Sunday, May 20, 2012

Vernon Glenn jumps from 4 to 5

Glenn
Vernon Glenn, former weekend sportscaster at KRON 4, has been hired by KPIX CBS5 and will replace freelancer Kim Coyle, who had been doing weekends. Glenn started at KRON in 1990, back when it was the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate. In 2009, the independent and struggling KRON cut his pay and turned him into a VJ, in which he reported and shot video for his own stories.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards announced

Bay Area print and online journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 198 awards of excellence in nine divisions and 41 categories at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 35th 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 440 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Awards honored work done in 2011.

Entries were judged by the Press Clubs of Bakersfield, Cleveland, Florida, Milwaukee, New Orleans and San Diego.

The Print Photography division was judged by press photographers of the Appeal-Democrat in Marysville, and was coordinated by Paul Sakuma of the Associated Press.

The San Jose Mercury News received a total of 26 plaques including Overall Excellence. Other Overall Excellence winners included The East Bay Express, Foundations for Health, KCBS Radio, NATAS and Patch.     A total of 198 plaques were awarded.

The guest speaker for the event was Manny Fernandez, Houston bureau chief of The New York Times.

Two $1,500 scholarships in the name of the late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen were awarded. The high school recipient was Brian Benton, Palo Alto High School. The collegiate scholarship was presented to Stacey Kennelly, University of California, Berkeley.

Special recognition was given to the General Excellence winner of the Press Club’s High School Journalism Contest, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto. The editor in chief, Ashley Ngu, accepted a plaque.

The complete list of journalism award winners follows:


NEWSPAPERS-DAILIES

Overall Excellence
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Mercury News Staff
     SECOND PLACE, The Press Democrat, Press Democrat Staff
     THIRD PLACE, The Daily News, Daily News Staff

Editorial
     FIRST PLACE, Contra Costa Times, “Hercules recall needed,” Daniel Borenstein
     SECOND PLACE, The Press Democrat, “County finally comes clean on pension costs,” Press Democrat Editorial Staff
     THIRD PLACE, The Daily Post, “Transit agency's pay is excessive,” Dave Price

Columns-News
     FIRST PLACE, Contra Costa Times, “Columns by Daniel Borenstein,” Daniel Borenstein
     SECOND PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Sue Lempert,” Sue Lempert
     THIRD PLACE, The Press Democrat, “Columns by Paul Gullixson,” Paul Gullixson

Columns-Feature
     FIRST PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Off the Beat by Michelle Durand,” Michelle Durand
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, Columns by Malcolm Fleschner
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Jon Mays,” Jon Mays

Columns-Sports
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Columns by Mark Purdy,” Mark Purdy
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, “Columns by John Reid,” John Reid
     THIRD PLACE, The Press Democrat, “Columns by Bob Padecky,” Bob Padecky

Breaking News
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Deadly Rampage; Bloody End to Manhunt,” Mercury News Staff
     SECOND PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Mistrial for teen bomber's sanity,” Michelle Durand

News Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Consumed by payday loans,” Karen de Sá
     SECOND PLACE, The Press Democrat, “County pensions revealed,” Brett Wilkison
     THIRD PLACE, The Daily Post, “Transit chief's pay raised in less than an obvious way,” Ryan Thomas Riddle

Continuing Coverage
     FIRST PLACE, The Press Democrat, “Revealing juvenile justice,” Julie Johnson, Paul Payne, Randi Rossmann
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Caltrain,” Mike Rosenberg
     THIRD PLACE, San Francisco Chronicle, “Investigation of deadly pipeline blast,” Jaxon Van Derbeken and Eric Nalder

Series
     FIRST PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Made in America,” Bill Silverfarb

Feature Story of a Light Nature
     FIRST PLACE, West County Times, “Casting calls on cornfields,” Hannah Dreier
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “In Vietnam, heaven is a good ear picking,” John Boudreau
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Sorting out a new future,” Michelle Durand

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Lost Voices of Sept. 11,” Julia Prodis Sulek
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, “Too weary to go on,” Diana Samuels
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “A stitch in time,” Michelle Durand

Analysis
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Universities or visa mills?,” Lisa M. Krieger
     SECOND PLACE, West County Times, “’Special' students forced back to public campuses,” Hannah Dreier
     THIRD PLACE, Santa Cruz Sentinel, “A good prognosis: Doctors lead the way to recovery,” Jondi Gumz

