Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Breaking news takes toll on Lloyd LaCuesta

The Chron's Peter Hartlaub says KTVU veteran Lloyd LaCuesta is one of the Bay Area's most under-appreciated TV reporters. In his nearly 35 years at Channel 2, LaCuesta has covered more than his share of thunderstorms, fires, homicides and other breaking stories. LaCuesta says he likes his job but has paid the price. He tells Hartlaub:
    "I have high blood pressure and other health problems. I spend a lot of time talking to young people and I also teach at a local college. I just want everyone to know there's a cost for being that kind of reporter. I just got married but I was also divorced for 20 years. Jumping on airplanes and trying to be the first reporter on the scene wasn't very conducive to a good family life. I was always gone. ... I look at my career and I have a lot of satisfaction, but I missed my daughter's 5-year-old birthday party. I can never get that back ... It took me a long time to realize that family life is more important.
(Photo credit: KTVU screen grab from 2009)

Unpaid furloughs continue at KQED

For the second year in a row, KQED is requiring most of its 250 employees to take a week long furlough, the Chron's Andrew S. Ross reports. He notes that 80 members of NABET decided not to "share the pain" and will remain at work. All 30 members of AFTRA, primarily on-air radio and TV staff, will spread the furlough throughout the year. The other 140 non-represented staff are all taking the week-long unpaid break.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Examiner Editor James Pimentel resigns

James Pimentel (pictured) has resigned as executive editor of the San Francisco Examiner after nearly four years in the job and nine years at the paper.

The SF Appeal, an online newspaper, reports that Pimentel left on Friday, June 18, and that Publisher James Wilcox informed the staff of his departure on Tuesday, June 22. The Appeal says Wilcox told the staff that "several factors" led to Pimentel's departure, but he didn't elaborate.

No successor has been named. Managing editor Deirdre Hussey is currently running the newsroom.

Pimentel began his newspaper career at the Oakland Tribune in 1984. He joined the Examiner in 2001 as sports editor before becoming managing editor in 2003. Pimentel led the paper's transition from broadsheet to tabloid in 2003 and its launch of zoned editions in San Mateo County in 2004.

KRON owner sheds $800 million in debt

Young Broadcasting, which paid a record $823 million for KRON only to see the station's value drop like a rock after it lost its NBC affiliation, announced Friday that it has wiped $800 million in debt off its books in bankruptcy proceedings.

"Having shed nearly $800 million in debt and millions of dollars of burdensome contracts through the bankruptcy process, New Young Broadcasting is emerging from bankruptcy as the most financially sound company in television broadcasting," Young said in a statement.

The company's Chapter 11 reorganization had been stalled in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for more than a year because of squabbling between secured creditors and unsecured creditors. An auction last summer was cancelled when it became obvious that nobody was going to bid more than the $220 million creditors had been seeking.

Young Broadcasting owns KRON and nine stations in the Midwest. Young previously announced that seven of the Midwest stations will be operated by Grey Television for a fee of $2.2 million annually. KRON and two other stations will be run by a new company with a board of directors that includes Vince Young but also more representatives of the creditors.

New nonprofit paper tested in SF; no ads but $2

The nonprofit San Francisco Public Press has printed its first edition — 28 broadsheet pages and 50 articles which hawkers are selling on the streets for $2 a copy.

“We don’t know what the consumer demand is for a product like this, because there has never been a product like this,” Michael Stoll, executive director of the San Francisco Public Press, told Bay Citizen. “That’s one of the reasons we’re calling this a prototype, and part of what we’re prototyping is the business model.”

The Public Press already has a website, but it wanted to see how a printed paper would be received by readers. Another goal is to bridge the digital divide.

Copies can be purchased at sfpublicpress.org. (Photo credit: SF Public Press website)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Some Fox affiliates distance themselves from FNC

"We have to remind a viewer that calls that we are not owned by Fox, they do not control our news and judgment," KTVU Channel 2 news director Ed Chapuis tells Joe Strupp, writing for the left leaning MediaMatters for America site.

According to Strupp, Chapuis and the news directors of other Fox affiliates are concerned that the top-rated Fox News Channel's conservative bent misleads viewers into thinking their local news reports take the same approach.

"We play up the fact that we are an independent news operation," Chapuis says. "We have found that the KTVU Channel 2 news brand is very strong and has a stronger impression with our viewers."

Merc publisher's father, also a publisher, dies

The father of Mercury News publisher Mac Tully, former Arizona Republic publisher Darrow "Duke" Tully, has died from complications of a stroke in Tampa at age 78, according to the Republic's website. From that website:
    [Darrow] Tully was publisher of The Republic and Gazette until December 1985, when he resigned after learning that his political enemies were investigating his war record. 
    Tom Collins, Maricopa County attorney at the time, planned to have a news conference to expose Tully, who claimed to have been an Air Force combat pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars. 
    As publisher of the state's largest newspaper, Tully is credited with launching the political career of Sen. John McCain. He and McCain, a Navy pilot, swapped war stories and even flew planes over the desert. 
    In reality, Tully, although a skilled pilot, had never served in the Air Force. 
    "Duke was a smart, smart guy and a very smart businessman, but he was consumed with his need to be something that he wasn't," said Pat Murphy, who succeeded Tully as publisher. 
    Longtime friend and employee Bill Shover said Tully's dual existence was driven by his need to win his father's approval. 
    "He was rejected by the Air Force because he had bad vision and flat feet," said Shover, former director of public affairs for Phoenix Newspapers Inc., which owned The Republic and The Gazette during Tully's tenure. 
    Tully's brother was killed in World War II during a training mission and his father criticized him for not becoming a war hero, Shover recalled.
UPDATE, Sunday, June 27: St. Petersburg Times: "Whopper of a lie marked former publisher's life" -- "... Mr. Tully's claims may be remembered as the gold standard of phony military histories." The story notes that Duke Tully was president of the San Francisco Newspaper Agency before joining the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette as publisher in 1978.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Printer moving from Redwood City to San Jose

Southwest Offset Printing — which has a plant in Redwood City that prints the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily Post, Financial Times West Coast edition and many other newspapers — has signed a new 10-year lease with AMB Property Corp. to move its presses to San Jose, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports.

