What Nevius Gets Wrong About Tech and Politics

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 9 2016 - 3:28pm

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chuck “C.W.” Nevius is imploring tech companies “to get into politics, particularly grassroots politics in cities like Oakland and San Francisco.” But he misses the obvious: the tech industry is and has been deeply involved with local politics, led by Ron Conway (photo).

$2 Million Fills War Chests of S.F. Candidates as Races Heat Up

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 7 2016 - 2:55pm

With two months until Election Day, more than $2 million has been amassed in the collective war chests for local candidate campaigns, 90 percent of which has been raised for six Board of Supervisors seats.

Online TV Archive Preserves History of Politics Coverage

Noah Arroyo, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

This publicly accessible tool helps journalists (and anyone else who's interested) for the first time to perform data-driven analyses of the content found on television.

Mining the Internet Archive’s TV News

Noah Arroyo and Hyunha Kim, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

The director of the TV News Archive sits down with us to explain how people can use the database to search for news segments and share them on social media.

Tracking TV News — and the Challenges Involved

Meka Boyle, Public Press — Aug 19 2016 - 8:00am

Despite numerous challenges, our findings quantified how the local election was covered: Coverage was scarce — and repetitive.

The Most Misleading Political Ads of 2015

Noah Arroyo and Meka Boyle, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 8:00am

The Public Press reviewed more than 3 ½ hours of television news in the two months leading up to the November 2015 election, and found that ads far outstripped news about the elections in terms of airtime. 

Slick, Misleading TV Ads Paid Off

Meka Boyle, Cody Wright and Michael Winter, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 8:00am

The 2015 election united the political clout of two rich, powerful industries that will exert an enduring in uence across the city, Bay Area and nation: real estate and technology.

Election Ads Overshadowed TV News 7-to-1

Noah Arroyo, Meka Boyle and Cody Wright, Public Press — Aug 18 2016 - 7:45am

Bay Area stations surveyed aired a combined 25.8 hours of paid political ads. By comparison, they aired about 3.5 hours of election news coverage.

In Bid for Dominance, Mayor’s Allies Flood S.F. Politics With Corporate Cash

Angela Woodall and Michael Stoll, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 8:00am

Last year spending on local elections was the highest on record, reaching nearly $28 million. The infusion of cash demonstrates how politicians and their powerful associates wield an influence on the political process that our campaign finance laws cannot effectively or appropriately manage.

What Don’t We Know About Campaign Finance?

Sara Bloomberg, Public Press — Aug 17 2016 - 8:00am

The Public Press spent six months digging and sorting, and many hours talking with staff at the Ethics Commission for clarification on the best ways to find and distill the information on the 2015 elections.

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