Evan Wagstaff

I'm currently enrolled in the UC Berkeley Journalism Masters program, looking to obtain skills and experience required to pursue a career as a professional reporter. I'm a believer in interactive news, that when people interact with information and see the consequences of their choices, they better understand the complexities behind the issues at hand. I have chosen to specialize in new media for this reason, to acquire a skill set that will allow me to present users with an immersive interactive experience.

Education:

University of California Santa Barbara
September 2010 - June 2010
I graduated with a major in Global Studies with an emphasis in Western Europe, with a 3.7 cumulative GPA and a 3.84 GPA for classes in my department. I spent my junior year in Barcelona, Spain, as part of an immersion program, with all courses taken in either Spanish or Catalan.

Published Stories:

Think Oakland’s deficit is easy to fix? Use this to do it yourself
Oakland North
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, creates a Flash project for Oakland North in the style of a recent New York Times interactive. Users of the project can select items to cut from the Oakland budget to close a $32 million deficit for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
In Oakland mayoral race, Quan takes lead over Perata
Oakland North
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, gives a full report about the state of the Oakland mayoral race following an upset by city council member Jean Quan, who surged past former state senator Don Perata to a slight lead in a contentious election season.
Locals react as judge upholds ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ injunction
Oakland North
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, writes in Oakland North about the controversy surrounding the temporary repeal and prompt reinstatement of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Don Perata talks top issues, mayoral campaign finances
Oakland North
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, conducts an exclusive interview with Don Perata in this Q&A on Oakland North.
Dragon boat teams race through Bay waters
Oakland North
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, catches dragon boats in the waters by Treasure Island in a video for Oakland North.
Wal-Mart & Obama: Unlikely Allies in Health Reform
Calbuzz.com
Evan Wagstaff, class of 2012, writes on Calbuzz.com about President Obama's push for health care in 2009 and Wal-Mart's unexpected support for some aspects of his plan.

Awards:

Phi Beta Kappa member (June 2010)
I was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society based on academic performance.
CCMA Runner-Up Best Editorial (April 2010)
I received second place from the California College Media Association for an editorial piece about University of California budget cuts and their effect on the relationship between students and administrators.

Work Experience:

Editorial Intern
Homeland1.com and CorrectionsOne.com  - San Francisco CA  ( June 2010 - September 2010 )
As an editorial intern, I aggregated, edited, and published multimedia news of interest to first responders, uploaded articles and photos with Front Content, a content management system, and authored technical pieces under direction of senior editors.
Intern and writer
Calbuzz.com  - Online publication CA  ( June 2009 - September 2009 )
As an intern, I wrote several articles about local and national topics under supervision of supervision of Jerry Roberts, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle. I categorized articles on WordPress for easy user reference and implemented a Twitter feed to increase site traffic.
Opinion Editor
The Daily Nexus  - Santa Barbara CA  ( October 2006 - June 2010 )
I began at the Daily Nexus my first year at UC Santa Barbara and worked my way through several positions at the paper. I was a staff writer, desk assistant, and spent my final year running the opinion desk. As opinion editor, I guided weekly columnists, edited submissions, participated in staff editorials, and created layout for the page each day.

Skills:

  • Proficiency in Spanish

  • Experience with the Adobe suite, including Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Photoshop

  • Understanding of HTML, CSS, and web design components

Other Works: