A veteran of the AP and UPI talks about the fun and work of finding the smaller stories of local history
Presenter: Jim Clifford – History writer for the San Mateo Daily Journal
Place 724 Kelly Street, HMB, “Portuguese Cultural Center” (PCC)
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 5:30 Doors open – finger snacks and refreshments
Public welcome – No charge
Meeting begins: Business at 6:00 p.m., Program about 6:20 p.m.
The following is from the Historical Society:
We do hope to see you all there – This will be ANOTHER educational and interesting history program – Come join us !
Having enjoyed a career working with the national news services – the Associated Press and United Press International – Jim Clifford turned his talents into the retirement pastime of writing local history stories. He writes an informative and always interesting twice-monthly feature in the San Mateo Daily Journal. He calls the feature, “Rear View Mirror” (objects in mirror are closer than they appear). He has also contributed his talents to the San Mateo County History Museum, with his work on their Docket Series.
He is coming to talk to us about his years in journalism and his history writing since retiring in 2000. The talk is called "History is my Beat." He says that doing research for local history stories is a very different kind of journalism. The research process is not the same, but there are resources available to hunt down the wonderfully obscure facts that make Clifford’s story-telling so colorful.
Clifford worked 40 years in journalism, a span split between UPI and AP. He was the broadcast editor at the AP's San Francisco bureau when he retired in 2000. His honors include the San Francisco Press Club feature writing award and UPI's Excellence in Broadcasting Award. He is also an author - - "Philip's Code: No News is Good News - to a Killer," a murder novel built around the changes in news reporting he witnessed during his career. Since retiring, his byline has appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal, Climate Magazine, the Journal of Local History and La Peninsula.