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    August 13, 2013

    Incredibly, "Old Media" Thinking Still Exists

    Usually, when you see "new media" people criticizing "old media" people, it's as banal and silly as it sounds. The "new media" people -- Jeff Jarvis, just to name one -- actually sound more throwbacky and clueless than the "old media" people once did when they were calling the Internet a passing fad ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Purported Newspaper Lover Dave Eggers Coy About Newspapering Past

    Look Ma, newspapers don't need advertising​The Onion satirical newspaper's more earnest insert, A.V. Club, published an interview with Dave Eggers today asking the writer in a bunch of different ways why he loves newspapers. Eggers recently spent several months producing the much larger than a bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Examiner, MediaNews to Partner on Bay Area Ad Sales Deal

    Media mogul Dean Singleton is again seeking inroads to San Francisco's daily newspaper market, according to a report today in the Denver Business Journal.Will joint ad sales bring happy days back?​Apparently Singleton's MediaNews Group -- owner of legion Bay Area newspapers, including the Oakland ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Layoffs Commence -- Yes, Again -- At the Chronicle

    ​Word from the Chronicle newsroom came SF Weekly's way this afternoon that the paper's "after Labor Day" layoff date is right here, right now. Newspaper employees were informed less than an hour ago that the paper is, once again, downsizing. A bulletin was sent out by the Newspaper Guild that Chro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Revenge of the Politicos? Lefty Supes Move To Yank City Ads from Chron, Ex.

    Of all the harping about the "mainstream media," perhaps the shrillest version comes from politicians occupying the left fringe of this city's politics. Their news source of choice, for example, is a local liberal news and opinion Web site, On his own blog, Supervisor ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 8, 2009

    The Story

    In an age where newspapers are in decline, a play about the power of the press seems dated.

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    December 29, 2008

    Fledgling Newspaper Union Appeals Labor Board Decision

    By John Geluardi Three Contra Costa Times reporters, who say they were targeted for layoffs once they succeeded in forming a union, filed an appeal last week with the federal labor board after the board rejected their initial complaint for lack of evidence. Last July, just weeks after organizers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee Loves the Oldies

    By Will HarperListening to Chronicle editor Ward Bushee on KQED's Forum made me nostalgic for Phil Bronstein. The former Mr. Sharon Stone had his faults, but what I liked about him was that he was more than a newspaper editor--he was a showman. Remember when Bronstein donned scuba gear to save a you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    East Bay Newspapers Rescind Layoffs... Temporarily

    By John Geluardi Bay Area News Group – East Bay) managers have rescinded the eight newsroom layoffs they announced last week after the company’s new union filed a complaint with the National Labors Relations Board. Managers told the eight employees who are part of the bargaining unit that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    East Bay Newspaper Managers Continue to Cut Jobs

    By John Geluardi East Bay newspaper managers announced another round of layoffs Friday continuing the slow decimation of newsrooms and the ability of more than a dozen daily newspapers to deliver community news. The Bay Area’s largest newspaper chain, the Bay Area News Group – East Bay (B ... More >>

  • News

    September 3, 2008

    Double Bogey

    Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2008

    Tell Newspaper Reporters What You REALLY Think

    By John Geluardi Concerned about changes to your daily newspaper over the last year? Well now’s your chance to chime in on changes, good or bad. Reporters with the Northern Californian Media Workers Guild will hold a live Web chat from noon to 1 p.m. this Wednesday to hear from readers who want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    San Francisco Chronicle To Cut 125 Positions

    By John Geluardi In another blow to the local newspaper industry, the San Francisco Chronicle just announced 125 employees will be cut through voluntary buyouts. The buyouts, which will effect all departments and include management, will be officially offered on Monday, August 4. The buyout packa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008
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    July 4, 2008

    Newspaper Management Strikes Back

    By John Geluardi MediaNews may be the biggest newspaper company in the Bay Area, but apparently that does not mean its leadership is above small actions. East Bay newspaper employees who work for MediaNews publications, which include the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, voted for a union l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Newspaper Union Stirring to Life in the East Bay

