Evaluating print and broadcast news in the San Francisco Bay Area from A to F.



Article: How Bay Area and national media made the call (Make the call: Should the news media reveal the name of a juvenile murder suspect before the police have charged him?) 10/31/05

A previous version of this story stated that ABC7 divulged the name of the juvenile suspect the morning following the announcement of the arrest. The station that ran that report was KABC in Los Angeles, not KGO in San Francisco. Both stations go by the moniker ABC7.

Posted Nov. 1, 2005

Article: Mercury News plans to shrink newsroom by 52 jobs 9/24/05

Due to a source error, an earlier version of this story mischaracterized Mr. Riggs comments to the staff as referring to a disappointing third quarter earnings report by Knight Ridder. Mr. Riggs referenced revenue projections for the Mercury News rather than its corporate parent's recent performance.

Grade the News previously reported "notes" sent to staff about the need to conserve office supplies. There was one such memo.

Grade the News characterized the redesign of the Mercury News that folded the local news section into the front section as lasting "only a few weeks." The change lasted 10 weeks from June 20 to Aug. 29.

Posted Sept. 26, 2005

Article: Make the call: Should the San Francisco Chronicle have published leaked testimony from the secret BALCO grand jury inquiry? 12/14/04

A previous version of this page incorrectly characterized grand jury secrecy requirements. Witnesses are free to recount their testimony.

Posted Dec. 15, 2005

Article: Political gifts earn Bay Area journalists praise, punishment, 7/21/04

A previous version of this story gave the wrong amount for SFGate photo editor Virgil Porter's contribution to the mayoral campaign of Matt Gonzalez. It was $115, not $250.

CLARIFICATION: Although Lisa Bransten (see chart) was identified as a Wall Street Journal reporter in the San Francisco Ethics Commission database, she said she left the paper three months before donating to Susan Leal's mayoral campaign.

Posted July 21, 2004

Article: 2 papers claim same reporters as their own, 6/17/04

A previous version of this story misstated the Contra Costa Times' description of Dan Borenstein's job. Mr. Borenstein "heads the Times' Sacramento bureau"; he is not "bureau chief."

Posted June 18, 2004

Article: Bay Area newspapers nowhere near as diverse as the population, 5/17/04

A previous version of this story misstated the relationship between the late Robert Maynard and Dori Maynard. He was her father.

Posted May 18, 2004


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Monitoring the Bay Area's most popular news media:

Contra Costa Times

Knight Ridder

San Francisco Chronicle


San Jose Mercury News

Knight Ridder

KTVU, Oakland (FOX)

KTVU, Oakland (FOX)

KRON, San Francisco

KRON, San Francisco

KPIX, San Francisco (CBS)

KPIX, San Francisco (CBS)

KGO, San Francisco (ABC)

KGO, San Francisco (ABC)

KNTV, San Jose (NBC)

KNTV, San Jose (NBC)


Bay Area media advocates:

Media Alliance
Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism at SFSU
Maynard Institute
Youth Media Council
Project Censored
New California Media
Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter
National Writers Union Bay Area chapter

Site highlights


The three-part series follows the rise of three Bay Area handouts:
• Part 1: At free dailies, advertisers sometimes call the shots
• Part 2: Free daily papers: more local but often superficial
• Part 3: Free papers' growth threatens traditional news
• See also: SF Examiner and Independent agree to end payola restaurant reviews
• And: The free tabloid that wasn't: East Bay's aborted Daily Flash


Lou Alexander started a firestorm with his original guest commentary predicting the company would be sold. Several other experts on newspapers have weighed in:
Newspapers can't cut their way back into Wall Street investors' hearts, by Stephen R. Lacy; Alexander responds
Humbler profits won't encourage buyouts, by John Morton; Alexander responds
Newspapers can't maintain monopoly profits because they've lost their monopolies, by Philip Meyer
Knight Ridder in grave jeopardy, by Lou Alexander...


Leakers and plumbers: There's no difference between a good leak and a bad leak? Journalists need a shield law. 11/22/05
Unintended consequences: How Craigslist and similar services are sucking revenue from faltering newspapers. 9/13/05
Is CPB irrelevant? As Congress moves to cut public broadcasting funds, has CPB become obsolete in the modern marketplace. 6/26/05
The paradox of news: There's more news available and its cheaper than ever before, but fewer young people are interested. 5/12/05


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