The company is moving to a 68,502-square-foot facility at 587 Charcot in North San Jose. The deal was worked out through the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the City of San Jose, AMB and Cornish and Carey Commercial, according to the Business Journal.

The company said it chose the site because of the city's Enterprise Zone program, which allows Southwest to take advantage of various tax credits and deductions.

The company has about 100 employees, most living in San Jose. Southwest Offset Printing also said it plans to expand and hire at least 15 new staff members.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MNG to start pay wall experiments next month

MediaNews Group, which publishes most of the daily newspapers in the Bay Area, plans to test a system that will charge for access to news stories online, according to NewsAndTech.com. The trials will take place at Chico's Enterprise Record and the York (Pa.) Daily Record and York Dispatch. Consumers will be able to read up to 10 stories for free each month before they are asked to begin paying for access.

"A lot of experimentation is still going on -- the dialogue is rich; the revenues aren't rich yet, but the dialogue is," said MediaNews Group Interactive IT director David Bessen.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Judge: UC wrongly searched news camera

A judge ruled June 18 that UC-Berkeley police improperly searched a journalist's camera after a protest in December at Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's campus home, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Yolanda Northridge ordered UC police to return all copies of photographs taken from David Morse's camera, said Morse's attorney, Geoffrey King.

Morse was taking pictures of the Dec. 11 demonstration for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, or Indybay. Morse said he identified himself as a journalist to police at least six times. The state's shield law is supposed to protect reporters and photographers from having their work seized by police.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

2010 Greater Bay Area Journalism Award winners

Bay Area print and online journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 167 awards of excellence in nine divisions and 36 categories at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 33rd annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner tonight.

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's annual Professional Journalism Awards Competition dinner was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster City.

The winners were selected from 394 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Awards honored work done in 2009 Entries were judged by the Bakersfield Press Club, Milwaukee Press Club, the Press Club of New Orleans, and the Press Club of Southeast Texas. The Print Photography division was judged by press photographers outside of the Bay Area and was coordinated by Paul Sakuma of The Associated Press.

The San Jose Mercury News received 19 plaques followed by The Daily News with 18 and the Community Newspaper Group with 14. Tied with 13 each were the San Mateo Daily Journal and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

The guest speaker for the event was Jeanne Carstensen, managing editor of The Bay Citizen.

Four $1,500 scholarships in the name of the late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen were awarded.

The high school recipients were Maritza Martin, Jefferson High School, Daly City, and Anca Ulea, California High School, San Ramon.

The collegiate scholarships were presented to Margaret Baum, College of San Mateo, and Richard Parks, University of California, Berkeley

Special recognition was given to the General Excellence winner of the Press Club’s High School Journalism Contest, The Colt Quarterly from El Camino High School in South San Francisco. Lauren Eberle, editor-in-chief, and Adam McLearan, adviser, accepted a plaque.

The complete list of journalism award winners follows:




Daily Newspapers


General Excellence
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “San Jose Mercury News,” San Jose Mercury News
     SECOND PLACE: The Press Democrat, “The Press Democrat,” Press Democrat Staff 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “San Mateo Daily Journal,” San Mateo Daily Journal

Editorial
    FIRST PLACE: The Daily Post, “Cut off the spend-a-holics,” Dave Price 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “Balance the budget. Now,” Mario Dianda 
    THIRD PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Secret deals: University foundations should be subject to public records laws,” The Press Democrat

Columns — News/Political
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Off the Beat Michelle Durand,” Michelle Durand
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily Post, “Opinion Diana Diamond,” Diana Diamond 
    THIRD PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Columns by Paul Gullixson,” Paul Gullixson

Columns — Feature
    FIRST PLACE: The Daily Post, “Columns of Diana Diamond,” Diana Diamond 
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Opinion Sue Lempert,” Sue Lempert

Columns — Sports
    FIRST PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Columns by Lowell Cohn,” Lowell Cohn 
    SECOND PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Columns by Bob Padecky,” Bob Padecky 
    THIRD PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Purdy Columns,” Mark Purdy

Breaking News
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Tragedy Averted,” Heather Murtagh 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “Landlord vanishes,” Will Oremus 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Student shot, college cleared,” Bill Silverfarb

News Story
    FIRST PLACE: Sacramento Bee, “20 years later, opponents still battling the Oakland Airport Connector,” Jeff Mitchell 
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Measure money in question,” Heather Murtagh
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Traveling on your dime,” Shaun Bishop

Continuing Coverage
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Spotlight on San Jose Police,” Sean Webby
    SECOND PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Clem Carinalli: Reversal of Fortune,” Nathan Halverson, Kevin McCallum 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily Post, “Red-light cameras,” Josh Wolf, Dave Price, David DeBolt

Series
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Life in a Year,” Bruce Newman 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily Post, “Red-light Camera Controversy,” Josh Wolf, Dave Price, David DeBolt 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Policing in the 21st Century,” Bill Silverfarb

