decided that photo entries this year can only be submitted on CDs. Other storage media was permitted in the past.

• Left the categories from last year's contest untouched with one exception, the deletion of "best photo -- non dailies." That will leave the photographers with six categories in which they can compete, including spot news, general news, feature, sports action, sports feature and photo series or picture story.

• Agreed to send out the annual "call for entries" on post cards rather than 8.5x11 brochures to save money. The cards will direct competitors to the PPC's Web site, where an application form and more information will be available in early January.

• Allowed a company that wishes to submit more than 25 entries on behalf of its employees to pay $30 per entry.

Like last year, the entry fee is $15 for members and $55 for non-members. Membership is $35. That means that even a journalist with one entry is better off getting a membership.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

December 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Dec. 17, 2003 PPC board meeting held at the San Mateo Daily News

Attendees: Micki Carter, Darryl Compton, John F. Kane, Jon Mays, Justin Nyberg, Ed Remitz, Jack Russell, Dave Price, Paul Sakuma

Absent: Aimee Lewis, Bill Workman

Meeting was called to order by President Carter at 6:17 p.m.

1. Minutes of Nov. 12 meeting were approved.

2. Treasurer's Report: Carter reported that signature cards at Bank of the West will be updated so that Compton and Workman can sign PPC checks, in addition to Carter. Carter also reported that the club has assets of $22,474.64 as of Dec. 17 and another $6,904.60 in the scholarship fund.

In response to a question, Compton said that he will keep the books at home on a computer and Workman will serve as the ex-officio treasurer.

Carter distributed copies of the balance sheet and the income/expense summary. Kane moved to accept report, Russell seconded, approved unanimously.

3. Christmas Party. Carter reported that party was more expensive than expected. PPC was charged $30 per person, and 30 attended. With tax and tip, bill came to $1,149. PPC took in $240. She said we took in significantly more last year.

4. Insurance. Compton received a couple of quotes, and the one he recommended was from Zurich American Insurance Co., which offered $2 million in general aggregate insurance, $1 million in tenants liability and $1 million in personal injury for a cost of $765.00 per year.

Directors were pleased by the amount because it was far less than the $2,000 or so quoted by another agent previously.

Compton distributed a copy of the quotes he received.

In response to a question, Compton said the policy will cover the club if somebody gets drunk at a PPC event and causes a car accident later, and the victims sue the PPC or its directors.

Carter said the policy provides the coverage John Horgan said the club needed when he resigned from the board due to a lack of insurance.

Compton said, "This is money well spent. I think it is a very good policy."

Russell moved to accept Compton's recommendation to purchase the policy, Mays seconded and it was approved unanimously.

Mays asked that the club send a note to Horgan informing him of the vote, and others agreed. It was the sense of the directors that they wanted Horgan to return.

5. Awards Competition, procedure and rules. Directors discussed several changes and approved them as they went along.

Acting on a suggestion by Sakuma, the board decided to change the name of the contest to the "Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition." The contest's new name would emphasize that the contest is an event for journalists throughout the Bay Area, not just San Mateo County or the Peninsula. Directors discussed whether to use the word "greater," and it was thought that since media in 11 counties are eligible, and some of those counties don't touch San Francisco Bay, the word "greater" was necessary.

Compton suggested, and the board agreed, to change the deadline to Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

Sakuma suggested, and the board agreed, to change the storage media for photo entries to CDs, eliminating the option of zip discs or floppy discs.

Sakuma suggested, and the board agreed, to strike category D7 "Best Photo -- non dailies."

Carter said that last year's change in fees to $15 for members and $55 for non-members resulted in the biggest influx of new members in the club's history. That's because a membership of $35 and a $15 entry is cheaper than entering even once as a non-member.

The only problem was that the Chronicle and Mercury News, which apparently aren't concerned about whether their reporters are members, didn't want to pay $55 for each entry. The club last year offered to reduce the entry fee to $30 per entry for any company with more than 40 entries. The Mercury News still objected, and therefore its participation was limited last year, Carter said. To answer the Mercury's concerns, the board agreed to reduce the threshold to 25 entries instead of 40.

Nyberg suggested, and the board agreed, to add the words "news services" to the A category. Sakuma was asked to talk about the competition to the AP staff and Lewis will be asked to the same at Bay City News in order to get more participation from the wires.

Nyberg said that it would be helpful if the call for entries included a mission statement of the club.

Compton said that to reduce costs, he would like to send out a call for entry on post cards, which would direct participants to the PPC Web site.

6. Awards Dinner. Directors discussed awards banquet date, and it was tentatively set for May 28, 2004, pending a confirmation of the location.

Directors said they liked having the event at the Crown Plaza Foster City, and they decided to investigate whether it could be hosted there again in 2004.

Mays said that the scholarships should be mentioned in the call for entries, too.

7. Scholarships. Kane said the deadline for scholarship applications is Feb. 27, the same as the contest. Kane said the scholarship committee consists of himself, Charlotte Glasser, Sam Goldman, Dee Fastenau, Ed Remitz and Jack Russell. Two scholarships are available.

8. Web site. Price reported the Web site has been repaired and contains new information.

9. New Business. Carter said the board needed a new secretary. Mays volunteered. Directors voted unanimously to appoint Mays as secretary.

Nyberg suggested that the board distribute copies of the winning entries to attendees at the 2004 banquet. Compton said the copying cost would be high and that it might be difficult to copy entries of broadsheet pages. It was decided that the entry form will include a blank where an entrant can list a URL link to a story. Printing stories from the Web would be easier than copying entries submitted to contest. No vote was taken on this suggestion.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Next meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6:15 p.m. at the San Mateo Daily News.

Minutes prepared by Dave Price.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Micki Carter new president of Press Club

By John Kane

Michelle (Micki) Carter, former managing editor of The San Mateo Times and current journalism instructor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, has been elected president of the Peninsula Press Club for the 2003-2004 term.