Business/Technology Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Tales from the Facebook house,” Mike Swift
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Tracking data: Manna for Google, Apple,” Mike Swift
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Legend. Visionary.,” Bruce Newman

Entertainment
     FIRST PLACE, The Daily News, “The deep blues,” John Orr
     SECOND PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Window into the mystery,” Julio Lara
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Getting into character,” Heather Murtagh

Specialty Story
     FIRST PLACE, Contra Costa Times, “Racing to the bottom,” Hannah Dreier
     SECOND PLACE, West County Times, “Mexican cowboys pass down centuries-old tradition in the East Bay,” Hannah Dreier
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “There to teach,” Michelle Durand

Sports Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “At peace now,” Mark Emmons
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Thanks for the memories,” Jon Wilner, Elliott Almond
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Will they huddle again?,” Daniel Brown

Sports Game Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Instant classic,” Jon Wilner
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, “Vikings’ fantastic finish,” Vytas Mazeika
     THIRD PLACE, The Daily News, “Lancers shock No. 1 Eagles,” John Reid

Headline
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “May the best dog come out a wiener,” Paul Ayars
     SECOND PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “Silent is golden,” John Swartley
     THIRD PLACE, The Daily News, “Apple loses its core,” Jason Green

Graphic Design
     FIRST PLACE, The Daily News, “The 77th Orange Bowl,” Greg Frazier
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, “Out of the Shadow,” Greg Frazier
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “They're Baaack! Women's World Cup Final,” Julio Lara

Page Design
     FIRST PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Gonzo,” Erik Oeverndiek
     SECOND PLACE, The Daily News, “Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011; Tech Titan Passes,” Greg Frazier
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Lost Voices of Sept. 11,” Tiffany Grandstaff, Alex Fong, Jami Smith


NEWSPAPERS-NON-DAILIES

Overall Excellence
     FIRST PLACE, East Bay Express, East Bay Express Staff
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, Business Times Staff
     THIRD PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Weekly staff

Editorial
     FIRST PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Keep Solyndra flu from making rest of cleantech sick,” Cromwell Schubarth
     SECOND PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “It's time to start Stanford hospitals' expansion project,” Cromwell Schubarth
     THIRD PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Caltrain moves don't get where they need to go,” Cromwell Schubarth

Columns-News
     FIRST PLACE, East Bay Express, “Full Disclosure,” Robert Gammon
     SECOND PLACE, Bay Area Reporter, “Columns by Matthew Bajko,” Matthew S. Bajko

Columns-Feature
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Bouncer,” Katy St. Clair
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Columns by Steve Symanovich,” Steve Symanovich
     THIRD PLACE, East Bay Express, “Culture Spy,” Rachel Swan

Breaking News
     FIRST PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Solyndra goes dark,” Mary Ann Azevedo, Diana Samuels, Lisa Sibley, David Goll, Cromwell Schubarth, Linda Taaffe, Colleen Combes
     SECOND PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Steve Jobs, Apple's creative genius, dies at 56,” Palo Alto Weekly Staff

News Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Crime Lab Confidential,” Peter Jamison
     SECOND PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Taking it to the streets,” Sue Dremann, Veronica Weber
     THIRD PLACE, East Bay Express, “Trashed,” Ellen Cushing

Continuing Coverage
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “A less perfect union,” Gennady Sheyner
     SECOND PLACE, India West, “Feds Raid Sham University,” Pearl Driver, Sunita Sohrabji

Series
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Getting off the treadmill,” Terri Lobdell
     SECOND PLACE, Central City Extra, “Toilets in the TL,” Tom Carter

Feature Story of a Light Nature
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “The Art of the Steal,” Joe Eskenazi
     SECOND PLACE, East Bay Express, “Hate Man,” Kathleen Richards, Sandeep Abraham
     THIRD PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Burgers on a roll,” Sarah Duxbury

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Let Him Prey,” Peter Jamison
     SECOND PLACE, East Bay Express, “How Peet's Starbucked Itself,” Ellen Cushing
     THIRD PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Her final hours,” Gennady Sheyner

