Council Leads the Way to LED

Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Ashley Loaeza PLEASANT HILL -- The Pleasant Hill City Council has approved the purchase and installation of an LED sign at City Hall. During their Nov. 20 meeting, councilmembers authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with Sunny Neon Signs to install the … Continue reading Council Leads the Way to LED

Parlez vous francais? And, what about Arabic?

Note:  This story was reported and written in 2017. By Jessica Delatorre MONTEREY – The City Council’s pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting featured the honoring of two military students from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Many in attendance wore camouflage clothing in support of the students. They were honored for mastering Arabic and French. One … Continue reading Parlez vous francais? And, what about Arabic?

What? Two Stories on the Same Day? Yikes–hurry!

Among the aspects of real-life journalism that permeated classroom conversation—and student workloads—was that reporters are expected to juggle several assignments at once because deadlines are constant. Some of my students—including this one—churned out stories from public meetings coverage alongside their capstone papers.   By Julian Moncaleano The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ government audit and … Continue reading What? Two Stories on the Same Day? Yikes–hurry!

DACA in the Meeting Room

If you have been following along, you already know that several of my students pursued DACA stories. This ambitious student actually covered two meetings that fall semester – one to fulfill the public meeting requirement, and this one for her spot news assignment. By Sarah Niderost DACA supporters packed City Hall last Monday for a … Continue reading DACA in the Meeting Room

What Do You Get When These Three….?

Humor can prove risky in news stories stemming from tragic events such as the North Bay wildfires. But just as a dash of pepper can complement a dish, a dash of humor can draw readers into news coverage—as this student realized on her own. By Maci Lee Martell PETALUMA -- A rabbi, a landlord and … Continue reading What Do You Get When These Three….?

Bringing Art to Life

By Nicole Newman The San Francisco Arts Commission met Nov. 13 to discuss the approval of artists for an upcoming installation at the San Francisco International Airport's Hyatt Hotel, which is currently being constructed. The proposal, Hyatt Hotel Lobby Wall Public Art Project, is committed to showcasing one artist's work on a wall of the lobby entrance. The Arts Commission … Continue reading Bringing Art to Life

Public Meetings that Matter

As my students saw firsthand last fall, what happens at public meetings—where members of a city council, school board or other governing body vote on constituent matters—can result in important actions. I learned about the public clamor over the Pioneer Monument in August, just a few days before the fall semester began. After discussing the … Continue reading Public Meetings that Matter