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  1. Article Link for Journalism Student Alex Welsh Chronicled San Francisco's Island of Poverty

    Journalism Student Alex Welsh Chronicled San Francisco's Island of Poverty

    1 year ago

    THE WEEK -- In 2007, the Bayview-Hunters Point housing project was rated the worst in the nation. That same year, Alex Welsh, then a photojournalism student at San Francisco State University, did a photo feature about the proposed plans for a new waterfront property, focusing on the residents' fears of further marginalization. When the story was complete, Welsh, who is white, returned to the predominantly black neighborhood, drawn to the young men and women who were his age but living vastly different lives. “I felt that the young men, in particular, were criminalized and not given a voice in the mainstream media,” he said in an interview. During a two-year period, Welsh was welcomed into the tight-knit community. And he captured neighbors, friends and family experiencing the tragic as well as the ordinary and celebratory moments of life.

  2. Article Link for Professor Komenich's Pulitzer-winning Photography Revisited in Opinion Piece

    Professor Komenich's Pulitzer-winning Photography Revisited in Opinion Piece

    1 year ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Former Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein writes an op-ed on lessons learned from the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines. “The people’s power that ushers in real change and rejects villainy lies in all of us, standing vigilantly in front of a despot’s tanks, literally or figuratively. The history lesson today, courtesy of those who participated three decades ago in the successful revolt against Marcos, is that nothing less is required.” Kim Komenich won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his news photos of the final years of the Marcos regime. Komenich, who teaches photojournalism at San Francisco State University, used his 1980s photos to reconnect with individuals in 2010 to document how People Power had shaped their lives.

  3. Article Link for Alum Suzanne Ashe Named Editor of Chugiak-Eagle River Star

    Alum Suzanne Ashe Named Editor of Chugiak-Eagle River Star

    1 year ago

    ALASKA STAR -- Ashe brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism, a passion for good reporting and great photography. She has lived, worked and adventured in Southeast Alaska, Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Francisco. Ashe received an Associate of Arts degree in journalism from College of San Mateo, before transferring to the Journalism program at San Francisco State University. She has written for award-winning publications such as Wired magazine, CNET, PC Gamer, The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Weekly, The Union Democrat, The Tooele Transcript, The Salt Lake Tribune, Petersburg Pilot and the Alaska Dispatch News’ Show Me Alaska Web channel.

  4. Article Link for Professor Komenich Revisits Philippine Revolution Through Pulitzer-winning Photos

    Professor Komenich Revisits Philippine Revolution Through Pulitzer-winning Photos

    1 year ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- When Kim Komenich, assistant professor of Journalism, reflects on the Philippine Revolution of 1986, he notes, “It only took a few days, but it was years in the making.” For two of those years, Komenich was on assignment for the San Francisco Examiner, documenting on camera the events leading up to and including the civilian and military coup that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986. The images tell the story of the revolution as it unfolds — Catholic nuns, rosaries in hand, form the first line of defense against machine-gun wielding Marcos troops. Smiling Aquino supporters band together as they burn a Marcos T-shirt. Aquino troops, crouching with machine guns poised, begin the takeover of the government-run television compound. His coverage of what became known as the EDSA People Power Revolution earned him the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in spot news photography.

  5. Article Link for Professor Cunningham on 'Odd Todd': A Northern California Legend

    Professor Cunningham on 'Odd Todd': A Northern California Legend

    1 year ago

    THE INERTIA -- “Odd Todd” is an exceedingly humble, reluctant participant in the telling of his own story. Through a series of interviews and anecdotes from friends and admirers alike, a universally loved, “renegade soul” emerges. In this age of shameless self-promotion, we find a rare individual, as defined by the proud tradition of the surf community’s oral history. Within this resplendent collective consciousness, indelible memories of only the most honorable legends live on in a state of timeless respect. As Sachi Cunningham, professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, pointed out, SeaLevelTV’s approach follows the genre of literary journalism invented at Esquire Magazine in the 1960s by writer Gay Talese with his piece known as “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.”

  6. Article Link for Alum Kathy Ostram Recalls Covering Monterey Pop Fest for Student Newspapers

    Alum Kathy Ostram Recalls Covering Monterey Pop Fest for Student Newspapers

    1 year ago

    DIGITAL JOURNAL -- As the extended showing of Amy J. Bergs new documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” winds down at The Roxie Theater, former San Francisco State journalist Kathy Bramwell Ostram shared her recollections of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. “That time was so special, it was the best time of my life,” Ostram said. Now, a grandmother, Ostram has retired to Sonoma. But those memories of the legendary days of Monterey Pop still linger. That is why she was eager to see the documentary. “When I was at SF State U., I worked on the Daily Gator and, ironically, when the campus erupted with protests during the time I was there, another paper emerged while the Daily Gator went on strike with the student protests. It was called The Phoenix, and the editor there put me in charge of the arts and entertainment column.”

  7. Article Link for Professor Cunningham on Surf at the 'Impeccable Maverick's'

    Professor Cunningham on Surf at the 'Impeccable Maverick's'

    1 year ago

    THE INERTIA -- This particular swell had XXL potential, and I was committed to document my big-wave buddy Bianca Valenti showing what women are capable of in waves of consequence. I knew my favorite superstars — including Bianca, Emi Erikson, and Savannah Shaughnessy — would be in the water and I didn’t want to miss the possibility of getting a cover shot. Local regulars and new visitors from around the world were back at it again the next day, but my job as a professor of multimedia journalism at SF State and my duties as mom were back at the top of the priorities as the swell moved on to Mexico. Something tells me we’re in for a few more memorable shows this season.

  8. Article Link for Alum Juan De Anda Helms Culture and Arts Sectino of SFBay

    Alum Juan De Anda Helms Culture and Arts Sectino of SFBay

    1 year ago

    SFBAY -- By way of introduction, I’m a Journalism and Latino studies graduate from San Francisco State University and have been in the professional realm for approximately three years now. My name has appeared in a variety of freelance and staff pieces for various print and online organizations, chiefly in local publications such as SF Weekly and El Tecolote. I was primarily a cultural correspondent focusing on tourism, breaking news, literature and lifestyle.

  9. Article Link for Alum Richard Hanner Named Editorial Content Director of Gold Country Media

    Alum Richard Hanner Named Editorial Content Director of Gold Country Media

    1 year ago

    AUBURN JOURNAL -- “Richard Hanner is known for his high-quality community journalism and concern for the quality of life in the communities he and his team have served in the Lodi area. I met Richard several years ago and believe he is a wonderful fit for our Auburn Journal and Gold Country Media content team. He already has strong local ties and knowledge of the area,” said William J. Brehm Jr., president of Brehm Communications Inc. Hanner will report directly to Tom Kirk, regional publisher and the chief operations officer of BCI. Hanner grew up in Loomis and is a graduate of Del Oro High School and Sierra Community College. He later graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism and from Stanford University with a master’s degree in communications.

  10. Article Link for Nevada Press Association Names Alum Sandy Lopez a Journalist of Merit

    Nevada Press Association Names Alum Sandy Lopez a Journalist of Merit

    1 year ago

    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL -- North View reporter Sandy Lopez has been named a 2015 Journalist of Merit in the Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The award is given to writers who have five or fewer years of professional experience to encourage them to stay in the industry. Lopez has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Latino/Latina studies from San Francisco State University. Before joining the View staff in 2013, she was an intern at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and before that, a staff reporter at Mission Local, covering San Francisco’s largely bilingual Mission District. While at SF State, she worked as a staff writer for the school’s weekly paper. “Sandy has grown tremendously as a journalist and storyteller during her two years with View,” View Editor Lisa Valentine said. “She has tackled every topic from drug addiction to domestic violence to features with the same care and generosity that is the hallmark of every good reporter.”

  11. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: Congress' Disarray Linked to Changing U.S. Demographics

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: Congress' Disarray Linked to Changing U.S. Demographics

    1 year ago

    POLITICO -- We talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, formerly of the Washington Post (and — proud full disclosure here — my former journalism student at San Francisco State University), who drew a crowd of hundreds at the Politicon in LA this weekend. “The whole ideas of whites as an emerging racial minority is something we have been dealing with in California … but now, it’s creating a panic attack” in the rest of the country’’ — and especially in the House, Vargas told Politic. “Is any wonder ... that, in some ways, is the last bastion of white heterosexual privilege.” The disarray in Congress “is completely connected with the changing demographics of America — of which California is ground zero,’’ he told us. ”Look at the GOP in California. This is not the (former CAGOP Gov) Pete Wilson party of the 90s, which passed Prop. 187,’’ the controversial anti-illegal immigration measure credited with turning millions of Latinos away from the GOP.

  12. Article Link for Professor Komenich Mentored Photojournalist Jessica Lifland

    Professor Komenich Mentored Photojournalist Jessica Lifland

    1 year ago

    THE GUARDSMAN (CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO) -- At the opening, Journalism Chair Juan Gonzales introduced Lifland as a key instructor for the program, and introduced special guest Kim Komenich, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, professor at San Francisco State and longtime mentor to Lifland. “The spirit of the event was so high — a spirit of camaraderie and of family coming together,” Gonzales said. Komenich has mentored Lifland for many years in their shared pursuit of international photojournalism work. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for images covering the Philippine Revolution, and shared lessons from his career in The Guardsman newsroom during the gallery opening. Komenich referred to the display of Lifland’s images as “life itself, brought to us through the eyes of one concerned photographer.” “A camera is a tool for being a witness,” Komenich said. “It’s about concern and empathy — about showing the plight of one person to someone who might be able to help.”

  13. Article Link for Professor Cunningham May Snag Emmy Monday Night

    Professor Cunningham May Snag Emmy Monday Night

    1 year ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State rampaged through Iraq, causing the near destruction of the Iraqi government and the rekindling of the U.S. military role in Iraq. In the midst of the chaos, SF State Journalism Professor Sachi Cunningham, PBS “Frontline” correspondent Martin Smith and his film crew members spent two weeks capturing the growing power of the Islamic State in the Middle East. The crew’s filming resulted in a hour-long documentary called “The Rise of ISIS,” which premiered last October and is nominated for an Emmy Award in the news and documentary category, premiering September 28 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The 42-year-old Pittsburgh native said she always knew she wanted to become a filmmaker. She initially dreamed of becoming a Hollywood filmmaker as an undergraduate studying American history at Brown University in 1990, but was later drawn to creating documentary films.

  14. Article Link for Alum Meghan Dubitsky's Project Revelation' Delves into Post-apocalypse

    Alum Meghan Dubitsky's Project Revelation' Delves into Post-apocalypse

    1 year ago

    SF BAY -- Dubitsky — a graduate of San Francisco State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism — told SFBay she is very excited for the series premiere since it is the first project she’s done that people other than her friends are excited to see. She also said it was very surreal seeing her ideas come to life during filming since she’s always considered herself a print writer. “As a journalist, we don’t intend to be on camera. Any story that you’re writing as a journalist has already happened — it’s something that you don’t create,” she says. “But doing it this way, you have such a clear picture in your head. The first day we filmed — and seeing these scenes come to life — it was really crazy and it was really interesting to see how the vision in your head changes to what comes out on screen.”

  15. Article Link for Alum Sam Molmud Wins SF Weekly Award for Best Drink Publication

    Alum Sam Molmud Wins SF Weekly Award for Best Drink Publication

    1 year ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Sitting in a classroom, anxiously awaiting his fate, SF State alumnus Samuel Molmud said he was laser-focused when judges from local publications came to his contemporary magazine class to judge the students’ ideas and business plans. His Liquid Bread Magazine project — focused on the beer scene in the Bay Area — won the judges over unanimously then, and now, as a fully fledged online publication, has won SF Weekly’s 2015 Best Drink Publication award. “When you are doing something new, its not always easy to tell when you’re hitting the right notes, so getting the nod from SF Weekly was a pleasant temperature gauge on how we were doing,” Molmud said. Molmud graduated from the Journalism Department in Fall 2014 and is the founder, owner and editor-in-chief of Liquid Bread Magazine in San Francisco.

  16. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Discusses Challenges for College Newspapers

    Professor Kanigel Discusses Challenges for College Newspapers

    1 year ago

    PROVIDENCE JOURNAL -- Nationwide, college newspapers in recent years have cut their publications from five days a week to four days or three days, and weeklies to once or twice per month, said Rachele S. Kanigel, an associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and president of the College Media Association.

  17. Article Link for Professor Cunningham: From the Emmys to Big-Wave Photography

    Professor Cunningham: From the Emmys to Big-Wave Photography

    1 year ago

    SURFER -- Sachi Cunningham does it all. She’s a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State, a documentary filmmaker, and a critically-acclaimed multimedia journalist. She’s won a handful of Emmys for her work for “Frontline” along with a nomination for her most recent project, “The Rise of ISIS.” Her documentary for the Los Angeles Times, “Chasing the Swell,” won the Associated Press Sports Editors Multimedia Award, along with countless other acclamations. On top of all of her notoriety, she’s one of the best big-wave surf photographers around. “I’m often shooting empty waves by myself out there, so if I ever feel spooked, I’ll just get out for a bit,” she says. “I’ve been in situations where I’m gripping the sand on the bottom and still had a wave pick me up from the back and toss me up and into it. That always takes a lot of energy out of you, especially at a place like Ocean Beach where you’re swimming all the time. I don’t want to be afraid of the ocean; I love it too much.”

  18. Article Link for Catching the Big Waves with Surf Photographer, Professor Sachi Cunningham

    Catching the Big Waves with Surf Photographer, Professor Sachi Cunningham

    1 year ago

    KQED-FM FORUM -- When big wave surfers tackle waves, Sachi Cunningham is often right behind them, bobbing in the ocean with nothing but a camera and a wetsuit. The water photographer and San Francisco State University professor has traveled the world, capturing images of pro surfers. She talks to “Forum” about her work, why there are so few female surf photographers and her documentary projects, including an Emmy-nominated film covering ISIS in Iraq. “When you make it out (into the ocean) on a big day, just making it out there, you feel like you’ve won the Olympics. It’s challenging but so relaxing,” Cunningham says. “When you’re out there, the beauty of the nature is just overwhelming, and a good reminder that we are just a little fleck in this big universe. For me the ocean is also great medicine and just makes me feel happy and good.”

  19. Article Link for Professor Wagner: Tech Industry Short on Diversity, Same with News Media

    Professor Wagner: Tech Industry Short on Diversity, Same with News Media

    1 year ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “Even so, the numbers in the news media are better than those we see in most tech companies. Twitter’s diversity numbers from last year found that women made up 10 percent of tech jobs. And while Asians made up 34 percent of tech jobs at Twitter, Latinos and African Americans made up a total of 4 percent. Should tech companies look to news media companies for answers? Not necessarily. Most of the efforts over the decades to improve diversity in newsrooms haven’t budged the needle much. But we have new tools in hand, and with the common intersection of tech and media, working together might bring about a different result.” Venise Wagner, associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, is the co-editor and co-author of “Reporting Inequality: Methods and Tools for Covering Race and Ethnicity,” to be released in 2017.

  20. Article Link for Alum Robert Hernandez Wins Teaching Award from Society of Professional Journalists

    Alum Robert Hernandez Wins Teaching Award from Society of Professional Journalists

    1 year ago

    NEWSWISE -- Robert Hernandez, associate professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg, has been chosen by the national Society of Professional Journalists to receive its Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. Hernandez, a veteran of Web journalism, focuses on exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism. “Journalism is a dynamic field, and Robert Hernandez is an innovator in journalism education. It is easy to see that he enjoys teaching students how to understand and use emerging technologies to tell a story,” said Butler Cain, chair of the SPJ Journalism Education Committee. Hernandez has gained national attention for designing cutting-edge classes: Augmented Reality Storytelling and Journalism, and a Google Glass class to explore how wearable devices could transform news gathering and delivery. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2000.

  21. Article Link for Rapid Career Rise for Alum Sara Donchey, New TV Anchor in Houston

    Rapid Career Rise for Alum Sara Donchey, New TV Anchor in Houston

    1 year ago

    HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- Donchey is a sign of the times. She is young, 26, and already a primary anchor on a network affiliate in a Top 10 Nielsen market. “I grew up online, with the Internet. I got my foot in the door the modern way, through Twitter. When I look back, every job I’ve ever had, I made the connection through the Internet, even my first job working at a pizza place,” she said. She was a cashier — and helped make garlic knots. Donchey got her degree in online journalism at San Francisco State University. While working for the school newspaper, she became Twitter buddies with Bay Area television reporter Joe Vazquez, trading news tips and story ideas. Vazquez invited Donchey to visit his newsroom. “It was the first time I ever stepped in a TV newsroom. He showed me around. A little while later, I was hired as a production assistant, which is the bottom of the totem pole. It’s even lower than that. It’s the part of the totem pole that’s stuck in the ground.”

  22. Article Link for Alum Chloe Johnson to Cover Crime for Napa Valley Register

    Alum Chloe Johnson to Cover Crime for Napa Valley Register

    1 year ago

    NAPA VALLEY REGISTER -- This past week, we brought aboard a new reporter whom I hope can help me make that plan a reality. Chloe Johnson comes to us highly recommended as a talented and curious storyteller from her professors at San Francisco State and people with whom she interned. Her past stories impressed us with the kind of analytical and research-based outlook that fit well with the way I want to tell the story of public safety in Napa County. So now is a good time to consider how we cover crime and other public safety issues at the Register and its sister papers. We will always cover the big stuff — homicides, major fires, serious accidents and disasters. Fortunately, those are rare in this county, so we have the luxury of deciding how to cover lesser crimes and incidents.

  23. Article Link for Longmore Institute Advises Professor Cunningham on 'Crutch' Documentary

    Longmore Institute Advises Professor Cunningham on 'Crutch' Documentary

    1 year ago

    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW -- Now, he’s the subject of a documentary, “Crutch,” co-directed by Sachi Cunningham, a Pittsburgh native and assistant professor of multimedia journalism at San Francisco State University. Emily Smith Beitiks, a professor and associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State, advised Cunningham about ways to avoid cliches during the filmmaking. The institute is a think tank dedicated to changing perceptions about disabilities. “Part of the challenge is overcoming the way most people think about medical devices, like crutches, that are deeply stigmatized,” Beitiks said. “The story being told is more along the lines of how Bill took a crutch and made it his own — almost like an item of clothing. He is doing all of these tricks and dance moves out of inspiration of his disability and creativity.”

