Former Bay Area newspaper reporter Sara Steffens was elected secretary-treasurer Monday of the Communications Workers of America, second in command at one of the biggest labor unions in the country.Read More
More than 10 years and hundreds of hours of interviews after her idea took root, "Wrestling with God," Barbara Falconer Newhall's book about faith and doubt, has landed in bookstores and is garnering praise.Read More
• Some teachers/writers recommend writing every day, 7 days a week to keep the material at the top of your mind. It's important to have some designated time that is set aside for your creative writing -- as opposed to your freelance journalism. The most important thing is to get seated at the computer.
• Either submit your manuscript to a bunch of agents or a bunch of publishers. It's usually best not to mix it up. Also, self-publishing is nifty, but your first choice is definitely having a publisher.
• It is very common for writers to want to be done with a manuscript (or proposal) when it isn't really ready, so they send it off, thinking the agent or editor will help them give it a final shape. But editors and agents don't do that anymore. They will move on to the next manuscript that is ready. Publishers, like newspapers, have neither the time nor the budgets they once had.
• However, you can go to writers conferences and pitch your partly finished book to agents and editors to get some feedback and tips – and maybe even an invitation to submit the proposal when it's ready.
• Classes, conferences, writing groups, and such are invaluable. Classes in creative non-fiction are helpful for newspaper journalists wishing to write a book. Check out the classes at Book Passage, UC extension, city recreation departments, the Writing Salon, the Writers Grotto, Community of Writers at Squaw (and other residential conferences).
Bottom line? “If you want to write a book, do it!” Barbara says. “It's very rewarding. It makes you grow as a writer and a person. It lets you leave your mark. And if you have something big to say, it's a great way to say it. And it's just lovely to hold your book in your hand.”
– Barbara Falconer Newhall
By Will Carruthers
Alexander Mullaney was wavering between staying at City College of San Francisco or bailing to become a firefighter like his father when he enrolled in a class with editor, publisher, and trailblazer Juan Gonzales. That clinched it: Mullaney would stay in school and study journalism.
That was in 2005, and Mullaney, now the publisher of the Ingleside-Excelsior Light, still consults with his mentor, as do many other former students.
Gonzales “forges life-long relationships,” says Mullaney.
On an evening in mid March, admirers packed into Randy’s, a popular Ocean Avenue bar, to see Gonzales accept a certificate of recognition from Mayor Ed Lee for his 45 years of service as a journalism teacher, department chair and publisher.
“It’s been a fun ride and it’s not over yet,” Gonzales said to a cheering crowd of about 40 members of the journalism community, many his former students.Read More
Dear Guild Brothers and Sisters,
You will be asked, at the joint meeting of the Executive Committee, Representative Assembly and General Membership on Feb. 21, to vote on whether our Local should be permitted to take public positions on political issues.
And if you vote in the affirmative, you’ll then be asked to decide if our Local should call on Congressmembers representing states and districts in our geographic constituency to vote against legislation giving the President fast-track authority to approve U.S. participation in the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) involving nations on the Pacific Rim.
Many of our journalist members argue that speaking publicly on political issues violates professional ethics.Read More
News broke last night that Lenovo has been shipping laptops with a horrifically dangerous piece of software called Superfish, which tampers with Windows' cryptographic security to perform man-in-the-middle attacks against the user's browsing.
Follow this link to read the story from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Read More
Touch-screen users of the world, unite! Just ask Social Movement Technologies, a non-profit that teaches progressive groups and labor unions to improve their social media skills.
SMT recently signed a one-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Media Workers Guild that will give the company’s freelancers a contract and the protection of a union, an agreement that may be the first of its kind in the U.S.
“This MOU is a significant achievement for our local,” said Carl Hall, executive officer of the PMWG. “Joining us is a big step toward helping non-traditional workers who need a voice at work, job security, benefits and protection from unfair discipline.”Read More
As they attempted to cover the recent protests in Berkeley concerning the killings of unarmed black men in several states, media members were physically attacked by members of the Berkley Police Department. The following letter has been sent to Berkeley city officials.
The independent media workers of Guild Freelancers, a unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild (Newsguild-CWA Local 39521), condemn the outrageous attacks on working journalists by police in the East Bay. We unreservedly support the exercise of First Amendment rights in pursuit of the public's right to know.
Chair, Guild Freelancers
Click below to read the open letter: SPJ NorCal responds to reports of police force used on journalists in BerkeleyRead More
A stereo manufacturer sues a reviewer who pans the company’s speakers. A restaurateur mounts a legal challenge after a food critic describes the fare as inedible. A judge files a defamation suit after an article suggests he is being investigated for ethics violation.
Never mind that all these cases and many more like them went nowhere. It cost plenty to answer them.
While investigative reporters are frequently hit with court challenges, other specialties are vulnerable as well, says attorney Michelle Worrell Tilton of the Kansas City-based Media Risk Consultants. Entertainment writers are sometimes accused of copyright infringement. Food writers are frequently hit with suits, as are advice columnists –including automotive, real estate, and financial advice columnists.Read More
They’re too young to have read
The Theory of Surplus-Value.
She’s just been working hard,
delivering the papers,
working on her throw.
He’s just a kid,
he’s too young to know what
the Theory of Surplus-Value means,
he doesn’t know why someone thinks
that he’s a surplus, and the newspaper boys
and girls have to go.Read More
In an early jump on awards season, Guild members and friends are enjoying well-deserved accolades.
Bay News Rising alumna Amanda Rhoades took first place in the 2014 International Labor Communications Association Awards for her photo essay, "Hundreds gather at City Hall to hear Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.”
The multi-talented Rhoades, who writes and shoots the news, negotiated student publication fees as union rep in the summer program’s second year.
The winners, whom the judges say “represented the best and most inspired” journalists in labor reporting, will be feted Dec. 12 at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.Read More
Can you identify a challenge that you are passionate about pursuing – one that is critical to the future of journalism?
Apply now for a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
Each year the Knight foundation selects 20 journalists and journalism entrepreneurs from the U.S. and around the world who articulate a specific journalism challenge they want to explore – in and after the 10-month fellowship. The emphasis is on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.Read More