Feature Story of Light Nature
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Of course, Mr. S: Nothing but the best for high-rolling former Fry's exec charged with fraud,” Lisa Fernandez 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “From crib to compost,” Diana Samuels 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Wave hunters,” Julia Scott

Feature Story of Serious Nature
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “On Tracks: Lives Are Lost But Also Saved,” Lisa M. Krieger 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “Evicted resident returns,” Jessica Bernstein-Wax 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Disabled Menlo Park man helps police patrol city,” Diana Samuels

Analysis
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “District seeks space to grow,” Neil Gonzales
    SECOND PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “State Budget 101,” Andrea Maschietto, Doug Griswold, Leigh Poitinger, Mike Zapler 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Inside track on high-speed rail,” Daily News Staff

Technology Story
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Tweeting: a business necessity,” Heather Murtagh
    SECOND PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “New generation of online games attracts millions,” Scott Duke Harris 
    THIRD PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Hacker Heaven,” Mike Swift

Business Story
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “10 Silicon Valley Superstars,” Chris O'Brien
    SECOND PLACE: The Press Democrat, “SSU foundation's private land loans,” Nathan Halverson 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Empty storefronts multiply,” Jessica Bernstein-Wax

Entertainment Review
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Netrebko's 'La Traviata' feels genuine,” Richard Scheinin 
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Book Beat: The Ramen King and I,” Cheri Lucas 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Colorblind in love,” Kevin Kelly

Specialty Story
    FIRST PLACE: The Daily News, “Where to go when money is tight,” Jessica Bernstein-Wax
    SECOND PLACE: Bay Area News Group, “Breaking Wine's Glass Ceiling,” Jessica Yadegaran
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Economy claims galleries,” Will Oremus

Sports Story
    FIRST PLACE: The Daily News, “Larrieu no longer running from self,” Vytas Mazeika
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Bielagus on track,” Nathan Mollat 
    THIRD PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Touching Moment,” Daniel Brown

Sports Game Story
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Champions at last,” Nathan Mollat 
    SECOND PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Giant Surprise,” Andrew Baggarly 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Press propels Cardinal,” John Reid

Page Design
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Road to the Presidency,” Tiffany Pease 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “The Daily News Weekend,” Daily News Staff 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “SPORTS,” Greg Frazier

Headline
    FIRST PLACE: The Daily Post, “Cal Ave wiped off the map,” Dave Price 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily Post, “Stink rises over poop; Once endangered species producing too much feces,” Dave Price 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Reality check for Fantasyland: Hotels struggle as Disney, Universal ramp up,” Kevin Kelly




Non-Daily Newspapers


General Excellence
    FIRST PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “Palo Alto Weekly,” Palo Alto Weekly Staff 
    SECOND PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal,” Moryt Milo 
    THIRD PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Los Gatos Weekly-Times,” Dick Sparrer, Judy Peterson, George Sakkestad, Shannon Burkey

Editorial
    FIRST PLACE: San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Time for some serious budget reform,” Tim Redmond 
    SECOND PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “It's a slow road through Palo Alto to get to progress,” Cromwell Schubarth 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “3 simple steps to a stadium in San Jose,” Cromwell Schubarth

Columns — News/Political
    FIRST PLACE: San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Editor's Notes,” Tim Redmond

Columns — Feature
    FIRST PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Editor's Notebook Steve Symanovich (1),” Steve Symanovich 
    SECOND PLACE: Central City Extra, “Multiple Obituary Columns,” Marjorie Beggs, Tom Carter 
    THIRD PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Columns by Marianne L. Hamilton,” Marianne L. Hamilton

Columns — Sports
    FIRST PLACE: Pacifica Tribune, “From water boy to 49er VP,” Horace Hinshaw 
    SECOND PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Columns by Dick Sparrer,” Dick Sparrer

Breaking News
    FIRST PLACE: Berkeley Daily Planet, “Investigation Continues into Kindergartner's Death,” Riya Bhattacharjee 
    SECOND PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Campus @ North First project in trouble,” Katherine Conrad 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Solyndra eyes expansion of $2B backlog,” Mary Duan

News Story
    FIRST PLACE: Central City Extra, “Information Gap,” Heidi Swillinger 
    SECOND PLACE: Sunnyvale Sun, “Sunnyvale custodian who worked at local schools pleads no contest in child porn case,” Tiffany Carney 
    THIRD PLACE: San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Uncivil Unions,” Steven T. Jones

Continuing Coverage
    FIRST PLACE: Sunnyvale Sun, “Church is looking to sell longtime preschool...,” Tiffany Carney
    SECOND PLACE: Berkeley Daily Planet, “The Death of Berkeley Kindergartner Zachary Michael Cruz,” Riya Bhattacharjee 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Sunnyvale town center liens...,” Katherine Conrad

Series
    FIRST PLACE: Willow Glen Resident, “High Speed Rail in San Jose,” Stephen Baxter, Tiffany Carney 
    SECOND PLACE: Central City Extra, “Robbery Roulette and 64 Robberies,” Tom Carter

Feature Story of Light Nature
    FIRST PLACE: SF Weekly, “Service with a Snarl,” Joe Eskanazi 
    SECOND PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “From There to Hair: Immigrant Tales from Hair International,” Chris Kenrick 
    THIRD PLACE: Willow Glen Resident, “Key Decision: Talking to Seniors about quitting driving,” Stephen Baxter