Carter left The Times at the end of 1994 to accept a year's appointment as Journalist-in-Residence in Moscow, where she worked with the Russian-American Press Information Center under a U.S. Information Agency grant. During that time she wrote two booklets on newspaper design and newsroom management for Russian editors, and she consulted with editors across all 11 times zones of Russia.

Carter replaces John Kane, who served as president for two terms and stays on the board of directors as a non-voting member.

Other officers elected in a light vote of the PPC membership are Jack Russell, retired San Mateo Times reporter/editor, vice president; Bill Workman, retired San Francisco Chronicle reporter, treasurer; and John Horgan, San Mateo County Times columnist, secretary. Horgan, citing time constraints, has since resigned from the board.

Re-elected to another term on the board of directors are Aimee Lewis Strain, managing editor of Bay City News Service; John Mays, editor of the San Mateo Daily Journal; Dave Price, publisher of the Daily News chain of Peninsula newspapers; and Ed Remitz, journalism instructor at the College of San Mateo.

Justin Nyberg, reporter with the Independent/Examiner Peninsula editions, has been appointed a new board member.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

November 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Nov. 12, 2003, meeting of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors at San Mateo Daily News

Attendees: Michelle Carter, John Kane, Jon Mays, Justin Nyberg, Dave Price, Jack Russell, Bill Workman.

Absent: Darryl Compton, Aimee Lewis, Ed Remitz.

Newly-crowned president Micki Carter called the meeting to order when a quorum was reached at about 6:30 p.m. She informed the board that newly-elected secretary John Horgan resigned from the PPC board as of Monday, Nov. 10. Horgan cited lack of time and concern about liability insurance as his reasons for quitting the board. His resignation was accepted. Later in the meeting, the board unanimously elected Justin Nyberg of the Independent Newspaper Group to fill Horgan's spot on the board. Nyberg was present and agreed to serve. The role of secretary is still unresolved. Efforts will be made to get another San Mateo County Times staffer to serve on the board.

On the matter of liability insurance, Price and others did not see the need for the PPC board to have such insurance, as all of the coverage being considered does not include individual board member liability anyway. Ed Remitz is the only board member who still may have reservations about insurance, Price said. The matter was continued to the next meeting. Darryl Compton, in a post-meeting email to Micki, gave insurance cost numbers for some organizations with which he is associated.

Due to the absence of Aimee Lewis (who was ill), no action was taken on selecting a place/date for the PPC holiday party and the '04 Awards Dinner. President Micki said those matters will be decided by cyber meetings & cyber voting after Aimee's recommendations are received. Also, the cost to those attending these functions has not been established.

Due to the absence of Darryl Compton (who had another commitment), no action was taken on changes to the contest rules for '04. After a fairly long discussion it was agreed that the contest rules are pretty good as is. The major area of concern is that the current fee policy for entries is a hardship on the metro dailies (Chron & Merc). The board agreed that it will address this problem at the next meeting.

A spirited discussion followed about encouraging greater participation from PR firms and professionals, trade press and newsletter editors in our '04 contest. No specific action was taken.

Micki reminded all that Saturday, Nov. 15, is the copy deadline for the newsletter. Board members wee urged to email stories, items to Aimee. Russell is to write a review of the late board member Dick Harnett's book on the United Press International (UPI).

Dave Price was given the green light by the board to use his considerable judgment and to take necessary action to get the PPC website fixed.

The meeting was adjourned about 7:30 p.m.

Next meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the San Mateo Daily News, 2600 El Camino Real, San Mateo.

Minutes respectfully submitted for approval by secretary pro-tem Kane.

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

October 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, meeting of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors at the San Mateo Daily News

Attendance: Michelle Carter, Aimee Lewis, John Kane, Ed Remitz, Jack Russell, Darryl Compton.

Absent: John Horgan (w/notice), Jon Mays, Dave Price, Bill Workman.

Soon-to-be-ex-president John Kane called the meeting to order shortly after 6:l5 p.m. Russell, Kane & Compton supervised the counting of ballots. After the vote count, Micki Carter was declared victorious as president and assumed the royal PPC toga and crown from Kane. Others elected by membership vote were Jack Russell, vice president; John Horgan, secretary; Bill Workman, treasurer. Re-elected to the board of directors were Aimee Lewis, Jon Mays, Dave Price and Ed Remitz. As retiring prexy Kane serves as a non-voting member of the board, it was decided to invite Justin Nyberg of the Independent Newspaper Group to fill the presently vacant board slot.

After the vote count, Carter assumed her soon-to-be-relinquished mantle as treasurer and reported the PPC balance sheet totaled $23,722.52. The report was unanimously approved.

Discussion on PPC insurance and web site were deferred due to the absence of Price. The matter of the San Francisco Press Club and its relationship to the PPC was declared dead and is to be removed from the monthly agenda. Carter reported a lively session at the September Bench/Bar/Media meeting. The annual PPC picnic Sunday, Sept. 28, at the home of Micki and her husband Mike Venturino was hailed a great success. More than 20 PPC members and friends enjoyed a great buffet spread and a tasty barbecue cooked-up by award-winning chef Al Bullock.

In an important move, Aimee Lewis agreed to assume the role as editor of the PPC newsletter. (Much applause) She replaces new prexy Carter. Deadline for news items for the next newsletter is Nov. 15. All board members are encouraged to email news items to Lewis.

At the Nov. 12 meeting, the board will decide on the date of the annual Holiday Party and make necessary changes to the rules for the 2004 journalism competition. Lewis is contacting area restaurants and will recommend a site for the holiday party.

The PPC received a letter of thanks from the San Mateo Union High School District for the scholarship aid provided to a district graduate as part of our annual Herb Caen Scholarship competition. Last spring, district students received $2.9 million in scholarship money.

The meeting was adjourned at about 7:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by pinch-hitter Kane.

Monday, September 15, 2003

September 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of Sept. 10, 2003, at the offices of the San Mateo Daily News.

