Rumble in the Jungle
Timber or Tourists? Environmentalists are Fighting Each Other Over How Best to Protect Forests in Guatemala. Part of the Future of Petén project funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2009
No Profit, No Problem
How a new city daily (on newsprint!) rolled
A prognostication about The San Francisco Public Press five years in the future. Part of a package of future retrospectives from 2014, imagining the changed media landscape.
Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2009
A Tale of Two Wildernesses
It's still possible to get lost in a remote Guatemalan forest park, but that could change if it succumbs to the forces that did in other protected lands.
Earth Island Journal, December 2008
The Future of Petén blog
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, based in Washington,
funded a four-person expedition to the remote Petén region of northern Guatemala, where environmentalists are fighting environmentalists in a behind-the-scenes ideological conflict over how best to save the vast but rapidly shrinking Maya forest.
American archaeologists, Guatemalan bankers and the country’s government have aligned to support an ambitious plan to protect hundreds of thousands of acres and support the excavation of ancient Maya cities with tourist dollars. But some international green groups, which in the 1990s helped local communities win the right to build “sustainable” logging businesses on overlapping lands, say new, large-scale tourism would sweep away the local-empowerment movement they’ve worked so hard to build.
The group traveled to Guatemala to sort out the scientific claims about conservation and document the stories of residents caught up in a transnational conflict over the fate of Guatemala’s disappearing northern wilderness. The blog represents the first draft of longer-form documentary video, audio and text reports on the region.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington D.C.
Anchor Griffith Bites Hand That Funded Her Makeovers in 'Shut
Up and Read'
Last week Griffith went public with her views about the sorry
state oftelevision news during a panel discussion hosted by
the Commonwealth Club. Laying into the industry that employed
her for 25 years, she decried the cost-cutting, reportorial
timidity, infotainment, and general "decay of my once-proud
Oct. 3, 2007
It's the end of a rather short-lived era at the San Francisco
Chronicle, as Robert ("Rosey" to all) Rosenthal
heads back into retirement for the second time in five years.
SF Weekly, June
Activists aren't happy about the deal struck between Clint
Reilly and Bay Area media barons.
SF Weekly, May 2, 2007
Ad Here: News or ads? The Examiner makes it hard to tell
Of all the formerly august Bay Area news organizations risking
their journalistic credibility by experimenting with bigger,
more intrusive advertising, no one does it quite like the
San Francisco Examiner.
SF Weekly, March 14, 2007
No, this is not the Zodiac speaking. Instead it is I, Paramount
Pictures, who along with Warner Bros. has lightly fictionalized,
filmed, and marketed the story of the hippie-era taunting
serial murderer who had the press wrapped around his pinky.
SF Weekly, March 7, 2007
As readership and revenues continue to plunge, the San Francisco
Chronicle's strategy of targeting news to an Internet audience
is changing the journalism that gets into the paper.
SF Weekly, Nov. 29, 2006
News and Contra Costa Times sold to MediaNews
Newspaper chain would dominate Bay Area with more than 800,000
daily circulation, placing Hearst Corp.'s Chronicle a distant
second; union voices concerns and urges government antitrust
www.gradethenews.org, April 26, 2006
TV news doctor puts own name on pre-fab reports: San Francisco
station also ran press releases under his byline on Web
Syndicated multimedia medical reporter Dean Edell, who calls
himself "America's Doctor," has for years taken
credit on KGO Channel 7 for medical reports wholly or partially
produced by an outside company. And his byline has appeared
on the KGO Web site and a health-advice site over articles
that were taken verbatim from medical center press releases.
www.gradethenews.org, March 16, 2006
Interview: Milo Radulovich
journalism saved one man, and the rest of us, from McCarthyism
At 79, Milo Radulovich is as outraged about government-sponsored
injustice as the day he stood up in 1953 on Edward R. Murrow's
"See It Now" to proclaim his innocence of charges
by the Air Force that he was a security risk. The real-life
hero featured in the 2005 docudrama "Good Night, and
Good Luck" speaks about Sen. Joseph McCarthy's legacy
in the war on terrorism.
www.gradethenews.org, Feb. 20, 2006
Minutes' spinoff for Bay Area takes time to go deep
The CBS 5 show, "30 Minutes Bay Area," looks
like the network show, in both style and substance. It offers
a rare opportunity to glimpse what local TV news might look
like if stations invested in in-depth journalism.
www.gradethenews.org, Dec. 16, 2006
station tries reinventing TV news with home-video tech
KRON-TV in San Francisco has eradicated the distinctions
among reporters, editors and photographers, making everyone
a "video journalist" with a camera and a laptop.
