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Lila LaHood's blog

10th Annual Expo for Independent Arts and new Symposium for Artists

I'd like to promote two great events hosted by Independednt Arts & Media, The Public Press' fabulous fiscal sponsor. Here's a note from Clare Morales Roberts, Indy Arts' executive director:

KALW's Crosscurrents Radio talks to City Budget Watchdog

Holly Kernan, news director at San Francisco's KALW, interviewed Kevin Stark, one of our City Budget Watchdog reporters, for Crosscurrents on June 22.

Here's a description from "The city is trying to find ways to close a nearly half billion dollar deficit, which means cuts. After the board of supervisors reworked Mayor Newsom's proposed budget last week, the debate seems to be centered on funding public safety or funding public health programs. Reporter Kevin Stark of the Public Press has been following the city’s budget blues and joins us now to help us sort out the budget quandary."

And here's a link to the segment:

KQED interviews Public Press project director

In the wake of Hearst Corp.'s announcement Tuesday that it will impose extreme budget cuts at the San Francisco Chronicle and possibly sell or shutter the paper, KQED's Kelly Wilkinson interviewed Public Press Project Director Michael Stoll about developing models for sustainable news organizations.

The interview first aired on Feb. 25, 2009. You can listen to it here:


Forum focuses on 'Crisis at the Chronicle'

KQED's Forum devoted an hour to discussing the possibility that San Francisco could lose its only major daily newspaper. Host Michael Krasny led a conversation with Carl Hall, local representative of the California Media Workers Guild; Louis Freedberg, director of the California Media Collaborative; and Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The show first aired on Feb. 26, 2009. You can listen to it here:

Volunteers, we need you now!

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed time, energy and inspiration to The Public Press, and to those who have made recent and renewed offers to volunteer as we prepare to launch our local newsroom. With News Editor Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig directing editorial staff, we're ready to make volunteer job assignments.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this volunteer job survey. You will have an opportunity to choose from a list of specific job titles. What kind of help do we need? All kinds. We're looking for journalists as well as volunteers with diverse skills to help in the newsroom and with general operations. After you submit your responses, you will hear from Michelle or one of our operations team leaders to confirm your availability and job assignments.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Lila LaHood at lila [at]

See you in the newsroom!

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