Analysis
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “End of the line for Caltrain?,” Sue Dremann
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Progressively Worse,” Joe Eskenazi
     THIRD PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Battle over the Baylands,” Gennady Sheyner

Business/Technology Story
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Fueling innovation,” Sue Dremann
     SECOND PLACE, Central City Extra, “Internet Limbo,” Marjorie Beggs

Entertainment Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Pomplamoose Calls the Tune,” Ian S. Port
     SECOND PLACE, East Bay Express, “Kind of Blue,” Rachel Swan
     THIRD PLACE, Palo Alto Weekly, “Midnight in Paris,” Susan Tavernetti

Specialty Story
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “In Transit,” Joe Eskenazi
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Patients enlist in fight against ALS,” Ron Leuty
     THIRD PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Body work done here,” Ron Leuty

Sports Story
     FIRST PLACE, East Bay Express, “The Road Less Traveled,” Kibby Kleiman
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Weekly, “Fighting Chance,” Joe Eskenazi
     THIRD PLACE, Pacifica Tribune, “50 Years of Tiger Football,” Horace Hinshaw

Sports Game Story
     FIRST PLACE, Pacifica Tribune, “Giants mascot puts ‘seal’ on Mavericks,” Horace Hinshaw

Headline
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Dental school fills downtown cavity. Dugoni brushes off Pac Heights, chomps into 155 Fifth St.,” J.K. Dineen
     SECOND PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Fowl moves: Three major decisions that didn't fly,” Cromwell Schubarth
     THIRD PLACE, Central City Extra, “Free toilet costs over $5 a flush,” Geoff Link

Graphic Design
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “On course,” Craig Blanchard, Eric Young
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “The risks of eliminating drug risk,” Craig Blanchard, Ron Leuty Page

Design
     FIRST PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Jobs resignation page,” Barry Baldi
     SECOND PLACE, East Bay Express, “How Peet's Starbucked Itself,” Brian Kelly
     THIRD PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Apple headquarters page,” Colleen Combes, Linda Taaffe


MAGAZINES-TRADE PUBLICATIONS
Overall Excellence
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, “Foundation for Health,” Palo Alto Medical Foundation Staff
     SECOND PLACE, Traditions Magazine, Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson
     THIRD PLACE, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “Peninsula Health Magazine,” Mills-Peninsula Health Services Staff     

Columns-News
     FIRST PLACE, The Spectrum, “As I was saying. . .,” Steve Penna     

News Story
     FIRST PLACE, The Spectrum, “Redwood City Police Chief Resigns,” Steve Penna
     SECOND PLACE, The Spectrum, “City hall shake up continues,” Steve Penna     

Feature Story of a Light Nature
     FIRST PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Finding his Passion from Fires to Fashion,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson
     SECOND PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “George Peacock Strings Decades of Music,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson     

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
     FIRST PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Juan Orozco: Troubled Waters: Keeping the High Seas Safe,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson
     SECOND PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Serra's Mission at Work,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson
     THIRD PLACE, San Francisco Daily Journal, “International Appeal,” Saul Sugarman

Analysis
     FIRST PLACE, San Francisco Daily Journal, “Employers avoid seeking skilled worker visa,” Saul Sugarman      

Business/Technology Story
     FIRST PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Sandeep Chatterjee: Changing Lives, One Village at a Time,” Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson

Specialty Story
     FIRST PLACE, TBM Owners and Pilots Magazine, “Natchez and Natchitoches: Flip sides of the antebellum South,” Michelle Carter     

Page Design
     FIRST PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Padres Explore the Heart of Europe,” Michelle Wilkinson     
     SECOND PLACE, Traditions Magazine, “Padre Bench,” Michelle Wilkinson     
     THIRD PLACE, The Spectrum, “January and July 2011,” James Massey Jr.

