News, sports classes produce website and standups

Field trips capped the Discover the World of Communication/NSLC programs for students in two classes — Professional Newswriting and Sportswriting and Broadcasting. News students visited the San Francisco Chronicle, where students learned about the history of the paper from Jennifer Blot, assistant to the executive editor and vice president. Blot talked about how two teenage…

Under the stars at the ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO — Reporters for the Teen Observer talked to fans at at the Aug. 1 Giants vs. Mets game. Here are a few of their stories: Giants games bring people out for all different reasons, but what made coming out to the Giants vs. the Mets game so special? For Ed Peterson, attending the…

Coverage starts with behind-the-scenes tour

Students got a behind-the-scenes tour at Chez Panisse on Thursday, with Alice Waters’ assistant, Varun Mehra, leading them through the restaurant and cafe kitchens, dining areas, butcher shop and even the composting and recycling center in the back. The restaurant, which celebrates its 41st year on Aug. 28th, will be the focus of several upcoming…

Berkeley workshop starts with the basics

The staff of the Teen Observer — 16 students in Professional Newswriting — started the day with an overview of the basics of reporting and editing. They interviewed their peers, then fact-checked their notes with the interviewees, and talked about what constitutes news. This is the fourth year of the journalistic workshops at UC-Berkeley, and…

Bay area news

Students from around the world will be reporting and writing news features from the San Francisco Bay area this week and next. The 19 high schoolers will write about the Berkeley farmers’ markets, Giants baseball, traditional, for-profit publications  (San Francisco Chronicle) and new non-profit models (the Bay Citizen). Interviews will range from people on the…

Every dog has its day – aside

What entertains 97 degree summer heat, sweaty gardeners, construction workers and enough food to feed a vegetarian army? Need another hint? It was a World War II  temporary office building and established in 1974. [Read more]

Not the same – aside

Not all baseball parks are the intimate, old-fashioned parks that made baseball the iconic American pastime that it has become. In recent years some parks have received a whole new look, and although the parks may be able to accommodate more people, that increase in seats have left those who are higher up in the…

Our focus: food

Stories about food, nutrition and the first lady’s plan to fight obesity among young people will be one area of focus for this summer’s students in the Discover the World of Communication program at American University. We’ll be sharpening our interviewing, reporting and writing skills. Follow us throughout the coming month both in Washington and…