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

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?

Homeless…by choice?

Youth homelessness results from many causes, but it’s sobering to think that young people at times will choose to live without permanent shelter. Why? Ask this student, who explored the question last fall: By Nowell Francisco “During 1966, the hot center of revolutionary action on the Coast began moving across the bay to San Francisco’s … Continue reading Homeless…by choice?

Helping Hands in the Haight-Ashbury

The world-famous Haight-Ashbury district is known for many things, but homeless youth on the streets? Here’s what one of my students discovered: By Nicole Newman San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury is a tourist destination, iconic for its history of music legends such as the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin who lived and roamed the streets of colorful … Continue reading Helping Hands in the Haight-Ashbury

Monuments…or marginalization?

Among the recurring student feedback last fall were observations that at times, it was tough to find sources who would provide the desired viewpoints and quotes. Because the course was reporting, however, rather than opinion writing or social media messaging, my students realized that they had to follow where the story took them, and simply … Continue reading Monuments…or marginalization?

Staying Safe From Wildfires

Five months ago, the North Bay wildfires erupted. As the fall semester drew to a close, one of my students living in Petaluma shared her emotions about preparing to evacuate. Our thanks to the Petaluma Argus-Courier for publishing Maci Lee Martell’s fine work in a recent print edition but also posting online March 5, 2018: … Continue reading Staying Safe From Wildfires

NorCal Animal Shelters Help Four-Legged, Wildfire Survivors

Humans weren't the only ones fighting for their lives during the October 2017 North Bay wildfires. One of my students examined how animal shelters responded. She also provided fire safety tips for pet and livestock owners: By Marissa Perry The devastation of the North Bay fires ravaged homes and destroyed businesses. Not only were the … Continue reading NorCal Animal Shelters Help Four-Legged, Wildfire Survivors

Homelessness in the Castro district of San Francisco

The Castro is famous worldwide as an LGBT mecca. Nonetheless, social problems nag what one of my students called, the "gayborhood." This story is also distinctive because among all the capstone project papers in our classroom, this one has the most human sources quoted. By Dimitri D. Bailey Despite effort and resolve, homelessness in San … Continue reading Homelessness in the Castro district of San Francisco