AAN News

Bay Guardian Pricing Lawsuit Set for Julynew

A Superior Court Judge has declined to delay the trial in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's predatory pricing suit against its two main competitors, Village Voice Media papers SF Weekly and East Bay Express. The Guardian charges the two weeklies with selling ads below cost in an effort to put it out of business.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  12-20-2006  1:53 pm  |  Industry News

East Bay Express Editor Offers Apology for Recent MediaNews Coverage

"Kevin Keane tore me a new asshole a couple weeks ago," begins the June 14 editor's note from Stephen Buel (here, second item). Keane, executive editor of ANG newspapers, was upset by East Bay Express' unfavorable coverage of his company's prospective purchase of Bay Area dailies. Buel says he stands by the Express' "overall conclusion," but he regrets "a few elements": not asking ANG for comment, using a fake byline on an article that rated reporters and not calling "attention to some of the good work done by reporters at ANG." As part of Buel's amends, this week's issue of the Express contains an interview with Keane.
06-15-2006  4:33 pm  |  Industry News

Two Village Voice Media Papers Earn Casey Medals

John Dougherty's "Polygamy in Arizona" investigation for Phoenix New Times won first place in the Nondaily Newspaper category of the 2006 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, it was announced today. The awards honor distinguished coverage of disadvantaged children and families. The judges wrote that Dougherty's series "was a tough story to get and the New Times should be applauded for stepping in where authorities failed to go." An honorable mention was given to Jonathan Kaminsky of East Bay Express for "Wounded Warriors," which the judges called "an insightful, unflinching look at a football team in a bleak neighborhood."
06-13-2006  9:29 am  |  Industry News

Founding Editor: Has Chain Ownership Changed the East Bay Express?new

Berkeley's alt-weekly dedicated its May 31 cover story to the chain ownership of local dailies, but acknowledged its own corporate ownership in an accompanying piece by John Raeside, who edited the paper for 24 years. (Raeside was also one of the weekly's owners before it was sold to New Times in 2001.) Looking at the "ongoing organizational narrative" of the Express, Raeside notes changes including the elimination of first-person journalism and the inclusion of "the greater East Bay into its editorial mix," but concludes that the paper "continues to rely on good writing and long-form journalism to tell this community's story." He also notes that Judith Moore, who recently passed away, was "in the first rank of the writers whose work has ever graced these pages."
East Bay Express  |  06-07-2006  9:15 am  |  Industry News

East Bay Express Story Inspires Investigation of Superintendent

In a May 24 East Bay Express article, Robert Gammon explored allegations of questionable behavior by Alameda County schools Superintendent Sheila Jordan. Two trustees of the Board of Education then notified Jordan by memo that they were concerned she might have misused county resources and would like to see relevant documents, the Web site InsideBayArea.com reports. The trustees told InsideBayArea that their inquiry "was prompted in part" by the East Bay Express article.
06-05-2006  8:25 am  |  Industry News

Is 'Corporate' Ownership Good for Newspapers?

That was one of the questions asked last night during a panel discussion in San Francisco on "The Coming Media Monopoly: Concentration of Press Ownership and Its Effects on Democracy." It will surprise few AAN members that panelists Stephen Buel, editor of Village Voice Media's East Bay Express, and Tim Redmond, executive editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, didn't see eye-to-eye on the matter. According to the "alternative online daily" BeyondChron, Buel said the Express' sale to VVM-predecessor New Times allowed the paper to hire more staff, purchase new computers and rent more office space. "In the past year, I've seen members of an alternative newsweekly buy houses in the Bay Area, and I think that's cool,” Buel said. Redmond disagreed, arguing that conglomeration results in homogenization of content and the pricing out of any true independent press.
06-02-2006  1:02 pm  |  Industry News

Citizens Rally After East Bay Express Exposes Allegations Against Cop

A Wednesday meeting of the Berkeley Police Review Commission was attended by protesters demanding an in-depth investigation into alleged misdeeds by Sgt. Cary Kent, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet. Kent was placed on administrative leave in January under suspicion of stealing drugs from police evidence, a fact that was made public in an April 5 East Bay Express article by Will Harper. Kent was first suspected because of poor hygiene and a tendency to fall asleep at his desk; a subsequent investigation of the drug vault showed "at least 181 evidence envelopes had been tampered with," Harper revealed. The Commission could not discuss the case at its Wednesday meeting because it was not on the agenda, although members of the public made statements during the comments period.
04-14-2006  12:25 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Lap Up Nominations in Food-Writing Awards

Foodies at Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Riverfront Times, Westword, L.A. Weekly, East Bay Express, City Pages (Twin Cities), Phoenix New Times, and Houston Press picked up ten of the 21 nominations for which they qualified in the 2006 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards announced today. The complete list is available as a PDF here. Alt-weeklies were particularly dominant in the "Newspaper Writing on Spirits, Wine or Beer" category, in which all three nominees are AAN members. The awards recognize and honor excellence and achievement in the culinary arts.
03-16-2006  1:26 pm  |  Industry News

Creative Loafing and East Bay Express Pick Up Clarion Awards

The two papers swept the Newspaper Feature Story category in this year's contest, which is administered by the Association for Women in Communications. The Loaf's Mara Shalhoup won in the circulation above 100,000 category, for Learning to Hit a Lick, which also won the Feature Story category in this year's AltWeekly Awards. And the Express' Kara Platoni won in the under 100,000 category, for The Ten Million Dollar Woman. The awards were presented this weekend in Lubbock, Texas.
10-26-2005  4:50 pm  |  Industry News

New Times Newspapers Dominate NABJ Awards

The National Association of Black Journalists announced the winners of its Salute to Excellence Awards competition this weekend in Washington, D.C. The organization handed out six first-place prizes for newspapers with circulations of 150,000 or less, and every last one of them were awarded to New Times papers. Here's the complete list of NABJ award winners.
10-18-2005  12:29 pm  |  Industry News

East Bay Express First U.S. Paper to Cover Army-Photo Scandalnew

Last Wednesday, Chris Thompson reported that American soldiers have been trading gruesome photographs of dead and mutilated Iraqis in return for free access to an amateur porn site. Thompson wrote, "(I)n the weeks since the European press uncovered the story and in the week since the site was first noticed by Eric Muller, law professor and author of the blog IsThatLegal.com, not a single US daily newspaper had covered it." That silence ended yesterday when the Army announced that it has launched an investigation of the matter.
East Bay Express  |  09-28-2005  9:54 am  |  Industry News

SF Weekly Attributes Lawsuit to Bay Guardian Miscuesnew

In an article in this week's edition of SF Weekly, Editor John Mecklin suggests that the San Francisco Bay Guardian is facing financial problems brought about largely from the purchase of a new office building, and that these problems might be behind the Bay Guardian's suit against SF Weekly, East Bay Express and New Times, Inc. In order to counter the suit's claim that New Times' Bay Area papers are discounting ads below cost, Mecklin offers accounts of the Guardian engaging in those very practices.
SF Weekly  |  02-04-2005  5:29 pm  |  Industry News