Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sam Goldman, journalism teacher, sports information director, dies

The following is from the Chronicle: Bay Area sporting events won't be quite as much fun to cover without Sam Goldman's sweet personality and his contributions to a reporter's sweet tooth.

Goldman, who died Tuesday (June 17) at 87, was a fixture in Bay Area press boxes for decades. He treated media members to butterscotch and peppermint candies while referring to each person as "Great Leader" or "Coach." Actually, Goldman coached dozens of reporters.

He was a longtime journalism teacher at San Bruno's Skyline College. He was a sports-information director (SID) for Skyline, San Francisco State and what became known as the West Coast Conference. In fact, he was the conference's first SID.

A graduate of San Francisco's Mission High and San Jose State, Goldman long will be remembered for his warmth, enthusiasm and his regard for sports journalism.

He is survived by his wife, Adele — who often accompanied him at sporting events — four daughters, six grandchildren and a great grandson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Eternal Home Cemetery, 1051 El Camino Real, Colma. (Photo credit: San Francisco State University)

Bay Area journalist Kevin Weston dead at 45

Kevin Weston, a journalist at the Oakland Post and San Francisco Bayview and the youth communications director with New American Media, died at his Oakland home on Sunday following a two-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. He was 45.

"Rest in power, Kevin," San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim said Wednesday before adjourning a meeting in his honor.

The Oakland Tribune, in its obit for Weston, said served as editor-in-chief of YO! Youth Outlook Magazine, executive producer of YO!TV and was a social justice activist, poet, youth advocate and hip-hop entrepreneur.

His writing had appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the Sacramento Bee.

In 2012, Weston was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

Weston was also a founding member of the Chauncey Bailey Project, an investigative team formed after the August 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey Jr. Bailey was reporting on a story regarding the suspicious activities of the Your Black Muslim Bakery when we was slain on broad daylight in downtown Oakland. (Photo from the Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford.)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Heather Holmes' purse stolen during live shot at Oakland Police Headquarters

While doing a live report about crime in Oakland for Channel 2’s “Ten O’Clock News” on Monday night, a thief broke into the station's live truck and took the purse of reporter Heather Holmes. The live shot on Monday night was right in front of Oakland Police Headquarters, according to KPIX, media blogger Rich Liberman and SFGate.

Monday, June 16, 2014

David Burgin, longtime newspaper editor, dies

C. David Burgin, a longtime editor who merged the Palo Alto Times and Redwood City Tribune and held top positions with the Examiner and Dean Singleton's Alameda Newspaper Group, died Monday at his home in Houston after a lengthy illness. He was 75.

According to the Associated Press, Burgin died of the effects of four serious strokes he had suffered since 1997, said his wife, Judy Burgin.

Burgin had served as editor-in-chief of seven U.S. daily newspapers, starting with New Jersey's Paterson News in 1977. His first top management jobs came at The Washington Star, where he rose through the ranks of sports editor and city editor to assistant managing editor and hired such young talent as future New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and sportswriter Ira Berkow.

He talked two Washington bartenders, future Boston Globe business writer Chris Reidy and future Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Daley, into trying newspaper work.

After getting his first assignment of running a newspaper in 1977, as editor-in-chief of the Paterson News in New Jersey, The Tribune Co. hired him a year later to merge two of its Bay Area dailies, the Palo Alto Times and Redwood City Tribune, into the Peninsula Times Tribune, which closed in 1993.

The Tribune Co. later sent him to improve and expand the Orlando Sentinel.

In 1985, Hearst Newspapers hired Burgin to revive the fading fortunes of its flagship San Francisco Examiner. He was fired by publisher William Randolph Hearst III after seven months on the job.

In a 1996 profile published in the SF Weekly, Burgin said he was fired after spurning an invitation to meet with the Hearst Corp. board.

After doing consulting work for a year, Burgin took the offer of former Washington Star colleague William Dean Singleton to be editor-in-chief of the Dallas Times Herald, which Singleton had just bought from the Times Mirror Corp.

