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Advisory boards


Main advisory board
Citizen advisory board
Journalist advisory board


Main advisory board

Ben H. Bagdikian, former dean, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley; former assistant managing editor and ombudsman, The Washington Post; author of The Media Monopoly and many other analyses of contemporary news media.

* Joan Bieder, lecturer, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley; former producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; associate producer at ABC Evening News.

Hodding Carter III, president and chief executive officer of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher; spokesman for the State Department in the Jimmy Carter administration; chief correspondent for Public Broadcasting Service's Inside Story critique of press performance; author.

Lydia Chavez, associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley; contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine; former bureau chief for The New York Times in El Salvador and Buenos Aires; author.

Clifford Christians, research professor of communications at the University of Illinois; lead author of Good News: Social Ethics and the Press, and Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning and scores of research articles exploring the ethics of journalism.

Lori Dorfman, director, Berkeley Media Studies Group; editor of Reporting on Violence: New Ideas for Television, Print and Web; co-author of News for a Change: An Advocate's Guide to Working with the Media and more than 30 journal articles and published reports.

Deni Elliott, professor of ethics, University of Montana; author of scores of articles about journalism ethics.

Edward Fouhy, executive director of the Pew Center on the States, former bureau chief for CBS news in Saigon and in Washington, former CBS News vice president, former ABC News vice president.

Gary Gilson, executive director of the Minnesota News Council, the nation's longest-running agency promoting fairness in local news media; network and public television documentarian; former reporter for The Minneapolis Star.

* Theodore L. Glasser, professor of communication and director of the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University; co-author of Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue; winner of the 1999 research prize of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Larry Jinks, former publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, senior vice president for news and operations at Knight Ridder Inc., career newspaperman.

Linda Jue, free-lance journalist, former president of San Francisco Media Alliance, former public broadcasting documentarian, associate editor of San Francisco Focus magazine, associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Robert Kroll, First Amendment, privacy and family law attorney; free-lance legal affairs journalist; former reporter for The Orange County Register and The Berkeley Daily Gazette.

*Thomas C. Layton, president and member of the board of The Alexander Gerbode Foundation in San Francisco. He serves as a trustee of the Cow Hollow Foundation and the Ploughshares Fund, as director of Interaction Associates, Inc., and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, Charity Lobbying in the Pulic Interest, Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.

Austin Long-Scott, associate professor and chair of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University; former White House correspondent for The Washington Post, reporter for the Los Angeles Times, metropolitan editor and columnist for the Oakland Tribune, and reporter/producer for KRON television.

Dori J. Maynard, president and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, former Nieman fellow.

Michael Meyer, associate professor of philosophy at Santa Clara University, co-editor of The Constitution of Rights: Human Dignity and American Values, author of numerous publications dealing with political philosophy and ethics.

Philip Meyer, Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, former reporter for The Miami Herald; news research director for Knight Ridder Inc.; author of four books about journalism, including Precision Journalism: A Reporter's Introduction to Social Science Methods and scores of research articles about news.

Robert Schulman, executive director of the Center for Humanities and Civic Leadership at the University of Louisville; the nation’s first regularly published media criticism columnist at the Louisville Times and the Courier Journal, staff correspondent for Time-Life and Sports Illustrated; managing editor of PBS' Inside Story series; local television media commentator.

Thomas Shanks, first director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, co-founder and first chair of the Communication Department at SCU, former associate dean, author, business-ethics trainer.

* Diana Stover, professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, San Jose State University; former editor of Mass Comm Review; Fulbright scholar; recipient of the Edward J. Trayes Professor of the Year award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Elizabeth Thoman, founding editor of Media & Values magazine; founding director of the Center for Media Literacy, the largest publisher and distributor of innovative teaching materials about the media in North America, providing "driver's training for the information superhighway."

* William Woo, Lorry Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University; former reporter, Washington-based columnist and editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Nieman fellow.

* members of the steering committee.


Citizen advisory board

Salvador C. Alvarez, development specialist, City of San Jose; neighborhood activist.

Dr. Cristina L. Azocar, executive director, Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism, San Francisco State University.

Linda D. Crowe, system director, Peninsula Library System.

Robert C. Cuddy, civic activist and former journalist, Livermore.

Malkia A. Cyril, director, Youth Media Council, Oakland.

Magda A. Escobar, executive director, Plugged-In community technology center, East Palo Alto; former fellow, Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Richard A. Knee, free-lance journalist and freedom-of-information activist, San Francisco.

Jane E. Light, city librarian, city of San Jose.

Steve O’Donoghue, founder and co-director, The Media Academy, John C. Fremont High School, Oakland; former Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.

McCrae Parker, senior associate, Children and the Media Program, Children Now, Oakland; lead author of The Local News Media's Picture of Children.

Ellen (Sally) Redner Probst, former president of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto; current director of housing, Bay Area League of Women Voters.

William Wong, writer and journalist, author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America, former ombudsman and columnist for the Oakland Tribune and reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

S. Reshma Yunus, consultant, community activist in Fremont; director of publicity for the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark and Union City; former senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Journalist advisory board

Michael Antonucci, South Bay newspaper reporter; adjunct professor of journalism at Santa Clara University.

Francine Brevetti, technology reporter for the Oakland Tribune and other Alameda Newspaper Group publications.

Michael S. Cabanatuan, transportation reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; local president of the Northern California Media Workers Guild.

Stacy Finz, general assignment reporter, San Francisco Chronicle.

Douglas Foster, free-lance environmental writer; visiting professor, University of California Graduate School of Journalism; former John S. Knight fellow; former editor of Mother Jones.

Marty Gonzalez, anchor, KRON-TV; associate professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department, San Francisco State University.

Cynthia Gouw, reporter, Pacific Time at KQED public radio; former KPIX-TV reporter and three-time Emmy winner.

David Mills, producer and writer, KPIX-TV; president of the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Raul Ramirez, director, news and public affairs, KQED public radio; former Washington Post reporter, research fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press.

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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

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