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Anonymity: Good for bringing issues to light or only a license to troll?

The lead from a recent Associated Press story caught my attention. The author, Barbara Ortutay, wrote, "Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 26, 2013
Last comment by Right, on Jan 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 68 comments | 4136 Views


Citizen editors: New solution to an old problem?

I've heard of citizen journalists, and now there are citizen editors. Or at least that's the descriptor I'm using for the folks in a program Delinda Fogel, publisher...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by John, on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:56 am | 49 comments | 12502 Views


We acknowledge an error in judgment was made

As was noted in a Town Square forum by frequent poster "Stacey," the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics includes being "honest, fair and courageous...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 7, 2009
Last comment by Start Afresh, on May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | 38 comments | 8456 Views


Investigative reporting: pay now or pay later?

This morning I read that the New York Times earned five Pulitzer Prizes, including awards for breaking news and investigative reporting. Three stories above that...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 21, 2009
Last comment by DoUgLaS kEnDaLl, on Sep 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm | 27 comments | 8336 Views


Good grammar should not be relegated to one day a year

Darn. I had National Grammar Day marked on my calendar March 4 but was so busy working, it completely slipped my mind. I'm almost positive Hallmark makes a card...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Mar. 14, 2008
Last comment by Some Dude, on Aug 10, 2012 at 7:29 am | 15 comments | 10709 Views


Shall we trample the rose because of the thorns?

I recently received an email from a frequent Town Square contributor that said, "This morning I discovered that someone has falsely posted using my online identity."...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 2, 2008
Last comment by Suzy Q, on Nov 15, 2010 at 9:57 am | 14 comments | 11682 Views


Talk to me! What would you do differently?

Welcome to the new Pleasanton Weekly Online! I hope you are enjoying the new site. As the new publisher, I'd like to know what you like or dislike about the site...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Feb. 5, 2007
Last comment by Al, on Aug 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm | 12 comments | 7883 Views


Removing stories from Web sites is like unringing a bell

We recently received a request that other media groups across the United States are receiving at least daily, sometimes hourly. We were asked to remove a story from...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 11, 2008
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm | 12 comments | 7038 Views


Anonymity allows open and diverse dialogue

The Weekly's online Town Square forum within the past week or two has been filled with supportive, informative and cathartic dialog. Some of the posts, however,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 15, 2007
Last comment by Opague, on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm | 11 comments | 7127 Views


A Thanksgiving recipe for disaster

Howdy from Tennessee, where I'm visiting family for Thanksgiving. I have my parents, my daughter and just about all my aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time family...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 27, 2013
Last comment by Dave, on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:08 am | 11 comments | 7610 Views


Give KTVU a break

By now I think everyone in the U.S. and China has heard about the ill-fated Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco and the ill-fated KTVU news report that reported...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 15, 2013
Last comment by liberalism is a disease, on Jul 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm | 9 comments | 2543 Views


Newsroom consolidation means loss of public 'watchdogs'

Aug. 13 will mark a day that will change the landscape of media in the East Bay. The sale of The Contra Costa Times by the McClatchy Company in April 2006...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 8, 2007
Last comment by booster, on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:26 am | 7 comments | 7946 Views


"Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life."¯

This is the 73rd National Newspaper Week! I thought I would address one of the questions I am asked often: "What's going to happen to the newspaper industry? Aren't...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 8, 2013
Last comment by Julia, on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:02 am | 6 comments | 3069 Views


The year's most regrettable of the regrettable

Most good journalists try to get things right and abhor corrections, clarifications and the like, particularly for what is considered a "stupid mistake." Every...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 10, 2009
Last comment by Annon, on Sep 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm | 5 comments | 8793 Views


Delaney: 2-year-old with serious medical condition is 'little but fierce'

The photos show a beautiful, typical, happy 2-year-old with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a radiant smile. Delaney likes chocolate milk, Cheerios, her pink blankie...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 15, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm | 5 comments | 10785 Views


Happy birthday Pleasanton Weekly!

The Pleasanton Weekly will celebrate its 14th anniversary Jan. 28. In today's media environment, that is quite a notable accomplishment. Jeb Bing, the Pleasanton...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm | 5 comments | 2693 Views


Honor those who have served and those currently serving

When I was in elementary school, one assignment I could always expect is the essay on "What my country means to me" or something along those lines, usually in conjunction...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm | 4 comments | 7658 Views


The business of news

Rep. Henry Waxman of California's 33rd District did something that amazes me, intrigues me and irks me all at the same time. Waxman has sent two letters to Tribune...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 8, 2014
Last comment by Roz Rogoff, on Jan 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm | 4 comments | 1630 Views


Bandwidth and the spinning wheel: Net neutrality

Have you seen it? As you've been perusing your favorite websites today, have you noticed the "spinning wheel of doom?" Today is "Internet Slowdown Day," initiated...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Sep. 10, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Sep 12, 2014 at 10:14 am | 4 comments | 2028 Views


Virginia Tech tragedy

I am horrified by the events surrounding the tragedy in Virginia. And that includes everything from the failure of the administration, parents, classmates to stop...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 19, 2007
Last comment by anonymous, on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:15 am | 3 comments | 9872 Views
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Measure BB could pay to connect Dublin Boulevard to Livermore
By Tim Hunt | 6 comments | 1,433 views

Me, Mother & Eleanor Roosevelt
By Roz Rogoff | 7 comments | 1,098 views

“…and all I ask of dyin’, is to go naturally” *
By Tom Cushing | 14 comments | 1,075 views