Week 9 Covering Courts

Week 9, Oct. 20
Today you’ll pitch your final project ideas and we’ll discuss how to cover a trial or court proceeding.

We’ll start with a news quiz.

Then you’ll pitch your project ideas.

Next we’ll cover the basics of how the U.S. criminal justice system works:

Diagram of How a Case Moves Through the Courts, American Bar Association

Then we’ll review these resources:

Access to Courts: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

And we’ll look at examples of court coverage:

Trayvon Martin trial

Coverage:

Defendant: George Zimmerman

Victim: Trayvon Martin

Witnesses: Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother
Jahvaris Fulton, Martin’s brother

Defense attorney:  Mark O’Mara

Prosecutor: Bernie de la Rionda

Optional News U Course: On the Beat: Covering the Courts

Next week: No class but I recommend you attend

CIIJ Presents Michael Schiller & Ariane Wu, Animation Producers At the Center for Investigative Reporting

Monday, October 27, 2014
4:10pm
The Box Flier
They will talk about producing the animated investigative story, “The Box,” which examines the impact of solitary confinement on teens in U.S. jails around the country.
Burk Hall 28

Week 8 Covering Crime

This week we’ll talk about how to report on and write about crime. We’ll start by following a major Bay Area news story from last year and see how the news unfolded, how different news organizations covered the story and some reporting and ethical challenges the story presented for journalists.

Monday, Nov. 4
5:20 p.m. Teen set on fire while riding AC Transit bus home from school; taken to burn unit
First news stories appears on TV and online that evening

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Suspect arrested but not named

Mother gives first interview to print reporter with Bay Area News Group

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Donation site collects more than $20,000 in 24 hours

Thursday, Nov. 7
Suspect charged as an adult with hate crime; suspect’s family members give first television interview.

Debbie Crandall and Karl Fleischman give first television interview.

Friday, Nov. 8
Students organize “Skirts for Sasha” event at victim’s school; community organizes rainbow ribbon display along the bus line where the attack occurred.

Two more television crews interview Debbie and Karl

Sources:

Karl Fleischman Facebook page
Fundly site: Help Sasha Have a Speedy Recovery
Richard Thomas Press Release
Richard Thomas complaint

Discussion:

  1. How should you approach victims of tragic/traumatic events and their family members?
  2. What information should you be looking for?
  3. How do you ask questions?
  4. Is it fair to use pictures and comments from victim’s and family members’ Facebook pages and other forms of social media?
  5. Should news media name the suspect, who is a minor, if they can find the name? Should they name the suspect if the District Attorney’s office releases it?
  6. If Sasha Fleischman prefers to be referred to by the pronoun they, rather than he or she, should reporters respect that?

San Francisco Police Department

SFPD CrimeMaps

Oakland Police Department

Oakland Crime Map

SFPD News Releases

Police reports:

Anchorage Police Report

Miami Beach Arrest Report

For next week: Bring proposals for two story ideas for your final project, a news feature story about an issue in your neighborhood. Each proposal should include a few sentences about why the story is newsworthy and how you plan to approach the story. You should include a list of 5 possible sources for each idea.

Find a story for your CRIME assignment (due 11/10). To find a story ideas

  • attend the monthly community meeting for your police district (click on your district to find out when your district’s meeting happens)
  • follow up on a recent SFPD press release or Oakland PD press release
  •  go down to the district station serving your neighborhood and ask about recent crimes or crime trends
  • follow up on a recent news story like this or this
  • find a crime or a series of crimes by studying CrimeMaps for your neighborhood
  • Ask local merchants or community activists about recent crimes in your neighborhood.

Week 7 Elections

10/6 This week we’ll talk about how to cover elections and different types of election-oriented stories.

The horse race

The issues

The money

Ballot initiatives

Election events — candidates’ debates

In-class assignment: Read documents related to this Harvard Poll about young voters. THen go out and do brief interviews with 8 students.

Young adult voting: analysis of presidential elections

Week 6 Covering Local Government — Meetings and Elections

This week we’ll talk about government meetings and how to cover them.

Your assignment is to cover a meeting this week or next and write a news story about it (due 10/13).

Possible meetings:

SF Board of Supervisors
Most Tuesdays, 2 p.m. San Francisco City Hall Board of Supervisors Chambers

9/30 Agenda

10/6

You may also attend a board committee meeting. See schedule here.

Oakland City Council
City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

10/7 Concurrent Meeting of the Oakland Redevelopment Successor Agency and the City Council
5:30 p.m. Oakland City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, October 7 Regular Meeting

09:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Administration Building, Board Chambers
1221 Oak Street
5th Floor Rm 512
Oakland , 94607 , Alameda County

Elections
We’ll also talk about the upcoming election and how to cover elections. Your election story is due 10/27.

San Francisco

Events:

San Francisco
League of Women Voters SF Calendar

State Assembly District 17 – Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Hosted in partnership with University of California San Francisco- Moderated by Cheryl Jennings

Location:         University of California San Francisco – Mission Bay

600 16th Street, Genentech Hall

San Francisco, CA 94158

Board of Supervisors District 10 – Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted in partnership with Bayview Multipurpose Senior Center

Location:         Alex Pitcher Jr. Community Room

Southeast Community Facility

1800 Oakdale Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94124

Oakland

League of Women Voters Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 9, 2014
6-8 pm
Pro Arts
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Mayoral Forum.
Co-sponsored with Pro Arts, Youth Uprising, East Bay Housing Org., Satellite Affordable Housing Assoc., and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:30-7:30 pm
University of California
International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
Candidate Forum – California Secretary of State.
The two candidates will speak. Sponsored by the ACLU; co-sponsored by the LWV and others. John Myers of KQED will be moderator.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30-8pm
Allendale Recreation Center
3711 Suter Street
Oakland, CA 94619
Candidate Forum District 4.
City Council District 4
Co-sponsored with Laurel Village Association.
Friday, October 17, 2014
6-9 pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Council Chambers
Mayoral Forum.
Co-sponsored with Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce, Oakland-Bay Area chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Assoc. of Minority Contractors, and Black Women Organized for Political Action.
Monday, October 20, 2014
7-9 pm
Hiller Highlands Club
110 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
Mayoral Candidate Forum.
Co-sponsored by the North Hills Community Association and the League of Women Voters of Oakland

The Oakland Mayor’s Race: Making Sense of Instant Runoff Voting
Panel Discussion | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, IGS Library, Room 109

Week 5 Public Records

9/22

This week we’ll explore the world of public records — what’s available, how to access them, how to use them and how journalists use documents to report stories.

Your guide will be Nicole Allensworth, the librarian assigned to work with the Journalism Department.

Here is the webpage for the Reporting class. It includes links to many of the agencies you’ll need to access for your public records assignment, due next week.

You can find more information about accessing public records in California from the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

We’ll also talk about your third places assignment and we’ll have a pitch meeting for your profile assignment.

For next week:

Find answers to the Public Records assignment that’s included in the Assignment Pack. It’s due 9/29.
Post something new to your blog.
Find an event to cover in your neighborhood and post a report on it by 10/6.

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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