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EVENT: SF Bay Area Journalist Census presentation and discussion


Please join us for a presentation and discussion of the

San Francisco Bay Area Journalist Census 2000-2010

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

6 to 8 p.m.

World Affairs Council of Northern California

312 Sutter St., San Francisco

6 to 6:30 p.m. — Reception with refreshments

6:30 to 8 p.m. — Presentation of the report, followed by a panel discussion with audience participation.

Find out how job loss has affected journalists in the Bay Area since 2000, talk with a few who have navigated the rapidly shifting media landscape and hear employment experts discuss where the job market is headed.

RSVP at http://journocensusevent.eventbrite.com

We hope to see you there!

Preliminary report summaries available at http://journalistcensus.org.

The San Francisco Bay Area Journalist Census a workforce study assessing changes in the media industry and job dislocation among Bay Area journalists, is sponsored by NOVA, a federally funded employment and training agency based in Sunnyvale. This event is cosponsored by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Renaissance Journalism Center at San Francisco State University.

Preliminary Reports from SF Bay Area Journalist Census

The San Francisco Bay Area Journalist Census 2000-2010 has released preliminary reports from a study of employment trends among Bay Area journalists:

Do these findings reflect what you've observed? Let us know what you think here, on journalistcensus.org or by sending an email to info@journalistcensus.org. Some response comments will be included in the final report, which will be released on or about Thursday, April 14, followd by a presentation and discussion at a public event in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 19. Details to follow.

The Journalist Census is a project of the North Valley Job Training Consortium (NOVA), a federally funded nonprofit employment and training agency based in Sunnyvale. NOVA will produce a public report on the Journalist Census findings and will use the study to plan and support future training and workforce development programs in the Bay Area.

SF Public Press helped with efforts to contact current and former Bay Area journalists for this study. We'll be incorporating the findings in the media reporting project described in this Spot.Us pitch.

Members make a difference

The volunteers and freelancers who report for the San Francisco Public Press would like to say thank you to all of our members.

With your help, we are producing context-rich, local journalism and publishing an ad-free newspaper packed with public-interest news reports.

If you haven't done so yet, we hope you will consider making a year-end, tax-deductible donation to support independent public media in San Francisco.

Your gift will help the Public Press thrive in 2011.


Thank you and happy New Year!

SF Public Press print edition coming Tuesday, June 22!

Our pilot print newspaper hits the streets in less than three weeks! We have more than 50 stories lined up from our reporters and more than two dozen independent and public media partners — so much great content that we're expanding the paper from 24 to 28 full-size, broadsheet pages. That's 28 pages filled with news and features — and no paid advertising.
Buy a copy for $2 from
our street hawkers or one of our local retail partners. Or become a member and your copy is free!

We invite you to come celebrate the birth of our pilot print edition from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 22 at Passion Cafe, located at 28 Sixth St. near Market Street in San Francisco. Join us for drinks and appetizers on the rooftop terrace of this stylish French bistro. Tickets — which include a copy of the newspaper — are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Members get in free!

Buy a ticket or become a member today!


Join us for Journalism Innovations III

We're posting this on behalf of Independent Arts & Media, our fiscal sponsor and one of the lead organizers for Journalism Innovations III. We'll be participating in the conference and hope you'll consider joining this extended conversation about the future of journalism. — SF Public Press

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Journalism has changed. Thanks to the Internet, we can now find hundreds of articles, about a single topic, from multiple sources, at the push of a button.

Journalism continues to change, as aggregators and community based sites combine traditional reporting with the dialogue that we share among ourselves, online, on the streets and within our neighborhoods.  

We will adapt and overcome as journalists, as dialogue makers and as those who rely on news and information, adequate enough to help us make daily decisions in a modern democracy.

On April 30, Independent Arts & Media, the University of San Francisco, The G.W Williams Center for Independent Journalism and the Society for Professional Journalists will present the third annual Journalism Innovations Conference (JI-3).  Over a period of three days, we will gather on the verdant campus of USF to meet, discuss, commiserate, consider and innovate.  

JI-3 will not be an exercise of self-congratulations for incorporating Twitter into a distribution method.  Nor will it be a series of talking heads reiterating what we already know about modern journalism. This conference is designed to recognize the diversity within the field, to encourage exchange, and to learn from different perspectives.  Our workshops will address new trends, new ways of doing business, and what it now takes to stay in the news business with workshops, panels, and plenary discussions.  

