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A woman with long brown hair, wearing a light blue blazer and a lanyard around her neck, stands in front of a weathered wooden wall. She appears to have a calm and neutral expression, reminiscent of Daphne Matziaraki as she accepted the Special Jury Prize.

Daphne Matziaraki (’16) Wins BAFTA Student Film Award and Special Jury Prize

July 6, 2017


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Four men are standing together outside on a sunny day with trees and a white building in the background. In this joyful alumni portrait, one man, identified as Jeffrey Plunkett, is being hugged and kissed on the head by two others, while a producer wearing a hat stands smiling to the right. Everyone appears cheerful.

Alumni Portrait: Producer Jeffrey Plunkett

May 5, 2017

Jeffrey Plunkett (second from left) with the creators of The Circus.

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A man in a plaid shirt smiles and shakes hands with Mike Welt, who is donned in a military uniform adorned with several badges and insignias. They are standing indoors in front of an arrangement of colorful flowers. The scene evokes the heartfelt storytelling reminiscent of a Ken Burns film, with both men appearing pleased.

Alumni Portrait: Mike Welt on his third film with Ken Burns

March 28, 2017

Have you ever wondered what’s in the basements of CBS, NBC, and ABC? Alum Mike Welt knows. He’s spent the last few years in some of those basements, sifting through history. Welt co-produced the upcoming 10-part series, “The Vietnam War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. This is the third project Welt has worked…

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Black and white photo depicting two smiling men side by side, both facing the camera. The man on the left, with a receding hairline and striped shirt, stands next to the clean-shaven man on the right in a light-colored shirt. Their paths crossed at Berkeley before they later became Polk Award winners.

Alumni Portrait: For two Polk Award winners, the paths crossed at Berkeley

March 24, 2017

In spring 2009, Robert Lewis and Ali Winston met to talk about investigative reporting at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Lewis was about to finish the program, and Winston was weighing whether to enroll. “He convinced me to come to Cal,” Winston said. Fast forward eight years, and there’s a neat symmetry in their…

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A person with shoulder-length curly hair stands in front of a backdrop that reads "Graduate School of Journalism" and "UC Berkeley." Tasneem Raja, wearing a black top, looks directly at the camera. The scene reflects the spirit of change at UC Berkeley's J-School.

Riding the wave: Alumna Tasneem Raja on change and bringing the J-School experience full circle

March 14, 2017

Photo: Brittany Hosea-Small (’17)

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A group of four people stand next to a car in front of a sugarcane field. One man in a green shirt is talking to radio correspondent Jason Margolis, who is holding a microphone and wearing headphones. A woman in a hat and another man in a blue shirt listen attentively.

Alumni Portrait: Radio Correspondent Jason Margolis

February 7, 2017

Jason Margolis (second from left) interviewing sugar farmers in Brazil for The World in 2014. (Photo courtesy Jason Margolis.)

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Two people in a library are examining a video camera. The person on the left, wearing a plaid shirt, holds the camera while the person on the right, with long hair and a denim jacket, appears to be adjusting it or looking through the viewfinder. Shelves filled with books are visible in the background. The scene evokes an Alumni Portrait.

Alumni Portrait: Daphne Matziaraki and the making of “4.1 Miles”

February 1, 2017

Filmmaker, lecturer and alum Dan Krauss teaching Daphne Matziaraki to shoot in 2014.

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A composite image: on the left, a close-up of Dan Krauss with a beard and short hair, wearing a dark jacket and shirt against a reddish background; on the right, Daphne Matziaraki with long hair wearing a light blue jacket, gray top, and lanyard, standing by a wooden wall.

J-School alums Daphne Matziaraki and lecturer Dan Krauss make Academy Awards early shortlist

November 10, 2016

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field of documentary award contenders for the 89th Academy Awards to 10 films, two of them produced by graduates of the Berkeley J-School. Five of the shortlisted films will earn Oscar nominations. May 2016 documentary graduate Daphne Matziaraki‘s stunning thesis film “4.1 Miles”–on the…

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Two women, recent J-School graduates, stand on a vast salt flat under a clear blue sky. One wears a pink jacket and the other is in blue with a hat and sunglasses. A camera on a tripod stands beside them, capturing footage for their New Media Thesis Project against the expansive white salt flats and distant mountains.

J-School Graduates Win Prestigious Award for New Media Thesis Project

September 23, 2016

They didn’t announce the winners until last weekend. But since mid-August, this year’s Online News Association top student award for small projects was going to two UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alums. Rachel Hiles (’16) and Nina Zou (’16) won the David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award for their master’s theses, the multimedia project “Chasing…

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A close-up of several golden Emmy Awards trophies, featuring a winged woman holding an atom. The trophies are arranged in rows, reflecting a soft light that emphasizes their metallic shine. The background is dark, making the awards stand out prominently like stars in a news documentary.

J-School Sweeps At News & Documentary Emmy Nominations

July 22, 2016

In what may be a record, five UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professors, four lecturers and nineteen alums have been honored in the latest round of News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations. “These awards are a tribute to the outstanding work being done by men and woman at the highest level of the broadcast…

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