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 first class of BNR  features a mix of City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University students. To view a reporter’s full profile and body of work (from this program only) please click “View Work” or “read more.”

 Class of Summer 2012

Marianna Barrera
Mariana Barrera – View WorkContact Me

After a family emergency, and a series of unexpected events, my mother had to travel to Mexico where I was born on July 2, 1992. Forty days later, we came back to California and I met my father for the first time. I grew up in Salinas with my mom Jennie, my dad Edgar, and my older brother Luis. As far back as I … (read more)

Sara BloombergSara Bloomberg – View WorkContact Me

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. Her other interests include photography, bicycling and cooking up a storm in the kitchen… (read more)

Andy SweetAndy Sweet – View WorkContact Me

I’m 23, 24 in July. I am a photojournalism major and a humanities minor at SFSU. I should be graduating in the spring of 2013. I have been living in San Francisco and going to school here since the fall of 09. Originally I am from Thousand Oaks, in the LA area. When I graduated high school I backpacked through   … (read more)

Catherine LeeCatherine Lee – View WorkContact Me

Ms. Catherine Lee is a writer, editor, and community organizer in San Francisco. Catherine is focused on the diverse and sociologically rich events in the SF Bay Area. She is exceptionally interested in the confluence of art, culture, and social movements. Scribbling in notebooks since she was nine, publishing  … (read more)

Rosie LinaresRosie Linares – View WorkContact Me

Rosie Linares is a third year student at San Francisco State University majoring in journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. … (read more)

Peter HernandezPeter Hernandez – View WorkContact Me

My name is Peter Hernandez. I am 21, a Mission district resident, a journalist, a musician, an avid cook, and a purveyor of San Francisco’s finest bike routes. I moved here from San José in 2010. I decided upon journalism when I realized it was a device through which I could dabble in the myriad of life   … (read more)

Jessica SchimmJessica Schimm – View WorkContact Me

Jessica Schimm is a third year journalism student at San Francisco State University. She is the founding editor of the Her Campus San Francisco branch and is looking forward to taking on the role of social media editor in the fall for the school newspaper. Jessica would love to work for a lifestyle    … (read more)

Shane MenezShane Menez – View WorkContact Me

I’ve been attending City College of San Francisco part time with an undecided major. Joining an intro to photojournalism class head on, made me realize photography is what I wanted to do.   … (read more)

Maggie Rose OrtinsMaggie Rose Ortins – View WorkContact Me

Maggie Rose Ortins is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She is a student at San Francisco State University.   … (read more)

Angela PennyAngela Penny – View WorkContact Me

Angela Penny is a 4th generation San Franciscan with a BA from Berkeley and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School. She worked at Time Inc., Hearst New Media, Salon, and About, primarily as a marketing executive. She spent two years working as a post production manager for “The Dr. Phil Show.” She has   … (read more)

Augustine WittkowerAugustine Wittkower – View WorkContact Me

I was born in the Bay area, and I grew up in Seattle, WA. I went to an arts-focused high school in Seattle, and in San Francisco. I’ve been pursuing filmmaking, photography, and writing since I begun the 8th grade, and those interests are shaping the direction I’d like to take my career. I left high  … (read more)

Brian RinkerBrian Rinker – View WorkContact Me

Brian Rinker is an award-winning journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned an associate degree in journalism from the City College of San Francisco before transferring to SF State where he currently is seeking a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Brian reports on a wide range of  … (read more)

Sergio BarennoSergio Barreno – View WorkContact Me

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Jessica WorthingtonJessica Worthington – View WorkContact Me

Jessica Worthington is a freelance photojournalist with an interest in contemporary issues, foreign conflicts and human rights issues. She transferred into the journalism program at San Francisco State with a purpose of bringing awareness and creating change through documenting people and issues that   … (read more)

Joe FitzgeraldJoe Fitzgerald – View WorkContact Me – Twitter @FitztheReporter

Joe Fitzgerald is a born and bred San Franciscan covering his beloved hometown. 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. He’s also an adviser in the new summer mentorship  … (read more)