Journalism Innovations II: New Work & Ideas for Making the News

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May 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. * April 30 (evening reception & panels)
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Join the conversation about journalism and democracy with Susan Mernit of the Public Media Collaborative, Gilbert Bailón of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, New America Media’s Sandy Close, founder Cynthia Typaldos, David Cohn of Spot.Us, KCBS News Radio program director Ed Cavagnaro, Eve Batey of, plus speakers from the California Endowment, the Public Media Collaborative, and many other innovators, entrepreneurs, community leaders and active organizations.

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Pre-register for the DIGITAL DIVIDE & COMMUNICATIONS RIGHTS WORKSHOP for insight and discussion of building civic empowerment through connecting marginalized communities with emerging and established media.

Pre-register for the SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING LAB, presented by the Public Media Collaborative: English & Spanish tracks for skills and strategies for Twitter, Facebook and more.

Pre-register for SPEED CAREER COACHING: ALL 50 COACHING SLOTS ARE BOOKED. Limited waitlist available for walkup attendees.

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Event Buildings: McClaren Hall; UC (University Center); Cowell (CO)

exhibitor load-in + bagel breakfast

9:00-9:15am: MCLAREN 252
Opening Remarks
• Father Steven Privett, President, University of San Francisco
• Ricardo Sandoval, President, Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California
• Clare Morales Roberts, Executive Director, Independent Arts & Media

9:15-10:30am: MCLAREN 252
MORNING KEYNOTE: “What About the Newsprint? New Futures for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Other Stories”
Must the San Francisco Chronicle disappear into a vortex of Wall Street crisis, like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Rocky Mountain News? Or are there other, happier futures for the Bay Area’s leading newsprint daily — and for newspapers around the nation? Leaders in finance, philanthropy, and commercial and nonprofit media address the question.

• David Westphal, former Washington Bureau Chief, McLatchy Newspapers; Executive in Residence, USC Annenberg School of Communications
• Barry Parr,; co-founder,; media analyst (Jupiter Research, Forrester)
• Jon Funabiki, former media-program officer, Ford Foundation
• Holly Kernan, KALW-FM
• Robert Rosenthal, Center for Investigative Reporting
• Moderator: Ricardo Sandoval, Sacramento Bee/SPJ-NorCal
Warren Hellman, Hellman & Friedman Canceled due to schedule conflicts
Carl Hall, Media Worker’s Guild Canceled due to schedule conflicts

10:45am-12:00pm: MCLAREN 252
“New Business Models: Crowdfunding, Advertising, Fiscal Sponsorship & L3C”
Online media provides a variety of tools and methods for funding journalism entrepreneurially. And it even includes advertising! This panel explores current, active methods in online advertising, microphilanthropy and “crowdfunding,” and nonprofit fiscal sponsorship, all of which are opening doors for independent journalists to take control of their revenue streams and advance their new roles as online publishers. We’ll also look at the emerging L3C model for “limited profitability” corporations.
• Bill Densmore, Reynolds Fellow, University of Missouri
• David Cohn, Spot.Us
• Hal Plotkin,
• Yesenia Sanchez, Fiscal Sponsorship Consultant
• Cynthia Typaldos,
• Moderator: Tom Murphy,

10:45am-12:00pm: UC 421
Journalism Education & Campus Newsrooms
How do journalism educators prepare students for future careers in an industry undergoing cataclysmic transformation? How are campus newsrooms evolving with this changing reality, to provide relevant training and resources for young reporters with an uncertain future, but ambition to fill the vital needs that journalists provide to a democracy?
• Chris O’Brien, The Next Newsroom
• Richard Kochi Hernandez, Visiting Fellow, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
• Rick Rodriguez, Southwest Borderlands Journalism Institute at Arizona State University
• Cristina Azocar, Director, Center for the Integration & Improvement of Journalism
• Geneva Overholser, Director, Journalism Program, Annenberg School of Communications
• Moderator: Teresa Moore, journalism professor, University of San Francisco

10:45am-12:00pm: UC 419
New Labor Reporting
Once upon a time, labor was a beat covered in daily newspapers. There are still plenty of labor issues out there, but what happened to the coverage? This panel brings together independent labor reporters, advocates and documentarians to answer the question and imagine the future.
• Steve Zeltzer, Laborfest, Labor Video
• Steve Stallone, President, International Labor Communications Association
• Dick Meister, Independent journalist, former labor reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
• Colette Washington, Online Communications Specialist, California Nurses Association
• Moderator: Susan Ferriss, senior writer, Sacramento Bee; co-author, “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement,”

10:45-12:00pm: CO 323 + CO 326
Social Media Training, English & Spanish Tracks
Presented by the Public Media Collaborative. Preregister through Thursday, April 30; walk-up attendees welcome thereafter.


