January 2005 Contents: Upcoming Events at the J-school Other Upcoming Bay Area events Upcoming Alumni events

: San Francisco Upcoming Alumni events: Washington, DC Watch the new season of FRONTLINE/World with work of four J-school Alums! Professional Opportunities, Grants, Job Fairs and Workshops Admissions Interviewers Needed/ College Visits Alumni News Bay Area Alums: Come audit courses at the J-school this spring! New and Improved Online Alumni database =========================================== ======== Upcoming J-School Events: Wednesday, January 26 6:30pm - 7:30pm, North Gate Library, UC Berkeley The Creation of The Media: Paul Starr Paul Starr is Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and coeditor of The American Prospect. He is the author of The Social Transformation of American Medicine, winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, Bancroft Prize in American History, C. Wright Mills Award, and James Hamilton Prize of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Professor Starr's new book, The Creation of the Media, is scheduled for publication by Basic Books in March 2004. A study of the shaping of communications in Europe and the United States from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, the book argues that political decisions from the founding of the republic led to America's comparative advantage in communications and to the American media's considerable power. Professor Starr has written extensively on American society, politics, and public policy. In 1990, with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, he co-founded The American Prospect, a liberal magazine about politics, policy, and ideas. Published quarterly in its early years, the magazine now appears monthly and has a print circulation of more than 50,000 as well as two active websites: http://www.prospect.org and http://www.movingideas.org. Introduction by Mark Danner, Professor at the Graduate School of

Journalism **No tickets required. Please check out our Web site for full event details and an archive of past events: http://journalism.berkeley.edu/events/ =========================================== ======== Other Bay Area Events: Wednesday, January 12 6:30pm-8:30 pm, Gordon Biersch Brewery, 2 Harrison Street , San Francisco SPJ's Monthly Mixer with Chance Martin and Doug Ferrari Get a new view of San Francisco's infamous homelessness crisis at SPJ NorCal's January mixer. Chance Martin, editor of San Francisco'sStreet Sheet, will talk about its unique perspective in covering homelessness issues, usually written by writers with first-person experience. San Francisco's Street Sheet is the oldest street newspaper worldwide, and has broken numerous stories since its launch 16 years ago, including an investigation of a lavish expense account run up by a homeless center director who was also cutting budgets for an indigent food program. That coverage resulted in the director's dismissal. A 2001 story, called "Blood on the Clownsuit" publicized the homeless plight of famed comedian Doug Ferrari, which led to Chronicle coverage and then Ferrari's friends coming to his aid. Now back on the comedy circuit, Ferrari and his wife Beth Ferrari are the brains behind a new political humor column in Street Sheet that will be written, on an alternating basis, by various San Francisco comedians. **RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP: Bernice_Yeung@dailyjournal.com =========================================== ======== Upcoming Alumni events-San Francisco: Tuesday, January 25 6 pm-7 pm, Bay Area Jschool Alumni Happy Hour 7 pm-9 pm, Mediabistro All Media Party 111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna, San Francisco

Bay Area Alumni Happy Hour with Mediabistro What better time than the start of a new year to catch up with old Jschool friends and get to know new ones? This is the first SF alumni event that's part of our new deal with Mediabistro.com to have parties and gatherings for UC Berkeley J-school alumni in many cities where we're located. The happy hour is a private party just for us Northgate alums (and our guests). Admission is free and drinks are at happy hour prices. Mickey Butts, who is the alumni board's fearless leader, will be hosting the event, greeting alumni and making introductions. ** RSVP to http://www.ersvp.com/reply/sfalumni

