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San Francisco Chronicle will beef up investigative report, new EIC says

On Tuesday, Audrey Cooper became the first female editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle in its 150-year history.

Cooper, who was previously the paper’s managing editor, has gained attention for her efforts to jumpstart the paper’s innovative juices by borrowing a concept from city’s startup scene: an incubator billed as a digital journalism boot camp charged with turning around the paper’s legacy culture.

Now that she’s been named editor-in-chief, Cooper tells Poynter in a Q and A she will continue to push for innovation and double down on the paper’s investigative efforts:

How big of a deal is it to be the first woman selected for this job? And how is it not a big deal?

Cooper: It’s an honor to have the job and an interesting historical fact that I am the first woman to have it. Read more


Career Beat: Audrey Cooper named EIC of San Francisco Chronicle

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Audrey Cooper is now editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, she was managing editor there. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Ann Curry will develop a media startup funded by NBC Universal. Previously, she was a national and international correspondent at NBC News. (New York Times)
  • Steven Komarow has been named news director for Roll Call. Previously, he was an editor at Bloomberg. (PR Newswire)
  • Jason Zengerle is now a political correspondent at GQ. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (Email)
  • Jennifer Henrichsen is a technology fellow at Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Previously, she was a research fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
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‘Stormageddon!’: Front pages from the storm that hit California

Many of the headlines from California today note that the storm making its way through the state wasn’t as bad as expected, but it wasn’t good, either. Here are some front pages from California from a day filled with bad (but not that bad) weather. (Front pages via Newseum.)

Orange County Register, Santa Ana


Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek


Enterprise-Record, Chico


Lodi News-Sentinel, Lodi


Marin Independent Journal, San Rafael


The Modesto Bee, Modesto


San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco


San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco


Santa Maria Times, Santa Maria


Tahoe Daily Tribune, South Lake Tahoe


Times-Herald, Vallejo

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Journalist struck by cop in Berkeley protests

The San Francisco Chronicle | KTVU

Sam Wolson, a freelance photojournalist working for The San Francisco Chronicle, was struck on the head with a baton by a police officer on Saturday night in Berkeley, Henry K. Lee reported Monday for the Chronicle. Katie Utehs, a reporter with KTVU, and a news photographer were also caught between police and protesters, Lee reported.

In a tweet, Wolson says he was hit by police four times.

Wolson’s whack on the head resulted in a minor concussion, Lee reported. You can see it for yourself here (around the 30-second mark):

Utehs also tweeted about what happened.

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Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting? Read more

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Here are 40 great journalism internships and fellowships for application season

New: Here are 80 journalism internships and fellowships for the 2015-16 application season

For journalism students, October through January is internship application season, a pressure cooker of equal parts excitement and anxiety.

It’s our profession’s draft day. By mid-march, most of your classmates will have declared their intention to work at a journalism organization, like a prized NFL recruit putting on their team’s hat in front of a live studio audience.

Don’t get left behind. Some of the applications for the most prestigious news organizations are due in a few weeks time, so work up the courage to request that letter of recommendation, update your résumé and figure out how stamps work.

To make the process a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best journalism internships I could find on the Web, many of which I applied for myself when I was in school. Read more

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Interstate General Media to close

Philadelphia Magazine and, standalone websites for two newspapers owned by Interstate General Media, will soon close, Philadelphia Magazine reported Thursday.

According to a memo obtained by Philadelphia Magazine, the two sites, which feature content from The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, will be “folded into” one site,

What this means is that the standalone newspaper-branded sites will no longer exist and will instead redirect readers to, where users will find Inquirer and Daily News journalism featured more prominently and have access to branded Inquirer and Daily News section fronts that represent the editorial voice and judgment of the newspapers.

The decision marks an end of an experiment began in April 2013, when both newspapers unveiled the subscription-based sites. The sites were designed to “reflect the papers’ personalities”

A few newspapers have released parallel free and subscription-based sites, including The San Francisco Chronicle (which maintains free of charge and for subscribers) and The Boston Globe (which offers for free and with a metered paywall system) Read more

Jeff Bezos

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

mediawiremorningIt’s Thursday. Here’s a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you’re about to get?

  1. UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: “Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon.” Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, Rory Gallivan reports. (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Longtime S.F. Chronicle editor William German dies at 95: “Mr. German began his career at the paper as a copy boy. When he retired 62 years later, he was the dean of West Coast editors. He had helped transform The Chronicle from the No.3 newspaper in a four-newspaper city to the largest paper in Northern California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  3. BBC battles Ebola in Africa with WhatsApp: “The service will deliver information on preventative care, health tips and breaking news bulletins specific to the region about the virus in French and English, and often in audio formats,” writes Alastair Reid.
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The SF Bay Guardian is printing its last issue

San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Bay Guardian | SF Weekly

The abrupt closure of the San Francisco Bay Guardian was announced Tuesday, with the alt-weekly’s website, Facebook page and employee email shuttered the same day, Demian Bulwa and John Wildermuth wrote for The San Francisco Chronicle.

The paper, which The Chronicle notes was a “leading progressive voice in the city for 48 years,” will cease publication because of financial troubles, according to a statement from San Francisco Print Media Company Publisher Glenn Zuehls excerpted in SF Weekly.

Unfortunately, the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years,” wrote SFMC publisher Glenn Zuehls in the interoffice communique “When SFMC took over the publication, the company believed the publication’s finances could rise out of the red and benefit from joining forces with the Examiner and the Weekly.

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San Francisco Chronicle debuts membership program

The San Francisco SEO Chronicle Thursday launched a program granting subscribers a series of perks including special access to Chronicle reporters and editors, discount offers from local businesses and tickets to museums and movies.

The Chronicle currently offers a digital subscription for $10.99 per month and a print sub for $5.00 per week. Anyone with a print subscription gets a digital version at no extra charge.

Several news organizations have unveiled exclusive content recently in a bid to lure more digital subscribers:

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