Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Examiner sues Chronicle, alleging anticompetitive ad-pricing scheme

The parent company of the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and Bay Guardian filed a lawsuit today (June 25) alleging the Chronicle slashed advertising prices to stifle competition, according to a report in the Examiner.

The suit says Chronicle owner Hearst Corp. took advantage of greater corporate resources to offer discounts to Examiner advertisers if they would quit advertising in the Ex and buy ads in the Chronicle instead. In one such instance, the suit says the Chronicle threw in $200,000 worth of free ad space in a deal with an advertiser.

The California Unfair Practices Act prohibits a business from selling goods or advertising below cost in an attempt to harm a competitor.

In 2007, the Bay Guardian, when it was owned by Bruce Brugmann, successfully sued the SF Weekly for violating the same law. After a trial, the Guardian ultimately was awarded $21 million with interest — though later accepted a much smaller, undisclosed settlement.

Ironically, both the Weekly and Guardian were subsequently acquired by the Examiner's owner, the San Francisco Newspaper Company, headed by Todd Vogt.

The Examiner's lead counsel in this suit is Ralph Alldredge, who represented the Guardian in its lawsuit.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brown won't gut public records act

The Sacramento Bee is reporting this afternoon (June 20) that Gov. Jerry Brown is backing away from his plan to make key provisions of the Public Records Act voluntary, a move that critics had said would gut the law that gives the public and media access to government records.

A bill to weaken the Public Records Act was added to the state budget on Friday, and passed by both houses. The Brown Administration's Department of Finance said the move was necessary to cut costs even though the state is projected to have a surplus.

But a massive backlash hit the Capitol, with good government groups such as Cal Aware and the First Amendment Coalition, along with the California Newspaper Publishers Association, lobbying Brown and legislative leaders to drop the changes to the records law.

This morning the Assembly voted to remove the bill weakening the law from the budget bill. The revised budget now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass it.

However, Brown and Senate Democrats want to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year that would eliminate the requirement that the state reimburse local agencies for the cost of compliance with the law.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Brown expected to sign legislation weakening open records law

A legislation that makes it optional for cities, counties, school districts and other government agencies to comply with key provisions of the California Public Records Act is expected to be signed into law today (June 19) by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The act now requires officials to respond to a request for records from a member of the public within 10 days and to make the documents available electronically. The change, which Brown requested as a cost-cutting measure, would allow the officials to skip both requirements with a voice vote once a year.

Such a vote would enable government agencies to reject requests for information without providing any legal reason, and those agencies would no longer be required to help citizens identify existing information they may want.

The LA Times says that because the legislation was attached to the budget bill, Brown would have to reject the entire bill if he were to block the open-records restrictions, and his administration has indicated that he intends to sign it.

Brown's proposal, by making compliance with those provisions optional, would gut key pieces of the law, opponents said.

But according to the Times, the measure sailed though both houses of the Legislature during Friday's budget debate with just one Democrat, Leland Yee of San Francisco, voting against it.

Yee, who is running for secretary of state next year, said the measure was "just the latest indication this nation is moving backward in terms of being open and transparent." He said many of his fellow Democrats share the blame for that trend.

The Mercury News said in an editorial
    Without the state Public Records Act, we would never have known about the Santa Clara County supervisor who used public funds to feed his gambling habit or the sheriff who issued concealed weapons permits to campaign contributors and out-of-county residents. 
    We would be ignorant of broken bolts on the Bay Bridge, the cover-up of Moraga teachers sexually abusing students, a BART train operator who collected salary and benefits totaling $193,407, the former BART general manager who received $420,000 the year after she was fired or the Port of Oakland executives who spent $4,500 one night at a Texas strip club.
    As the state Legislature declared in the preamble to the records law, "access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state."
    Yet the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown are gutting the law.
The Fresno Bee said in an editorial:
    The unbridled arrogance of government is on full display, here in California and across our great land. In the name of security and the war on terror, the federal government is prying ever deeper into the lives of law-abiding Americans, eroding civil liberties and owning up to the deeds only after a whistle-blower calls them to the public's attention.
    Meanwhile, in California, a Legislature controlled by a Democrat supermajority and in concert with Gov. Jerry Brown, wants citizens to know as little as possible about the workings of local government.
    On Friday, lawmakers approved a pair of budget trailer bills (SB 71 and AB 76) that would free local governments of the obligation to comply with certain aspects of the California Public Records Act. The bills zipped through the Legislature with little or no committee review. Lawmakers clearly wanted to rubber stamp potentially embarrassing legislation under cover from prying eyes.