=========================================== ======== Upcoming Alumni events-Washington, DC: Thursday, January 13 6 pm-7 pm, DC area Alumni Happy Hour 7 pm-9 pm, Mediabistro All Media Party Stetson's 1610 U St., NW, Washington, DC Happy Hour for DC area Alumni What better time than the start of a new year to catch up with old Jschool friends and get to know new ones? You can do just that at our DC Alumni Happy Hour. This is the first DC alumni event that's part of our new deal with Mediabistro.com to have parties and gatherings for UC Berkeley J-school alumni in many cities where we're located. The happy hour is a private party just for Northgate alums (and our guests). Admission is free and drinks are at happy hour prices. From 7 pm - 9 pm, the party opens up to journalists from all over the area as we are joined by Mediabistro's All-Media Party. So stay and schmooze with other media folks, have some more drinks and have more fun. **RSVP at http://www.ersvp.com/reply/dcalumni =========================================== ======== Watch the new season of FRONTLINE/World with work of four Jschool Alums!

The work of three recent J-school graduates will be featured nationally on FRONTLINE/World Tuesday, January 1, 10 pm on KQED, Channel 9 in the Bay Area. (If you live outside the Bay Area, please consult your local PBS listings to locate FRONTLINE/World air schedule for your area.) PBS's international newsmagazine returns for a fourth season with a report on the dangers of covering the war in Iraq, where fifty-four journalists have already been killed during the conflict. The constant barrage of car bombings, ambushes, kidnappings, and beheadings have turned much of the country into a "no go zone" for reporters. FRONTLINE/World cameras follow reporters as they try to do their job and survive in the mayhem of Iraq. Also featured: a dramatic, closeup look at the war in Sudan's Darfur region including interviews with rebel army leaders and the African peacekeeping troops trying to end the killings. Cassandra Herrman, MJ'01, "The Quick and the Terrible" This 24-minute story on the humanitarian and political crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, where over 70,000 have died in what the U.S. calls genocide. This is Casey's fourth story for the series. Serene Fang & Monica Lam, both MJ'04, "Silenced" Co-Produced and photographed by Monica Lam, "Silenced" is a report on the Muslim Uighur minority in western China, and a journalist's nightmare Serene experienced trying to cover the story. A longer version of their TV story will appear on the FRONTLINE/World web site as well. Both the Sudan and China stories were edited at the FRONTLINE office at the Journalism school. Brent McDonald, MJ'04, "Toward Justice" In the spring of 2004, FRONTLINE/World Fellow Brent McDonald followed UC Berkeley anthropologist Beatriz Manz to Central America to uncover the history of a village that was caught in the crossfire of Guatemala's civil war. His FRONTLINE/World Fellows project on Guatemala was launched on the FRONTLINE/World web site in December: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/guatemala/index.html. About FRONTLINE/World fellows program: The Fellows program is designed to encourage curiosity and creative thinking about the world, foster personal narrative and journalistic voice, and reward intelligent, genuinely innovative work. All FRONTLINE/World Fellow stories will receive the same hands-on mentoring and stringent editorial scrutiny as do stories currently

published on the FRONTLINE/World Web site or broadcast on the FRONTLINE/World television series. Take a look at the official site for more information and stories: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/

=========================================== ======== Professional Opportunities, Grants, Job Fairs and Workshops Seeking Camera and Audio operators at the World Social Forum, January 26-31 Daniela Broitman, MJ '00, is living in Brazil, working as an independent filmmaker, producing and directing documentaries on the World Social Forum (WSF). She's seeking volunteers who are good camera and audio operators, and will be going to the WSF in Porto Alegre (26 to 31 of January) to be part of her crew. If you are interested, please contact her at: daniela@videoforum.tv. For more info on the project: http://www.videoforum.tv Friday, February 4 Hyatt San Jose, San Jose, CA ASNE 2005 Diversity Job Fair The American Society of Newspaper Editors Diversity Job Fair is an outstanding opportunity for you to meet recruiters from national and regional newspapers in face-to-face interviews. Explore the many professional career opportunities and internships available.Cost: $35 if registered by Jan. 19. Includes one free night double-occupancy accommodation at the conference hotel to the first 30 registered students traveling a distance of 75 miles or more. Also includes luncheon with keynote speaker Joe Grimm, recruitment editor of the Detroit Free Press, and resume critiques. Final registration Deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005. For more information: Contact Melissa Jordan, phone: (408) 920-5708; E-mail: mjordan@mercurynews.com Saturday and Sunday, February 19-20 Better Watchdogs:Investigative Reporting on the Beat Better Watchdog Workshops, presented by IRE and SPJ, teach journalists how to do investigative and enterprise reporting while covering a beat and emphasize the use of freedom-of-information laws in the pursuit of these stories. The workshops specifically serve

