Bay News Rising

Professional and college reporters training collaboratively for the future of Bay Area journalism. Bay News Rising is a project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild made possible by the labor and contributions of its members.

Meet the Team

Program Instructor and Editor Bill Snyder is the former chair of Guild Freelancers. He’s been a full-time freelancer for seven years. He writes about technology and business for a variety of publications, including InfoWorld, CIO, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

Before setting off on his own, he was a reporter at newspapers including the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune. He’s worked as a writer, senior editor, and executive editor at tech publications including PCWeek, PCWorld, Business 2.0 and

Bill is a graduate of San Francisco State University and has lived in San Francisco since college.

Bill can be reached at: or Twitter @bsnyderSF

Richard KneeRichard Knee
is a San Francisco-based freelance journalist who has written for specialty and mainstream publications, covering business, local government and politics, education, labor and sports. He has coached and mentored journalism students at San Francisco State and his alma mater, Cal State Northridge (journalism B.A., 1972). He has a California credential to teach community college journalism and mass communications. His long-time freedom-of-information and First Amendment activism includes a 12-year stint on San Francisco’s open-government watchdog commission, the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. “Big government isn’t the problem,” he says. “Secret government is the problem.”

David Bacon David Bacon is a freelance writer and photographer, former factory worker and union organizer.  He documents workers, migration, and the struggle for human rights. His latest book, In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte (University of California 2017), documents the lives of farmworkers in photographs and oral histories.  His photography has been exhibited in the U.S. Mexico and Europe, and his articles and photo essays have been published widely. He is the co-chair of the Guild’s freelance unit.


Noor BaigNoor Baig is a graduating senior at San Francisco State University, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Race and Resistance Studies. She has been a student journalist since her early high school years and has recently written for Golden Gate Xpress and El Tecolote newspapers. Noor is an active participant and leader of the Muslim community at SFSU and the greater Bay Area, where she was born and raised.

Noor is passionate about ethnic media and community building, and hopes use both to influence a more inclusive and educated society. The struggles, joys, and movements of individuals and communities of color are central to her journalism and art.

Connect with Noor on Instagram (@noor_baig) and Twitter (@noorbaig_) and check out her work at

Francisco DelgadilloFrancisco G Delgadillo, a graduate of San Jose State University started his professional career as an art director with the San José Mercury News in the late 90s. He spent the last two decades in the world of tech as a creative director. Following the 2019 dismantling of the brand creative organization he managed for Oracle, he decided to reconnect with journalism and registered for classes at City College of San Francisco.

In the spring 2020 semester, he freelanced and wrote a few stories for the college’s newspaper, The Guardsman, and for EL Tecolote, the longest-running Spanish/English bilingual newspaper in California. Two of his non-fiction essays have been accepted for publication; one this Spring in the college’s  literary magazine, Forum; the other this Winter in an upcoming anthology out of Australia, 100 Lives. Contact him at, or Twitter @fgdNews

Jocelyn Tabancay is a Filipino-American multimedia journalist. She loves telling stories at the intersection of inequality, race, and health. Jocelyn got her start in journalism by making short documentaries on deportees in Tijuana, Mexico. More recently she has reported on all things COVID-19 related in Modoc County for the Investigative Reporting Program in partnership with the New York Times. Jocelyn currently attends the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley.  Her work has been published by KALW, Oakland North, and El Tecolote. She speaks Spanish fluently and Tagalog clumsily.


Maria Sestito is an award-winning columnist and reporter. Originally from New Jersey, Maria started her career in journalism in 2013 as a photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She quickly added “reporter” to her title, becoming the first hybrid reporter/photographer at the newspaper.

Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

She moved to the Bay Area in 2015 and spent three years covering crime, courts and breaking news, including the 2017 North Bay wildfires, in Napa Valley.

Maria has won state press awards in North Carolina and California, including best writing and best column. Her column, Jersey Girl, runs every other Sunday in the Napa Valley Register.

While at the Register, Maria curated the newspaper’s Instagram feed and increased its followers fivefold.

Maria is currently a second-year student studying investigative journalism, new media and narrative writing at UC

Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is also studying Arabic and the Middle East as a foreign language and area studies (FLAS) fellow. Contact her at

Lisa Martin is a Bay Area journalist and photographer interested in local stories that cover the intersection of business and culture.

Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

She has a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of California in Santa Cruz and is currently studying journalism and visual media design at City College of San Francisco.

She regularly contributed stories, photography and art to The Guardsman and Etc. Magazine. Her work has won awards from the California College Media Association and JACC. She served as the Arts and Culture editor at The Guardsman for two semesters and will be serving as editor-in-chief during the fall 2019 semester.

Lisa Martin believes that good journalism should always test our assumptions and that storytelling has the power to engage people with information in a way that makes the knowledge imparted feel more real and pertinent.

Lisa Martin is available for freelance reporting, writing, copyediting and photography projects. Contact her at

Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

Dimitri Dominic Bailey, a transplant from Southern California, is finishing up his bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Francisco State University with a focus on both print and online.

As an openly gay person of color and the brother of two gay siblings, his passion revolves around giving a voice to marginalized communities. His goal is serving LGBTQ+ residents by reporting stories concisely and ethically through the utilization of social media platforms. Bailey has worked at KGO radio as an assistant producer for the Brian Copeland show and has helped implement free health services for San Francisco’s  State University’s LGBTQ+ students. After graduation, he aspires to work for a print or online publication that focuses on LGBTQ+ issues. Contact him at:

STUDENTS 2018sarahlapidus

Sarah Lapidus is a journalism student at City College of San Francisco. Her work has appeared in City College’s The Guardsman, 48 Hills and El Tecolote. Spring semester 2018 she worked as editor-in-chief of the Etc. magazine.

Born and bred in San Francisco near the Mission district, she grew up speaking Spanish and uses writing to connect and unite her community. Her journey in journalism began after a two-year stint in China when upon returning, she tried working tech, marketing, and food justice social advocacy. It wasn’t until she was able to take classes at City College that she discovered her love of journalism.

With her insatiable curiosity, and appreciation of languages, as well as her love for her city, she is grateful to have found journalism. She hopes that her career will take her to many places where she can connect people and cultures through accurate reporting and writing.

Erin Stone is a freelance researcher for National Geographic Magazine and a multimedia journalist. She is currently an intern with the San Francisco Chronicle on the metro desk. In her work so far, she has tended to focus on trauma, addiction, mental health, and the economic, environmental, and social disparities that people face every day. Her work has appeared in National GeographicMother Jones, and the East Bay Express.

Erin’s work has taken her from a rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, TX, to a roomful of surgeons performing a liver transplant in Rio de Janeiro, to an old bar in Revere Beach, MA, where she documented the lives of Vietnam veterans, cocaine dealers and Revere natives who frequented the place.  In 2014, she received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to produce a multimedia project documenting the impact that construction of California’s high speed rail system has had and will have on diverse communities in the Central Valley. She has worked in the heart of American oil country as a reporter for the daily paper of Midland, TX. Her articles there led to the paper receiving a statewide award for compelling coverage of mental health issues.

Erin believes in the power of storytelling to foster empathy and spur real change. With the conviction that healing begins with being heard, she strives to report on people who are often overlooked and issues that are sparsely covered. She is currently pursuing her Master’s at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, currently pursuing her Master’s at UC Berkeley School of Journalism, with a focus on video, narrative writing, and investigative reporting.

Sarah Carpenter is a journalism student at Laney College in Oakland. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Laney Tower for two semesters. During this time, the paper earned the statewide General Excellence award from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.

She has won JACC awards for her work in writing, photography, cartooning, and design.

Carpenter graduated from San Francisco State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. She has published many poems and flash fiction pieces in local publications, and now writes news stories following Oakland’s city council and community activism for the Oakland Post.

Her interests include local politics, playing music, writing, investigating, comedy, and getting to know Oakland through its activism.

Her dream is to create a publication (and other forms of media) that makes it easier for people to follow local issues, and become involved in the issues that matter to them.

She can be reached at: sarahisacarpenter(at)

Simon Campbell is a journalist from the UK pursuing a masters at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is interested in stories that explore overlaps between culture, politics and sports. Recently he has focused his work on immigration.

