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.




About rkanigel

I'm an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where I teach Introduction to Online Journalism, Reporting, Newswriting and other courses and advise Golden Gate [X]press, the student newspaper. I was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and I've written for many magazines and websites, including TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Prevention, Health, Reader's Digest, lime.com and CNN.com.

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