KGO-TV ANNUAL FCC - EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
PUBLIC FILE REPORT
AUGUST 1, 2016
This report covers the period from August 2015 through July 2016. KGO-TV ("the Station) has a longstanding commitment to a policy of equal employment and advancement opportunities for all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, marital status, religion, age, national origin or citizenship status, disability, sex sexual orientation, gender identity, covered veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and federal law.
In the Station's commitment to fair employment practices we strive to ensure that equal consideration is extended to all employees and applicants in recruitment, selection procedures, employee development, performance evaluation, promotions, transfers, benefits and other aspects of employment.
It is the Station's policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific recruitment, outreach, hiring, promotion and other practices.
Employees and others believing they have not been treated in accordance with KGO-TV's EEO Policy are encouraged to contact Bradley Hoffman, Human Resources Manager or their immediate supervisor.
In compliance with the EEO record keeping requirements, the Station creates a file for each position to be filled. The file generally includes, but is not limited to, the following items: copies of advertisements, emails, and distributions to the Station's mailing lists used to notify sources of openings, and a summary of interviewees who applied for vacancies as well as their referral sources.
In addition, the Station documents and retains information about its long-term recruitment initiatives. These files generally include, but are not limited to: the nature and date of each activity, the scope of the Station's participation, and the names and titles of the Station personnel involved.
A. POSITIONS FILLED
A listing of all full-time positions filled and number of candidates interviewed from August 1, 2015 until July 23, 2016 is noted in Attachment A and Attachment B.
B. LONG-TERM RECRUITMENT INITIATIVES
1. College Student Program (Paid Internship)
KGO-TV continues to offer internships to college and university students. The students are paid the San Francisco minimum wage during the internship. The average intern works approximately 20 hours (or less) per week. The students are given the opportunity to work in a variety of departments to educate them about the different possibilities in a career in broadcasting and provide them with practical hands-on experience that complements their academic studies.
The HR Manager emails, faxes or mails an Internship Application Announcement to post in the Career Centers at the following colleges:
University of San Francisco
Cal State University San Francisco
Cal State University East Bay
Cal State University San Jose
St. Mary's College
Notre Dame de Namur University
Santa Clara University
During the reporting period, KGO-TV has engaged 17 interns working in News, Sports, "Seven On Your Side" (KGO's Consumer Unit), Research, Public Affairs and Programming.
2. Job Fairs and Diversity Conventions
Ongoing: KGO-TV partners with the California Job Journal where job seekers can go to for various career and employment resources. The Journal helps job seekers advance their careers through informative articles on job searching, career planning, work-related topics and extensive job announcements. HireEvents, a division of California Job Journal produces numerous job fairs throughout California. In addition to the general job fairs, HireEvents hold fairs that focus on specific demographics - minorities, women, youth and the disabled. The Station participated in the following job fairs during the reporting period.
August 12-15, 2015: Tracey Watkowski VP/News Director attended the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Regional Conference. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA.
September 23, 2015: Bradley Hoffman, Human Resources Manager attended the 21st Annual Diversity Job Fair for Bay Area Counties hosted by Hire Events in San Francisco.
April 21, 2016: Bradley Hoffman, Human Resources Manager attended the 22nd Annual Diversity Job Fair for Bay Area Counties hosted by Hire Events in San Francisco.
3. Educational Outreach Programs
November 11, 2015: Cheryl Jennings TV News Anchor hosted UC Berkeley students from the SAGE Program (Student Achievement Guided by Experience) for a two-hour mentoring session, after watching the midday news.
July 12, 2016: Mimi Kwan and Laura Kutch, Manager, Community Affairs orchestrated ABC7 Star Scholars program (now going into 9th year) recognizing the Bay Area's top high school academic achievers. The program awarded $1,000 to seven local graduating high school seniors heading for college. The profiles of the student winners are featured in ABC7 newscasts as well as in a special half-hour program. To qualify, these outstanding students exhibited exemplary skills in presentation, writing, and leadership. The overall purpose of this program serves as an outreach vehicle to promote and reward academic excellence in the educational community.
Ongoing since 2007: KGO-TV sponsors The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship that is administered and awarded annually by The Radio and Television News Foundation (RTDA). Mr. Wilson was a news anchor at KGO-TV. The endowment provides an annual $2000 journalism scholarship in perpetuity in Pete Wilson's name. Applicants for this endowed scholarship award must be from the San Francisco Bay area or studying in the Bay area in pursuit of a degree in journalism. The 2015 Scholarship was awarded to Max Darrow from Menlo Park, CA.
Ongoing: KGO Staff provides tours for students visiting from various schools and academic institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students are able to watch a live 5PM newscast, tour the newsroom and finish with a question and answer session with other newsroom staff to provide them insight into the possibilities of a career in broadcast journalism. KGO personnel also participate in other events such as career days and school visits, workshops, and conferences in the community.
