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
Learning AP style is tough but necessary in college journalism. While on deadline, this student called my attention to the AP stylebook entry that discouraged use of the term, undocumented immigrants. I was unaware of this, but was certain that I had already read the phrase countless times in news stories. So I suggested to … Continue reading Why is Concord not a Sanctuary City?
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?
A reporter interviewing other reporters is one of the most difficult genres to tackle. This student reporter dug deep when questioning her contemporaries as well as veteran journalists. By Maci Lee Martell On a seemingly normal Sunday night, Paul Gullixson was sound asleep in his Rincon Valley home, along with the majority of Sonoma County. … Continue reading Local Reporters Race Flames to Chase Story
When tackling their crime assignments, my students quickly realized that crime stories weren’t limited to covering homicides or other violence. Often, a great story is about the first responders themselves. This student leveraged a relative’s connection into securing interviews with longtime firefighters. By Marissa Perry SAN RAMON - Individuals who are in the line of … Continue reading Firefighting — Not Just a Job But Also a Calling
During an interview to complete her story assignment, this student found herself being interviewed by the subject, an up-and-coming chef, about her social media projects that he had seen. Maybe they had mutual interest to collaborate? Or, maybe the chef knew someone with a work opportunity for her. She told me about all this—blushing a … Continue reading From Soup to Nuts: There’s Nary a Beef About This Chef
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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?
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 wonderful work in a recent print edition but also posting online March 5, 2018: … Continue reading Staying Safe From Wildfires
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