journalists from small- to medium-sized print and broadcast organizations.Training materials include IRE's Beat Book series and SPJ's Open Doors handbook for reporters,funded by the SDX Foundation. Introductory: Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet, for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, and Census data. Also learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Intermediate: If you can comfortably move around, write a formula and import information into a spreadsheet, this is the session for you. This hands-on workshop will help reporters use Microsoft Access to delve into databases for more in-depth stories. The session will cover searching a database, summarizing and sorting data, and importing information into a database. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.ire.org/cgi-bin/secure-form.cgi?form=sacramento. Sponsored by The Sacramento Bee. March 6-13 "Covering Indian Country: Native American Issues in the 21st Century" "The People, The Issues and The Journalism" will be the focus of this special traveling expenses-paid seminar which will take up to 25 professional journalists on a multi-state journey from the nation's capital into the heart of "Indian Country." This unique seminar will integrate traditional classroom seminar presentations with on-site visits to tribal lands in California and New Mexico. Fellows will explore such topics as sovereignty, Native American health, housing and education issues, as well as resource management, economic development and gaming with academic, governmental and private sector experts. Who should apply: Reporters and editors specializing in coverage of such issues as demographics, natural resources, health, gaming, federal and state government, cultural heritage, labor and economics from print, broadcast and online news organizations. Fellowships (valued at $3,500) include transportation during the seminar, lodging, meals and instruction. In addition, the WKC will subsidize one-half of travel to and from the seminar to a maximum of $300. The Western Knight Center is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is a joint project of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Deadline is January 14, 2005. How to Apply: Application forms are available at http://www.WKConline.org. Apps should include: Completed application forms; strong letter of recommendation from supervising editor that includes commitment to pay fellow's salary and

non-fellowship expenses; three samples of professional work (photocopies or archival links are acceptable). Applications will be accepted online or by email as long as hard copies of online applications are received no later January 19, 2005. Sponsored by the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism USC Annenberg School for Communication in partnership with The Native American Journalists Association. Sidney Hillman Foundation to Honor Social Justice Journalism The Sidney Hillman Foundation ( http://www.hillmanfoundation.org/ ) is now accepting nominations for the 2005 Sidney Hillman Awards honoring journalism that investigates issues related to social justice and progressive public policy. The Hillman Award categories for 2005 will include Books (nonfiction), Newspaper Reporting, Magazine Reporting, Film and Broadcast Journalism (including television and radio), and Photojournalism. The 2005 awards will be given for work produced, published, or exhibited in 2004. Editors, photo editors, producers, reporters, and authors are invited to submit nominations throughout the year. Winners will be awarded a $2,000 prize and a plaque. Deadline: February 15, 2005 International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2005 International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. The program is a four-month fellowship aimed at improving the quality of international news in the U.S. media.The program combines 10 weeks of study in Washington, DC. and five weeks of individual overseas reporting.Each year, two groups of U.S. journalists are selected as IRP Fellows. The journalists choose their own overseas project and offer the stories they produce to their news organizations or to other media. Stories by previous Fellows are available at http://www.journalismfellowships.org. The program is based at SAIS, one of the country's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located in downtown Washington, the school enrolls more than 450 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 9,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. Deadline: April 1, 2005 for the program beginning in September 2005. For more information, call (202) 6637761, fax (202) 663-7762 or email irp@jhu.edu. NOTE: Two J-school alumni will be doing January 2005 fellowships. They are: Aryn Baker, MJ 2001, associate editor of TIME Asia in Hong Kong and Kelly Whalen, MJ 2001, freelance documentarian in Oakland. Aryn will be traveling to Pakistan, and Kelly will be traveling to

