Saturday, May 31, 2014

37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards

Bay Area print and online journalists, photographers, radio and television personnel and public relations professionals were presented with 192 awards of excellence in eight divisions and 41 categories at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 37th 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 392 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. Awards honored work done in 2013. Entries were judged by the Press Clubs of Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County, and San Diego.

The San Mateo Daily Journal received the highest number of awards, 17. First Place Overall Excellence went to: The Daily News, San Francisco Business Times, The Spectrum Magazine, KCBS Radio, Junipero Serra High School and The Press Democrat.

The keynote speaker for the “Evening of Excellence” was Reed Albergotti, reporter for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of “Wheelman: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever.”

The Press Club lost its longtime board and founding member Jack Russell this year. They have named the $1,500 high school scholarship “The Jack Russell Memorial Scholarship,” it was awarded to Clare Varellas of Aclianes High School, Lafayette.

The $1,500 collegiate scholarship named for the late San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen was awarded to Brian Rinker from San Francisco State University.

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 Oracle newspaper of Henry N. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, was represented by its editors, Catalina Zharo and Danielle Yacobsen.

The complete list of award winners follows:

37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards 

NEWSPAPERS DAILIES

Overall Excellence
    • First Place: Daily News Group, “The Daily News,” Daily News Staff
    • 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 Staff 

Editorial
    • First Place: The Daily Post, “Protect neighborhoods - vote 'no' on D,” Dave Price
    • Second Place: The Press Democrat, “SR tax debacle ends as poorly as it began,” Paul Gullixson
    • Third Place: Daily News Group, “Maybell senior housing project just too dense: Vote no on Measure D,” Mario Dianda 

Columns-News
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Michelle Durand,” Michelle Durand
    • Second Place: The Daily Post, “Columns by Dave Price,” Dave Price
    • Third Place: The Press Democrat, “Columns by Paul Gullixson,” Paul Gullixson 

Columns-Feature
    • First Place: Palo Alto Daily News, “Culture Shlock by Malcolm Fleschner,” Malcolm Fleschner
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Columns by Jon Mays,” Jon Mays
    • Third Place: The Daily Post, “Theater reviews by John Angell Grant,” John Angell Grant 

Columns-Sports
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Columns by Lowell Cohn,” Lowell Cohn
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “The Sports Lounge-Columns by Nathan Mollat,” Nathan Mollat
    • Third Place: Daily News Group, “John Reid Columns,” John Reid 

Breaking News
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Andy Lopez Shooting,” Martin Espinoza, Julie Johnson, Brett Wilkison, Kevin McCallum, Mary Callahan, Randi Rossmann, Derek Moore, Press Democrat staff
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “Couple killed while walking dog,” Jason Green
    • Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Ayres molestation trial ends,” Michelle Durand 

News Story
    • First Place: The Daily Post, “Naked cop and the hooker,” Jeramy Gordon
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “Fed case against ex-officials goes to jury,” Bonnie Eslinger
    • Third Place: The Daily Post, “How child abuse case crumbled,” Angela Ruggiero 

Continuing Coverage
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Mills AP scores invalidation saga,” Angela Swartz
    • Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Evictions in San Francisco,” Jessica Kwong
    • Third Place: The Daily Post, “Naked cop and the hooker,” Jeramy Gordon 

Series
    • First Place: San Francisco Examiner, “Lee Family Ellis Act Eviction,” Jessica Kwong
    • Second Place: The Daily Post, “Menlo Park downtown plan,” Jeramy Gordon
    • Third Place: The Press Democrat, “POWER GROWERS: Big players dominate in vineyard holdings,” Cathy Bussewitz, Janet Balicki, Ted Appel 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Schools says meditation helps struggling students,” Angela Swartz
    • Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “A Bridge to the Past,” Jessica Kwong 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: Daily News Group, “Woodside woman receives brother's Purple Heart,” Jason Green
    • Second Place: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Story of Recovery,” Jondi Gumz
    • Third Place: San Francisco Examiner, “On the Front Line of Eviction Aid,” Jessica Kwong 

