Longtime TV reporter Janine De la Vega hired as spokeswoman for Palo Alto Police Department

Longtime reporter Janine De la Vega has been hired as the public affairs manager of the Palo Alto Police Department. She will be the first civilian to fill the role. De la Vega has spent the last 21 years as a broadcast reporter. She started with Channel 7 last year and had spent the previous 12 years at Channel 2. “This was a personal choice to make a career switch at this point in my life,” De la Vega stated.

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat staff wins Pulitzer Prize for Wildfire Coverage

The staff of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat won a Pulitzer Prize Monday for its coverage of the Sonoma County wildfires in October. The wildfires, which have been described as the most devastating in California history killed 40 people and destroyed 6,190 homes. “For lucid and tenacious coverage of historic wildfires that ravaged the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, expertly utilizing an array of tools … to bring clarity to its readers — in real time and in subsequent

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A SF Journalism Love Story: Help! I Married My Dreaded Baseball Rival

Our SF Press Club board member Daniel Brown has written a great article that will certainly appeal to any journalist. Especially journalists who are married to each other! Dan, a sports writer for The Mercury News, is married to his sports writing rival Susan Slusser, who works for the competing San Francisco Chronicle. As Dan writes, Because of the nature of our jobs at competing Bay Area outlets, we are forced to wage war against each other. It’s husband vs.

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“In The Line Of Fire” Photojournalism Exhibition – April 13 to May 23

City College of San Francisco’s Department of Journalism and Front Page Gallery  are presenting a photo exhibition featuring rare war zone photographs by two top photojournalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Kim Komenich and former Reuters Photo Bureau Chief Lou Dematteis. The exhibition runs from April 13 to May 23, 2018 at the Front Page Gallery, located at 50 Phelan Ave., Bungalow 615 in San Francisco. An opening reception and book signing will be held on Friday, April 13 from 5pm to

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Ted Koppel Speaks at Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service – April 18th

Ted Koppel, longtime anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, who earned his master’s degree at Stanford in 1962, will deliver the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University. The San Francisco Press Club is a proud co-sponsor of the event. The presentation topic is “A Brief History of News: Fake, the Other Kind, and Where We Go from Here.” Mr. Koppel will be giving the lecture on Wednesday, April 18, with a reception beginning at 4:30pm, followed

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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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