The Express has won six awards for journalism excellence in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2014 national contest. The Express won the most awards of any alt-weekly in California, and tied for the third most honors nationwide among all alt-weeklies. In all, the Express took home one first-place, two second-place, and three third-place awards.
The Express is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Pulley as the paper’s new managing editor and Sam Lefebvre as its new music editor. In addition, longtime co-editor Robert Gammon is now the editor of the publication.
The Express won nine awards for journalism excellence, including six first-place honors, in the 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards. The Express won the most awards overall and the most first place honors by any Bay Area weekly news publication. The awards were announced over the weekend by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.
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1. Prosecutors have charged AC Transit’s chief financial officer, Lewis Clinton Jr., with felony theft and say he embezzled $500,000 from Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, the Chron and Trib$ report. Clinton, who was arraigned Monday in court, is accused of using his position as board president of two church-run nonprofits that provide housing to low-income Oakland residents to steal money. The charges do not relate to his position with AC Transit, but the bus agency put Clinton on paid leave on Monday.
Two months after starting the job, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is coming to Oakland this week for his first town hall meeting — a rare opportunity for the public and media advocates to speak directly to the head of an influential federal agency.
Voices for Internet Freedom, Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition are hosting the event, titled, "Oakland Voices: A Town Hall on Our Right to Communicate." The program, which happens tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. at Nile Hall in Preservation Park, is sold out, but you can sign up for a waitlist here. The talk will also be live-streamed here.
"Too often, the media and telecommunication policy debates are dominated by corporate lobbyists," said Chancellar Williams, associate policy director of Free Press, who will emcee the event. "The most important thing for us is to really put a focus on the community."
The Express has won a national award for journalism excellence in science reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The paper won for Azeen Ghorayshi’s May 1 cover story “Warning: Quake in 60 Seconds.” Her in-depth report explored efforts by scientists at UC Berkeley to develop a statewide early warning system for earthquakes.
The Express has won two awards for journalism excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. The paper won in the investigative journalism category for Darwin BondGraham’s report “Public Research for Private Gain.” The paper also won an award for arts and culture reporting for Ellen Cushing’s story, “The Bacon-Wrapped Economy.” Both awards were in the print/small newspaper division for publications with a circulation of less than 100,000.
The San Francisco Chronicle is making big waves this week with its three-part series, highlighting the Oakland school district’s innovative response to the problem of young black men being suspended, expelled, and dropping out of high school — at a time when so many black males are being killed each year in the city. The stories are well-done, and feature excellent photojournalism, but they contain a major error: The headline on the first story of the series “Even Odds” and the subheadlines on both the first and second stories are wildly inaccurate and grossly overstate the chances of a black male being killed in Oakland.
Three veteran KTVU producers were fired yesterday over the on-air gaffe regarding the names of the Asiana Airlines pilots involved in the July 6 crash at SFO, reports San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier & Ross. KTVU investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu, and producer Brad Belstock were fired over the July 12 incident, in which anchor Tori Campbell read the obviously incorrect names “Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow,” on air, even though the real names of the pilots had already been made public. Asiana Airlines threatened to sue the station over the blunder, but then dropped the idea.
The Express won two awards in the annual Association of Alternative Newsmedia contest, the results of which were announced last weekend. Contributor (and former music editor) Rachel Swan won a first-place award in the arts feature category for her cover story, “The Shrinking Stage,” which detailed how Bay Area theater companies were forced to book one-person shows to save money during the recesssion. And co-editor Kathleen Richards won a third-place award in the long-form news category for her cover story, “How Much Garbage Does It Take to Treat a Patient?” Her report shed light on the fact that the medical industry has been slow to recycle.