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#035--October 27, 1999
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665


SAN FRANCISCO --- The Journalism Department at San Francisco State University will present a daylong forum on what type of daily newspaper do the people of the San Francisco area want and how they can get it on Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall on the S.F. State campus, 1600 Holloway Ave. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The focus on the forum --- "The New S.F. Chronicle: Greater Than the Sum of its Parts?" --- takes on added importance if, as many observers expect, San Francisco becomes a one-newspaper town.

The Department of Journalism at S.F. State has invited a representative cross-section of Bay Area community members to discuss what they need from their daily newspaper. The highly diverse sample of Bay Area residents, representing a variety of cultures, races and interests, will present their ideas of what the "new Chronicle" should provide its readers.

After morning workshops to compare ideas, the participants will present their "community wish list" to a panel of news professionals from the Bay Area for discussion. The journalists will explore strategies to bring community expectations to life and outline how the "new" Chronicle can best achieve what readers say they need in their newspaper.

The results from the forum will be shared with the Hearst Corporation, which plans to buy the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Bay Area media and the public.

Media panelists at the forum will include Cynthia Gorney of the UC Berkeley journalism faculty; Raul Ramirez, news director at KQED-FM; Bill Wyman, media critic for the online Salon news site; newspaper analyst Dave Cole; Carl Hall, science writer at the S.F. Chronicle and president of the Northern California Media Workers Guild and Typographical Union; and veteran journalists from the S.F. State faculty.

Members of the public are invited to attend the forum. RSVPs are requested by Nov. 9 and should be made by calling (415) 338-3313, EXT 3.


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