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News, The Snitch Hearst Corp. Finds Another Way to 'Survive,' Buys into Reality TV Company

Hearst Corp. Finds Another Way to 'Survive,' Buys into Reality TV Company

Hearst Corporation, the media empire that owns properties including the San Francisco Chronicle, has purchased the company behind such reality television hits as Survivor and The Apprentice.The deal was announced today as a partnership between Hearst and Mark Burnett Productions.…
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News, The Snitch Nonprofit Newspaper Behind 'Panorama' Cover Story Now on Government Dole

Nonprofit Newspaper Behind 'Panorama' Cover Story Now on Government Dole

Today's new-media ethical quandary: Should a nonprofit news outlet dedicated to public-interest investigative journalism extract substantial amounts of funding from the government it's covering?That's the question being confronted by the award-winning San Francisco Public Press, which, according to director Michael…
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News, The Snitch Google Economist Explains Why You Won't Pay For Online News

Google Economist Explains Why You Won't Pay For Online News

Google economist Hal Varian gave a primer on the economists of news last night to a standing-room-only audience at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. A lot of what he talked about has been said before: He showed slides of declining…
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News, The Snitch Bay Area News Group East Bay's Newsrooms Just Got a Lot Roomier -- 17 Shown the Door

Bay Area News Group East Bay's Newsrooms Just Got a Lot Roomier -- 17 Shown the Door

An e-mail ominously titled "staff changes" was moments ago circulated to employees of the Bay Area News Group in the East Bay. Kevin Keane -- the chain's executive editor and the author of the memo -- seems to have the…
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News, The Snitch Passing of S.F. Letter-To-Editor Savant Marks End of Bland, Pointless Newspaper Era

Passing of S.F. Letter-To-Editor Savant Marks End of Bland, Pointless Newspaper Era

The just-delivered June 15 issue of The Nation includes a wonderful obituary of San Francisco epistolist Cy Shain, who, as an octogenarian, mastered the prose form of the New York Times letters page."Shain, who held a variety of government posts in…
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News, The Snitch Former Employee Flicks Off Mercury News on Flickr

Former Employee Flicks Off Mercury News on Flickr

Martin Gee, one of the casualties of the San Jose Mercury News' batch of layoffs, has published a a few photos on flickr of himself making an, ahem, point about the state of the newspaper industry and the gutted…
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News, The Snitch Mirkarimi to Newspapers: Get Your Papers Off My Damn Lawn

Mirkarimi to Newspapers: Get Your Papers Off My Damn Lawn

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed a law yesterday that would make it illegal for newspapers to deliver unwanted copies of their publications to SF's residents, according to an article in today's Chronicle. The supervisor and others say the unwanted papers clutter…
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