  24. Article Link for 'Grimm' to Gelato: Alum, Actor Randy Schulman Opens Food Truck

    'Grimm' to Gelato: Alum, Actor Randy Schulman Opens Food Truck

    1 year ago

    PORTLAND TRIBUNE -- So how does one go from acting to running a food cart? Schulman, 47, grew up in Los Angeles and began acting at the age of 9. He attended San Francisco State University, where he met his wife, actress Delcie Adams. The couple owned a theatre company in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years, which won the Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play, for the play Schulman wrote and directed — “La Gioconda.” Schulman was working in the MTV story department when they decided to move to Portland.

  25. Article Link for Professor Funabiki Speaks at Bay Area Book Festival

    Professor Funabiki Speaks at Bay Area Book Festival

    1 year ago

    POP MATTERS -- After some dithering, I spent Saturday seeing Mark Trautwein, editor at local NPR affiliate KQED, an adult literacy panel, and Wendy Lesser. Capped it off with An Evening with Judy Blume. Trautwein, who spoke with San Francisco State Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki, set the tone for all the speakers: witty, engaging, strikingly articulate. Editor of the reader-driven on air feature “Perspectives,” Trautwein’s read thousands of essays and offered helpful instruction on the form to a roomful of writing professionals and worshipful students.

  26. Article Link for Professor Venise Wagner: Reporter Covered San Francisco's Black Community in 1990s

    Professor Venise Wagner: Reporter Covered San Francisco's Black Community in 1990s

    1 year ago

    SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- As a staff writer at the San Francisco Examiner 20 years ago, Venise Wagner was one of the only reporters assigned to cover the black community. That’s because the newspaper was the only one at the time with beat reporters for ethnic and gay and lesbian communities. The Examiner sat down with Wagner in her office at San Francisco State University — where she is an associate professor of Journalism and former chair of the department — for a conversation abut a changing newspaper, city and black community. Do you think the black community is being adequately covered here in the city? “Absolutely not. ... Who’s looking at African Americans in the schools, who’s holding the school board accountable for how African Americans are doing here in the city? Who are those that are left and what allows them to stay here and why did they choose to stay here in San Francisco?”

  27. Article Link for Professor Jon Funabiki, Alum Jan Ellison Featured at Bay Area Book Festival

    Professor Jon Funabiki, Alum Jan Ellison Featured at Bay Area Book Festival

    1 year ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Jon Funabiki: “Perspectives on the Short Essay.” Funabiki founded Renaissance Journalism to undertake special reporting and storytelling initiatives locally and nationally. He teaches at San Francisco State University. Jan Ellison: “New Voices, New Stories: Stellar Debuts Not to be Missed.” A graduate of Stanford and San Francisco State’s Master of Fine Arts program, Ellison was the recipient of a 2007 O. Henry Prize for her first story to appear in print. “A Small Indiscretion” is her first book.

  28. Article Link for Alum Eric Newton Named Innovation Chief at Arizona State's Journalism School

    Alum Eric Newton Named Innovation Chief at Arizona State's Journalism School

    1 year ago

    ASU NEWS -- Eric Newton, a global leader in championing transformational digital innovation in the news media as an executive of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is joining Arizona State University as the innovation chief of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Professor Newton will work closely with the school’s leadership to drive new, cutting-edge ideas and initiatives at Cronkite News, the school’s multiplatform daily-news operation. Cronkite News will serve as a test bed for news-industry innovations and experimentation while providing critical content to news consumers in Arizona and across the country. Newton wrote or edited numerous works on journalism, including “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism.” He holds a Master’s degree in international studies from University of Birmingham in England and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University.

  29. Article Link for Journalism Professor Yvonne Daley Earns Fond Farewell

    Journalism Professor Yvonne Daley Earns Fond Farewell

    1 year ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Daley has developed an extensive resume, including five nonfiction novels and more than 5,000 articles appearing in major publications like Time, People, Life, the Boston Globe and Washington Post. She has earned more than 40 awards in feature writing and investigative journalism. She splits her time between Vermont, where she directs the Green Mountain Writers Conference, and San Francisco, where she has embedded herself into local communities like Hayes Valley, Noe Valley and SF State. “The second I came here, I knew it was the right place for me,” Daley said. “When I came from Vermont and walked on this campus and was hearing 12 languages and seeing people in all colors and clothing, genders and piercings and tattooing. I was like ‘I love you.’” During her 30 semesters of teaching, Daley has inspired students as well as instructors, who recently contributed personal stories for a special edition in Xpress magazine that highlights Daley’s SF State career.

  30. Article Link for Gifts for Your Gator graduate

    Gifts for Your Gator graduate

    1 year ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- Recommended gifts celebrate the achievements of SF State alumni, “giving a newly minted grad something to aspire to.” Gifts include “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985 – 2000,” the new book from globe-trekking photographer Doug Menuez; Kelly Corrigan’s memoir “Glitter and Glue”; the award-winning miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” directed by Lisa Cholodenko; and “Transparent,” the television series that won Jeffrey Tambor a Golden Globe.

  31. Article Link for Traumatic Brain Injury Changed Alum Bryan Logan's Life

    Traumatic Brain Injury Changed Alum Bryan Logan's Life

    2 years ago

    BUSINESS INSIDER -- The accident couldn’t have happened at a worse time. I was in the last weeks of fall semester of my senior year at San Francisco State University and taking 19 credits of classes. By the time I was discharged from the hospital, I'd have two weeks left before finals. I was miserable and in pain and weak from all that time in the hospital. But I put on my toughest face and got to work. It took a couple all-nighters and several deadline extensions, but I turned in every assignment, took each final and finished the semester, albeit completely wiped out. I’m not sad I suffered a brain injury. It only stoked an already burning fire in me to be the best version of myself. I no longer wonder what could have been if I wasn’t hit by a car. It just reminds me of this: If I can survive all that and still thrive, I can do anything.

  32. Article Link for Student Journalists Use 'Restorative Narrative to Report on Fukushima

    Student Journalists Use 'Restorative Narrative to Report on Fukushima

    2 years ago

    NICHI BEI WEEKLY -- San Francisco State University’s Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture presented April 4 on the state of Fukushima, Japan, at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. The presentation, featuring the works of San Francisco State University students who visited Fukushima last year, included a series of stories on life after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear disaster. Professor Sachi Cunningham presented on behalf of students Gavin McIntyre and Deborah Svoboda. She showed a series of portraits McIntyre took of people in Fukushima. They included a man who quit his job in Tokyo to help revitalize his hometown, a woman who faced stigma from people in Tokyo for being from Fukushima and photos from Namie, a hastily evacuated city following the nuclear meltdown. “It was a lot to take in … just trying to make sense of how people are dealing with all this tragedy,” Cunningham said.

  33. Article Link for Alum Robin Gordon Jons Data Instincts

    Alum Robin Gordon Jons Data Instincts

    2 years ago

    NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL -- Robin Gordon joined the team of Data Instincts, a Windsor-based public outreach firm specializing in outreach for water related issues. Gordon will play a vital role in guiding and supporting municipalities, agencies and utilities in communicating with their rate payers and constituents on drought critical issues, including water conservation and water recycling efforts. Gordon has a background in journalism including reporting, freelance writing and design. She has spent most of her career working with representatives in city government, schools and parks and recreation. Her most recent work of note includes a California Newspapers Association Better Newspapers award for Human Interest Reporting and a National Newspaper Association award for Business Reporting. Gordon is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

  34. Article Link for Alum Matt Saincome Helms SF Weekly Music Blog

    Alum Matt Saincome Helms SF Weekly Music Blog

    2 years ago

    SF WEEKLY -- I’ve also been writing for All Shook Down for quite some time — often contributing pieces to the great Ian Port and then later to the unstoppable Emma Silvers. But I’m excited to get my name out of the liner notes and into the artist column of your iTunes library with this new position. I’ve been involved in Bay Area music in one way or another my entire life. I grew up in the East Bay, where my father’s massive jazz record collection helped balance out all the weekends I spent going hard in the pit to Monster Squad at 924 Gilman Street. I spent my collegiate years at San Francisco State, where I fronted a hardcore band called Zero Progress and ran the music section of our campus paper. Recently I’ve been writing for VICE’s music blog, Noisey. Did you see that post they had with the guy getting choked out by Sargeant Slaughter? That was me. I also spoke at length with the Bay’s own Lars Frederiksen and wrote about the new Desktop Record Cutter.

  35. Article Link for Alum Dan Verel Started His Journalism Career at City College of San Francisco

    Alum Dan Verel Started His Journalism Career at City College of San Francisco

    2 years ago

    SF BAY VIEW -- Dan Verel, another former City College journalism student and now a health writer at MedCity News, agreed that the department’s high standards set him up for success after transferring to San Francisco State University in his mid-20s. “We were far ahead of other students,” Verel said. “I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but [adviser Juan Gonzalez] was kind of a savior.”

  36. Article Link for Professor Wagner: Diversity in Journalism Involves Culture, Depth, Thought

    Professor Wagner: Diversity in Journalism Involves Culture, Depth, Thought

    2 years ago

    YOUR CALL, KALW-FM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Dori Maynard, president of the Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and champion of diversity in the media, died of lung cancer February 24. She fought for diversity until the very end. How can reporters more accurately mirror the communities they cover? SF State Journalism Assistant Professor Venise Wagner and other guests discuss. Wagner talks about how diversity issues involve accuracy and ethics. “The way news is told, the way we go out there and report, often results in the kind of things that we’re seeing now,” Wagner says. “We don’t really see a lot of depth in stories. We don’t really see a lot of exploration of root causes of things, in the case of the Ferguson uprising or issues happening out of Ferguson. We don’t really get to the root causes of why people are so upset there. “That is essentially what happens when we are not diverse, not only in our makeup but in our thinking.”

  37. Article Link for Alum Barbara Szabo Goes Emo at Taking Back Tuesday

    Alum Barbara Szabo Goes Emo at Taking Back Tuesday

    2 years ago

    LA WEEKLY -- It all started last year, with a night of karaoke and Barbara “Babs” Szabo and T.J. Petracca sharing the mic over Dashboard Confessional. Babs — who just recently saw her favorite band, Taking Back Sunday, for the 22nd time — used to organize an weekly emo night with her friends at San Francisco State. It was a beautiful thing. So beautiful that Babs and her coworkers Petracca and Morgan Freed decided to bring emo night to Los Angeles. Thus, Taking Back Tuesday was born, inviting everyone to relive all the complicated feels of adolescence. This time with cleverly named drinks like “Story of the Beer,” Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus DJing, and a crowd of hundreds instead of you and your tears, sobbing to “Ohio Is For Lovers” alone in your bedroom.

  38. Article Link for Alum Amy Alexander: Whither Black San Francisco, From a Native's Perspective

    Alum Amy Alexander: Whither Black San Francisco, From a Native's Perspective

    2 years ago

    SF WEEKLY -- Growing up in San Francisco, I never felt out of place or otherwise special for being a black native. That isn’t the case any longer. I’ve seen fewer residents and workers who look like me. I know from my family’s trajectory, and from the California history lessons I absorbed during high school in the Sunset District and as an undergraduate at San Francisco State, that long before Willie Mays and Willie Brown came to typify “black San Francisco,” thousands of African Americans had lived, worked and raised families here. Since the 1800s, blacks like William T. Shorey, a celebrated whaling-ship captain, came to Northern California for the same reason people flock to San Francisco today — for employment. And like recent emigres who arrived here from Denver or Bangalore, New York or Shanghai, blacks for more than 100 years continued to pour into the Bay Area for economic opportunities, and they stayed to raise families.

  39. Article Link for Alum Kathy Ostram Remembers Late Guitarist Sam Andrew

    Alum Kathy Ostram Remembers Late Guitarist Sam Andrew

    2 years ago

    DIGITAL JOURNAL -- The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury was an epicenter for a California rock and roll sound that attracted thousands. “When I heard about it, said Kathy Ostram, I was sad, that is why I made a post to Facebook,” she said. Ostram, whose maiden name is Bramwell, back in the late 1960s was a college newspaper reporter, earning her Bachelor’s degree. In her post on Facebook Ostram wrote, “I first saw Big Brother and the Holding Company on Halloween in a basement hall in San Francisco with Quicksilver in 1965. Then, again at The Avalon and had dinner with them at the Smorgasbord restaurant at Monterey Pop. Sam was so gracious and granted me an interview for the paper at SF State University. I’m so sad and wish he could have stayed longer.”

  40. Article Link for Student Reporting on Fukushima Aftermath Cited as Example of 'Restorative Narratives'

    Student Reporting on Fukushima Aftermath Cited as Example of 'Restorative Narratives'

    2 years ago

    CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY -- Images and Voices of Hope is championing a storytelling genre it calls “Restorative Narratives,” which show “how people and communities are learning to rebuild and recover in the aftermath, or midst of, difficult times.” Managing Director Mallary Tenore points to outstanding examples such as a Dallas Morning News series on a young woman’s long struggle to recover from childhood abuse and San Francisco State University’s work-in-progress on the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

  41. Article Link for Alum Elly Bethune Launches 9th&Elm, Taking Independent Fashion Mainstream

    Alum Elly Bethune Launches 9th&Elm, Taking Independent Fashion Mainstream

    2 years ago

    HUFFINGTON POST -- In a world filled with discount websites peddling mass-imported fashion, 9th&Elm stands out ... way out. Its tagline, “Handmade, Independent or Otherwise Cool,” is the guiding principle behind everything it does. Imagine having a fashion-forward BFF who spends her time searching Etsy for the coolest items, handpicking her favorites, and then negotiates a discount for the rest of her friends. That’s the vibe behind 9th&Elm, which makes it a refreshing alternative to many more mainstream shopping sites. 9th&Elm is the brainchild of Elly and Clay Bethune, husband-and-wife owners of brick-and-mortar, Missouri-based retailer Elly’s Couture. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism and an emphasis in fashion, Elly launched the eponymous boutique in her hometown and quickly became a local favorite among Columbia’s college crowd, earning a reputation for finding and curating products from exciting, up-and-coming designers.

  42. Article Link for The Hard Times: Alum Matt Saincome's Launches Satirical Punk Rock News Site

    The Hard Times: Alum Matt Saincome's Launches Satirical Punk Rock News Site

    2 years ago

    EAST BAY EXPRESS -- “I’ve been into punk and hardcore my whole life,” said Matt Saincome, the local writer and musician who launched the site in November. “One thing I’ve noticed is that punks have a hard time laughing at themselves.” In a way, he continued, “punks are the worst audience to make a joke to.” The numbers suggest otherwise. Saincome, 24, said that The Hard Times garnered more than a million views in its first five weeks. Bylines are attributed collectively to The Hard Times staff, an assortment of more than 60 people. “The site — like most projects in punk — loses money,” Saincome said. A recent graduate from San Francisco State University with a degree in Journalism, Saincome is a freelancer for SF Weekly and Vice. His website, launched with modest expectations, has accrued contributors from prominent media outlets such as Spin, Complex and The Daily Show.

  43. Article Link for Kim Komenich Named to SF State Photojournalism Teaching Post

    Kim Komenich Named to SF State Photojournalism Teaching Post

    2 years ago

    NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER (NATIONAL PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Kim Komenich was today named an assistant professor of photojournalism for San Francisco State University. Komenich, who has been an assistant professor of new media studies at San Jose State University, will begin teaching two advanced photojournalism classes at SF State this coming fall semester. He joins legendary photographer and SF State teacher Ken Kobre on the school's staff, and for the next few semesters the two will teach together, Komenich told News Photographer magazine today. When Kobre retires as the director of the photojournalism program, Komenich will be in line to transition into the post.

  44. Article Link for Alum Eric Louie No Longer Selling Sunday Newspapers on City Street

    Alum Eric Louie No Longer Selling Sunday Newspapers on City Street

    2 years ago

    SF BAY -- It started in 1987 — in front of Uncle Benny’s Doughnuts at 22nd Avenue and Irving Street — where Louie sold candy to raise money for nearby Jefferson Elementary School. Louie told SFBay that one day, someone offered him a job selling papers: “He said, ‘Chuck sells papers down the block and we’re looking for somebody to fill this [spot in front of Benny’s Doughnuts], if you can show up next week you got the job.’ And that’s how it all started.” In 1999, as Louie began to study Journalism at San Francisco State, his father Daniel, a retired financial analyst for the federal government, stepped in and took over his corner. But this weekend, the father-son team will hawk their final Sunday Chronicle after receiving notice from the newspaper last month that their selling would be terminated, bringing an end to a long-time partnership.

  45. Article Link for Alum Doug Menuez's Rare Photos Shed Light on Steve Jobs, A Young Silicon Valley

    Alum Doug Menuez's Rare Photos Shed Light on Steve Jobs, A Young Silicon Valley

    2 years ago

    SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Doug Menuez, a photographer who has trekked to the North Pole and crossed the Sahara, is the man Jobs chose to document a make-or-break moment, when he was trying to launch his second company, NeXT, after being ousted from his first, Apple Computer. Menuez immersed himself in every aspect of life at NeXT in the late 1980s, staying up until 3am with the engineers and standing witness in the abandoned warehouse where former presidential candidate Ross Perot agreed to toss the computer company a $20-million lifeline. He even felt the sting of Jobs’ famous stubbornness. Atria Books just published Menuez’s “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985 – 2000,” a book that offers up youthful portraits of men who are now regarded almost as prophets in the valley, from Jobs to Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Menuez attended San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University.

  46. Article Link for Students Document Fukushima Survivors' Stories

    Students Document Fukushima Survivors' Stories

    2 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- After spending two days interviewing an 83-year-old survivor of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Journalism student Deborah Svoboda found it difficult to say goodbye. “I just felt I wanted to do more for her,” Svoboda said in an SF State News story. “She let me into her home. She gave me presents. That will probably stay with me forever.” Svoboda was one of six SF State students and two faculty members who traveled this August to Fukushima, Japan, to report on the ongoing recovery from the tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated the region nearly four years ago.

