Sunday, November 20, 2005

November Press Club board minutes
Minutes of the Nov. 16 meeting of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors.

Meeting was brought to order at 6:20 p.m. by Board President Micki Carter.

Carter and board members Jack Russell, Peter Cleaveland, Ed Remitz, John Kane and Jon Mays were present. Executive Director Darryl Compton arrived shortly after the meeting began and board member Jamie Casini arrived at 6:50 p.m.

--The minutes of the October meeting were approved.

--Treasury report: Compton reported $28,000 in the bank and that pennies in interest was earned. He also reported receiving a check from San Francisco State University for scholarship award winner Sara Wolfram.


Old Business:

--There was no discussion on communication with the defunct San Francisco Press Club.

--Newsletter deadline of Nov. 17 was announced.

--Limited discussion on 2006 meeting dates. No changes discussed.


New Business:

--It was decided that the following people would be placed on the ballot: Vice president, Jack Russell; Treasurer, Ed Remitz; Secretary, Jon Mays. Board members: Dave Price, Aimee Lewis Strain, Jamie Casini, Peter Cleaveland and John Kane. Carter will move into a new role as immediate past president. There is an opening for president and the board left it up to the members not present to announce if they have any inclination to be placed on the ballot for president.
--A raise for Compton and roster changes were not discussed and will be brought up by the next meeting.

--It was agreed that board members would propose any changes to the newspaper contest rules by e-mail. If consensus cannot be reached by e-mail, then it will be discussed at a special meeting Dec. 5 before the Christmas Party and annual meeting. Mays suggested future discussions on rule changes begin earlier in the year to avoid any possible conflict.

--Russell said he will continue to serve as scholarship chair.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. Minutes submitted by secretary Jon Mays.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

November 2005 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of the Nov. 16 meeting of the Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors.

Meeting was brought to order at 6:20 p.m. by Board President Micki Carter.

Carter and board members Jack Russell, Peter Cleaveland, Ed Remitz, John Kane and Jon Mays were present. Executive Director Darryl Compton arrived shortly after the meeting began and board member Jamie Casini arrived at 6:50 p.m.

The minutes of the October meeting were approved.

Treasury report: Compton reported $28,000 in the bank and that pennies in interest was earned. He also reported receiving a check from San Francisco State University for scholarship award winner Sara Wolfram.


Old Business:

There was no discussion on communication with the defunct San Francisco Press Club.

Newsletter deadline of Nov. 17 was announced.

Limited discussion on 2006 meeting dates. No changes discussed.


New Business:

It was decided that the following people would be placed on the ballot: Vice president, Jack Russell; Treasurer, Ed Remitz; Secretary, Jon Mays. Board members: Dave Price, Aimee Lewis Strain, Jamie Casini, Peter Cleaveland and John Kane. Carter will move into a new role as immediate past president. There is an opening for president and the board left it up to the members not present to announce if they have any inclination to be placed on the ballot for president.

A raise for Compton and roster changes were not discussed and will be brought up by the next meeting.

It was agreed that board members would propose any changes to the newspaper contest rules by e-mail. If consensus cannot be reached by e-mail, then it will be discussed at a special meeting Dec. 5 before the Christmas Party and annual meeting. Mays suggested future discussions on rule changes begin earlier in the year to avoid any possible conflict.

Russell said he will continue to serve as scholarship chair.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m. Minutes submitted by secretary Jon Mays.
'Heartbroken' Chron reporter claims plagiarism was unintentional
Reporter Edward Guthmann tells the SF Weekly: "At one point, I read about the 1,000th suicide in the New Yorker article and pasted two sentences in my text as a 'flag' -- a reminder to myself to mention the fact. But when I went back to the piece, which may have been days later since I had other work during that time, I forgot those weren't my words. I should have set them in boldface or larger type, or not moved them at all. Huge mistake ..." Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal calls it a "serious matter" and says the investigation isn't over.
Press Club's Christmas Party Dec. 5
The Peninsula Press Club will return to Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City for its annual Holiday Party. The 6-8 p.m. event will take place in the private room at Harry's, 1909 El Camino Real, RC. Members are asked to bring $10 per person and canned food for Second Harvest. An all-membership annual meeting will be scheduled for 7:30 p.m. See you there!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Reader discovers Chron plagiarized parts of article
Story about Golden Gate Bridge jumpers, printed on the Oct. 30 Sunday edition's front page, were lifted from a 2003 New Yorker article.

Thursday, November 3, 2005

KR sale may spark industry consolidation

Joseph T. Hallinan and Joe Hagan of the Wall Street Journal report that a potential sale of Mercury News and Contra Costa Times owner Knight Ridder could spark the beginning of a consolidation of the newspaper industry.

KR sale could lead to industry consolidation

Along with steel, autos and airlines, daily newspapers would seem to be yet another mature U.S. industry that is prime for consolidation, the Wall Street Journal says in an article today by Joseph T. Hallinan and Joe Hagan. Analysts are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for growth as advertising revenue continues to move online. Stocks of many newspaper companies now trade near multiyear lows. In a letter to the KR's board, PCM chief executive Bruce Sherman said that Knight Ridder has determined that its breakup value far exceeds its stock price, and that directors should "aggressively pursue the competitive sale of the company."

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Knight Ridder debate has a Republican twist
Top executives of Private Capital Management, the shareholder group that is forcing the sale of Knight Ridder, donated $112,000 to help President Bush and Dick Cheney get re-elected. On April 8, 2004, the head of PCM, Bruce Sherman, and company executive Gregg Powers gave $50,000 each, or $100,000 total, to the Republican National Committee.

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Knight Ridder shareholder urges sale

The biggest shareholder of Knight Ridder (parent of the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Palo Alto Daily News group) is urging the company to seek a buyer, saying there are few other options left for a chain whose stock price has been dropping, according to an Associated Press report.