Filming to start on movie about former Merc reporter Gary Webb, who exposed CIA-cocaine link

Renner
Filming is set to begin this summer on “Kill the Messenger,” the story of former Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who committed suicide after being smeared for exposing the CIA’s role in helping Nicaragua’s Contra rebels import cocaine into California in the 1980s.

Jeremy Renner, star of “The Hurt Locker,” has been cast to play Webb in the film being produced by Focus Features International, a unit of Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

OC (Orange County) Weekly managing editor Nick Schou, author the book “Kill the Messenger,” writes:
    The movie will portray Webb as a courageous reporter whose career and life were cut short when the nation's three most powerful newspapers piled on to attack Webb and his three-part Mercury News series on the CIA's crack-cocaine connection. 
    The New York Times, Washington Post and L.A. Times each obscured basic truths of Webb's "Dark Alliance" series. 
Reporter Gary Webb in 1997.

    But no newspaper tried harder than the L.A. Times, where editors were said to have been appalled that a distant San Jose daily had published a blockbuster about America's most powerful spy agency and its possible role in allowing drug dealers to flood South L.A. with crack. 
    Much of the Times' attack was clever misdirection, but it ruined Webb's reputation: In particular, the L.A. Times attacked a claim that Webb never made: that the CIA had intentionally addicted African-Americans to crack. 
    Webb, who eventually could find only part-time work at a small weekly paper, committed suicide.
With filming of the movie moving ahead, former LA Times reporter Jesse Katz apologized in this May 22 Los Angeles magazine article for being one of Webb’s media detractors:
    At the L.A. Times we enlisted 17 reporters — I was one — to put Webb’s series under a microscope. 
    Rather than advance what he got right, we aimed our firepower at his shortcuts, lambasting him for each omission and overstatement. It was a tawdry and defensive exercise, all these august institutions piling on a lone muckraker. 
    In 1998, the CIA’s inspector general confirmed that Webb had been on the right trail, that the spy agency often “did not act to verify” allegations of Contra drug trafficking and, even when it did, such revelations “did not deter” the CIA from using traffickers as assets. By then our scrutiny had ruined Webb’s career. In 2004, he shot himself in the head.
Schou said that the NY Times and Washington Post buried the inspector general’s report and the LA Times didn’t acknowledge its release for months.

Because Webb shot himself twice in the head, with the first bullet going through his cheek, many have claimed that the CIA killed him. As Schou put it, “Katz, if not the rest of the Times crew, knows, it wasn't the CIA that helped load the gun that killed Gary Webb.” (Photo credits: Renner is a handout photo; Webb by Randy Pench, Sacramento Bee)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bill Workman, longtime Chronicle reporter who was 'larger than life,' dead at 77

Bill Workman, an award-winning San Francisco Chronicle reporter who covered the Peninsula for decades, has died after a nearly year-long battle with prostate cancer. He was 77.

He died early Tuesday morning after watching his beloved Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-8 in extra innings the night before, his wife, Marla Lowenthal, told the Post yesterday.

“I am positive that’s what did it,” Lowenthal said. “He watched the Red Sox win and I know he thought to himself ‘I can die happy now.’”

Workman was diagnosed with Stage Four prostate cancer last October and doctors gave him only two months to live.

Lowenthal recalled Workman saying that it wasn’t enough time and vowing to hang on as long as he could.

“He never, ever lost his spirit,” she said. “He was the same old Bill all the way to the end.”

Workman’s longtime friend Marshall Wilson, president of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, which Workman helped to build, said the journalist was “larger than life.”

“He was a legend around the county,” Wilson said. “He seemed to know everybody and he knew the history of every place he went.”