Analysis
    • First Place: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Three homes sell for $1.5 million and up in one day,” Jondi Gumz

Business/Technology Story
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Brew Baron: Petaluma company on track to generate about $90 million in revenue this year,” Sean Scully
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Salmon season opens: Commercial fishermen anticipate plentiful catch bolstered by breeding efforts,” Samantha Weigel
    • Third Place: Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Biking with the Boss,” Jondi Gumz 

Entertainment
    • First Place: The Daily Post, “Sex, lies and the 12-step process,” John Angell Grant
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “A slapstick shredding of civility,” Joanne Engelhardt
    • Third Place: Daily News Group, “Understanding 'Loudest Man on Earth',” Joanne Engelhardt

Specialty Story
    • First Place: The Daily Post, “Chrysler SRT8 is braun and brains,” Jeramy Gordon
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Ready to serve: Warfighter Brewing Company helps veterans band together,” Samantha Weigel 

Sports Story
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Trip to dentist jump-starts Chavez's baseball career,” Nathan Mollat
    • Second Place: San Francisco Examiner, “A Hollywood Occasion at Warriors' Season Opener,” Jessica Kwong
    • Third Place: Daily News Group, “Grown-Man Killer,” Vytas Mazeika 

Sports Game Story
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Heart of a champion: Goal-line stand, comeback from 17-point deficit show SF's grit,” Phil Barber
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Glory Gators,” Nathan Mollat
    • Third Place: Daily News Group, “NorCal Champions: Thrilling 5-set victory over Sonora sends Knights to Div. IV state title game,” John Reid 

Headline
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Dosa reality: Restaurants battle over branding,” Erik Oeverndiek
    • Second Place: The Press Democrat, “Four-legged frauds,” David Bomar
    • Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Alleged trumpet thief facing music,” Michelle Durand

Graphic Design
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Super Bowl,” Julio Lara
    • Second Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “The defense begins,” Julio Lara
    • Third Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “More than just super,” Julio Lara 

Page Design
    • First Place: San Mateo Daily Journal, “Breaking Bad,” Erik Oeverndiek
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “Niners Knockin',” Greg Frazier
    • Third Place: The Press Democrat, “Candlestick Park 1960-2013: The place where we were blown away,” David Bomar 

NEWSPAPERS NON-DAILIES 

Overall Excellence
    • First Place: San Francisco Business Times, “,” San Francisco Business Times Staff
    • Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Palo Alto Weekly,” Palo Alto Weekly Staff
    • Third Place: Central City Extra, “Feb, May and Nov 2013 issues,” Tom Carter, Jonathan Newman, Marjorie Beggs, Ed Bowers, Geoff Link 

Editorial
    • First Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Housing's worst enemy in S.F. is housing activists,” Jim Gardner
    • Second Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “How not to plug a leaker,” Greg Baumann
    • Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Return to exurbs won't fix region's broken housing,” Jim Gardner 

Columns-News
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “Columns by Robert Gammon,” Robert Gammon
    • Second Place: Bay Area Reporter, “Political Notebook,” Matthew Bajko 

Columns-Feature
    • First Place: Los Gatos Weekly Times, “Columns by Dick Sparrer,” Dick Sparrer 

Columns-Sports
    • First Place: Los Gatos Weekly Times, “Columns by Dick Sparrer,” Dick Sparrer
    • Second Place: Pacifica Tribune, “Columns by Horace Hinshaw,” Horace Hinshaw 

News Story
    • First Place: Central City Extra, “Gentrified,” Mark Hedin
    • Second Place: East Bay Express, “Warning: Quake in 60 Seconds,” Azeen Ghorayshi
    • Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Having a say,” Gennady Sheyner 

Continuing Coverage
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “The Real Purpose of Oakland's Surveillance Center,” Ali Winston, Darwin Bond Graham
    • Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Merrill Newman held in North Korea,” Sue Dremann, Eric Van Susteren 

