Panel on Fake News and the First Amendment – November 30th

“Fake News” has become a popular term to denounce journalism, especially since the 2016 elections. Earlier this year, the SF Press Club addressed the topic with a panel discussion at our High School Bootcamp. The California Press Foundation will also be holding a panel discussion on Fake News and The First Amendment at their 140th Winter Meeting in San Francisco on November 30th. The event is also hosted by the First Amendment Coalition. According to the FAC website, The term

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First Amendment Coalition Seeks Nominations for 2017 Free Speech & Open Government Awards

The First Amendment Coalition is soliciting nominees for the FAC Free Speech & Open Government Award, given each year for performance of exemplary work in the arena of open government. The nomination deadline is October 30th. The awards will be presented November 30th. Qualifications for the award are outstanding accomplishment, service or other contributions to “the people’s right to know” about government. The winner, or winners, could be a journalist, blogger, lawyer, news organization (print or digital), software developer or community activist. The award recognizes an individual

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At 98, David Perlman steps away from full-time reporting at the Chronicle

Chronicle reporters Carl Nolte, left, and David Perlman, center, toast the paper’s 150th anniversary on Jan. 16, 2015. Photo by Mike Kepka of the Chronicle. A full 77 years after joining San Francisco Chronicle as a copy boy, science writer David Perlman is stepping away from full-time reporting to become the paper’s science editor emeritus. His retirement has caught the attention of media outposts around the world. Here is a retrospective The Chronicle published on his career Sunday.

Van Amburg, legendary KGO-TV anchor, dead at 86

‘THIS JUST IN’ – Legendary Channel 7 anchor Van Amburg reports on the kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst in 1974. If you lived in the Bay Area in the 1970s and 80s, you knew the name Van Amburg. He was the controversial, often sensationalistic king of local TV news. Van Amburg — whose first name was Fred, though he rarely used it on the air — died June 22 at age 86 at his home in El Cerrito with

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Media law workshop set for May 17

The Media Law Resource Center will hold a one-day workshop May 17 at the San Francisco Chronicle. Attorneys from top Bay Area law firms will lead workshops on newsgathering, source protection, libel and privacy, digital law, copyright and FOIA. Experienced journalists from area publications will give tips for working in the field, career advice and take questions. The full day of workshops, plus breakfast and lunch, is only $20. Underwriting is provided by the MacArthur Foundation and Mutual Insurance. Space

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Staff of the East Bay Times wins Pulitzer Prize for Ghost Ship fire coverage

East Bay Times reporters, from left, Matthias Gafni, Thomas Peele, Harry Harris, Erin Baldassari and David Debolt react as they learn of their Pulitzer Prize win for breaking news at their office in Oakland. Photo by Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group. The staff of the East Bay Times today won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in December. The Pulitzer committee cited the newspaper’s “relentless coverage … and for reporting after the

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Examiner editor Howerton leaving to work for SF supervisor; Andersen and Dudnick move up

Michael Howerton Michael Howerton, editor in chief of the San Francisco Examiner and vice president of editorial for San Francisco Media Company, where he also oversees the SF Weekly, has been tapped to serve as chief of staff for Board of Supervisors President London Breed, according to a report in the Examiner. Gregory Andersen, previously the Examiner’s managing editor, has been promoted to editor in chief. Laura Dudnick, the paper’s city editor, will become the new managing editor. “After three

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Training session set for safeguarding your digital communications

Now more than ever, reporters must use good security practices when newsgathering and communicating with sources. A free training session scheduled for March 2 in San Francisco will help journalists learn how to assess security threats, protect sources, use secure text messaging software, and more. The training session will be led by digital security experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation including Security Engineer/Technologist Bill Budington and Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz. This event is hosted by SPJ NorCal, the Northern

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Burlingame journalist’s book prompts NY district attorney to reopen investigation into columnist Dorothy Kilgallen’s 1965 death

Mark Shaw’s book   (From the Palo Alto Daily Post, Feb. 1, 2017, by Emily Mibach, staff writer) A Burlingame man’s new book that claims journalist and TV personality Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered in 1965 has prompted the New York City District Attorney to re-open the case. Kilgallen died while she was investigating leads in the assassination of President John Kennedy. Mark Shaw’s book, “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much,” delves into the circumstances surrounding Kilgallen’s suspicious death. Kilgallen was

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RTDNA now accepting scholarship applications

The Radio Television Digital News Association’s Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2017-2018 scholarships and fellowships. Bay Area students may be particularly interested in the Pete Wilson Scholarship, named after the late KGO-TV and KRON anchorman and KGO radio host. Go here for more information. In addition, four fellowships for professionals with fewer than 10 years of experience as well as 9 scholarships between $1,000 and $10,000 are available for students. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2017.