Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bench/Bar/Media dinner Wednesday, Jan. 27

"Denying Civil Rights: Reexamining Korematsu and its Relevance Today" is the topic of the The Santa Clara County Bench/Bar/Media dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The discussion will be moderated NBC Bay Area News reporter Robert Handa and panelists will include Judge Roberta S. Hayashi, Judge Drew Takaichi and Bradley W. Joondeph, associate dean for academic affairs at Santa Clara University School of Law. The meeting will take place at Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave., San Jose. Reception is at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 and the program starts at 7:30. To RSVP, email brada@scscourt.org or call (408) 882-2709.

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 2016 Press Club board minutes

January 14, 2016, 6:30, via teleconference

BOARD MEMBERS: Peter Cleaveland, Laura Dudnick, Antonia Ehlers, Jim Henderson, Jane Northrop, Dave Price, Ed Remitz, Aimee Strain, Marshall Wilson, Jim Watson.


What went right: It was a wonderful day, the guest speakers were interesting, the energy was high. We had more than 400 entries this year.

  • • One of our judging clubs did not finish judging its entries in time. Two other clubs were late. 
  • • There was a learning curve with the new BNC program. 
  • • One person in the event's survey wanted plaques returned; not affordable now.
  • • We were questioned about the digital media category – next year it will be streamlined to separate digital news sites from blogs. We will also include specific language from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics as part of our contest criteria. John Ellis and Ed Remitz will rewrite the contest categories and rules for approval by the board.
Our contract for BNC (Better Newspapers Contest, the software for our contests) is up and they have given us an extension. We will owe $3,273. Right now, we have $7,835 in our operating account. Of that amount, we need to pay:
  • • BNC $2,800 to $3,200 if we decide to keep it (they have given us an extension to pay this bill and will break up the fee into three installments
  • • $7,000 to our executive directors if they decide to stay (some of these fees can be paid after next year's contest)
  • • Fees to reinstate our club as a 501(c)(3) plus possible fines. At this point, it might be cheaper to work with someone like H&R Block. Antonia will follow up with this. 
  • • We have about $8,000 in the scholarship account with $4,500 earmarked for three recipients.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR 2016: John Allen and Sarah Ellis will remain as directors

HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM BOOT CAMP: The board agreed to move the boot camp to San Francisco City College. SFCC Journalism Professor Juan Gonzales has offered a partnership. It looks as if March 12 might work for this year.

CORPORATE SPONSOR: We are looking for a new corporate sponsor and will begin with Kaiser Hospital.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Jim Watson will chair the membership drive. He will be assisted by other board members. We will begin by calling media professionals and public relations professionals to gain more members.

HOLIDAY PARTY – DECEMBER 2015: Ed, Jane, Jim Watson and Antonia attended the join Press Club Holiday Party at the Cadillac Bar in December. It was a blast and a great way to mingle with members of other clubs. There were approximately 100 people there, and the media professionals had a wonderful evening getting to know each other.

  • • Ed and Jim are going to SF State to build connections with instructors and college students 
  • • We hope to offer professional development for our members and guests 
  • • Ideally, the next Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards should be schedued for early October. If this happens, we will allow for a much earlier call for entries – April time frame 

Minutes submitted by President Antonia Ellers substituting for Secretary Dave Price.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Longtime KCBS broadcaster Al Hart dies

Al Hart
Longtime KCBS Radio anchor Al Hart, a legendary voice in Bay Area broadcasting, died yesterday. He was 88.

According to his family, Hart died following a battle with corticobasal degeneration, a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease.

Hart joined KCBS in 1966, two years before the station switched to an all-news format. He was first a sidekick and producer for Dave McElhatton, another Bay Area broadcasting legend.

McElhatton, who died in 2010, eventually became a longtime anchor at KPIX-TV. Hart was at KCBS for 34 years, and most of the time was spent as the morning news anchor. He was born in Minnesota and early in his career worked in Shreveport, La., as a DJ known as “Your Pal Al, the guy with a heart."

Hart not only played songs on the radio, but he also recorded one for Mercury Records.

“Al was the broadcaster I wanted to grow up to be. His positive energy and his passion for serving the audience were an inspiration every day. I’m very, very lucky to have had him as a mentor and friend” added Stan Bunger, KCBS morning anchor.

John Madden, who worked for years with Hart on his radio show, said the veteran broadcaster would be “missed by all.”

“I’ve been lucky in my broadcasting career to work with great partners,” Madden said. “I have had Pat Summerall and Al Michaels, and I would put Al Hart in that class as well. Al was a real nice guy, a gentleman, a joy to work with, and along the way he became a good friend. He will be missed by all.”

During his 34 year career at KCBS, Hart delivered the news of the day, including major Bay Area stories such as the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.

Hart retired more than 15 years ago to tend to his wife Sally, who was fighting a battle with ALS. After her death, he remarried, but it wasn’t long after that he was diagnosed with a slow killer called corticobasal degeneration.

Chronicle obit. Merc obit. KCBS obit.