12:30-12:55pm: MCLAREN 252
“Digital Journalism Review: Students Upend Expectations
Students from Santa Clara University’s Digital Journalism Review blog provide insight into digital media and young people, and wind up challenging the status quo and expectations of the established mainstream press.

1:00-2:15 pm: MCLAREN 252
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: “What We Were & What We Must Become”
Newspaper veterans, media futurists and nonprofit innovators look back at the business that once was, and the many changes, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
• Gilbert Bailón, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Al Dia, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Sandy Close, New America Media
• Chris Peck, Memphis Commercial Appeal, ASNE
• Lam Oi Wan,, Hong Kong In-Media
• Jessica Clark, Center for Social Media, American University
• Moderator: Bill Densmore, Reynolds Journalism Fellow

1:00-5:15pm: CO 326
Social Media Training, SPANISH Track
Presented by Nuestra Voz and the Public Media Collaborative. Preregister through Thursday, April 30; walk-up attendees welcome thereafter.

2:30-5:15pm: CO 323
Social Media Training, ENGLISH Track
Presented by the Public Media Collaborative. Preregister through Thursday, April 30; walk-up attendees welcome thereafter.

1:00-5:15pm: CO 322
Speed Career Coaching
15 Minutes With A Professional Career Coach. Space is limited! Only fifty slots are available! Preregister now to ensure a slot; depending on cancelations, some walkup attendees welcome.

2:30-3:45pm: MCLAREN 252
New Media Ventures in Health Journalism: Is Philanthropy Funded Journalism the Next Rescue Plan?
Health care foundations in California are starting to bring resources to the task of health-focused reporting at a time of retreat by commercial media. Kaiser has launched Kaiser Health News, that works in collaboration with existing news outlets; the California Endowment funds fellowships that provide training and education for journalists and has launched a new website for reporters, and the California Health Care Foundation has just launched the Center for Health Care Journalism. How can reporters plug into these emerging resources?
• Matt James, Senior Vice President Media and Publication, Kaiser Family Foundation
• Michelle Levander, Director, California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg School of Journalism, Editor,
• Spencer Sherman, Director of Publishing and Communications, California Health Care Foundation.
• Moderator: Laurie Udesky

2:30-3:45pm: UC 421
“Neighborhoods & Communities: Connecting the Dots”
As emerging news media becomes ever-more personalized and entrepreneurial, the absence of effective, meaningful local and neighborhood journalism in the traditional press grows more apparent. But even as online innovators aggressively move to fill the gap, established news media organizations are taking new steps to fulfill information needs in neighborhoods and communities.
• Amra Tareen, co-founder,
• Tom Negrete, Managing Editor, Sacramento Bee
• Eve Batey,
• Becky O’Mally, Berkeley Daily Planet
• Barry Parr,
• Moderator: Susan Mernit, Public Media Collaborative, former program manager, Knight Foundation 21st Century News Challenge

2:30-3:45pm: UC 419
Broadcast: The Elephant in the Room
Newspapers may be in full retreat, the Web may be home to a thriving online media sector — but most Americans still go to television and radio for their daily news needs. These two mediums that have had their own struggles and shakedowns. What’s the lay of the land in 2009 for the original wireless media?
• Ed Cavagnaro, Director of News & Programming, KCBS News Radio
• Randall Yip, Senior Producer, ABC7/KGO TV
• Ben Temchine, Your Call Radio/KALW-FM
• Bruce Koon, News Director, KQED-FM
• Laura McClure, Multimedia Editor, Mother Jones
• Moderator: Dina Ibrahim, professor of journalism, San Francisco State University