Russia. And remember to visit the J-school's J-jobs Web site for listings of professional opportunities: http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/ =========================================== ======== Admissions Interviewers It's hard to believe but it's almost that time of the year... We would like to thank all alumni who have volunteered their time in the past to interview prospective students. If you would like to interview for the Fall 2005 admission cycle, please send an e-mail to Marisa Mariscal at mariscal@berkeley.edu. Interviews take place from mid-January through April, and we are looking for interviewers all over the world, including here in the Bay Area. Recruitment Visits We are also looking for alumni who would be interested in visiting college newspapers and/or college radio/TV stations in their area; our outreach efforts only goes so far. We will do the research and find the correct contacts at local colleges and universities, so that you can coordinate a visit to meet with prospective students, give a brief introduction to the program and talk about your experience at the JSchool. If you are interested in helping out, please send an e-mail to Marisa Mariscal at mariscal@berkeley.edu. =========================================== ======== Alumni News: Steve Linde, MJ 1986, is the night editor of The Jerusalem Post (a post he's had for eight years), and director of Israel Radio's English News. Karen Brown, MJ 1996, is a health reporter for WFCR, the NPR-affiliate in Amherst, MA. She lives with her husband (an ethnomusicologist) and six-year-old twins, Sam and Lucy. This fall, she produced her second full-length radio documentary -- The Wild Child: Coping with a Bipolar Youth -- which is making the rounds in the public radio world. You can hear it at http://www.wfcr.org/features/wild_child.php. Mark Hummels, MJ 1997, has worked as a reporter for five years for the Santa Fe New Mexican, but left journalism three years ago to

attend law school at the University of Arizona. He earned his law degree last spring, then placed first in the state out of hundreds of his peers on the Arizona bar exam in July, 2004. He is now clerking for Arizona State Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurtwitz, and will join a Phoenix law firm in September, 2005. Denis Devine, MJ 2004, is working as the assistant editorial page editor at the North County Times in Escondido, CA (returning to the place he was quite happy at before J-school, though better job and pay.) He writes editorials and opinion pieces for this 100,000 circulation daily covering the northern half of San Diego County, as well as soliciting, collecting and editing syndicated and local guest columns amid sundry other tasks. Any alums are welcome to submit guest editorials/interesting work -- on local issues only, sorry to report -- to Denis at ddevine@nctimes.com. Jessica Ravitz, MJ 2004, spent the summer with The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA. She then headed off to Salt Lake City, UT, where she's now an education reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune and honing her ice-scraping skills. Interested skiers are welcome to crash on her newly purchased Aerobed. Wedding plans remain on hold. Thanks for all of your updates: Keep them coming! And remember you can look up contact information for your classmates in the alumni database. Please send all updates to our alumni email address: ucbjalum@berkeley.edu =========================================== ======== Bay Area Alums: Come audit courses at the J-school this spring! The J-School is inviting alumni to audit classes at the school this spring. Alumni can come back to North Gate, free of charge, to audit classes in everything from new media to magazine writing. <Please note that certain courses are restricted to degree candidates. Alumni will be admitted on a space available basis, at the discretion of the instructor.> The 2005 spring semester course schedule and descriptions are available online at http://journalism.berkeley.edu/program/#Curriculum

For more information about how you can participate, send an email to Michele Rabin at rabinm@berkeley.edu. =========================================== ======== New and Improved Online Alumni Database Be sure to check out the new and improved online alumni database with increased functionality (you can now search by city, state, zip code, or employer). http://journalism.berkeley.edu/alumni/db/ If you need a password or login to access the online database, please send an email to ucbjalum@berkeley.edu.




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