Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dori Maynard, journalist and champion of diversity, dead at 56

(From the Associated Press) Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56.

The Oakland-based Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education confirmed Maynard's death in a brief statement posted on its website. It didn't give a cause of death.

"Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism," Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told the San Jose Mercury News. Maynard served of the Knight board. "She was the voice that must be heard."

"When others were shying away from speaking about race, Dori was fearless. She made an amazing difference for so many people," Garcia added.

The daughter of Robert C. Maynard, the former owner of the Oakland Tribune, Dori Maynard was herself a journalist, working at the Detroit Free Press, the Bakersfield Californian, and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass.

Along with her father, she was a Neiman scholar at Harvard University in 1993. At the time of her death, she was still the president of the Oakland-based Maynard Institute, the nation's oldest organization focusing on ensuring newspapers, magazines and other news outlets accurately portray overlooked communities.

In 2013, she penned an opinion column for the Tribune in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, saying that media looking for explanations of America's ongoing racial struggle should look at themselves.

"It's time for us to look at what our distorted coverage of communities of color is doing to the country," Maynard wrote. "It's time for us to look at whether we're meeting our ethical obligation to give our audience factual and credible information necessary to make rational decisions in its private life and about public policies."

The morning of her death, she was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute thrive and to attract funding to support that work, the institute said. "Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Daily News in Palo Alto to become a weekly

The Daily News in Palo Alto announced on its front page yesterday that it will reduce its publication schedule from three times a week to just one day beginning March 20.

Now a broadsheet, the free paper will switch to a tabloid size. With the one-day-a-week publishing schedule, the Daily News will be delivered “to most homes and targeted businesses in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton,” Publisher David Rounds said in the story.

Mercury News subscribers in Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Redwood City and San Carlos will also get the Daily News inserted into their Friday Mercs, he said. The Merc and the Daily News are both owned by Digital First Media.

On Fridays, the Daily News will continue to be delivered to its news racks. And Rounds said that the Daily News will continue to provide breaking news coverage on its website,

"We will be tripling our reach and will focus on home delivery,” Rounds said. “The redesigned tabloid-size newspaper will provide the same quality writing and editing our readers have come to expect and we will be tightly focused on the local news and sports that is so important to Peninsula residents.”

The Palo Alto Daily News operated as a six-day-a-week newspaper from its start in 1995 until March 2013 when it went to three days a week.

The Daily News competes in a three-newspaper market with the Palo Alto Weekly, which comes out on Fridays and delivers to homes, and the Daily Post, which publishes Monday through Saturday.

Meanwhile, the chain that owns the Daily News, Digital First Media, has been for sale since last fall (more).

Full disclosure: The Press Club’s webmaster is Dave Price, a former owner of the Daily News and now the editor and co-publisher of the Post.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February 2015 Press Club board minutes

Feb. 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m., San Mateo Daily Journal, San Mateo

PRESENT: Aimee Strain, Antonia Ehlers, Jane Northrup, Dave Price, Jim Watson, Ed Remitz. ABSENT: Jon Mays, Peter Cleaveland, Marshall Wilson.

FINANCE REPORT: Aimee discussed a spreadsheet showing contest income and expenses from 2014 to 2004 that was prepared by Darryl Compton. Ed said the cost per plaque had risen in the past couple of years to $31. He related a conversation he had with the vendor. Antonia said a vendor she knows in Foster City can produce plaques at a cost of $11 to $20. They’ll do more research on the plaques and return to the board for a decision.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH: The board conducted a conference call with John Ellis, a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, who with a colleague from that board, Sarah Allen, expressed an interest in the executive director position. Ellis discussed how he played a role in reviving the association and putting on successful luncheons. He also spoke about how he could assist with the IRS tax-exempt status of the Press Club, which has lapsed. Ellis indicated that he had experience with the issues currently challenging the Press Club. After the conversation with Ellis, the board turned its attention to its bank accounts. The board has expressed a desire to require that all checks have two signatures, those of the president and treasurer. Price motioned and Antonia seconded a motion to move all funds in the Press Club’s current bank accounts to two accounts that Antonia and Ed would establish at a bank. Antonia, as president, and Ed, as treasurer, would sign the signature card. Going forward, checks would be signed at board meetings. The motion passed unanimously.

MEMBERSHIP: Jim made a presentation about how the club could increase membership. He proposed the club create mutual benefit groups for freelancers, retired journalists and public relations professionals, among others. A tool these circles could employ was He also showed the board a list of talking points that can be used to recruit new members called a “value brochure.” The freelancer circle would be designed to connect writers with employers. Aimee will get the freelancer program started.

CONTEST: After discussing what other press clubs across the country charge for contests, the board voted unanimously to charge $25 for contest entries this year to club members (those who pay a $50 annual membership fee), and $55 per entry for non members. The cost of a “overall excellence” entry will be $100. The Press Club’s entry fees will be well below those charged in New York, Los Angeles and other large markets.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

KTVU reporter, photographer attacked and robbed in Hayward

The string of attacks against Bay Area TV crews continues. On Tuesday, a KTVU crew was attacked and robbed of camera equipment after doing a live shot in Hayward.

The Chronicle reports that Channel 2 reporter Tara Moriarty and camera operator Keith Crook were reporting from World’s Fare Donuts at 20800 Hesperian Boulevard west of Interstate 880. The restaurant is the home of many lottery winners, and the two had been doing live shots earlier in the morning about the Powerball jackpot, which is approaching $500 million.

Moriarty and Crook had just finished a live shot at the donut shop about 6:40 a.m. and were walking back to the news truck when they were confronted by two men in masks. Crook was hit and fell to the ground.

The assailants robbed Crook of a live transmission unit — a device attached to a camera for use in live broadcasts — and a microphone, officials said.

The men were last seen fleeing east on West A Street on foot, police said. KTVU said Moriarty and Crook were shaken up, but otherwise uninjured in the incident.

“They’re fine. That’s the good news,” said KTVU news director Dana Hahn.

The Chronicle said the
stolen gear was tracked by GPS north on Interstate 880, across the Bay Bridge and into San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood. But it wasn’t immediately recovered.