Series
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “Tunnel Vision: Delta in Peril and Rivers in Peril,” Joaquin Palomino, Robert Gammon 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: Central City Extra, “Farmers on the roof,” Paul Dunn
    • Second Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Guaranteed Returns,” Preeti Upadhyaya
    • Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Christmas bird count a 'hoot' for birders,” Sue Dremann 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “Life, Death, and PTSD in Oakland,” Rebecca Ruiz
    • Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Legal limbo,” Elena Kadvany
    • Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Drowning in debt,” Elena Kadvany 

Analysis
    • First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Palo Alto's painful dilemma,” Gennady Sheyner
    • Second Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “The mess at Mitchell,” Gennady Sheyner
    • Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Gilead reaches for a cure,” Ron Leuty

Business/Technology Story
    • First Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Ag 2.0 - How Silicon Valley aims to turn greens to gold,” Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    • Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “The biggest biotech you've never heard of,” Ron Leuty
    • Third Place: East Bay Express, “Public Research for Private Gain,” Darwin Bond Graham

Entertainment
    • First Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Amour,” Susan Tavernetti
    • Second Place: Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, “New Era,” Crystal Chow 

Specialty Story
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze,” Vanessa Rancano
    • Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Retro's renaissance,” Renee Frojo
    • Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Tequila sunrise: New Bay Area brands are giving tequila fresh flavor and sophistication,” Blanca Torres 

Sports Story
    • First Place: East Bay Express, “Real Warriors,” Mark Anderson
    • Second Place: Los Gatos Weekly Times, “Back on the Bus,” Dick Sparrer
    • Third Place: Pacifica Tribune, “Surf'n at Brink Pool,” Horace Hinshaw 

Sports Game Story
    • First Place: Los Gatos Weekly Times, “Wildcats claim CCS D-II football crown,” Dick Sparrer

Headline
    • First Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Scalding toilets, naked guys, pot farms,” Greg Baumann 

Graphic Design
    • First Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Rivers of Wine,” Ryan Lambert 

Page Design
    • First Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Doing business in 140 characters,” Ryan Lambert, Alex Martin
    • Second Place: East Bay Express, “False Witness,” Brian Kelly 
    Magazines/Trade Publications
Overall Excellence
    • First Place: The Spectrum, “The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood City's Monthly Magazine,” Steve Penna, James Massey, Anne Callery, James Kaspar
    • Second Place: India Currents, “India Currents Magazine,” Vandana Kumar, Jaya Padmanabhan

Editorial
    • First Place: India Currents, “Sanberged and Prototyped,” Jaya Padmanabhan 

Columns-Feature
    • First Place: India Currents, “India Currents Columns,” Anita Felicelli, Arpit Mehta, Lakshmi Mani
    • Second Place: Air Journey Publications, “Weekenders,” Michelle Carter
    • Third Place: The Spectrum, “As I was saying . . .,” Steve Penna, Anne Callery 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: Traditions Magazine, “Setting the Stage: Tom Arvetis inspires Chicago community,” Antonia Ehlers
    • Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “Lynn Swann Honored at Serra by Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Antonia Ehlers
    • Third Place: India Currents, “From the Man Village Into the Jungle,” Kalpana Mohan 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: India Currents, “The Last Straw,” Kavya Padmanabhan
    • Second Place: Harvard Education Letter, “Healthy Students, Healthy Schools,” Lisa Rosenthal
    • Third Place: Traditions Magazine, “Serving Salinas: Tri-School Students Make a Difference,” Antonia Ehlers 

Analysis
    • First Place: India Currents, “Analysis by India Currents Staff,” R. Benedito Ferrão, Ranjani Iyer Mohanty, Mimm Patterson, Sarita Sarvate, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan 

Specialty Story
    • First Place: Traditions Magazine, “Beatlemania: Serra music director "gets back" to where they once belonged,” Antonia Ehlers
    • Second Place: Air Journey Publications, “On safari on the wings of a DC-3,” Michelle Carter
    • Third Place: Flying Magazine, “African Fly-It Yourself Safari,” Michelle Carter 

