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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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Jason Spingarn-Koff joins Berkeley Journalism faculty to transform climate change coverage

June 8, 2023

Berkeley Journalism is proud to announce it has hired the pioneering documentary filmmaker, journalist and media industry trailblazer Jason Spingarn-Koff to lead an effort to reinvent journalism about climate change. After a monthslong, nationwide search, the school selected Spingarn-Koff as the new professor of journalism and Knight Chair of Climate Journalism. Knight Chairs in Journalism…

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Six Berkeley Journalism alumni honored in 2023 Pulitzer Prizes

June 5, 2023

The work of six alumni was honored in the 2023 Pulitzer Prizes, in the Breaking News, International Reporting, Investigative Reporting and Public Service categories, Columbia University announced this month. Serginho Roosblad (‘18), video producer for the Associated Press, was on the team that won the prize for Public Service for “Courageous reporting from the besieged…

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Alumni Portrait: Lucas Waldron (‘17), Graphics Editor at ProPublica

March 17, 2023

Lucas Waldron (‘17) describes his job as “finding ways to explain complicated concepts using visuals.” That includes video, motion graphics, mapping and data visualization. Waldron (‘17) joined ProPublica right after graduating from Berkeley’s Journalism School. With degrees in Politics and Film Studies at the University of San Francisco, he had little professional experience. In his…

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Alumni, students and faculty feature at the Sundance Film Festival

February 16, 2023

In January, over a dozen alumni joined industry guests and hosts Professor Jennifer Redfearn, Jigar Mehta (’05), Duc Pham (BS ’02) and alumni regent Amanda Pouchot at the annual “Cal @ Sundance” event in Park City, Utah. The campus conclave celebrates the community of Berkeley alumni involved in the prestigious festival. Berkeley Journalism’s rich history…

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Alumni Portrait: Lisa Pickoff-White

January 12, 2023

Our latest alumni profile features Lisa Pickoff-White, whose dedication and involvement with Berkeley Journalism continues more than a decade after she graduated. Her lasting imprint on the school is seen through the many initiatives at KQED that involve Berkeley Journalism students. She is a frequent guest speaker, sharing wisdom with students about her work and…

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