If you are interested in journalism, news, information or community based dialogue, we invite you to join us beginning April 30. You need not be a professional journalist to attend.  Online registration is now open, with self-identified fees or a sliding scale.  No one will be turned away for inability to pay.  Visit the Journalism Innovations website for a schedule of events and activities

Journalism has changed, but the need for reliable information has not.  Join us to help discover how we will continue to meet that need, which is so vital to our democracy.

Journalism Innovations III
April 30 – May 2
University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall

Presented by Independent Arts & Media, University of San Francisco, The G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, and the Society for Professional Journalists.

Register now: www.journalisminnovations.org. For additional information call 415-738-4975.



Christopher Cook on KALW's "Crosscurrents Radio"

Tune to KALW's "Crosscurrents Radio" today at 5 p.m. to hear Christopher Cook and KALW News Director Holly Kernan discuss his recent coverage of the trial between the Service Employees International Union and the National Union of Healthcare Workers, a rival union created by former SEIU staffers. They will talk about the meaning, importance and drama of this major labor trial, explore the larger battle within SEIU over leadership and direction, and consider a possible silver lining in an often ugly fight.

Listen to the broadcast on KALW at 91.7 FM or streaming online, or find the podcast here once the program has aired.

Read Cook's coverage of the trial: Rival union vows fight after SEIU wins $1.5 million verdict

Support this reporting by making a contribution via Spot.us.



SF Public Press collaborates with New York Times Bay Area Report

We're pleased to announce that a story collaboratively produced by SF Public Press and The New York Times appears today in the Times' Bay Area Report and on the nytimes.com and sfpublicpress.org Web sites.

The story — ‘‘Seeking to Help Budding Researchers With a Click of the Mouse’’ — by Public Press reporter Victoria Schlesinger looks at the efforts of young scientists at Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley to do an end-run around traditional sources of government grants by seeking funds directly from the public to support research with environmental and socially beneficial applications.

The piece was edited by staff in both newsrooms and photographed by New York Times staff. The Times Bay Area Report, which was launched in 2009 is edited by longtime Times business and environment writer Felicity Barringer.

The Public Press is the second local nonprofit to provide articles to Times local editions outside New York, after the Chicago News Cooperative began producing whole pages for a local section there last year. The Times Bay Area Report, which runs as a two-page spread in the Northern California edition of the Times each Friday and Sunday, is slated to be produced by another nonprofit organization, The Bay Citizen, later this year. 

* * * Meet Public Press reporter Victoria Schlesinger and learn more about her story this Saturday at our "Print-raising" Party at Tonic! Click here for details. * * * 


Start the presses! — SF Public Press is going to print


Come to a print-raising party at Tonic on Saturday, April 3, and join the leading grassroots campaign to advance local, ad-free, public-interest journalism in San Francisco.

All tips collected during the event will help SF Public Press produce, print and distribute a pilot newspaper this spring. We hope you’ll contribute.


We’ll offer chances to win one-year Public Press memberships and free copies of McSweeney’s award-winning San Francisco Panorama!


WHAT: SF Public Press Print-raising Party
WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Tonic, 2360 Polk St. (at Union) in San Francisco


RSVP at eventbrite to help us plan accordingly.



SPJ forum TONIGHT: “Your Views on Local News”

Community members will have a chance to discuss their views about the local news with a dozen leading figures in journalism, education, business and politics at a town hall meeting produced by the Society of Professional Journalists on Thursday, March 25. Participants will talk about how the current crisis in the news industry creates opportunities for the public to help shape new kinds of journalism that contribute to a vibrant democracy.

WHAT: “Your Views on Local News – A Town Hall Forum” 
WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library, 100 Larkin St.

Admission is free. Sandip Roy and Hana Baba of public radio station KALW-FM will moderate. The program will be recorded and broadcast by SFGTV, San Francisco’s government channel. For a list of participants, please visit SPJ Northern California Chapter's Web site at spjnorcal.org. 

Heralding the Panorama

Lila LaHood selling the Panorama.
Lila selling Panoramas like hotcakes in front of the San Francisco Chronicle. Photo by Christopher D. Cook/SF Public Press.