Feature Story of Serious Nature
    FIRST PLACE: SF Weekly, “Time Bomb,” Peter Jamison 
    SECOND PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “No way out?,” Jocelyn Dong, Carol Blitzer 
    THIRD PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “Preventing Teen Suicide: Community Gropes for Answers,” Chris Kenrick

Analysis
    FIRST PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “The Big Fix,” Moryt Milo, Katherine Conrad, Mary Duan, David Goll 
    SECOND PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “Bridging Troubled Waters,” Gennady Sheyner 
    THIRD PLACE: San Francisco Bay Guardian, “The two Newsoms,” Steven T. Jones

Technology Story
    FIRST PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “Charging Forward,” Gennady Sheyner 
    SECOND PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Mother of Invention,” Patrick Hoge 
    THIRD PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Apple's game changer Bonanza for Bay Area 'virtual goods,' game sellers,” Patrick Hoge

Business Story
    FIRST PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Mega-project makeovers,” J.K. Dineen, Blanca Torres 
    SECOND PLACE: Central City Extra, “TL landmark McDonald's Bookstore evicted,” Tom Carter 
    THIRD PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Bay Area seeks stimulus,” Staff

Entertainment Review
    FIRST PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “When Wives Collide,” Karla Kane 
    SECOND PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “Capitalism; A Love Story,” Karla Kane 
    THIRD PLACE: Palo Alto Weekly, “The Class,” Susan Tavernetti

Specialty Story
    FIRST PLACE: Central City Extra, “S.F. vs. Tobacco,” Marjorie Beggs 
    SECOND PLACE: Willow Glen Resident, “Know-How,” Mayra Flores, De Marcotte 
    THIRD PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Off and running,” Marianne L. Hamilton

Sports Story
    FIRST PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Super finish to Ferguson's...,” Dick Sparrer
    SECOND PLACE: Pacifica Tribune, “Loving Baseball for 81 years,” Horace Hinshaw 
    THIRD PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Tri Tips,” Marianne L. Hamilton

Sports Game Story
    FIRST PLACE: Los Gatos Weekly-Times, “Cats top Wilcox in OT to take CCS title,” Dick Sparrer

Page Design
    FIRST PLACE: San Francisco Business Times, “Green Giant,” Mitch Green 
    SECOND PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Mastering the 'Elevator Pitch',” Barry Baldi 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Why now is a great time to start up,” Barry Baldi

Headline
    FIRST PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Sun may shine in Big Blue sky,” Cromwell Schubarth 
    SECOND PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “A.P. Stump's Chop House pulls up steaks, moves on,” Cromwell Schubarth 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Everything's coming up Rosewood,” Moryt Milo




Magazines/Trade Publications

News Story
    FIRST PLACE: The Spectrum Magazine, “Police Shut Down DUI Checkpoint,” Steve Penna

Feature Story of Serious Nature
    FIRST PLACE: Traditions Magazine, “Summer Immersion Program Has Heart,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson




Editorial Cartoons

    FIRST PLACE: Berkeley Daily Planet, “Daily Planet Cartoons,” Justin DeFreitas 
    SECOND PLACE: here magazine, “here Magazine Cartoons,” Justin DeFreitas




Print Photography


Spot News Photography
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Listen to me,” John Green 
    SECOND PLACE: Associated Press, “House Fire,” Paul Sakuma 
    THIRD PLACE: Associated Press, “Fight @ UCB,” Paul Sakuma

General News Photography
    FIRST PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Bird's Eye View,” John Burgess 
    SECOND PLACE: The Daily News, “Magical Bridge,” Kat Wade 
    THIRD PLACE: The Daily News, “Lost Friend,” Kat Wade

Feature Photography
    FIRST PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “A Dog Gone Licking,” John Green 
    SECOND PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Moon Reach,” Kent Porter 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Veterans' Day,” John Green

Sports Action Photography
    FIRST PLACE: The Press Democrat, “Touchdown,” Kent Porter 
    SECOND PLACE: Associated Press, “Out of Bounds,” Paul Sakuma 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “A Championship Rally,” Nathan Mollat

Sports Feature Photography
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Birdies Mixed with Rain,” Patrick Tehan 
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Victory,” John Green 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Snapshot - Losing His Head,” Nathan Mollat

Photo Series or Picture Story
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Safe but not Secure,” Pauline Lubens 
    SECOND PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Bursting Point,” Patrick Tehan 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Same Sex Marriage Protest,” John Green




Radio


General Excellence
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “KCBS News Radio,” KCBS News Team

Breaking News
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “BART Riots,” Margie Shafer

Feature Story of Light Nature
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “Hula Hoop,” Mike Sugerman

Feature Story of Serious Nature
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “Day Music Died,” Doug Sovern 
    SECOND PLACE: KALW 91.7 FM, “Seagull Explosion Threatens Bay Area Waterbird Species,” Julia Scott

Public Affairs Program
    FIRST PLACE: KQED Public Radio, “Domestic Violence Funding,” Michael Krasny, Judy Campbell, Keven Guillory, Dan Zoll

Special Program
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “Hard Times,” Doug Sovern

Documentary
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “AIDS in Africa: Faces of Hope,” Doug Sovern

Use of Sound
    FIRST PLACE: KCBS Radio, “Underground Music,” Mike Sugerman




Television


Breaking News
    FIRST PLACE: KRON 4, “The Sandra Cantu Arrest,” Da Lin

Feature Story of Light Nature
    FIRST PLACE: KRON 4, “Pride Parade,” Da Lin

Feature Story of Serious Nature
    FIRST PLACE: KRON 4, “Did Officer Punch Oscar Grant?,” Da Lin

