New name, new look, new board members

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club has changed its name to the San Francisco Press Club. This rebranding comes as the press club’s board has added new members with some fresh perspectives. These changes are occurring as the club is entering its 40th year. Within days we will begin accepting entries for our annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Contest. Keep an eye on this space for details.

July 2017 Press Club Board Minutes

Press Club Minutes — July 13, 2017 2 p.m. via teleconference PRESENT: Antonia Ehlers, Edrie Blackwelder, Ed Remitz, Dave Price, Carla Worfolk, Jim Henderson, Jane Northrop, Jim Kirkland, Bill Parks, Jon Orlin and Mark Shaw NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Jim Kirkland, Jon Orlin and Bill Parks were welcomed to the board. Jim Kirkland is the creative director of Climate Magazine in Redwood City. He has enjoyed nearly 40 years in the graphics industry. In that time, he has worked as a

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Photos from the high school boot camp

Students from high schools throughout the Bay Area participated in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s annual high school boot camp, an event with seminars, speakers, awards and snacks. This year’s boot camp was held on May 13 at City College of San Francisco. The following photos were taken by Franchon Smith. Panelists for a workshop on fake news and alternative facts included, from left, former CNN producer and Emmy Award winner Jon Orlin, Pulitzer Prize-wining author Jonathan Freedman, Peter

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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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Press Club presents awards to high school journalists

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club held its high school journalism boot camp and its high school journalism awards on Saturday, May 13, at City College in San Francisco. Here’s a list of the winners: Column  First, “Women’s March supporters lack clear direction,” by Avery Adams from Carlmont High School Second, “Normalizing hatred leads to daunting consequences,” by Nina Heller from Carlmont High School Third, “Beware the invasion of fake news,” by Rayshaun Jordan from Eastside College Prep Editorial  First,

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Countdown to high school boot camp — fake facts, contest and scholarship winners coming right up

Journalism in the Age of Fake Facts — theme of the press club’s annual high school journalism boot camp — is almost here. But there’s no complicated registration procedure. Just contact SFPPC President Antonia Ehlers and let her know you are coming. Email her at: aehlers@serrahs.com The event is set for Saturday, May 13, at City College of San Francisco. This year’s event merges two other longtime club services to journalism education, high school journalism contests and scholarships totaling $2,000.

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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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Fake facts, contests and scholarships highlight annual high school boot camp

Journalism in the Age of Fake Facts — that’s the theme for the press club’s annual high school journalism boot camp, set for Saturday, May 13, at City College of San Francisco. This year’s event merges two other longtime club services to journalism education, high school journalism contests and scholarships totaling $2,000. The contest awards are for work by journalism students throughout the Bay Area. Part of these will be presented during a morning event, then concluded after the boot

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