Jannon Barrow

J.J. Barrow is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in May 2012.

After growing up in four different Bay Area cities, she considers the entire North Bay her "hometown." Her first reporting gig was in sixth grade for her elementary school newspaper. Since then, she's studied media critique and neighborhood public policy as an undergraduate, and developed a love for community journalism.

To practice working at the community level, she spent two summers in communications internships in Oakland, learning about issues like job accessibility, environmental justice, educational equity and incarceration. She aims to report the big picture realities of small places, such as individual streets and schools.

If she were not a journalist, she would hope to be either a rock star or a biologist. She hails from Fairfax, California.


UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
August 2010 - May 2012
Print, investigative and multimedia reporting.
University of California, Berkeley
August 2008 - May 2010
Media Studies & American Studies, "Neighborhoods & Public Policy" concentration.

Published Stories:

Ill Worker Fights Postal Service Over Toxic Mail
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Miami Herald, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, The Ledger of Lakeland, The Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News, Associated Press
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, and Trevor Aaronson investigate the case of a Florida postal worker who says he became seriously ill after handling a leaking package from Yemen. Story a collaboration between News21 at UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. (Print)
GeoTag Searches for More Local Search Engines to Sue
The Patent Examiner
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, reports on GeoTag's suits against websites with store or job locator search functions. (Print)
As iPhone 4S Debuts, Personal Audio LLC Sues Apple For the Third Time
The Patent Examiner
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, writes about Personal Audio LLC's cases against Apple over its audio players. (Print)
Occupy Berkeley Takes to the Streets
Berkeley Patch
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, follows Occupy Berkeley's first march. (Print & photos)
Track This (Litigation) Vehicle: ArrivalStar Has Filed More Than 100 Patent Lawsuits
The Patent Examiner
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, covers ArrivalStar's latest batch of patent lawsuits over vehicle tracking systems. (Print)
Berkeley Rose Garden Needs a Little Help From Its Friends
Berkeley Patch
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, finds out why a local landmark looks worse for the wear. (Print & photos)
West Street Pathway: The Berkeley School Fights Current Plan
Berkeley Patch
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, covers an ongoing community debate over extending a bicycle and pedestrian path in a four part series. (Print)
UC Berkeley Reacts to Tuition Increase
Berkeley Patch, Huffington Post College, Huffington Post San Francisco
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, interviews UC Berkeley campus-members after a 9.6 percent tuition increase was approved for the 2011-2012 school year. (Video)
Berkeley Celebrates Fourth of July at the Marina
Berkeley Patch
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, photographs the biggest Fourth of July celebration in Berkeley. (Photos)
San Francisco's Teacher Glut
Mission Loc@l, SF Public Press
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, compares teacher salaries in San Francisco Unified School District to the rest of the state. (Print)
When the Mission Ran With Rebels
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, interviews leaders of a solidarity movement for Central American revolutions that spanned the 1970s and '80s. (Print)
City’s Effort to Bridge the Digital Divide with Free Broadband Disappoints Many
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, checks up on San Francisco's free internet project for public housing residents. (Print)
The Story of the Most Fabulous Lights in the Mission
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, visits the biggest holiday display in the neighborhood for a Christmas day feature. (Print & photos)
Clipper: Big Brother's Best Friend?
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, investigates the privacy issues surrounding the Bay Area's increasingly prevalent transportation smart card. (Print)
Six Hours on the 49
Muni Diaries
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, captures six hours in the life of a 49-line San Francisco Muni bus on Van Ness and Mission streets. (Photos)
NaNoWriMo: The Final Countdown
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, catches up with National Novel Writing Month participants who succeeded to write 50,000 words in 30 days. (Print)
Everybody Looks and Nobody Smiles: A Wheelchair User's Commute
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, follows a wheelchair expert on his commute across San Francisco to test the accessibility of public transportation. (Print)
West of the Wonder Wheel
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, visits the miniature set of an upcoming stop-motion film. (Video)
Before the Bus Stops
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, captures the scene at Mission District bus stops. (Photos)
On the Bus: Prop G
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow and Mallika Menon, class of 2012, examine the work of Muni drivers in light of a San Francisco proposition to change their work rules, wage agreement and benefits. (Print)
Bike Valets: The Latest San Francisco Service Industry
Mission Loc@l
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, profiles volunteers who operate the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's bike parking service. (Print)
Hyphy Juice? An implausible wave of supercharged energy beverages
The Echo Times
J.J. Barrow, class of 2012, takes a look at energy drinks in student culture. (Print)


Reva and David Logan Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting (April 2012)
Mark Felt Scholar in Investigative Reporting, 2011 - 2012 (August 2011)
Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Scholarship, 2011 (June 2011)
IDEAL Scholar, UC Berkeley, 2008 - 2010 (August 2008)
John L. Wasserman Memorial Scholarship, 2008 (August 2008)

Work Experience:

News21  - Berkeley CA  ( May 2012 -  )
Summer 2012 investigative reporting internship at UC Berkeley.
Breaking History  - Berkeley CA  ( November 2011 -  )
Part of team to start beta news project to give rich (and often hilarious or surprising) historical context to the latest headlines and happenings.
Web Contributor
The Patent Examiner  - Berkeley CA  ( September 2011 - May 2012 )
Helped launch Investigative Reporting Program website following tech-sector patent litigation. Contributes stories on newly-filed lawsuits.
Graduate Student Reader, Media Studies Department
UC Berkeley  - Berkeley CA  ( August 2011 - May 2012 )
Assisted History of Journalism course in Fall 2011, and Understanding Journalism in Spring 2012.
Reporter, Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Intern
Berkeley Patch  - Berkeley CA  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
General assignment reporter. Participated in Dow Jones News Fund multimedia training at Western Kentucky University. Served as Berkeley Patch guest editor for a week. Work appeared on multiple Patch sites, and two Huffington Post websites.
Mission Loc@l  - San Francisco CA  ( August 2010 - May 2011 )
Transportation beat reporter with forays into arts & culture. Served as a section editor for the Winter 2010 print edition. Contributed to Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 Mark of Excellence award-winning work.
Communications & New Media Intern
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights  - Oakland CA  ( June 2010 - August 2010 )
Worked to expand and update the organization's presence via online networks and social media. Contributed to communications planning in busy pre-election season.
Online Communications Intern
Green For All  - Oakland CA  ( May 2009 - July 2009 )
Wrote news blog entries and maintained social networking presence in the midst of Waxman-Markey climate change bill efforts. Conducted Web 2.0 research project.
Reporter & Webmaster
The Echo Times  - Kentfield CA  ( August 2007 - May 2008 )
Wrote college news and features, contributed copy editing and photos. Created "web editions" of issues and monitored web traffic received. Moderated message boards and article comments. Aided computer use in the newsroom and troubleshooted problems.


  • Experience with Mac and Windows computers, Microsoft Office, Flash, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and Fireworks image editing software. HTML and CSS coding knowledge, plus experience using WordPress, Plone, College Publisher and other web content managers.