Sports Story
    • First Place: Traditions Magazine, “The Next Generation,” Jonathan Allen
    • Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “Brains and Brawn: Student-athletes thrive in the Ivy League,” Jonathan Allen 

Page Design
    • First Place: Traditions Magazine, “Beatlemania: Serra music director "gets back" to where they once belonged,” Michelle Wilkinson
    • Second Place: Traditions Magazine, “The Next Generation,” Michelle Wilkinson
    • Third Place: Traditions Magazine, “Brains and Brawn: Student-athletes thrive in the Ivy League,” Michelle Wilkinson 

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY 

Photography-Spot News
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Hot pursuit,” Kent Porter 

Photography-General News
    • First Place: Oakland Tribune, “Same-sex marriage celebration,” Jane Tyska 

Photography-Feature
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Spires tell stories of early days,” Kent Porter
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “Warm weather visits Bay Area, but it's no heat wave,” Kirstina Sangsahachart
    • Third Place: SFBay.ca, “Lightning crackles across Bay Area skies,” Scot Tucker 

Photography-Sports Action
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “Giants, Pence seal 2013 with sizzle,” Scot Tucker
    • Second Place: Daily News Group, “NorCal Champions: Thrilling 5-set victory over Sonora sends Knights to Div. IV state title game,” Tony Avelar
    • Third Place: The Press Democrat, “49ers hit a switch...,” Kent Porter 

Photography-Sports Feature
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “Chiefs soar to rout frustrated Raiders,” Scot Tucker 

Photography-Photo Series/Picture Story
    • First Place: Oakland Tribune, “Matthew Ouimet Receives Liver and Kidney Transplant,” Jane Tyska
    • Second Place: Oakland Tribune, “Funeral for Baby Drew Jackson,” Jane Tyska
    • Third Place: SFBay.ca, “The faces of San Francisco's homeless youth,” Lisette Poole 

RADIO 

Overall Excellence
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “KCBS Radio,” KCBS News 

Team Breaking News
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “Asiana Crash,” KCBS News Team 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “Letter to Mick,” Mike Sugerman 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “16th and Mission,” Mike Sugerman 

Sports Story
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “America,” Anna Duckworth 

Special Program
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “Marsy's Law,” Doug Sovern 

Documentary
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “SF General,” Holly Quan 

Use of Sound
    • First Place: KCBS Radio, “Letter to Mick,” Mike Sugerman 

TELEVISION 

News Story
    • First Place: KTVU Channel 2, “License Plate Loophole,” Jana Katsuyama, John Klossner, Michael Kelly 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: KQED 9, “Burning Man Art: Beyond the Playa,” Lori Halloran, Thuy Vu, Byron Thompson, Mike Elwell, Joanne Elgart Jennings 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: KNTV NBC Bay Area, “Sysco Foods Dirty Secret,” Vicky Nguyen, Kevin Nious, David Paredes, Felipe Escamilla, Jeremy Carroll, Mark Villarreal, Matt Goldberg, Raji Ramanathan, Michelle Nguyen
    • Second Place: KTVU Channel 2, “Charities or Scams?,” Rita Williams, Cristina Gastelu, Tony Hodrick, Dina Munsch, Ron Acker
    • Third Place: KNTV NBC Bay Area, “The SamTrans Way,” Vicky Nguyen, Kevin Nious, Jeremy Carroll, Matt Goldberg 

Public Affairs Program
    • First Place: KQED 9, “KQED Newsroom 11/15/13 Episode,” Monica Lam, Robin Epstein, Sheraz Sadiq, Thuy Vu, Scott Shafer, Bud Gundy, Linda Giannechini, Joanne Elgart Jennings
    • Second Place: KTVU Channel 2, “Second Look: It's a Wrap!,” Rita Williams, Frank Somerville

Videography
    • First Place: Al Jazeera America, “Mike Anderson Composite,” Mike Anderson
    • Second Place: KSRO.COM, “Bollini Composite,” Chris Bollini 