Originally from London, Simon later lived in Japan and has worked for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan and the world’s biggest selling newspaper, and the Jiji Press newswire. He has covered Brexit, general elections, stock and commodity markets, Olympic Games and Premier League soccer.

Simon is part of the new media program at Berkeley. He came to the US to push the boundaries of his work and is building skills in data journalism and narrative storytelling. In 2018 he won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a podcast looking at the social importance of high school football.

Myah Overstreet is a rising senior at San Francisco State University (SFSU), majoring in Print and Online Journalism and minoring in English literature. She began her journalism career as a staff writer for her high school newspaper, The Jacket, at Berkeley High School, and has been dedicated to the craft ever since.

She is currently editor in chief of The Issue Magazine, a new media arts and culture publication, published by The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, where she also works as a consulting producer. Starting next semester, Myah will serve as art director for XPress Magazine, a student-run publication by students in the journalism department at SFSU.

Myah strives to tell impactful stories that spark empathy in not only her readers, but local leaders, lawmakers and politicians. She is dedicated to creating change for the betterment of communities that have no voice. Myah believes that storytelling through both the written and visual arts can make the difference we are all looking for either in our personal lives or in the world. She hopes that her journalism career will take her around the world to report about stories that truly matter.

She can be reached at or


Brian Howey is a journalism student at Laney College in Oakland.

Howey spent the last ten years traveling around North America, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Africa. His main modes of transportation include hitchhiking and hopping freight trains.

His passions are writing, traveling, playing music, and investigative reporting. The well-known slogan, “Giving voice to the voiceless” is his mantra.

Stories he has covered for the student publication, The Laney Tower, include features on the Alameda County homeless count, a tragic Oakland fire, and a revealing piece about a Laney College presidential candidate.

Attending San Francisco State University is his next educational goal, and after graduation, Howey will be researching his next travel destination.

He can be reached at:

Gabriela Reni is a San Francisco photojournalist in her second year of studying journalism at City

Photos by Julio Marcial and Gabriela Reni

College of San Francisco.

Born in Miami, Florida, she moved to Caracas, Venezuela, when she was 1 year old. After high school, she studied architecture for a few years while making time to pursue photography at the Organization Nelson Garrido, where she found a home that nurtured what was to become her new passion. S he soon found herself spending more time out in the streets with her camera than working on architectural plans on AutoCAD, so she made the switch to photography.

She applied for a scholarship for the one-year photojournalism specialty program at the Escola Superior de Fotografia Grisart in Barcelona, Spain, where she graduated in 2012.

Since then, Gabriela has traveled in Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, India and Nepal, documenting the cultures, portraying the people and learning from the differences while recognizing the great similarities human beings have in common, no matter where they reside on the globe, what language they speak, who they worship or how they dress.

During her journalism studies at CCSF, the student publication Etc. Magazine published her story and photographs about tiny homes called “Sweet Home Tiny Home.” It won second place at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Awards in 2017. The cover image for the article won fourth place in the 2016 Photo Excellence Award for the Associated Collegiate Press.

Gabriela became a photographer for the student newspaper the Guardsman in 2016 and assumed the photo editor position in 2017.

She looks forward to being a photojournalist for print and online magazines and newspapers, focusing on in-depth stories about social justice and human interest, as well as investigative journalism.

Gabriela can be reached by email at:

Garrett Bergthold will be entering his senior year at San Francisco State University in fall 2017 where he studies journalism with a minor in political science. He is originally from San Jose but currently lives in the city’s Excelsior District.

He writes for the West Portal Monthly where he has published pieces of interest to Westside San Francisco residents since January 2017. He will also begin writing for S.F. State’s Golden Gate Xpress in the fall.

Garrett is a local politics wonk as well as a housing and transportation nerd. He covers pretty much anything that occurs at San Francisco’s City Hall. You can catch him having a blast attending Planning Commission meetings or Land Use and Transportation committee meetings in his spare time.

As the son of a construction worker and an insurance agent, Garrett takes pride in his middle class roots and seeks to tell the underdog story any chance he gets.

When not engaged in journalistic activities, he can be found rock climbing at Castle Rock State Park, playing hockey or aboard Caltrain heading southbound to visit family and friends. He’s also a sagittarius.

