Download the Reporting Assignment Pack S2018, which includes most of the assignments for the course this semester.

Here’s a sample story that shows how to format a story.
Week 8 March 15
Read: The 57 Bus and write 10 questions for author Dashka Slater.

Write: Finish EVENT story (due March 18). Write up two story ideas for your final project. Be ready to turn them in and present in class on April 2.

Week 2 Jan. 30/ Feb. 1

TO DO: Work on your BEAT REPORT (due 2/1) and your BUSINESS/REAL ESTATE story (due 2/15)

Examples of neighborhood business stories:

“Dogpatch, SF’s latest boomtown neighborhood, shedding scruffy past”

“SF’s Oldest Gay Bar, The Gangway, Has Closed”

TO READ: Read examples of business and real estate stories on the Readings page.


Week 1 Jan. 23/25

TO DO: Tour your neighborhood and do brief interviews with 10 people, a mix of residents, merchants and community activists. Ask what people like and don’t like about the neighborhood, what problems they see, major issues, what’s changed. Write a 600- to 750-word NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE (due 2/1; see assignment pack for details). Your neighborhood profile should include a list of all the sources you interviewed with their phone numbers and email addresses. For examples of neighborhood profiles see:

Bring a printed copy of your Neighborhood Profile to class on Tuesday.

Work on BEAT REPORT (due 2/8)

TO READ: Read about your neighborhood in community publications, newspapers and news websites (SFGate, SFExaminer, Hoodline, community publications, etc.). Read the news this week. We’ll have our first news quiz next Tuesday.

GET AHEAD: Start working on your business or real estate story. Bring story ideas to class 1/30; the story is due 2/15.