Week 6 Field Trip to City Hall

On Feb. 28  we will meet at 2 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. Please come to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chambers, Room 250, on the second floor. Here is a map and directions: http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1175.

Please try to get there on time so you’ll get to see the whole meeting. The meeting will probably go till 5 p.m. or beyond. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing but please plan to spend at least three hours there.
From SFSU, the best way to get to City Hall is to take the M-Oceanside inbound/downtown to the Civic Center station and then walk west on Grove and north on Polk Street. You can’t miss City Hall, it’s the grand building with the dome.
If you plan to drive, metered parking is available on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. A CityPark underground parking lot is located on McAllister, between Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and Larkin. For driving directions, please see the directions here, or visit Google Maps.

The agenda is available online. Please review it before coming to the meeting.

You are expected to write a 350- to 500-word news story about one item on the board’s agenda and post it to iLearn by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Remember to include your source list (with names and contact info for all your sources) at the end of the assignment.

 

 

Week 5 Profile pitch/Covering City Hall

Discussion of President Trump’s Feb. 16 press conference

What would you have led with?

How would you have characterized the press conference?

Could you present a fair and balanced account?

How the media covered it:

The Washington Post: Trump claims he ‘inherited a mess’ at sprawling, grievance-filled news conference

Politico: Trump complains that he ‘inherited a mess’ in rant against media

The Washington Times: Trump blasts ‘out of control’ media for ignoring early successes

The Guardian: Donald Trump denies White House in chaos at extraordinary press conference

The Washington Post: Fact-checking President Trump’s news conference (analysis)

Profile Pitch:

Is the story compelling?

Review of Business assignment

Guest speaker: Emily Green, City Hall reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Preparation for next week’s field trip to San Francisco City Hall:

On Feb. 28 we will meet at 2 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. We’ll meet at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chambers, Room 250, on the second floor. Here is a map and directions: http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1175.
Please try to get there on time so you’ll get to see the whole meeting.
From SFSU, the best way to get to City Hall is to take the M-Oceanside inbound/downtown to the Civic Center station and then walk west on Grove and north on Polk Street. You can’t miss City Hall, it’s the grand building with the dome.
If you plan to drive, metered parking is available on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. A CityPark underground parking lot is located on McAllister, between Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and Larkin. For driving directions, please see the directions here, or visit Google Maps.

The agenda is available online. Please review it before coming to the meeting.

You are expected to write a 350- to 500-word news story about one item on the board’s agenda and post it to iLearn by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Remember to include your source list (with names and contact info for all your sources) at the end of the assignment.

Week 4 Library Resources and Public Records

This week we’ll meet  Nicole Allensworth, the librarian assigned to work with the Journalism Department.

Here is the webpage she has created for the Reporting class. It includes links to many of the agencies you’ll need to access for your public records assignment, due March 7. 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.

After Nicole’s presentation we’ll have a news quiz.

Then we’ll go over the assessment test you took the first week of school.

We’ll also discuss your profile assignment. Start looking around for good profile subjects. Your story pitch for that assignment is due Feb. 21.

Read: “The Swan Who Feeds and Cares for Pigeons,” by Julio Marcial, who wrote the story for last semester’s Reporting class.

What makes a good profile subject?

  • A person who has had an interesting life, ideally one filled with a mix of conflict, adversity and achievement.
  • A person connected to a current news story (a refugee who is affected by the recent travel ban; a restaurateur opening a new restaurant; a newly elected or appointed official; an artist with a new exhibit, film, book, play, a longtime merchant or resident getting evicted, etc.)
  • A person other people will want to read about.

Your assignment this week is to find a worthy profile subject in your neighborhood and write a 200-word pitch that includes:

  • Name and position or title
  • Phone number and email address
  • What makes this person interesting?
  • Why write this profile now? If possible find a news peg, such as a recent award or accomplishment, a new position, a retirement, a store or restaurant closing or opening, a landmark birthday, etc.

 

 

Week 3 Neighborhood Websites/Hoodline

Feb. 7. Agenda for today:

  • News quiz
  • Business/Real estate story–any questions?
  • Sample story
  • Neighborhood websites
  • Entry exam review
  • Neighborhood profile assignments and common errors:

Need help with your writing? Visit the Learning Assistance Center! The center is in HSS 348. You can fill out a registration form and bring it in with you or fill one out when you go there.  Call  415 338-1993 if you have questions or need help.

At 5 p.m. we’ll meet Brittany Hopkins, associate San Francisco editor, Hoodline.

FOR NEXT WEEK:

Write Business story, due Feb. 14. Remember to start one-third of the way down the page and double space to leave room for comments. And don’t forget to include your source list at the end of the story. Assignments turned in without a source list lose 10 points!

Rewrite Neighborhood story (optional). When submitting rewrite for regrading, staple the new story on top of the gradesheet and original graded story. Submit one to two weeks after you receive the graded original. I will grade the rewrite and then average the two grades.

Start working on your website. Create a website in WordPress. Name it your name or something close (RacheleKanigelJournalist.wordpress.com or RacheleSueKanigelWriter.wordpress.com. Write an About Page. Post your Neighborhood story (with errors corrected).

Week 2 Developing a Beat/Interviewing

Week 2 Jan. 31 Developing a Beat/Interviewing
Today we’ll discuss the triumphs and challenges you faced in your first week of neighborhood reporting.

Also on the agenda:

  • 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
  • Interviewing
  • Entry exam — common mistakes

5 p.m. President Trump announces his nominee for Supreme Court justice.

A Brief Overview of the Supreme Court

Biographies of Current Justices
The Top 3 Contenders, The New York Times

For next week:

Write your BEAT REPORT in question-and-answer format (due Feb. 7). List the source after each question.

Report and write your business/real estate story  (due Feb. 14)

 

Welcome to Reporting San Francisco

Welcome to the website for Rachele Kanigel’s JOUR 300 Reporting course, Spring 2017

Week 1 Jan. 24

The agenda for today:

  • Introduction to the course and the professor
  • Review Reporting Neighborhoods and choose neighborhood beats
  • Entry exam (75 minutes)
  • Review syllabus
  • Class websites
  • Student introductions