The Autumn Moon Festival — Annual Event Doesn’t Spark Celebrations Throughout Chinatown

Note:  This was in advance of the 2017 festival. Be careful when marking your calendar for 2018—or thereafter ! By Julian Moncaleano As the Autumn Moon Festival approaches, there is a sense of eagerness among residents of San Francisco’s Chinatown, but many local businesses are preparing for what is—unexpectedly—one of the slowest times of the … Continue reading The Autumn Moon Festival — Annual Event Doesn’t Spark Celebrations Throughout Chinatown

With Tourism Comes Revenue — and Thefts

By Julian Moncaleano        San Francisco’s Chinatown is an established neighborhood for drawing large crowds of tourists—as well as a large number of thefts. This is nothing new to Chinatown residents and business owners.      For business owners, the large crowds can pose problems. Owners and employees usually monitor every customer that steps foot into … Continue reading With Tourism Comes Revenue — and Thefts

Shout-Out for the Yelp App before the Big-City Newspaper Examined Yelp Reviews

I always encouraged students to pursue bold ideas in their beat neighborhoods, especially if they were parlayed from local, regional or national news. What I found particularly impressive, however, were instances when a student beat the establishment news media to the proverbial punch. This student, for example, pitched me a story idea focused on the … Continue reading Shout-Out for the Yelp App before the Big-City Newspaper Examined Yelp Reviews

When the Top Cop Grants the Interview

For her crime story assignment, one ambitious student who was already reporting and news gathering in her beat neighborhood dutifully filled out an online form to interview a police chief – why not ask?  She was relaxing at home the next day when her phone rang. The police chief! Not even a PR officer intermediary! … Continue reading When the Top Cop Grants the Interview

Does Nightlife in the Castro Have a Negative Effect on the Locals?

My students’ experiences last fall included interviewing and quoting some of their neighborhood beat sources multiple times for different story assignments. As the semester unfolded, a few of these human sources would characterize themselves differently during interviews, meaning preferred pronouns might change. In another story by the same student covering the Castro, Jesse Chang is … Continue reading Does Nightlife in the Castro Have a Negative Effect on the Locals?

Golden State Warriors — Where to Watch? How to Watch?

Another NBA season was getting underway last fall when my students were launching their final capstone papers based on issues and trends in their beat neighborhoods. As a wannabe sports connoisseur, I took enormous delight in suggesting to one of my students that she tackle a project examining how sports bars benefit from broadcasting the … Continue reading Golden State Warriors — Where to Watch? How to Watch?

A Different Perspective in Chinatown

San Francisco’s Chinatown bills itself as the largest district of its kind outside of Asia and the most established in North America. But not every merchant is of Chinese ancestry. Even though people from the Indian subcontinent are considered Asian-American per U.S. Census, the definition of Asian-American in daily discourse and life remains fluid: By … Continue reading A Different Perspective in Chinatown

Macy’s closing

Final clearance sale at Macy’s at Stonestown reminds me of this student’s work last fall, before official closure date was determined: By Maci Lee Martell While brick-and-mortar retail outlets may be struggling for business in the wake of convenient online retailers, such as Amazon, movie theaters around the Bay Area seem to be holding their … Continue reading Macy’s closing