San Francisco goes Pinoy

That’s the San Francisco Chronicle, in a real first: A podcast channel on Philippine topics, by Filipino-American journalists. Pinoypod_1 Some of you may remember Boying Pimentel, who wrote the Edjop biography and started Kuwento Kuwento: Tales and Conversations from the Filipino Experience. It seems his podcasts inspired others in the Chronicle newsroom to try their collective hand at something similar. The name of the experiment is Pinoypod; the Chronicle’s news release identifies the project’s who’s who.

San Francisco – The San Francisco Chronicle announced today its launch of Pinoy Pod, a weekly program of interviews, news features and information about the Filipino experience in Northern California, the Philippines and beyond.  This bold experiment, the first of its kind by a major American newspaper, can be downloaded at www.sfgate.com/blogs/podcasts

"The Pinoy Pod allows us to use multi-media technology to connect very powerfully The Chronicle/SFGate to the vibrant Filipino community here in the Bay Area, throughout the country and overseas," said Phil Bronstein, editor of The Chronicle.

In addition to English, some episodes will be in Tagalog and other Philippine languages.   Topics will include arts, culture, entertainment, business and political and social issues.  Pinoy Pod’s 10- to 20-minute podcasts will be posted Tuesdays.

The Pinoy Pod crew includes some of The San Francisco Chronicle’s most experienced journalists: Deputy Managing Editor Leslie Guevarra, editorial writer and columnist Pati Poblete, podcast producer Benny Evangelista, business reporter and Pinoy Pod producer Ben Pimentel, reporter Cicero Estrella and copy editor Michelle Louie.

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