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Berkeley Journalism Community Recognized at 2021 News & Documentary Emmy Awards

August 11, 2021

Five alumni from the Berkeley Journalism school community were honored, some multiple times, in nominations announced July 27 by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards honor programming content from more than 2,200 submissions. They originally premiered in calendar-year…

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Serginho Roosblad (’18) named first fellow of Associated Press and Ida B. Wells Society collaboration

June 21, 2021

From the Ida B. Wells Society For Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization which seeks to raise the awareness of, and opportunities for, investigative reporting among journalists of color:   June 14, 2021 Serginho Roosblad will be joining the global investigative team at The Associated Press as the first hire in a new program developed…

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Berkeley Journalism lecturer, students and alumni honored in 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

June 12, 2021

The work of a Berkeley Journalism lecturer, five students and two alumni was honored in the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, in the Breaking News, National News and Public Service categories, Columbia University announced. Abbie VanSickle was a key member of the staff of The Marshall Project that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a…

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Alumni nominees honored at 2021 Peabody Awards

May 12, 2021

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2020. The nominees were chosen by a unanimous vote of 19 jurors from over 1,300 entries from television, podcasts/radio and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, arts, children’s/youth, public service…

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Alumni Portrait: Alyssa Jeong Perry of NPR’s “Code Switch”

May 7, 2021

For Alyssa Jeong Perry (’16), the recent wave of anti-Asian violence has underscored the need to report on the diversity within the Asian American community. Perry, who is Korean American, is a producer at National Public Radio’s “Code Switch” podcast, where she feels fortunate to be able to report deeply on issues of race, ethnic…

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Alumni Portrait: Freelance investigative reporter Jimmy Tobias

March 29, 2021

For Jimmy Tobias (’16), investigative reporting is a lot like building a trail. “It’s a slow, deliberate enterprise that rewards experience and attention to detail,” he said. Tobias knows quite a bit about both. Before attending Berkeley Journalism, he worked as a wilderness trail technician for the U.S. Forest Service and the Montana Conservation Corps, which he describes…

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Berkeley Journalism Emeritus Professor, current student and alumni nominated for Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

March 20, 2021

Lecturer Abbie VanSickle and researcher Michelle Pitcher (’21) were named one of six finalists, and Emeritus Professor Lydia Chávez, Molly Oleson (’13) and Stephen Hobbs (’14) semi-finalists in the annual Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

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Alumni Portrait: Reporter Parker Yesko of investigative podcast “In The Dark”

March 17, 2021

Parker Yesko (’16) always knew she wanted to be a criminal justice reporter. But she never would have predicted that just two years out of journalism school, her work would help to overturn a murder conviction and set a man free. About a year after graduating from Berkeley Journalism, Yesko landed a job as an…

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Alumni Portrait: Zainab Khan

March 2, 2021

Few people truly understand the way algorithms on the internet work. How they recommend content and draw people in; or how to use them to maximize audience engagement and grow a following. But for Zainab Khan, they’re her expertise. A self-described “student of the internet,” Khan spent years in front of a glowing screen for…

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IRP reporter reflects on “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez”

March 1, 2021

One year ago, the searing six-part docuseries “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” began streaming on Netflix. The film, based on reporting by Garrett Therolf of Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), examines the brutal 2013 death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez by his mother and her boyfriend and how misguided policies fail to protect children in peril. Brian Knappenberger is the…

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