Born William Spears Workman, Jr., on May 20, 1936, in Malden, Mass., he graduated from Malden High School in 1954 and immediately joined the army. After the Army, he studied journalism at Boston University where he graduated in 1961. He worked briefly as a reporter for the Albany, N.Y., Knickerbocker News and the Boston Globe before moving West to work for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1970.

He covered many major news stories from the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident in which a female passenger was killed when U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge to the 1976 Chowchilla kidnappings in which 26 school children were abducted and imprisoned in a buried bus.

Lowenthal said Workman threw himself fully into his work and that he loved everything about being a journalist.

“We had that old time 1940s or 50s view of a reporter fighting the extremists and fascists, but every one loved him,” Lowenthal said. “When you visualize an old school reporter with the press sign in his hat — that was Bill.”

She recalled his 1974 coverage of the Patty Hearst kidnapping and said Workman had a way with sources.

“After that, he was on personal terms with Patty Hearst and could call her whenever he wanted and she’d take his calls,” Lowenthal said. “Like when she played a voice on Frasier.”

She said in 1984 he made multiple TV appearances on local news stations and Court TV during his coverage of the Billionaire Boys Club scandal, a story involving an investment-and-social club that got wrapped up in Ponzi schemes and murder.

For many years Workman served as president of the Peninsula Press Club, a social club for news professionals throughout the Bay Area to come together and share their ideas and opinions on the day’s news.

Wilson, who currently is president of the club, said Workman had a way with words that made him stand out among his peers.

“I remember an article he wrote about a man who was 79 years old and made miniature ships,” Wilson said. “Bill wrote this line about how the rigging lines were the size of gnats and the pulleys were the size of a match head. It’s just such a great example of his visual writing.”

While at the Chronicle, Workman reported on various beats, including city hall. He was on the Oakland night beat for a while and was a general reporter before focusing on the Peninsula and Stanford.

Lowenthal said she met him in 1990 when he was in charge of the Chronicle’s Peninsula bureau, covering government, Stanford, crime and various other stories. She said he was one of the first reporters covering the first attempt by the 49ers to move to Santa Clara.

For five years he had his own column “Along the El Camino” covering stories and unusual people on the Peninsula. “He had the unique ability to find interesting, quirky people doing extraordinary things,” Wilson said. “He loved life, and it was infectious.”

In addition to his wife, Workman is survived by his son, Joshua Workman, of Fairfax. He was preceded in death by his parents William Spears Workman and Anne Utley and sisters Lillian Pearson and Catherine Moore.

A memorial service will be held on July 7 at the Kings Mountain Community Center from 2 to 6 p.m.

(Written by Jeramy Gordon, associate editor of the Palo Alto Daily Post.)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

36th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards

Bay Area print and online journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 211 awards of excellence in nine divisions and 41 categories at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 36th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner tonight (June 1).



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 463 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Awards honored work done in 2012. Entries were judged by the Press Clubs of Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County, and San Diego.

The San Jose Mercury News received a total of 24 plaques inclucding Overall Excellence for both Print and Broadband. Other Overall Excellence first place winners included The Palo Alto Weekly, Scene Magazine, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, KCBS Radio, and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Press Club presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to David Perlman, Science Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle for over 70 years. He delighted the audience with his career reflections.

Two $1,500 scholarships in the name of the late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen were awarded. The high school recipient was Juwairiya Syed, Santa Clara High School. The collegiate scholarship was presented to Samantha Masunaga, University of California, Berkeley.

Special recognition was given to the General Excellence winner of the Press Club’s High School Journalism Contest, co-sponsored by the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The Outlook newspaper of Aragon High School, San Mateo was represented by its co-editors Olivia Marcus and Paniz Amirnasiri.