Editing
    • First Place: KSRO.com, “Bollini Composite,” Chris Bollini
    • Second Place: Al Jazeera America, “Mike Anderson Composite,” Mike Anderson 

PUBLIC RELATIONS 

Overall Excellence
    • First Place: Junipero Serra High School, “Junipero Serra High School Marketing/PR Campaign,” Bruce Anthony, Sandy Brook, Antonia Ehlers, Pam Robbins, Randy Vogel, Michelle Wilkinson
    • Second Place: NATAS SF/NorCal, “National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco/ Northern California Chapter,” Keith Sanders, Patty Zubov, Kevin Wing, Sultan Mirza, Darryl Compton 

Newsletter
    • First Place: NATAS SF/NorCal, “Off Camera,” Kevin Wing, Patty Zubov, Keith Sanders, Karen Owoc, Darryl Compton
    • Second Place: Broadcast Legends, “Broadcast Legends Newsletter,” Jim Schock, Peter Cleaveland, David Jackson, Steve Kushman, Darryl Compton 

Press Kit
    • First Place: NATAS SF/NorCal, “42nd Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards,” Julie Watts, Craig Franklin, Patty Zubov, Linda Giannecchini, Keith Sanders, Darryl Compton 

Annual Reports
    • First Place: Cynthia Stone Media, “Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Annual Report,” Marcus Jackson, Joannie Casenas, Randi Shafton, Jocelyn Swisher, Cynthia Stone 

BROADBAND 

Overall Excellence
    • First Place: The Press Democrat, “Pressdemocrat.com,” Press Democrat staff 

Overall Excellence – Web only
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “SFBay.ca,” Jesse Garnier, Scot Tucker, Sarah Todd, Miles Garnier, Robert Hernandez, Andreas Tsortzis, Gerhard Stochl
    • Second Place: California Healthline, “California Healthline,” California Healthline 

Staff Columns Sports
    • First Place: Prep2Prep.com, “MURPH'S PLACE: No title, no problem for Belmont Little League,” John Murphy 

Breaking News
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “Two dead, dozens hurt in SFO crash landing,” Coburn Palmer, John Marshall, Mike Hendrickson
    • Second Place: New America Media, “Barred from federal programs, DREAMers May Qualify for Medi-Cal,” Viji Sundaram
    • Third Place: Palo Alto Weekly, “Merrill Newman returns home,” Sue Dremann, Veronica Weber, Eric Van Susteren 

News Story
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “Spending accusations spin Elks lodge into 'turmoil',” Jessica Kwong, Jesse Garnier, Scot Tucker
    • Second Place: Bay City News, “Thousands attend funeral for slain Santa Cruz officers,” Jeff Burbank
    • Third Place: Bay City News, “Residents salvage belongings from burned-out apartment complex in Redwood City,” Chris Cooney 

Continuing Coverage
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “SFBay Muni coverage,” Jerold Chinn
    • Second Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Can online education grow up?,” Lauren Hepler
    • Third Place: Bay City News, “PG&E pipeline disputes,” Julia Cheever 

Feature Story of a Light Nature
    • First Place: Bay City News, “Man who walks with mules headed to Golden Gate Bridge,” Jeff Burbank
    • Second Place: Bay City News, “San Francisco police chief reflects on success of Batkid,” Melissa McRobbie
    • Third Place: Bay City News, “A's win marathon game in the 19th inning,” Sasha Lekach 

Feature Story of a Serious Nature
    • First Place: Bloomberg, “Oil Firms Break Promise on Biofuels as Chevron Defies California,” Peter Waldman, Ben Elgin
    • Second Place: San Francisco Daily Journal, “A Jury of Their Peers?,” Saul Sugarman 

Analysis
    • First Place: The North Bay Bohemian, “Epic Local Government Failure Results in Closed Libraries,” Jonathan Greenberg 

