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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BANG brings on new top editor, cuts 11 copy-editing positions

In a two-day period, the Bay Area News Group got a new newsroom leader and announced that it was reducing its copy desk staff by 11 people. President and Publisher Sharon Ryan announced April 21 that Neil Chase, who most recently was a consultant, will become executive editor of the group of newspapers and websites that includes the Mercury News, East Bay Times and 30 weekly publications. The next day, BANG’s managing editor/content, Bert Robinson, sent this memo describing how

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RIP Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times

Final Editions After 142 years, the Oakland Tribune today printed its last edition. So too did the San Mateo County Times. The Trib will be replaced Tuesday morning by the East Bay Times, a consolidation of the Tribune, Contra Costa Times, the Daily Review in Hayward and The Argus in Fremont. Similarly, the San Mateo County Times will become the Mercury News. The South Bay paper is dropping “San Jose” from its name. The consolidation came with about 20 layoffs

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Ronn Owens to stay at KGO

Owens Long-time KGO radio host Ronn Owens won’t be going to sister station conservative KSFO 560, contrary to what the station announced four days ago. When Cumulus Media, owner of KGO 810 and KSFO 560, fired most of the KGO newsroom crew on Thursday and reformatting the station, it also announced that Owens would be moving from his morning slot at KGO to afternoons at KSFO. Yesterday, the station reversed course. Why? Two different stories have emerged. Management told the

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KGO-AM fires most news staffers in advance of a format change, Ronn Owens goes to KSFO

KGO-AM 810 on Thursday fired more than 20 of its employees, including nearly everyone in its newsroom, and transferred longtime host Ronn Owens to sister station KSFO 560, which has conservative hosts. Starting Tuesday, the team of Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, who had been doing the morning show on Talk 910, will move to KGO and replace the morning news from 6-10. At noon Thursday, KGO began playing a recording of people talking about San Francisco and songs about

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