Garrett can be reached at: or Twitter @gdbergthold

Victor Tence
is a City College of San Francisco journalism student, an incoming editor for the campus magazine Etc, and copy editor for the campus newspaper The Guardsmen.

Before Victor returned to school to pursue journalism, he spent six years working as a cook in San Francisco. He powered his way through a variety of local kitchens in the city, holding positions ranging from prep cook to sous chef.

His time working in ‘back of the house’ jobs allowed him to experience the Bay Area through the lens of working class families. Inspired by their work ethic and solidarity, he turned to feature and news writing as a way to advocate for and document their struggles.

Born in the Philippines, his family moved between Arizona, Hong Kong and Manila. The time he spent with different cultures has instilled a respect for diversity and a hope in the common values we share across borders.

Telling stories can help dispel fear and prejudice, and lay a foundation for community — a process he wants to be part of. As American writer Margaret J. Wheatley once said: “You can’t hate someone whose story you know.”        

Victor can be reached at, or on Facebook as Victor Tence.

Alena Naiden is a freelance reporter and photographer. She writes original stories and enjoys clarifying complex ideas. Fluent in English and Russian, Alena is passionate about investigative reporting and long-form journalism.

Her freelance work has been published by the San Francisco Chronicle and Black Rock Beacon. Alena also was a staff writer at Xpress Magazine, Obscura Magazine and La Voz News, where she worked as an editor for online news and feature sections.

Alena is studying journalism at San Francisco State University. She is an intern for San Francisco Examiner and Bay News Rising.



Mitchell Walther is a writer and photographer for Bay News Rising. He has written for several college newspapers and specializes in stories about culture, trends, and profile pieces on people with a blend of snark and circumstance. Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016

Mitchell was the editor-in-chief and features editor for the Ohlone Monitor for 2 years. His ongoing column “On the Road” was awarded by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Mitchell also maintains a poetry series titled “Off the Walther” on Instagram.

He grew up in San Jose and has lived in the Bay Area all his life except for a two-year stay in British Columbia after high school. Mitchell graduated Ohlone College with an associate degree in Human Development.

Since then Mitchell has transferred to San Francisco State University to pursue a career in getting paid to write. He is studying journalism currently, but his back up plan is to find a rich patron who will house him so he can rest all day and write poetry.

Mitchell can be reached at: or Twitter/Instagram @OfftheWalther

Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016Shajia Abidi is a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

She believes in supporting stories with data and loves to play with numbers – thus breaking the stereotype that journalists can’t handle math. Shajia can code and uses that ability to develop data-centric stories.

Shajia is a native of Pakistan and is fluent in Urdu and English. Having lived in three different countries with diverse cultures, faiths, and governments, she is interested in learning and writing about gender, religious, and political issues. She also likes writing about the environment.

She is working as a freelancer for The Tempest, and has volunteered at Genlud, a school-run Danish radio in the past.

Although she moved to the city little more than two years ago, she considers San Francisco her home.

Shajia can be reached at

Grady Penna is a senior at San Francisco State University. After studying creative writing during high school, he changed course and decided to pursue a career in journalism. Head_shot_Grady

He was born and raised in Orange County, California, but left to explore the vastly different cultural landscape of San Francisco.

Grady served as online and social media editor in spring of 2016 for Golden Gate Xpress, San Francisco State University’s student-run newspaper, and plans on continuing his involvement at the publication as print managing editor in the fall. He has also written for the publication.

Grady also contributes reviews to Darkstation, an online publication dedicated to the coverage of videogames and the gaming industry

His primary interests include photography and music, and he hopes to incorporate these passions into his work as a journalist.

After he graduates from San Francisco State University, Grady will work to find a job as a writer or editor at an online magazine in the Bay Area.

Grady can be reached at:

Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016Bay Area native Nancy Chan is a journalism student at City College of San Francisco.

Journalism has great importance to her because she strives to give a voice to others while maintaining a voice of her own. She has loved turning pages since early childhood, and as an adult reads everything from online news to disease handbooks to comic books.

A self-proclaimed watchdog at City College, Nancy serves as both a reporter and copy editor for its student-run newspaper The Guardsman. She also contributes to City College’s Etc. magazine by proofing drafts. Her first articles and first full-length feature story were published in The Guardsman and Etc. in the spring of 2016.

