NSLC: utopian community?

BERKELEY, Calif. — Students are told to walk into a room and pick up a name tag with either the name Schroeder, Charlie Brown, Snoopy or Woodstock, and then to find the rest of their groups, spread out across the room. The floor is divided with tape into four unequal parts: Imagine a large rectangle divided…

Around the World at NSLC

BERKELEY, Calif. — At the National Student Leadership Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, there are 116 students attending the communications sessions. Of those, 12 are visiting from other countries— Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Panama and Sweden. Brian Vu, 17, is one of them. He hails from Ontario, Canada, and…

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…

The beginning of the end as NSLC comes to a close

For three years, NSLC has been my life. For the past summer, professional newswriting has worked its way into that life, as I’ve had to privilege to work with three inredibly talented professionals in guiding the talents and aspirations of dozens of students. Professional newswriting is not an earned skill; it’s a learned one and…

Major League swag

OAKLAND, Calif. — On Aug. 9, sportswriting and broadcasting students witnessed a thrilling game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels. Before the game, these sports enthusiasts received press passes and the opportunity to stand behind home plate and interview Jerry Blevins, a relief pitcher for the Oakland A’s. Once the game started,…

Organic goodness in the heart of Berkeley

When we arrived on our 54-passenger charter bus, the first thing we noticed about Berkeley’s Farmers’ Market were the tents. Clean, white canopies, numbering in the dozens, lined Center Avenue and stretched up to Martin Luther King Way. Each enclosure housed a series of organic treats, ranging from freshly picked fruits and vegetables to oysters…

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…