March 7 2019 Press Club Board Minutes

Board meeting – March 7, 2019 – 6pm at Serra High   AGENDA Call to order. Jim Kirkland called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Attendance: Jim Kirkland, Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Dan Brown Jane Northrop, Dave Price, Bill Parks, Juan Gonzales Minutes: There were no new minutes presented. Everyone had read the minutes from the January phone meeting (distributed via email). Financial report: Dave Price reported that the club has a balance of $12,000, which means we’re financially

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December 2018 Press Board Minutes

Minutes for 12-13-18 meeting held at Luceti’s on 25th   Call to order 6:00 pm In attendance: Jim Kirkland, Antonia Ehlers, Dave Price, Ed Remitz, Bill Parks, Jane Northrop, James Henderson Minutes approval of last meeting held to next meeting General discussion about the awards dinner was very positive. The venue remains popular and our guest speaker was amazing. Agreed that we will keep the venue for next year. Idea: should we reach out to winners and congratulate them afterwards?

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SAN FRANCISCO PRESS CLUB 2020 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, 2019, inclusive. JUDGING: Entries will be judged by professional journalism organizations or individuals outside the contest area. No San Francisco Press Club members will judge entries. The Awards Committee reserves the right to change the category in

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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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Richard Wisdom, longtime Mercury News photographer, dies at 81

Richard Wisdom, an award-winning Mercury News photographer for nearly three decades, died April 1 in Rio Vista, Calif. He was 81. He died from congestive heart failure with his family by his side, according to his wife, Kay Wisdom. Mercury News photographer Richard Wisdom in one of his trademark hats. Over a 42-year stint as a news photographer in the Bay Area, “The Wiz,” as he was known, distinguished himself for his news instincts and his humanity, capturing subjects as

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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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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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