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. To see more about the program, visit

The following advisors are available to students throughout the eight week summer program.

Kat Anderson
BNR Project Director/Freelance Unit Member
Kat Anderson is a labor and employment attorney as well as Executive Editor of Fog City Journal. She is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521. Ms. Anderson graduated with a degree in political science from Stanford University and obtained her law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law. She worked in private practice for most of her legal career. In 2010, Ms. Anderson ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and she continues to serve her community as a volunteer on several boards including the board auxiliary of City College of San Francisco. Her philanthropy at the colleges has given her the unique opportunity to meet with journalism department heads and students, sparking the idea of setting up a summer program for journalism students.

Rebecca Rosen Lum
BNR Editor-in-Chief
Rebecca Rosen Lum is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. After graduating from SFSU, she interned at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she covered the Northern California timber wars and other stories. She reported on demographics, culture and the census for the Marin Independent-Journal. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Richmond for the Contra Costa Times, and won two John Swett awards for her education reporting. Most recently, she wrote about faith and culture for the Times. She chairs the CWA’s first guild unit for freelance journalists and is webmaster at

Carl Hall
BNR Project Advisor
Carl T. Hall is a longtime journalist and union organizer. He serves as Executive Officer of the Pacific Media Workers Guild. He worked as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1987 until 2007. Hall has been an active organizer, member and officer of unions throughout his working career. He was lead organizer of a successful organizing campaign at his first newspaper, The Rutland Herald.
In 1993, Hall went on leave from the Chronicle news staff to serve as lead organizer during 1993-1994 contract negotiations, which culminated in a strike in November 1994. The 11-day work stoppage by the Conference of Newspaper Unions is regarded as one of the most successful strikes in the history of the Guild, producing long-term contracts for more than 2,200 union members. The strike included creation of the San Francisco Free Press, whose internet editions were the first online strike publication by any union.

Luke Thomas
Photojournalist/Editor/Publisher-Fog City Journal, BNR Project Advisor
Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who hails from London, England. Upon his return to the US from traveling abroad, Thomas returned to college to study photojournalism and to pursue a career in journalism. In September 2006, Thomas launched, an independent online news blog covering politics as well as general and breaking news events.
The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, SFMagazine, 7×7, SF Examiner, SF Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work.

Luther Jackson
Outside Project Advisor
Luther Jackson is economic stimulus manager at NOVA, the federally-funded workforce board based in Sunnyvale, CA. While at NOVA, Jackson has been responsible for managing a series of regional labor market studies, including the “Research Study of Workforce Dislocation Among San Francisco Bay Area Journalists,” released on April 18, 2011. Prior to joining NOVA in 2009, Jackson was executive officer of the San Jose Newspaper Guild/CWA Local 39098 for over 13 years. He was a reporter at the Detroit Free Press from 1979 to 1990.

Yumi Wilson
Outside Project Advisor
Yumi Wilson is an associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, where she teaches a variety of writing courses. She is currently serving as acting chair of the Journalism Department. Yumi is a graduate of Journalism and International Relations from USC in 1990. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from USF in 2007. She was a reporter and editor at various publications, including the Associated Press and San Francisco Chronicle. In 2008, she published Cablinasian, a literary essay exploring multiracial identity in The Truth about the Fact, an international journal at Loyola Marymount College. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Yumi is an “Army brat” who moved around the world until she was 18. She now calls the Bay Area her home.

Joe Fitzgerald
Student Advisor
Joe Fitzgerald is a born and bred San Franciscan who found a way to protect his beloved city through reporting. Having studied journalism as a reporter and Editor for City College of San Francisco’s “The Guardsman,” he’s covered everything from education issues to homicides. His role in the summer program as student advisor is to serve as a voice for student needs, and provide the student perspective in structuring the workshops.
When he’s not reporting, he’s teaching; Fitzgerald is in his seventh year as an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts High School, giving post-production video workshops in their Media department.

Sara Bloomberg
Student Advisor
Originally from San Diego, Sara Bloomberg is currently studying journalism at City College of San Francisco and has a background in Politics and Language Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She became more acutely aware of labor, sweatshop and environmental issues as an undergraduate student in Santa Cruz and in 2011 decided to pursue a career in journalism.
Ms. Bloomberg has lived in San Francisco since 2009 and is an editor and reporter for City College of San Francisco’s newspaper, The Guardsman — and is particularly interested in investigative and enterprise journalism.