  47. Article Link for Alum Yasuhiro Seo, a Venture Capitalist, Participates in Jakarta Startup Conference

    Alum Yasuhiro Seo, a Venture Capitalist, Participates in Jakarta Startup Conference

    2 years ago

    TECH IN ASIA -- Startup Asia Jakarta, arguably Indonesia’s biggest tech startup conference of the year is happening next week! To kick things off, Tech in Asia is organizing a pre-conference meetup a day before the event. The investors who will speak in the pre-conference meetup are Paul Srivorakul from Ardent Capital, Yasuhiro Seo from IMJ Investment Partners, Adrian Li from Convergence Accel, and Sebastian Togelang from Mountain SEA Ventures. The four venture capitalists have seen and worked with hundreds of startups in Indonesia, and can shed some light on a few of the common mistakes fresh founders run into when approaching investors. Seo majored in Journalism at San Francisco State University and worked as a video journalist mainly in California. In 2007 he joined IMJ. He worked on domestic top makers’ projects such as branding design, production direction and UX design in a comprehensive manner.

  48. Article Link for Professor Funabiki: Journalists Can play Pivotal Role in Detroit's Rebirth

    Professor Funabiki: Journalists Can play Pivotal Role in Detroit's Rebirth

    2 years ago

    RENAISSANCE JOURNALISM -- Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki writes an opinion article on how journalists can help revitalize Detroit, an iconic American city mired in deep economic crisis. “A ‘Grand Bargain’ dreamed up by a federal judge and funded by a covey of foundations has helped to rescue the city of Detroit from bankruptcy and $18 billion in debts. Now comes the hard part: rebuilding the public’s trust in government and the schools, repairing frayed relations among various racial and other groups, and wooing new residents, businesses and investors,” Funabiki writes. “That means changing people’s perceptions about Detroit, making people believe that it is the place to be, rather than to flee. How journalists portray Detroit as it emerges from bankruptcy will have a big impact on the public’s perceptions, not just locally, but nationally as well.”

  49. Article Link for Documentary Based on Professor Medsger's Book About FBI Break-Ins

    Documentary Based on Professor Medsger's Book About FBI Break-Ins

    2 years ago

    READMEDIA -- Decades later, Medsger, a Journalism professor at San Francisco State University, took it upon herself to track down the burglars and persuaded them to reveal their motives and identities to the world. Their story is told in her new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” (2014). The New York Times Book Review called it, “Impeccably researched, elegantly presented, engaging .... For those seeking a particularly egregious example of what can happen when secrecy gets out of hand, ‘The Burglary’ is a natural place to begin.”

  50. Article Link for Professor Funabiki: Nichi Bei Weekly Reinvented as Cultural Institution

    Professor Funabiki: Nichi Bei Weekly Reinvented as Cultural Institution

    2 years ago

    NEW AMERICA MEDIA -- Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki writes a commentary on Nichi Bei Weekly, a revived newspaper serving the Bay Area’s Japanese community. “Since 2009, the level of activity has been almost manic,” writes Funabiki, who also is founder and executive director of the Renaissance Journalism Center. “The group created the nonprofit Nichi Bei Foundation with a formal board of directors. If not the first, it is one of the first, ethnic newspapers to attempt a conversion to nonprofit status, which enables it to solicit grants and contributions. While continuing the print edition, the foundation has launched a website and a new digital edition, which it hopes will appeal to younger, on-the-go readers.”

  51. Article Link for Alum Justin Mott: Ex-bartender Mixes Emotions, Photography

    Alum Justin Mott: Ex-bartender Mixes Emotions, Photography

    2 years ago

    THE JAKARTA POST -- “I went to San Francisco State University, I went to study journalism,” Mott told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. During Mott’s journalism studies, he took a photography class that took him into the lives of the people living in San Francisco. He saw the social issues confronted by these people on a day-to-day basis. Since that first assignment, he fell in love with photography. “I fell in love because I am not a classroom person. I have a short attention span so I want to go outside and explore,” he said. Mott said that the one thing he loved the most about photography was storytelling. Photography has allowed Mott to explore stories and to see things he would not see if he had not been a journalist. “It must have been 2002 or 2001, and I got my first digital camera and I used my free time on Saturdays and Sundays walking around San Francisco doing street photography,” he said.

  52. Article Link for Alum Kristin Bender, Bay Area Reporting Veteran, Joins Associated Press

    Alum Kristin Bender, Bay Area Reporting Veteran, Joins Associated Press

    2 years ago

    GREENFIELD REPORTER -- Kristin J. Bender, a veteran Bay Area reporter who has chronicled many of the region’s biggest news stories for the largest local newspaper chain, is joining the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. Bender will be a breaking news staffer, reporting on Northern California spot news as it develops. She starts October 27. The appointment was announced Friday by West Region Editor Traci Carl, who oversees news for 13 states. “Kristin is a talented, fast-paced reporter who is a natural leader for the AP’s daily report in Northern California,” Carl said. “She will be a great addition to an already strong staff in San Francisco.” Bender, a Danville native and Journalism graduate from San Francisco State University, has been a reporter at the Oakland Tribune for the past 14 years. She has written about a variety of topics, including crime, politics and technology.

  53. Article Link for Lecturer Fariba Nawa Speaks at Palm Springs Writers Guild

    Lecturer Fariba Nawa Speaks at Palm Springs Writers Guild

    2 years ago

    THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE) -- Internationally acclaimed journalist Fariba Nawa, who lived in and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 to 2007, will be the featured speaker at the Palm Springs Writers Guild’s season kickoff event Saturday. Nawa, author of “Opium Nation” and a guest on virtually every major television network, has been published in numerous national and international publications. She used her knowledge and connections to report on the daily life, secrets and atrocities in war-torn Afghanistan. She also has reported from Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Germany. She teaches at San Francisco State University.

  54. Article Link for Clash of Powerful Pictures in Alum Justin Mott's TV Program

    Clash of Powerful Pictures in Alum Justin Mott's TV Program

    2 years ago

    THE INQUIRER/GLOBAL NATION (PHILIPPINES) -- “Photo Face-Off” requires participants to take pictures of unpredictable nonhumans, including bees, chickens and elephants. Mott says that he has experience working with animals in the past, but had to adjust to the demands of the contest. “For the show, I was under crazy pressure because of the time (constraints),” recounts Mott, who studied photojournalism at San Francisco State University.

  55. Article Link for Can You Outshoot Photojournalism Alum Justin Mott? See on History Channel Asia

    Can You Outshoot Photojournalism Alum Justin Mott? See on History Channel Asia

    2 years ago

    MANILA STANDARD TODAY (THE PHILIPPINES) -- Raised in Rhode Island, Mott studied photojournalism at the San Francisco State University. A year before his graduation, Mott took a trip to Southeast Asia and fell in love with the place. He shares, “I was so smitten with everything about this region — the people, the culture, and the stories behind them. So I packed by bags and settled down in Hanoi, and I went traversing all these wonderful places while doing what I love — photography.” In every episode of “Photo Face-Off,” Mott and the amateur team battle it out in three challenges (Speed, Theme, and Extreme). Their camera skills are tested as they explore every place’s nook and cranny and meet various personalities in their quest for the perfect shot. The winner is the contestant who has at least two out of three photographs chosen by a panel of judges.

  56. Article Link for Alum Justin Mott to Judge History Channel Asia's 'Photo Face-Off'

    Alum Justin Mott to Judge History Channel Asia's 'Photo Face-Off'

    2 years ago

    THE BUSINESS TIMES (SINGAPORE) -- It has been almost a decade since American photographer Justin Mott left his photojournalism studies at San Francisco State University and moved to Vietnam. And he has not turned back since. “I had so much fun (in school), and photojournalism kept me out of the classroom though I had a short attention span,” says the 36-year-old. “I studied photography at school but for me, I learnt most when I just packed my bags and moved to Vietnam and Cambodia, just picking up skills on the fly,” he adds. His risk has paid off, as Mott is now an award-winning photographer running his business, and he also shoots for reputable publications such as The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveler. Mott will soon add another feather in his cap — as a contestant and judge in HISTORY Channel's upcoming reality television photo competition — Photo Face-Off.

  57. Article Link for Professor Kanigel: Design Thinking Leads to Aha Moments

    Professor Kanigel: Design Thinking Leads to Aha Moments

    2 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- When I walked into my media entrepreneurship class at San Francisco State University last week, I felt a little like a kindergarten teacher. Construction paper? Check. Toilet paper rolls? Check. Colored markers, scissors, glue sticks? Check, check, check. Pipe cleaners? Oh no! They were at home, in a shopping bag along with the pieces of colored felt I’d bought the night before at a craft store. I scrambled to find multi-hued Post-its, paperclips, masking tape and other office supplies that could, in a pinch, double as craft materials. But an hour into the class session, my students didn’t seem to mind the dearth of bona fide art supplies. They were all intent on their work, busily cutting, sketching, measuring and stapling.

  58. Article Link for Former Journalism Lecturer Raul Ramirez Refused to be 'Stenographer to the Powerful'

    Former Journalism Lecturer Raul Ramirez Refused to be 'Stenographer to the Powerful'

    2 years ago

    CALIFORNIA MAGAZINE --  It’s easy to find words to describe Raul Ramirez as a Bay Area journalist — and one of tremendous conviction, courage, and aplomb. Most of them appeared in the obituaries. Raul died in November 2013 at age 67, just four months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He was executive director of news and public affairs at KQED Public Radio. He’d worked there since 1991, after 23 years at the old San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, Washington Post, Miami Herald and Wall Street Journal. He’d also taught news writing and investigative reporting for many years at University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State. It is harder to find words describing Raul as a person, especially one who was a colossal presence in the lives of those who knew him. For us, adjectives have been ridiculously inadequate in capturing who he was.

  59. Article Link for Associated Press Names Alum Maya Alleruzzo as Middle East Regional Photo Editor

    Associated Press Names Alum Maya Alleruzzo as Middle East Regional Photo Editor

    2 years ago

    ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press. Alleruzzo will oversee a team of more than 30 staff photographers and editors, as well as a network of freelancers. Her region also includes parts of North Africa as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Maya has an eye for human stories and she works tirelessly to tell the tumultuous story of the Middle East through its people,” said Ian Phillips, Associated Press Middle East news director. “Maya has a proven and excellent track record as a photographer, editor and organizer and will be a great addition to our Middle East team in this new role,” said Santiago Lyon, Associated Press vice president and director of photography. Alleruzzo grew up in Pasadena and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Francisco State University.

  60. Article Link for Professor Wagner Comments on George Will's Apparent Conflict of Interest

    Professor Wagner Comments on George Will's Apparent Conflict of Interest

    2 years ago

    MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA -- George Will has found himself in financial disclosure trouble several times in the past. So when he appeared at a dinner to kick off the Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit, Media Matters was interested in whether he was paid for the appearance by the influential conservative political group backed by the Koch brothers, as well as who paid for his travel and expenses. Venise Wagner, San Francisco State University Journalism professor, commented. “If this isn’t a conflict of interest, the mere appearance of such a conflict should give any journalist pause,” she said. “But Will is a columnist and his conservative views are no secret. Nor are his connections with conservative causes and money. He could make the argument that people know he is a pundit with a strong point of view. But the problem I believe is the average audience member likely is not clear about what Will has to gain by supporting these conservative causes.”

  61. Article Link for Professor Daley Reflects on Her Interviews with Senator Jim Jeffords

    Professor Daley Reflects on Her Interviews with Senator Jim Jeffords

    2 years ago

    RUTLAND HERALD -- I’ve been thinking about the summer day I drove to Shrewsbury to interview Jim Jeffords for Vermont Magazine. Jeffords had just weeks before given up the longest-held Republican seat in the U.S. Senate, simultaneously returning Senate control to the Democrats and in so doing becoming, if briefly, a household name. I found him perched upon an old Ford tractor, his hair awry, and a goofy grin spreading across his face as he waved my way. He was mowing his overgrown meadow, as oblivious to the slight trickle of blood on his forehead, the result of absentmindedly driving into a branch, as he was to the messages clogging his answering machine.... That fall and winter, after I returned to my job at San Francisco State University and he to Washington, I’d fly each weekend to D.C., where we worked in his little hideaway office at the bottom of the Senate building.

  62. Article Link for El Tecolote, Founded by Former Instructor Juan Gonzales, Turns 44

    El Tecolote, Founded by Former Instructor Juan Gonzales, Turns 44

    2 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- El Tecolote, the Mission district’s biweekly newspaper, has always moved to its own rhythm. Now, rhythm is helping to sustain the newspaper. El Tecolote — that’s The Owl, for people who aren’t as bilingual as the free newspaper’s pages — is marking its 44th birthday Saturday with a fundraiser featuring salsa and Latin jazz. The newspaper, which relies on a largely volunteer staff, has highlighted other pressing issues for the community since 1970, when Gonzales, then teaching Latino-focused journalism at San Francisco State, printed the first four four-page editions with a $300 donation.

  63. Article Link for Journalism Partners with San Francisco Chronicle for Online Project

    Journalism Partners with San Francisco Chronicle for Online Project

    2 years ago

    ZPHOTO JOURNAL -- Judy Walgren, San Francisco Chronicle photo editor: “Our staff is working on a group project having to do with gentrification in our fair city. We have all of the players in place and an amazing online component, as well as a short film we are producing. I am thrilled with how well we are working together as a team and with Mike Kepka’s foray into directing. “We have partnered with Sachi Cunningham at San Francisco State and her video students for our online component as well. Sachi is amazing and so are the kids she is teaching. I hope to keep this collaboration going with San Francisco State for our future projects!”

  64. Article Link for Marijuana.com Hires Alum Al Olson as Managing Editor

    Marijuana.com Hires Alum Al Olson as Managing Editor

    2 years ago

    PHARMIWEB -- Marijuana.com, a cannabis news and community source owned and operated by Weedmaps, the world’s leading listings and review site for marijuana dispensaries, announced that Al Olson — former senior editor of CNBC NBC News and “Today” — has joined the publication as managing editor. Olson will be tasked with leading the site’s editorial coverage building its reporting team expanding coverage areas and developing content partnerships. Olson, a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience in mainstream print and online media and a long time advocate for marijuana legalization, will help to further solidify marijuana.com as the go-to source for marijuana news and analysis including marijuana's impact on society health entertainment sports business politics and international affairs. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University.

  65. Article Link for Alum Justin Mott’s Journey from Block Island to Vietnam

    Alum Justin Mott’s Journey from Block Island to Vietnam

    2 years ago

    BLOCK ISLAND TIMES -- At 21, Justin says “with only $200 in my pocket,” he landed in San Francisco. Living with his brother, he took a job bartending and then attended San Francisco State University, originally majoring in journalism. He says a photography professor “who really pushed us, woke me to photojournalism.” Justin discovered the camera “was all about going out ... getting out there ... getting out to have a [direct] look at the homeless, at heroin addicts,” at how people were living. He quickly became engaged in the personal stories he was uncovering. He said, “Bartending [also] forced me to talk with people of all ages.” In taking up photojournalism, Mott realized he had to “get people to open up.”

  66. Article Link for Alum Alex Welsh's Photojournalism Work Plays Role in Police Officer's Hearing

    Alum Alex Welsh's Photojournalism Work Plays Role in Police Officer's Hearing

    2 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Alex Welsh, a San Francisco State University photojournalism student at the time and a good friend of victim Norris Bennett, had been taking photos for a documentary of life in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood when he witnessed Bennett's death and took photos of the scene. Bennett was gunned down by gang members while playing dice with friends near the Oakdale housing projects. As lead investigator in the case, Lee thought the best way to deal with Welsh, a primary witness, was to convince him to hand over evidence and make a statement instead of using more forceful approaches. Lee felt that would turn the witness against police while his approach would induce Welsh to cooperate. His superiors thought differently. They wanted him to use the search warrant that had been granted and force the recalcitrant Welsh, who had left the city in fear after the shooting, to hand over evidence in a murder case.

  67. Article Link for Grad Brian Rinker Honored by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club

    Grad Brian Rinker Honored by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club

    2 years ago

    SFBAY -- Recent San Francisco State University Journalism graduate Brian Rinker received the $1,500 Herb Caen memorial scholarship, recognizing the Capitola man for courage and perseverance in completing his college education.

  68. Article Link for Professor Medsger Goes Inside Hoover's FBI

    Professor Medsger Goes Inside Hoover's FBI

    2 years ago

    SF STATE MAGAZINE -- In 1971, on the night of the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier heavyweight fight, eight burglars carried suitcases full of stolen files out of the FBI’s Media, Pennsylvania, office. Betty Medsger was a reporter at The Washington Post when she received the first of the files, sent to her anonymously. The documents exposed the FBI’s longterm surveillance of antiwar activists, African Americans, alleged communists and civil-rights workers. The first paper she read was among the most damning. It encouraged FBI agents to interview more dissenters “for plenty of reasons, chief of which will enhance the paranoia endemic in their circles and will further serve to get the point across there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.” Medsger revealed the details of the break-in in her new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” In April, she returned to campus at the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, which she founded at SF State.

  69. Article Link for iQ 360 Hires Alum Marielle Atanacio as Graphic Designer

    iQ 360 Hires Alum Marielle Atanacio as Graphic Designer

    2 years ago

    HAWAII NEWS NOW -- “Marielle’s arrival marks an exciting time for iQ 360 as we continue to grow our creative services team,” said Lori Teranishi, principal of iQ 360. “Marielle cut her teeth in the fast-paced technology sector in Silicon Valley and we believe her intense creativity and a unique perspective will be very strong assets to our team.” A San Francisco native, Atanacio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design from San Francisco State University. In her previous position as graphic designer at telecommunications operator Orange Silicon Valley, Atanacio’s work included internal publications and all graphic assets of the company’s startup accelerator, Orange Fab. She also has experience with ad design and layout as a graphic designer for Golden Gate Xpress, San Francisco State’s student newspaper.

  70. Article Link for Professor Kanigel's Tips for Training Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents

    Professor Kanigel's Tips for Training Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents

    2 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- I applaud these lofty goals and often steer such students to international internship programs like those sponsored by the Associated Press and Reuters. But I know such internships are highly competitive and most students don’t make the cut. So I’ve searched for other ways to help students prepare for careers in international journalism. A few years ago I started working with the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), an organization that collaborates with universities to create study-abroad programs aimed at teaching multimedia journalism and foreign reporting skills. One of the trickiest parts of leading a journalism study-abroad program is knowing how much to guide students and how much to let them find their own way. After all, they are all adults, but they are still students. And for some this might be their first experience navigating a foreign country.

  71. Article Link for Professor Kanigel: On Being a Foreign Correspondent

    Professor Kanigel: On Being a Foreign Correspondent

    2 years ago

    HUFFINGTON POST -- Rachele Kanigel’s “10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents” immediately drew my attention but her headline didn’t quite match my expectations. She focused more on her experience in running a study abroad program than on preparing her charges for the rigors of overseas assignments. Kanigel, an associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, a former daily newspaper reporter and an ex-freelancer for magazines and websites, hit on interesting points like making contact with local news organizations in the countries she and her students visited and finding in-country partners —universities, language schools or media.

  72. Article Link for Meet MedCity News' Newest Technology Reporter: Alum Dan Verel

    Meet MedCity News' Newest Technology Reporter: Alum Dan Verel

    2 years ago

    MEDCITY NEWS -- Verel already has a health-care background. In four years at the North Bay Business Journal he tracked how health-care changes through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act: from hospitals and clinics, nonprofit providers, physician groups, ambulance companies, insurance carriers and brokers and employers. His byline has also appeared in the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Bay Guardian (he’s essentially been raised in San Francisco, getting his degree at San Francisco State University).

  73. Article Link for Former Professor DeVigal Joins Oregon Faculty

    Former Professor DeVigal Joins Oregon Faculty

    2 years ago

    AROUND THE O (UNIVERSITY OF OREGON) -- DeVigal’s previous academic experience includes a 2011 – 12 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellowship at Columbia University. From 1996 to 2004 he was a fellow with the Poynter Institute. DeVigal was an associate professor in the San Francisco State University Department of Journalism from 2002 to 2006. “Andrew is a catalyst. I can't begin to imagine the good that will come from his working with our faculty and students,” said Mike Fancher, interim executive director of the center. “Together they will create new ways for journalism to enhance public knowledge and civic life.”

  74. Article Link for Former Professor DeVigal named to Journalism Post at Oregon

    Former Professor DeVigal named to Journalism Post at Oregon

    2 years ago

    INQUIRER GLOBAL NATION -- DeVigal’s previous academic experience includes a 2011 – 12 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellowship at Columbia University. From 1996 to 2004 he was a fellow with the Poynter Institute, where he also was a research associate and co-program director for the 2000 Stanford-Poynter Eye­Track Research Project studying online news site consumers. DeVigal was an associate professor in the San Francisco State University Department of Journalism from 2002 to 2006. “My career has revolved around stories, bridge building, interactivity and engagement,” DeVigal said. “With my experience in the news and media industries, as well as academia, I have worked to effectively conceive, innovate and direct initiatives and projects.

  75. Article Link for Student Ernesto Morales Interns with Sacramento Bee

    Student Ernesto Morales Interns with Sacramento Bee

    2 years ago

    SACRAMENTO BEE -- Of all The Bee’s interns this summer — we have 15 in news — only the youngest, Isabelle Taft of Yale University, still prefers the printed newspaper to stay informed. That’s a preference I more often hear from readers at least in their 50s or 60s. Yet the habits of our interns reflect modern-day news consumption — they are choosing to read what they want, when they want it and how they want it. What do these digital natives think journalism will look like in 10 years? Ernesto Morales of San Francisco State University predicts continued shrinkage of print while online news remains strong.

  76. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Interviews Corey Ford of Matter

    Professor Kanigel Interviews Corey Ford of Matter

    2 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- Journalism Associate Professor Rachele Kanigel interviews Corey Ford, managing partner of media investment firm Matter. Kanigel: “What can journalism instructors do to make a class feel more like an incubator?” Ford: “There is a challenge in doing this at a school environment. What you need to do is reinforce the process rather than the outcome. You can tie grading to the process rather than to the final project. Educators can analyze how students are pushing their learning forward on a weekly basis. A course like this is going to fail if it’s about a midterm and final. This can’t be a course where people show the product and just cram the night before.”

  77. Article Link for Six SFSU Students Selected for Fukushima Storytelling Project

    Six SFSU Students Selected for Fukushima Storytelling Project

    2 years ago

    The Dilena Takeyama Center has selected six top San Francisco State University students for an ambitious storytelling project designed to capture the experiences of residents in Fukushima who remain displaced after the massive disaster that struck northeastern Japan in 2011.
    The students are Guadalupe Gonzalez, Gavin McIntyre, Lorisa Salvatin, Debbie Svoboda and Natalie Yemenidjian, all associated with the Journalism Department, and Corrine Morier, from the Japanese Language & Literature Program.
    The team will be led by Jon Funabiki, a professor of journalism and executive director of the Dilena Takeyama Center, and Sachi Cunningham, an assistant professor of journalism. Also joining the project is Allison Budner of KALW Public Radio, who will be producing stories for her station.

  78. Reporter Yuri Kageyama describes stories she has reported about the disaster in Japan to students

    Article Link for Tokyo Journalist Briefs SFSU Students Headed to Disaster Area

    Tokyo Journalist Briefs SFSU Students Headed to Disaster Area

    2 years ago

    Students from San Francisco State University who will be heading to Fukushima this summer met with Yuri Kageyama, the Associated Press’ Tokyo correspondent, to speak about her experience reporting in Japan. Kageyama spoke to the students about the challenges reporting on the current situation in a society in which many do not like to speak to the media, especially about controversial topics.
    The student team will spend two weeks in Fukushima in August documenting life after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster. Mainstream media report mostly on government-released information, said Kageyama, and citizens are afraid of being ostracized if they raise any concerns, such as the chances of thyroid cancer known to be related to radiation exposure.
    “People want to move on. They want to feel that they are recovering,” said Kageyama. “You are going to be a giant party pooper if you say, 'Hey what’s going on with these thyroid cancers or something like that.' ”

  79. An abandoned school along the coast of northeastern Japan shows the devastation caused by the 2011 tsunami

    Article Link for National media group spotlights Dilena Takeyama Center project on the disaster in Fukushima

    National media group spotlights Dilena Takeyama Center project on the disaster in Fukushima

    2 years ago

    The Dilena Takeyama Center's planned project about the lives of residents in Fukushima has been featured by the media organization Images & Voices of Hope as an example of ways to show how a community copes with post-disaster recovery issues.
    Under the project, "After the Disaster: Rebuilding Lives and Communities in Fukushima," the center will lead a team of San Francisco State University students to Japan to meet with residents who were displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster in 2011. The students will develop stories about the residents, using their personal experiences to examine a variety of recovery issues, such as trauma, the loss of homes and jobs and the need to point their lives toward the future.

  80. Article Link for Brian Rinker Overcomes Heroin Problem to Graduate from College

    Brian Rinker Overcomes Heroin Problem to Graduate from College

    2 years ago

    CONTRA COSTA TIMES -- Brian Rinker is back on his feet. A 34-year-old Capitola native, Rinker overcame years of alcoholism and heroin addiction that dominated his 20s. He graduates from San Francisco State this spring with a degree in journalism and a place at a graduate program at University of California, Berkeley. He enrolled in City College of San Francisco in 2010 and took an interest in journalism. But the major helped to readjust him. The more he wrote, the more he enjoyed the major. He even garnered awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges for news stories and photos. He wrote about his addiction years, penning a column at San Francisco State’s student newspaper when he transferred there. Dramatic as it sounds, Rinker said journalism saved his life. “It gave me an important function in life,” he said. “In my early years of sobriety, it was important to have a purpose. I have other purposes, but this drove me in a personal and academic way.”

  81. Article Link for Students Create Magazines from Scratch, Pitch Them to Pros

    Students Create Magazines from Scratch, Pitch Them to Pros

    2 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- By Professor Rachele Kanigel Pitch Day went off without any bodily eruptions — except for several enthusiastic rounds of applause — and instantly became a tradition for my JOUR 500 The Contemporary Magazine course at San Francisco State University. I’ve taught the course, developed by my colleague John Burks, for several years. In the past, I’ve always had students present their magazine business plans to their classmates in a festive but low-key final class. But this year, after participating in the third annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University and learning the art of the pitch, I decided to raise the stakes and bring in professionals to critique their work. With a few emails and phone calls, I quickly assembled an impressive — and, to my students, somewhat intimidating — panel of judges.

  82. Article Link for Professor Wilson Spreads the Gospel of LinkedIn for Journalists

    Professor Wilson Spreads the Gospel of LinkedIn for Journalists

    2 years ago

    POYNTER INSTITUTE -- Wilson said she wants journalists to use LinkedIn as a tool for research, as well as one for connecting with others and conducting job searches. She reaches out and spreads the gospel of LinkedIn wherever she finds people in the news business. “I think when you’re growing communities you have to be proactive,” said Wilson, who was an associate professor at San Francisco State University when she first became involved with LinkedIn. She started working for the network full time in September 2013. “I reach out to people who might not be using LinkedIn for Journalists, or not using the platform. I use our LinkedIn search tool to find journalists at various newspapers who haven’t been using it.”

  83. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary Preaches to the Choir

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary Preaches to the Choir

    2 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The documentary was directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, a highly successful journalist who, in 2011, published an article revealing that he was undocumented. Vargas was born in the Philippines. At age 12, he was sent to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, and didn't learn about his undocumented status for several years. He attended San Francisco State University and became a news reporter. From 2000 to 2004, he worked at the Chronicle, writing nearly 100 stories, some of which dealt with immigration issues. Later, he worked for the Washington Post, the Atlantic magazine, Huffington Post and other publications. He profiled Mark Zuckerberg for the New Yorker, and shared a Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to the Washington Post’s coverage of the killings at Virginia Tech.

  84. Article Link for 'Documented': Alum Jose Antonio Vargas on New Film

    'Documented': Alum Jose Antonio Vargas on New Film

    2 years ago

    KQED NEWS FIX -- You might call him the accidental immigration activist. After attending school in Mountain View and graduating from San Francisco State University, Jose Antonio Vargas had a successful career as a journalist. He worked at the Huffington Post, the New Yorker and Washington Post, where he shared a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. Through it all, he hid a secret. He was in this country illegally. In 2011, Vargas revealed his status in a New York Times Magazine essay and has since become an immigration advocate. His new film, “Documented,” chronicles his life story.

  85. Article Link for Documentary '1971' Inspired in Part by Professor Medsger's Reporting

    Documentary '1971' Inspired in Part by Professor Medsger's Reporting

    2 years ago

    THE SAG HARBOR EXPRESS -- I had been friends with Betty Medsger, the author and the journalist, for over a decade. I had met her just before I came to this country, so it had really been a long friendship. I was put in touch with her when I was in South Africa and applying to journalism school here in the States .... Betty and I started an email conversation back in the mid-’90s and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. She wrote for The Washington Post in the early 1970s, but when I met her she lived in San Francisco and was a journalism educator at San Francisco State. After she retired she moved to New York, and we became closer friends. During all that time she had been researching and writing a book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” about the events in my movie.

  86. Article Link for Learning When 'Intern,' 'Advocate' Collide in Journalism

    Learning When 'Intern,' 'Advocate' Collide in Journalism

    2 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- Some universities are trying to proactively address conflicts of interest with student ethics codes. For example, San Francisco State University warns students that “conflicts include but are not limited to preparing journalism assignments on subjects or institutions in which the student has a financial, family, or personal involvement, or a personal stake in the outcome.”

  87. Article Link for Bayview-Hunters Point Documented in Alum Alex Welsh's Intimate Photo Essay

    Bayview-Hunters Point Documented in Alum Alex Welsh's Intimate Photo Essay

    2 years ago

    THE BOLD ITALIC -- Welsh focused on the neighborhood when he was in school at San Francisco State University and continued his documentary series for a couple years afterwards. His intimate images capture residents at equally intense and celebratory moments — freezing their expressions and close interactions at funerals and dance parties, family gatherings and playground fires. While he was working on this series, he bounced around San Francisco, living in the Sunset, Hunters Point and the Richmond. But something about the Bayview-Hunters Point kept his focus there. “I first came to [Bayview-Hunters Point] to shoot a story exploring the high levels of asthma and cancer rates in the neighborhood and their relation to the contaminated naval shipyard,” Welsh said. “But once I started interviewing residents and exploring the community, I became curious about many of the pressing social issues the community faced.”

  88. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary Succeeds in 'Pulling Heartstrings'

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary Succeeds in 'Pulling Heartstrings'

    2 years ago

    HOLLYWOOD REPORTER -- The issue of illegal immigrants or, as this film would pointedly have it, undocumented Americans, is given a very human face in Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary about his own undocumented status despite living in this country for 20 years and forging a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism career. Co-directed by Ann Lupo, “Documented” is advocacy filmmaking that also manages to succeed in pulling heartstrings. Sent by his mother to live with his U.S. citizen grandparents in California when he was 12 years old, the Philippines-born Vargas grew up without any knowledge that he was in fact here illegally, only finding out when he applied for a driver’s license with false identification papers. He nonetheless attended San Francisco State University and went on to become a journalist writing for such publications as the Washington Post, winning a Pulitzer for his contributions to the team that reported on the 2007 Virginia Tech University massacre.

  89. Article Link for Deceased Cyclist Was Interviewed in 2006 by Golden Gate Xpress

    Deceased Cyclist Was Interviewed in 2006 by Golden Gate Xpress

    3 years ago

    SFIST -- Swaggard was profiled in 2006 by the SFSU student paper Golden Gate Xpress for a piece on Street Sheet vendors. In an audio recording, the longtime Street Sheet salesman can be heard calling on his fellow San Franciscans to acknowledge homeless people like himself, saying: “You can easily say, ‘Good evening’ and then say, ‘No thank you,’” [Swaggard] said. “All living people should recognize another living person, and we should at least be able to greet one another and then go about your business. But to pretend somebody doesn’t exist, it doesn’t work.”

  90. Article Link for Alum Yevgeniy Sverdlik Named Data Center Knowledge Editor in Chief

    Alum Yevgeniy Sverdlik Named Data Center Knowledge Editor in Chief

    3 years ago

    DATA CENTER KNOWLEDGE -- Yevgeniy knows the data center industry inside and out, including the companies and personalities that drive innovation in this business. He also understands government from his days as a city hall reporter for the Benicia Herald and has a Journalism degree from San Francisco State.

  91. Article Link for Deceased Bicyclist Featured in Student Newspaper

    Deceased Bicyclist Featured in Student Newspaper

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Another Google search turned up a solitary mention of Swaggard. The Golden Gate Xpress, the San Francisco State University student newspaper, had done a story in 2006 about vendors of the Street Sheet, a newspaper published twice a month by the Coalition on Homelessness to give homeless people an opportunity to express themselves in print and make money. One of the newspaper vendors profiled in the story was Swaggard, who’d been selling the Street Sheet for seven years by that point. Photographs show an African American man with graying hair, a mustache and a bright red sweatshirt. A recording of his voice accompanied the photographs and talked about how he felt ignored by passerby on the street.

  92. Article Link for Photojournalism Alum Alex Welsh Explores San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point

    Photojournalism Alum Alex Welsh Explores San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point

    3 years ago

    SLATE -- While studying photojournalism at San Francisco State University, Welsh walked around Hunters Point and decided it would be the first community he would photograph. “My goal is to document these neighborhoods critically,” he explained. “I want to break stereotypes by embedding myself where I’m documenting the problem without perpetuating the stereotype. I want to contextualize why it is that this happens. By showing the violence but also showing the story around the violence, I hope to paint an educated picture.” He added: “I realized that many residents’ interactions with white people was only through journalists and cops. They sense that you want something from them, so it takes a long time to gain trust.” Welsh now resides in New York, where he is documenting the forgotten neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn.

  93. Article Link for Burglary of FBI Office Still Resonates, Covered in Professor Medsger's Book

    Burglary of FBI Office Still Resonates, Covered in Professor Medsger's Book

    3 years ago

    KQED NEWS FIX -- The burglars were motivated by persistent rumors that the peace and civil rights movements had been infiltrated by spies, said Betty Medsger, former chair of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University. “But there was no evidence,” she said. “So this was a way to determine whether or not it was true.” In 1971 Medsger was a reporter for the Washington Post, and the burglars were mostly academics and graduate students opposed to the war in Vietnam. They anonymously sent her and four other people copies of the documents they had found, which revealed the FBI’s extraordinary efforts to suppress dissent, including its blanket surveillance of black people. Medsger’s story about the burglary generated outrage and a national discussion about the role of intelligence agencies in a democratic society. Her 608-page book about the heist — and how and why it occurred — came out in January: “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”

  94. Article Link for Alum Michelle Manafy: Mobile-First Isn't Enough for Publishers

    Alum Michelle Manafy: Mobile-First Isn't Enough for Publishers

    3 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- Journalism graduate Michelle Manafy, editorial director of the Online Publishers Association, wrote a guest post about “mobile-first” strategies in the publishing industry. “While many are waiting for ‘the year of mobile’ to finally arrive, that very idea may have already become passé. As comScore revealed in its new research, ‘although smartphones have been in the hands of consumers for a long time, these devices, now along with tablets, have probably never had a more drastic impact on consumer behavior.’ “So yes, certainly, mobile is important. And perhaps a mobile-first strategy can help print-first thinkers get on the digital-is-essential-wagon (better late than never). However, at our recent Online Publishers Association Tech Day — a members-only event for education and information sharing — a recurring theme among presenters was that mobile-first won’t move media fast enough to keep pace with consumer behaviors and expectations.”

  95. Article Link for Professor Emerita Medsger: 'The Burglary' and Theft of Privacy

    Professor Emerita Medsger: 'The Burglary' and Theft of Privacy

    3 years ago

    SFBAY -- Medsger visited San Francisco State University Monday morning to discuss her new book “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” The Burglary exposes the untold story of a group of antiwar activists who broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and stole documents detailing massive domestic surveillance by the government. Weeks after the break-in — now 43 years ago — Medsger received a mysterious package containing copies of files stolen from the Media FBI office. This was the first time in history a source had stolen secret government documents and given them to a journalist. Medsger told a standing-room only group of SF State Journalism students and faculty she wasn’t sure her story was ever going to run: “The assumption was you don’t report on the FBI. No one reported on the FBI, they were considered heroes.”

  96. Article Link for Professor Emerita Medsger Discusses Discovery of Secret FBI

    Professor Emerita Medsger Discusses Discovery of Secret FBI

    3 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Students, who had previously read Medsger’s book “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” highlighted different points of Medsger’s talk that affected them the most. “It was really interesting. I hadn’t heard about that story before,” Peter Snarr, a junior journalism student, read Medsger’s book in one of his classes and wanted to hear her speak. “It was interesting to see how this stuff reprints itself because the Snowden stuff came out and it’s pretty much the exact same thing, like Snowden is obviously Internet surveillance and this is kind of like paper trails,” Snarr said. Medsger was an SF State professor for 17 years, leaving in 1994. She taught ethics, where she shared parts of her story with her students. “We would talk about what if somebody steals information and gives it to you,” she said. “And we would have fun discussing what are the ethical issues, what are the legal issues, then I would reveal my own experiences.”