The complete list of award winners follows:

NEWSPAPERS DAILIES

Overall Excellence
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, Mercury News Staff
    Second Place: The Daily News, Daily News Staff
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, Daily Journal Staff
Editorial
    First Place: The Press Democrat, “Of anonymous money and sleazy politics,” Jim Sweeney
    Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “A missed opportunity and a lack of leadership,” Jon Mays
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “The reason for the garbage rates,” Jon Mays
Columns-News
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Columns by Scott Herhold,” Scott Herhold
    Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Jon Mays,” Jon Mays
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Michelle Durand,” Michelle Durand
Columns-Feature
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Columns by Mike Cassidy,” Mike Cassidy
    Second Place: The Daily Post, “Columns by Dave Price,” Dave Price
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Off the Beat-Michelle Durand,” Michelle Durand
Columns-Sports
    First Place: Bay Area News Group, “Columns by Monte Poole,” Monte Poole
    Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “The Sports Lounge-Nathan Mollat,” Nathan Mollat
    Third Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Tim Kawakami columns,” Tim Kawakami
Breaking News
    First Place: Oakland Tribune, “7 Dead In Oakland School Shooting,” Oakland Tribune Staff
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Lynch acquitted in priest beating,” Tracey Kaplan, Scott Herhold, LiPo Ching
    Third Place: The Press Democrat, “'Barrage of gunfire',” Mary Callahan, Lori Carter, Julie Johnson
News Story
    First Place: The Press Democrat, “New face of heroin,” Randi Rossmann
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Who Was Abel Gutierrez?,” Mark Emmons
    Third Place: Oakland Tribune, “Urban Exodus: West Oakland classrooms empty amid black exodus,” Katy Murphy
Continuing Coverage
    First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Company neglects safety, SFO baggage screeners say,” Niko Kyriakou
    Second Place: The Press Democrat, “Continuing coverage of pensions,” Brett Wilkison, Teresa Meikle, Randi Rossmann, Janet Balicki, George Manes
    Third Place: San Mateo County Times, “Mountain lion cubs in downtown Half Moon Bay shot by wardens,” Aaron Kinney
Series
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Cost of Dying,” Lisa M. Krieger, Dai Sugano
    Second Place: The Press Democrat, “Kerry Benefield series on school choice in Santa Rosa,” Kerry Benefield, Martin Espinoza, Teresa Meikle
    Third Place: The Daily Post, “Councilwoman under investigation,” Jeramy Gordon
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: San Mateo County Times, “Shout about sprouts,” Aaron Kinney
    Second Place: The Daily News, “Getting a helping hand,” Jason Green
    Third Place: San Jose Mercury News, “For Connoisseurs, Birds' Nests Are Nothing to Spit At,” John Boudreau
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: The Press Democrat, “Becoming whole again,” Mary Callahan
    Second Place: Oakland Tribune, “Three Dead Boys, No Real Answers,” Scott Johnson
    Third Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Lockyer reveals sordid details,” Julia Prodis Sulek
Analysis
    First Place: Contra Costa Times, “Pension reform bill has massive loophole,” Daniel Borenstein
Business/Technology Story
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Apple Banks on Global Vendors,” John Boudreau
    Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Locals turn to crowd funding for needs,” Heather Murtagh
    Third Place: San Jose Mercury News, “A Raise in Pay,” George Avalos, Patrick May
Entertainment
    First Place: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “All hail, Dick Dale,” Sean McCourt
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “The tweet seats,” Karen D'Souza
    Third Place: The Daily Post, “Eaglesmith rocks old school in '6 Volts',” Jamie Morrow
Specialty Story
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Prime Time for Pyramids,” Jackie Burrell
    Second Place: San Mateo County Times, “Shout about sprouts,” Aaron Kinney
    Third Place: The Daily Post, “New Indian concept Tava to open in PA,” Jamie Morrow
Sports Story
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Down and Dirty,” Daniel Brown, Mark Emmons
    Second Place: The Press Democrat, “Baseball friendship spans 35 years,” Phil Barber
    Third Place: The Daily News, “Born To Run,” Vytas Mazeika
Sports Game Story
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “PERFECT!,” Alex Pavlovic
    Second Place: The Daily News, “NorCal's Best,” John Reid
    Third Place: The Daily News, “Weathering the storm; Sacred Heart Prep,” Vytas Mazeika
Headline
    First Place: The Daily Post, “No thanking heaven for 7-Eleven,” Dave Price
    Second Place: The Daily Post, “You've got bail? Not so fast,” Dave Price
    Third Place: The Daily Post, “Parking pandemic plagues Palo Alto,” Jeramy Gordon
Graphic Design
    First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “The Quakes March In,” Julio Lara
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Fiscal Cliff,” Doug Griswold, Karl Kahler, Ken McLaughlin
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “We're Ready,” Julio Lara
Page Design
    First Place: The Press Democrat, “Sweeeet!,” Lisa Ostroski, George Millener
    Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Mickey returns to the Wasteland,” Erik Oeverndiek
    Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “'Shadows' favors visuals over story,” Erik Oeverndiek
Editorial Cartoons
    First Place: Daily News-Cartoon, “Meanwhile, at the downtown Palo Alto Post Office...,” Stephen Curl
    Second Place: Daily News-Cartoon, “...And in Mountain View, Plastic Bag Ban comes into focus,” Stephen Curl
    Third Place: Daily News-Cartoon, “IPO Feeding Frenzy...,” Stephen Curl

