Northern California Chapter

Northern California is the birthplace of NLGJA, the brainchild of former Oakland Tribune Executive Editor Leroy F. Aarons. Today, not only is the Northern California chapter the oldest, but it is also among the largest and most active.

The chapter boast members from dozens of newspapers, network owned and operated television stations, and dozens of radio stations. It serves as home to a number of journalists who write for national newspapers and magazines. It is also a hotbed of online media, with members who have helped pioneer online media and who continue to cover news for the digital age. 

With members from the Oregon border in the North, Fresno in the South and Reno in the East, the Northern California chapter serves a range of market sizes from its hub in San Francisco. The diversity and size of the chapter offers members a unique opportunity to interact with journalists at different stages of their careers.

The chapter marked it's twentieth anniversary in 2011. 

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Join your local journalism organizations for a holiday celebration! Come for the food and drink, stay for the networking. Please RSVP.

Co-hosted by:

AAJA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Pacific Media Workers' Guild
SF Bay Area Investigative Reporters and Editors
SPJ Northern California 
Bay Area Black Journalists Association

  Updated: December 4, 2014 - 1:45pm


Join NLGJA-NorCal Thursday, Nov. 13, at Books Inc in San Francisco, for S. Chris Shirley's reading from his debut novel, Playing by the Book, named byThe Advocate as one of its "10 Great Summer Reads" of 2014. An award-winning writer/director and president of the Board of Lambda Literary, Shirley is called "an author worth watching" by Kirkus Reviews. His debut novel is a provocative and moving story about a gay high school newspaper editor who is trying to stand out while attending a summer journalism program in New York. From Kirkus Reviews: "Shirley's first (novel) is solid...his plotting moves smoothly, and his characters feel likable and real." For more information about Shirley's reading at Books Inc., visit, or to learn more about Shirley and his work, visit

  Updated: October 27, 2014 - 10:28am


Join NLGJA NorCal Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. for a reading by veteran journalist Donna Minkowitz, whose new memoir, Growing Up Golem, was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Publishing Triangle's Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. The reading will be held at the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, located on the third floor of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street. In addition to her personal story, Minkowitz, who as a journalist provided some of the earliest gay and lesbian and AIDS-activist coverage for the Village Voice, details the culture of the Village Voice in the 1980s and '90s, when it functioned as something of a national paper for gays and lesbians and for political and cultural progressives of all kinds. The book also details the somewhat odd process all gay-related content had to pass through to get in the paper. The reading also is sponsored by Keshet, the organization for LGBT Jews, the historically queer synagogue Congregation Sha'ar Zahav and the Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association.

For more information about Minkowitz and her book, and

  Updated: October 27, 2014 - 10:19am



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