In attendance were Jack Russell, John Kane, Ed Remitz, Michelle Carter, Jon Mays, Darryl Compton, Bill Workman and Dave Price. President John Kane called the meeting to order at 6:25 p.m.

Michelle Carter delivered the treasurer's report. She said the club has paid one of the two $1,500 scholarships and that she is awaiting information on the second one. In addition, both Mary Jane Zirkel scholarships were handed out. She said the club has $23,537 in its checking account and the scholarship account stands at $6,893.22. Bill Workman moved to accept treasurers report, seconded by Dave Price, carried by unanimous vote.

Darryl Compton said he mailed out 152 ballots for the board election. He said 58 members paid in 2002 but not in 2003. He said he will send them a PDF of the application form with a note asking them to pay their dues.

Michelle Carter said the summer picnic is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 2-5 p.m. at her home in Belmont.

The Bench-Bar-Media meeting is schedlued for Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Hofbrau Harry's in Redwood City. Melanie Carroll of the Daily News is the new coordinator.

Dave Price gave a brief report about the Web site.

Board members discussed holding this year's Christmas party at Ralston Hall.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Minutes submitted by board member Dave Price, substituting for secretary John Horgan who was absent.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

June 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club meeting of June 11, 2003, at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

In attendance were: John Kane, Jack Russell, Michelle Carter, Ed Remitz, Darryl Compton, Bill Workman and John Horgan. President John Kane called the meeting to order at 6:21 p.m. Minutes of the May 14, 2003, meeting were read and approved, 6-0.

Michelle Carter presented the treasurer's report which indicated that the club's operating balance was $25,490.88. It was agreed to shift funds from that account to the scholarship account which totalled $8,302.28. The vote was 6-0. It also was pointed out that the annual awards competition netted a profit of $2,234. The cost of the awards banquet wound up showing a net profit of $145 as well. Darryl Compton said the first six months of the year had produced $4,645 in club dues. He termed the awards dinner "very smooth."

It was determined not to hold a meeting in July. There will be just one more meeting at the Kingfish Restaurant due to the noise level at the eatery.

That was set for Aug. 13. The meeting after that is schedled to be held at the San Mateo County Times.

Bill Workman indicated that he is interested in helping to set up another Bench, Bar, Media gathering. John Horgan stated that the Internal Revenue Service has taken virtually all of the San Francisco Press Club's liquid assets. That club, he said, is dead.

Michelle Carter said the PPC must find another insurance carrier. John Kane asked that a slate of 2003-04 club officers be created ASAP. It was decided to hold the club's annual picnic on the last weekend in August. The meeting was concluded at 7:26 p.m.

Minutes prepared by John Horgan, secretary.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

2003 Peninsula Press Club awards

FOSTER CITY — Bay Area print journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 157 awards of excellence in 68 categories at the Peninsula Press Club's 26th 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 453 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Competition was for work done in 2002. Entries were judged by the Press Club of Cleaveland, Kern Press Club, Press Club of New Orleans, San Diego Press Club and the Press Photographers Association of Great Los Angeles.

Winners of $1,500 Herb Caen Scholarships were Mellissa Navas of Contra Costa College in San Pablo and Will Stevens of California High School in San Ramon. The Peninsula Press Club annually awards $1,500 scholalrships each to the winning college and high school journalism students. In addition, one-time awards of $1,000 each in memory of the late Mary Jane Clinton Zirkel, owner and long time Lifestyle editor of the San Mateo Times, were presented to Adva Saldinger of Aragon High in San Mateo and Aysha Pamukcu of Fremont High in Sunnyvale.

The complete list of winners follows:

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

Editorial
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Do-Nothing Politics, John Diaz
Second: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Medicare Gap, Pete Golis
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, Feeling Powerless, Terry Nagel

Editorial Cartoon
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, How a Bill Becomes Law, Tom Meyer

Column
First: San Jose Mercury News, Columns by Joe Rodriguez, Joe Rodriguez
Second: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Columns by Paul Gullixson, Paul Gullixson
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, Columns by Mark Simon, Mark Simon

News Story
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Who's Mixing Your Drugs?, Erin Hallissy and Sabin Russell
Second: San Jose Mercury News, Fire Devastates S. J.'s Santana Row, Mercury News Staff
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, Yes, We Do Get More Blackouts, Carolyn Said

Feature Story of Light Nature
First: San Jose Mercury News, DJ 'Uncle Frank' Wants to Return to Air as 'Aunt Fran', Mike Antonucci
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, S. F. Kids Spend Recess Toasting the Best Rat Who Ever Lived, Steve Rubenstein

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First: San Francisco Chronicle, The Case of a Lifetime, Stacy Finz
Second: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Suffering in Silence, Derek J. Moore
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, A Family's Choice, Rona Marech

Series
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland in the Crossfire, San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, SFPD Dead Last in Solving Violent Crime, David Parrish and Jaxon Van Derbeken
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, My Year as a Teacher, Larry Slonaker

Technology Story
First: San Jose Mercury News, What You Can Do About the Spam Flooding Your In-Box, Mike Langberg and Mary Anne Ostrom
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, Prescription for Trouble, Tom Abate and Todd Wallack

Business Story
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Appalachian Travails, Jenny Strasburg
Second: San Jose Mercury News, How Did It Come to This?, Michelle Quinn
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, Patients Don't Get Full Story on Doctors, Todd Wallack

Entertainment Review
First: San Francisco Chronicle, 'Shield' is FX Cable's LAPD Blue, Tim Goodman
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, Just Another 'Clone', Mick LaSalle

Page Design
First: San Jose Mercury News, A Year and a Lifetime, Chuck Burke, Matt Mansfield and Kevin Wendt
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, History of a Conflicted Land, Todd Trumbull and Dorothy Yule
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, Where Computers Go to Die, Tan Ly, Matt Mansfield and Kevin Wendt

Specialty Story
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Hidden Killer: It's Trans Fat, Kim Severson
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, Moved to Tears, Steven Winn

Sports Story
First: San Jose Mercury News, Cup Crazy, Mark Emmons
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, Being Jon Gruden, Brian Murphy