    By John Geluardi East Bay newspaper employees who have been alarmed at the declining quality of journalism took responsibility for their own futures on Friday by asking to be formally recognized as a union. Union organizers launched their campaign in October and after seven months of after-work m ... More >>

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    April 23, 2008
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    March 12, 2008
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    February 14, 2008
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    January 30, 2008
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    January 25, 2008

    Breaking News: Ward H. Bushee Replaces Embattled San Francisco Chronicle EIC Phil Bronstein

    UPDATE 10:53 a.m.; 01.25.08: We've just been informed that Ward H. Bushee has been named editor in chief and vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle. As foretold, Bushee comes from Gannett Company, having served as editor in chief of The Arizona Republic. Bushee takes over the position Feb. 1. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2008
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    January 14, 2008

    Investigating the Future of Investigative Journalism. Part I: ‘It’s a Very Scary Time’

    Will the lifeblood of quality journalism flow away like so much ink? Today: A glance at the present and future of this fine mess we’re in. Tuesday: Know your ‘enemy’: The Internet. Wednesday: So, who’s going to pay for all this? By Joe Eskenazi In order to investigate the present and futu ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007
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    December 19, 2007

    Paper Chase

    The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2007

    San Jose Merc 'Downsizing with Dynamite': Washington Post

    So there's towns outside of San Francisco, evidently. And their newspapers also have problems. Their solution: "blow up the newsroom." Preferably while you shout "Al Qaeda Al Qaeda Al Qaeda!" From the Washington Post: "The very top of the organization is saying, blow up the newsroom," says Chris O'B ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2007

    Watchdog Catfight

    Activists aren't happy about the deal struck between Clint Reilly and Bay Area media barons

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    November 29, 2006
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    April 26, 2006
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    December 7, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, December 7, 2005

  • News

    November 30, 2005


    The much-loved Web site is taking millions from Bay Area newspapers and causing layoffs that adversely affect coverage. And its founder's well-intentioned support of citizen journalism has a slim chance of fixing the problem.

  • News

    May 4, 2005

    Darth Vega to the Rescue

    New Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega has been cast as a villain, but he may be just what the Hearst empire needs to defeat the dark forces of the new economy

  • News

    April 2, 2003


    Traditional media mislead the public about the war in Iraq as a media revolution makes traditional media increasingly irrelevant

  • News

    February 13, 2002

    Gone at the Chron

    The paper loses a managing editor but gains a lot of nervous tension

  • News

    February 21, 2001
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    September 6, 2000

    Dog Bites

    A Little Crazy

  • News

    September 8, 1999

    A Chance for Respect?

    How to tell whether the San Francisco Chronicle is becoming a great newspaper, or another nondescript Hearst money-machine

  • Calendar

    July 21, 1999
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    June 16, 1999
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    January 6, 1999
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    January 28, 1998
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    July 16, 1997

    Quieter South of the Border

    Corporate shifts at Knight-Ridder cost the Merc control of its Mexico City news bureau, the last such source of Mexico news in the Bay Area

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    July 9, 1997
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    May 21, 1997
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    April 23, 1997
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    December 11, 1996
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    May 29, 1996

    Final Deadline

    David Burgin is legendary as a rough-and-tumble newspaper editor. But the legend is full of astonishing contradictions, and its last chapter may include the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by one of his proteges at the Oakland Tribune.

  • News

    October 18, 1995

    Out, and Down and Out, in S.F.

    A shutdown Sentinel and turmoil at Bay Times signal upheaval in the city's gay press

  • News

    March 15, 1995

    News Advisory

    "Hello, rewrite. Get me the Chronicle Focus Group."

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    March 1, 1995

    The Case For One Daily

    The Joint Operating Agreement deprives the Chronicle of the resources it needs to produce a great newspaper; it also prevents the afternoon Examiner from connecting with the readers it needs to survive. Since the JOA makes it inevitable that only one wil

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