  97. Article Link for Alum Thomas Hurst Invents Special iPhone Lens

    Alum Thomas Hurst Invents Special iPhone Lens

    3 years ago

    LOS ANGELES TIMES -- I met Thomas Hurst while we were students at San Francisco State University in the early 1990s. The photojournalism program there was well respected, and more important, we had the city of San Francisco as our laboratory. Thomas and I both dove headfirst into the city. We ended up working together at the Boston Globe for a time before Thomas left for Seattle. We lost contact for several years while I moved to Washington, D.C., and eventually back home to California to work for the Los Angeles Times. Thomas and I are both lovers of street photography, so when he sent me an email about the COVR photo lens case, an iPhone lens he had invented, I was intrigued and happy to try it out. COVR is a right angle lens that allows a photographer to disguise where the camera is pointed.

  98. Article Link for On the Bookshelf: New Work by SF State Faculty

    On the Bookshelf: New Work by SF State Faculty

    3 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- From Medieval ethnography to contemporary poetry, SF State’s diverse faculty contribute to their literary genres and academic fields with new publications. The Terrestrial Gospel of Nikos Kazantzakis: Will the Humans Be Saviors of the Earth? (Zorba Press). Edited and translated by Emeritus Professor Thanasis Maskaleris. The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI (Knopf). Edited by Journalism Professor Emerita Betty Medsger. In Light of Another’s Word: European Ethnography in the Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press). By Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature Shirin Khanmohamadi. Here (Counterpath). By Creative Writing Chair and Professor Maxine Chernoff.

  99. Article Link for SFBay Founder Jesse Garnier, Journalism Alum and Professor, Leads Grant-winning Team

    SFBay Founder Jesse Garnier, Journalism Alum and Professor, Leads Grant-winning Team

    3 years ago

    SF BAY -- A team from San Francisco State University led by SFBay founder and Assistant Professor Jesse Garnier has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the inaugural Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The two-year, $1 million Challenge Fund was organized by the Online News Association and supported by the Excellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Democracy Fund. The $35,000 grant will fund development of the Newspoints apps and website and a set of student reporting projects in San Francisco’s Mission District with community partners El Tecolote and Accion Latina. Newspoints will next compete along with the 11 other winning projects for a pool of up to $100,000 in Challenge Fund grand prizes.

  100. Article Link for Alum Casey Mills Was First Managing Editor of Beyond Chron

    Alum Casey Mills Was First Managing Editor of Beyond Chron

    3 years ago

    BEYOND CHRON -- Casey Mills, our first managing editor, was a product of San Francisco State’s Journalism school and recruited students from the program to write for us.

  101. Article Link for Journalism Department is One of 12 Winners of $35,000 Challenge Grants

    Journalism Department is One of 12 Winners of $35,000 Challenge Grants

    3 years ago

    AMERICAN JOURNALISM REVIEW -- Twelve universities won $35,000 grants Friday in the inaugural year of the $1-million Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The program, administered by the Online News Association, was set up by a consortium of foundations to foster a “teaching hospital model” of journalism through live news experiments. Organizers announced the winners during the Journalism Interactive 2014 conference in College Park, Maryland. After sorting through 125 applications, ONA operations director Irving Washington said the organizers had such difficulty choosing just 10 winners that they expanded the pool to 12. They expected about 40 applications. “It tripled our expectations,” Washington said. “We were really amazed by the type of projects that people proposed and submitted.” San Francisco State University: “Newspoints”: Can a mobile- and web-based organizing tool improve reporting and get student journalists into the field more quickly?

  102. Article Link for Journalism Department wins grant to develop app to guide student reporters

    Journalism Department wins grant to develop app to guide student reporters

    3 years ago

    THE ROOT -- “A dozen U.S. universities each won a $35,000 micro-grant to seed collaborative news experiments in living labs — their communities,” the Online News Association announced Friday. Among them: San Francisco State University: “Newspoints”: Can a mobile- and web-based organizing tool improve reporting and get student journalists into the field sooner? Partners: El Tecolote, Accion Latina, Stamen Design.

  103. Article Link for SF State Wins Grant to 'Hack' Journalism Education

    SF State Wins Grant to 'Hack' Journalism Education

    3 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- The four foundations supporting the Challenge Fund — the Democracy Fund, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism, Knight and McCormick — had long been on the same wavelength. The time was overdue to provide some space and support, up to $1 million worth, for experimentation in the academic and media ecosystem. Three months later, our selection committees were looking at 125 applications from schools small and large, from all over the United States, to pick the first round of winners for the two-year fund. San Francisco State University: “Newspoints”: Can a mobile- and web-based organizing tool improve reporting and get student journalists into the field sooner? Partners: El Tecolote, Accion Latina, Stamen Design.

  104. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Comments on Chevron's Community News Website

    Professor Kanigel Comments on Chevron's Community News Website

    3 years ago

    MEDIA MATTERS -- Some local journalism veterans were critical of the Richmond Standard site, saying it may mislead some readers. “To the casual observer who just happens upon this, it looks like a community news website, it says Richmond Standard community-driven news,” said Rachele Kanigel, an associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and a former reporter at the nearby Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. “For the uneducated media consumer, it looks like a news website that people might not realize where it’s coming from.” Kanigel cited the problematic relationship Chevron has had with Richmond and wondered how the site would cover another negative story about the location. “I’m interested to see what happens the next time there is a Chevron disaster because there have been a lot of them. How will the Richmond Standard cover this when an event happens?” she asked. “Chevron has a very tortured history with Richmond.”

  105. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: Undocumented and Unafraid

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: Undocumented and Unafraid

    3 years ago

    NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: LATINO USA -- Jose Antonio Vargas, who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SF State, is interviewed. Vargas has a Pulitzer Prize, but he lacks a Green Card. Vargas came to the United States at age 12 to discover his immigration papers were fake a few years later. He went on to a brilliant career winning the coveted Pulitzer in 2008. Maria Hinojosa talks to him about his upcoming documentary, the media bias against undocumented immigrants and President Obama as the #DeporterInChief.

  106. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Discusses Meshing Reporting Skills, Multimedia Storytelling

    Professor Kanigel Discusses Meshing Reporting Skills, Multimedia Storytelling

    3 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- When I studied journalism in the 1980s at San Francisco State University, where I now teach, the curriculum was limited to print journalism. We learned how to report and write; we studied media law, history and ethics; and by the end of senior year, we felt reasonably well-equipped to work as reporters. Ah, those days! Now journalism students must learn not just how to report and write for print but how to capture and edit photos, audio and video. They are expected to master social media and data analysis and be prepared to produce content for print, broadcast, online and mobile media. They also must be agile and flexible enough to handle the new technology that will inevitably emerge in the coming years. Last fall, my colleague Jesse Garnier and I launched an experiment: We paired one section of our introductory multimedia skills class, Digital Newsgathering, with our boot-camp Reporting class.

  107. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Discusses Meshing Reporting Skills, Multimedia Storytelling

    Professor Kanigel Discusses Meshing Reporting Skills, Multimedia Storytelling

    3 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- When I studied journalism in the 1980s at San Francisco State University, where I now teach, the curriculum was limited to print journalism. We learned how to report and write; we studied media law, history and ethics; and by the end of senior year, we felt reasonably well-equipped to work as reporters. Ah, those days! Now journalism students must learn not just how to report and write for print but how to capture and edit photos, audio and video. They are expected to master social media and data analysis and be prepared to produce content for print, broadcast, online and mobile media. They also must be agile and flexible enough to handle the new technology that will inevitably emerge in the coming years. Last fall, my colleague Jesse Garnier and I launched an experiment: We paired one section of our introductory multimedia skills class, Digital Newsgathering, with our boot-camp Reporting class.

  108. Article Link for SF State Gator Mascot May Get the Boot, Xpress Reports

    SF State Gator Mascot May Get the Boot, Xpress Reports

    3 years ago

    KTVU-CHANNEL 2 -- San Francisco State’s purple alligator mascot may soon go the way of the Stanford Indian if the university president has his way, according to a recently published interview. Talking with a reporter from the school’s Xpress newspaper, President Leslie E. Wong said he would like to replace the Gator with a more sports-oriented mascot. It’s all part of Wong’s remaking of the school athletic program. Recently, the SF State gym was upgraded in a $2.1 million renovation project.

  109. Article Link for SF State Gator Mascot May Get the Boot, Xpress Reports

    SF State Gator Mascot May Get the Boot, Xpress Reports

    3 years ago

    KTVU-CHANNEL 2 -- San Francisco State’s purple alligator mascot may soon go the way of the Stanford Indian if the university president has his way, according to a recently published interview. Talking with a reporter from the school’s Xpress newspaper, President Leslie E. Wong said he would like to replace the Gator with a more sports-oriented mascot. It’s all part of Wong’s remaking of the school athletic program. Recently, the SF State gym was upgraded in a $2.1 million renovation project.

  110. Article Link for SF State's Golden Gate Xpress Reports Possible Demise of University's Gator Mascot

    SF State's Golden Gate Xpress Reports Possible Demise of University's Gator Mascot

    3 years ago

    SF GATE -- San Francisco State University President Les Wong said he is “about 90 percent sure” the school is going to dump its 80-year-old mascot, the Gators. We’re about 90 percent certain that Wong’s trial balloon, revealed this week in the student newspaper Golden Gate Xpress, is going to be more controversial than he imagined.

  111. Article Link for SF State's Golden Gate Xpress Reports Possible Demise of University's Gator Mascot

    SF State's Golden Gate Xpress Reports Possible Demise of University's Gator Mascot

    3 years ago

    SF GATE -- San Francisco State University President Les Wong said he is “about 90 percent sure” the school is going to dump its 80-year-old mascot, the Gators. We’re about 90 percent certain that Wong’s trial balloon, revealed this week in the student newspaper Golden Gate Xpress, is going to be more controversial than he imagined.

  112. Article Link for Professor Emerita Betty Medsger Writes 'The Burglary'

    Professor Emerita Betty Medsger Writes 'The Burglary'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN -- In 1971, a group of radicals broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania and stole a bunch of documents about J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance program targeting dissidents and antiwar activists. Thanks to their criminal act, which they followed up by anonymously sending copies of the files to major media outlets, awareness of FBI spying under Cointelpro penetrated mainstream consciousness. More than 40 years later, the people behind that theft have unmasked themselves in a new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” authored by Betty Medsger. The former Washington Post reporter convinced some of the burglars to come forward and tell their tale. Medsger previously served as chair of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University.

  113. Article Link for Professor Emerita Betty Medsger Writes 'The Burglary'

    Professor Emerita Betty Medsger Writes 'The Burglary'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN -- In 1971, a group of radicals broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania and stole a bunch of documents about J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance program targeting dissidents and antiwar activists. Thanks to their criminal act, which they followed up by anonymously sending copies of the files to major media outlets, awareness of FBI spying under Cointelpro penetrated mainstream consciousness. More than 40 years later, the people behind that theft have unmasked themselves in a new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” authored by Betty Medsger. The former Washington Post reporter convinced some of the burglars to come forward and tell their tale. Medsger previously served as chair of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University.

  114. Article Link for Professor Medsger Writes Book 'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'

    Professor Medsger Writes Book 'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Historians have long acknowledged the importance of the break-in, but despite an intensive FBI investigation, the burglars never were identified. Now Betty Medsger, the first journalist to report on the stolen files after she received an anonymous package nearly 43 years ago, has written the first full account of this watershed event, revealing the identities of five burglars and examining why they risked their lives to do it, how they pulled it off and the impact. “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” is an outstanding account that solves one of the greatest crimes in FBI history in more ways than one. Medsger, a former chairwoman of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University, provides a cinematic account of the burglars’ meticulous planning for the break-in, made all the more risky by the inhabited apartments above the FBI office and the 24-hour guard at the courthouse across the street.

  115. Article Link for Professor Medsger Writes Book 'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'

    Professor Medsger Writes Book 'The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Historians have long acknowledged the importance of the break-in, but despite an intensive FBI investigation, the burglars never were identified. Now Betty Medsger, the first journalist to report on the stolen files after she received an anonymous package nearly 43 years ago, has written the first full account of this watershed event, revealing the identities of five burglars and examining why they risked their lives to do it, how they pulled it off and the impact. “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” is an outstanding account that solves one of the greatest crimes in FBI history in more ways than one. Medsger, a former chairwoman of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University, provides a cinematic account of the burglars’ meticulous planning for the break-in, made all the more risky by the inhabited apartments above the FBI office and the 24-hour guard at the courthouse across the street.

  116. Article Link for Merry Chrismakkuh! Alumni Scott Burry, Dani Vernon Create Interfaith Holiday Card

    Merry Chrismakkuh! Alumni Scott Burry, Dani Vernon Create Interfaith Holiday Card

    3 years ago

    THE DAILY MAIL -- Forget generic greetings and winter landscapes. One interfaith couple has found a clever way to mark their separate religious beliefs in one colorful holiday card. San Francisco’s Scott Burry and Dani Vernon have combined the traditions of their respective Christian and Jewish faiths which has delighted their friends and family. “Our families were super excited ... and totally stoked,” Burry said. “Dani’s parents were basically laughing and they asked for more. We got a lot of texts and messages from people saying ‘Best card ever!’” But now, Burry said, the pressure is on to come up with something bigger and better next year. It shouldn't be too difficult for the creative pair, who met at San Francisco State University.

  117. Article Link for Merry Chrismakkuh! Alumni Scott Burry, Dani Vernon Create Interfaith Holiday Card

    Merry Chrismakkuh! Alumni Scott Burry, Dani Vernon Create Interfaith Holiday Card

    3 years ago

    THE DAILY MAIL -- Forget generic greetings and winter landscapes. One interfaith couple has found a clever way to mark their separate religious beliefs in one colorful holiday card. San Francisco’s Scott Burry and Dani Vernon have combined the traditions of their respective Christian and Jewish faiths which has delighted their friends and family. “Our families were super excited ... and totally stoked,” Burry said. “Dani’s parents were basically laughing and they asked for more. We got a lot of texts and messages from people saying ‘Best card ever!’” But now, Burry said, the pressure is on to come up with something bigger and better next year. It shouldn't be too difficult for the creative pair, who met at San Francisco State University.

  118. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez: 'Our Leader, Our Guide, Our Moral Compass'

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez: 'Our Leader, Our Guide, Our Moral Compass'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Raul Ramirez, a highly respected fixture in Bay Area journalism, as an investigative reporter and, since 1991, as executive director of news and public affairs at KQED, died November 15 at age 67 of esophageal cancer. Over three decades, Ramirez also was a teacher at San Francisco State and University of California, Berkeley. “Raul was a man of ideas, and he had a huge heart,” Jo Anne Wallace said. Michael Krasny called Ramirez “our leader, our guide, our moral compass.” The Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund has been established at S.F. State to honor students whose work demonstrates the importance of diversity in journalism. The fund is being administered by the Journalism Department.

  119. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez: 'Our Leader, Our Guide, Our Moral Compass'

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez: 'Our Leader, Our Guide, Our Moral Compass'

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Raul Ramirez, a highly respected fixture in Bay Area journalism, as an investigative reporter and, since 1991, as executive director of news and public affairs at KQED, died November 15 at age 67 of esophageal cancer. Over three decades, Ramirez also was a teacher at San Francisco State and University of California, Berkeley. “Raul was a man of ideas, and he had a huge heart,” Jo Anne Wallace said. Michael Krasny called Ramirez “our leader, our guide, our moral compass.” The Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund has been established at S.F. State to honor students whose work demonstrates the importance of diversity in journalism. The fund is being administered by the Journalism Department.

  120. Article Link for Alum Stephen Babuljak Returns to SF State for Photography Project

    Alum Stephen Babuljak Returns to SF State for Photography Project

    3 years ago

    SF STATE MAGAZINE -- As a photojournalism student, I found my place at the big school in the city. With nearly 30,000 students, SF State might seem like a big place on paper but it can be a close, tight-knit and welcoming community. During my time at SF State, I was not only given the education to become a photographer but also the resources and connections to step out of its doors ready for the real world. By the time I graduated, I had had internships, jobs and experiences that actually made me a working photojournalist, not just one in theory.

  121. Article Link for Alum Stephen Babuljak Returns to SF State for Photography Project

    Alum Stephen Babuljak Returns to SF State for Photography Project

    3 years ago

    SF STATE MAGAZINE -- As a photojournalism student, I found my place at the big school in the city. With nearly 30,000 students, SF State might seem like a big place on paper but it can be a close, tight-knit and welcoming community. During my time at SF State, I was not only given the education to become a photographer but also the resources and connections to step out of its doors ready for the real world. By the time I graduated, I had had internships, jobs and experiences that actually made me a working photojournalist, not just one in theory.

  122. Article Link for Professor Wilson is Judge in American Pundit Contest

    Professor Wilson is Judge in American Pundit Contest

    3 years ago

    ALL VOICES -- The American Pundit concluded its 2013 entry period over the weekend as November ticked away into December, and the judging phase for All Voices’ second installment of the popular political writing contest is under way. Yumi Wilson is an assistant professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and corporate communications manager at LinkedIn. Before transitioning into academia, she wrote for numerous Bay Area publications and worked as a reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her area of expertise is in newspaper ethics and racial issues.

  123. Article Link for Professor Wilson is Judge in American Pundit Contest

    Professor Wilson is Judge in American Pundit Contest

    3 years ago

    ALL VOICES -- The American Pundit concluded its 2013 entry period over the weekend as November ticked away into December, and the judging phase for All Voices’ second installment of the popular political writing contest is under way. Yumi Wilson is an assistant professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and corporate communications manager at LinkedIn. Before transitioning into academia, she wrote for numerous Bay Area publications and worked as a reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her area of expertise is in newspaper ethics and racial issues.