Public Affairs Program
    FIRST PLACE: KQED 9, “This Week in Northern California,” Belva Davis, Robin Epstein, Jon Fromer, Katherine Russell

Documentary
    FIRST PLACE: OnTopix Productions / KQED 9, “$100 a Day,” Gwen Essegian, Mark Ligon

Sports Story
    FIRST PLACE: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, “Will Rudolph Story,” Andrew F. Johnston

Videography
    FIRST PLACE: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, “Johnston Composite,” Andrew F. Johnston




Public Relations

General Excellence
    FIRST PLACE: Sequoia Union High School District, “Middle School Parents Campaign,” Bettylu Smith

Newsletter
    FIRST PLACE: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, “Off Camera,” Keith Sanders, Linda Giannecchini, Darryl Compton, Kevin Wing 
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo County Office of Education, “News And Views,” Lisa Rosenthal, Jean Holbrook 
    THIRD PLACE: Broadcast Legends, “Broadcast Legends,” Jim Schock, Ed Vasgergian, Peter Cleaveland, Darryl Compton

Press Kit
    FIRST PLACE: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, “Emmy 2009,” Deanne Moenster-Poitras, Cassandra Chavez, Darryl Compton




Broadband/Web

General Excellence-Media Groups
    FIRST PLACE: The Press Democrat, “www.pressdemocrat.com,” Press Democrat Staff
    SECOND PLACE: KCBS Radio, “www.kcbs.com,” KCBS News and Web Team 
    THIRD PLACE: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “www.SanJose.BizJournals.com,” Cromwell Schubarth

General Excellence-Independent
    FIRST PLACE: The Island, “The Island,” Michele Ellson

Breaking News
    FIRST PLACE: Cleantech Group, “Fire Sale: Imara's battery patents and trade secrets,” Lisa Sibley

Multimedia
    FIRST PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Obama Inauguration,” Andrea Maschietto, Pai
    SECOND PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “A commitment to service, times two,” Neil Gonzales, David Cenzer 
    THIRD PLACE: San Mateo County Times, “Boxer Fatima Alcantar,” John Green

Blogs
    FIRST PLACE: SFGate.com, “Say Hey: Mays, Radnich and the linoleum salesman,” Duffy Jennings 
    SECOND PLACE: San Jose Mercury News, “Good Morning Silicon Valley,” John Murrell
    THIRD PLACE: Cleantech Group, “Former CEO goes after Tesla, Musk,” Lisa Sibley

Photos: Top, Belva Davis of KQED and Bill. Middle, the crew from College of San Mateo. Bottom, Peter Cleaveland, Mike Venturino and Micki Carter. Photos by Paul Sakuma.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

KQED restructures management

John Boland (pictured), who became president and chief executive of KQED parent Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB), has announced a management restructuring that puts more people under his direct control.

The press release didn't suggest anybody was sacked or demoted. Instead, the heads of the radio, TV and educational operations will become "senior content managers" who will now report directly to Boland.

The three senior content managers are Jo Anne Wallace, vice president and general manager, KQED Public Radio; Michael Isip, vice president, television; and Tim Olson, vice president, digital media and education.

From now on, chief financial officer Mitzie Kelley and chief development officer Traci Eckels will also report to Boland, the statement said. Kelley, who had been serving as interim CFO since September, will hold the position permanently.

Marketing chief Don Derheim has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and will also report directly to Boland. Derheim, a 19-year veteran at KQED, will oversee membership, marketing, communications, technology, HR and legal.

William Lowery has been promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary. Lowery has served in this role on an interim basis since March.

Steve Welch, currently vice president, engineering and technology, becomes chief technology officer, reflecting the expanding importance technology plays in public media.

Boland, who returned to NCPB after a stint as PBS's first chief content officer, said he was asked by the board of directors to "focus particular attention on content and related services, community engagement, and fundraising."

No word in the press release about what the nonprofit NCPB will pay these people, but the organization's most recent IRS 990 available (for the year 2007) showed that Durheim, then vp of marketing, was paid $261,147 plus $27,795 in benefits for a total of $288,942. He was the second highest paid NCPB employee that year. Nonprofits are required to list the salaries of their top five paid employees in Form 990, which is a public document.

The highest-paid employee that year, then-chief content officer Linda O'Bryon, received $282,360 in compensation and $28,942 in benefits for a total of $311,302.

Traci Eckels, vp of development, received a total of $198,417 in salary and benefits; Steve Welch, vp of operations and engineering, got $177,663, and KQED-FM general manager Jo Anne Wallace got $190,125.

The 2007 IRS report said NCPB had 232 employees who made over $50,000 a year.

NCPB listed $64.5 million in revenue and $62.0 million in expenses in the 2007 report.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How does a mistake like that happen?

The note on top of the Bay City News Service dispatch on Tuesday would make any editor cringe:
    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Caltrain officials said Monday that the person hit [by a Caltrain in San Mateo on Monday] was female, but the coroner's office today confirmed the victim was a man.
Who told the media that the victim was a woman? Caltrans spokeswoman Christine Dunn did in an e-mail to media outlets at 7:16 p.m. Monday. She wrote:
    At approximately 5:15 p.m. this evening southbound train #266 struck and killed a female trespasser on the southbound tracks north of the Hayward Park Caltrain Station in San Mateo. No additional information about the victim is available.
Reporters attempting to double check Dunn's claim on Monday night with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which has the contract to provide security for Caltrain, found that the officer normally assigned to the railroad was on vacation. It was too early for a coroner's report — that wouldn't come out until Tuesday. So several newspapers including the Daily Post, Daily Journal, Mercury News, San Mateo County Times and Daily News reported victim was a woman in Tuesday morning's editions.