NEWSPAPERS NON-DAILIES
Overall Excellence
    First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Weekly Staff
    Second Place: Central City Extra, Central City Extra Staff
    Third Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Business Journal Staff
Editorial
    First Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Cities should keep their hands out of firms' wallets,” Jim Gardner
    Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Marin's position on the Q fails leadership test,” Jim Gardner
    Third Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Political criticism a wake-up call for business chamber,” Moryt Milo, Shana Lynch
Columns-News
    First Place: Bay Area Reporter, “Political Notebook,” Matthew Bajko
Columns-Feature
    First Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Jermy Lin scores points for gifted geeks,” Moryt Milo
    Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Columns by Steve Symanovich,” Steve Symanovich
Columns-Sports
    First Place: Pacifica Tribune, “Columns by Horace Hinshaw,” Horace Hinshaw
News Story
    First Place: East Bay Express, “Radioactive Isle,” Ashley Bates
    Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Nurses take contract fight to homes, offices,” Chris Rauber
    Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Saving the shelter,” Gennady Sheyner
Continuing Coverage
    First Place: East Bay Express, “Feinstein's Folly,” Robert Gammon
    Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Downtown's growing pains,” Gennady Sheyner
Series
    First Place: East Bay Express, “Oakland Police Department,” Ali Winston, Darwin BondGraham, Joaquin Palomino, Robert Gammon
    Second Place: India-West, “Adoption from India: Challenging Journey for Indian Americans,” Lisa Tsering
    Third Place: Central City Extra, “Tenderloin Stars,” Tom Carter
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: Central City Extra, “It's a shoe-in at Shiekh,” Jon Newman
    Second Place: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, “Giving of Her Time,” Marianne Hamilton
    Third Place: j. The Jewish News Weekly, “Calendar makers want a second helping of mensch,” George Altshuler
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: Central City Extra, “Free food for sale,” Jon Newman
    Second Place: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, “Getting High,” Marianne Hamilton
    Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Coming to the rescue,” Sue Dremann
Analysis
    First Place: East Bay Express, “From Brown to Green,” Darwin BondGraham
    Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Palo Alto's Ticking Time Bomb,” Gennady Sheyner
    Third Place: Central City Extra, “Poet's Tenderloin Tour,” Ed Bowers
Business/Technology Story
    First Place: East Bay Express, “The Digital Sweatshop,” Ellen Cushing
    Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Chinese pay to play visa game,” Ron Leuty
    Third Place: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, “Tech Savvy,” Marianne Hamilton
Entertainment
    First Place: East Bay Express, “Traveling Bands Do Not Cross,” Ellen Cushing, Rachel Swan
    Second Place: San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Teese and thank you,” Sean McCourt
    Third Place: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, “The Grand Dell,” Marianne Hamilton
Specialty Story
    First Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Crowdfunding is restaurants' new startup recipe,” Renee Frojo
    Second Place: East Bay Express, “The Shrinking Stage,” Rachel Swan
    Third Place: Central City Extra, “Diabetes Central,” Tom Carter
Sports Story
    First Place: East Bay Express, “Moneyball 2.0: The Pitching Whisperer,” Kibby Kleiman
Headline
    First Place: Central City Extra, “No ifs or ands in litter — but plenty of butts,” Geoff Link
    Second Place: Central City Extra, “Free food for sale,” Geoff Link
    Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “When it's OK to drink a loan. Restaurants pop collectors' corks,” Steve Symanovich
Page Design
    First Place: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, “Wealthiest ZIP codes,” Ryan Lambert, Linda Taaffe

