State-level bill to protect journalists is long overdue

State-level bill to protect journalists is long overdue

State-level legislation to hold law enforcement officers’ and public officials’ feet to the fire when they violate journalists’ rights is long overdue. Of especially strong concern is officers’ mistreatment of journalists, including those with press credentials; abuses range in severity from detention to injurious assault, and it’s a growing trend that needs to be stopped. […]

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David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

By Caroline GrannanPacific Media Workers Guild unit chair, San Francisco Chronicle David Perlman, the revered San Francisco Chronicle science writer and editor who started at the Chronicle in 1940 and retired 77 years later in 2017 when he was a vigorous 98 years old, died June 19 at age 101. Perlman, who became a Newspaper […]

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

June 14, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU — Workers, community members and reporters are reacting with shock to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s announcement Thursday it is laying off half of the newsroom. This devastation at the state’s largest newspaper will permanently damage the critical news coverage Hawaii depends on.  “This decision was disappointing, frustrating and unnecessary,” […]

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Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 15, 2020 Three former governors of the state of Hawaii have joined forces to urge the Honolulu Star-Advertiser not to go through with sweeping layoffs it has announced that would cripple the newspaper and ultimately hurt the community that depends upon it. Former Governors John Waihee, Ben Cayetano and Neil Abercrombie sent […]

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Guild joins other press-freedom advocates backing SLAPP victim appealing court’s defamation finding

Guild joins other press-freedom advocates backing SLAPP victim appealing court’s defamation finding

In a matter with press-freedom implications, the Guild and several other organizations are joining the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in seeking authorization to file an amicus brief supporting a woman appealing a Sacramento County Superior Court finding that a complaint of sexual harassment against a California assemblyman was defamatory. Pamela Lopez is […]

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Pro-Sunshine Victory

Pro-Sunshine Victory

In an opinion that stands to help budget-constrained journalists and news outlets stay competitive, the California Supreme Court has declared that public agencies must bear the cost of redacting electronic records that members of the public request. The Pacific Media Workers Guild (the Guild) and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter can claim […]

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COVID-19 Member Resources: Hawaii

COVID-19 Member Resources: Hawaii

Menu (click to scroll) Unemployment Insurance Temporary Disability Insurance Workers Compensation Additional Resources UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE Use When: You’ve lost your job or had hours reduced. General Eligibility You must be either totally unemployed, or working less than your normal hours and earning less than your weekly benefit amount. You may be disqualified for eligibility for […]

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FAC Launches In-Depth FOI Training Sessions for Journalists

The First Amendment Coalition is proud to announce the launch of a series of Freedom of Information Boot Camps for journalists interested in using the California Public Record Act and other laws to shed light on government agencies across the state.  Led by FAC attorneys, these sessions will provide journalists tools to improve their reporting, whether daily […]

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SPJ NorCal calls for Sacramento PD to affirm journalists’ rights

The Society of Professional Journalists released this statement on Wednesday: In March, Sacramento police detained three journalists while they were reporting on a citizens’ protest over the fatal shooting by officers of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man. The detention served no public purpose and could have been avoided if Sacramento PD had a […]

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Guild members honored for journalistic excellence

The Guild congratulates several of our sisters and brothers who are to receive awards in November for journalistic excellence. Julia Cheever and Daniel Montes of Bay City News Service, and Charles Desmarais and Lauren Hernandez of the San Francisco Chronicle will be honored at the San Francisco Press Club’s Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Dinner […]

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