Read, see and hear all about it

The newsboy’s call to “read all about it” has faded into memory. The once-iconic television test pattern no longer signals the end of the broadcast day. Even the thud of the newspaper landing on the porch is giving way to a vibrant digital age that combines text, sound and video.

The vast changes marking the evolution of modern media have been compressed into little more than a century and a half. And nowhere has the experimentation, invention and innovation been more dramatic than in Northern California, beginning with the state’s first newspaper and continuing into the era of social media.

In this short video tour, you’ll witness some of the entertaining, powerful and sublime moments in Northern California media history. After your tour, explore the rest of the website to see more of the region’s contributions to the world of print, radio, television and digital communications.

History lives on at SF State television archive

History lives on at SF State television archive

Powerful images and historic events come to life in the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. The collection includes more than 4,000 hours of film and video depicting programming produced from 1939 to 2005. See news, documentaries and programs from KRON, KPIX, KQED and more.…

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Unhurried recognition for a world-shaking news story

Unhurried recognition for a world-shaking news story

In May, 1945, and for several months thereafter, Edward Kennedy was the most famous reporter in the world for breaking the exclusive story of Germany’s World War II surrender. For successfully challenging a politically inspired embargo and reporting one of the most important news stories…

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Pioneers of Sportscasting

Pioneers of Sportscasting

In the early days of sportscasting, the roar of the crowd and the crack of the bat didn’t always come from the ballpark. Dick Meister, a longtime Bay Area journalist,…

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When scoops were king

When scoops were king

Back in the days of epic circulation wars, even non-news could find its way to the top of the front page, promoted in bold type. When the news was big,…

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California’s 1st Paper

California’s 1st Paper

The first newspaper in California launched in Monterey on Aug. 15, 1846, with a blockbuster story: news of the declaration of war with Mexico. The paper, named The Californian, was…

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A Giant in Television

A Giant in Television

He was little known, yet he changed the world. He often worked alone in his laboratory, yet he battled the Goliath of his time, RCA. His inventions made possible the…

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Publishers Hall of Fame

Publishers Hall of Fame

The California Press Association gives public recognition to outstanding newspaper people of the state, past and present, with the most coveted award election to the California Newspaper Publishers Hall of…

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The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize

From 1934 through 2010, Northern California publications made their mark by winning the highest honor in newspapers: the Pulitzer Prize. Celebrated court cases, natural disasters, tax frauds, spectacular accidents and…

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If LaLanne said jump, viewers said how high

If LaLanne said jump, viewers said how high

He ditched the sugar and banished the headaches. Then came his first gym. But that was just the beginning. Soon enough, Jack LaLanne was fanning the flames of a revolution…

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He took the photo – the Marines took Iwo Jima

He took the photo – the Marines took Iwo Jima

“Nice guy. Good photographer,” the young editor said after poring over pictures from Joe Rosenthal. Then came the realization: This wasn’t any old Joe. This was the photographer who riveted…

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They won us over with a mike and oddball humor

They won us over with a mike and oddball humor

They weren’t just interviews, they were “terrorizations” – wacky and weird, but carried off with a straight face and charm. It’s no wonder people loved to be quizzed by Mal…

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