Sports Column
First: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, No Team Ever Folded Bigger, Lowell Cohn
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, It's Do or Die, Bruce Jenkins

Web Site
First: San Francisco Chronicle, sfgate.com, sfgate.com

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


Editorial
First: San Mateo County Times, Save Sea Life! Say 'No' to Sonar, W. Blake Gray
Second: Palo Alto Daily News, Search Warrant Went Too Far, Dave Price

Editorial Cartoon
First: San Mateo Daily Journal, Martha Cooks the Books, Russ Cohen
Second: Palo Alto Daily News, Bin Laden Reacts to Pretzel Attack, Steve Curl
Honorable Mention: San Mateo Daily Journal, Cardinal Sins, Russ Cohen

Column
First: San Mateo Daily Journal, Columns by Michelle Durand, Michelle Durand
Second: San Mateo County Times, Columns by John Horgan, John Horgan
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, Columns by Joan Gielow, Joan Gielow

News Story
First: Burlingame Daily News, Mayor Curdles at Offer, Thomas Leupold
Second: San Mateo County Times, Where Have All the Physicians Gone?, Erin Sherbert
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, Burning Squirrel Chased, Tami Min

Feature Story of Light Nature
First: San Mateo County Times, Oh My Gourd! Pumpkins on Parade, Amelia Hansen
Second: San Mateo County Times, The Fireman Who Never Fought a Fire, Amy Yarbrough

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First: San Mateo County Times, Small Airport Security Lax, Justin Jouvenal
Second: San Mateo County Times, Bad Memories, Amy Yarbrough
Honorable Mention: San Mateo County Times, Blood on the Tracks, Justin Jouvenal

Series
First: Palo Alto Daily News, Students Fight the Odds, June D. Bell
Second: San Mateo Daily Journal, Crisis in Care - Why Have We Failed Our Seniors?, Andrew Becker
Honorable Mention: San Mateo County Times, Back to School, Teresa Mills-Faraudo and Staff

Technology Story
First: San Mateo County Times, Embryonic Uproar, Tim Simmers

Business Story
First: San Mateo County Times, Sound and Fury, Tim Simmers
Second: San Mateo County Times, Worker/Owners Struggle With Management, Tim Simmers
Honorable Mention: San Mateo Daily Journal, Free Trade Hurting County Farms, Andrew Becker

Entertainment Review
First: San Mateo Daily Journal, Are We Approaching the End of Days?, Cheri Lucas
Second: San Mateo Daily Journal, Just What is Real These Days?, Cheri Lucas

Page Design
First: Marin Independent Journal, Seismic Series, Dennis Bolt
Second: Palo Alto Daily News, Stanford Cuts Deal for Sand Hill Road, Brian Bothun
Honorable Mention: Marin Independent Journal, Rafael Town Center, Dennis Bolt

Headline
First: San Mateo County Times, Yo, Yo, Yo: Slang in Ads Isn't Always Phat, Gregory Watkins
Second: Burlingame Daily News, Mayor Curdles at Offer, Chris Koch
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Daily News, An Urge to Un-Merge Hits California, Dave Price

Sports Story
First: San Mateo Daily Journal, Blue Crush' Rush, Nathan Mollat
Second: San Mateo Daily News, Women's Tennis Gets the Respect It Was Missing, Emanuel Lee

Sports Column
Honorable Mention: San Mateo Daily Journal, Team Name Changes, We Have Some Suggestions, Nathan Mollat

NEWSPAPERS - Non-dailies (Division C)


Editorial
First: San Francisco Business Times, Weak Housing Laws Spare the Rod and Spoil the Cities, Jim Gardner
Second: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, Fruits and Nuts Belong in Pies - Not Downtown, Dick Sparrer

Editorial Cartoon
Second: San Francisco Bay Guardian, Pelosi's Big Wave, Jerry Dolezal

Column
First: San Francisco Bay Guardian, Columns by Annalee Newitz, Annalee Newitz
Second: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, Columns by Dick Sparrer, Dick Sparrer

News Story
First: Independent Newspaper Group, Final Properties Added to Foster City Lagoon Dredging, Justin Nyberg
Second: Independent Newspaper Group, Millbrae and San Carlos to Share Top Cop, Jennifer Aquino and Deirdre Hussey
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Empire Strikes Back, Cassi Feldman

Feature Story of Light Nature
First: San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Apotheosis of Cute, Annalee Newitz
Second: Independent Newspaper Group, Local WWII Veteran Becomes Voice of Forgotten POWs, Michael Flaherty
Honorable Mention (tied): Independent Newspaper Group, Picking the Perfect Tree, Sabrina Crawford
Honorable Mention (tied): Palo Alto Weekly, Stand-Up Stories, Robyn Israel

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First: Palo Alto Weekly, The Legacy of Matthew Shepard, Robyn Israel
Second: Pacific Sun, Growing Pains, Jill Kramer
Honorable Mention: Palo Alto Weekly, A Life With Consequences, Robyn Israel

Series
First: GetLocalNews.com, The LNG Project, VallejoNews.com
Second: Independent Newspaper Group, San Bruno: A City on the Brink, Michael Flaherty
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Bay Guardian, The PG&E Scandal, San Francisco Bay Guardian Staff

Technology Story
First: San Francisco Business Times, Oracle University, Lizette Wilson
Second: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Chipmaker Feeling Foes' Jobs, Ken Spencer Brown
Honorable Mention: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Scrutinizing Software, Ken Spencer Brown

Business Story
First: Palo Alto Weekly, The Rise and Fall of the HP Way, Jocelyn Dong
Second: San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco in Crisis, Staff of the San Francisco Business Times
Honorable Mention: East Bay Business Times, Biggest SBA Loan Also Biggest Bust, Alan Doyle

Entertainment Review
First: Palo Alto Weekly, "8 Women" (Film Review), Tyler Martin Hanley
Second: Palo Alto Weekly, "Adaptation" (Film Review), Tyler Martin Hanley

