My long memory makes it easy to recall that this student and I were discussing terminology about transgender people after our regular, Thursday class period on Sept. 28, 2017 when he noted aloud how much he enjoyed pursuing LGBT stories. “When I write them,” he said of such stories, “I’m learning about LGBT people and … Continue reading Songs of a Man’s Life
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?
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?
For their profile assignments, I asked my students to, if feasible before our unforgiving deadline, pursue two additional interviews beyond the person who was their subject. The purpose was for them to gain more experience in asking their neighborhood beat sources about how and why certain individuals were newsworthy. What impact did the profile subject … Continue reading More Than A Pretty Face — Entertaining Audiences For A Cause
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