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to meet the San Francisco Panorama delivery truck at the McSweeney's office on Valencia Street. I had recruited half a dozen Public Press volunteers to sell copies of the singular single-edition broadsheet newspaper on street corners near our SoMa office. I might have lingered in bed, as the shipment from Paradise (near Chico Sacramento) was delayed a few hours, and then delayed again when the delivery truck got stuck in traffic on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge; this inspired much giggling in the Public Press office, since our reporters had spent three months reporting the Panorama cover story all about the troubled span.

After filling my gas tank and killing time with gingerbread and coffee, I headed to McSweeney’s to wait for the delivery. About 20 staff members and interns perched around the room. They wore bright yellow Panorama T-shirts meant to identify them as “newsies” when they hit the streets to hawk papers. Every mumble about the location of the delivery truck reverberated around the room. 

When the truck finally arrived around 11 a.m., the driver parked in Valencia’s middle lane and the newsies in their sunny T-shirts spilled into the street like so many chicks scrambling for scratch.

Fellow Public Presser Chris Cook and I loaded boxes into my car and headed for Fifth and Mission streets. My brother, Mike LaHood, stopped by to get Panoramas to sell in front of City Hall.

And then the papers started flying. Any concerns that we might have trouble selling a $5 newspaper on the street in San Francisco quickly dissolved. Our easiest sales at Fifth and Mission went to San Francisco Chronicle reporters on lunch break (we were stationed 20 feet from their front door) and to McSweeney’s fans pedaling up on bikes breathlessly explaining that nearby newsies had sold out of their paper stock. 

By mid-afternoon our Panoramas were gone, too. We had to dip into the Public Press reserves to get copies to Chronicle editors and columnists who wanted to inspect the hefty newsprint newborn.

I was excited about the arrival of the Panorama — as an avid reader and McSweeney’s fan, journalist and dedicated public media reformer — and felt bolstered by the communal sense of enthusiasm about this beautiful, content-rich, ponderous (at more than 3 lbs.) tribute to the best of print media traditions and bold expression of journalistic aspiration.

Photos by Steve Rhodes. (Embedded slideshow created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.)

Media coverage of the San Francisco Panorama mentioning the Bay Bridge Report:

San Francisco Panorama — “Forum” with Michael Krasny, KQED Public Radio (12/8/09)

Dave Eggers, newspaper publisher? — David Ulin, Los Angeles Times (12/8/09)
San Francisco Panorama hits the streets — Steven T. Jones, San Francisco Bay Guardian (12/8/09)
Panorama!! — JD Beltran, SFGate.com (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s “Panorama” Newspaper Arrives -- With Special Probe of SF Bay Bridge Project — Editor & Publisher (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s Bay Bridge Investigative Report Released — Jay Barmann, SFist.com (12/8/09)
Case Study in Collaboration: Spot.Us, Public Press and McSweeney’s — David Cohn, PBS MediaShift Idea Lab (12/8/09)
Dave Eggers’ One-Day-Only Newspaper — Stacey Delo, MarketWatch (12/8/09)
A heartbreaking work of newspaper genius -- at $16 a pop — Will Bunch, Philly.com (12/8/09)
McSweeney’s San Francisco Panorama Sells Out Immediately — Rhonda Winter, Eco Localizer (12/8/09)
Too Big to Comprehend — Andy J. Wang, Curbed SF (12/8/09)
The Expense of Fixing the Bay Bridge — Michelle Quinn, New York Times Bay Area Blog (12/9/09)
The Birth of Panorama, a Drink and Then Sleep — Anna Bloom and Gerry Shih, New York Times Bay Area Blog (12/9/09)
McSweeney’s looks to save print; 320 page newspaper results — Betsey Reinsborough, Editorsweblog.com (12/9/09)
Wednesday Foodie Edition — Armand Emamdjomeh, Mission Loc@l (12/9/09)
Getting Misty-Eyed Over Dave Eggers Newspaper Experiment — Elizabeth C., Crabbygolightly.com (12/09)
The SF Bay Bridge: Made in China and Costing a Fortune — Marian Wang, Mother Jones (12/10/09)
A newspaper to inspire you all over again — Alan Mutter, Reflections of a Newsosaur (12/10/09)
SF Panorama: Definitely Worth the $16 — Jess Hemerly, 7x7 (12/10/09)
McSweeney’s Proves Print Isn’t Dead — Claire Suddath, Time (12/11/09)
SF Panorama offers a 21st century model for newspapers — Zoe Corneli, “Crosscurrents” on KALW News (12/15/09)

Include interest when reporting projects' cost, Rosalind Gammon, Businessjournalism.org (12/14/09)

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