Business/Technology Story
    • First Place: Bloomberg, “JPMorgan Probe Prosecutor Put Away Tomato Racketeer,” Karen Gullo
    • Second Place: Bloomberg, “NCAA $6.4 Billion Threatened by Suit Over Player Likeness,” Karen Gullo, Curtis Eichelberger 

Entertainment
    • First Place: Metro Silicon Valley, “Slayer Pays Tribute to Guitarist Jeff Hanneman with Latest Tour,” Sean McCourt
    • Second Place: Santa Cruz Weekly, “Chop Tops Go International,” Sean McCourt
    • Third Place: SanJose.com, “'Star Wars' Revisited at the Tech Museum,” Sean McCourt 

Sports Story
    • First Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Knights' Heneghan has everything but a D-I offer,” John Murphy
    • Second Place: Bay City News, “Fans pack AT&T Park for World Baseball Classic,” Sean McCourt
    • Third Place: Prep2Prep.com, “Challenges could not bring down Russell White,” John Murphy 

Headline
    • First Place: SFBay.ca, “Red and Gold accused of being too white,” Jesse Garnier
    • Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Franz with benefits: Roche picks Lufthansa CEO as new chairman,” Ron Leuty
    • Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Executives who made their banks charity cases become philanthropists,” Mark Calvey Multi 

Media/Interactivity
    • First Place: Oakland Tribune, “Matthew Ouimet Receives Liver and Kidney Transplant,” Jane Tyska
    • Second Place: SFBay.ca, “A fresh spin through the old Stick,” Jesse Garnier, Scot Tucker

Blog/Commentary 
    • First Place: Prep2Prep.com, “MURPH'S PLACE: Hazing is antiquated, dangerous,” John Murphy
    • Second Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Genetic jungle - Trying to make sense of FDA's 23 and Me warning,” Ron Leuty
    • Third Place: San Francisco Business Times, “Wells Fargo warns of looming retirement crisis,” Mark Calvey 

Best use of Twitter
    • First Place: Silicon Valley Business Journal, “Twitter @SVBizJournal,” Alex Martin

ABC digitizes KGO's news tape library

ABC Owned Television Stations this spring has finished digitizing, cataloging and storing the news tape library of KGO, making stories dating back to the 1970s readily available to producers at KGO and other ABC O&Os, TVNewsCheck reports.

The project has reduced an old tape library filling 2,000 square feet into a device the size of a medium-size shipping box containing a little over a petabyte of data. The digitizing was done robotically, with a machine that archived about 1,000 tapes, or 50,000 stories, per week, according to Jim Casabella, director of advanced technology for the station group.

It was important to digitize the tapes now because some of them, particulary U-matic tape, was deteriorating and might not be readable in the future.

The difficultly, Casabella said, was finding old videotape machines that could playback the tape.

ABC has also digitized the tape libraries of WABC New York, WLS Chicago and WPVI Philadelphia. KABC Los Angeles and KTRK Houston are next. Digitizing aging news videotape is important from a historical point of view, Casabella said.

“I would encourage people to face up to the fact that they need to preserve their libraries.”

“You can’t make a business case for doing it, but on the other side of the equation is the fact that the three or four stations that have been doing news for the past 35 years in these markets have created the only video library of the important events in their cities,” Casabella said. “There isn’t anything else. If those are gone, that video record is gone.”

While KGO's new digital library isn't available to the public, San Francisco State University's Leonard Library offers a collection of old news footage online at http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/collections/sfbatv/index.php?over=1. The SF State collection includes film from KRON, KPIX, KTVU and KQED.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

State Supreme Court says police must disclose names of officers in shootings

According to AP and BCN, the California Supreme Court today ruled that police departments must in most cases divulge the names of officers involved in on-duty shootings.

In the 6-1 decision, the high court rejected blanket bans that cite unspecified safety threats to officers as a reason for withholding the names.

The court said exceptions could be made to keep the names of undercover officers private and in cases where credible threats exist.