Mike Rosenberg of the San Mateo County Times got to the accident scene and interviewed an eyewitness, Donald Graham, who said he tried to stop the victim from jumping in front of the train. But it was clear that the eyewitnesses' quotes were changed — with the addition of words in parenthesis to fit the incorrect information provided by Caltrain's Dunn. Rosenberg's story said:
    At that moment, Graham said he had a choice: Run and try to push the person off the tracks, or flag down the police officer. He made what authorities say is the right decision — he sprinted toward the cruiser and waved his arms, and he got the attention of the San Mateo SWAT officer inside. 
    He quickly explained the situation to the cop, and the two ran toward the tracks. "Before we could get there, the (person on the track) got hit, and it was right in front of us," Graham said. "It was like it was in slow motion." 
    "I could have stopped it," said Graham, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. "If I hadn't stopped the cop I would have pulled (her) off the tracks." 
    He said there was no doubt in his mind that it was a suicide. He said the person who was struck looked intoxicated and did not say anything while walking on the tracks. 
    "(She) just kind of looked at me," he said.
Another newspaper, The Daily Post, contacted the coroner's office on Tuesday to obtain the identity of the victim and also ask a more sensitive question -- is there any chance that the victim might have appeared to be a woman. The deputy coroner told reporter Ryan Riddle that there was no way anyone could have mistaken the victim for a woman. (Disclosure: Press Club Website editor Dave Price, who wrote this items, is also editor of the Post.)

Release of officer's name in shooting at issue

One of the most frustrating things for reporters covering an "officer involved shooting" is the refusal of law enforcement agencies to name the officer who pulled the trigger.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Randi Rossman reports that the ACLU is attempting to get Sonoma County sheriff's officials to release the name of a deputy who shot and killed an apparently unarmed man following a chase.

Terry Francke, general counsel of the open government group Californians Aware, told Rossman that law enforcement agencies may be legally justified in withholding the name if there's a “clear and direct threat” to the officer's safety. But Francke said there's no legal basis to withhold that information indefinitely.

Murdoch buys Skiff from Hearst Corp.


One day you might be asked a trivia question that goes like this — before the iPad, there were other products designed to help people read paperless books and newspapers. Name two of them. The answer would be Kindle (a device that was really "in" before the iPad) and Skiff (a platform for delivering content that still has potential).

For what it's worth, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (as in Fox News, Fox Broadcasting, Wall Street Journal, New York Post) has acquired Skiff from Hearst Corp., owner of the Chronicle. "It’s unclear what News Corp. will do with Skiff — either as a platform or device — but it’s clear that the media company’s interest these days is finding ways to monetize its news content," writes Sam Diaz of ZDNet.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Former San Mateo Times building to be demolished

The wrecking ball will soon level the San Mateo County Times building, a 45,000-square-foot structure that housed the newspaper for 43 years. On nearby Highway 101, you may have seen the Times' orange sign that also gave the time of day and temperature.

The San Mateo City Council on Monday approved the redevelopment of the 3½-acre Times site at 1080 S. Amphlett Blvd. The plan calls for 60 three-story townhouses, 14 two-story single-family houses and a 30,000-square-foot, three-story self-storage building, according to a story by Mike Rosenberg of the San Mateo County Times.

In June 2007, the Times moved to an office park at 477 Ninth Ave. in San Mateo because its staff of about a dozen employees is only a fraction of what it was in the paper's heyday, when it had 300 employees, Rosenberg reported.

Appeals court hears SF Weekly's case

The SF Weekly and its owner, Village Voice Media, got its day in court on Friday (June 11). The alt-weekly chain is trying to get the California Court of Appeals to overturn a $21 million verdict in favor of the Bay Guardian. The Guardian argued that the chain sold ads at below the cost of production in an attempt to run it out of business. A jury agreed.

News coverage of the case has mainly come from the two papers involved in it -- and neither has even pretended to cover the proceedings objectively. Here's the SF Weekly's coverage of Friday's hearing, written by Andy Van De Voorde, an editor from the chain's home office in Arizona.

Reading between the lines, it seems as if the SF Weekly's lawyer, Dennis P. Maio, was forced to play defense during Friday's hearing with judges interrupting him as he tried to make his case. It's also interesting to note how the story makes no mention of the SF Weekly's owner, Village Voice Media (formerly New Times), and how the story uses a $16 million figure rather than the current number of $21 million (which includes interest).

Whatever the number, the SF Weekly and its owner hasn't paid, and the Weekly has had to obtain court orders to take the paper's vans and collect its incoming checks from advertisers.

No TV coverage for Prop. 8 closing arguments

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a brief order Thursday (June 10) denying a request by media organizations to televise the arguments in the trial over gay marriage, scheduled to last all day Wednesday in San Francisco, according to the Chronicle. Walker did not spell out his reasons for denying the media request. The arguments will still be shown on closed-circuit TV, but only in an overflow courtroom at the San Francisco courthouse at 450 Golden Gate Ave.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A farewell song to the Merc's Kim Vo



Here's an Election Night farewell to Mercury News assistant metro editor Kim Vo. The singer/songwriter is Merc wire editor Karl Kahler on the left. The Karletts (from left to right) are metro editors Peter Delevett, Mike Frankel and David Early. It helps a lot if you wear headphones. (Thanks to Bruce Newman for sending us this link!)

