Kara Platoni

Kara Platoni

Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Students



Kara Platoni is the head of the J200 (first fall semester) program at the J-School, and she is a proud survivor of that very program. (She graduated class of 1999.)

In the spring, she teaches the class that runs the hyperlocal news sites OaklandNorth.net and RichmondConfidential.org, as well as a brand new all-platform class called Story Structures.

Kara is the author of We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception (Basic Books, 2015). She was previously a staff writer for the East Bay Express for eight years, spent two years as the Senior Editor at Terrain, a Berkeley-based environmental quarterly, and co-hosted The Field Trip Podcast with fellow J-alum Eric Simons. She is also a freelance science writer whose work has appeared in Smithsonian, Popular Science, Air & Space, and other magazines.

More information and favorite stories at www.KaraPlatoni.com or on Twitter @KaraPlatoni.


Sec. Title Time Location
2 J200 Reporting the News – Oakland North M 9:00-12:00 108 North Gate (Lower News)
2 J211 Reporting the News and Intro to VJ-Lab-Oakland North Th 9:00 -12:00 108 North Gate (Lower News)
5 J219 Print Bootcamp – Police & Immigration – Week of August 28-September 1 M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm 142 North Gate (Library)
6 J219 Print Bootcamp – Oakland North/Richmond Confidential – Week of September 4-8 (class meets on Labor Day) M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm 142 North Gate (Library)
1 J201 Advanced Reporting: Community Sites M 9:00 - 12:00 108 North Gate (Lower News)
6 J298 Story Structures W 9:00 - 12:00 108 North Gate (Lower News)


Business, Criminal Justice, Investigative, Politics, Science, Technology, Urban Reporting


Audio Journalism, Narrative Writing, New Media