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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...

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 | 5983 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...

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 | 16863 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,...

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 | 9665 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 | 9324 Views


Editorial: Pleasanton Police Department's unwarranted silence unacceptable

It has been almost three months since 19-year-old San Jose resident John Deming Jr. was shot and killed by Pleasanton Police Officer Daniel Kunkel outside an auto...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 1, 2015
Last comment by TammyMocal, on Nov 19, 2015 at 5:29 am | 27 comments | 2816 Views


'General Lee' banned; political correctness gone too far?

TV Land has dropped reruns of "The Dukes of Hazzard," one of the most popular shows in the early 1980s. The reason cited is the Confederate Flag is painted...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 2, 2015
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm | 22 comments | 2328 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...

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 | 14350 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 | 14105 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...

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 | 9260 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 | 8310 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,...

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 | 8213 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...

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 | 9418 Views


I am Charlie

A newspaper is not a weapon of war. A pen does not kill. Journalists in Paris were targeted and slaughtered like animals, by animals. Was freedom of the press,...

Original post made by pleasantonweekly.com on Jan. 7, 2015
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Jan 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm | 10 comments | 3273 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 | 3605 Views


Let the Sunshine in!

It's Sunshine Week! Sunshine Week is "a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information,"...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Mar. 17, 2015
Last comment by fat joey, on Mar 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm | 8 comments | 3543 Views


Why we chose not to run details of law firm's press release

I spoke to a high school journalism class Thursday about the responsibility of journalists to analyze information before presenting it to readers. The same day...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Sep. 14, 2015
Last comment by DJohns, on Sep 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm | 8 comments | 2649 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 | 9004 Views


Did they bowl you over?

I'm not a Patriots fan. I'm not a Seahawks fan. Unless the Chicago Bears are playing, I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the half-time show....

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Feb. 2, 2015
Last comment by Ed, on Feb 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm | 7 comments | 2864 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?...

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 | 4474 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 | 10159 Views
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