2:30-3:45pm: CO 322
The Digital Divide & Communication Rights: Training & Organizing Strategies
Learn strategies for media literacy, technology and communications-training for communities that lack access to established or emerging media. The panel will also discuss collaborations between technology innovators, community organizers, media educators and do-it-yourself media producers; and explore the tensions and opportunities between media insiders, marginalized groups, and projects focused on low-income/disenfranchised communities.
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• Eloise S. Lee, Program Director, Media Alliance
• Kami Griffiths, Executive Director, Community Technology Network
• Renee Yang-Geesler, Co-Director of the First Voice Media Action Program
• Luz Ruíz, co-founder of COMPPA, Coalition of Popular Communicators for Autonomy
• Moderator: Dorothy Kidd, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco

4-5:15pm: UC 421
Ethnic News Media: New Voices & an Emerging Mainstream
As a nation of immigrants, the United States is home to a thriving ethnic press sector. But more than simply fulfilling the needs of communities overlooked by mainstream media, the ethnic press is also a player in public discourse, full of voices that demand and need inclusion. What are the innovations and opportunities here? A unique panel of nonproft and commercial news publishers and advocates take on the question.
• Eleanor Boswell-Raine, The Oakland Globe
• Gilbert Bailón, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Al Dia, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Juan Gonzalez, Founder, El Tecolote; Chair, City College of San Francisco Dep’t of Journalism
• Linda Jue, Director, G.W. Williams Center for Independent Media
• Moderator: Dawn Garcia, Deputy Director of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford University

4-5:15pm: MCLAREN 252
“Journalism Careers: Making Your Own Future”
Career management experts and news people with experience on both sides of the hiring line share survival and success strategies for navigating an industry that’s been swept by a sea change.
• Tom Ballantyne, Career Management, Coaching and Recruitment Consultant
Adrianne Cabanatuan, HR Manager, Northern California Public Broadcasting Canceled due to schedule conflict
• Bob Butler, Reporter for the Chauncey Bailey Project and KCBS Radio
• L.A. Chung, Writer, Editor, Media Consultant
• Moderator: Leslie Guevarra

4-5:15pm: UC 419
Student Media: Leadership & Opportunity
The Foghorn and USFtv are two student-run media outlets and both have recently migrated to the web. Staff from the 106 year-old Foghorn and the 3 year-old USFtv will discuss why this web presence is important in creating community at USF, and what changes have been made to their respective outlets.
The Foghorn: Laura Plantholt, Nicholas Mukhar, Stephanie Luu, Michael Villasenor
USFtv: Kate Elston, Alex Platt, Ashton Bothman, Meghan Raab, Chris Begley

Panelists (Updated April 18)