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY
Spot News
    First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Driver Trapped in three-vehicle crash,” Veronica Weber
    Second Place: Bay Area News Group, “Occupy Oakland erupts in chaos,” Jane Tyska
General News
    First Place: Contra Costa Times, “End of watch,” Karl Mondon
    Second Place: The Daily News, “East Palo Alto: Candlelight vigil for slain resident,” Kirstina Sangsahachart
    Third Place: The Daily News, “Flying with the greatest of ease in Redwood City-and getting fit,” Kirstina Sangsahachart
Feature
    First Place: Bay Area News Group, “London Eye,” Karl Mondon
    Second Place: The Press Democrat, “Autumn gold,” Kent Porter
    Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Pursuing Perfection,” Veronica Weber
Sports Action
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Off To London - Douglas, Weiber head strong U.S. team,” Nhat V. Meyer
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “One Wild Win! 49ers just a victory away from NFC title,” Jim Gensheimer
    Third Place: The Daily News, “NORCAL'S BEST - Sacred Heart Prep,” Tony Avelar
Sports Feature
    First Place: Bay Area News Group, “No giving in,” Karl Mondon
    Second Place: Bay Area News Group, “Raining champs,” Karl Mondon
    Third Place: San Jose Mercury News, “San Francisco Giants lose to Arizona Diamondbacks,” Nhat V. Meyer
Photo Series/Picture Story
    First Place: Bay Area News Group, “Matthew's wait,” Jane Tyska
    Second Place: Bay Area News Group, “Occupy Oakland erupts in chaos,” Jane Tyska
    Third Place: Bay Area News Group, “Local clergy and community members gather for peace rally in east Oakland,” Jane Tyska

MAGAZINES/TRADE PUBLICATIONS
Overall Excellence
    First Place: Scene Magazine, Katharine Fong
    Second Place: Traditions Magazine, Antonia Ehlers, Michelle Wilkinson
    Third Place: Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “Healthpoint Magazine,” Healthpoint Staff
Columns-News
    First Place: The Spectrum, “As I was saying . . .,” Steven Penna
Columns-Feature
    First Place: Scene Magazine, “Thirsty Girl: Women & Wine,” Leslie Sbrocco
Continuing Coverage
    First Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “Funding problems plague state courts,” Saul Sugarman
    Second Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “Unprecedented presiding judge race in San Francisco court,” Saul Sugarman
    Third Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “Apple vs. Samsung infringement trial,” Saul Sugarman
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: Scene Magazine, “The Strider: Cris Chater,” Mandy Behbehani
    Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “The Power of Prayer: Padres Visit Lourdes,” Antonia Ehlers
    Third Place: Traditions Magazine, “Homes with Heart,” Antonia Ehlers
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: Traditions Magazine, “Frisella Legacy Lives On,” Antonia Ehlers
    Second Place: Scene Magazine, “Home Run: Jennifer Loving,” Bonnie Wach
Analysis
    First Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “Diversity lacking among mediators, some attorneys say,” Saul Sugarman
    Second Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “Food companies targeted for misleading consumers in class actions,” Saul Sugarman
Specialty Story
    First Place: Scene Magazine, “You Must Remember This...,” Melinda Sacks
    Second Place: Scene Magazine, “Multiple Choice: Many Kinds of Wonderful in Monterey County,” Katharine Fong

