Paul Grabowicz

Senior Lecturer and Bloomberg Chair in Journalism  |   510-642-3310  |   E-Mail

Paul Grabowicz is Senior Lecturer 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, designing and developing online news packages, 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

Published Stories & Highlights:

Taxonomy of Digital Story Packages
New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz writes about how to categorize online story packages according to the various forms in which they are presented or the dominant types of media used in the narratives.
Picking the Right Media for a Story
New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz writes about how to select the right media - video, photos, audio, graphics, maps or text - for the type of story you're producing.
The Transition To Digital Journalism
New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz writes about the major digital trends and tools that are changing the way journalists do their jobs.
Blogging on J-School Video Game Project
Idea Lab weblog

New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz posted updates on the "Saving 7th Street" video game project to the Idea Lab weblog. The game is a collaboration of J-School and Architecture students to re-create Oakland's old 7th Street jazz and blues club scene as a virtual world.

Oakland Jazz & Blues Clubs Video Game
3D Visualisation in the Arts Network

New Media Program Director Paul Grabowicz writes in an article for the 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network about a class project by the Journalism School and the Architecture School to do a video game recreation of Oakland's famed jazz and blues club scene of the 1940s and 1950s.

Privacy Practices and Policies at Online Publications
Journalism Studies

For Journalism Studies, Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz co-authored an article about a research project on how media company Web sites deal with privacy issues like the use of browser cookies.

The Inconvenient Boss
Poynter Online

In an essay published at Poynter Online, Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz honors Leroy Aarons, crusading former Oakland Tribune editor, who died November 28, 2004.

E-Media Tidbits
E-Media Tidbits

Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz was a contributor to the group Weblog E-Media Tidbits.

Weblogs Bring Journalists into a Larger Community
Nieman Reports

In an article in the Fall 2003 Nieman Reports, Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz writes about how Weblogs could help restore the media's credibility with the public.

Points to Click
Online Journalism Review

Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz wrote a regular column in the Online Journalism Review on Internet resources for journalists.

Privacy Polices at Online Media Sites
Online Journalism Review

For the Online Journalism Review, Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz writes about a Ford-Foundation-funded study on which he was co-investigator.

Basic Skills and Emerging Issues in Journalism
Nieman Reports

In the Winter 2002 Nieman Reports, Adjunct Professor Paul Grabowicz writes about lessons learned from a class he co-taught on Weblogs.