Last year more than 100 journalists were killed while on reporting duty, making it the bloodiest year on record for journalism, according to IPI’s statistics.
Of the 100 journalists killed last year, forty-eight were killed in the Middle East and North Africa alone. 46 of which were killed in Iraq, once again proving Iraq to be the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.
I am off to an assembly for the International Press Institute (IPI), an international free press organization, meeting in Istanbul. Read more »
Last Thursday May 23, as I was preparing my introductory remarks for our third annual small business awards ceremony at Anchor Steam Brewery, I found a timely article buried in that day's business page of the San Francisco Chronicle that helped illustrate what I call the Chronicle's "Let's be fair to PG&E" news principle.
The article, I pointed out, reported on a major $l5,000 study that was specially commissioned by the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance and provided valuable ammunition to independents in their endless battle with the chain stores. Read more »
Yesterday, when I was going back and forth with my source in Contra Costa County on how Singleton papers covered the Reilly settlement story in the East Bay, he mentioned that Murdoch had made an unsolicited bid to buy the Wall Street Journal. My source, a natural born news junkie, monitors breaking news during the day. I leafed through my copy of the Journal and couldn't find any such story and promptly forgot about it. Read more »
Click here for the Guardian editorial Reilly's Victory
Click here for the Guardian story Beyond the Reilly settlement
I was glad that I went to the Clint Reilly press conference April 23 and saw for myself what Reilly and his attorney Joe Alioto won in their historic settlement with Hearst and Singleton and just how the two monopolizing newspaper chains would cover the story about their own monopolizing moves. Read more »
Okay, okay, after getting a note from my Contra Costa source who follows Singleton news coverage for me in the East Bay, I realized I better explain what happened to me after the Clint Reilly press conference Wednesday morning. My source said he saw my whacked up face in the blog below and "thought Phil Bronstein was up to his old tricks."
This was a reference to the famous incident in l993 when Reilly, then a political consultant, was invited to the old Hearst Examiner by then publisher Will Hearst to advise the Examiner on how to grow its circulation. Read more »