Paging San Francisco Chronicle! A reader has news for you!

Letter to Romenesko

From JAY BERMAN, retired journalism professor and newspaper reporter: I am on an Amtrak train that broke down nearly 3 hours ago near Oakland. [His email is time-stamped 4:15 ET.] breaking I thought it might be something the San Francisco Chronicle might be interested in, so I called breaking news. After about five minutes, the voicemail told me breaking news was not accepting calls and that I should call back later.

In the meantime, about 100 people are on this train that hasn’t moved for nearly 3 hours, and nobody will ever know about it.