RADIO
Overall Excellence
    First Place: KCBS Radio, “KCBS All News 740 AM & 106.9 FM,” KCBS News Team
Breaking News
    First Place: KGO Radio, “Oikos University Shooting,” KGO Radio Staff
    Second Place: KCBS Radio, “May Day Rallies,” Anna Duckworth, Doug Sovern, Chris Filippi
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: KGO Radio, “Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary,” Jenna Lane
    Second Place: KGO Radio, “Lizzy's Dream,” Bret Burkhart
    Third Place: KCBS Radio, “Tenderloin Tour,” Mike Sugerman
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: KCBS Radio, “Watching What You Eat,” Doug Sovern
    Second Place: KGO Radio, “Sex Slaves: Innocents Betrayed,” Scott Lettieri
    Third Place: National Radio Project, “California's Prison Guard Union-How a 'Model' Union Rose to Power,” JoAnn Mar, Andrew Stelzer, Lisa Rudman
Sports Story
    First Place: KGO Radio, “Spotlight: Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield,” Scott Lettieri
    Second Place: KCBS Radio, “Old Ball Players,” Mike Sugerman
Public Affairs Program
    First Place: KCBS Radio, “Teen Violence,” Jeffrey Schaub
Special Program
    First Place: KCBS Radio, “Giants Parade,” Stan Bunger, Steve Bitker
Documentary
    First Place: KCBS Radio, “Sunnydale,” Doug Sovern
Use of Sound
    First Place: KGO Radio, “Broadcast Legend: Stan Burford,” Bret Burkhart
    Second Place: KCBS Radio, “Sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge,” Doug Sovern

TELEVISION
Overall Excellence
    First Place: Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “Healthpoint TV,” Angela Anderson, Bobbi J. Fagone, Rocky Robinson
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: KQED 9, “International Orange,” KQED Staff
    Second Place: KTVU Channel 2, “The Legend of Tom Sweeney,” Greg Grinsell
    Third Place: KQED 9, “Occupy Art,” Lori Halloran, Scott Shafer, Josiah Hooper, Linda Peckham
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: KQED 9, “The Photography of Doug Rickard,” Cynthia Stone, Linda Peckham, Blake McHugh, Joanne Elgart Jennings
Public Affairs Program
    First Place: KGO ABC 7, “Beyond the Headlines,” Carlos La Roche, Cheryl Jennings, Mimi Kwan, Laura Kutch
    Second Place: KQED 9, “This Week in Northern California: California Schools in the Crosshairs,” KQED Staff
    Third Place: KQED 9, “This Week in Northern California,” KQED Staff
Interview or Talk Show
    First Place: KQED 9, “This Week in Northern California,” KQED Staff
    Second Place: Peninsula TV, “The Game - 190 - Comic Will Durst,” Mark Simon, Garett Thomas, Rocky Robinson
    Third Place: Peninsula TV, “One on One - 1118 - Darby Anderson,” Garett Thomas, Dani Gasparini, Rocky Robinson, Dan Lu, Katie Roletto
Special Program
    First Place: KQED 9, “Heat and Harvest,” KQED Staff
    Second Place: KQED 9, “Prison Break,” KQED Staff
    Third Place: Peninsula TV, “County of San Mateo STEM Innovation Programs 2011-12,” Josephine Yu,Garett Thomas,Dann Bergman,Rocky Robinson
Videography
    First Place: KSRO.com, “Bollini Videography Composite,” Chris Bollini
Editing
    First Place: KSRO.com, “Bollini Editing Composite,” Chris Bollini

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Overall Excellence
    First Place: National Acadmey of Television Arts & Sciences, “San Francisco/Northern California Chapter,” Javier alencia, Keith Sanders, Sultan Mirza, Darryl Compton
Newsletter
    First Place: NATAS SF/NorCal, “Off Camera,” Keith Sanders, Kevin Wing, Linda Giannecchini, Darryl Compton
    Second Place: Broadcast Legends, “Broadcast Legends Newsletter,” Jim Schock, Ed Vasgersian, Peter Cleaveland, David Jackson, Darryl Compton
Press Releases
    First Place: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, “PAMF Breast Health Center,” Cynthia Greaves
    Second Place: Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “Safe Demolition of Old Hospital is Under Way,” Cynthia Greaves
    Third Place: NATAS SF/NorCal, “TV Academy Press Releases,” Darryl Compton, Terry Lowry, Linda Gianecchini
Annual Reports
    First Place: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, “Moments That Matter-A Foundation Built on Compassion,” Jill Antonides

