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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 | 10786 Views

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Unsung no more: 2013 Tri-Valley Heroes award recipients named

The Tri-Valley Heroes selection committee had a very difficult task selecting only one recipient per category. Again this year the committee had an opportunity...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 12, 2013
Last comment by Tri Valley, on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:30 am | 1 comment | 16181 Views

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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 | 2477 Views

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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 | 1473 Views

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Fails and flubs: Notable mistakes and corrections of 2013

As we start a new year, it's time to make plans and set goals. It's also time to reflect on last year, and one of my favorite year-end reviews is the best (of the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:36 am | 2 comments | 3954 Views

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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 | 3830 Views

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The Brown Act is not black and white

Two days after I moved to California from Illinois, I received a phone call from someone accusing a local city council of Brown Act violations. Feigning knowledge,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 19, 2013
Last comment by Alabaster Schwarz, on Dec 21, 2013 at 7:29 am | 1 comment | 4949 Views

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Word!

"Selfie" was named word of the year for 2013 and it is officially part of the Oxford dictionary. Oxford defines the word as: "(n.) a photograph that one has...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 11, 2013
Last comment by Biff, on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm | 3 comments | 3569 Views

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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 | 6263 Views

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Special holiday memories about family and traditions; do you have one to share?

A Facebook friend posted a photo on Black Friday that I found poignant and disturbing. It was titled "Perspective," and the text said, "A missionary points out the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 7086 Views

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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 | 7288 Views

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107 volunteers rally to create Holiday Shop in their leader's absence

Monda Wiseman has spent 17 years helping make the Discovery Shop in Pleasanton successful. Now the volunteers are helping...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 30, 2013
There are no comments yet. 5555 Views

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We are looking for Heroes, and one in particular

Ernest Hemingway said, "As we get older it is harder to have heroes -- but because of that it is all the more necessary." Few have understood the need for heroes...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 22, 2013
There are no comments yet. 4348 Views

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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 | 10481 Views

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"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 | 2820 Views

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One in eight: Being candid about cancer can save a life

Editor's note: This column was originally published Oct. 21, 2011. It is being republished in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 1, 2013
Last comment by Jennifer Hosterman, on Oct 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm | 3 comments | 1628 Views

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Ansel or Annie? Tri-Valley Photo Contest

We are on the hunt for the next Ansel Adams, the next Annie Leibovitz, or just the next person who points a camera and shoots something remarkable. If you've got...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Sep. 5, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1477 Views

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Picture this! We're looking for the next Ansel or Annie

We are on the hunt for the next Ansel Adams, the next Annie Leibovitz, or just the next person who points a camera and shoots something remarkable. If you've got...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 16, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:41 am | 1 comment | 1479 Views

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Explanation, not excuse

I had an email exchange with a reader that I thought I would share with you. The editorial staff and I appreciate feedback, positive or negative (particularly positive...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 8, 2013
Last comment by SKJ, on Aug 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm | 3 comments | 1941 Views

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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 | 2403 Views
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