  124. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Scholarship Fund Raises $10,000 in One Week

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Scholarship Fund Raises $10,000 in One Week

    3 years ago

    THE ROOT -- Raul Ramirez, executive director of news and public affairs at San Francisco’s KQED Public Radio and longtime lecturer at San Francisco State University, left a $25,000 endowment to be distributed yearly in support of students whose work exemplifies the importance of diversity, Jonathan Ramos reported Tuesday for the Golden Gate Xpress, which is published at the University. Ramirez died of cancer at 67. “Since his passing Friday, the Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund has raised an additional $10,000 through donations from alumni, friends and other journalism professionals in lieu of flowers and gifts at his request,” Ramos reported. He said details about the fund’s distribution are still in development, according to Journalism Department Chair Cristina Azocar.

  125. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Scholarship Fund Raises $10,000 in One Week

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Scholarship Fund Raises $10,000 in One Week

    3 years ago

    THE ROOT -- Raul Ramirez, executive director of news and public affairs at San Francisco’s KQED Public Radio and longtime lecturer at San Francisco State University, left a $25,000 endowment to be distributed yearly in support of students whose work exemplifies the importance of diversity, Jonathan Ramos reported Tuesday for the Golden Gate Xpress, which is published at the University. Ramirez died of cancer at 67. “Since his passing Friday, the Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund has raised an additional $10,000 through donations from alumni, friends and other journalism professionals in lieu of flowers and gifts at his request,” Ramos reported. He said details about the fund’s distribution are still in development, according to Journalism Department Chair Cristina Azocar.

  126. Article Link for 'Power of Voices': Inspiring Last Words from Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    'Power of Voices': Inspiring Last Words from Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    3 years ago

    THE POYNTER INSTITUTE -- Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs and former Poynter ethics fellow, died November 15 at age 67. He was scheduled to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and deliver an address that announced creation of the Raul Ramirez Fund for Diversity in Journalism at SF State. “Even now, with an Internet explosion that gives every voice more power than it ever had and raises new and vexing questions about the true role of a journalist, it is these values I hope to encourage with the creation of the Raul Ramirez Fund for Diversity in Journalism at San Francisco State University,” Ramirez wrote. “I have endowed this fund to promote the journalistic values — diversity and excellence — that have been at the core of my entire professional career, and to do so long after l am no longer able to personally advocate for them.”

  127. Article Link for Holiday Gift Ideas by Professors McBride, Caspers, Orner, Kobre

    Holiday Gift Ideas by Professors McBride, Caspers, Orner, Kobre

    3 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- Cinema Professor Joseph McBride’s book offers a new perspective on the assassination of JFK. “Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit” features McBride’s decades-long inquiry into the case. Another book, “Lawfully Wedded Wives” takes a compelling look at the real-life love stories behind the groundbreaking same-sex marriages performed in California in 2008. Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers co-edited the collection, which features first-person accounts and photographs. For the fiction reader, pick up Creative Writing Professor Peter Orner’s new short-story collection. In “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge" Orner takes a look at middle-class America, each story with its own haunting details and vivid setting. Journalism Professor Ken Kobre’s Lightscoop can drastically improve photographs. The small reflector connects to a camera’s flash, creating a more flattering and fuller light.

  128. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Last Words: 'Journalism Has Always Been About the Power of Voices'

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez's Last Words: 'Journalism Has Always Been About the Power of Voices'

    3 years ago

    KQED -- Last week, Ramirez wrote remarks in preparation for a ceremony to award him the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. San Francisco State University Professor Jon Funabiki will read the speech. Ramirez passed away last Friday at his home in Berkeley, at age 67. “...This became a master narrative about my work. And I came to feel that journalists must also be generous, thoughtful, civic-minded and caring. Even now, with an Internet explosion that gives every voice more power than it ever had and raises new and vexing questions about the true role of a journalist, it is these values I hope to encourage with the creation of the Raul Ramirez Fund for Diversity in Journalism at San Francisco State University. I have endowed this fund to promote the journalistic values — diversity and excellence — that have been at the core of my entire professional career, and to do so long after l am no longer able to personally advocate for them....”

  129. Article Link for SF State Mourns Death of Longtime Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    SF State Mourns Death of Longtime Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    3 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Since his passing Friday, the Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund has raised an additional $10,000 through donations from alumni, friends and other journalism professionals in lieu of flowers and gifts at his request. “His biggest impact was in teaching diversity to all his students and making sure that it was infused in the stories that they were writing and reporting,” said Azocar, also a former student of his in 1993. She remembers Ramirez as a tough instructor who wasn’t afraid to return assignments covered in red ink if it meant his students could further hone their craft and tell stories that would otherwise go unnoticed. “He really made you work for every line that you wrote and he gave amazing feedback, but you knew that what he was asking you to do was to make your story better and publishable,” Azocar said.

  130. Article Link for Journalism Lecture, Diversity Advocate Raul Ramirez Dies

    Journalism Lecture, Diversity Advocate Raul Ramirez Dies

    3 years ago

    DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- An SF State lecturer since 1983, Ramirez taught courses ranging from basic news writing to investigative reporting and in the process became one of the most popular and admired instructors in the journalism department. The SF State student body is more than 60 percent racial minorities. SF State Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki said Ramirez “insisted that journalism students think about the people and communities who were most often left out of news stories.” Former department chairwoman Betty Medsger called Ramirez “a natural teacher” who passed on to students his zeal for journalism and his commitment to diversity. “He was eager to share his experiences and skills,” Medsger said. “His classes were more than a lecture — they were an exchange.” “An atmosphere of respect permeated his teaching — respect for what journalism could be when practiced at its best, respect for the students’ insights and for their potential,” Medsger added.

  131. Article Link for In Memoriam: Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    In Memoriam: Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    3 years ago

    KQED -- Ramirez has long been a central figure in many Bay Area journalism institutions. For many years he served as president of the board of directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting during a difficult period in the 1990s, when the organization had to rebuild after losing staff and funding. He was also a fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, as well as at the University of Hawaii’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He taught for many years at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, where he inspired students with his classes in introductory journalism and investigative reporting. Many have gone on to successful reporting careers at KQED, NPR and other media outlets. He also led investigative reporting and civic journalism training workshops in the Netherlands as well as training workshops in several Ukrainian locations.

  132. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez Won Distinguished Service to Journalism Award Before His Death

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez Won Distinguished Service to Journalism Award Before His Death

    3 years ago

    MERCED SUN-STAR -- In 1976, Ramirez cowrote an investigative report for the Examiner — with Lowell Bergman — about a Chinatown gang murder. The piece detailed how two police inspectors and an assistant district attorney had pressured witnesses into lying in order to convict Richard Lee. The three sued Ramirez and Bergman for libel and sought $30 million in damages. The reporters fought the suit for years and ultimately won. After being hired as KQED news director in 1991, Ramirez was later promoted to executive director for news and public affairs. Earlier this year, Ramirez was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter. He taught for years at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

  133. Article Link for In Memoriam: Longtime Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    In Memoriam: Longtime Lecturer Raul Ramirez

    3 years ago

    SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Former student Jackie Backman said Ramirez’s influence on his students’ writing and journalism skills were unparalleled. While he was intimidating and expected the best of his students, she said, he never wavered in doing anything he could to help them achieve what he expected of them. “I just don’t see the journalism industry having another Raul. Ever,” she said. “The legacy he left behind will be carried out for years to come because his students all absorbed what he had. And we are going to pass that down the ” In a tribute video posted to YouTube just a week before his death, San Francisco State Journalism Department Chair Cristina Azocar said Ramirez’s greatest gift to the journalism profession was that everyone thought him a “consummate gentleman” and that he always instilled that in his teaching and his actions.

  134. Article Link for Lecturer Raul Ramirez Created Diversity in Journalism Fund at SF State

    Lecturer Raul Ramirez Created Diversity in Journalism Fund at SF State

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- As KQED’s executive director of news and public affairs, he was credited with shaping its award-winning state and regional news coverage. Previously, Mr. Ramirez had served as a reporter and an editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Oakland Tribune, and president of the Center for Investigative Reporting's board of directors. He also taught journalism at San Francisco State University and University of California, Berkeley. He had given $25,000 to create the Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund at San Francisco State, which will recognize Journalism students whose work promotes diversity. Those who wish to honor Mr. Ramirez's memory are asked to contribute to the fund.

  135. Article Link for Pioneer Television Journalist Belva Davis Returns to SF State

    Pioneer Television Journalist Belva Davis Returns to SF State

    3 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Belva Davis, a TV journalist who reported on SF State’s ethnic studies student riots, made a return to campus to present her new memoir chronicling a 50-year career in the Bay Area as the first black female TV journalist in the West. Six SF State departments sponsored the event. Africana Studies, Cinema, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Women and Gender Studies and Journalism pulled out fancy cheeses and an open bar for the historical figure and her book signing at Coppola Theatre. “She paved the way for me. We need to learn about what she did and honor her,” said Angelica Ekeke, Journalism major and scholarship applicant.

  136. Article Link for Reward at Sonoma Raceway Honors Alum John Cardinale

    Reward at Sonoma Raceway Honors Alum John Cardinale

    3 years ago

    RACING WEST -- The FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and Eurosport will honor the memory of long-time Sonoma Raceway spokesman John Cardinale during this weekend’s FIA WTCC event in Sonoma. Cardinale, who died in March after a two-year battle with stage IV gastric cancer, will be remembered with the introduction of the John Cardinale Award, which will be awarded each year to the Northern California media outlet that does the most to promote and support the WTCC event in Sonoma. Cardinale joined the raceway in 1998 and established himself as one of the most respected representatives within the motor-sports industry. He was frequently recognized for his efforts, including being named NASCAR Track PR Representative of the Year in 2009, and receiving the National Motorsports Press Association Spirit Award. Prior, Cardinale worked for 10 years as a sports reporter and editor, including five years at Contra Costa Newspapers. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University.

  137. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: 'I want to disrupt what you think'

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: 'I want to disrupt what you think'

    3 years ago

    THE SHORTHORN (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, ARLINGTON) -- For the last 20 years, Vargas has lived in the United States, his life has been full of irony. With his fake documents, he was able to obtain a real social security number. He began a career in journalism, a field established on telling the truth, by lying about his immigration status. Now, after revealing his status through a New York Times essay in 2011, Vargas is the face of undocumented immigrants, though he says he loathes the thought of being placed on a pedestal. Vargas, who is the first guest in the Maverick Speakers Series starting September 24, said he wants to have a conversation with students, especially those against immigration reform. “My goal has been to kind of disrupt what you think of immigration and what you think of people like me,” Vargas said. Vargas did receive a scholarship to pay for tuition, lodging and books at San Francisco State University.

  138. Article Link for Alex Emslie Graduates from SF State with Honors

    Alex Emslie Graduates from SF State with Honors

    3 years ago

    THE MOUNTAIN MAIL -- Former Salida, Colorado, resident Alex Emslie graduated in spring with honors from San Francisco State University. A 2003 graduate of Salida High School, he became interested in journalism while on the staff of the school’s Tenderfoot Times newspaper. Emslie is a Berkeley resident.

  139. Article Link for Alum Danielle Steffenhagen Part of New Dynamic Duo at Centel Media

    Alum Danielle Steffenhagen Part of New Dynamic Duo at Centel Media

    3 years ago

    NEWSWIRE TODAY -- Top companies are always led by the greatest visionaries. Centel Media has found two great visionaries in Chief Executive Officer Jack Cola and Chief Operations Officer Danielle Steffenhagen, a team that has reshaped the company and established Centel Media as the top-rated online reputation management firm. Steffenhagen, previous CEO and current COO, built the company’s standards in day-to-day operations and helped the firm find its footing during this period of rapid change. Bringing her skills learned as outgoing CEO, she has managed the many moving parts of Centel Media and proved to be a crucial ally to Cola. Steffenhagen, attended San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a degree in print and online Journalism.

  140. Article Link for Alum Danielle Steffenhagen to Step Down as CEO of Centel Media

    Alum Danielle Steffenhagen to Step Down as CEO of Centel Media

    3 years ago

    PR URGENT -- Danielle Steffenhagen, former CEO of the top-rated online reputation management firm Centel Media, has stepped down and will now stay on as President and Chief Operation Officer of the company. Earlier this year, Jack Cola acquired 72 percent of Centel Media’s stock and assumed control of Steffenhagen’s former role as CEO. Steffenhagen’s success started long before she took the position of CEO at Centel Media. A native of Sacramento, Steffenhagen took to writing at an early age. She sharpened her skill in writing as she grew older, and developed a love for poetry and journalism. Upon graduating high school, she decided to pursue a career in journalistic writing. She went on to enroll at San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Her college experience provided Steffenhagen with a platform to explore the boundaries of journalism and grow as a writer. During her senior year, Steffenhagen wrote for SF State’s newspaper.

  141. Article Link for Professor Emeritus Johnson Serves on Board of KSFR Radio

    Professor Emeritus Johnson Serves on Board of KSFR Radio

    3 years ago

    SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN -- Diane Karp and John F. Andrews joined seven other board members in overseeing Santa Fe’s community radio station, KSFR-FM 101.1.: Mason, also president of Mason and Associates; Vice President Helena Ribe, who is retired from the World Bank; Frank Katz, a Santa Fe-based lawyer and former city attorney; Frank “Pancho” Adelo, who owns the convenience store/restaurant Pancho’s Minute Men in Pecos; Jim Fitzpatrick, a senior partner with international law firm Arnold & Porter who splits his time between Tesuque and Washington, D.C.; Tom Johnson, co-founder of the Institute for Analytic Journalism and professor emeritus at San Francisco State University; and Lois Rudnick, professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

  142. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Takes ieiMedia Students to Jerusalem for Reporting Project

    Professor Kanigel Takes ieiMedia Students to Jerusalem for Reporting Project

    3 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- As a journalism professor at San Francisco State University in one of the most diverse cities in the world, I struggle to get my students to report outside their comfort zones. In my classes, I urge them to interview not just strangers, but people very much unlike themselves — older people, people with different politics, people of different races, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. In Israel they had no coworkers and few cousins. They were in a foreign place with foreign people speaking foreign languages. To a great extent they didn’t understand the customs, the religious practices, the political system, the conflicts. They were at sea. And yet within days our 15 students (seven Americans, five Canadians, a Turk, an Australian and a Scottish-American who had grown up in Germany) were reporting and writing stories for our website, JerusalemProject2013.com.

  143. Article Link for Professor Wilson Presents LinkedIn Training for Journalists

    Professor Wilson Presents LinkedIn Training for Journalists

    3 years ago

    ODIARIO -- The tutorial will be presented by Yumi Wilson, professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, and community manager of LinkedIn.

  144. Article Link for Xpress Coverage of SF State Bookstore Cited in Salon Article

    Xpress Coverage of SF State Bookstore Cited in Salon Article

    3 years ago

    SALON.COM -- Across the country, universities are considering privatizing services from housekeeping to bookstores (if they haven’t already). San Francisco State University is one of many seeking to sell its bookstores to big for-profit chains. As the Golden Gate Xpress reported, this move will “mark the first time in 58 years that (the bookstore) is not run by a nonprofit organization.”

  145. Article Link for Facebook CEO Speaks Out for Immigration Reform with Alum Jose Antonio Vargas

    Facebook CEO Speaks Out for Immigration Reform with Alum Jose Antonio Vargas

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Zuckerberg, wearing his trademark hoodie and sneakers, defined Silicon Valley as “an idealistic place” that aims to “make an impact on the world” in his first public remarks on immigration, which were delivered to an ecstatic reception at the invitation-only forum. He appeared alongside his former Harvard roommate Joe Green, who co-founded the issue advocacy group Fwd.us. They co-sponsored the event with Define American, an immigrant rights group founded by Jose Antonio Vargas, a former San Francisco State student and Chronicle staff writer who made national headlines by revealing in a New York Times Magazine article two years ago that he is an undocumented immigrant. The evening was also the West Coast premiere of “Documented,” a film that Vargas wrote and directed. Vargas said he founded Define American to fight for citizenship for young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, like himself.

  146. Article Link for Renaissance Journalism Center's Thuy Vu Writes About Ongoing U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Process

    Renaissance Journalism Center's Thuy Vu Writes About Ongoing U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Process

    3 years ago

    KQED NEWS FIX -- Even as the two countries look to the future, the war’s legacy continues to loom. Dioxin from the 20 million gallons of Agent Orange sprayed by U.S. forces to defoliate jungles that provided cover to communist forces still needs to be cleaned up. Many health experts believe the toxic chemical has caused birth deformities, cancers and other disabilities among Vietnamese as well as Americans who are Vietnam War veterans. The problems were extensively documented in 2010 by the Vietnam Reporting Project, a joint program of the Ford Foundation and San Francisco State University’s Renaissance Journalism Center. I was one of 15 journalists from across the U.S. who traveled to Vietnam to provide reports from the ground.

  147. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Joins Silicon Valley Immigration Debate

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Joins Silicon Valley Immigration Debate

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — one of the world’s richest tech innovators — will break new ground August 5 by speaking publicly for the first time on a political issue when he delivers an address on immigration reform in San Francisco at the West Coast premiere of a film about undocumented immigrants. “It’s a dramatic move, and it tells you we’re at a critical moment in this issue — it’s all hands on deck,” said immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who wrote and directed the film, “Documented,” which details his experience as an immigrant living illegally in the U.S. His film, which premiered on the East Coast last month at the American Film Institute’s documentary festival, won raves. In the film, Vargas, who attended Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University, relates how he has been unable to visit his homeland and see his mother for 20 years, “because there is no guarantee I would be allowed back.”

  148. Article Link for Alumna Carolyn Copeland: 'I see my brothers' in Trayvon Martin

    Alumna Carolyn Copeland: 'I see my brothers' in Trayvon Martin

    3 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- In an op-ed, Journalism alumna Carolyn Copeland writes: “Trayvon Martin’s face has become a reminder to me and to so many others that it is difficult for American society to view a young black male as a victim. But when I look at Martin’s pictures, I don’t see a violent thug as do so many supporters of George Zimmerman. I see my brothers.” Copeland writes and produces for KGO radio.

  149. Article Link for Professor Daley is Founder, Director of Green Mountain Writers Conference

    Professor Daley is Founder, Director of Green Mountain Writers Conference

    3 years ago

    SEVEN DAYS -- “It’s like camp for adults,” says director Yvonne Daley about the annual Green Mountain Writers Conference. But there’s a difference: Participants who spend a week relaxing and writing on the shores of Chipman Lake — locals call it Tinmouth Pond — may find themselves getting familiar with literary heavy hitters. Daley recalls a particular late, great guest: “Here’s Grace Paley wandering around, saying, ‘Tell me about your writing!’” Daley splits her time between Rutland and California, where she’s a journalism professor at San Francisco State University. The conference, she says, grew from the seeds of a writing group for fellow journalists that she led while on a fellowship at Stanford University in 1995. Using the skills she’d learned at Vermont College — where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1993 — Daley began hosting a writing group at her Vermont home. “That kept growing,” she recalls, “and people wanted more.”