EDITORIAL CARTOONS
     FIRST PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “AT&T Cell Phone Antenna,” Steve Curl, Victor Gonzales, Mario Dianda     
     SECOND PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “A Cloud of Information,” Steve Curl, Victor Gonzales, Mario Dianda     
     THIRD PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “Further Caltrain Cuts,” Steve Curl, Victor Gonzales, Mario Dianda

PHOTOGRAPHY
Spot News
     FIRST PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “Grieving,” John Green
     SECOND PLACE, Oakland Tribune, “Occupy Oakland shooting victim dies,” Jane Tyska
     THIRD PLACE, The Press Democrat, “A Year of Tumult,” Kent Porter     

General News      
     FIRST PLACE, Oakland Tribune, “Occupy Oakland Raid One,” Jane Tyska     
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “High Tech Hope,” Dai Sugano     
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Bay Area's Own Look Back On Service At Ground Zero,” Dai Sugano     

Feature     
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Snapshots From the Shore,” Jim Gensheimer     
     SECOND PLACE, The Press Democrat, “Petaluma River Revial,” Crista Jeremiason     
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “The Henchmen,” Patrick Tehan     

Sports Action
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Sharks Take Control,” Nhat V. Meyer     
     SECOND PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Hillsdale sends San Mateo to CCS exit,” Nathan Mollat     
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Daily Journal, “Cougars take title,” Nathan Mollat     

Sports Feature     
     FIRST PLACE, Associated Press, “Gatorade Time on 49ers head coach,” Paul Sakuma     
     SECOND PLACE, Associated Press, “Fan-natic Raiders Fan,” Paul Sakuma     
     THIRD PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “Champions,” John Green     

Picture Story     
     FIRST PLACE, Oakland Tribune, “Mark Hawthorne — aka Hate Man,” Jane Tyska     
     SECOND PLACE, Oakland Tribune, “inShare with newborn baby,” Jane Tyska     
     THIRD PLACE, Bay Area News Group, “Juliana's battle with cancer,” John Green

RADIO
Overall Excellence     
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, KCBS News Team     

Breaking News     
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, “Occupy Oakland Riots,” Chris Filippi and the KCBS News Team

Feature Story of a Light Nature     
     FIRST PLACE, KQED Public Radio, “Pro Surfing Comes to San Francisco,” Scott Shafer, Ingrid Becker     
     SECOND PLACE, KCBS Radio, “Cobbler,” Doug Sovern     

Feature Story of a Serious Nature     
     FIRST PLACE, KQED Public Radio, “A Day in the Life of a Parole Agent,” Scott Shafer, Ingrid Becker     
     SECOND PLACE, KQED Public Radio, “AIDS at 30,” Scott Shafer, Ingrid Becker, Victoria Mauleon     
     THIRD PLACE, KCBS Radio, “Lost Boys,” Holly Quan     

Public Affairs Program     
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, “In Depth: Egyptian Spring,” Jane McMillan, Ed Cavagnaro, Sheryl Raines     

Special Program      
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, “Children Left Behind,” Doug Sovern     

Documentary     
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, “The Sahara Ceiling: Women of the Last World,” Doug Sovern     

Use of Sound     
     FIRST PLACE, KCBS Radio, “Golden Gate Opus,” Margie Shafer

TELEVISION
Feature Story of a Light Nature
     FIRST PLACE, KPIX CBS 5, “Psycho Donuts,” Chris Bollini     
     SECOND PLACE, KQED 9, “Rita Moreno in 'Life Without Makeup',” Spencer Michels, Robin Epstein, Helen Silvani Feature     

Story of a Serious Nature     
     FIRST PLACE, KQED 9, “Ranked Choice ... Easy as 1, 2, 3?,” Lori Halloran, Scott Shafer, Peter Borg, Helen Silvani     

Public Affairs Program     
     FIRST PLACE, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “Healthpoint TV,” Angela Anderson, Bobbi J. Fagone, Rocky Robinson     

Special Program     
     FIRST PLACE, KTVU Channel 2, “The Next Great Quake,” KTVU Staff      
     SECOND PLACE, KPIX CBS 5, “Alcatraz Swim,” Chris Bollini, Lena Sullivan, Sean P. Phillips, Colleen Kessler-Schick, Pat Caballero, John Cantwell     
     THIRD PLACE, KQED 9, “Broken California,” Spencer Michels, Robin Epstein     

Documentary     
     FIRST PLACE, MidPenMedia, “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story,” Claire Mix, Ben Ferrer, Charles H. Class, Hayao Shishino, Ben Tonooka, Ray Clark, J.D. Warrick, Jeremy Johnson, Delta Pick Mello     

Videography     
     FIRST PLACE, KPIX CBS 5, “Bollini Composite,” Chris Bollini

