Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Nicole Newman Beginning 2018, the Upper Haight and Ashbury area will undergo a transformation from Haight and Stanyan to Haight and Buchanan while the Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project will focus on improving roads and pedestrian traffic and adding stoplights. Developed in 2016 by San … Continue reading Upper Haight Transit Improvement and Pedestrian Realm Project
Note: This story was reported and written in 2017. By Geoffrey Scott Residents of the Tenderloin should expect major updates to safety and traffic conditions on one of the district’s major thoroughfares, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Safer Taylor Street Project, where city planners are working with the … Continue reading Making Taylor Street More Safe
Many months before coffee giant Starbucks became mired in a racial profiling controversy about who could use its restrooms, one student was already exploring the idea that large corporate chains aren’t necessarily as welcoming as small businesses are. By Ingrid Mera Downtown San Francisco offers tourists and locals an inspirational environment full of creativity. As … Continue reading Exploring and Celebrating Diverse Tastes and Choices, San Francisco-Style
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
Note: This was in advance of the 2017 festival. Be careful when marking your calendar for 2018—or thereafter ! By Julian Moncaleano As the Autumn Moon Festival approaches, there is a sense of eagerness among residents of San Francisco’s Chinatown, but many local businesses are preparing for what is—unexpectedly—one of the slowest times of the … Continue reading The Autumn Moon Festival — Annual Event Doesn’t Spark Celebrations Throughout Chinatown
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!
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
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 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 have on others? These additional interviews … Continue reading More Than A Pretty Face — Entertaining Audiences For A Cause
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