  • Gilbert Bailón, Editorial Page Editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, started his journalism career as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News in 1986, eventually becoming the newspaper’s executive editor. In 2004 he became publisher and editor of Al D&iacute’a, a Spanish-language daily serving North Texas. He is the 2007-2008 president of American Society of Newspaper Editors, and past-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
  • Tom Ballantyne is a career and transition coach with more than 25 years of experience in helping people find their right livelihoods. His current coaching practice centers on successful transitions for job seekers and career changers in many fields, including media — writers, editors, producers, reporters. Tom is also a senior consultant for Torchiana, Mastrov & Sapiro, the largest independent career management solutions firm in Northern California. Before joining TMS, he was director of the Graduate Business Career Center at San Francisco State University. Previously, Tom was an executive search consultant and owner of Ballantyne & Associates, a retained search firm based in San Francisco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.
  • Eve Batey, founder of, is formerly the San Francisco Chronicle’s Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of
  • David Cohn, the founder of the journalism-crowdfunding service Spot.Us, is also a contributing editor at, an editor at NewAssignment.Net and a freelance writer for Wired News. He won the Knight Foundation’s 21st Century News Challenge to start Spot.Us.
  • Franc Contreras, Al Jazeera TV. For more than 12 years,Franc Contreras has been covering Mexico for major international news media organizations, including NPR, Marketplace and the BBC. He’s traveled to every state in Mexico, covering virtually every major political and economic story that has taken place — including presidential elections, guerilla uprisings, indigenous rights and immigration. He’s also reported from most of Central America, Argentina, Colombia, Haiti and Venezula.
  • Bill Densmore, a University of Missouri Reynolds Fellow for the Information Valet Project, is a veteran journalist with The Associated Press, and the director of The Media Giraffe Project, a grant-funded effort of the journalism program at the University of Massachusetts “to find and spotlight people making innovative use of media to foster participatory democracy and community.” He is also a collaborator on the Journalism That Matters convenings.
  • Susan Ferriss, senior writer, Sacramento Bee. For more than two decades Susan has covered immigration and economic development as a reporter for the Monterey Herald, the San Francisco Examiner, Cox Newspapers and the Sacramento Bee. From 1997 to 2005 she was Latin America correspondent for the Atlanta Journal and the Austin American-Statesman, where her work was honored with awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter-American Press Association. She was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford in 2004. She’s also co-author of “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement,” Harcourt, 1997. Her documentary, “The Golden Cage: A story of California’s Farmworkers,” won awards at several film festivals, including a Golden Apple at the National Educational Film Festival.
  • Kami Griffiths is a devoted community technology activist with a decade of professional experience working on behalf of under served communities. Through teaching computer skills, connecting volunteers to individuals in need of technology skills and equipment, and facilitating adult literacy classes, Kami has emerged in recent years as a national leader in the battle to combat the digital divide and expand technology access for all Americans. She is the Executive Director of the Community Technology Network, an SF-based nonprofit that providies training, mentorship, networking and volunteers to underserved communities.
  • Leslie Guevarra is an associate editor at and its sister sites at Greener World Media Inc. She has been a news reporter, editor and senior newsroom manager as well as the host and associate producer of a public affairs program on television. Her leadership roles have included tenure as a deputy managing editor, director of newsroom hiring and staff development and interim head of human resources for a newsroom of more than 500 people. A founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association’s San Francisco Chapter, Leslie has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, KTSF-TV, the Examiner and three other Bay Area newspapers.
  • Warren Hellman co-founded Hellman & Friedman LLC in 1984, is the Firm’s Chairman, and a member of the Firm’s Investment and Compensation Committees. He was formerly a Director of numerous portfolio companies, including Eller Media Company, Inc., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and Young & Rubicam Inc. Mr. Hellman is a member of the University of California Walter A. Haas School of Business Advisory Board and, in 2005, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Matt James, Senior Vice President of Media and Public Education at Kaiser Family Foundation, is responsible for approximately half of the Foundation’s operating programs and six of its operating divisions, including its health news and information service,, its public opinion research program, media fellowship programs, and media partnerships with news and entertainment media organizations in the U.S. and around the globe. Mr. James also leads the development of the Foundation’s newest journalism initiative, Kaiser Health News, that launched in 2009.
  • Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated video and multimedia producer. He has worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years, and also has contributed to Time, Newsweek, The New York Times and international magazines. Richard was named deputy director of photography and multimedia after spearheading the creation of Koci Hernandez is currently a visiting Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities.
  • Holly Kernan, News Director, KALW 91.7 FM Public Radio/CrossCurrents Radio
  • The Digital Journalism Review students of Santa Clara University
