Monday, October 22, 2012

Journalist wins legal fees in fight with FBI

The Associated Press reported today that a federal judge has ordered the FBI to pay a Bay Area journalist's legal fees of $470,000 after a years-long legal battle for the release of agency documents. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled Wednesday that reporter Seth Rosenfeld was entitled to the fees because he had to file two lawsuits starting in 1990 for documents the FBI should have turned over when he filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The FBI finally ultimately turned over the documents related to the FBI's covert operations connection to the 1960s protest movement at the University of California, Berkeley. Rosenfeld used the documents to publish numerous articles and a recent book, "Subversives." The award will be paid to the First Amendment Project of Oakland, a nonprofit law firm that represented Rosenfeld.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Press Club's High School Boot Camp Oct. 26

Attention, high school journalism advisers. Please save Friday afternoon, Oct. 26, for the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's High School Journalism Boot Camp at the College of San Mateo. It will take place from 12:50 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Topics include online media, transition to college journalism, photoshopping, sports reporting, interview techniques and story ideas students can pursue on their own campus.

Press Club members will also offer critiques of student publications.

Like last year, the Boot Camp take over the CSM Theatre and surrounding classrooms for presentations by professional journalists.

The Press Club is tying the Boot Camp to participation in the spring High School Journalism Contest. Every school that participates in the Boot Camp will be eligible to enter the contest; those schools that do not participate in the Boot Camp will not be eligible for the contest.

More information will be available later this week. We look forward to hearing that you will be sending students on Oct. 26.