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 >>
Look Ma, newspapers don't need advertisingThe 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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, BeyondChron.org. On his own blog, Supervisor ... More >>
In an age where newspapers are in decline, a play about the power of the press seems dated.
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 >>
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 yo ... More >>
By John Geluardi Bay Area News Group – East Bay) managers have rescinded the eight newsroom layoffs they announced last week after the company’s new union filed a complaint with the National Labors Relations Board.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 >>
Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.
The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts
Activists aren't happy about the deal struck between Clint Reilly and Bay Area media barons
Week of Wednesday, December 7, 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.
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
Traditional media mislead the public about the war in Iraq as a media revolution makes traditional media increasingly irrelevant
The paper loses a managing editor but gains a lot of nervous tension
A Little Crazy
How to tell whether the San Francisco Chronicle is becoming a great newspaper, or another nondescript Hearst money-machine
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
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.
A shutdown Sentinel and turmoil at Bay Times signal upheaval in the city's gay press
"Hello, rewrite. Get me the Chronicle Focus Group."
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