Nancy plans on branching out to local newspapers and other news sources for publication and uncovering more stories that should be told. She is particularly fond of editorials, cultural coverage, human interest stories and science articles.

Nancy can be reached via email at or via Twitter @quickquiet.

Kelsey Lannin is a senior in SF State’s journalism department and incoming editor-in-chief at Golden Gate Xpress, the department’s student-run newspaper. Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016

She is interested in social justice, health, tech, and the arts. In addition to her academic focus on print journalism, she is also skilled in photography, video, graphic design and social media marketing.

Kelsey’s work has appeared on and

She can be reached at, on Instagram @kelseylannin and on Twitter @kelseylannin

Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016Franchon Smith is a San Francisco-based photojournalist. She is a photo intern at Bay New Rising hosted by the Pacific Media workers Guild, was a 2015 photo intern at the San Francisco Chronicle, photo editor at The Guardsman newspaper of City College of San Francisco, and a photographer for ETC. Magazine at City College of San Francisco.

She is interested in newspaper, wire services and editorial work. Subjects she likes to shoot include: social justice, food, sports and spot news and photo stories.

Franchon’s work has been featured at a number of Bay Area exhibitions, including shows at City College of San Francisco, the Richmond Art Center, and the Bay Area Documentary Association.

She can be reached at

Mariana Raschke is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in labor studies at San Francisco State University

Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016_MarianaPrior to studying at SFSU, Mariana was a student at Santa Rosa Junior College where she wrote for the school’s newspaper, the Oak Leaf. Next semester she will join SFSU’s student-run newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress.

Mariana is interested in Latin American affairs and topics involving equality and social inclusion. She was born in Colombia and moved to the United States when she was eight years old. Her experiences in both countries helped shape her worldview and global perspective. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and is studying German.

After obtaining her B.A., Mariana wants to get a masters in International Relations and work as a foreign correspondent. She hopes to travel to many places throughout her life and learn from the different people, places, and cultures she encounters in her travels.

Press pass photos Bay News Rising 2016Zak Cowan is a senior at San Francisco State University where he is finishing his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He completed his associate degree in journalism at Bakersfield College in 2014 where he was editor in chief of The Renegade Rip, the school’s student newspaper.

Since coming to the Bay Area to finish his studies in journalism, Cowan has continued his coverage of the weird, lost and ignored. His first beat in San Francisco was the Tenderloin neighborhood, where he mingled with addicts, cops and everyone in between.

After finishing his tenure in the Tenderloin, Cowan was hired as art director of Xpress Magazine of the San Francisco State University journalism department, where he led an overall of the publication’s visual aesthetic. The editions built during his time on the editorial board went on to win second place at the 2016 California College Media Awards.

As a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Cowan hopes to further his reporting and storytelling skills and give voice to members of the San Francisco community who feel left out, neglected and scoffed at.

He can be reached at:

Staff and Students 2015 

© Ekevara Kitpowsong_TheAperturist-9872Instructor Rebecca Rosen Lum is an active freelance journalist based in San Francisco. After graduating from SFSU, she interned at the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she covered the Northern California timber wars and other stories.

Her work has appeared in California Lawyer, Oakland Local, The Registry, and other publications and news sites. She was a floating editor at and is now the webmaster for She reported on demographics, culture and the census for the Marin Independent-Journal and wrote about religion for the Times.

She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of Richmond for the Contra Costa Times, and won two John Swett awards for her education reporting.

She was president of Local 39521 from 2014 to 2015.

Rebecca can be reached at:

Elisabetta Silvestro just completed her studies in journalism at City College of San Francisco, obtaining a certificate in editorial management and design.

Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Bologna, Italy, in conjunction with the University of Paris Diderot, France, where she was selected for a one-year Erasmus program.

Her strong interest in social justice, human rights, animal rights and culture led  Elisabetta to pursue journalism as a career after graduating.

At City College, she joined the staff of Etc. magazine as a writer. At The Guardsman newspaper, she rose from staff writer to culture editor and finally design director.

Elisabetta regularly contributes to El Tecolote newspaper, covering Latino issues and interests in San Francisco, and the Mission District in particular.

