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#048--November 11, 1999; MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

Community to say what type of daily newspaper it wants

Forum at S.F. State on Nov. 13

WHAT: The Department of Journalism at San Francisco State University sponsors a forum for community members and professional journalists to discuss what type of daily newspaper they would like to see if San Francisco becomes a one-newspaper town.

WHEN AND WHERE: 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.

WHO WILL BE THERE: Numerous members of the San Francisco Bay Area community concerned about the future of daily newspaper journalism in San Francisco. Media panelists 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; Tim Graham, president of the N. California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and editor of Tech Week; and veteran journalists from the S.F. State faculty.

DETAILS: S.F. State's journalism department 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 on what the "new" Chronicle should give 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, owner of the S.F. Examiner and potential owner of the S.F. Chronicle, as well as with Bay Area media and the public.

Journalists at the American Journalism Review and the Columbia Journalism Review say the forum may be the first of its type in a city that faces the prospect of having only one daily newspaper.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call John Burks, professor of journalism and organizer of the forum, at (415) 338-2094. For additional assistance, call Ted DeAdwyler of the S.F. State Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-7110.


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