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The Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter has awarded Berkeleyside its Excellence in Journalism award for community journalism. The award was made for Berkeleyside’s coverage of the Berkeley schools’ superintendent search and for stories about the proposed sale of the downtown post office.
“Too often, local issues of significant importance to relatively small audiences go ignored by the media, because the interest isn’t wide enough to merit coverage for a regional audience,” said Jeremy Smith, editor and producer at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, one of the judges. “Berkeleyside’s laserlike focus on issues important to Berkeley residents and parents should serve as a model for hyperlocal websites nationwide.” … Continue reading »
Friday morning, Uncharted, Berkeley’s first ideas festival brought hundreds of attendees into downtown Berkeley to delve into a wide range of topics, from technology and politics to modern-day feminism and the psychology of the rich.
Whether you attended the festival and want to review the highlights to help you process the two-day event, or if you weren’t able to join us and want to see what you missed, the following Storify should do the trick. We’ll be publishing a photo gallery from Uncharted tomorrow. Read more on Berkeleyside about Uncharted, or connect on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for updates about next year’s program by signing up for our Uncharted email newsletter.
Recently, in a New York Times Magazine article about online commenting, writer Michael Erard suggested comments might be “the most obnoxious development of the Web, the wild back alleys where people sound their acid yawps.”
Last month, YouTube took decisive action to clean up its much maligned comments section with an overhaul that uses several factors to determine which posts float to the top of the conversation.
Three weeks ago, Popular Science took what many saw as the drastic step of shutting down its Comment section altogether, explaining that comments can be “bad for science.”
Starting next week, the Sacramento Bee will temporarily drop commenting from its website. “Too many so-called trolls are using the comments to be mean, obscene or just plain rude. Too many readers are turned off by the tone and skipping comments altogether,” wrote Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. The newspaper is using the hiatus to encourage readers to give them feedback about commenting while they review their system.
What this tells us is that many online media operations are wrestling with how to handle comments sections and the problems they can trigger. … Continue reading »
A van belonging to the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society that was stolen earlier this month has been recovered. After it disappeared from near the shelter at 2700 Ninth St. in Berkeley around July 4, the van was found in Oakland on July 11.
The Humane Society logo had been spray-painted over, but shelter manager Rachelle Williams said police officers were still able to identify the van, and they notified the shelter. A lock was also broken on the van and there were problems with the ignition. … Continue reading »
Earlier this week, Berkeleyside published an article profiling a 17-year-old former Berkeley High School student who was shot and killed in East Oakland over the weekend. Berkeleyside’s Emilie Raguso took the time to speak to Olajuwon Clayborn’s friends and relatives to paint a portrait of a life cut down in its prime.
That same night, the same reporter attended the Berkeley City Council meeting until nearly midnight and then went to the scene of a car accident in west Berkeley which sent a pedestrian to hospital in critical condition.
If you’re a loyal Berkeleyside reader, you’ll know that these stories were only two of several original pieces of reporting that we have brought you in the past few days. [And, if you receive our free Daily Briefing email, you will have probably already read this open letter, so feel free to move along and read one of those great stories elsewhere on the site!]
We also told you this week about a couple in North Berkeley caught with a stockpile of weapons who had talked of “eventual war with the government.” And we trawled through a 348-page police report to publish a detailed timeline of what happened on the night in February when a Berkeley resident died while in police custody. … Continue reading »
As we hope readers have noticed, Berkeleyside continues to grow and develop. We’re now looking for an additional advertising sales executive to join our small team, to help build Berkeleyside’s business.
Advertising is the main source of Berkeleyside’s revenues. As a sales executive for Berkeleyside, you’ll play your part in forging a future for independent, local, online news.
You’ll work directly with our ad director, Wendy Cohen, building relationships with local merchants, coming up with new revenue ideas, and collaborating … Continue reading »
Sometimes it’s all about the image. Berkeleyside has strived to track down and publish great photography since its inception more than three years ago. You know what they say about the worth of a picture …
As the year draws to a close, we have selected photographs for each month of 2012 to present a visual trip down Berkeley’s memory lane.