Page Design
First: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, . . . Check Out the Recruits, Andrea M. Lima
Second: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Paving the Path, Andrea M. Lima
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Business Times, Wearable Tech, Carol Collier

Headline
First: Silicon Valley Business Ink, Valley Firms Fear EU Will Toss Cookies, Vikki Bowes-Mok
Second: Independent Newspaper Group, No More Mr. Nice Ky, Jesse Smith

Specialty Story
First: Pacific Sun, Lust for Life, Jill Kramer
Second: Silicon Valley Business Ink, Charged Up - Or Not, Steve Tanner

Sports Story
First: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, If I Had a Hammer, Dick Sparrer

Web Site
First: San Francisco Business Times, sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com, Jessica Materna
Second: Great Schools, Inc., greatschools.net, Staff of GreatSchools.net
Honorable Mention: GetLocalNews.com, BeniciaNews.com, BeniciaNews.com

PRINT PHOTOGRAPHY (Division D)


Spot News Photo
First: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Fallen Firefighter, Christopher Chung
Second: Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Flood Rescue, Kent Porter
Honorable Mention: San Francisco Chronicle, Got Marshmallows?, Brant Ward

General News Photo
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Squirrel Protest, Lacy Atkins
Second: Santa Cruz Sentinel, Tearful Apology, Shmuel Thaler
Honorable Mention: San Jose Mercury News, Bay Area Struggles with Anniversary, Dai Sugano

Feature Photo
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Turkey Shoot, Gina Gayle
Second: Santa Cruz Sentinel, Playing Cat and Mouse, Shmuel Thaler

Sports Action Photo
First: Associated Press, In Net, Paul Sakuma
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, Boy Steals Show, Michael Macor

Sports Feature Photo
First: San Francisco Chronicle, Coach Goes Ballistic, James Merithew
Second: San Jose Mercury News, A Dream Denied, Nhat V. Meyer

Photo Series or Picture Story
First: San Jose Mercury News, When Alzheimer's Strikes Early, Patrick Tehan
Second: San Francisco Chronicle, A Family's Choice, Lea Suzuki
Honorable Mention: Santa Cruz Sentinel, A Sister's Love, Shmuel Thaler

Best Photo - NonDailies
First: Palo Alto Weekly, Dancing Through the Years, Kate Robertson
Second: San Francisco Business Times, Women in Business Cover, Najib Joe Hakim

TELEVISION PHOTOGRAPHY (Division E)


Spot News Photography
First: KNTV NBC 11, Couldn't Find Mike, Dean C. Smith

Feature Photography
First: KNTV NBC 11, Wine Country Living Composite, Mark Oltz
Second: KNTV NBC 11, Capitola Clean Up, Dean C. Smith
Honorable Mention: KFTY-TV 50, Celebrating the Fourth, Chris Bollini

Sports Photography
First: KFTY-TV 50, They're Off, Chris Bollini
Second: KNTV NBC 11, Snow Shovel Speed Racers, Dean C. Smith

TELEVISION (Division F)


Feature News
First: KNTV NBC 11, Wine Country Living Composite, Mary Babbitt, Carrie Cain, Mark Oltz and Mary Orlin
Second: KGO-TV, The Promise Doctor, Rigo Chacon
Honorable Mention: KPIX-TV, Muslims in America, Erica Hintergardt, Greg Marasso, Barbara Rodgers and Peter Saiers

Interview or Talk Show
First: KTVU Fox 2, Yosemite Murder Trial, Mark Curtis and Alicia Dlugosh

Special Programming
First: AT&T Broadband-Marin 26, And the Flag Was Still There, Chris Bollini and Curtis Kim
Second: KCSM-TV, In My View: Photo Memories of 9-11, Dante Betteo, Kaveh Nikpour and Josh Springer
Honorable Mention: KTVU Fox 2, Great American Toy Test 2002, Sharon Navratil and Tom Vacar

Documentary
First: KCSM-TV, All Games are Home Games: Baseball in San Quentin, Dante Betteo and Josh Springer

RADIO (Division G)


Feature News
First: KCBS Radio, Trauman Center, Rebecca Corral
Second: KQED-FM, Juvenille Offenders, Judy Campbell
Honorable Mention: KQED-FM, IBM Disk Drives, Peter Jon Shuler

Public Affairs Program
First: KQED-FM, The California Report Magazine, Debra Baer, Alex Choen, Andrea Kissack, Lyssa Mudd, Ceil Muller, Stephanie O'Neill, Suzzanne Racho, Raul Ramirez and Scott Shafer
Second: KQED-FM, Forum: Dog Mauling Trial, Angie Coiro, Hermione Gee, Robin Gianattassio-Malle, Raul Ramirez and Dan Zoll
Honorable Mention: KQED-FM, Forum: Homelessness and Mental Health, Hermione Gee, Robin Gianattassio-Malle, Michael Krasny, Raul Ramirez and Dan Zoll

Interview or Talk Show
First: KQED-FM, Forum: Salman Rushdie, Angie Coiro, Hermione Gee, Robin Gianattassio-Malle, Raul Ramirez and Dan Zoll
Second: KQED-FM, Forum: A M Homes, Hermione Gee, Robin Gianattassio-Malle, Michael Krasny, Raul Ramirez and Dan Zoll

Documentary
First: KQED-FM, A Need to Belong, Danny Bringer, Howard Gelman, Andrea Kissack, Paul Lancour, Dan Mansergh, Ceil Muller, Molly Peterson, Raul Ramirez and Sandy Tolan
Second: KCBS Radio, Cancer Puzzle, Holly Quan

MAGAZINES / Trade publications (Division H)


News Story
First: Gentry Magazine, Survivor, Bill Workman
Second: San Jose Magazine, Have You Seen My Child?, San Jose Magazine Staff

Review/column
First: San Jose Magazine, Off the Wall: My Favorite Things, San Jose Magazine Staff

