Our beloved and respected colleague Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15 at age 67. Before his death, Raul was scheduled to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Because he was gravely ill, Raul asked Renaissance Journalism’s Jon Funabiki, who had known Raul for more than 25 years, to read his address on his behalf. The event, following just four days after Raul’s passing, was bittersweet as Jon shared Raul’s inspiring insights about the journalistic values of diversity and excellence with his peers.
What inspires you? How do you sustain your sense of calling in the face of the everyday stresses of your job, your life? These are just some of the questions a group of 12 Bay Area journalists pondered at “Purpose & Passion: A Storytelling Retreat for Journalists,” sponsored by Renaissance Journalism on July 12-14..
Renaissance Journalism ushered in the New Year with LearningLAB 2013, an exciting and well-received multimedia journalism training conference, held in the Journalism and Humanities departments at San Francisco State University on January 11. The conference attracted a sell-out crowd of more than 100 people representing a dynamic mix of Bay Area ethnic and community news organizations, grassroots nonprofit organizations, and foundations.