SPJ-NorCal Demands Investigation into Arrest of Journalist Jeremy Portje in Sausalito

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — SPJ-NorCal joins the First Amendment Coalition in sending a letter today to Marin County and Sausalito city officials, warning of potential violations of federal and state law in the arrest of journalist Jeremy Portje last week. Mr. Portje was filming at a homeless encampment in Sausalito on November 30, when he…


“I stood up for the truth” Media Rights Attorney James Chadwick Wins SPJ-NorCal Career Award

James Chadwick is a media and First Amendment attorney who has for thirty years fought successfully against censorship and to uphold journalists’ right to investigate how government agencies, officials and employees are conducting the people’s business. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chadwick represented Mother Jones magazine in a legal fight against attempted censorship…


SPJ NorCal Invites San Jose Police to Meet About Media Relations at Protests, Condemns Reflective Vests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is heartened that the San Jose Police Department is looking to improve its treatment of journalists covering protests, and we acknowledge the difficult task of keeping protests safe. Still, issuing reflective vests or other clothing to reporters is not the way forward….