Page Design
First: San Jose Magazine, The Power 100, San Jose Magazine Staff
Second: San Jose Magazine, Top of the Big Top, San Jose Magazine Staff

Feature Story of Serious Nature
First: California School Boards Association, Pride and Prejudice, Lisa Rosenthal
Second: GreatSchools.net, Learning to Be a Giraffe: The Value of Character Education, Lisa Rosenthal

PUBLIC RELATIONS (Division I)


Newsletter
First: NATAS SF/No. Cal., Off Camera, Darryl Compton, David Mills and John Odell
Second: Broadcast Legends, Broadcast Legends, Darryl Compton, Knowles Robertson, Jim Schock and Ben Williams

Press Kit
First: NATAS SF/No. Cal., EMMY 2002, Darryl Compton and Deanne Moenster

Thursday, May 15, 2003

May 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of May 15, 2003, at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

In attendance were: Jack Russell, John Kane, John Horgan, Ed Remitz and Jon Mays. Dave Price and Aimee Lewis arrived late. Darryl Compton dropped off materials but had to travel to San Francisco. President John Kane called the meeting to order at 6:25 p.m.

Minutes of the April 1, 2003, meeting were approved, 5-0. There was no treasurer's report due to the absence of Michelle Carter.

Aimee Lewis provided an update on the May 30 awards banquet. A dinner menu was chosen. Jack Rusell said 10 individuals were interviewed for scholarships. Four students were winners. Russell said, "It was an excellent group." The winners will be announced May 30. Russell also gave a report on the club's high school journalism contest. Ten schools and more than 200 entries were involved.

It was agreed to meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Kingfish Restaurant. Dave Price provided a brief report on the club's Web site. John Horgan indicated that the Internal Revenue Service has laid claim to all of the San Francisco Press Club's assets. That club is essentially dead, he said, adding that he plans to attend a future meeting of that body when it votes to disband.

Price said he will give a report on another meeting of the Bench, Bar, Media group at a future meeting. Jon Mays gave a brief report on the possibility of club members obtaining insurance through the group. He said such a move would be "problematic." There was a discussion of internships that focused on practices at individual publications.

Kane handed out entries in a college journalism contest which will be judged by club members. The deadline for submitting the judged entries to Kane is May 23. A decision on a slate of club officers for 2003-04 was deferred. So was a discussion about a potential club name change.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 p.m. The next meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. June 11 at the Kingfish Restaurant.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

High school journalism awards announced

For the second year in a row, the Eastside Panther of Eastside College Preparatory High School in East Palo Alto won first place in the General Excellence category of the Peninsula Press Club's annual High School Journalism awards competition.

The awards were presented at a reception May 7 in Ralston Hall on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. The university joined the Press Club and Hillsdale Shopping Center as sponsors for the event.

This year 11 newspapers from 10 Peninsula high schools participated in the competition. For the first time ever, an underground newspaper, The Terra Nova Subterranean, entered. Every newspaper had a winner this year.

Here is a complete list of the 2002-03 High School Journalism Award winners:

General Excellence
First: Eastside Panther, Eastside College Prep
Second: The Friar, Serra High School
Third: The Stampede, Capuchino High School
Honorable Mention: Burlingame B, Burlingame High School

Layout & Design
First: Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Second: Serra Friar, Serra High School
Third: Burlingame 'B', Burlingame High School

Editorials
First place: Marissa McGee, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Second: Darren Harper, The Stampede, Capuchino High School
Honorable mention: Alexis Salas, Tom-Tom, Jefferson High School, and Nils Palsson, The Subterranean, Terra Nova High School

Features
First place: Norma Jaimez, The Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Second: Rachel Zwass, Mills Thunderbolt, Mills High School
Third place: Alissa Marque, Burlingame B, Burlingame High School

News
First: Xyrus Timbol and Donald Gosha, Jefferson High School
Second: Kelley McCoy, The Stampede, Capuchino High School
Third: Joyce Lin, The Thunderbolt, Mills High School
Honorable mention: Rachel Rosenfelt, Burlingame B, Burlingame High School, and Luis Torres, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep

Sports
First: Gary Hoem, Mills Thunderbolt, Mills High School
Second: Jessie Wei-Hsuan Ho, Aragon Aristocrat, Aragon High School
Third: Luis Torres, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Honorable Mention: Liza Zenkin, Menlo Coat of Arms, Menlo School, and Carlo Morales, The Stampede, Capuchino High School

Sports Photo
First: Joanna Leon, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Second: Kristen de la Rosa, The Roar, Terra Nova High School
Third: Joanna Leon, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep
Honorable Mention: Mayra Contraras, Eastside Panther, Eastside Prep

News Photo
First: Laura Trevino, The Stampede, Capuchino High School

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Judge orders cities to keep salaries secret

From the San Mateo Daily News, Redwood City Daily News, Palo Alto Daily News

By CHRISTINA BELLANTONI
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

In a ruling that could echo throughout California, a judge ruled yesterday that all salaries of all government employees in California are now secret.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Rosemary Pfeiffer granted a temporary restraining order preventing a group of Peninsula cities from releasing names and salary information to the Daily News. Pfeiffer also ruled the information should be private.

The newspaper is appealing, and a legal expert said he was both "shocked and astonished" by the decision.

The issue hit court when a group of labor unions asked a judge to stop city governments from releasing the names and salaries of city employees to the Daily News after the newspaper requested the information.

Teamsters and two chapters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the restraining order against Atherton, Burlingame, Foster City, San Carlos and Belmont. Under Pfeiffer's ruling, the public no longer has access to salary information for employees at any of the hundreds of cities in California.

If John Q Taxpayer strolls into City Hall to ask for salaries of any employee, from the city manager to the employee that does street cleaning, he'll be denied, even though his tax dollars pay those salaries. Pfeiffer's decision is binding, and applies statewide unless an appellate court decides otherwise, legal experts say.

Jim Ewert, general counsel with the California Newspaper Publishers Association, told the Daily News last night he was "shocked."

