Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Examiner editor Michael Howerton will be the keynote speaker for Press Club luncheon

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's awards luncheon is set for Dec. 5, and the keynote speaker will be San Francisco Examiner Editor-in-Chief Michael Howerton.

Howerton
Howerton is the vice president of editorial for the San Francisco Media Company, which publishes the Examiner and SF Weekly. He has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Daily, the Marin Independent Journal and The Berkeley Daily Planet. Michael has taught writing courses at Berkeley City College, UC-Berkeley and San Francisco State.

Please CLICK HERE to register for the 38th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards luncheon.

It will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.

The luncheon will honor the outstanding work of Bay Area TV, print, radio and digital media journalists, as well as the exceptional work of photographers, graphic designers and public relations professionals. The contest has several divisions: Digital Media, Magazine/Trade Press/Newsletter, Newspaper, Photography, Public Relations, Radio and Television.

The Press Club also will award journalism scholarships to high school and college journalism students.

Come and toast the best journalists in the Bay Area and our scholarship winners!

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 2015 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of November Press Club board meeting Nov. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Serra High School, 451 West 20th Ave., San Mateo

PRESENT: Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Jim Watson, Dave Price (via phone), Peter Cleaveland and Jim Henderson. ABSENT: Marshall Wilson, Aimee Strain, Jane Northrop.

FINANCE REPORT: Antonia said the club is doing better than she expected. She said there was $8,000 in the scholarship account, $7,967.76 in PayPal (contest entry fees), and $5,319.22 in the operations account. Antonia said the club has enough to cover the luncheon.

CONTEST BANQUET: The luncheon has been postponed until Dec. 5 because the judges need more time, Antonia said. She has put down a deposit for the room at the Crowne Plaza for that date.

IRS MATTER: The tax-exempt status of the club lapsed several years ago. The board discovered this fact earlier this year. Antonia and bookkeeper Ana Glodek conducted a conference call with the IRS. A penalty is possible. The main goal is to correct the situation and renew the nonprofit status. The board voted unanimously to get an estimate and a proposed retainer agreement from a CPA firm for the work that is necessary to correct this situation.

AWARDS LUNCHEON SPONSOR: Antonia reports the club is in negotiations with a corporate sponsor. They are offering help including finding a guest speaker.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Ed said the scholarship committee has selected one high school winner and two college winners. They'll get $1,500 each, for a total of $4,500. The board unanimously voted to increase the number of college scholarships to two, and approve the $4,500 expenditure.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE/CONTEST: Antonia reports that the club got 430 entries for this year's contest. Jim Henderson suggested that we change the entry process next year so that everyone entering the contest would pay a membership fee with their first entry. Price suggested the club conduct a membership survey at the upcoming awards luncheon on Dec. 5. Price will send a draft of the survey to board members and Jim Watson said he would tabulate the results.

HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP: Antonia said she is shooting to hold the camp in the third week of February. She'd like to open the high school contest the same day as the boot camp so that attendees could be encouraged to submit entries.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Former LA Times sports columnist wins $7.1 million verdict in age and disability bias case

This item is a bit out of the bailiwick of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, but it might strike a chord with some of our members. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury tonight awarded $7.1 million to former LA Times sports columnist T.J. Simers on his claim that the newspaper discriminated against him because of his age and disability.

Simers’ attorneys claimed during the six-week trial that the Times tried to stifle his critical coverage of former Dodgers owner Frank McCort and then diminished his role at the paper after he suffered a mini-stroke and was diagnosed with complex migraine syndrome. Simers, now 65, was making $234,000 a year when he was forced out of his job in 2013. The Times said it will appeal.

The verdict was reported by Variety and the Times.

Save the Date: Press Club awards luncheon date changed to Dec. 5

The 2015 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's awards luncheon has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.

Why? It's taking a little longer than anticipated for our out-of-state judges to review this year's entries.

The location of the luncheon will remain the same, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City. Please save the date, Dec. 5. The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. Winners will be notified in advance via email.