Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sports writer Ron Bergman dead at 80

Longtime Bay Area sports writer Ron Bergman died today (May 28). He was 80.

The AP reports that Bergman had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, "Mustache Gang," about the 1972 title team.

He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports.

The A's were planning a moment of silence in Bergman's honor before their game Thursday night against the Yankees.

He is survived by former wife Sally, children Anne and Adam; a brother Jim; and grandchildren Henry and Ella.

Press Club honors high school journalists

Students from nine Bay Area high schools were commended for outstanding newspaper and yearbook during the 2015 High School Journalism Awards. Sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the awards ceremony took place on May 21 at the San Mateo History Museum in Redwood City. There were 375 entries this year, which ranged from overall excellence to sports stories to opinion pieces and special features. Here are the winners.

“The students’ caliber of writing was exceptional this year,” said San Francisco Peninsula Press Club President Antonia Ehlers. “Our judges had a tough time determining the winners because there were so many in-depth, thought-provoking entries. Our students investigated important topics including medical illnesses, drug use, racial tensions, and the potential of ‘hookup’ social media sites. On behalf of the Press Club Board of Directors, we commend these students for putting their hearts and souls into making a difference through the written word and photo journalism.”

Press Club Vice President Jim Watson spoke to the students about careers in journalism and how to expand their horizons by exploring related industries that hire writers. Executive Director John Ellis stressed the importance of networking with Bay Area journalists to learn from the experts and seek mentorship opportunities.

Carlmont High School in Belmont received the Overall Excellence Award. The group also received a prestigious Pacemaker Award and is ranked in the nation.

"The Bay Area schools have some of the top journalism programs in the nation,” said Carlmont English Department Chair Justin Raisner. “For us to take top honors in this contest is quite an impressive feat.  I'm really proud of the effort that my students put into their writing, photography and design. Winning these awards helps students know that they are producing top-level work. When a journalism program wins awards, it raises the status of journalism in the school and the community. Between these awards this year and winning the national Pacemaker last year, I have a lot of support when there's push-back on a sensitive story."

Monday, May 25, 2015

Winners in High School Journalism Contest

The following local students received awards in the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s annual high school journalism contest for work they did on their school newspapers and websites. The awards were presented to the students on Thursday (May 21) at the old courthouse in Redwood City.

1. News Story Winners 
   First: San Mateo High School: “Senator Jerry Hill Bashes SMUHSD” by Cindy Zhang 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Former Carlmont student killed at 19 years old” by Kimiko Okumura
   Third: Aragon High School “SMPD tests cameras” by Carolyn Ku 

 2. Features Story Winners 
   First: Eastside College Prep: “Race Matters: Student Poll Finds Police Overstep Power” by Corine Forward, Cohen Price 
   Second: Aragon High School: “Aragon Opens Up About Marijuana Use” by Jordan Kranzler, Brandon Yan, Alex Furuya 
   Third: Convent of the Sacred Heart: “Hookup Culture Becomes the Norm, Causing a Double Standard for Many Women” by Tatiana Gutierrez 
   Honorable Mention: Aragon High School “Tinder and Grinder” by Regina Wen, Jordan Kranzler
   Honorable Mention: Santa Clara High School “Your Brain on Drugs” by Ellie Houseman, Joseph Hughes, Daniel Huynh, Sophia Kakarala 
   Honorable Mention: Carlmont High School: “Behind the Mask: Carlmont’s walking DJ” by Kelly Song    Honorable Mention: Santa Clara High School: “Students in the Shadows” by Theodora Vojnovic 

 3. Sports Story Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Boys varsity soccer falls to Sequoia” by Jocelyn Moran 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Boys soccer begins season strong” by Naomi Asrir 
   Third: “Eastside College Prep: “Panthers first bid for state title falls short in final minutes” by Chorine Forward 

 4. Editorial Winners 
   First: Terra Nova High School: “You can trust me with cars, why not condoms?” by Emily Stack 
   Second: Santa Clara High School: “California teacher tenure laws not the problem” by Sophia Kakarala    Third: Carlmont High School: “Airport harassment: TSA affects people beyond the gate” by Shira Stein 