  • Dorothy Kidd teaches Media Studies at the University of San Francisco, where her research focuses on grassroots efforts to democratize the media in the US and internationally. She is also a veteran community media trainer and producer, including work at Vancouver Cooperative Radio, Okalakatiget Communications, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and Wawatay Native Communications. Her own video productions include “La Piel de La Memoria/Skin of Memory,” the documentation of a community arts project in Medellin, Colombia; “Counting our Victories,” which documents a popular education training cycle in Vancouver, Canada, and “Ikajurti: Midwifery in the Canadian Arctic,” made with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and the Inuit Pauktuutit (Women’s) Organization in Canada.
  • Sally Lehrman is Santa Clara University’s Knight Ridder-San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair in Journalism and the Public Interest. Also an independent journalist, Lehrman specializes in covering identity, race relations and gender within the context of medicine and science. Her byline credits include Scientific American, Health,, Nature, The Boston Globe and The DNA Files, a series of public radio documentaries on genetics distributed by National Public Radio. Lehrman is author of News in a New America, a fresh take on diversity in coverage and staffing, and served for a decade as national diversity chair for the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism Senior Fellow on race and contributes to the Poynter Institute’s Diversity at Work blog. Before striking out on her own, Lehrman was a staff writer and editor for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. Her honors have included the 1995-96 John S. Knight Fellowship; a 2002 Peabody award, Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Award for excellence in health and medical programming, and Columbia/Du Pont Silver Baton (shared for the DNA Files).
  • Michelle Levander is the founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at the Annenberg School for Communication and editor of, the first Web 2.0 community for health journalists. The Health Journalism Fellowships has trained more than 350 professional print, broadcast and digital journalists with one third of participants coming from the nation’s vibrant ethnic media. Ms. Levander has also worked in Asia, Latin America and the U.S. for Time Magazine Asia, The Asian Wall Street Journal and The San Jose Mercury News. She was the founding editor of The Technology Journal at The Asian Wall Street Journal and Technology Editor at Time Asia. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Eloise S. Lee is the Program Director at Media Alliance, a 33-year-old Oakland, CA, media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists. Eloise coordinates the Raising Our Voices (ROV) Media Training Program – a project that supports the development of a more democratic public sphere through the creation and circulation of media content from working class communities and immigrant women of color in the Bay Area. Eloise is also a steering committee member of the Bay Area Community Technology Network (CTN). Originally from Hawaii, Eloise holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.
  • Laura McClure is an award winning magazine journalist, a former editor in News/Politics, and the current Multimedia Editor of Mother Jones. In the past year she’s launched both MoJo Video and MoJo Podcasts, (now in the top 100 political podcasts in iTunes), helped navigate a major website relaunch, and blended broadcast tech tips from a Knight Digital Media Center fellowship with good old-fashioned investigative reporting and editing. She is adept at helping journalists bridge the gap between ‘legacy’ media and its new media upstart cousin.
  • Susan Mernit, a former VP at Netscape and AOL, is a co-founder of Pink Garage, a new online community and resource for women entrepreneurs. She also ran the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding $5MM to support innovative local projects that expand online news and community discourse. She is a BlogHer contributor, and is currently involved in the Public Media Collaborative, a new group organizing to train and mentor nonprofits and local commmunity groups in using social media tools to deepen member engagement, reach new audiences, market campaigns, and use micro-donation.
  • Tom Murphy is a social entrepreneur who is founder of, the first major news site for readers over 40, and, a news service deisgned for new media. In the past, he was the founding Managing Editor of, Editor in Chief of and AP news supervisor in San Francisco.
  • Chris O’Brien is a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News where he writes about business and technology issues in Silicon Valley. He has been a reporter at the Mercury News since 1999, covering everything from the dot-com boom to the California energy crisis to the region’s high-tech economy. O’Brien was also a recipient of a Knight Foundation News Challenge Award for The Next Newsroom Project. The project’s goal was to research and design the ideal newsroom of the future.
  • Geneva Overholser is the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. She previously held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, in its Washington, D.C., bureau. She is a frequent print, broadcast and online media critic, and the author of “On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change.”
  • Barry Parr is the publisher and founder of, a community news site for coastal San Mateo County, and, a blog about networked media. He’s a co-creator of the first full Web newspaper at the San Jose Mercury News and CNET’s
  • Chris Peck is the editor of the The Memphis Commercial Appeal, overseeing all news operations for print and online. A past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors and current board member for the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he has spent a career working on national newspaper issues. He is also the co-founder of Journalism That Matters, a coalition of legacy media leaders and New Media entrepreneurs who are focused on keeping journalism vibrant and alive in a digital age. He grew up in a newspaper family in Wyoming where he and his brother still own The Riverton Ranger, a newspaper started by his father. He is married to Kate Duignan, who he met at Stanford University.