  150. Article Link for Professor Wilson Discusses Ethical Issues with Newspaper Publisher's Deal with Singer

    Professor Wilson Discusses Ethical Issues with Newspaper Publisher's Deal with Singer

    3 years ago

    KGO-CHANNEL 7 -- “This would be a case study in ethical, any journalism ethics class ... what not to do,” Yumi Wilson says. Wilson reported for the San Francisco Chronicle for 11 years. She’s now a Journalism professor at San Francisco State with a specialty in ethics. She says all newspapers, including the Examiner, Bay Guardian and SF Weekly owned by Todd Vogt, build their circulation based on objectivity. Wilson: “And then all of a sudden, behind the scenes, you’re directing editorial coverage based on a dollar amount, then you’re no longer objective.”

  151. Article Link for Journalism Center Adapts to Changing Media Landscape

    Journalism Center Adapts to Changing Media Landscape

    3 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- SF State’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism (CIIJ) is broadening its focus to better serve students preparing for a rapidly changing media world. Founded two decades ago to promote diversity in the newsroom, the center is now turning its attention to media entrepreneurship, in recognition that the field of journalism is moving away from large, centralized outlets and toward more freelance and independent reporting. The changes reflect the reality of the job market for new graduates, said Associate Professor of Journalism and CIIJ Director Rachele Kanigel. “It used to be our students would get their first job at a small newspaper or magazine or TV station and then move up to a bigger one and then a bigger one,” she said. “That's not the case so much any more....It’s vital that we prepare for this new economy by teaching small business skills and instilling in our students an entrepreneurial mindset.”

  152. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Journey 'Documented'

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas' Journey 'Documented'

    3 years ago

    MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE -- Jose Antonio Vargas is preparing to make his directorial debut. The Mountain View High School alumnus, former Voice intern and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will screen his new film, “Documented,” in Washington D.C., this week. Vargas — who famously “came out” in the pages of The New York Times Magazine, revealing his family brought him into the United States illegally when he was just 12 — has made his documentary debut, premiering June 20 as a part of the American Film Institute’s annual AFI Docs festival. Katherine Pantangco was among the very first to learn Vargas’ secret, in 2011. Before The New York Times Magazine ran his essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” Vargas visited the Mountain View High School student newspaper and told Pantangco — then a junior — and her classmates about his intention to publicly disclose his status. Now, with Pantangco attending Vargas’ alma mater, San Francisco State, she said she is excited to see the film.

  153. Article Link for Alum Jessica Schimm Explains Why San Francisco College Graduates Have It Made

    Alum Jessica Schimm Explains Why San Francisco College Graduates Have It Made

    3 years ago

    7X7 -- It may not be profound, but it’s true: graduating college is equal parts exciting and terrifying. At least that’s what I’m feeling right about now. A few weeks ago, I graduated with one of the largest graduating classes in the history of San Francisco State. Myself along with more than 8,000 students will soon be receiving diplomas in the mail, our degrees in fancy type, which really is another way of saying: “Welcome to the real world,” or maybe: “The good life is over, now start doing what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life without a summer break.”

  154. Article Link for Alum Jessica Schimm Writes About San Francisco Dating Scene for College Students

    Alum Jessica Schimm Writes About San Francisco Dating Scene for College Students

    3 years ago

    7X7 -- Jessica Schimm is a beloved 7x7 online intern who recently graduated from SF State. This is the second of three posts she'll be writing about what it's like to navigate the tough patch of life between college and the real world, without completely freaking out. Near the end of my first year of college in San Francisco, I took an acting class. I just about fell over when I was paired with a Joseph Gordon-Levitt look-a-like for a scene. Though skinny jeans are not usually my type, he was gorgeous and my mind raced through all sorts of exciting possibilities. We were assigned somewhat of a romantic scene, and to further our connection I suggested we hold hands at the end.

  155. Article Link for Alum Jessica Schimm on Financially Surviving San Francisco as a College Kid

    Alum Jessica Schimm on Financially Surviving San Francisco as a College Kid

    3 years ago

    7X7 -- Jessica Schimm is a beloved 7x7 online intern who recently graduated from SF State. This is the first of three posts she'll be writing about what it's like to navigate the tough patch of life between college and the real world, without completely freaking out. My roommate and I recently made the trek down to our apartment complex basement (think Shutter Island), only to find that the only two open washing machines would not read our pay card, and a mouse scurrying from under a machine that was, for lack of a better term; convulsing. I stood there and laughed. This was definitely not what I had in mind when I had my bags packed for my new life in San Francisco. I will be the first to admit that I came from somewhat of a privileged background, and that facing the realities of the city was a harsh, but necessary awakening.

  156. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Speaks at DeAnza Commencement

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Speaks at DeAnza Commencement

    3 years ago

    CUPERTINO PATCH -- Jose Antonio Vargas, an immigration reform advocate who won a Pulitzer Prize while a reporter at the Washington Post, will be the keynote speaker at De Anza College's 46th annual commencement ceremony. He also reported on tech and video game culture and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the shootings at Virginia Tech. Afterward, he served as a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, launching both the Technology and College sections of the publication. Vargas' work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Daily News, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker, for which he profiled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He has been a guest on Nightline and The Colbert Report, among other TV shows. He is a graduate of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University.

  157. Article Link for Alum Brian Babcock Named Saratoga Administrative Analyst

    Alum Brian Babcock Named Saratoga Administrative Analyst

    3 years ago

    SARATOGA PATCH -- Babcock also brings experience in media outreach and event coordination as publicity and team development chairperson for Relay for Life of Saratoga. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University and an associate of science in accounting degree from Skyline College in San Bruno.

  158. Article Link for Journalism Department Praises Contra Costa College Student Newspaper

    Journalism Department Praises Contra Costa College Student Newspaper

    3 years ago

    ACCENT ADVOCATE -- When I was at the open house for San Francisco State University just last month, I talked to people at the journalism booth where they asked me what paper I wrote for. I told them, “CCC: The Advocate.” They looked at each other, smirked, and said, “Oh...the big boys.”

  159. Article Link for Alfonso Solis, Juan De Anda Among Graduates to be Honored at Commencement

    Alfonso Solis, Juan De Anda Among Graduates to be Honored at Commencement

    3 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- SF State will confer degrees to 8,738 graduates at its 112th Commencement on May 25. Among them will be this year’s hood recipients, top graduates chosen from each of SF State’s six academic colleges and Graduate Studies to represent their fellow students. College of Liberal & Creative Arts hood recipient Alfonso Solis was selected to be the student speaker at Commencement. Solis was originally attracted to SF State for its strong Cinema program and planned on a career making crowd-pleasing blockbusters. But he soon saw the power of documentary to reveal stories and issues that may not otherwise have been told. “SF State taught me different ways of telling a story and thinking about cinema,” he said. “The professors want you to think outside the box.” Juan De Anda, a double major in Latina/Latino Studies and Journalism, is the College of Ethnic Studies hood recipient. After graduation, he will begin a news production internship at Univision in Miami.

  160. Article Link for Student Ben Pack Shows Off His Height on Blog

    Student Ben Pack Shows Off His Height on Blog

    4 years ago

    SF WEEKLY -- Virality is kind of a white whale in the Internet world. It's hard to engineer — though many have tried — and it often smiles on those who least expect it. Take Ben Pack, for instance, the 6-foot-10 San Francisco State Journalism student whose claim to fame is, well, that he’s 6-foot-10. Two weeks ago, the 23-year-old senior made a Tumblr about it, after walking into a parking lot and realizing that he was tall enough to stand eye-to-eye with the “clearance” for truck beds. Clearly, he had something to show the world. He used his Reddit platform to spread awareness about a heart condition called Marfan Syndrome which hospitalized him in December — It’s a connective tissue disease that plagues the freakishly tall. He also started an Indiegogo campaign to send himself to Japan this fall, where he can stand next to many more people and things that are much shorter than he is, and document them.

  161. Article Link for Gil Riego Jr. Named Student Photographer of the Year

    Gil Riego Jr. Named Student Photographer of the Year

    4 years ago

    SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- San Francisco State journalism student Gil Riego Jr. is among the winners of the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association has announced winners of its 39th annual News Photography, Multimedia and Video Competition. Riego won top student honors as recipient of the Greg Robinson Memorial Award. The awards were presented during a banquet in Oakland on Sunday night.

  162. Article Link for Alum Saeed Shafa Launches Tiburon International Film Festival

    Alum Saeed Shafa Launches Tiburon International Film Festival

    4 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Saeed Shafa has never been one to follow the crowd. In 1972, he was just one of a few journalism students at SF State when suddenly the political floodgates burst wide open with the Watergate scandal. As a result, President Nixon resigned and overnight journalism departments nationwide were flooded with applicants, hoping to be the next Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. SF State was no exception. A dismayed Shafa noticed the trend, decided to shift gears and pursue a degree in film instead; a not-so secret passion of his as evidenced by the movie reviews he used to write for his high school paper in Iran. This sense of individuality has since served him well as the founder and director of the Tiburon International Film Festival, a showcase for the latest in world cinema running from April 11-19.

  163. Article Link for Alum John Cardinale was 'one of a kind'

    Alum John Cardinale was 'one of a kind'

    4 years ago

    SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- “I can’t tell you how many drivers, reporters, crew chiefs and public relations people would pull me aside and tell me we had the best in the ” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway, of Cardinale. “If you hear it once, that's one thing. When everybody says it, it’s probably true. John was one of a kind.” Before joining the raceway, Cardinale, a graduate of San Francisco State, wrote for the Ledger Dispatch in Antioch in the early 1990s and later became the bureau chief at the Valley Times in Pleasanton.

  164. Article Link for Alum John Cardinale of Sonoma Raceway Dies

    Alum John Cardinale of Sonoma Raceway Dies

    4 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- John Cardinale, the chief spokesman for Sonoma Raceway for 15 years and one of the most popular sports public-relations figures in the Bay Area, has died after a two-year battle with gastric cancer. He was 47. He died Wednesday night at home in Martinez with his family, according to officials at the track, formerly known as Infineon Raceway. “There is a hole in the heart of this organization,” raceway President and General Manager Steve Page said. “John has been a part of every good thing that has happened at this track over the last 15 years. We are all so fortunate to have had him in our lives and to have shared in his intelligence, his wit, his integrity and his brave spirit.” The San Francisco native, a graduate of San Francisco State, joined the raceway staff in 1998 after working as a sports reporter and editor in the East Bay.

  165. Article Link for Alum John Cardinale Will Be Well Remembered Around the Track

    Alum John Cardinale Will Be Well Remembered Around the Track

    4 years ago

    VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD -- I carried on with a heavy heart Friday when news came of the death of John Cardinale, the public relations director for Sonoma Raceway, much too soon at the age of 47 after a two-year bout with gastric cancer. He will leave a hole as big as Texas in this native Texan’s heart. It seems like just yesterday when I was hustling around making a living at three or four jobs, including a full-time gig as the sports editor of the Morgan Hill Times. It was then in the late 1980s I first met John, a young sports writer out of San Francisco State. He wrote some pretty darn good stories for the three McClatchy Company newspapers south of San Jose — the Gilroy Dispatch, the Hollister Free Lance that the Times in Morgan Hill. Soon he was at the Contra Costa County Times and covering racing. Then 15 years ago he joined what was then Sears Point International Raceway, directing its public relations.

  166. Article Link for Alum, Sonoma Raceway executive John Cardinale Dies After Battle with Cancer

    Alum, Sonoma Raceway executive John Cardinale Dies After Battle with Cancer

    4 years ago

    CONTRA COSTA TIMES -- Cardinale, a San Francisco native known for his tireless work ethic and his devotion to his family and friends, started at Sonoma Raceway in 1998 and later became the track’s vice president of communications and marketing. For his efforts in promoting the raceway, Cardinale was named NASCAR Track Public Relations Representative of the Year for 2008. “I can’t tell you how many drivers, reporters, crew chiefs and public relations people would pull me aside and tell me we had the best in the industry,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway, of Cardinale. “If you hear it once, that's one thing. When everybody says it, it’s probably true. John was one of a kind.” Before joining the raceway, Cardinale, a graduate of San Francisco State, wrote for the Ledger Dispatch in Antioch in the early 1990s and later became the bureau chief at the Valley Times in Pleasanton.

  167. Article Link for Alumni Hall of Fame Honors Graduates' Major Accomplishments

    Alumni Hall of Fame Honors Graduates' Major Accomplishments

    4 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Hundreds of alumni and guests, including SF State State graduate and senior editor for Rolling Stone, Ben Fong-Torres, gathered in their swankiest attire to watch the newest alumni get inducted into the coveted SF State Hall of Fame, March 15. Since 1994, the Hall of Fame inductees have received Pulitzer Prizes, Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys and Lifetime Achievement Awards, but being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame is an honor that is meaningful to them. “It has a personal resonance,” said Lisa Cholodenko, director of the Oscar-nominated “The Kids are All Right.” “It brings me to a full circle with my young life when I was getting my foot in the door. I like the whole connection.” While at SF State, Al Martinez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his coverage on the 1993 L.A. riots, had a three-part major consisting of Political Science, Criminology and History. He wrote for the student paper, the Golden Gater, from 1947 to 1950.

  168. Article Link for Major Gifts Announced at Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner

    Major Gifts Announced at Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner

    4 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- Three gifts totaling more than $1.5 million were announced March 15 at SF State’s Alumni Hall of Fame dinner, which concluded a week of activities celebrating the investiture of President Leslie E. Wong. John Gumas, chair of the San Francisco State University Foundation, announced donations from friends and alumni in honor of President Wong, including a transformative gift from long-time friend of the University Laurie Pitman and two gifts from alumnus Pam Fong — $100,000 to the Wong Endowed Scholarship and $25,000 to the Department of Biology. A successful entrepreneur, Pitman is a longtime supporter of the Department of History, having co-funded the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Endowed Chair in History, among other programs. At the event, award-winning director Lisa Cholodenko, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Al Martinez, deaf theatre artist Bernard Bragg and civic leader/philanthropist Judy Marcus were inducted into SF State’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

  169. Article Link for Student Journalist Joe Fitzgerald Comments on Facebook Confessions

    Student Journalist Joe Fitzgerald Comments on Facebook Confessions

    4 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “They’re addicted,” said Joe Fitzgerald, a journalism student at San Francisco State who wrote about the confession site for the Golden Gate Xpress, the campus paper. “It’s on everyone’s lips on campus. It's like a peek into everyone else’s world.” And that may get at the real reason San Francisco State administrators don’t like SFSU Confessions. Its malevolent side effect is that students sometimes accuse classmates of being behind the anonymous confessions, tagging their name onto the Facebook post and even identifying their room number — whether they had anything to do with the confession or not.

  170. Article Link for Talk with Social Worker/Novelist Includes Preview of New Journalism Class

    Talk with Social Worker/Novelist Includes Preview of New Journalism Class

    4 years ago

    THE BAY CITIZEN -- Zak Mucha, a Chicago social worker and novelist, speaks with reporter Trey Bundy at San Francisco State University about the connections between child trauma, mental health, poverty and crime on March 13. The events will also preview a new class debuting at SF State in the fall. Bundy will teach public journalism, with a focus on social issues affecting children and teenagers. The class will be open to students from departments of journalism, social work, criminal justice and other disciplines.

  171. Article Link for Alum Kari Christensen Tends Bar at Mauna Loa in Marina District

    Alum Kari Christensen Tends Bar at Mauna Loa in Marina District

    4 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Mauna Loa bartender Kari Christensen is a San Francisco native who learned the trade at the Inner Sunset pub The Mucky Duck. She holds a journalism degree from San Francisco State University and is currently in her fourth semester of metal arts at City College of San Francisco.

  172. Article Link for Alumni Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees: Lisa Cholodenko, Al Martinez, Bernard Bragg, Judy Marcus

    Alumni Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees: Lisa Cholodenko, Al Martinez, Bernard Bragg, Judy Marcus

    4 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- Award-winning director Lisa Cholodenko, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Al Martinez, deaf theatre artist Bernard Bragg and civic leader/philanthropist Judy Marcus will be inducted into San Francisco State University’s Alumni Hall of Fame at a reception on March 15. “At SF State, I realized I really loved writing and telling stories,” Cholodenko said. “What I learned there really helped me distill my ideas and learn how to be a better storyteller.”

  173. Article Link for Alum Khari Johnson Wins National Award from America Online

    Alum Khari Johnson Wins National Award from America Online

    4 years ago

    IMPERIAL BEACH PATCH -- Khari Johnson of Imperial Beach, editor of Imperial Beach Patch, was honored Friday morning as one of the “best of the best” Patch employees during ceremonies in New York City. Johnson, a San Diego native educated at San Francisco State University, launched the fifth Patch in San Diego County in October 2010. San Diego County now has 13 Patch sites, owned by America Online. He previously worked for newspapers, magazines and websites in the Bay Area and San Diego, Colorado Springs and south Florida. Jon Brod, co-founder and CEO of Patch, made the announcement at Patch headquarters in Manhattan. Johnson won a cash award and plaque as a PROPS award winner — Public Recognition for Outstanding Patch Style.

  174. Article Link for Student Paper Addresses Controversy Over President's Harlem Shake

    Student Paper Addresses Controversy Over President's Harlem Shake

    4 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- First, a brief explanation of how I came to be writing you this letter. Last Saturday, our blog editor, Matt Saincome, wrote a post on The Swamp challenging Wong to participate in the viral video if we could get 100 people to tweet him with the admittedly-silly-but-seemingly-innocuous hashtag #ShakeItWong. The internet, as it has a tendency to do, transformed silliness into popularity and, by Monday, the 100-tweet threshold had been passed. Wong made good on his word and informed us that, Friday at 2 p.m., he would come down from the administration building and, both literally and rhythmically, get on the students’ level. Meanwhile, criticism arose in the journalism department, all of which was well-chronicled on The Swamp. Some questioned whether we could maintain a professional distance from the president while calling him to take part in a goofy dance video, and whether our ability to hold the administration accountable was compromised by doing so.

