Friday, April 24, 2015

Chronicle names Kristen Go as digital managing editor

Kristen Go
The Chronicle announced today (April 24) that Kristen Go, a deputy managing editor at the paper since 2008, has been promoted to the newly created position of managing editor, digital, where she will run the Chron's online and visual operations. As deputy ME, she was in charge of providing digital and social media training to the staff, overseeing special projects and the Sunday edition. Go joined the Chronicle after working as a reporter and editor at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While at the Denver Post, she was part of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School. Here's the story. (Photo credit: Russell Yip, Chronicle)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KPFA host Wesley Burton killed in car accident

(From Bay City News) A public radio host who died in a rollover crash near his Oakland home early Saturday morning had deep Oakland roots and loved to barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors, his nephew said Monday.

"He was a guy that you could make friends with within an hour," said Wesley Burton's nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez.

Hernandez has raised nearly $20,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help support Burton's wife and three young children -- a crucial source of support as Burton did not have life insurance.

Burton was killed in a crash Saturday (April 18) at about 2:20 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near 59th Street, according to police. He was trapped inside the vehicle and despite life-saving measures, was pronounced dead there.

He worked as a board operator and co-host at Berkeley's KPFA 94.1. His two shows, "Sideshow Radio" and "After Hours," played hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz music late at night.

Hernandez, who first met Burton when he was only 6 years old, said his uncle had always loved music and the two played drums together when Hernandez was young. Burton married Hernandez's aunt, Lucrecia, and since then was like a father to him, he said. Burton's young children, Santiago, Enrique, and Samaya, were like siblings to him.

"Whenever somebody thought of a good father, it was him," Hernandez said. That Burton was such a good and devoted father was a special accomplishment because Burton himself grew up without a father, Hernandez said.

His fundraising page is online at (Photo courtesy of KPFA.)

Friday, April 10, 2015

CNBC opens bureau in San Francisco

Josh Lipton in the new CNBC bureau
CNBC has begun broadcasting from its new San Francisco bureau at 1 Market in the heart of the Financial District. The bureau is originating both on-air segments and contributing to the network’s digital sites. It will share the space with Re/code. CNBC has had a San Jose bureau for several years, but as the center of gravity for tech coverage has move to San Francisco, the financial network needed a bureau there, too. Here’s a Q&A TVNewser did with technology correspondent Josh Lipton about the new bureau. (Photo credit: TVNewser)

Monday, April 6, 2015

April 2015 Press Club board minutes

Minutes of April Press Club board meeting April 1, 2015, 7 p.m., Serra High School, 451 West 20th Ave., San Mateo

PRESENT: Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Jim Watson, Dave Price (via phone). ABSENT: Marshall Wilson, Peter Cleaveland, Aimee Strain, Jane Northrop.

FINANCE REPORT: Antonia reported that she set up a new account at Chase, and that that the club will keep its existing account there. One account is for the scholarship fund and the other for membership. Accounts at other banks have been closed and the money transferred to the current accounts.

NEW BOOKKEEPER: The board decided in a 7-0 vote to hire Ana Glodek of San Carlos as its new bookkeeper. The contract with Glodek will cover four months at $300.

NEW BOARD MEMBER: Following the recent departures of Kristy Blackburn and Jon Mays, the board voted 7-0 to add Jim Henderson of KHMB radio to the board. Jim spoke about his love for journalism dating back to when he was 15 and did a mimeographed newspaper for his neighborhood, and got the opportunity at that young age to leaf through police reports at the San Mateo police station. He went to CSM and went into radio for several years at stations including KVON in Napa. He later went into the car rental business for 25 years. When that job ended, he moved to Half Moon Bay and launched KHMB on Oct. 15, 2009. The station, at 1710 AM, originally had a signal that only reached a few neighborhoods, so he called it Neighborhood Radio. The station's signal strength has been increased and now can also be heard at 100.9 FM as well as online at Jim said that as a board member, he wanted to focus on bringing younger people into the Press Club. He suggested reaching out to colleges.

CONTEST COORDINATORS: The board, in a 7-0 vote, authorized Antonia and Ed to execute a contract with the club's new contest coordinators, John Ellis and Sarah Allen, who interviewed with the board on Feb. 11. Jim Watson went over details in the contract.

HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS: Antonia said the awards need to be presented around May 9 or 10, so this year's contest needs to start ASAP.

MEMBERSHIP RATES: The board in a 6-0 vote decided the new membership rate will be $50 for journalists, $75 for PR people, $25 for college students and $15 for high school students.

CONTEST RATES: The board in a 6-0 vote set contest rates at $25 per entry and $50 for the overall excellence category. The board agreed that it will continue to offer free entry fees for journalists who claim a hardship.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Antonia said the board will meet via conference call in May and at a restaurant in June. Going forward, the board will meet five times a year (excluding the Christmas party), and three of those meetings will be via conference call and two will be at restaurants. As always, any member is welcome to observe or participate in meetings.

Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. Minutes taken by Secretary Dave Price.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

2 Bay Area high school online news programs finalists for top national honors

Two Bay Area high schools are among 30 nationwide named as finalists for prestigious Online Pacemaker awards.

The National Scholastic Press Association’s Online Pacemaker competition recognizes the top student-directed online news publications in 2015. The 30 finalists were selected from 172 entries.

The Bay Area finalists are The Paly Voice at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto and El Estoque at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino.

A team of three judges worked over the course of several weeks to select the finalists based on content and coverage, writing and editing, design, rich media and interactivity. Judges are kept anonymous to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the contest.

“This year’s best sites excelled not only with their written coverage but with their photography, multimedia or graphics,” said one judge. “The narrow margins between this year’s finalists are an encouraging indicator of journalism’s exciting future.”

Judges noted that this year’s finalists showcased strong, localized coverage of hard-hitting issues coupled with a solid multimedia presence. The top sites also showed creative and thorough story planning, one judge commented.

“It’s not easy for students to produce quality journalism on a continuous schedule with so many other demands on their time,” said Kirsten Chang, contest and critique coordinator. “These programs bring together the best reporting, writing, photography, design and video skills, and provide a fantastic learning environment for students.”

The Pacemaker winners will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver, April 16-19. The NSPA Awards Ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18.