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 you ... 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By John Geluardi Bay Area News Group – East Bay) managers have rescinded the eight newsroom layoffs they announced last week after the company’s new union filed a complaint with the National Labors Relations Board.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 >>
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 >>
Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Guild is up against a cost-cutting mogul and declining revenues, but the union continues to seek converts
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 >>
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