  175. Article Link for Belva Davis' Papers May Be Housed at SF State

    Belva Davis' Papers May Be Housed at SF State

    4 years ago

    DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- The first in her immediate family to graduate high school, Belva Davis was elated at receiving a letter of acceptance in the 1950s from what was then San Francisco State College. But she couldn’t afford tuition and never enrolled. Instead, Davis unexpectedly became a pioneering, award-winning, television journalist. Recently, she and San Francisco State University officials have discussed the possibility of the institution housing a digital archive of her papers, documenting not only her five-decade career in Northern California, but also the struggles accompanying racial integration of the news industry. Davis’ distinctions include becoming the first black, female, television reporter in the west U.S. when she joined the San Francisco CBS affiliate in 1967. This weekend, newsmakers and Davis’ colleagues and friends will pay tribute to her at a fundraising event to finance the archive, as well as to start a journalism scholarship in her name.

  176. Article Link for Professor Kanigel Writes About Unpaid Internships

    Professor Kanigel Writes About Unpaid Internships

    4 years ago

    PBS MEDIASHIFT -- Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel writes a feature story about unpaid internships. “Unpaid internships are nothing new in journalism, particularly in the magazine and television sectors of the industry. For years, enterprising college students have spent their summers fetching coffee, making copies, transcribing recorded interviews, fact-checking articles, and sometimes writing and shooting photos for major media outlets, all with the goal of breaking into the journalism business. “In many cases, these eager interns have worked for free, sometimes spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on airfare, tuition for college credit, and pricey summer apartments. “Now a trio of class-action lawsuits — one settled with the Charlie Rose Show late last year and two others pending against Fox Searchlight Pictures and Hearst Magazines — have reopened the debate over the legal and ethical ramifications of unpaid internships.”

  177. Article Link for Professor Azocar Named Interim Journalism Department Chair

    Professor Azocar Named Interim Journalism Department Chair

    4 years ago

    MAYNARD INSTITUTE FOR JOURNALISM EDUCATION -- Cristina Azocar, director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University for more than 10 years, has resigned to become the interim chair of the Department of Journalism, the school announced on its website.

    Azocar, a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association and serves on the board of the Women’s Media Center.

    “Associate Professor Rachele Kanigel will become the acting director of CIIJ while a new direction is planned for the 23-year-old organization,” a separate announcement said.

  178. Article Link for Iconic Journalist Belva Davis' Archives to be Housed at SF State

    Iconic Journalist Belva Davis' Archives to be Housed at SF State

    4 years ago

    CONTRA COSTA TIMES -- Iconic California journalist Belva Davis will be honored by the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco on February 23.
    The first black female television reporter in the West in 1964, Davis was the anchor for 19 years of KQED’s “This Week in Northern California.”

    Tickets are $55 general admission. A purchase at the host committee level of $250, $500 or $1,000, will help fund a journalism scholarship in Davis’ name and digitize and house her papers at San Francisco State University.

  179. Article Link for Alum Madeline Janning Interns at The Bold Italic

    Alum Madeline Janning Interns at The Bold Italic

    4 years ago

    THE BOLD ITALIC -- Hello! I’m Madeline Janning, a new intern addition to The Bold Italic’s Marketing team. The Bay Area has always been my home, something I am incredibly, maybe even obnoxiously proud of. I grew up in Downtown San Jose, a place I’m still trying to convince people is somewhat cool. San Francisco stole me away from its South Bay neighbor eight years ago, when I made the very easy decision to attend San Francisco State.

    After graduating in 2010 with a degree in Magazine Journalism, I worked throughout the city at different restaurants, cementing my love for food.

  180. Article Link for Alum JR Valrey to be Honored at Black Media Appreciation Night

    Alum JR Valrey to be Honored at Black Media Appreciation Night

    4 years ago

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW -- I chose journalism after I was part of a high school journalism program at San Francisco State in ’95. After this program, I linked up with Youth Outlook, most notably Kevin Weston and Malcolm Marshall, who coached me to create better and better commentaries and news stories to be published by Youth Outlook.

  181. Article Link for SF State Student Paper Wins Awards

    SF State Student Paper Wins Awards

    4 years ago

    SCV NEWS -- The Orion (Chico State), the Daily Titan (CSU Fullerton), the Daily Sundial (CSU Northridge), The State Hornet (Sacramento State), the Golden Gate Xpress (San Francisco State) and the Mustang Daily (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) all took home awards at the ACP’s National Convention held October 31 to November 4 in Chicago.

    SF State’s Golden Gate Xpress was named a Newspaper Pacemaker, the Associated Collegiate Press’ highest honor. The Pacemaker is college journalism’s most prestigious and oldest prize for general excellence and honors those who set the pace, surpassing all others.

  182. Article Link for Student-Founded Photo Collective Showcases City's Quirks, Beauty

    Student-Founded Photo Collective Showcases City's Quirks, Beauty

    4 years ago

    SF WEEKLY -- The city’s newest photo collective, SFstop, formed entirely of current or former SF State photographers, is holding its first gallery show Sunday at Akiba Cafe. The free show will include works from 10 SF State students/alumni and showcases moments stolen from some of the city’s brightest characters, like “Bush Man,” but also some of its unsung heroes through the power of some good ol’ San Francisco street photography.

    As a student, it can be hard to get your work into a gallery because that process has a lot to do with who you know, according to Gil Riego Junior, co-founder and featured artist of SFstop. So he decided to take matters into his own hands, lining up a venue and getting a group of his most talented peers to contribute San Francisco-themed photography to the exhibit.

  183. Article Link for Student Newspaper Named Among Nation's Best

    Student Newspaper Named Among Nation's Best

    4 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- SF State’s student newspaper, the Golden Gate Xpress, has been named one of the best in the nation by the Associated Collegiate Press.

    The Xpress received the prestigious Pacemaker award at a student newspaper convention October 31 to November 4 in Chicago, the seventh time the newspaper has been given the Press’ highest honor. The publication’s web version was also named a finalist for the Online Pacemaker award.

    In addition to the Pacemaker, the Xpress also received a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association, which co-sponsored the convention with Associated College Press, for an audio slideshow produced by student Elijah Nouvelage about The Lusty Lady, a unionized, worker-owned San Francisco strip club.

  184. Article Link for Alum Florence Ion at Ars Technica

    Alum Florence Ion at Ars Technica

    4 years ago

    ARS TECHNICA -- Florence Ion was managing editor at Mac|Life magazine, where she wrote about Apple, Google and storage peripherals. She has also written about games and PC hardware for Maximum PC and PC Gamer. Her coverage spans Apple, Google, storage peripherals, gaming and PC hardware. Florence received a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

  185. Article Link for Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: California Bill Would Halt Unfair Deportations

    Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: California Bill Would Halt Unfair Deportations

    4 years ago

    CNN -- An award-winning journalist, Vargas disclosed his undocumented immigration status in an essay for The New York Times Magazine in June 2011. Vargas attended California's public schools and early this year was named Alumnus of the Year by San Francisco State University.

    Vargas writes: “Brown’s signing of the TRUST Act would be a watershed moment in the long journey toward permanent reform to recognize our common humanity.”

  186. Article Link for In Memoriam: Herb Colton

    In Memoriam: Herb Colton

    4 years ago

    NAPA VALLEY REGISTER -- After serving four years in the South Pacific, he completed his college education at San Francisco State, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

  187. Article Link for President Les Wong on Being ‘a Catalyst for a New Vision’ at SF State

    President Les Wong on Being ‘a Catalyst for a New Vision’ at SF State

    4 years ago

    GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The student newspaper lands an exclusive Q&A; with new President Les Wong.

    “I hope that students will see that I’m really about their experience. Whether it is in the research labs, dancing, playing volleyball, throwing a ball, ballet, doing physics. That, for me, I can honor their work by being present. I’ll be at volleyball games, I’ll be at theater presentations.

    “To me, that’s important. This sounds kind of hokey, but when I was young and playing baseball, my father worked his buns off creating opportunity for us, and for him to be dog-tired and to show up to watch me play baseball, that was all I needed. I think in many ways I learned that with students, I would be disrespecting you if I said, ‘I’m proud that I’ve never read the Xpress.’”

  188. Article Link for Student Matt Maxion Discusses Speaking with a Stutter

    Student Matt Maxion Discusses Speaking with a Stutter

    4 years ago

    STUTTER TALK -- Matt Maxion joins Britni Bicknaver to discuss his life with covert stuttering, attending the National Stuttering Association’s convention for the first time and much more.

    Maxion, a California native and aspiring writer, is a senior at San Francisco State University studying journalism. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has started stuttering at age five. He is now the online managing editor for SF State’s news publication, Golden Gate Xpress.

  189. Article Link for On the Bookshelf: New work by faculty in Journalism and Classics

    On the Bookshelf: New work by faculty in Journalism and Classics

    4 years ago

    SF STATE NEWS -- In “Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling,” Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre provides a crash course on what are quickly becoming essential skills for the modern journalist.

    The image of a man giving birth is deployed often in classical Greek literature, and in “The Pregnant Male as Myth and Metaphor in Classical Greek Literature,“ Chair of Classics David Leitao traces the image's history in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.

  190. Article Link for The Bard of L.A.: Alum Al Martinez

    The Bard of L.A.: Alum Al Martinez

    4 years ago

    His name was Al Martinez, and he was going to be a writer. “The minute I got there, I found the [Golden] Gater office. I introduced myself and told them that I wanted to write for the paper.” Gater readers soon learned that Martinez possessed uncommon gifts -- a lyrical prose style and a natural-born storyteller’s talent for making “a walk across the street feel like an adventure,” says his longtime friend, the journalist Bill Boyarsky.

  191. Article Link for SF State in the News

    SF State in the News

    4 years ago

    SF STATE MAGAZINE -- “One of the things that San Francisco State did for me was it really encouraged the spirit of experimentation.”
    Ethan Van der Ryn (B.A., ’85), recent Oscar nominee for Best Sound Editing, on the training he received in the Cinema Department, ABC7, Feb. 23, 2012

    “I think most people take these photographs for granted and don't realize what goes into making them."
    Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre on “Deadline Every Second,” his documentary on Associated Press photographers co-produced with Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts John Hewitt, mediabistro, April 17, 2012

  192. Article Link for The Legacy of Robert A. Corrigan

    The Legacy of Robert A. Corrigan

    4 years ago

    SF STATE MAGAZINE -- Since 1989, the University has acquired neighboring apartment buildings to house students, staff and faculty, and added new buildings to its main campus, including Humanities, Fine Arts, Student Services, the Village at Centennial Square, the A.S. Early Childhood Education Center, Children’s Campus and the Greenhouse.

    During the past two decades, SF State has answered Corrigan’s call to “plan and implement new programs to meet the needs of students and society as a whole,” including Jewish studies, women studies, doctoral degrees in education and physical therapy and the MFA in creative writing. Across every discipline, SF State’s academic success can be measured in the continuing accomplishments of its alumni, a group that includes leaders in city, state and national government, the arts, journalism, business--virtually any sphere of activity.

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    SF STATE NEWS -- San Francisco State University ranked third in the U.S. in 2010-11 for awarding bachelor’s degrees in communication, journalism and related programs to minority students, according to a report published June 21 in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

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    UP WITH CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC -- Vargas appeared on a panel discussing the funding and future of higher education.

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    THE O’REILLY FACTOR -- In an in-studio interview, Alumnus of the Year Jose Antonio Vargas discusses immigration and citizenship issues.

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    OREGON DAILY EMERALD -- As a music journalist Wheeler had been invited to guest lecture in journalism classes at San Diego State and San Francisco State universities. The University of Oregon seemed like a great place to check out, even though he had never set foot in Eugene.

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    SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW. In 2009 a reporter, Eric Meuser, with San Francisco State University’s student newspaper, the Golden Gate Xpress, wrote that photojournalist-activist Malaika H Kambon wore her gold and bronze medals proudly.

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    Morgan-Wilde is an insurance producer for chamber member Golden Circle Insurance Agency. A journalism graduate of Riverside Community College and San Francisco State University, Morgan-Wilde began his career at The Jackson Sun and continued at The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He then worked for Prudential Securities/Wachovia Securities for 11 years.

    Morgan-Wilde serves on the board of the Brownsville-Haywood County Chamber and is a charter member of the West Tennessee Business & Community Leaders Network. Licensed in life, health and accident, property and casualty insurance, he has been with Golden Circle Insurance Agency since 2009. JACKSON SUN.

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    The A's will hit the quarter-mark of the 2012 season with their 40th game today. At one game above .500 (20-19) and four games behind the Rangers, it’s hard not to be surprised by their current position.

    Casey Pratt went to San Ramon High School and received his B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University. COMCAST SPORTS NET BAY AREA.

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    “Deadline Every Second”: Sports photographer shoots a game and an hour later jumps on a plane to cover the Haiti earthquake. Another risks his life covering Palestinian-Israeli clashes. San Francisco State Professor Ken Kobré traveled with a dozen journalists to see what it's like to work in danger and on deadline. 7 p.m. Thursday at City Club Cafe, City Club, San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

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    Jose Antonio Vargas, who reported for the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post and later the Huffington Post, attended Mountain View High School and graduated from San Francisco State University.

    His experience is a common story for thousands of students nationally, and the more than 12 million immigrants in the U.S. who are undocumented. Salinas Californian.

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    Liz Ireland is graduating from San Francisco State University where she studied journalism. New America Media.

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    By Kelly Goff, Golden Gate Xpress editor in chief

    During the picket at San Francisco State University Tuesday, faculty passed out fliers to passers by at the corner of 19th and Holloway avenues.

    “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions,” Sheila Tully, a lecturer in the anthropology department at SF State and the CFA chapter’s vice-president, told the crowd of about 30 students and faculty.

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    During the picket at San Francisco State University Tuesday, faculty passed out fliers to passers by at the corner of 19th and Holloway avenues.

    “Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions,” Sheila Tully, a lecturer in the anthropology department at SF State and the CFA chapter’s vice-president, told the crowd of about 30 students and faculty.

    By Kelly Goff, Golden Gate Xpress editor in chief

    —New America Media

  205. Article Link for Gifts for the graduating gator

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    Congratulate this year's graduate by treating them to a gift with a gator connection.

    Give movie-lovers a dose of action and adventure with "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Alum Ethan Van der Ryn (B.A., '85) earned an Oscar nod for his work as supervising sound editor. Oscar-nominated alumni talent also features in "Moneyball." Alum Steve Zaillian (B.A., '75) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film.

    Go a glimpse behind the news with Professor of Journalism Ken Kobré's documentary "Deadline Every Second," out now on DVD.

    Budding filmmakers will appreciate the straight talk and practical advice of Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride in his new book "Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless."

    For a gripping page-turner, choose "Turn of Mind," an intriguing murder mystery by Creative Writing Lecturer Alice LaPlante. Anita Amirrezvani's (M.F.A '09) second novel "Equal of the Sun" transports readers to 16th-century Iran.

    —SF State News

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    "Deadline Every Second" was shot and directed by Ken Kobre, a veteran photographer and photo editor who teaches photojournalism at San Francisco State University.

    "I had always wanted to be able to show how daily journalism gets done," said Kobre, 66, on the phone from San Francisco.

    "Quite often what happens is photographers take a picture and it becomes iconic, and then they talk about what they did or what it was like," he said. "But you actually never get to see them as they're really working."

  207. Article Link for Book Review - Videojournalism by Kenneth Kobre - Internet Video Magazine

    Book Review - Videojournalism by Kenneth Kobre - Internet Video Magazine

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    Professor Ken Kobré directs the photojournalism sequence at San Francisco State University, California. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek, Time, Business Week, San Francisco Examiner, and numerous other publications.

  208. Article Link for Obama to Arianna: Is Huff Post ‘hard-hitting’ journalism? - City Brights: Yumi Wilson - an SFGate.com blog

    Obama to Arianna: Is Huff Post ‘hard-hitting’ journalism? - City Brights: Yumi Wilson - an SFGate.com blog

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    Kat Anderson, co-editor of the Fog City Journal, recently gave San Francisco State’s Journalism department a much-needed infusion of cash. We’ve been able to offer a scholarship to one of our students, and we’ll soon be able to buy more iPads and photo equipment.

    As for the summer program, Anderson is planning to select up to 20 students from San Francisco City College and SF State to take part in a series of workshops led by big-name journalists such as Ken Garcia and Carolyn Tyler of ABC 7 News.

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    Jose Antonio Vargas named SF State's 2012 Alumnus of the Year - SF State News

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    Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning journalist and activist, has been named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year by San Francisco State University. Less than a decade after graduating from SF State, Vargas has won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting at The Washington Post, written for top publications such as The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, and become a bold advocate for immigration reform. ...

    Vargas graduated from SF State with a major in political science and a minor in black studies. Just two days after graduation, he began his career at The Washington Post, where he covered politics and the Internet, the 2008 presidential campaign, video game culture and HIV/ AIDS. He later became a senior contributing editor at The Huffington Post.

  210. Article Link for ‘Deadline Every Second’: Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

    ‘Deadline Every Second’: Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

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    Ken Kobre and John Hewitt, professors at San Francisco State University, have filmed, produced, and edited “Deadline Every Second,” a documentary following 12 Associated Press photographers from around the world.

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    Students honored for skill in taking news to the Web - Mauinews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Visitor's Information - The Maui News

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    Ruidas, who will be attending San Francisco State University and studying journalism, said she believed that they "focus more on the online than the paper" but that she liked both products.

  212. Article Link for Professor's latest film profiles photojournalists - San Francisco State University

    Professor's latest film profiles photojournalists - San Francisco State University

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    Although images from Associated Press (AP) photographers are seen the world over, the viewer rarely gets a glimpse at what goes into capturing them. SF State Professor of Journalism Ken Kobré provides that glimpse in his documentary, "Deadline Every Second."...

    "Deadline Every Second" was co-produced by John Hewitt, SF State Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, and will be screened in San Francisco at 7 p.m. May 17 at the City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street.

  213. Article Link for Alumni Newsletter from San Francisco State University Journalism

    Alumni Newsletter from San Francisco State University Journalism

  214. Article Link for Dept seeking candidates for tenure-track positions in Journalism

    Dept seeking candidates for tenure-track positions in Journalism

    The Journalism Department at San Francisco State University is seeking candidates for two tenure-track positions in Journalism and Photojournalism, with the rank of Assistant Professor. For details on the open positions and application process please see the announcement on the Department website at http://www.journalism.sfsu.edu/