Guest speaker for Press Club banquet announced

The guest speaker at this year's Press Club awards banquet will be Jeanne Carstensen, managing editor of The Bay Citizen, the nonprofit Bay Area news organization that launched last month.

She'll provide an insiders view of The Bay Citizen, which has 24 paid staffers including a newsroom of 16 journalists. The nonprofit plans to go beyond a website and eventually offer news through podcasts, radio and TV.

Carstensen came to The Bay Citizen from Salon, where she also held the title of M.E. Previously, as senior arts and features editor at SFGate.com, she wrote about the first cellphone photography show and the artist who genetically engineered God.

She was awarded a National Arts Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University in 2001. Jeanne lived in Costa Rica for six years, where she covered human rights and feminism for the shortwave station Radio for Peace International and worked as a translator.

She covered digital culture at the Whole Earth Review magazine under Kevin Kelly and was the managing editor of the Essential Whole Earth Catalog. Jeanne lives in Bernal Heights in San Francisco.

The Press Club awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7. More than 100 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards will be presented at the banquet. For more information or tickets, e-mail Press Club Executive Director Darryl Compton.

A new meetup for SF reporters and journalists

Nine organizations involved in journalism are sponsoring a Unity Mixer on Wednesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Press Club, 757 Market St., 20 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco.

Free admission. Complimentary appetizers. Raffle prizes and more. Reconnect with former colleagues and network with new contacts.

Questions? E-mail: sfbaymedia@yahoo.com or join the "San Francisco Bay Media Professionals" Facebook page. Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/SF-Journalists/calendar/13718469/

Sponsors include:
    Asian American Journalists Association/SF Bay Area Chapter
    Bay Area Black Journalists Association
    East Bay Press Club
    California Media Workers Guild/Freelance Unit
    National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association/ NorCal Chapter
    Public Relations Society of America, San Francisco Chapter 
    Public Relations Society of America, Silicon Valley Chapter
    New America Media Society of Professional Journalists/Northern CA Chapter

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gizmodo banned from Apple event

The Merc's Patrick May reports that Apple has banned Gizmodo, the site that first posted photos of the newest version of the iPhone, from its Worldwide Developers Conference that opened in San Francisco on Monday.

"We're banned for life, I think," said Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam.

Lam said he got no response to Gizmodo's request to attend the show.

"I've worked with these people for seven or eight years, and they never failed to write me back. This tells me they're probably not allowed to talk to me anymore. It's not personal. But Steve is very angry at Gizmodo."

So angry that Jobs, through his staff, asked a special law enforcement strike force to retrieve the phone that an Apple engineer lost at a Redwood City bar. Jobs' request resulted in cops breaking open the door of Gizmodo editor Jason Chin and confiscating his computers and cameras. The FBI is now analyzing items taken from Chin's home.

No word yet on whether Gizmodo will pursue charges against the strike force for possibly violating the state's shield law or the federal law protecting newsrooms from police searches.

Press Club board meets Wednesday night

Board meetings of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club are open to all members.

Meeting Notice
San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Board of Directors
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
San Mateo Daily Journal
800 S. Claremont St., Ste. 210, San Mateo

AGENDA
1. Approval of Minutes
2. Finance and Membership Reports
3. Annual awards contest: Guest speaker, additional details
4. High school journalism: Awards update, assistance efforts
5. Plans for upcoming workshops
6. Other business as needed

Chron printer adds Metro Newspapers as customer

Transcontinental, which opened a $230 million plant in Fremont last year to print the Chronicle, now has a second customer — Metro Newspapers, which has alt-weeklies in San Jose, Santa Cruz and the North Bay. That's according to News & Tech, a Web site focusing on pre-press and printing technologies.

Outgoing county official to head TV station

Michelle Durand of the Daily Journal in San Mateo reports that San Mateo County's assessor and elections chief, Warren Slocum, has become the de facto CEO and president of public access television Peninsula TV.

The station is funded mainly by city governments and it airs on Cable 26 in central and northern San Mateo County.

Slocum began as a board member of the nonprofit formed by station founder Bob Marks and moved to vice president and president as Marks and then interim director Liz LaPorte left. Slocum now handles the business end of Pen TV in an unpaid position.

“Being in the elections business is all about civic engagement and voting. The last nine months or so at Pen TV has re-ignited that passion,” Slocum said.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

An obstacle to reporting on union contracts

When a city council, county board of supervisors or school board votes on a contract, that contract is usually available to the public in advance of the meeting where the vote will take place. But when a contract with a government employee union is up for approval, the details are kept secret until after the contract is approved, stopping any meaningful public comment. Why? Peter Scheer of the First Amendment Coalition explains:
    In the mid-1990s [government employee] unions backed improvements to the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law, but also inserted a provision assuring that the public would have no access to collective bargaining agreements negotiated by cities and counties -- often representing 70% or more of their total operating budgets -- until after the agreements are signed. 
    What happens when voters and the press have no opportunity to question elected officials about how they propose to pay for a lower retirement age, health care for retirees’ dependents, richer pension formulas and the like? 
    The officials make contractual promises that are unaffordable, unsustainable (and, in general, don’t come due until after those elected officials have left office). 
    In the case of Vallejo, in northern California, this veil of secrecy, and the symbiotic relationship it fosters, has led to municipal bankruptcy.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cathie Calvert, former Merc reporter, dead at 74

Cathie Calvert, a reporter in the South Bay for nearly 40 years, died May 17 of lung cancer at age 74. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Oak Hill Cemetery's Chapel of the Roses, 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose.

