Monday, September 24, 2007

This ought to be interesting

Two big names in the Bay Area news business — Leslie Griffith and Robert Rosenthal (both pictured) — are among the panelists who will sound off Thursday on the topic of "The State of Journalism: Are Integrity and the Bottom Line Compatible?"

Griffith, who left Channel 2 last year after 20 years at the station, is writing a book about what she says is corporate censorship of the media called "Shut-up and Read."

"Rosey" Rosenthal resigned from the Chron in May without the standard two-weeks notice because "the next two weeks are going to be so tumultuous there [due to layoffs], for me to linger around when I could not be part of the future did not make sense." His boss, Phil Bronstein, declined to comment when asked if he had tried to keep Rosenthal on the job.

Others on the panel Thursday will be KGO ABC7 News Director Kevin Keeshan and Merc Editorial Pages Editor Steve Wright. The moderator will be UC Berkeley journalism Professor William Drummond.

The panel is co-sponsored by SPJ NorCal and the Commonweath Club of California. The discussion will take place on the second floor of The Commonwealth Club at 595 Market St. A wine and cheese reception is at 5:30 and the panel starts at 6. For tickets, call (415) 597-6705 or register at

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