25th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter presents the
25th Annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards
hosted by the
New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

See BREAKING NEWS for details on award winners.

 To purchase tickets to the event Click Here

Questions? Please contact spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com for additional information, including for information about purchasing a table and other sponsorship opportunities.

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Meet the Editor of the Bay Area News Project


Jonathan Weber, the newly named editor of the Bay Area News Project, has said he intends to hire at least 15 journalists. Here’s a chance to find out what he may be looking for.

In a news release issued when his hiring was announced, Weber said: “Over the next few months my plan is to start building a stellar newsroom to cover Bay Area government and politics, the arts, business, entertainment, community news and other topics. We’ll also be working to develop a wide range of partnerships with other media organizations and individuals. Successful collaborations will be one of the keys to our success.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Norcal SPJ chapter.

Wednesday Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
World Affairs Council
312 Sutter St., Suite 200, Downtown S.F.

The World Affairs Council is on Sutter between Stockton and Kearny in downtown San Francisco. Park at the Sutter-Stockton Garage or take BART.

The event is free, but space is somewhat limited. Please RSVP to freelance@mediaworkers.org.

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With HAL VARIAN, Chief Economist, Google

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Hal Varian,
Chief Economist of Google, visits to discuss the business of the news
industry in an age of dramatic transformation. Varian is a former dean
of Berkeley’s School of Information, and author of the widely
influential book, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy.




A symposium at Stanford University

March 4, 2010

Featuring scholars from Australia, Finland, Singapore, Canada, The Netherlands, England, and the United States. 

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  http://comm.stanford.edu/newsandinclusion



Childhood Obesity: Strategies and Solutions from Bay Area Experts

SF Bay Area Association of Healthcare Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter.

Join us for our November panel:

Thurs., Nov. 12
6 pm – 8 pm

Bloomberg/San Francisco bureau office

Pier 3, Suite 101

RSVPs by 3 pm Wed., Nov 11. This is mandatory, as we must have ALL attendee names and company info (or freelance) on a list for Bloomberg by end of day 11/11. If you do not RSVP by 3 pm, 11/11, you will not be allowed to attend the event!


Please RSVP to BayAreaAHCJ@gmail.com.


(Light refreshments will be served; this event is FREE this time; no charge to attend.)


Childhood Obesity: Strategies and Solutions from Bay Area Experts

Stories about food, nutrition, and the health impacts of eating are all over the media lately. The topic is especially significant for kids, who continue to tip the scales more than their peers even a decade ago and risk heading into adulthood with medical conditions that used to be for adults only. What can be done? Bay Area experts are doing some good work to solve this problem; our speakers are among this group, and share some insights and recent work that will inspire story ideas that will resonate with your readers and listeners:

Cam-Tu Tran, MD, is a pediatrician and director of San Francisco General Hospital’s Healthy Lifestyles Clinic, which treats overweight children and adolescents. Under her leadership, her staff has developed innovative ways to help their largely low-income patient population eat healthier and exercise.

Elaine Herscher is senior managing editor at Consumer Health Interactive, and coauthor of Generation Extra Large: Rescuing Our Children from the Epidemic of Obesity (Basic Books, 2005). Her multimedia project “Fat City, Fit City?” was a finalist in the 2009 International Medical and Media Awards

Daphne Miller, MD, has a family medical practice in San Francisco. She is the author of the best-selling nutrition travelogue, The Jungle Effect, (HarperCollins, 2008) for which she traveled the world in search of culinary traditions and recipes that would most benefit her patients.

Remember to RSVP at Bay.Area.AHCJ@gmail.com. See you on Nov. 12th.

Colleen Paretty

SF Bay Area Association of Healthcare Journalists

Laurie Udesky

board member, Sociey of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter, member of AHCJ

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Re-making the news

Across the Border

 Discussing International news coverage with Franc Contreras and Laura Villafuerte


 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Harney Science Center, Room 127

University of San Francisco 

Hosted by Professor Dorothy Kidd, University of San Francisco Department of Media Studies. With an Introduction by Ricardo Sandoval, President, Society for Professional Journalism (Northern California Chapter.)

Sponsored by:

* The Society for Professional Journalists

   (Northern California Chapter)

* University of San Francisco:

   Department of Media Studies, the Journalism Minor

   The Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA)

   Latin American Studies

   International Student and Scholar Services.

Franc Contreras: “Drug Violence in Mexico:  One foreign correspondent’s perspective.”

 For nearly 15 years, journalist Franc Contreras has been reporting on Mexico for major international news media organizations, covering virtually every major political and economic story that has taken place since 1996 –including two presidential elections, investigations on human rights abuses, immigration to and from Mexico, and Mexico’s so-called war on drugs. Franc’s reporting often delves deep into the social causes behind these important stories. He also has reported from most countries in Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela.  Franc is currently a Mexico correspondent for Al Jazeera English Television.

 Laura Villafuerte: “News coverage of Mexico’s drug war: a Mexican perspective.”

 Laura Villafuerte began her journalism career in 1992 anchoring a daily cultural and social affairs program for the Mexican Radio Institute (IMER), a non-profit network heard across Mexico. She worked for several years as a news reporter and editor, and studied how the national news media helped the Institutional Revolutionary Party

(PRI) win the 1994 presidential elections. In 2000, she began editing online content for Televisa (esmas.com) and El Universal, two of Mexico’s best-known Web sites. She is currently the top content and design editor for cronica.com.mx, which the University of Monterrey recently named the user-friendliest Web site among several large-circulation Mexican newspapers.

 All Davies Forum events are free and open to the public. For more information call: (415) 422-6147, email: daviesforum@usfca.edu, or visit www.usfca.edu/artsci/ug/davies_forum

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