From 1986 to 1990, Burgin worked to try to save two Singleton dailies from extinction, running the Dallas daily for two years before the owner of its crosstown rival, The Dallas Morning News, bought and folded it.

Singleton took the proceeds to buy The Houston Post, another struggling No. 2 newspaper in its market, and hired Burgin as its editor-in-chief for the next two years.

In 1990, Singleton hired Burgin to run a newspaper group he had just bought in the Bay Area, the Alameda Newspaper Group (later the Bay Area Newspaper Group), which included the Oakland Tribune.

Singleton sold the Houston Post in 1995 to its dominant crosstown rival, the Houston Chronicle, which folded the Post.

Burgin began to acquire a reputation for trying to revive fading and dying newspapers, having been associated with so many of them, Judy Burgin said.

"He was brought in when there was trouble. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it was too late," she said.

He remained as editor and vice president of Singleton's Bay Area Newspaper Group until 1997 when he suffered the first of a series of four serious strokes.

But convalescing easily bored him, his wife said, so he took over a book publisher, Woodford Publishing, and in 2000 rejoined the no-longer-Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. He was fired a year later.

His health continued to deteriorate, but he never lost his penchant for ideas for an increasingly struggling newspaper industry, Judy Burgin said.

"It was heartbreaking to him what was happening. He had ideas for how to fix it, but he was too sick to act on them," she said.

A memorial is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Houston Country Club.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Merc moving to downtown San Jose; gets free parking from City Hall

The San Jose Mercury News, which has sold its longtime home at I-880 and Brokaw Road, announced Thursday that it has leased two floors of a downtown San Jose office building for its news, advertising and executive offices.

The Merc said a "deal-closer" for the move was the parking incentive the city is offering to businesses moving downtown — the paper will get 200 parking places in a city garage, 160 of them free of charge for four years and half price for the fifth year. The deal with the Merc was approved by City Council.

The Merc will occupy the seventh and eighth floors of the 13-story Legacy Civic Towers at 4 N. Second Street, two blocks from San Jose City Hall. The building is a few blocks from the building at 51 N. San Pedro St. that it left in 1967 when it moved to its current location.

The newspaper said it will occupy 33,186 square feet of the building. Loopnet, a commercial property website, said space in the building was leasing at $1.25/square foot/month.

The move is expected to happen in September. The Merc's owner, First Digital, sold its current 36-acre campus to Supermicro Computer for $30.5 million last fall.

The Merc last year moved its printing to company plants in Hayward and Concord, but the paper was arriving late in San Jose. So now the Merc is printed on a contract basis at Southwest Offset on Charcot Avenue in San Jose, less than a half mile from the newspaper's home at I-880 and Brokaw.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May 2014 Press Club board minutes

May 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m., San Mateo Daily Journal offices

PRESENT: Peter Cleaveland, Darryl Compton, Antonia Ehlers, John Mays, Dave Price, Ed Remitz, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson and Jane Northrup ABSENT: Kristy Blackburn, Laura Dudnick

NEW MEMBERS: Antonia emailed a ballot to the board regarding the two director vacancies, and the board voted unanimously to elect Jim Watson of the Foster City Islander and Jane Northrup of the Pacifica Tribune as directors. The board welcomed the two new members with enthusiasm.

FINANCE/MEMBERSHIP: Darryl submitted the Finance Statement to the board. He noted that Hillsdale Shopping Center will cover the cost of the high school contest plagues. Peter moved and Marshall seconded the acceptance of the finance report, and it was approved unanimously by the board.

AWARDS BANQUET: Antonia went over the list of presenters at the May 31 banquet.

UPCOMING CONTESTS: Darryl said judges are needed for upcoming contests from Houston and New Orleans.

HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST AND SCHOLARSHIPS: The high school contests will be presented May 16 at the San Mateo County History Museum (the old courthouse). Ed suggested we send a survey to past scholarship recipients to see what they're doing now. Marshall moved to rename the high school contest in honor of Jack Russell. Peter seconded and it was approved unanimously by the board.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.