This is an opportune moment to thank all the wonderful photographers who contribute to the Berkeleyside Flickr pool and send us their images by other means. Berkeleyside would be a lesser site without you.
Thousands of Berkeley stories
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A school superintendent fiasco, iPhone-gate, election shenanigans, earthquakes and mountain lions. This year, Berkeleyside brought you thousands of stories that happened in this amazing city we all call home.
We did it with your help — you sent us tips and insights, left comments, provoked discussion, and contributed writing and photography.
As the year draws to an end, we are asking you to help once again. Please keep local, independent journalism strong by becoming a Berkeleyside Member for as little as $5 a month. Enjoy special member benefits and parties and exclusive insights into the stories that make the news. … Continue reading »
Keen-eyed readers may have noticed a new byline on Berkeleyside this morning when they read our weekly Shop Talk. Emilie Raguso joined Berkeleyside yesterday as senior reporter.
Raguso ran Albany Patch from April 2010 until last week. Have a look at the 79 comments and counting on her farewell post there to get a sense of the impact she had on Berkeley’s small neighbor to the north.
Raguso has lived primarily in the East Bay since 2004. … Continue reading »
Perhaps you heard Michael Lewis talking to Terry Gross on Fresh Air Wednesday about his epic article in Vanity Fair about Obama’s Way. Or you could have listened to Michael Krasny’s interview with Michael Chabon about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue. Or maybe you were lucky enough to nab one of the 300 public seats for Michael Pollan’s Edible Education at UC Berkeley.
One of the wonders of today’s Berkeley is the presence of three of the … Continue reading »
On Thursday evening, as the sun set over Berkeley, a large group of Berkeleyans came together on a beautiful roof terrace with views over the city and the bay to meet, chat, drink and eat. The gathering was a party thrown by Berkeleyside for our members, the people who support us with donations, whether on a monthly, or one-off basis.
Berkeleyside was thrilled to be able to welcome such a wonderful group of people and to be able to thank them for their belief in our endeavor. Berkeleyside will mark its third birthday in October and we continue to grow and develop partly as a result of the support of our members.
Thanks go to Patrick Kennedy of Panoramic Interests, who made available his gorgeous roof terrace for the party, and to Hugh Groman Catering (he of Phil’s Sliders fame) whose supremely professional staff served up a host of delicious treats for us all.
If you would like to make sure you are on the guest list for next year’s Members’ Party, sign up now to become a Member. As well as being invited to our parties, members receive advance notice on our events, discounts on ticket prices, special offers, and a regular newsletter. Not to mention our undying devotion.
View a photo gallery of the party — you may spot yourself in the pictures if you were there.
We’re determined to provide comprehensive coverage of local politics here on Berkeleyside, looking at the issues, the candidates and the many ballot measures voters will encounter on November 6.
In addition to our news coverage, we have already published a number of candidate profiles, and we’ll be doing more (see below for a list of some of the articles we have written so far). We also plan to try a number of more innovative approaches in our coverage this election season, using some of the powerful Web tools that exist to provide more data and more opportunities for our readers to engage with local politics. We’ll be rolling some of these innovations out in the coming weeks.
Through all this, we will try to be as objective as we can. Berkeleyside doesn’t endorse candidates or positions, and we have no plans to do so. We do accept political advertising — at our usual rates — which is open to all candidates on a space-available basis. The ad sales side of Berkeleyside is run separately from the editorial side. … Continue reading »
Berkeleyside would very much like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:
Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley: Noises Off, Amoeba Music, Andronico’s Community Markets, BAM/PFA Summer Cinema, Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival, Berkeley Playhouse/Willy Wonka, Bernardo Lopez Garden Design & Installation, Buy Local Berkeley, Carolyn Jones: The Grubb Company, Contemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not Destroy, Downtown Berkeley Association, Five Restaurant, Focal Point, The Grubb Company, LMi.net, Marsh Interiors, McKevitt Fiat, Minuteman Press of Berkeley, Park Day … Continue reading »