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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AFTER 161 YEARS, AN ERA OF LOCAL NEWS ENDS IN MARTINEZ

The Martinez News-Gazette has been publishing for so long, it once sent a reporter to cover the Civil War. Now, one of California’s oldest-running newspapers will meet the same fate of hundreds of other local news organizations throughout the country, and shutter its newsroom before year’s end. ‘Anything happening now, unfortunately, it’s not going to be covered. That’s the news hole.’Rick Jones, managing editor of the Martinez News-Gazette. “Not to pat ourselves and say we’re winning Pulitzers, but we are

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California freelance journalists sue over new state law

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Freelance writers and photographers on Tuesday filed the second legal challenge to a broad new California labor law that they say could put some independent journalists out of business. The law taking effect Jan. 1 aims to give wage and benefit protections to people who work as independent contractors. While the public focus has been largely on ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft, the lawsuit brought by the American Society

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Press Club Responds to Student Censorship

The San Francisco Press Club is disturbed by the actions of a teacher and assistant principal at Palo Alto High School who tried to block student journalists covering a Nov. 4 police chase on the Paly campus. The students, who were in a journalism class at the time, wanted to take photos of a police officer who was injured in the chase. They waited until Principal Adam Paulson announced an all-clear over the intercom. One would assume there was no

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42nd SF Press Club Dinner honors journalists

The San Francisco Press Club held its 42nd annual journalism awards dinner at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hotel in Burlingame on Nov. 7. More than 100 journalists were recognized for their work in digital media, blogs, newspaper, magazine/trade publications and radio. Entries were judged by the journalism clubs in Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Diego and Cleveland. NBC Bay Area Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock was the keynote speaker and spoke about the news media’s role in bringing important

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2019 Dinner Award Winners

Digital Media: Blog/Commentary   First Place Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, Jaya Padmanabhan, “What Does Our Society Need?”, India Currents      Second Place Jaya Padmanabhan, “Vinod Khosla’s Illiberal Views on Education”, India Currents      Digital Media: Columns: Features   First Place Sarita  Sarvate, Swathi Ramprasad, Jaya  Padmanabhan, “Questions of Identity”, India Currents      Digital Media: Columns-News/Political   First Place Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, Isha Trivedi, “Speaking Up”, India Currents      Digital Media: Environment/Nature Report   First Place Mark Hedin,

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Hundreds attend all-day event for journalism students

Nearly 400 students gathered Saturday, Sept. 28, for a day of journalism workshops and advising during NorCal Media Day at Palo Alto High School. The students and their advisers came from 35 high schools throughout Northern California for an array of workshops presented by media professionals. The event was hosted by the Journalism Education Association of Northern California, the regional branch of a national organization. Volunteers help provide staffing for the presentations. Press Club volunteers included board members Edrie Blackwelder,

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News photographer Al Bullock captured history

A Belmont man who captured many historical events as a Navy cameraman and later as a KGO-TV Channel 7 photographer — including the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 — died Aug. 16 at age 96. For the skinny 17 year old kid the choice he had before him was really no choice. Basically it was Reform school or the Navy. He kissed his hometown of Utica New York goodbye and signed up. The year

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Remembering Gilroy

On behalf of the San Francisco Press Club, the board of directors would like to acknowledge the victims and families who lost loved ones or were injured on Sunday, July 28 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. We would especially like to thank our first-responders and all of our Bay Area residents who volunteered during and after this tragedy.

Judge Orders Affidavit Unsealed in Carmody Case

Last week, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Rochelle East granted SPJ NorCal, the First Amendment Coalition and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’s motion to unseal as to all but one paragraph of an 11-page affidavit that San Francisco police submitted to obtain the first of five search warrants targeting freelance journalist Bryan Carmody. Judge East ordered that this material be unsealed by Tuesday, July 23 — the same day as SPJ NorCal’s Shield Law Panel at UC Berkeley (details

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