The station says this move will be its salvation. Critics
say this will be its undoing.
www.gradethenews.org, Dec. 13, 2006
free dailies, advertisers sometimes call the shots: News blends
with ads, and the wealthy come first for home delivery
Free tabloid-size daily newspapers in the Bay Area allow
advertisers to determine some journalistic content and distribution.
www.gradethenews.org, July 27, 2005
Strong: Our Man in Rio (and San Francisco, too)
Interview: the convener of the first World Environment Conference
in Stockholm in 1972 and the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
in 1992 speaks about his new project, the Earth Council Alliance,
a vehicle for international cooperation and political pressure
for the environment.
E/The Environmental Magazine
Online, June 2005
spiral: Many Journalists Say Media’s Duties, Ethics
Are Sliding in Order to Conform to the Company’s Bottom
Corporate executives trying to maintain the extraordinary
profits of a less competitive age are downsizing or freezing
staffs and conjuring new advertising-friendly synergies across
all media. News workers nationwide report that these changes
degrade the quality of their work and sap their desire to
stay in journalism.
Quill Magazine, April 2005
(With John McManus)
Pitches Overwhelm Democratic Debate
Before the elections, TV stations in the San Francisco Bay
Area ran more ads about state propositions than news -- even
during the newscasts. That let deep-pocketed partisans, instead
of impartial journalists, frame the public-policy debate.
www.gradethenews.org, Jan. 6, 2005
Whose Art Is This, Anyway?
The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum embarks on a global buying
spree to remake itself with Third World art, but has trouble
explaining where everything in the collection comes from.
San Francisco Magazine, May
2004 (also available as 2.8
Local TV stations air -- and take credit for -- pre-packaged
stories from anonymous, out-of-town production companies that
try hard to disguise their true source.
www.gradethenews.org, Sept. 4, 2003
The Peace Portfolio
story on pacifist investors' financial strategies during wartime.
San Francisco Bay Guardian,
April 9, 2003
and Flow Energy
is being conducted on several continents into the potential
of tapping the tides to generate electric power.
E/The Environmental Magazine,
Opportunity Knocks, but Only
A multimillion-dollar youth employment program in San
Francisco has little to show for years of work.
San Francisco Examiner, Sept.
Drug Treatment to Prevent
AIDS, House Homeless
San Francisco's lack of drug treatment creates problems for
HIV prevention and rehabilitation of the homeless.
Editorial, San Francisco Examiner,
Jan. 22, 2002
New Transplant Rules
Healthier cardiac patients -- who stand the best chance
of a successful heart transplant -- have to wait the longest
as sicker patients leapfrog ahead of them. Medical ethicists
debate whose life is worth saving.
Philadelphia Inquirer (printed
in the Chicago Tribune), March 2, 2000
fish flounder over legal hurdles
Researchers are developing genetically altered fish that will
grow faster, but opponents say "Frankenfish" might
be harmful to eat and pollute the environment.
Christian Science Monitor, March
Tribes Use New Riches to Recast
use casino riches to build elaborate culture museum.
The Christian Science Monitor,
Aug. 11, 1998
Software and computer makers in the last two years have encouraged
250 middle and high schools to lease or loan the computers
to about 40,000 students nationwide.
Christian Science Monitor, June
Indians Bid for Casinos
Hoping to ride an international wave of legalized gambling,
the world's most profitable gaming business is setting its
sights on Mexico.
Christian Science Monitor, July
Native Americans Create
Their Own NAFTA
prominent Indian leaders in Mexico propose alternative trade
networks that would take full advantage of the new continental
order by trading with Indians in other countries.
Christian Science Monitor, July
Pros, Cons of Legalization
Some Mexican politicians tout the legalization of casinos
as part of a plan to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars
in foreign investment.
Christian Science Monitor, July