Week 4 Community Journalism Forum

This week we’ll start class in HUM 308 for a community journalism forum with:

The forum is open to all SFSU journalism students. We’ll explore the role of the community press and learn how you can intern or freelance work for these publications.

Later in the afternoon we’ll have a news quiz and talk about upcoming assignments:

  • Video about Third Places
  • Third places blog assignment
  • Profiles

Week 2/3 Covering a Neighborhood

Week 2/3 Sept. 8 Covering a Neighborhood
Today we’ll discuss the triumphs and challenges you faced in your first two weeks of neighborhood reporting. Also on the agenda:

  • News Quiz
  • Entry exam — common mistakes
  • WordPress — problems, solutions and tricks
  • Blogging as a journalistic tool
    Examples:
  1. Richmond District Blog
  2. Mission Mission
  3. Hayeswire
  4. PortolaPlanet
  5. A Temescal Blog
  • What makes a good pitch?* Concise but informed
    * Why should people care? Why it’s relevant, important or otherwise newsworthy
    * Why now? Look for news peg whenever possible
    * Whiff of the meat — telling details that will capture people’s interest
  • Real estate/business story pitches
  • Reporting skills: How to get information, developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources
  • Using social media as a reporting tool

For next week:

Report and write your business/real estate story.

Prepare for the Community Journalism Forum during class on Sept. 15 (in HUM 308) by reading the publications/blogs of our guest speakers:

Please prepare at least one or two questions for the panelists.

For your blog:

  • Write an About page for your blog that includes information about you and how you plan to cover your neighborhood. Make it professional and engaging.
  • Work on your blog theme, choosing one that reflects your neighborhood. Add photos to the header to tailor your blog to your neighborhood.
  • Add some links to businesses, resources and publications relevant to your neighborhood. For examples see Castro Continues and PlanetCastro.
  • Add a brief post to your blog. It could be some photos, an interview, a news brief — something that shows you’re keeping on top of the neighborhood.

Gearing up for Week 3

As you prepare to pitch ideas for your business/real estate story, check out these recent stories about neighborhood businesses and real estate:

‘Super pop-up’ food hall feeds into plans for S.F.’s Mid-Market
San Francisco Chronicle

Airbnb irks Twin Peaks neighbors
San Francisco Chronicle

Birdman jazzing up Oakland neighborhood
San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area news service being pushed out of SF because of tech-fueled rent spike
San Francisco Examiner

Hayes Valley bookstore Bibliohead gets the boot
San Francisco Examiner

Haight’s Red Vic theater revived as second-act marketplace
San Francisco Business Times

Is North Beach on the brink of a restaurant renaissance?
San Francisco Business Times

Neighborhood takes shape in Bayview-Hunters Point
San Francisco Chronicle

Upscale San Francisco neighborhoods grapple with housing
San Francisco Business Times

Pedestrian-focused Castro Street block widening set for next year
San Francisco Examiner

SF’s 6th Street struggles amid Mid-Market revival
San Francisco Chronicle

Square ready to occupy serendipitous new headquarters in San Francisco
San Francisco Examiner

Homeless Find Shelter in Affluent Districts
The Bay Citizen

A ‘Landmark’ Backlash
The Bay Citizen

Berkeley’s Monterey Market in a Cheese Dustup
The Bay Citizen 

In Bayview ‘Desert,’ a Drugstore Now Provides Fresh Food Options
The Bay Citizen

Restaurants want to put brakes on food trucks
San Francisco Chronicle

Week 2 Covering a Neighborhood

Week 2 Feb. 4 Covering a Neighborhood
Today we’ll discuss the triumphs and challenges you faced in your first week of neighborhood reporting. Also on the agenda:

  • News Quiz
  • Entry exam — common mistakes
  • WordPress — problems, solutions and tricks
  • Blogging as a journalistic tool
    Examples:
  1. Richmond District Blog
  2. Mission Mission
  3. Hayeswire
  4. PortolaPlanet
  5. A Temescal Blog
  • What makes a good pitch?* Concise but informed
    * Why should people care? Why it’s relevant, important or otherwise newsworthy
    * Why now? Look for news peg whenever possible
    * Whiff of the meat — telling details that will capture people’s interest
  • Real estate/business story pitches
  • Reporting skills: How to get information, developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources
  • Using social media as a reporting tool

Welcome to Reporting San Francisco

Welcome to the website for Rachele Kanigel’s JOUR 300 Reporting course, Fall 2014

Week 1 Aug. 25

The agenda for today:

  • Introductions
  • Entry exam
  • Review syllabus
  • Choose neighborhood beats
  • Neighborhood Blogs

In this course, students cover a neighborhood as his or her “beat.”  Each neighborhood will be assigned to only one student in the class. Here are the neighborhoods you can choose from:

San Francisco:

1.  Richmond and the Presidio (may be divided in two)

2.  Sunset

3.  Park Merced, Stonestown, Lakeside, SFSU

4.  Marina and Pacific Heights

5.  Western Addition

6.  Fillmore

7.  Haight Ashbury

8.  Castro

9.  Ingleside

10.  Noe Valley

11.  Russian Hill and Nob Hill

12.  Hayes Valley/Civic Center/Mid-Market

13.  Mission District (may be divided in two)

14.  Bernal Heights (and Potrero Hill)

15.  North Beach

16.  Chinatown

17.  Financial District

18.  Tenderloin

19.  South of Market

20.  Bayview/Hunter’s Point

Oakland:

1.  Fruitvale

2.  West Oakland

3.  Chinatown

4.  San Antonio

5.  Elmhurst

6.  Temescal

7.  Montclair/Oakland Hills

8.  Piedmont Avenue

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