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Annual Journalism Showcase


Reception and Real Eyes Photo Magazine Launch Party |  North Gate Hall Courtyard

2:30 - 3:30pm 

Video Storytelling and Photojournalism | Library, North Gate Hall

3:30 - 4:00pm  

After the Smoke Settled | Khaled Sayed | Photojournalism 

One for LA | Jeff Weisinger | Narrative Writing + Video

Narrative Writing Presentations | Library, North Gate Hall

4:00 - 5:15pm  

When the Waters Recede | Alex Orlando | Narrative Writing 

Mother of Two Hundred | Rosa Furneaux | Narrative Writing

A Band-Aid on a Bullet Hole | Nate Sheidlower | Narrative Writing

At Querino Canyon Bridge | Sonner Kehrt | Narrative Writing

Taken Care Of | Brian Krans | Narrative Writing + Investigative Reporting

The Mothers Who Monitor | Chloe Lessard | Narrative Writing 

       (BREAK 5:15 - 5:45pm) 

5:45 - 7:00pm

The Detroit of Mexico | Marc Vartabedian | Narrative Writing

Mining the Deep | Jacob Shea | Narrative Writing

La Culture Vive: The Culture Lives | Yesica Prado | Narrative Writing

West Oakland's Wakanda: The History & Legacy of deFremery Pool | Ryan Lindsay | Narrative Writing 

The Man Who Wants to Change the World | Cassady Rosenblum | Narrative Writing 

The Mexican Dream | Liliana Michelena | Narrative Writing 


Reception |  North Gate Hall Courtyard

7:00 - 8:00pm 


Audio Presentations | Library, North Gate Hall

8:00 - 9:30pm

Selfies versus Self-Portraits | Samantha Clark | Audio

TEPCO | Ariel Plotnick Audio

The Wait | Anna Clausen | Audio 

Elijah's (W)hole Story: Faith and Fraud in Lemuria | Cat Schuknecht | Audio

(BREAK 9:30 - 9:45pm)

9:45 - 11:00pm

Amanda's Baby: Inside a Life of Pregnancy and Addiction | Rachel Cassandra | Audio

Bearing the Burden | Margaret Katcher Audio

Six Plants | Spencer Smith-Silva | Audio 



Documentary Film | The Elmwood Theater

3:00 - 5:30pm 

Some Kind of Drone | Craig Hickerson Documentary Film

Mining Phosphorus | Alan Toth Documentary Film

Caminos de Boyle Heights | Pablo De La Hoya | Documentary Film

The Blue Devil | Nebiat Melles, Olivia Rempel | Documentary Film

The Maze | Serginho Roosblad | Documentary Film

Mid-Screening Reception |  In the Wood
Limited light fare and refreshments.  First come, first served while supplies last.

5:30 - 7:00pm 

Documentary Film | The Elmwood Theater

7:30 - 10:00pm 

Dust Rising | Lauren Schwartzman | Documentary Film

Blessings of Liberty | Emily Thomas | Documentary Film

Forced | Grace Oyenubi, Nani Walker | Documentary Film

The Blue Island | Sofia Melo | Documentary Film

Cipher | Rafael Roy | Documentary Film




Video Storytelling | Banatao Auditorium

2:30 - 5:00pm 

The Kids Are Alt-Right | Abner Hauge Video Storytelling

Home Rachel Loyd Video Storytelling

Head First: Keeping Football Players Safe | Marian Davidson Video Storytelling

NavGurukul | Khaled Sayed | Video Storytelling

One for LA | Cameron Clark, Jeff Weisinger | Video Storytelling

32 | Angeline Bernabe, Jackeline Luna | Video Storytelling

Reception | North Gate Hall Courtyard

5:00 - 7:00pm

New Media | Banatao Auditorium

7:00 - 9:00pm

Electronic Evidence: Prosecuting War Crimes Using Social Media Stefanie Le New Media

The following New Media stories are part of a larger New Media group project: Unequal from Birth

Unemployed | Chenwei Tian New Media

Motherhood & Meth Mary Newman New Media

Bearing the Burden | Margaret Katcher | New Media

Born Too Soon Julia Vassey New Media

Amanda's Baby: Inside a Life of Pregnancy and Addiction | Rachel Cassandra | New Media

A Status-Driven Life Briana Flin New Media

Justice for Who? Alexandria Fuller, Reis Thebault New Media

Something Other Than Honest Andrew Beale New Media

Surrounded Sawsan Morrar New Media

Alone Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou New Media

Narrative Writing | Banatao Auditorium

9:00 - 10:00pm

An Unknown Epidemic Arrives in America | Alessandra Bergamin | Narrative Writing

 Remaking Navajo Nation | Lauren Hepler Narrative Writing



The schedule is subject to change. 

