2021 GREATER BAY AREA JOURNALISM AWARDS INSTRUCTIONS & CATEGORIES—DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, AUGUST 2

SAN FRANCISCO PRESS CLUB 2021 GREATER BAY AREA JOURNALISM AWARDS INSTRUCTIONS & CATEGORIES   ELIGIBILITY: Competition is open to Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo counties residents who have material published, broadcast, aired or online during the contest period from January 1 through December 31, 2020, inclusive. JUDGING:  Entries will be judged by professional journalism organizations or individuals outside the contest area. No San Francisco Press Club members

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Journalism Contest deadline set June 30, virus or no virus

Good journalism knows no limitations, but good journalists know when to avoid a deadly pathogen. So this year’s Journalism Contest will be as competitive and inspiring as ever, but our awards ceremony will be held online. Instead of our traditional gathering of top journalists in a glittering dining hall to honor the brightest work of the year, we will gather around our screens and adjust to our new reality. The honor and prestige of the awards will go on, but

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Journalists Critical of Big Tech for Demise of Local News Coverage

By Meyer Gorelick courtesy of The Guardsman/CCSF Facebook, Google, and Apple have grown into insurmountable competitors and obstacles for many local news outlets, according a panel of journalists at the Diego Rivera Theatre at City College on Wednesday, Nov. 20, discussing the impact of Silicon Valley giants on how the public gets its daily news. They collectively said these corporations have become gatekeepers who soak up all of the advertising revenue that local publishers rely on to stay in business,

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2021 Contest Winners Announced!

Here are the winners of the 2021 San Francisco Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards winners. Congratulations all! Stay tuned for our presentation slated to publish on September 30. Isaac Addai Adam Alberti David Alexander Sophie Alexander Erin Allday Jessica Applegate Alex Arabian Tim Arango Noah Arroyo Nanette Asimov David Bacon Cat Bagg Matthew S.  Bajko David R. Baker Mel Baker Devin Banerjee Amanda Bartlett Neil Basu Rachel Becker Felice Belman Laura Bliss Tyler Breisacher Bill Buchanan Jim Buchanan Noah Buhayar

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As our press weakens, so does our democracy

By Charles Blow I came to The New York Times in 1992, 29 years ago this summer, as the first intern in its graphics department. I arrived in Manhattan, a little Black boy from a hick town in Louisiana, and it blew my mind. In those first months I saw how one of the best newsrooms in the country covered some of the biggest stories of the era, and it shaped me as a journalist and my reverence for the

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SF editor sues prison company on free speech grounds

Journalist said corporation retaliated after he exposed COVID outbreak Keith “Malik” Washington, chief editor of a San Francisco newspaper known for covering prisons and political issues, has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and private prison corporation GEO Group, Inc. for an alleged violation of his First Amendment rights. Washington, an incarcerated resident of Taylor Street Center, GEO Group’s halfway house in the Tenderloin, is a journalist for San Franc isco Bay View, one of the nation’s

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Remembering Barbara Taylor

It is with great sadness that we remember the legendary San Francisco radio reporter Barbara Taylor, who passed away on October 26. Barbara covered City Hall and the political scene with passion for more than four decades. The hardworking KCBS SF bureau chief died from complications from a car accident several months ago. She was an exceptional, well-respected reporter and a familiar voice to the KCBS audience. The Chronicle is calling her a civic treasure, which isn’t an exaggeration. CLICK

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2020 Final Winners List

The following are the winners of the 2020 Bay Area Journalism Awards: Digital Media: Blog / Commentary First Place: Andrew Gilbert, Michael Zweibach, Paul Kotapish, Peter Feher, “1,000 Faithful Flowers: The Legacy of Faith Winthrop”, San Francisco Classical Voice Digital Media: Breaking News First Place: Ellen Huet, “WeWork Files for IPO”, Bloomberg Second Place: Steven Bracco, “Castro community comes together to help victims of 4-alarm fire”, Hoodline Third Place: Mark Chediak, David R. Baker, Alison McNeely, Christopher Martin, “PG&E Files

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July 2 2020 Press Club Board Minutes

7-2-2020 Meeting notes — Zoom meeting Jim Kirkland, Ed Remitz, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrop, Juan Gonzalez, Bill Parks, Jim Henderson., Dan Brown Set date of presentation for September 17: 7 pm Dan suggests a pre-recorded presentation that can be viewed at any time after a September 17 launch. Post on Facebook and SFPC website. Jim will discuss with Curtis to see if this is viable. Sounded like a great idea to the meeting attendees. Keynote speaker: Joel Simon Bill Workman

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June 10 2020 Press Club Board Minutes

Meeting notes from 6/10/20 Zoom meeting   In attendance: Jim Kirkland, Curtis Sparrer, Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Bill Parks, Juan Gonzales, Alexis Terrazas, Jane Northrop   Agenda: Discussion on upcoming awards presentation. There will be no dinner this year, with a Zoom presentation taking its place.   Date of presentation should be September 18 or later.   Curtis Sparrer is elected to be program director and overall high tech guru. Last years program and Power Point presentation to be sent

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May 1 2020 Press Club Board Minutes

May 1, 2020 San Francisco Press Club Board of Director’s Meeting (via Zoom conference call)   Dinner / Awards Because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, the annual November awards ceremony will likely need a change of format. The discussion focused mostly on abandoning a physical awards dinner and instead honoring the winners with a Zoom presentation. In conjunction with that change, the board also considered discount pricing for this year’s entry fees. In subsequent emails, Antonia Ehlers recommended $35

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