  • Hal Plotkin, founder of and the Center for Media Change, is a founding editor of Marketplace, a former senior fellow for the World Economic Development Congress, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Foothill and De Anza Community College. His writing has been published by Inc. International, International Business magazine, Forbes ASAP, Barron’s Online, California Business magazine, Family Business magazine, The Harvard Management Update, Securities Industry Daily and many others.
  • Rick Rodriguez, Director, Southwest Borderlands Journalism Institute at Arizona State University; former Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee; former president, American Society of Newspaper Editors.
  • Steve Rhodes,Steve Rhodes is a journalist and photographer covering media, culture & politics. He has been a member of the Paper Tiger TV video collective, did research for documentaries on Frontline at the Center for Investigative Reporting, was online editor at the Bay Guardian, & covered the DNC in Denver with His work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, Extra!, MediaFile, alt weeklies, many websites including NPR’s Planet Money &, the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, & Rick Smolan’s The Obama Time Capsule photo book. His photos are at & you can follow him at
  • Luz Ruíz is co-founder of COMPPA, Coalition of Popular Communicators for Autonomy, where she works as a media and popular communications trainer in the Mesoamerican region. A founding member and member of the general assembly of the Chiapas Independent Media Center, she has been involved in independent media and indigenous radio since 2001. She is also a freelance radio journalist covering Mexican, Central and and SouthAmerican grassroots, peasant, and popular movements, and has worked as correspondent for Free Speech Radio News, as well as Interworld Radio News and The National Radio Project. Originally from Mexico, she holds a BA in Communication from Iberoamericana University, and an MA in Women’s Studies from San Francisco State University.
  • Yesenia Sanchez is a management consultant and coach for artists, activists and nonprofits, and also works nationally with the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors to network, educate and advocate for fiscal sponsorship as an alternative and innovative nonprofit business model. Previously, she ran one of the largest arts fiscal sponsorship programs in the country at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, and currently serves as an advisor to Independent Arts & Media’s fiscal sponsorship program. She has spoken and led classes on fiscal sponsorship and development for The Foundation Center, California College for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation and Grants for the Arts.
  • Spencer A. Sherman was named the director of publishing and communications at California Health Care Foundation in November 2007 after having served as executive editor for print and online publishing activities since 2002. Sherman leads CHCF’s overall communications strategy including publishing, public and media relations, and development of online publishing and communications efforts. Prior to joining CHCF, Sherman was a legal editor and managing editor of Internet products for Nolo Press, a publisher of self-help legal books and software. He was the editor of Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting and Keeping Your Benefits; Beat the Nursing Home Trap; Child Custody: Building Parenting Agreements That Work; and Social Security, Medicare and Pensions, among others. As a filmmaker and journalist, he covered the U.S. Supreme Court, served as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and was a television executive in Japan. Sherman earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Erik Sundelof, Co-Founder, Vice President of Social Media, AllVoices
  • Cynthia Typaldos is the founder and CEO of, a crowdfunding financial tool for content websites with a planned launch in summer 2009. She was previously co-founder and COO of GolfWeb (acquired by CBS Sportsline in 1999), and founder and CEO of RealCommunities (acquired in 2001).
  • Laurie Udesky has been a reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She was associate editor at Southern Exposure magazine in Durham, NC. She has reported on health, social welfare, and public policy issues for print, radio and online outlets. She spent five years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey until November 2001. While there she covered breaking news, health and social welfare issues for many newspapers, magazines, radio and Internet outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, the San Francisco Examiner, the St. Petersburg Times,, Macleans magazine, National Public Radio and Consumer Health Interactive. She has won many national and regional awards for her work. Most recently, she has been nominated for a 2009 Webby Award in the online film and video, documentary series category for her multimedia project on an irreverent amputee support group. She was awarded California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships in 2006 and 2008. Udesky is currently an independent journalist specializing in health.
  • Renee Yang-Geesler is a community media activist and producer. As the Co-Director of the First Voice Media Action Program, Renee has been involved in bringing women and people of color into media and works in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally. Renee currently manages a two-year program that provides comprehensive media skills training using video, audio, and web content and design. The mission of the First Voice Media Action Program is community development and creative empowerment, and to preserve the stories of communities and ensure that skills are passed from generation to generation. She is also a contributing producer for “Crossing East” the first Asian American History series on public radio and the recipient of a Peabody Award.