"When it comes to the disclosure of a peace officer's name, the public's substantial interest in the conduct of its peace officers outweighs, in most cases, the officer's personal privacy interest," Justice Joyce Kennard wrote.

The case before the court concerned the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, Douglas Zerby, 35, by two Long Beach officers on Dec. 12, 2010.

The officers were responding to a call in which a neighbor said an intoxicated man was brandishing a gun. Zerby, who found to have sustained 12 gunshot wounds, turned out to have been holding the nozzle of a garden hose.

The Los Angeles Times, later joined by other media and the American Civil Liberties Union, sought to learn the officers' names.

The city and the Long Beach Police Officers Association opposed the disclosure, arguing the officers could be threatened or harmed.

The city and union contended the officers were entitled to an exemption under California's Public Records Act of 1968, which generally requires disclosure of government records but allows exceptions when the public interest would not be served.

"In today's Internet age, we believe that releasing the name of an officer is tantamount to releasing the officer's home address and other personal information," said union president Stephen James.

But the court majority said an exception should be granted in officer-involved shooting cases only when there is evidence that a particular officer or officer's family would be endangered.

"Vague safety concerns that apply to all officers involved in shootings are insufficient to tip the balance against disclosure of officer names," Kennard wrote.

Kennard said releasing names helps hold peace officers accountable and trumps general safety concerns.

"In a case such as this one, which concerns officer-involved shootings, the public's interest in the conduct of its peace officers is particularly great because such shootings often lead to severe injury or death," Kennard wrote.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School takes top Press Club honor

Gunn High School's Oracle newspaper staff

Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto took top honors at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2014 High School Journalism Awards which were presented Thursday afternoon (May 22) at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.

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 31 at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City.

In all, 13 Peninsula high schools participated in the competition, each with a first place plaque, second, third place and honorable mention certificates. The competition drew 563 entries in 12 categories from 255 students. 40 individuals received awards.

The contest was judged by professional journalists who are members of the Press Club and is co-sponsored by the Hillsdale Shopping Center, San Mateo.

Here is a complete list of the winning entries:

News Story
    • First: Corine Forward, “Gunshots rattle school into lockdown,” The Eastside Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto 
    • Second: Amanda Russell, “Thieves wheel away bikes, then roll out of sight,” The Eastside Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto 
    • Third: John Pablo, “Scurrying pests cause worrisome mess,” Tom-Tom, Jefferson High School, Daly City

Feature Story
    • First: Lily Hartzell, “Coping with the challenges of homelessness gives student strength,” Raven Report, Sequoia High School, Redwood City 
    • Second: Shana Vu, Sophia Kakarala, “Teen Sexuality - The Double Standard,” The Roar, Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara • Third: Arianna Bayangos, “Bullying on social media,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Honorable Mention: Regina Wen, “Teacher-Student-Mom,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo 
    • Honorable Mention: Sabrina Leung, “Flushing out gender separation,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Honorable Mention: Madison Riehle, “Teens feel pressure to be 'perfect',” The Broad View, Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco 
     • Honorable Mention: Lucas Furrer, “The wacky world...,” Serra Friar, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo

Sports Story
    • First: Max Herrera, “Dons power their way past Woodside 27-12,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo 
    • Second: Spencer Walling, Isaac Wang, “Examine your head: Concussions in high school sports,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo 
    • Third: Daniel Wang, “A day in the life of an athlete,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Editorial
    • First: Outlook Editorial Staff, “Grades are private; Students should be aware of with whom they are shared,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo 
    • Second: Corine Forward, “Panther Editorial-Words of wisdom for freshment,” The Eastside Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto 
    • Third: Dalia Jude, “Don't cower from reality: Intruder drill needs improvement,” Raven Report, Sequoia High School, Redwood City

Column
    • First: Jessica Adair, “Columns by Jessica Adair,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Second: Dominic Gialdini, “Columns by Dominic Gialdini,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Third: Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz, “Column by Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz,” The Thunderbolt, Mills High School, Millbrae

