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.

KQED seeks applications for its youth advisory board

KQED is looking for high school students who want to join the broadcaster’s new Youth Advisory Board. The board will meet every other week throughout the 2016-2017 school year to hear pitches from KQED staff, discuss how to improve media use in the classroom and provide feedback on KQED media and educational tools. It’s an opportunity to meet other teens, learn more about media and help KQED improve its programming. The board is open to Bay Area students in grades

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Warren Hinckle, columnist and author, dead at 77

Warren Hinckle, the pugnacious Hinckle San Francisco columnist and author, died Thursday (Aug. 25) at age 77. The Examiner’s obit said, “Recognized in part for the unmistakable eye patch that he wore following a childhood accident and his beloved basset hound Bentley that accompanied Hinckle everywhere from assignments to the newsroom to bars, Hinckle dipped his pen into San Francisco politics for decades, writing memorable columns for numerous publications including the San Francisco Examiner.” The Chronicle said in its obit:

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If you haven’t seen it already, here’s John Oliver’s piece on the decline of newspaper journalism

John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” takes aim at the newspaper industry and lambasts the corporate owners like Tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing). It includes a hilarious parody of the movie “Spotlight,” featuring a reporter who desperately tries to report a scandal at city hall but is impeded by his own paper’s obsession with social media and clickbait. Maybe the best scene in the movie parody was when the paper’s editor, played by Jason Sudeikis, tells the reporter, played by

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Protesters attack KTVU crew

A KTVU news crew was assaulted by protesters in San Francisco’s Mission District on Friday night, and police have made three arrests. The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Valencia Street near the Mission Police Station. Police said several protesters confronted the news crew demanding not to be filmed, then assaulted the crew resulting in injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Bay City News. KTVU reported Saturday that protesters shouted expletives about the station and “mainstream media” before clashing

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