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Course Curriculum

New Media Faculty


Paul Grabowicz (Senior Lecturer and Bloomberg Chair in Journalism)

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.

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 and blogging by journalists in 2002, to mobile reporting in 2004 and journalism video games in 2006.

Richard Koci Hernandez (Assistant Professor)

KOCI HERNANDEZ, RICHARD is a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his executive producer work on the Mercury News video entitled, Uprooted. In 2003, Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award. His work for the Mercury News has earned him two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Richard was named deputy director of photography and multimedia after spearheading the creation of He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University,USC Annenberg School for Communication, National Press Photographers Association, The Southern Short Course, National Association for Hispanic Journalists and National Association for Black Journalists, and TEDTalks (Master Class). Koci-Hernandez is a San Francisco State University journalism graduate, where he has been a guest instructor. In 2008 Koci Hernandez was invited to join the Faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting Fellow supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities. In 2011 Koci Hernandez was named an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.


Samantha Grant

Samantha Grant is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Through her production company GUSHproductions Samantha has worked with FRONTLINE, ABC, MTV, CNN, NPR, PRI, FRONTLINE/World, PBS, Al Jazeera International, and Current TV, as well as several national corporate clients like Pandora, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and Electronic Arts. A third generation journalist, Sam considers it a joy and a privilege to bring to life stories that are compelling, character-driven narratives rooted solidly in journalism. Her approach to storytelling is informed by both her undergraduate degree in American Studies/Literature from Yale University and her Master’s of Journalism degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Sam was a 2007 Carnegie/Knight Fellow, and is an alumna of the WGBH CPB/PBS Producers Academy. Sam was also selected as a BAVC MediaMaker Fellow in 2011. Currently, Sam is directing the ITVS Open Call funded feature documentary A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times , about the 2003 Jayson Blair Journalism scandal. In addition, Sam received funding to build DECISIONS ON DEADLINE an Alternate Reality Educational News Game that teaches journalism ethics as a companion project to A FRAGILE TRUST. Also, Sam is Producing/Shooting the independent feature documentary GIRLS IN THE FOREST about a revolutionary all-girls agricultural boarding school in the last old-growth forest in Paraguay. When she's not shooting, producing or directing documentaries, you can find Sam lecturing at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, lecturing at Stanford's Knight Fellowship program, or hanging out with her husband and their two beautiful daughters.

Jeremy Rue

Jeremy Rue is a Lecturer of digital storytelling at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Before formally joining the ranks of the grad school, he was formerly a multimedia instructor for the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley where he taught workshops to hundreds of professional journalists on new media storytelling techniques. He has spoken at conferences for the Associated Press Managing Editors, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, American Association of Sunday Feature Editors and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. He has led several newsroom trainings on the transition to digital journalism, including National Public Radio, American Public Media and the University of California Office of the President. He was a technical editor for several textbooks on Adobe Flash, and Adobe Dreamweaver. Rue worked as a multimedia journalist for the Oakland Tribune; as a multimedia producer and photographer for a Carnegie-Knight funded reporting fellowship; as a photojournalist for The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee and the Duluth News-Tribune in Minnesota; and as a reporter for the Selma (Calif.) Enterprise, where he covered city government, courts and crime. Rue is the recipient of the 2007 Dorothea Lange Fellowship for his photo documentary work on migrant farm workers in the California Central Valley. He is an experienced web developer with knowledge in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Unix/Linux, PHP/MySQL and a variety of other scripting languages. He has a Master of Journalism degree from UC Berkeley.

Alan Mutter

Alan D. Mutter began his career as a newspaper columnist and editor at the Chicago Daily News and later rose to City Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1984, he became the No. 2 editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He left the newspaper business in 1988 to join InterMedia Partners, a start-up company that became one of the largest cable-TV companies in the country. Mutter was the COO of InterMedia when he moved to Silicon Valley in 1996 to lead the first of the three start-up companies he led as CEO. The companies he headed were a pioneering Internet service provider and two enterprise-software companies delivering cutting-edge solutions for media companies. Mutter now is a consultant specializing in corporate initiatives and new media ventures that combine his twin passions, journalism and technology. He joined the adjunct faculty of the Journalism School in January, 2009.

Tom Peele

Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter and author. His 2012 book Killing the Messenger (Random House) chronicled the Black Muslim Movement and the 2007 assassination of Oakland, CA, journalist Chauncey Bailey. Peele served as the lead reporter on The Chauncey Bailey Project, a reporting collaboration credited with forcing authorities to bring all of Bailey's killers to justice. Peele, a journalist for 30 years, is an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group newspapers, where specializes in public records and public accountability reporting. He routinely writes enterprise stories about government malfeasance and corruption. He also writes a monthly column, The Watchdog, on government transparency and freedom of the press. Before moving to California in 2000, Peele was a staff writer for the Atlantic City Press in New Jersey where he covered casino gambling, government corruption and organized crime. He began his career at Newsday as a prep sportswriter while a college student. Peele holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and a BA in journalism from Long Island University.

Previous Lecturers

Jigar Mehta


Cyrus Farivar

Cyrus Farivar [suh-ROOS FAR-ih-var] is a journalist, radio producer and author. He is also the senior business editor at Ars Technica, a tech news website owned by Condé Nast. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere—about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea—was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He has reported for Deutsche Welle English, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times and many others. He has a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He's also survived three VfDs on Wikipedia. However, on a 4th VfD attempt in February 2007, he was, in fact, deleted. For the moment, Cyrus is still waiting for someone to add him back.

Shan Carter


Kevin Quealy


T. Christian Miller