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Steve Saldivar (’10) wins national Ruben Salazar Journalism Award

January 22, 2024

The prolific multimedia producer calls on journalists to witness and record moments of joy and celebration. “I hope this inspires journalists, both students and professionals, to take big swings in seemingly small corners.” Alum Steve Saldivar (’10) has been named winner of 2023 National Ruben Salazar Journalism Award in Digital from the CCNMA: Latino Journalists…

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Doc alums set to premiere films at Sundance, including thesis film from 2023

December 14, 2023

Myah Overstreet’s (‘23) “To Be Invisible,” will premiere in the Nonfiction Short Films category at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20 — only the third Berkeley Journalism thesis film to be screened at the prestigious festival. The film offers a critical analysis of the family policing system through two mothers, Alexis and Kellie, as they…

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Quarterly Newsletter from Dean Geeta Anand

December 4, 2023

Dear Berkeley Journalism Community, With a heavy heart, I share that the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports that at least 61 journalists and media workers have been killed since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7 — the first month being the deadliest for journalists on record since CPJ began documenting…

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‘Heartfelt reunion of old friends’ brings documentary alums together with emeritus professor Jon Else

November 22, 2023

More than 80 alums of Berkeley Journalism’s documentary film program gathered in Berkeley on October 21 to connect about documentary filmmaking and celebrate the work of legendary filmmaker  Jon Else, offering lively and often funny reflections on memorable teaching moments from their mentor and role model.  “The room was full of anticipation as it came…

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Andrea Lampros joins leadership team as first director of strategic communications and marketing

November 13, 2023

Berkeley Journalism is proud to announce it has hired alum Andrea Lampros (‘97) to lead strategic communications for the school and the California Local News Fellowship Program. Lampros worked as a newspaper reporter, freelancer, and local magazine editor for more than a decade before taking on roles at UC Berkeley. She most recently served as…

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Alfredo Torres (’23) premieres thesis film at the Telluride Film Festival

October 10, 2023

Alfredo Torres (’23) recently premiered his short documentary thesis film “jardines” at the 50th Telluride Film Festival as part of the Filmmakers of Tomorrow program.  The program’s Student Prints section, now in its 30th year, celebrates the best student-produced short films from around the globe. The selected films were curated by Gregory Nava (“Selena,” “El…

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Wesaam Al-Badry and Clara Shuku Mokri among winners of the 2023 Creator Labs Photo Fund

October 6, 2023

Wesaam Al-Badry (’20) and Clara Mokri (’21) are among the winners of the 2023 Creator Labs Photo Fund, an initiative providing financial support to encourage artists at formative moments in their careers. Started in 2021 and made possible by Google Devices and Services in partnership with Aperture magazine, the second season of the Creator Labs…

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MJ Johnson and Meruyert Shalbayeva honored in the Student Academy Awards

August 24, 2023

The thesis films of two Class of 2023 graduates have been recognized as among the best in the world by the jury for the 50th Student Academy Awards. MJ Johnson is among the seven documentary finalists and Meruyert “Mika” Shalbayeva was amongst 17 semifinalists by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Johnson, a…

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Berkeley Journalism documentary thesis film acquired by L.A. Times Short Docs

August 10, 2023

L.A. Times Short Docs, a platform for innovative short documentaries, is launching a special series in association with Berkeley Journalism as part of its second season. The first film, “Split Jury,” by Linus Unah (‘23) and Buddy Terry (‘23), premiered Aug. 9. The film details how nearly 90 years after Oregon allowed split jury verdicts,…

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Quarterly Newsletter from Dean Geeta Anand

June 15, 2023

Dear Berkeley Journalism Community, We live in a moment like no other. The threats to democratic culture posed by weaponized disinformation, partisan disharmony, and rising authoritarianism driven by advances in technology show no sign of abating. And the traditional media system has yet to fully grapple with how our changing world requires a very different…

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