Though nearly a dozen cases have tested the California Public Records Act, not one court had found a privacy interest in the information, Ewert said.

"I'm astonished," Ewert said.

The salary of anyone who earns taxpayer money is "very public," Ewert said.

Not according to Pfeiffer, who ruled that "the court finds a reasonable expectation of privacy in the employees based on the confidentiality policies of the city."

The Daily News will appeal the decision, Publisher Dave Price said.

"We're going to fight it every step of the way, as high as we need to go," Price said, indicating the newspaper will take the case to the California Supreme Court if necessary.

The newspaper expects it will prevail, Price said, noting the paper will then seek to recover attorney fees from the cities and unions.

"We're going to seek attorney's fees from the city treasuries and union dues," Price said. "We will win on this."

In court yesterday, union lawyers, city attorneys and Daily News attorney James Chadwick squared off.

Andrew Baker, an Oakland attorney representing the unions, argued that government employees have an expectation of privacy when it comes to their own salaries. That right, Baker argued, outweighs the public's right to know.

Chadwick said the information is public in California, other states and also regarding federal employees.

The city attorneys told the judge they each have policies prohibiting the release of government employees' salaries.

But these cities many times have given the names and salaries of their employees to the Daily News in the past.

For example, in December 2000 the Daily News was given information that stated Atherton building official Mike Hood earned $8,452 per month. It was published in a Dec. 27 article.

In addition, the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno and Redwood City have all complied with the same request, handing over employee names and salaries. The information has been published in the Daily News.

Pfeiffer also wrote in her ruling the paper "failed to articulate or show the public interest in the disclosure of information linked to individuals."

Chadwick argued in court that the California Public Records Act states a person doesn't need to have a reason to seek public record.

Chadwick said the law is clear that the government can't ask those who request the information why they want it. If the cities had the right to deny information based on the reasons a requester gives, Chadwick said, then the cities could pick and choose who gets public information, thus editing the news.

In February the Daily News sent Public Records Act requests to 16 cities, asking specifically for names, titles and wages of all city employees for the calendar year 2002. The lump-sum figure requested includes all compensation paid to these employees during the year, including regular hours, overtime and bonuses.

The newspaper is seeking the salaries at a time when many city governments are making decisions about where the budget ax must fall.

Terry Francke of the California First Amendment Coalition affirms the names and salaries of municipal employees are public and not protected.

Francke explained the information is public because the employees are paid with tax dollars, and the contract of every city employee is a matter of public record.

When the matter is appealed, it will be the first time an appellate court will hear it. If the court determines it's right for publication, it will be precedent setting, according to Ewert.

Ewert said that until an appeals court issues a published opinion, Pfeiffer's ruling can't be used as precedent for other newspapers seeking the same information. Superior Court opinions can't be used as legal authority, Ewert said.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

April 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of April 1, 2003, at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

In attendance were: Ed Remitz, John Kane, Darryl Compton, Jon Mays, John Horgan, Aimee Lewis and Dave Price. President John Kane called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m.

Minutes of the March 12, 2003, meeting were approved, 6-0. There was no treasurer's report due to Michelle Carter's absence. Darryl Compton was congratulated on his recent marriage.

Compton said the club's professional journalism contest has netted a total of $11,740 in combined entry and membership fees. He added that, because of a lack of outside judges available to help with the contest, the date of the annual awards banquet may have to be postponed. The board, after deciding to scour sources for judges for 188 of 453 remaining contest entries, agreed, 6-0, to hold the dinner May 30 at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Foster City. Aimee Lewis said the date was OK. She has secured a reservation on that date and she has obtained a $3.80 reduction in the cost of each meal from the 2002 figure.

John Kane said interviews with potential club scholarship winners have been scheduled. A discussion of possible changes in the club's bylaws was postponed. Dave Price said the club's Web site received 273 "hits" in March. It was agreed to hold the club's regular meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

There was a discussion about a set of unusual entries in the club's high school journalism contest. The entries were from an alternative newspaper at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica. It was agreed that they met the criteria for inclusion in the competition despite the fact that "The Subterranean" is not sanctioned by the school. After some analysis and debate, the board voted, 6-0, to include the entries in the contest.

Dave Price said he has a staff member at the Daily News who is interested in re-instituting meetings of the Bench/Bar/Media Committee. Price also volunteered to have the Daily News help judge the Bay Area Collegiate Newspaper Contest. He then suggested that the club consider the possibility of changing the name of the organization to something like the "San Francisco Peninsula Press Club." It was agreed to bring up the matter sometime during the summer.

John Kane urged the board members to consider new officers for 2003-04. He adjourned the meeting at 6:55 p.m. The next meeting will be held at 6:16 p.m. May 14 at the Kingfish Restaurant.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

March 2003 Press Club board meeting

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of March 12, 2003, at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

In attendance were: John Kane, Jon Mays, Dave Price, John Horgan, Aimee Lewis, Michelle Carter, Jack Russell and Bill Workman. Darryl Compton arrived late. The meeting was called to order at 6:16 p.m. by president John Kane.

Minutes of the Feb. 7, 2003, meeting were approved, 8-0. Michelle Carter's treasurer's report indicated total assets of $20,094.52. Scholarship monies amounted to $8,080.98. The treasurer's report was approved, 8-0. The net cost of the Christmas party was about $140.

Aimee Lewis said she has secured a May 2 reservation at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Foster City for the club's annual journalism awards banquet. The cost is expected to be $37 per dinner. Tickets are tentatively priced at $50 for club members, $60 for non-members. Michelle Carter again will MC the affair. John Kane again will prepare the script. Darryl Compton reported that, so far, there are 452 contest entries, 143 of them in categories for daily newspapers with circulations 75,000 and below.

John Kane said there were four applicants for college scholarships and 15 for high school cash awards. Michelle Carter said the annual high school journalism awards reception will be underwritten again by the Bohannon group. Darryl Compton requested that a discussion of the club's bylaws be postponed.