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Overall Excellence
     FIRST PLACE, NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, Javier Valencia, Sultan Mirza, Keith Sanders, Darryl Compton     

Newsletter
     FIRST PLACE, NATAS San Francisco/Northern California Chapter, “Off Camera,” Keith Sanders, Linda Giannecchini, Kevin Wing. Darryl Compton
     SECOND PLACE, Broadcast Legends, “Broadcast Legends Newsletter,” Jim Schock, Ed Vasgersian, Peter Cleaveland, Darryl Compton
     THIRD PLACE, Peninsula Health Care District, “Health District News,” Janis MacKenzie, Cheryl Fama, Gwyn Smith     

Press Releases
     FIRST PLACE, SLAC News, “Three Releases for SLAC News,” Janet Rae-Dupree



BROADBAND
Overall Excellence-Media Organizations
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “www.mercurynews.com,” Mercury News Staff
     SECOND PLACE, Silicon Valley San Jose Business Journal, “www.bizjournals.com/sanjose” Cromwell Schubarth, Lisa Sibley, Jon Xavier

Overall Excellence-Broadband Only
     FIRST PLACE, Patch, “http://redwoodcity.patch.com,” Stacie Chan
     SECOND PLACE, Albany Patch, “http://albany.patch.com,” Emilie Raguso

Breaking News
     FIRST PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Carol Bartz ousted as Yahoo CEO,” Diana Samuels, Cromwell Schubarth, Jon Xavier, Colleen Combes
     SECOND PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Occupy Oakland coverage,” Mercury News Staff
     THIRD PLACE, Silicon Valley San Jose Business Journal, “Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is dead,” Cromwell Schubarth, Colleen Combes, Lisa Sibley, Jon Xavier, Moryt Milo, Shana Lynch, Mary Ann Azevedo, Diana Samuels, Eli Segall, David Goll, Vicki Thompson, Lemery Reyes

News Story
     FIRST PLACE, The Bay Citizen, “Questions Are Raised on Restraint Training,” Jennifer Gollan
     SECOND PLACE, Patch, “No Harbor Police the Day of Brutal Kind Grind Rape,” Brad Kava
     THIRD PLACE, Bay City News Service, “Cat shooter suit moves forward,” Julia Cheever

Continuing Coverage
     FIRST PLACE, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Steve Jobs resignation and death,” Business Journal Staff
     SECOND PLACE (tie), Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Yahoo after Bartz,” Business Journal Staff
     SECOND PLACE (tie), Patch, “Crisis In Hercules,” Laila Kearney, Ari Soglin, Bob Porterfield, Jackie Ginley
     THIRD PLACE, Bay City News Service, “Federal MS-13 racketeering and murder trials,” Julia Cheever

Series
     FIRST PLACE, Bloomberg, “Payroll in Peril,” Michael Marois, James Nash, Alison Vekshin, Rodney Yap

Feature Story of a Light Nature
     FIRST PLACE, Patch, “El Cerrito Nicknamed ‘Little Taipei’,” Charles Burress
     SECOND PLACE, Bay City News Service, “San Francisco Apple aficionados line up for the iPhone 4S,” Patricia Decker
     THIRD PLACE, Bay City News Service, “Anglophiles gather to watch royal wedding,” Janna Brancolini

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
     FIRST PLACE, Bay City News Service, “Alameda County grapples with best way to rescue teen prostitutes,” Janna Brancolini
     SECOND PLACE, Patch, “In Wake of Shooting, Children's Play Gone From Eighth Lane,” Drew Himmelstein
     THIRD PLACE, Bay City News Service, “Mercury mission puts Livermore instrument to the test,” Janna Brancolini

Sports Story
     FIRST PLACE, Patch, “Mr. All-Everything: Meet Menlo's Dylan Mayer,” Scott Campbell
     SECOND PLACE, Bay City News Service, “SF Giants, fans celebrate home opener,” Sean McCourt

Headline
     FIRST PLACE, Patch, “Take-Out 2.0: Gobble Offers 'Peer-to-Peer Lasagna',” Rachel Stern

Multi Media/Interactivity
     FIRST PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “A Chance To Survive,” Dai Sugano, John Boudreau
     SECOND PLACE, Patch, “A Tribute to Steve Jobs (1955-2011),” Aaron Selverston
     THIRD PLACE, San Jose Mercury News, “Bharatanatyam In Motion,” Dai Sugano