  • The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC Annenberg School for Communication: “The USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from the newsroom to hone health reporting skills. In intimate workshops, field trips and discussions, fellows learn from the country’s most respected health and medical experts, from top journalists in the field and from each other. Our program focuses on content and craft. At a time when immigration is transforming not just California, but the nation as a whole, the Fellowships encourage journalists to chronicle and illuminate the health challenges of an increasingly diverse and polyglot nation. To encourage closer collaboration between each fellow and their newsroom, the program also invites assigning editors and producers to join the fellows for a special fellowship project workshop, at our expense.
  • The Center for the Integration & Improvement of Journalism: “Founded at San Francisco State University in 1990 the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism believes that accurate and responsible journalism reflects the changing demographics of the society it serves. We develop programs and conduct research aimed at recruiting, retaining and revitalizing journalists and journalism educators. We seek to make journalism more inclusive from the classroom to the newsroom.”
  • Daemonized Networking Services: “Daemonized Networking Services builds Internet-ready Web servers. We’re creating a FREE Web server, on a CDROM … built to industry standards … protected by an integral firewall, incorporating the latest software, built entirely from license-free sources. All you need is a computer and a network connection, and you’re online – just add content.”
  • The Economic Edge on Crosscurrents Radio: “‘The Economic Edge: Documenting the Downturn’ is a series of in-depth reports on KALW-FM’s Crosscurrents Radio news program, featuring work by our professional journalists and contributions from the community at large. The Economic Edge uses both new and old media to encourage community engagement and to enhance our reporting around this very complex economic crisis. We have invited the general public and community organizations to report to us about how the economic crisis is affecting their lives, neighborhoods and communities. We have also enlisted citizen journalists to go out and connect with their communities to gauge the local impact of this recession, and to report back to us any trends and unique stories they encounter.”
  • Freelancer’s Unit, California Media Worker’s Guild: “The new freelance unit of California Media Workers Guild, which represents newspaper workers and other journalists from throughout Northern California, is a volunteer-based, member-run organization that aims to support independent and freelance journalists through a variety of services and programs, including contract advice, credentials, job-search assistance and professional training. We’re also exploring group benefits bids.”
  • Hyphen Magazine: Asian America Unabridged: “Hyphen is a magazine about Asian America for the culturally and politically savvy. Built around a clarity of image, word and social awareness, Hyphen takes form from the artists, thinkers and creators who are shaping a new multiethnic generation. Hyphen is not a formula but a sensibility — not a collection of recycled fare with an Asian flavor, but original reporting on stories that move beneath the mainstream. Curious and questioning, Hyphen looks into the hard issues, but also the Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance. Visually arresting, it strikes the gut with clean design, sharp photography and original illustration. Like its readers, Hyphen is many things — cool librarian, shy musician, dorky hipster, cute techie. Like Asian America, its interests are varied — politics, art, health, music. Much like the hyphen connects words and concepts, Hyphen magazine connects readers with Asian America as it happens.”
  • “Support the blogs you love … Contribute $5 per month. As you surf just click once on each blog you want to support. Kachingle automatically distributes your $5 fairly based on your activity. Your name or pseudonym appears in the blog’s list of Kachinglers — or you can be completely anonymous.”
  • Media Alliance: “Media Alliance is a 32 year-old media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists. Our mission is excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interests of peace, justice, and social responsibility.”
  • provides watchdog reporting and blogging on the 2010 U.S. Census, a $13 billion project with funds that can be spent without caution. “We want you to be counted as accurately as is humanly possible, so you can be fairly represented by your government for the next ten years, and so billions of your tax dollars will be spent wisely.”
  • National Radio Project/Making Contact: “National Radio Project produces Making Contact, an award-winning, 29-minute weekly public affairs program heard on over 200 radio stations in the US and Canada. Showcasing voices rarely heard in media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics, the connections between local and global events, while highlighting solutions.”
  • Nuestra Voz: “Nuestra Voz is a nonprofit organization helping Spanish speakers participate actively in the online conversation, with a focus on citizen journalism and social media. Nuestra Voz seeks to extend the benefits of online participation and self-expression to all Spanish speakers by actively engaging  in advocacy, education, and awareness, reaching out to underrepresented and less-favored communities.”
  • “ is a commercial-free, nonpoliticized news project that empowers journalists and the communities they serve. Newsdesk has published News You Might Have Missed each Wednesday since February 2002, rounding up important but overlooked issues from around the world — and your own backyard. was a Changemakers/WeMedia finalist in Miami in February 2009, advancing a proposal to establish a national network of independent but affiliated ‘’ bureaus that can produce nonpartisan, commercial-free journalism and civic dialogue in underserved communities.”
  • SF Engage: “SF Engage is a community outreach program sponsored by The Public Press, a startup, nonprofit news organization based in San Francisco. Using technology and face-to-face journalism outreach, SF Engage supports The Public Press’ efforts to report on undercovered issues and underserved communities in San Francisco. SF Engage plans to incorporate neighborhood news meetings, Text-a-Tip (an SMS-based news tip program) and a community news wiki, and also to teach people how to pitch stories to The Public Press and other public and independent media. Information gathered through these channels will be fed back to The Public Press newsroom where journalists will pursue news tips and report findings in stories posted to”
  • The San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association: “With nearly 300,000 copies hitting the streets every month, the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association’s 16 newspapers reach more city residents than any other print publication. As a trusted source of engaging and insightful local news for two decades, the SFNNA consistently delivers the readership and unique local content that other publications cannot. Our loyal readers have proven time and again that they enthusiastically support advertisers that reach out to their communities.”
  • The San Francisco Public Press: “The Public Press is an emerging concept for a noncommercial daily Web/print/broadcast collaborative news service. The idea is to put journalism first — operating as a nonprofit organization that prioritizes public service over commerce. One idea is to eliminate advertising altogether, creating a robustly independent specialized vehicle for serious news. A newspaper born in the 21st century could experiment with new forms of “reverse” publishing — pulling commentary, blogs an alternative news perspectives into print dynamically. We have just started to seek grant funding and collaborators, locally and nationwide. We’re especially looking for people with business planning acumen.”
  • San Francisco School Volunteers: “San Francisco School Volunteers recruits, trains and supports a community of volunteers who inspire public school students to achieve their full potential. Journalist volunteers play a major role in developing students’ interest in reading and writing. One journalist started a school paper with a 2nd grade class. There are opportunities at all grade levels.”
  • SPOT.US: “We are an open source project, to pioneer ‘community funded reporting.’ Through Spot.Us the public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed. Otherwise, all content is made available to all through a Creative Commons license. It’s a marketplace where independent reporters, community members and news organizations can come together and collaborate.”