Campus perimeter shuttles are available ($1 for non-UCB affiliates, free for students), via the regular shuttle services. View perimeter shuttle information here.


The class of 2018 wishes to thank their friends and family for their love and support while on their journey to graduation and beyond.

Something Other Than Honest | Andrew Beale, New Media

The former deputy chief of police for Fresno, CA, recently began a four-year sentence for drug trafficking. The department's chief, Jerry Dyer, testified in federal court that he always had complete confidence in Foster—"I don't have any reason to believe that Keith was anything other than honest." How could Dyer have missed the signs that his second-in-command was living a double life? 


An Unknown Epidemic Arrives in America | Alessandra Bergamin, New Media

Since the late '90s, researchers have been tracking a kidney disease of uncertain origin that has killed more than 20,000 people – mostly men under the age of 45 – across the Pacific Coast of Latin America. No one suspected they would see it in the U.S. Then, patients arrived in the emergency room of a Houston hospital by the hundreds.

Amanda's Baby: Inside a Life of Pregnancy and Addiction | Rachel Cassandra, New Media

Amanda is pregnant and uses heroin and methamphetamine. She's homeless and a sex worker. And she desperately wants to keep her child. Will she be able to quit using before the birth? Will the baby be born healthy? Can she be the mother this child needs?

32 | Angeline Bernabe, Jackeline Luna, Video Storytelling

Of the hundreds of photographs of women -- many nude and some who appeared to be unconscious or dead -- discovered in the Grim Sleeper's home in South Los Angeles, 32 remain unidentified. The search for their identities has come to a standstill more than a year and a half after Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. was found guilty of murdering nine women and one teenage girl over more than two decades ago in South Los Angeles.


Selfies versus Self-Portraits | Samantha Clark, Audio

What's the difference between a selfie and a formal self-portrait? This is the pilot episode for a podcast about ideas behind photography.


One for L.A. | Cameron Clark, Jeff Weisinger, Video Storytelling

No team? No problem. For the last three years, supporters of Major League Soccer’s new Los Angeles Football Club have built a strong, fresh soccer culture that is every bit about representing their community as LAFC wants to be a part of theirs.


The Wait | Anna Clausen, Audio

Marcus Adams knows that he will die in San Quentin prison. What he doesn't know is if death will come by natural causes, or lethal injection. And so, he waits.


Head First: Keeping Football Players Safe | Marian Davidson, Video Storytelling

A lot of new research has come out linking football to brain damage and CTE. In Alabama, where football is a central part of life, coaches are working to protect their players through new equipment, technology, and changes to the game.


Caminos de Boyle Heights | Pablo De La Hoya, Documentary

Boyle Heights, a historically Latino enclave in Los Angeles, struggles with gentrification and community disagreements on who to fight against in preventing the gentrification. The film paints a portrait of Boyle Heights today and how the situation became so dire.


Alone | Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, New Media

Cameras aren’t allowed inside San Francisco's immigration court. If they were, they'd show children standing in front of a judge alone, facing deportation without the help of a lawyer in a legal system they don't understand. Children who live in California's Central Valley have even fewer chances of finding a lawyer to stand by their side. That is, if they are even lucky enough to find their way to court on their own.


A Status-Driven Life | Briana Flin, New Media

The life of a Fresno State graduate student who grew up undocumented while his siblings were American citizens reveals how the border isn't just a physical barrier.


"Justice for Who?"Alexandria FullerReis Thebault New Media

Fresno, California's criminal justice system, both in and out of the courtroom, puts a heavier burden on the Black residents of the city's southwest side. It is no coincidence that their racial background and where they live plays a role in their encounters with the law.


Mother of Two Hundred | Rosa Furneaux, Narrative Writing

In one of Kenya’s poorest cities, Leah Muruka acts as surrogate mother for 222 girls. Drought has pushed the region to the brink of famine, and now her children face a terrible choice: to sell their bodies, or risk starvation.


The Kids are Alt-Right | Abner Hauge, Documentary

Berkeley in 2017 was under seige by the alt-right. Mobs of militiamen, neo-Nazis, and belligerent Trump supporters descended on the city and campus over and over again. These provocateurs claimed to be primarily interested in “free speech,” while protesters alleged they had darker goals. What was the real meaning of these rallies, and what lasting effect will they have on the city of Berkeley?


Remaking Navajo Nation | Lauren Hepler, Narrative Writing + Audio

The untold story of the native entrepreneurs, Instagram models, and engineers confronting America’s worst digital divide.


Some Kind of Drone | Craig Hickerson, Documentary

In 2015, two friends fresh out of UC Berkeley released a marketing video for their self-piloted camera drone. Capturing the public's imagination the duo raised $34 million in pre-orders and founded a startup poised to be the next Silicon Valley success story. But the drone never shipped and the startup closed its doors leaving customers wondering what happened to the promise of the perfect selfie drone.


