Thursday, August 14, 2014

New GM for KRON named

Messina
Ashley Gold Messina, an executive with WDCW-TV in Washington, D.C., has been named vice president and general manager of KRON, replacing Brian Grief, who left in January.

Messina has been with WDCW since 2001 when she joined the station as an account executive. She's currently vp and general manager of the CW affiliate. Both WDCW and KRON are owned by Media General.

She starts on Sept. 10. Here's the company's news release
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August 2014 Press Club board minutes

Aug. 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Celia's Restaurant, San Mateo

PRESENT: Kristy Blackburn, Darryl Compton, Laura Dudnick, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrup, Dave Price, Ed Remitz. ABSENT: Jon Mays, Peter Cleaveland, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson.

FINANCE/MEMBERSHIP: Darryl indicated there was no change since last month.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: It will be Sept. 26 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at CSM. The idea of merging the boot camp with the J-Day event sponsored by the Journalism Education Association, Northern California (JEANC) won't happen this year. Kristy, who is apart of JEANC, said that they won't have a J-Day next year, just a session for advisers. So we'll consider the idea of merging our boot camp with J-Day in 2016. Jane, Kristy and Antonia will take on the task of contacting high school advisers about the boot camp.

GRANT PROPOSAL FROM THE TALON STAFF AT LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL: The board unanimously voted to provide a $350 grant for apparatus that will enable students to use their smartphones to shoot high-quality news video. There was some discussion about whether the club, with its revenues declining should be making grants. It was agreed that the board would talk about its finances at next month's meeting.

NEWSLETTER: Laura suggested that the club scrap the newsletter and use Facebook instead. The idea was unanimously approved. Members who receive the emailed newsletter will be notified about the change. Laura volunteered to take on the task of posting information on Facebook.

STEVE O'DONOGHUE'S PROPOSAL FOR A STATEWIDE JOURNALISM ALLIANCE: Directors received an email Aug. 5 about the alliance. O'Donoghue will provide more information at a meeting at the Marines Memorial in SF on Dec. 4.

O'Donoghue stated: "I am in conversations with CNPA about a concept where there would be one umbrella journalism organization for the entire state, horizontally and vertically. That is, high school, community college, university and professional levels, educators, reporters, publishers. The idea is each individual entity would remain autonomous in terms of its mission and activities, but combine for business and advancement of the cause. E.g., one large non-profit where we pool endowments, investments, to increase revenue. We share services (e.g., conference booking, registration), combine for First Amendment fights regardless of level, and perhaps set up regional groups to improve resources for far flung corners of the state." Directors said they were open to the idea, although Dave wondered what it would cost.

JOURNALISM CONTEST JUDGING: Darryl said we would get entries from Florida in September.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

July 2014 Press Club board minutes

July 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Celia's Restaurant, San Mateo

PRESENT: Kristy Blackburn, Peter Cleaveland, Darryl Compton, Laura Dudnick, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrup, Dave Price, Ed Remitz, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson. ABSENT: Jon Mays

GREATER BAY AREA JOURNALISM AWARDS DEBRIEF: Laura said that we should get a photographer for next year and that we shouldn't read the names of people who aren't present. There was also talk of the Mariachi band next door. The board agreed that we should investigate other venues. Dave was going to check into the Poplar Creek Golf Club and Antonia would get information about the Elks Club.

FINANCE/MEMBERSHIP: Finance statement showed a $13,211.78 balance for all accounts. Membership stands at 169.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: Marshall reports that CSM has offered two dates, Sept. 21 and Oct. 3. Sept. 21 was the board's first choice. Directors agreed to contact high school advisers. Antonia asked Laura to be the key note speaker. The board talked about break out sessions. Marshall suggested a session for advisers.

FRESH IDEAS FOR UPCOMING YEAR: Ed proposed mentoring for high school newspaper advisers by the club's advisers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Journalist originally from Marin County detained by Iran

Rezaian
A Marin County native who now works for The Washington Post, Jason Rezaian, is among four journalists believed to have been detained by the Iranian government in Tehran, the Chronicle reported today.

The reason for his detention was not immediately clear. The situation is made more difficult by the fact that Iran and the U.S. have not had formal diplomatic relations since the hostage crisis of 1979.

Rezaian, 38, has been the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent since 2012. Before that, he frequently traveled between the United States and Iran, working as a freelance writer for several magazines and newspapers, including the Chronicle.

Between 2005 and 2007, Rezaian wrote a blog for The Chronicle called "Inside Iran," which discussed the political and cultural affairs of the largely isolated nation. (Photo credit: Mike Kepka, Chronicle)