Blog/Commentary
     FIRST PLACE, Patch, “My Neighbor, Steve Jobs,” Lisen Stromberg
     SECOND PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Solyndra's Demise,” Lindsay Riddell
     THIRD PLACE, San Francisco Business Times, “Buffett's BofA Investment,” Mark Calvey

Best use of Twitter
     FIRST PLACE, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, “@paloaltomedical,” Erin Macartney
     SECOND PLACE, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “@millspeninsula,” Erin Macartney
     THIRD PLACE, San Mateo Police Dept, “@SanMateoPD,” Dave Norris, Ted Gonzales, Mike Callagy, Susan Manheimer

Friday, May 18, 2012

Press Club's awards banquet Saturday (May 19)

There's still time to reserve a seat at the Press Club's awards banquet on Saturday (May 19).

No host-cocktails start at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7. Tickets are $55 for Press Club members and $60 for non-members. It takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City. Free parking.

The keynote speaker will be Manny Fernandez, a New York Times reporter who previously was at the Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SJ State's Dwight Bentel dead at 103

Bentel
Dwight Bentel, who helped students start the Spartan Daily in 1934 and two years later established the journalism program at San Jose State University, died today (May 16) at age 103. Here’s the Spartan Daily’s obit. Bentel died at a Saratoga skilled-nursing facility after suffering a stroke and pneumonia. He directed the journalism program at San Jose State for nearly 30 years, was a fierce defender of the First Amendment and served on the advisory committee that helped write the Brown Act, which opened up government meetings to the public. He was also the oldest surviving Mercury News reporter. (Photo credit: Spartan Daily)

Schaub jumps from KGO to KCBS

Schaub
Two years after taking a buyout and leaving CBS5, Jeffrey Schaub is working in the same building again — this time for KCBS Radio. Schaub was at Channel 5 for 20 years and had beats ranging from education to the environment. He also served as the station’s North Bay bureau chief. After leaving Channel 5, Schaub went to KGO Radio as a reporter. Novato’s Patch website has this profile of Schaub, who has lived in the North Bay since the 1980s and has been involved in the community by doing special-event emcee work there.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ex-Examiner editor joins Newsom's staff

Hussey
Former Examiner Editor Deirdre Hussey has been hired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as his deputy chief of staff.

Hussey left the Examiner in February after a meeting with the paper's new owner, Todd Vogt, who wished her well but said a "fresh start and some fresh ideas" were needed at the free paper.

She joined the Examiner in 2002 and was named editor-in-chief in July 2010.

In her new job, Hussey will oversee communications, social media and assist in policy and strategy, according to a news release from Newsom.

“Deirdre brings a depth political and media knowledge that makes her a natural fit for our team,” said Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor. “There is no doubt she will bring new energy to the office.”

Hussey said in the release: "Lt. Governor Newsom is a visionary, as we were reminded last week with the announcements regarding gay marriage. He has proposed and implemented public policy in areas such as health care and the environment that has set the national agenda. It is rare opportunity to be part of political team that is innovative and creative."

Hussey started today (May 14) and will be located at the State Building in San Francisco.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Palo Alto’s Gunn High School takes top honors in Press Club student journalism contest

Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto took top honors at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2012 High School Journalism Awards which were presented Thursday afternoon at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.

Gunn’s newspaper, The Oracle, was recognized as the first-place winner in the General Excellence category. The paper’s editor and advisor will be honored at the Press Club’s Evening of Excellence May 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City.

In all, 11 Peninsula high schools participated in the competition, which drew 419 entries in 12 categories from 223 students. Fifty students representing eight high schools won awards.

The Outlook of Aragon High School in San Mateo took 12 awards, the highest number to a single school in the competition. The Highlander of Carlmont High School in Belmont and Gunn’s Oracle tied for second with seven awards each.

