San Francisco, CAUSA 94107
January 23, 2012
I began my journalism career in 1980 as an intern at the Merced Sun-Star and the San Jose Mercury News while completing coursework at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. After that, I worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in the East Bay culminating at the Oakland Tribune before returning to the Mercury News when it was on the cutting edge of new media with its Mercury Center online news site. I have been at The Chronicle for nearly 14 years and am engaged in daily efforts to bring our content to readers via apps for the iPad and iPhone.
I would hope this group can facilitate events that are useful to a broad range of journalists, with meetings that are oriented toward trends and issues in the profession as well as specific skills needed to compete in the rapidly evolving digital media world. For starters, I would like members of this group to meet first about what THEY want and need from the group -- and set a course based on their interests and needs.
Michael Collier is a longtime Bay Area news reporter and editor. His current position is National-Foreign and Politics Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also a board member of the NorCal chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.