Bearing the Burden | Margaret Katcher, New Media + Audio

When Lucy Gomez gave birth, she didn't hear a sound. Everyone in the room waited, in silence, for the NICU team to arrive. The pain of that quiet uncertainty still hurts. Difficult birth outcomes are on the rise in Fresno, and the community bears significant burdens.


At Querino Canyon Bridge | Sonner Kehrt, Narrative Writing

When Jacqueline Whitman's daughter Ariel disappeared not far from her house on the Navajo reservation, Whitman set out to try to find her. Instead, she found a bigger question: why are so many Native Americans going missing?


Taken Care Of | Brian Krans, Narrative Writing + Investigative Reporting

Local authorities may have arrested a contractor and former small town mayor for allegedly bribing a school board member, but their defense exposes a much larger corruption endemic in the lucrative, taxpayer-funded business of building of California’s schools.

Electronic Evidence: Prosecuting War Crimes Using Social Media | Stefanie Le, New Media

War crime investigations have changed vastly from the days of the Nuremberg trials. With the advent of mobile phones equipped with cameras, international crises and evidence of macabre crimes have been increasingly captured on personal devices and uploaded onto popular social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.


Fukushima Mothers Face the Fallout | Chloe Lessard, Narrative Writing

Since the nuclear accident in 2011, Fukushima mothers have launched citizen science projects, a radiation laboratory, and support groups to monitor the safety of their neighborhoods and reassure their communities. Are these efforts any match for the new reality of their environment?


West Oakland's Wakanda: The History & Legacy of deFremery Pool | Ryan Lindsay, Narrative Writing

Since the 1950’s, Black children and families have flocked to deFremery Pool. For them, it’s more than a pool. It’s community. It’s a safe space. And, in recent years, because of a lack of funding, it’s become endangered.


HomeRachel Loyd, Video Storytelling

The 2017 Tubbs Fire was the most destructive wildfire in California history. It demolished businesses, homes, and ripped families apart. This is the story of one Santa Rosa family's journey to rebuild after losing nearly everything.


The Blue Devil | Nebiat Melles, Olivia Rempel, Documentary

Water hyacinth, an invasive plant from the Amazon, is spreading rapidly across Ethiopia’s Lake Tana, the country’s largest lake and the main source of the Nile. But the community is fighting back with dedication and local talent; they are determined to save the lake.


The Blue Island | Sofia Melo, Documentary

A rapid rise in tourism to the Azores islands leads Serge Viallelle, the man who introduced the industry there, to reflect on his actions.


The Mexican Dream | Liliana Michelena, Narrative Writing

Where does a team of California soccer stars fit in when the country their parents moved to shuts them out?  In collaboration with Lauren Hepler.


Surrounded | Sawsan Morrar, New Media

Central Valley, CA farms help feed the world, and pesticide use increases production. But residents who neighbor these farms say their children are suffering, and state regulations are not doing enough to protect them.


HUNG UP ON HATE | Laura Newberry, Narrative Writing

It's true that the alt-right has grown in prominency and membership since Donald Trump's election. But it's also true that many neo-Nazis want out. However, resources to help people disengage from White Power are extremely limited in the U.S., and deradicalization is a complicated and painful psychological process that can take decades.


Motherhood & Meth | Mary Newman, New Media

The comeback of methamphetamine addiction in Fresno County is driving an increase in child abuse and neglect, creating conditions a child abuse specialist says are the worst he's ever seen. The connection between abuse and drug addiction are closely connected, creating a multi-generational cycle that is hard to break out of. Three women recount the devastating impact meth addiction has had on their families, their children, and their community.

When the Waters Recede | Alex Orlando, Narrative Writing

Long after the floodwaters have dissipated, children and adolescents continue to struggle with the long-term mental health effects of Hurricane Harvey. In the months, years, and even decades after the storm, will the kids who lived through it be all right?

FORCED | Grace Oyenubi, Nani Walker, Documentary

Three women rebuild their lives after they were forced to flee their homes in 2014, when the dreaded militant group Boko Haram invaded their village in Borno, Northeast Nigeria. The women – Ruth, Esther and Saratu – symbolize thousands of girls and women who were abducted, raped, and displaced during the insurgency.


Free Speech U | Katelyn Parish, Video Storytelling

As American politics become more divided than ever, the forefront of the fight lies on college campuses across the country. Free speech has become a popular phrase but what does it mean for students who have minority viewpoints? Katie Woodruff reports on the state of free speech on college campuses by visiting her two alma maters in Oklahoma and California.


