j wolfJosh Wolf has had a rough journalistic career to say the least. In 2006 he set the record for being jailed in federal prison longer than any other journalist in U.S. history for protecting source materials (he refused to turn over his video footage of a “protester being choked by a police officer and other officers threatening passers-by with stun guns”). There was also question of whether he was a journalist or just an “activist with a camera.” read more »

3032378977_cf0b28a702If you’re reading this, you probably know that newspapers are going through some rough times. Who needs “Rock of Love” when all the tension and nail-biting drama can be found in the newspaper industry?

In fact, Berkeley’s J-School (Graduate School of Journalism, for the uninitiated) is sponsoring a series of events this semester about the media.

Want a taste? On Oct. 26, they’re showing a docudrama. What’s more, “this docudrama will focus on four young university students as they follow their dream to build a robot that will win the annual robot competition (ROBOCON) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.” Come on, you gotta want a piece of that action!

On Nov. 4, there will be a talk by Scott Rosenberg entitled “We Are All Bloggers Now.” (Oh Rosenberg, you have no idea.) And there’s much, much more.

Still unimpressed? On Oct. 21, Greg Winter, foreign editor of the NEW YORK FREAKING TIMES, gave a talk about international news in the digital age. Here are a few things we learned: read more »


j-schoolIf J schools have heart strings, then UC Berkeley’s have been pulled, stretched and tangled far past the point of breaking. After having one suitor icily retract her acceptance, and then a year later regathering its pride upon receiving a massive applicant pool, only to have the three front runners bail at the last minute, Berkeley’s Graduate school of Journalism probably exhaled palmward a few times to check for institutional halitosis. After all this, on Thursday they finally settled on Neil Henry, who (ironically?) hadn’t actually applied. Somehow this seems like yet another burn; we’re just not sure to whom. read more »

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the J-School’s oldest nemesis, the nonexistent dean. For those who’ve been following the search for the Graduate School of Journalism’s dean, you’ll remember the three finalists

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from an application pool of nearly as many days as there are in a year (we’re not sure how to count a fourth of a person).

Spoiler alert: All three of the last contenders dropped out. read more »

UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is already hot stuff, one of the best in the nation. But something beautiful happened yesterday.

The J-School got the big cheese: It received the George Polk Award for radio reporting. That may mean nothing to you (mind you, we were about to golf-clap it off), but it’s a big deal, considering that the award normally goes to reporters from serious news corporations, like The New York Times or NBC News. Our babies are still in school, and they still tore it up–the first time for any journalism school.

The award-winning story, titled “Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet,” addresses global warming. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us?

It’s just us. (And the globe.)

The J-School team traveled around the world, to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Andes, Bangladesh and Canada. The students focused on the political, social and environmental impacts of the signs of global warming.

“This (climate change) is an important, and under-told story — not the issue of global warming itself necessarily, but looking at how people in places around the world are impacted right now, in their everyday lives, by either actual or expected changes, and what they do to respond,” said Alexandra Berzon, now a writer with Red Herring magazine.

Previous winners include O.G.’s such as Walter Cronkite, Thomas Friedman, Seymour Hersh and Ted Koppel.

Reporting On Global Warming Honored [Daily Cal]
Cal J-School Snags Top Award, Makes History [The East Bay Express]
Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet [Salon]