Paul Grabowicz

Teaching Professor and Bloomberg Chair in Journalism


Paul Grabowicz is Teaching Professor and Bloomberg Journalism Chair and directs the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. He teaches classes in introductory and advanced multimedia reporting, web skills and researching public records. A professional journalist for more than 25 years, he spent most of his career as the investigative reporter at The Oakland Tribune. He also served as night city editor and acting city editor and developed an early prototype of a website for the paper in 1996 (it was rejected). He is co-author of "California Inc.," a book about how the entrepreneurial spirit shaped the politics, culture and economy of California, and has written extensively about issues in online journalism and digital technology. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, he began his journalism career in 1973 working for local papers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Bay Guardian. He has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Esquire magazine, The Village Voice, Newsday the Online Journalism Review and Nieman Reports. In 1995 he started setting up the New Media Program at the Graduate School of Journalism. He pioneered teaching classes in new media topics ranging from entrepreneurial journalism and business models for online news in 1999 (in collaboration with the Haas School of Business) and blogging by journalists in 2002, to mobile reporting in 2004 and journalism video games in 2006 (in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Architecture Department). He was the driving force in creating the Knight Digital Media Center in 2006 at the school, which provides multimedia training for mid-career journalists and other professionals. He also has served as associate dean and assistant dean at the school.


California, Inc.

co-authored by Joel Kotkin

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