October 29, 2015: Todd Farber - Tour Host, Menlo College students integrated Marking Communications class at KGO
November 11, 2015: Cheryl Jennings- Tour Host, UC Berkeley SAGE program tour, Mentoring session, at KGO-TV
November 17, 2015: Cheryl Jennings - Tour Host, Academy of Art Univ. school project at KGO-TV
January 11, 2016: Spencer Christian - Speaker, Ms. Sacha's 2nd Grade studying water cycle, weather at RLS School SF
January 29, 2016: Kristen Sze - Host, Nueva School 8th Grade Exchange Students at KGO-TV
February 6, 2016: Jerry Sandy - Tour Host, Chloe Johnson, BYU Broadcasting at KGO-TV
February 16, 2016: Mike Mitchell - Tour Host, SFSU " News Crew at KGO-TV
February 23, 2016: Sandhya Patel - Speaker, Reema Sandhu Kinder Class Career Day at Monticello Academy
March 11, 2016: Sandhya Patel - Speaker, 4th Grade Career Day, Redwood Shores Elementary School
March 14, 2016: Mimi Kwan - Tour Host, Lynbrook HS job Shadow Day at KGO-TV
March 15, 2016: Dan Ashley - Tour Host, University of North Carolina Journalism School at KGO-TV
March 15, 2016: Lilian Pena - Speaker, Mission HS Career Day SF
March 17, 2016: Lilian Pena - Speaker, Mission HS Career Day SF
March 29, 2016: Michael Finney - Speaker, CSU Chico Alumni Assoc. Negotiating Large Purchases: Let's Make A Deal at Bell Memorial Union Chico, Ca.
April 6, 2016: Lilian Pena - Tour Host, Laney College Zarah Farmer's Broadcast/Journalism Students at KGO-TV, SF
April 22, 2016: Mimi Kwan - Tour Host, UC Berkeley Media Studies students at KGO-TV SF
April 26, 2016: Jerry Sandy - Tour Host, City College of SF (15) at KGO-TV SF
May 10, 2016: Lilian Pena - Speaker, Career Day/newcomer students, Mission High, SF
May 10, 2016: Lilian Pena - Speaker, Career Day/newcomer students, Mission High, SF
May 14, 2016: Lilian Pena - Mentor, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Instit., Ready to Lead (R2L) San Jose, Mentoring Power, Santa Clara University
C. EMPLOYEE JOB TRAINING
We the Station sent 4 employee's to the Bay Area Video Coalition ("BAVC") July 23-24, 2016 for job training with goal to help them acquire skills that could help advance their careers and qualify them for higher positions. This training was Adobe Editing System for graphics and art departments.
D. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists (NLGJA) Fall Honors Sponsorship - Since 2004, KGO-TV has attended numerous events and provided monetary support to the NLGJA's Northern California annual awards event.
"ABC7 Listens" is ongoing series of community meetings where KGO News management and other senior managers meet with community leaders to hear about the issues and stories affecting their communities.
E. Listing of Upper Level Openings:
KGO-TV forwards information on all job openings to numerous job banks and media trade organizations that have a broad based membership that includes of women and minorities.
American Women in Radio and Television
Bay Area Black Media Coalition
California Chicano News Media Association
Latinos in Communication
National Association of Black Journalists
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Native American Journalist Association
Women in Communications Job Bank
The complete list of organizations that received notification of the Station's job openings is noted in Attachment C
EFFORTS TO IMPROVE MAILING LIST: Every job vacancy at KGO-TV is posted on the Company's website (www.abc7news.com) as well as on the ABC Corporate Job Posting list (since May 1, 2006 at Disneycareers.com. In addition, all vacancies are notified to the organizations on EEO1 Source (Attachment C). The station's list is updated throughout the year through individual outreach to the organizations involved. In October 2011, a new electronic resume tracking system (KENEXA) was implemented. The new system is hosted on the Disneycareers.com website inviting candidates to apply, upload a resume and complete EEOC information. We post the following message on our Company's job posting website: ABC7 is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability.
We would like to widely publicize our job opportunities. Any organization that regularly distributes employment information to job seekers or that refers candidates to employers may ask to be put on our mailing list to receive information about job vacancies. For further information, please contact Human Resources at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111, phone: 415-954-7745 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to our website at www.abc7news.com.
In addition, promotional spots were aired as follows:
30 second promo:
Aired 95 times (various hours) on our regular channel and 104 times on our D2 channel.
ABC 7 is an equal opportunity employer and we would like to publicize our job opportunities.
That's why we encourage any organization that distributes employment information or refers candidates to employers to be put on our job vacancy mailing list.
For more information contact the KGO-TV Human Resources Department at 900 Front Street, San Francisco, California 94111.
Or log on to our website at ABC7News.com.
All of ABC7 Public Service Announcements are on our website: www.abc7news.com on the "COMMUNITY" tab.
Click here for Attachment A, click here for Attachment B, click here for Attachment C.