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Newspapers as Souvenirs

Justin Cox | Posted 07.04.2011 | Media
Justin Cox

I didn't buy a newspaper because I wanted to find out more about the operation in Pakistan. I bought it because it was tangible representation of massively important historic event, and I wanted to save it.

Michael Calderone

White House Press Secretary: ‘No Reporters Have Been Banned’ | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.29.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Jay Carney pushed back Friday against a San Francisco Chronicle report that claimed the White House "threa...

San Francisco Chronicle Putting Up Paywall

The Bay Citizen | Posted 06.04.2011 | Media

The Hearst Corporation is considering a paywall for, the online portal of the San Francisco Chronicle, as part of a broad, new digital stra...

San Francisco Goes to the Ballot Box for Electoral Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

The Saturday Voting Act, a proposition that would require San Francisco to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day, is an innovation that could significantly boost voter turnout.

Looking Back at Jon Stewart's First Daily Show Reviews

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

When Jon Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn on "The Daily Show" in 1999, the show was still a "startup cable show on a cheap set in a tiny studio," says T...

Chronicle's Boxer 'Endorsement' Reasserts Its Irrelevance

Larry Womack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Womack

Choosing not to endorse Boxer is a perfectly respectable statement -- or it would be, for a paper that actually disagreed with her in substantive ways. But the Chronicle's feeble rationalizations couldn't appear more desperate.

In Defense of San Francisco Values

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Geri Spieler

The Republicans are doing what they do best: Obfuscate the issues, blame, complain, point fingers and make up stuff up instead of offering real solutions about real problems.

Open Web Platform for Gulf Oil Spill Beats Media Boom Ban

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Georgianne Nienaber

Yobie Benjamin with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu "But at the end of the day, it's not about me. It's about the people of the Gulf," S...

San Francisco May Ban The Sale Of Most Pets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare announced today that buying what they call, "companion animals", could be anyone's ticket to ...

The New York Times Gets It Wrong

Praveen Madan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Praveen Madan

Our view is that Beatrice and Virgil is a beautifully written, unconventional and intriguing book that should be read and discussed broadly. It would be a real shame for readers to summarily dismiss this book because it disappointed a few critics.

Yes on Prop 15 -- One Small Step for Democracy

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

A victory for Proposition 15, the California Fair Elections Act, will mean that the race for the Golden State's Secretary of State will be a "clean money election" in 2014 and 2018. A small step, but a necessary one.

NFL Championship Games Both Local and National Stories

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Danny Groner

It's telling, the way that local writers covered their teams' wins versus how national columnists approached Sunday's games.

A Secret Service "Tell All" Tale

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

The latter part of this book's title, In The President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect should have been: Behind the Scenes With Agents Gossiping About Presidents They Protect.

Tiger - and All the Other Untrustworthy Marketing Spokesboys

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Richard Laermer

The final stop in my tour of poorly-timed sports marketing missteps: the soon-to-be-boring soap opera of Tiger and his lillies. Woods was an untouchable until a mere two weeks ago; now sports marketers don't what to do with him.

San Francisco Chronicle Going Glossy To Attract Readers, Ads

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

SAN FRANCISCO — With its circulation falling faster than any other major U.S. newspaper's, the San Francisco Chronicle is determined to set the ...

Electronics Changes Books, Bookstores and Publishing for Christmas 2009

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Giles Slade

On the day before Christmas, I realized I didn't have a present for my friend, Tom Harapnuik, who'd given me a copy of Mark Bauerlein's The Dumbest Ge...

New York Times' SF Debut Gets "Liberal," But Applies to Borrowing Policy?

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

The Times chose to invade our Western shore pretty much wearing panties and floaties instead of the full battle gear available to the national "paper of record."

Bay Area News Project: Room for All

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Geri Spieler

Is it possible that the future of real journalism is in the form of a non-profit entity?

Obama Administration Still Fighting Release of Torture Evidence

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This case has dropped a off the radar screen lately, but Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle today reminds us that the Obama administration is s...

The Chronicle's Love Letter to Schwarzenegger

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Hogarth

Bipartisan peacemaker? The only thing Arnold ever succeeded in getting Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento to agree on is that they both dislike him.

Remembering My Battle Against Fundamentalists

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Our biggest accomplishment was standing up for those torn down by the TV evangelists.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Sticking It to "America's Best"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Thanks to an economic crisis his good friend George W. Bush gave us, Schwarzenegger is launching a frontal assault against virtually all of the state's public sector institutions.

San Francisco Chronicle Layoffs Begin

San Francisco Business Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The San Francisco Chronicle began laying off editorial employees Thursday, and is expected to eliminate up to 30 jobs in the latest round of staffing ...

David Perlman, 90-Year-Old Science Writer For San Francisco Chronicle, Refuses To Take Buyout

New York Times | Corey Kilgannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It would be hard to find an older newspaper reporter than David Perlman, the 90-year-old science writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. It would a...

Magic Johnson and the Tax Refund Rip-off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because of Johnson, the tax refund business might stick around, luring in more millions of Americans.