Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Jessica Delatorre Last year, headlines spanned worldwide of the Orlando shooting in which Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people. The Castro neighborhood is popular for its prideful LGBT scene which can be a target for a similar … Continue reading The Castro — Prepared for the Worst?
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
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
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?
Last fall, one student explained how a BART station in San Francisco's busy shopping and commercial district can harbor irritating crimes that are almost impossible to eradicate: By Ingrid Mera Traveling to San Francisco by train might seem convenient, but ironically, it might actually prove to be an uncomfortable experience as you step onto … Continue reading Powell BART station