Here's a link to the Merc's obit. Calvert was at the Sunnyvale Daily Standard from 1957 to 1970, working there as a reporter and society editor. She was with the Mercury News from 1970 to 1996.

The obit notes that breaking news was her forte. She logged thousands of bylines covering fires, toxic spills, elections and earthquakes, including the Loma Prieta quake of 1989, for which the Mercury News staff won a Pulitzer Prize.

CBS 5's "Good Question" ends up on NBC 11's Web site


The staff at NBC Bay Area must like CBS 5 anchor Ken Bastida's "Good Question" segment a lot. How much? They re-wrote his script for a segment on Lake Merritt and posted it on the NBC11 website under the byline of Sajid Farooq.

However, NBC Bay Area gave the competition full credit, even calling Bastida a "veteran reporter."

Here's the second paragraph of NBC's story:
    CBS 5 reporter Ken Bastida wondered just that and set out to dig up the dirt. Dr. Richard Bailey of the Lake Merritt Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the lake, had some interesting answers for the veteran reporter.
Why is NBC Bay Area doing this? Good question!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dan Gillmor joins Salon.com

Dan Gillmor, a former Merc columnist and proponent of citizen journalism, has joined Salon.com as a reporter and columnist, according to a news release.

Gillmor left the Merc in 2005 to start a citizen journalism site called Bayosphere, which didn't work out because of a lack of interest by readers and would-be contributors.

But he has used his experiences to set up a foundation for citizen journalism. While writing for Salon.com, Gillmor will remain as director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

Former Palo Alto mayor joins Knight Foundation

Judy Kleinberg, an attorney and former Palo Alto mayor, has joined the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as program director for San Jose and Silicon Valley, the organization said in a news release.

Kleinberg who started her career as a private attorney and reporter at Channel 2, "will work with local leaders to identify and invest in opportunities for fostering an informed and engaged San Jose and Silicon Valley region," the release said.

“Judy brings an entrepreneurial vision and deep networks to Knight Foundation – both of which will be critical to helping create transformational change,” said Trabian Shorters, the foundation’s vice president for communities.

Journalists might be familiar with Kleinberg's husband, James, a superior court judge in Santa Clara County who ruled in 2005 that California's shield law did not apply to bloggers, and that Apple could subpoena the files of online journalists who revealed information about the company's new products. An appeals court reversed the ruling.

MSM steals story from blogger without credit

Remember how Dean Singleton was complaining last year that Internet news organizations were stealing the news his papers and the AP were producing? Well, blogger Danny Sullivan shows how a story he broke on Friday (about a Utah woman suing Google for bad map directions) was ripped off without attribution by various media outlets, including AP (which is headed by Singleton) and Singleton's Salt Lake City paper. Seems those who stole the story left some telltale traces that showed they had stolen Sullivan's original work, but they didn't have the courtesy to attribute it to his blog.

Monterey social columnist Joe Fitzpatrick dies

The Herald in Monterey reports that Joe Fitzpatrick, who for three decades wrote a column titled "My Bag" on the local social scene, died Saturday, May 29, of heart failure. The obit includes an anecdote about how one column that criticized the singing of Frank Sinatra Jr. provoked the ire of the singer's famous father:
    "He was less than complimentary about Junior's singing, as I recall," former Herald editor Tom Walton said from his home in Ohio. 
    Walton said the older Sinatra wrote a letter to Fitzpatrick in defense of his son. Playing on the name of Fitzpatrick's column, Sinatra concluded his reprimand with "Your bag is empty." 
    "I remember it like it was yesterday," Walton said. "If you get the attention of someone like Sinatra, I guess you're doing something right."
(Photo credit: Herald archives)

Tracy Press, once a daily, now a weekly

The Tracy Press announced Monday that it is changing its publishing schedule from twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) to once a week (Fridays) due to financial pressures.

“We’re just responding to economic realities,” Publisher Bob Matthews said. “We’re not immune to current economic challenges, but we don’t plan on going anywhere.”

The family-owned paper said in its announcement that its mission of reporting local news will not change. Last year, the Tracy Press broke the story revealing the killer of 8-year-oldl Sandra Cantu. The paper's 22-year-old reporter who wrote the story, Jennifer Wadsworth, appeared on national TV shows including Larry King, Geraldo Rivera and Dr. Phil.

The Tracy area was hit hard by the mortgage crisis. Thousands of homes built earlier in the decade are in foreclosure or with resale values far below their mortgage amounts.

The Tracy Press was a daily until August 2007 when it went to three days a week. Then in March 2008 it cut back to two days a week.

In September, the Matthews family closed the Sun Post, a 20,000-circulation weekly serving Lathrop and Manteca.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Gizmodo editor's computers taken to FBI crime lab

The Daily Post reported today that the computers seized by police during the night raid of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home have been turned over to an FBI computer forensics laboratory in Menlo Park.

The FBI will go through the computers to look for evidence of the theft of a next-generation iPhone, said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. A court-appointed special master will review the data from the computers and determine what is pertinent to the case, then bring that information back to court, according to Wagstaffe.

The Menlo Park FBI lab is officially called the Silicon Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. The lab opened in Jan. 7, 2005.

The seizure of his computers and other possessions alarmed journalists across the country, who fear officials may learn who his confidential sources are despite a state shield law protecting journalists and a federal law prohibiting the search of newsrooms.

Chen, an editor at the technology website Gizmodo, got the scoop on a prototype of the next-generation iPhone after an Apple employee left it at a Redwood City bar.