SPJ NorCal Condemns Search of Freelancer Bryan Carmody as Attack on First Amendment

SAN FRANCISCO — SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee condemns the recent raid by law enforcement of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, in an apparent attempt to identify the confidential source who provided Carmody with a copy of a police report detailing the circumstances of former San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death. During the search,…


SPJ Norcal to host panel on Journalists in Content Strategy, Comms and Marketing

Please join SPJ Norcal for a panel discussion at Northwestern University, San Francisco’s Medill School of Journalism with journalists who also work in communications, marketing or content strategy – full-time or as freelancers. Our panelists will discuss their career paths and balancing journalism and non-journalism work – from both practical and ethical perspectives, and more….



Chapter’s Freedom of Information Committee to host 34th annual awards dinner Thursday, March 14 at Delancey Street Town Hall in San Francisco For immediate release: Contact: SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFORMATION SAN FRANCISCO — The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards recognize Northern California individuals and organizations who have…


Deadline extended for 2019 James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information has extended the contest deadline for the 2019 James Madison Awards to Friday, January 11. *Please go here to submit your nomination. There is no contest entry fee.* See the 2018 winners here. For additional information, please e-mail the SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com.


California Supreme Court Grants Review in Major Public Records Case

The California Supreme Court has granted review of an important electronic records access case which SPJ NorCal, along with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, urged the court to consider. The case, National Lawyers Guild v. City of Hayward, has major ramifications for the cost which public agencies are able to charge requesters for electronic records. McManis Faulkner…