News Photo
    • First: Alex Wildman, “Choir defends title as Carlmont Cup Champions,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Second: Cristina Ashbaugh, “Video Production Club begins airing sports games online,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo 
    • Third: Miguel Cardenas, “Beshirs hears cheers for shears,” Tom-Tom, Jefferson High School, Daly City

Feature Photo
    • First: Grace Yi, “Senior ballerina Jenn Stewart solos in the "Inspire" dance show.,” The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont 
    • Second: Lucy McGarr, Elizabeth Daskalakis, “Little Big Game Rally,” The Burlingame Bee, Burlingame High School, Burlingame • Third: Stephanie Kim, “Behind the scenes: construction,” The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn, Palo Alto

Sports Photo
    • First: Breana Picchi, “Tyler Mucci, 12, Flys Into Action,” The Bear Cat, San Mateo High School, San Mateo 
    • Second: Maddy Jones, “Sophomore forward Nika Woodfill controls the ball.,” The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto 
    • Third: Scott Liu, “Dons vs. Knights in last basketball game of season,” The Aragon Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo

Layout and Design
    • First: Oracle Staff, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn, Palo Alto 
    • Second: Panther Staff, The Eastside Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto 
    • Third: Highlander Staff, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Web Site Design
    • First: Paly Voice Staff, “http://palyvoice.com,” The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto 
    • Second: Gareth George, Angela Zhang, “www.thebearcat.net,” The Bear Cat, San Mateo High School, San Mateo 
    • Third: Nathan Chau, “Mills Thunderbolt Website,” The Thunderbolt, Mills High School, Millbrae

Web Site Content
    • First: Paly Voice Staff, “http://palyvoice.com,” The Paly Voice, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto 
    • Second: Serina Hersey, Julia Li, Nathan Chau, Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz, Jason Chun, Luisa Simpao, Jacob Ng, “Mills Thunderbolt Website,” The Thunderbolt, Mills High School, Millbrae 
    • Third: Sarah Klieves, Shira Stein, Scoop Staff, Scot Scoop News Carlmont High School, Belmont

General Excellence
    • First: Oracle Staff, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn, Palo Alto 
    • Second: Verde Staff, Verde Magazine, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto 
    • Third: Highlander Staff, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont


Friday, May 9, 2014

Knight Fellows offer new ideas in journalism

Twenty Knight Journalism fellows at Stanford on Monday night presented their visions on what journalism is and what it will look like moving forward. They have spent the past year, while taking breaks from their professional jobs, developing concepts and prototypes that will push journalism forward.

Xconomy.com summarized some of the top ideas:

• Briefly.tv – According to Umbreen Bhatti, many journalists say they don’t cover legal stories because they’re too complicated and, except at a courthouse, few can be found who want to cover such stories. In response, she has created a tool for television journalists that “does some of the work for them,” interviewing potential sources for a database-like platform that helps journalists cut through the barriers and tell stories regarding the legal system.

• The Dazzles are Shazna Nessa’s way of allowing readers to help decide what is good journalism. The goal is to allow journalists to know what resonates with our audiences so that we may better serve them.

• Voyz.es – Pitched by Ana Maria Carrano, this is a platform that aims to allow journalists and citizens to record and share audio—“think document cloud for voices,” she said. After speaking with more than 50 journalists who said they transcribed up to 10 interviews a week (each one taking up to two hours), she wanted to capitalize on the pieces of the interviews that don’t make it to print.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bay Area Telemundo station to launch morning newscasts and is beefing up its staff

TVNewsCheck reports that NBC-owned Telemundo station
KSTS 48 announced that on June 2 the station will launch two new weekday morning newscasts – the market’s only Spanish-language local morning news – designed to deliver local breaking news, weather and traffic as well as stories of interest to the Bay Area’s Latino community.

Additionally, the station will be debuting a new state-of-the-art high-definition studio, adding nearly 20 new anchors, reporters and others to the team, launching live weather coverage to its evening newscasts and working more closely with sister station, KNTV, including sharing key bilingual talent, local programming and newsroom resources.