5. Column Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Columns by Dominic Gialdini” by Dominic Gialdini 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “Why cops are never prosecuted” by Michael Bastaki 
   Third: Aragon High School: “‘Sucker’ rules” by Murray Sandmeyer 
   Honorable Mention: Mills High School: “Pushing for Progression in Primetime” by Daysia Tolentino
   Honorable Mention: Mills High School: “Fighting Racial Injustice From Ferguson to Millbrae” by Dana Ysabel Dela Cruz 

6. News Photo Winners 
   First: Terra Nova High School: “Fire tears through valley” by Emily Stack 
   Second: Eastside College Prep: “Blood drive successful despite minor glitches” by Elizabeth Perez
   Third: Carlmont High School: “Homecoming begins” by Han Vu 

7. Feature Photo Winners 
   First: Aragon High School: “Students who Cosplay at Aragon” by Jenney Zhang 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “New mural brings color to campus” by Han Vu 
   Third: Eastside College Prep: “Losing loved ones at a young age” by Yajaira Vargas 

8. Sports Photo Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “JV softball perseveres to gain the lead” by Avery Adams 
   Second: Aragon High School: “Aragon Varsity Basketball v. Hillsdale High School” by Magali de Sauvage 
   Third: Aragon High School: “Aragon Boys’ Varsity Football v. Half Moon Bay” by Magali de Sauvage 

9. Layout & Design Winners 
   First: Serra High School: “Homecoming Week” by Robert Horne, Matthew Claybrook, George Anagnostou 
   Second: Carlmont High School: “The Highlander — January 2015” by Staff 
   Third: Convent of the Sacred Heart” by Aoife Devereaux 

10. Website Design Winners 
   First: San Mateo High School, by Angela Zhang, Jean Ye 
   Second: Carlmont High School: Entry 10301 “Scot Scoop News” by Shira Stein 
   Third: Mills High School: “The Mills Thunderbolt” by Nathan Chau 

11. Web Site Content Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “Scot Scoop News” by Staff 
   Second: San Mateo High School, by Jean Ye, Angela Zhang 
   Third: Mills High School: “The Mills Thunderbolt” by Nathan Chau, Iris Hung 

12. Yearbook Winners 
   First: Mills High School 
   Second: Serra High School 

13. General Excellence Winners 
   First: Carlmont High School: “The Highlander” by Staff 
   Second: Santa Clara High School: “The Roar, December 2014, February 2015 and April 2015” by Staff 
   Third: Aragon High School: “February, March, and April 2015 editions of the Outlook” by Staff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vince Roman, former KGO-TV news director, dies

One of the first news directors in Bay Area television, Vince Roman, died April 29 in Belmont at age 90.

Roman went to work for KGO-TV in 1951, became news director and remained with the ABC station for 37 years until he retired.

Roman and his partner Sam Rolph, co-founder of Hillbarn Theatre, bought a house on San Juan Boulevard in Belmont in 1956 and remained there until some time after Rolph died in 2006.

They also had homes at Lake Tahoe and on the north shore of Kauai. For the past five years, Roman has lived at Sunrise Assisted Living in Belmont.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Roman served as a B-24 radio operator in the 8th Air Force during World War II and flew 13 missions before the war ended. He was mustered out at March Air Force Base in Riverside.

He told friends that he liked the warm weather and decided to remain in California. He parlayed his wartime experience in radio technology into a job in the new world of television. He started by delivering them; then he heard that KGO-TV was hiring and made the jump to TV news.

He rented a room on the Peninsula. When his landlady heard he was interested in community theater, she sent him to Hillbarn where he met Rolph.

Eventually, his mother and father, both Lithuanian immigrants, and his sister and her husband joined him on the Peninsula.

He outlived most of his Roman kin but is survived by Rolph’s nephew, Mike Venturino of Belmont, a good friend who managed his affairs.

Friends will gather to celebrate Roman’s life from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Congregational Church of Belmont, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Homeless Cat Network, P.O. Box 6, San Carlos 94070, or the Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame 94010, are suggested.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Enter the high school journalism contest

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club is inviting high school journalists from throughout the Bay Area to submit entries for our annual high school journalism contest. The deadline to enter is May 8, so there isn't much time. The awards will be presented on May 21 in Redwood City. The contest is sponsored by Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. Go here to get the details. Here's a look back at last year's winners.