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Headline writing as done in the comics

There are plenty of places to learn about headline writing. You could get 10 terrific tips from the Poynter Institute’s Matt Thompson, an NPR product manager and veteran newspaper editor. The BBC’s “Teacher Resources” feature suggests how bloggers can broaden…

Journos hit chord as ‘Irish Newsboys’

They might not all be Irish, newsies, even boys at all—but when the Irish Newsboys band hits its stride at local watering holes, patrons can count on a rip-roaring Saturday night of rowdy folk music peppered with a bit of San Francisco-style rock.…

A newspaper poem for the decades

When spring arrives, sports writers wax eloquent as the ballet that is baseball begins anew. There is prose and there is poetry – much poetry. Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Baseball Canto” appeals to the longtime San Francisco Giants fan while John Updike…

The Bay Guardian dies, the spirit lives

In October 2014, the San Francisco Bay Guardian shut its doors after 48 years of publishing under founder Bruce B. Brugmann’s adage that “It is a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell,” a 19th century motto from…

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…

California’s First Newspaper

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 founded by pioneering publishers Dr. Walter Colton and Robert Baylor…

Remembering Jonestown, Moscone and Milk

In November 1978 two of the biggest news stories in San Francisco’s history occurred in rapid succession: Jonestown and the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk. This is a first person report. By James A. Finefrock I awoke before…

The Central City Extra Brings Tenderloin to Life

In a part of San Francisco known for drug-dealing, homelessness and poverty, a local newspaper manages to find good news, accomplished people and signs of hope. The Central City Extra doesn’t ignore problems, but it’s not blinded by them, either.…

Unhurried recognition for a world-shaking 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…