BROADBAND
Overall Excellence
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “MercuryNews.com,” Mercury News Staff
    Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, Business Times Staff
    Third Place: The Press Democrat, “Pressdemocrat.com,” Press Democrat Staff
Overall Excellence, Web only
    First Place: California Healthcare Foundation, “California Healthline,” Amanda Wolfe, Kate Ackerman, Matthew Wayt, George Lauer, David Gorn
Breaking News
    First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Palo Alto police arrest suspect following manhunt,” Veronica Weber, Sue Dremann, Jocelyn Dong
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Election Live Blog,” Paul Rogers
    Third Place: India-West, “$3 Million Fraudster Sentenced to Five-Year Prison Term,” Sunita Sohrabji
News Story
    First Place: Patch.com, “Local Scientists Bask in Higgs Boson Celebration,” Charles Burress
    Second Place: Bay City News, “The Disturbing Facebook Postings of Mission Serial Sexual Assault Suspect,” Dan McMenamin, Melissa McRobbie
    Third Place: Patch.com, “City Sues State, County Over $1.76 Million 'Demand for Payment',” Charles Burress
Continuing Coverage
    First Place: Bay City News, “Proposition 8 case,” Julia Cheever
    Second Place: California Healthline, “Concerns Raised Over Adult Day Health Care Transition, Assesments,” David Gorn
    Third Place: Bay City News, “Joseph Naso quadruple murder trial,” James Lanaras
Series
    First Place: Bloomberg News, “America's Great State Payroll Giveaway,” Bloomberg Staff
Feature Story of a Light Nature
    First Place: Patch.com, “What Holiday Are We Celebrating Today?,” Charles Burress
    Second Place: Bay City News, “Christmas Bird Count Gearing up in Bay Area,” Julia Cheever
    Third Place: Bay City News, “Oakland Plans to Party for "End of the World" Dec. 21,” Sasha Lekach
Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    First Place: New America Media, “As End Nears, Cancer Patient Struggles With Cost of Long Term Care,” Viji Sundaram
    Second Place: New America Media, “How an infamous Berkeley human trafficking case fueled reform,” Viji Sundaram
    Third Place: Patch.com, “Cyclist Says He Couldn't Avoid Elderly Woman in Fatal Collision,” Charles Burress
Entertainment
    First Place: Bay City News, “Art Deco Preservation Ball Celebrates Bygone Era,” Sean McCourt
Sports Story
    First Place: BleacherReport.com, “Jeremy Lin,” Bryan Chu
    Second Place: Bay City News, “Matt Cain Pitches First 'Perfect Game' in SF Giants History,” Scott Morris
    Third Place: Bay City News, “San Francisco Celebrates with SF Giants,” Sean McCourt
Headline
    First Place: Patch.com, “Space Rock's Demotion to Earth Rock Reversed,” Charles Burress
    Second Place: Patch.com, “Invader from Another Climate Lands in El Cerrito,” Charles Burress
    Third Place: Patch.com, “El Cerrito's Wheat Farmlet Doubles Acreage ... Or Footage,” Charles Burress
Multi Media/Interactivity
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Cost of Dying Videos,” Dai Sugano, Lisa Krieger
    Second Place: Bay Area News Group, “Matthew Ouimet, 21 months, awaits liver and kidney transplant,” Jane Tyska
    Third Place: Bay Area News Group, “Oakland's innocent blood,” News Group Staff
Blog/Commentary
    First Place: The Press Democrat, “Inside the 49ers,” Grant Cohn
    Second Place: San Jose Mercury News, “Good Morning Silicon Valley,” Levi Sumagaysay
    Third Place: The Press Democrat, “BiteClub Eats,” Heather Irwin
Best use of Twitter
    First Place: San Jose Mercury News, “twitter.com/mercnews,” Mercury News Staff
    Second Place: Mills-Peninsula Health Services, “twitter.com/millspeninsula,” Erin Macartney
    Third Place: Palo Alto Medical Foundation, “twitter.com/paloaltomedical,” Erin Macartney
Lifetime Achievement Award
    David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle
$1,500 Collegiate Sscholarshps
    Juwairiya Syed, Santa Clara High School
    Samantha Masunaga, University of California, Berkeley
High School Journalism Overall Excellence First Place
    The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo: Olivia Marcus, Paniz Amirnasiri, co-editors