The contest was judged by professional journalists who are members of the Press Club. Here is a complete list of the winning entries:

News Story
First:  Amrita Moitra and Jean Wang, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  Sabrina Imbler, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Brian Benton, The Campanile, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto

Feature Story
First:  Kira Brenner, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Sabrina Imbler, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Sarah Levin, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Sports Story
First:  Gianna Dimick, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Second:  Jack Heffernan, The Friar, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo
Third:  Jack Heffernan, The Friar, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo

Editorial
First:  Cooper Aspegren, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  The Burlingame B Staff, Burlingame High School, Burlingame
Third:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo

Column
First:  Carly Bertolozzi, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Second:  Peter Dennis, The Viking Sports Magazine, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
Third:  Ashley Ngu, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

News Photo
First:  Liz Vargas, The Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto
Second:  Chloe Scott, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Third:  Chloe Scott, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Feature Photo
First:  Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Sam Alavi, Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Wendy Qiu, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

Sports Photo
First:  Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Alex Furuya, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Sam Alavi, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo

Layout and Design
First:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  The Panther Staff, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto
Third:  The Highlander Staff, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Web Site Design
First:  Jonathan Slowey and Victoria Xiao, thebearcat.net, San Mateo High School, San Mateo
Second:  Dylan Wang, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

Web Site Content
First:  Jonathan Slowey and Victoria Xiao, thebearcat.net, San Mateo High School, San Mateo
Second:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Third:  The Staff, scotscoopnews.com, Carlmont High School, Belmont

General Excellence
First:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  The Campanile Staff, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
Third:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo

SF Weekly and parent company hit by boycott


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or SF MOMA, has pulled its ads from the SF Weekly as part of a national advertiser boycott launched by an Ohio minister to get the paper’s parent company to stop running sex ads that are alleged to promote sex trafficking.

Pastor Justin Wassel of Columbus, Ohio, has gathered thousands of signatures online asking Village Voice Media to shut down its Backpage.com adult section. He’s been joined by 20 other ministers.

Village Voice Media, owner of the SF Weekly, disputes the claim that its advertising results in sex trafficking, saying it has been an “industry leader in utilizing Internet technology, as well of hundreds of employees, to prevent such crimes.”

Other advertisers who have pulled their ads include Starbucks, Macy’s, MillerCoors, AT&T, LiveNation, REI, American Airlines, Pfizer, IKEA, H&M, Best Buy, T-Mobile, US Bank and IHOP.

SFist has a story about the boycott with links to statements from both sides about the controversy.

New publisher named for Daily News

Paterson
The Bay Area News Group’s Daily News in Menlo Park has a new publisher. Steve Paterson, who was previously publisher of the Port Arthur (Texas) News, will replace Justin Wilcox, who resigned in March to become publisher of a newspaper in Johnson City, Tenn.

Paterson, 57, headed the Texas newspaper since March 2011. Prior to that, he was publisher of the The Edmond Sun in Edmond, Okla. He has 31 years of experience with various daily and weekly publications, according to a story in Thursday’s Daily News.

Paterson will also head The Daily News' sister publications — the Milpitas Post, Pacifica Tribune and the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers group.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gil Gross gets afternoon slot on 910 AM

Gross
Veteran broadcaster Gil Gross, one of the hosts KGO-AM sacked last November, will become the permanent 4-7 p.m. host at Clear Channel’s KKSF NewsTalk 910, the station announced today.

Also, former KGO late-night host John Rothmann has been hired as 910’s political analyst. He will contribute to the station’s newscasts and talk shows. He will also host 910’s election night coverage.

Gross was one of a group of former KGO hosts has been substituting for Gene Burns in the 4-7 p.m. time slot since January. Burns, a month after he was fired by KGO, was hired by 910 AM, but suffered a stroke before he was able to start his new job. So Gross, Rosie Allen, Ed Baxter, Rothmann and Bill Wattenburg rotated the afternoon shift.

Baxter has been hired by KKSF to do a feature called “Making Sense,” which will air every day.

Gross will follow former KGO legal guru Len Tillem, whose advice show airs from 3-4 p.m. on 910.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Commentator Wayne Shannon found dead

 Wayne Shannon
The AP is reporting that hunters in Idaho have found the decomposed body of Wayne Shannon, a commentator and feature reporter on KRON in the 1980s. Investigators say evidence gathered at the scene suggests the 64-year-old Shannon took his own life. He had been missing for several months.

Gerald Wayne Schetzle, who went by the name Wayne Shannon in his TV career, was found on April 28 south of Grangeville. An autopsy found no signs of physical trauma, but the coroner is awaiting results from toxicology testing.

