Bay News Rising

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Bay News Rising – Professional and college reporters training collaboratively for the future of Bay Area journalism.

Bay News Rising, in its inaugural session, hopes to organize student journalists in the advancement of social justice — and provide a source of ongoing training, networking, mentoring and publishing for student journalists collaborating for the future of Bay Area journalism.

This summer program’s theme will be “Street Action Laboratory – Tracking Democratic Trends Through Social Movement Coverage.” Students will be encouraged to practice reporting through coverage of “Occupy-inspired” activity, as well as the ongoing struggles of labor unions and women’s rights in the broader context of social justice in the Bay Area.

There will be opportunities for breaking, investigative and feature style news under this umbrella, as well as many opportunities to practice multimedia and social media journalism.

Bay News Rising is a project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild in partnership with Fog City Journal
made possible by funding from the Berger-Marks Foundation.

Pacifica Media Workers Guild Executive Officer Carl T. Hall addresses journalism students, asking them to think critically about the news value of a recent Chronicle story on Sonoma vineyards.

Who is involved

Pulitzer-nominated journalist Rebecca Rosen Lum is the editor-in-chief of the Bay News Rising student news staff.  Carl T. Hall, Executive Officer of Pacific Media Workers Guild, Yumi Wilson, acting chair of the Journalism Department of SFSU, and Luke Thomas, publisher and editor-in-chief of Fog City Journal, serve as advisers in the program. Kat Anderson is the project director, a labor and employment attorney who graduated from Stanford and University of California Hastings College of Law. Ms. Anderson has rekindled her passion for social justice, leading her to found Bay News Rising.

Student advisers from City College of San Francisco Joe Fitzgerald and Sara Bloomberg round out the editorial body, posting the stories produced through Bay News Rising to the Fog City Journal website, and copy editing, respectively.

Bay News Rising student reporter Mariana Barrera was inspired by her childhood and high school experience to cover wages and job conditions of agricultural workers through journalism.

The Nuts and Bolts

Student journalists from Bay Area journalism schools, City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University, will cover at least four stories in the eight week summer program. The program is tiered so that more advanced students can opt to cover breaking news and more in-depth projects as well, pushing past the initial four assignments.

In keeping with the Pacific Media Workers Guild’s belief in fairness to freelancers, students will be paid for the work they produce.

The students are also paired with mentors at the outset of the summer, and are asked to create an education plan to follow with their mentors over the eight week program. Education plans may include how to cover labor reporting, writing punchier ledes or headlines, or how to incorporate multimedia into their reporting, among other ideas. Many journalists from across California have signed on as mentors. A full list is providedon our “Mentors” page:

Bay News Rising student profiles under construction. Check back soon!