It was determined to hold the club's regular meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo. It was agreed to allow $20 per month to pay for administering to the club's Web site. There was no report on the future of the San Francisco Press Club.

Dave Price and Jon Mays said they would pursue re-instituting Bench/Bar/Media gatherings. Aimee Lewis said she would assist if necessary. There was a brief discussion about health insurance, job listings and internships for recent college journalism graduates.

John Kane urged the board members to begin thinking about 2003-04 club officers, particularly the presidency.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:32 p.m. The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 1 at the Kingfish Restaurant in San Mateo.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Al Bullock spots his old photo

SMILE -- Sitting in front of a large collection of World War II cameras, Belmont's Al Bullock holds the first camera he used 30 years ago when he started as a cameraman at Channel 7. The Navy veteran was surprised to see his World War IIshot of a damaged aircraft carrier appear on a book cover. Daily News photo by Tony Avelar.

Feb. 11, 2003

San Mateo Daily News
Palo Alto Daily News

BY THOMAS LEUPOLD
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A Belmont World War II veteran who both made and documented history was surprised to see a picture he took on the cover of a new book about the war that tells the stories of the men he served with.

Al Bullock, 80, said his daughter came across the book, "Lucky Lady: the World War II heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin" by Steve Jackson, on the Internet.

"I didn't know this book was coming out," Bullock said. "After 58 years, here's a picture that I took."

Bullock served aboard the USS Santa Fe during the entire war. The cruiser was nicknamed the Lucky Lady because it managed to avoid sustaining casualties throughout the war. At one point, it was struck by a torpedo that failed to detonate on impact and exploded harmlessly in the ship's wake.

Bullock was the ship's photographer and was charged with documenting everything, from the firing of the ship's guns to the downing of enemy aircraft.

Bullock's video footage and photographs are in the National Archives and have been used in documentaries on the History and Discovery channels.

The photo used on the book, taken on March 19, 1945, shows the Lucky Lady pulling alongside a smoldering USS Franklin, the heavily damaged aircraft carrier listing to starboard, its crew gathered on the deck.

The vessel had been struck by two 500-pound bombs dropped by a lone Japanese aircraft a mere 80 miles from Japan.

"They hit the ship at the most crucial point," where planes were being loaded with fuel and ordnance, Bullock said.

The Lucky Lady came to the carrier's aid, but the captain refused to abandon ship. The wounded were transferred off the Franklin and the remaining crew guided the vessel home. Out of a crew of some 3,000, about 1,100 were killed by the bombs and the explosions that followed.

Since the book came out, Bullock has been in touch with the author and will be appearing with him to discuss his memories of the war on at 1:30 pm Feb. 22 on the USS Hornet, docked in Alameda.

On the same day, the Iwo Jima Survivors Association -- Bullock is an honorary ember for the aerial photography work he did over the island -- will meet at 10 a.m. in Golden Gate Park.

Friday, February 7, 2003

February 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of Feb. 7, 2003, at the San Mateo County Times.

In attendance were: John Kane, John Horgan, Jon Mays, Michelle Carter, Jack Russell and Darryl Compton. The meeting was called to order at 11:07 a.m.

Minutes of the Jan. 7, 2003, meeting were approved, 5-0. Michelle Carter presented a treasurer's report which indicated an operating balance of $19,738.88. The scholarship total was $8,056. Jack Russell indicated that $157 from the Foster City Writers' Contest will be placed in the scholarship account.

It was decided to have Darryl Compton contact Aimee Lewis to secure a location for the May 2 professional journalists' awards banquet. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. The same deadline applies for potential scholarship recipients. Michelle Carter announced that the deadline for entries in the high school journalism contest is March 31. She said the Hillsdale Shopping Center again will underwrite the contest and awards affair.

Action on changes in the club's bylaws was deferred. However, it was agreed to name Darryl Compton as the organization's executive director. He also is an ex-officio member of the board of directors. The vote was 5-0.

Michelle Carter requested that someone else take over responsibility for coordinating regular Bench, Bar, Media events. It was suggested that, perhaps, Matt Stannard of the Chronicle might be interested in those duties. He will be contacted.

There was on Web site report. There was nothing new to report on the future of the moribund San Francisco Press Club. It was noted that The Independent's Barbara Backer should be considered for a director's seat if she is interested.

Jon Mays suggested that the Web site be available to young journalists for job searches, resume listings, internships and other professional aids. He added that health insurance is an issue for free-lancers and correspondents.

The time and place of future meetings continued to be discussed. It was determined to hold monthly gatherings in the evening. The March 12 meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at a site yet to be decided. Jon Mays said he would seek a restaurant venue in downtown San Mateo.

The meeting was adjourned at noon.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

January 2003 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors meeting of Jan. 7, 2003, at the San Mateo County Times.



In attendance were: John Kane, Jack Russell, Bill Workman, Dave Price, Darryl Compton and John Horgan. The meeting was called to order at 10:20 a.m.

Minutes of the Dec. 3, 2002, meeting were approved, 5-0. There was one alteration. The deadline for submitting entries for the club's annual journalism contest is Feb. 28, not Feb. 15 as previously announced.

Darryl Compton said a site for the club's annual awards banquet, set for May 2, has not been found. Some minor changes to the journalism contest entry form were made. It was decided to charge a bulk rate of $30 each for 40 or more contest entries from the same enterprise. The vote on that change was 5-0.

It was decided to send a card to Sam Gold, director of the club's Web site. His father recently passed away.

There was no treasurer's report because Michelle Carter was absent. It was noted that the club's annual holiday party in Belmont attracted 28 people.

There was nothing new to report on the future of the San Francisco Press Club.

A proposed set of specified duties and responsibilities for a planned position of executive director was presented by Darryl Compton. There was an extensive discussion. It was determined to consider the matter again at the next meeting when more board members could be present.

On a 5-0 vote it was decided to move the regular club meeting time and day to the first Friday of every month at 11 a.m. at the San Mateo County Times. The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 at The Times.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:07 a.m.

Minutes submitted by John Horgan, secretary.