Shannon arrived at KRON in the early 1980s after TV reporting jobs in Philadelphia and Detroit. He was part reporter, part humorist. He delivered a nightly commentary called “Just 4 You” on KRON, back in the days when it was the NBC affiliate. Blogger Edward Champion of edrants.com put together this bio of Shannon, the most detailed discussion of Shannon’s career. Champion writes:
    I wondered why there was no online record of a man who had touched millions, a man who was a little ahead of his time with his acerbic television commentaries. Two decades later, there had been something about Shannon’s approach that had caked its way into my noggin. Was it his common sense arguments? His acid barbs? I remember that he had been so funny that even the guys behind the camera couldn’t suppress their laughter. … 
Shanon on the KRON set in 1982.
    It was absolutely clear that Wayne Shannon was a television talent, somewhere between consumer crusader and comedian, who was decades ahead of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. He took on auto manufacturers over epic ten part segments (and I would later learn that Michael Moore would pilfer some of Shannon’s comedic approach with Roger & Me). He would assemble homages and parodies to popular movies on the local evening news during a time in which such experimentation was unthinkable. (But in an age in which The Daily Show pours out a steady stream of satirical graphics, this is now commonplace.)
Champion’s bio includes a couple of clips and an interview he did with Shannon. Shannon left KRON in 1988 and later was at CNBC, but then dropped out of television in the early 1990s. (Photo credits: Top, Youtube; Bottom, Steve Ringman, Chronicle.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Historic San Mateo Times photos rescued

More than 20 boxes of photos from the archives of the San Mateo Times have been purchased by the San Mateo County Historical Association, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports. The 30,000 photos span from the 1940s to the 1980s. Mitch Postel of the historical association bought the photos from a collector for $2,500. The Journal reports:
    The images captured in these photos illustrate many news scenes including car accidents and construction, but also features like people at the beach and portrait shots. 
    Ninety-nine percent of the photos are directly out of San Mateo County, with a few photos associated with larger news stories, like the governor of California. The vast majority of photos are portraits of individuals from all sorts of topics, including obituaries, news stories and feature stories, he said. 
    “The portrait shots are of people I’ve heard about but never seen,” said Postel. 
    A notable discovery was a photo of John Daly, the founder of Daly City, which Postel said they never had before in their collections. 
    It is now Postel’s goal to gather journalists who were around when these photos were published to explain the significance of these photos and why these people were in the news. 
    “We have names and dates, but not why they are important,” he said. Older journalists are especially needed to help with photos that date back to the 1970s and earlier. 
    Postel has been in communication with the president of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, Marshall Wilson, in working to find journalists to identify the photos. 
    One photo that Postel remembered was a street scene in San Bruno that captured the Jax Drive-in restaurant from 1949, which was located near the present Walgreens on El Camino Real. “It used a wide angle shot. 
    You can see a lot of El Camino and the undeveloped hills, the cool cars and the way people dressed. 
    There is so much you can get out of that photo,” he said. The main goal is for the collection to be arranged so it can be available on display for the public’s use. A couple thousand have been identified so far, but the process still has a while to go with a completion estimate at about six months to one year, he said. 
    “Once it is cataloged, it will be organized so the public can search them and make copies if they like,” said Postel. “It was an important 40-year period with a lot of dynamic things happening.” 
    The San Mateo County Historical Association can be reached at (650) 299-0104.

Former home of IJ sold to real estate company

Former Marin IJ campus
The south Novato office complex visible from Highway 101 that was home to the Marin IJ for 30 years has been sold to a real estate company for use as an online order fulfillment and call center, the IJ reports. The price wasn’t disclosed. The IJ has moved to 4000 Civic Center Drive in San Rafael. (Photo credit: Stuart Lirette of the IJ).

Two Bay Area Knight fellows

Of the 13 U.S. journalists awarded Knight Fellowships at Stanford, two are from the Bay Area.

Mary Aviles, an editor at the Spanish-language EFE News Services in San Jose, intends to work on a “content sharing platform for independent Hispanic media to enable them to build larger audiences.”

Kevin Weston, a “new media entrepreneur” from Oakland, proposes to establish “a sustainable, replicable, nonprofit business model for community-based media, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.”