You know crime has gotten out of control when thieves are not only victimizing news reporters, but also the security guards specifically hired to protect news reporters from would-be thieves.
Today another crew of journalists was burglarized during an interview in broad daylight, just a week after ... More >>
The horrific heaps of misinformation that spewed from Twitter and other social media services during the Boston Marathon bombing saga haven't slowed down the Twitter fetishists. If anything, they've doubled down.
For some reason, these people believe that Twitter represents some kind of earth-shat ... More >>
Last Friday, amid an avalanche of accidental entendres (One of these, directed at a female SF Weekly correspondent: "Want to go down and see what happens to you next?"; another, aimed at no one in particular: "I'm really not that into VIP-ness") and crude cultural allusions ("It's like a Shakespeare ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that SF Weekly's parent company, Village Voice Media, can sue the notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Our sister paper, The Phoenix New Times, published the following story after the court made its decision in San Francisco.
Nighttime arrests ... More >>
Social media is no doubt a powerful force. But in what ways? How does this power manifest itself? Some people, perhaps confused by the word "media," seem to think it's a replacement for dying traditional media outlets -- particularly newspapers -- despite there being zero evidence that this is takin ... More >>
Giving Gavin Newsom a TV show is a bit like putting Lorena Bobbit in charge of a knife store.Placing the politician who saw fit to subject San Francisco to a 7.5-hour State of the City speech back in front of a camera seems a bit like a cruel trick to play on the rest of us. Current TV, however, did ... More >>
University of California Regents, in a civil rights lawsuit settlement agreement announced today, will shell out $162,500 to David Morse, an independent photojournalist who was arrested by UC Berkeley police while covering a student demonstration more than two years ago.
In that demonstration, on ... More >>
Today, cranky lord of the mixing board Steve Albini submitted himself to an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that random users asked him random questions for a few hours, and he gave responses as he saw fit. Many of the answers were very, very interesting. Steve Albini, of course, is the owner ... More >>
"Pandering to the conventional wisdom," former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller once observed, is "the mortal sin of journalism." There are plenty of journalistic sinners out there, particularly when it comes to the conventional wisdom on San Francisco.Self-consciously middle-of-the-ro ... More >>
Unlike Apple CEO Tim Cook, we're going to cut to the chase and tell you what you really want to know from the Let's Talk iPhone event that kicked off at 10 a.m. today at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. For the tech journalists who sat through the three-hour conference, perhaps a more fitting nam ... More >>
Arianna HuffingtonIf you're at all familiar with The The Huffington Post, the above headline should sound odd. The Website spawned by journalistic dilettante Arianna Huffington built its wild success, after all, largely on "aggregating" (read: rewriting without performing actual reporting) the ne ... More >>
What's the real story?David Weir, the legendary local journalist who helped launch the Center for Investigative Reporting and 7x7 magazine, is part of a new crack team of reporters investigating the effects of the newspaper business' decline in the Bay Area.According to a pitch by SF Public Press ... More >>
The good ol' days Bay Area news jobs have shrunk by nearly half in the last decade, which is a worse showing than newsrooms overall nationwide, which declined by about one-third, according to a new federally funded report. Not that we needed a federal report commissioned to tell us that the marke ... More >>
The Reality of Reality TVOn truTV's 'Bait Car' Monday night, the San Francisco police busted alleged car thieves on camera: a 15-year-old kid who had never driven before, a homeless man who rifled around for loose change in the glove department, and a man who told the cops that he was already on ... More >>
This Just In: Radio-Wave-Borne Computer Messages Discovered In SF Office ComplexIn Year's Deadest News Week, TV Reports There's WiFi in an Office ComplexThe week between Christmas and New Year's is the news businesses' deadest. Bureaucrats, politicians and business honchos aren't in their offices ... More >>
Hello everyone, I'm now on Twitter and this is my first messageThe history of Twitter is strewn with specialness -- celebrity tweets, happy birthday tweets, tweets advertising that the tweeter had just taken a nice dump -- but the company today enjoyed one of its most special days ever with the d ... More >>
You know who can really hustle? TV network lawyers. The story of 48 Hour Magazine was the sort of thing everyone loved. Well, certainly journalists did. But, really, what's not to like about young, creative journalistic professionals up and deciding "Let's put out a magazine!" and pulling it off ... More >>
What?! Googling 'guinea pig fights' again?!!Newspapers' tech and financial pages have been filled with headlines this week announcing Google's withdrawal from China. Apparently, the Mountain View-based search engine and all-purpose Web behemoth decided it had had enough of the authoritarian Chine ... More >>