TEPCOAriel Plotnick, Audio

From the 1930s-1960s, the Techincal Porcelain and Chinaware Company (TEPCO) produced dishes for restaurants all over the Bay Area. While the El Cerrito based factory closed in 1968, this durable dishware lives on as an iconic East Bay collectible with an unexpected and impassioned cult following.


TBD | Yesica Prado, New Media

description forthcoming


The Maze | Serginho Roosblad, Documentary

The MacArthur Maze is one the most important freeway interchanges in the state of California. As the gateway to one of the nation's busiest bridges, the Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco with the East Bay, it allows 300,000 vehicles each day to travel to all four corners of the Bay Area and beyond. But the Maze also cuts through four distinct landscapes that each tell a story of separation and connection.


The Man Who Wants to Heal the World | Cassady Rosenblum, Narrative Writing

Rick Doblin wants to change your mind about MDMA. Long thought of as a party drug responsible for the swiss-cheese brains in rats and ravers alike, Doblin is seeking FDA approval to use it to treat PTSD. But Doblin is not a scientist or a doctor so much as a canny crusader full of rich contradictions. We'd all like to cure PTSD. Is MDMA really the pill we've been waiting for?


CipherRafael Roy, Documentary

In hip-hop parlance, the word “cipher” refers to the circle of spectators and participants that forms around a group of artists––it is meant to hold space for creative energy. In a rapidly changing Bay Area, dancers from the thriving Turf (Taking Up Room on the Floor) scene guide us through the various spaces they hold to create, innovate, and maintain the culture.


NavGurukul | Khaled Sayed, Video Storytelling

In Gurgaon, India an NGO called NavGurukul is helping young girls and boys learn how to code so they can lift themselves and their families out of abject poverty. The one-year program also has a pay-it-forward mission: students spend two hours daily teaching very poor kids in the area who can’t go to school to read and write.


Elijah's (W)hole Story: Faith and Fraud in Lemuria | Cat Schuknecht, Audio

About 10 years ago, a Forest Service agent was doing a routine patrol on Mount Shasta when he discovered something he didn’t expect: a 60-foot hole that seemed to have appeared overnight. Everyone in town had a theory about who was responsible, but most people blamed the “seekers.”

Dust Rising | Lauren Schwartzman, Documentary

Dust, that most quotidian of things, has more power than you ever imagined. From human health to ecosystem function, discover the huge impact of tiny specks — and how that’s expected to shift as the Earth’s climate changes.


Mining the DeepJacob Shea, Narrative Writing

When it comes to oceans, our understanding of ecological damage is rooted in a murky past. This immersive journey shows the gritty reality of commercial fishing around the globe.


A Band-Aid on a Bullet Hole | Nate Sheidlower, Narrative Writing

Many people who are homeless and are struggling with mental illness or drug addiction find traditional emergency shelters and services don't meet their needs. In San Francisco, Hummingbird Place offers an alternative. But can it make a difference? And at what cost?


Six Plants | Spencer Smith-Silva, Audio

When the DEA and county sheriffs showed up at Diane Monson’s California home in August 2002, they expected to find hundreds of marijuana plants. Instead, they found six — the legal limit in Butte County. When the DEA insisted on seizing the plants anyway, the sheriffs refused, setting in motion a series of events that would take pot’s legal status all the way to the US Supreme Court.


Blessings of LibertyEmily Thomas, Documentary

The Iraqi Christian community in Detroit thought they were safe after helping to swing the Michigan election for Donald Trump, who vowed to protect them. However, in a surprising immigration sweep after he took office, hundreds from the community were ripped apart from their families and sent to detention centers across the country to await deportation back to Iraq where they face torture and death. Blessings of Liberty follows two families from the community awaiting their fate as they question everything they thought they knew about America.


Unemployed | Chenwei Tian, New Media

Fresno is not only the poorest major city in California, it also has one of the highest unemployment rates. Why is this the case and what does it mean for the future of its children?


Mining Phosphorus | Alan Toth, Documentary

Phosphorus, one of the most critical elements for modern agriculture, has long been acquired through phosphate mining in Florida, but Florida’s phosphate is running out. One farmer in North Florida has discovered a new source of phosphate, but local environmentalists vow to stop his mining operation before it begins.


The Detroit of Mexico | Marc Vartabedian, Narrative Writing

Once the heart and soul of America's Midwest, the auto industry has left for one Mexican state. There, massive automobile factories have transformed a landscape and propelled people across borders. But, as the president threatens to "bring it all back," the Detroit of Mexico hangs in the balance.


Born Too Soon | Julia Vassey, New Media

Some neighborhoods in Fresno have among the highest rates of preterm births and infant mortality in the nation. The health of pregnant women is a bellwether of the health of a community and an indicator of what’s to come. Factors, from poverty to poor care, themselves give birth to inequality.