Directions to the University of San Francisco
Directions * Campus Map * MUNI (5 Fulton, 21 Hayes, 31 Balboa, 43 Masonic)

Booking has commenced for the Second Annual Journalism Innovations Expo, a unique showcase, colloquium and jam session for the people, ideas and projects that are defining the future of journalism around the Bay Area and beyond.

This year, Journalism Innovations II comes to the University of San Francisco, a green and inviting campus just minutes from Golden Gate Park and the historic Haight-Ashbury district, easily accessed by car and public transport, with plenty of on- and off-campus dining options, and home to academic leaders in a wide variety of disciplines.

Our Second Anniversary
This event follows the first Innovations in Journalism Expo, staged in Palo Alto in last May, and featuring hundreds of attendees, career counseling, numerous panels and more than two-dozen panelists. Some notable speakers included Geneva Overholser (“On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change”), Jon Funabiki (SFSU, former Ford Foundation officer), David Talbot ( founder), Reese Erlich (international print and radio freelancer), Rose Aguilar (Your Call Radio) and many more.

More Info

Expo tables are free to nonprofits, schools, service and advocacy groups, social ventures and startups, but are limited in availability. If you’d like to exhibit your good works to hundreds of journalism advocates, practitioners, students and aspirants, managers and executives, fill out the Expo table request form.

SPONSOR JOURNALISM INNOVATIONS II … get high-visibility placement for your message, service, idea and organization before a diverse, multi-generational audience of new and emerging journalism practitioners and leaders.

Journalism Innovations II is co-produced by The Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California; Independent Arts & Media; and the University of San Francisco Davies Forum, and the USF Department of Media Studies and Journalism Program.

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