Elisabetta can be reached at: or Twitter @elisabetta_silv

Alex Lamp recently graduated from City College of San Francisco with an Associate of Arts degree in humanities and a journalism certificate in online research. He will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in business economics at California State University Los Angeles in the fall of 2015.

Alex’s family has lived in San Francisco for multiple generations. His mother, an elementary school teacher, was a reporter for The Guardsman at City College of San Francisco and for The Phoenix at San Francisco State University.

His interest in journalism began at City College where he has held increasingly responsible positions at The Guardsman, including staff writer, news editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief.

He contributes to The Ingleside-Excelsior Light where he reports on neighborhood news. Alex likes reporting on underground culture, social justice issues and the impact of gentrification on his city.

Alex can be reached at:

Ekevara “Ekey” Kitpowsong was born in Chicago and raised in Bangkok, where she received her bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design from Rangsit University. She later moved back to the U.S. and earned a master of fine arts degree from Memphis College of Art, and a certificate in professional sequence in web design certificate from the University of California, Berkeley Extension.

Currently majoring in journalism at City College of San Francisco, Ekey’s passion for journalism and documentary photography led her to join The Guardsman campus newspaper, where she has served as staff photographer, online content manager and photo editor.

Ekey has lived in several cities across U.S., has visited many countries in Asia and Europe, and is fluent in written and spoken English and Thai.

Living in and traveling to many places has sparked her interest in culture, lifestyle and people. She wants to document her experiences and tell stories through photographs and writing.

Ekey has exhibited her work in galleries and other venues throughout San Francisco, including San Francisco City Hall, The McLoughlin Gallery, 111 Minna Gallery, W Hotel, Christofle Paris, Gallery Obscura, Rayko Photo Center, The Honey Hive Gallery, 4×5 Gallery, Harvey Milk Photo Center, McLaren Lodge and many more.

Her images have been featured in publications including the San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, Bay Times newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, Etc. magazine, The Guardsman newspaper and, Process magazine, El Tecolote newspaper, Infinitron magazine, Believe In Magazine, Forum Magazine and Til Death Do Us Part: Lady Warrior Zine.

Ekey can be reached at: , Twitter @TheAperturist or Instagram @The_Aperturist

Michaela Payne is a student at City College of San Francisco and editor-in-chief of the school’s Etc.magazine.

After studying many varied interests, Michaela started writing at age 25 as a way to integrate her varied interests.

Helping to produce two issues of Etc. per year, Michaela edits five to six long-form stories, promotes the publication, recruits and manages staff, handles distribution, and has co-written two cover stories. The third issue with Michaela as editor-in-chief will come out in December of 2015.

Work by Michaela has also been published in local news sources 48 Hills and The Ingleside Light.

Michaela grew up in Long Beach, California with frequent VW van trips to the deserts and forests, family homesteads in the Midwest, ancient settlement sites, and every part of Los Angeles. Top interests for Michaela’s writing include urban ecology, strange dining, cult films, dance and dark music, and the impacts of environmental hazards on the global poor.

Ideal work situations include public radio, alternative press collectives, comics journalism, writing satire, content editing and the travel opportunities that others turn down. Michaela is currently reading books about the Dust Bowl and science fiction stories written by activist-visionaries.

Michaela can be reached at:

Erasmo Martinez studies journalism and broadcasting at San Francisco State University. He transferred from the College of San Mateo, where he served as entertainment editor of the campus newspaper and covered student culture and state politics as they affect colleges.

The California College Media Association awarded him second place for the community college feature story category in 2012. The same year, he also received an honorable mention from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges for broadcasting.

Since then, he has interned for the covering enterprise cloud companies. His work has also been published in the Potrero View, a community newspaper in San Francisco.

His family moved to California from El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua. The Bay Area native, proud of his Latino roots, is approaching his final year at San Francisco State University. Once done, he will become the first of his family to finish college.

Erasmo can be reached at:

Emilia Rosales recently graduated from San Francisco State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in print and online journalism and a minor in critical social thought.

Before her days at San Francisco State, she earned an associate’s degree in Communications from Diablo Valley College, which opened her eyes to the world of journalism.

Emilia was born in San Jose, Calif. and grew up in the Bay Area.

She did double duty as reporter and photographer for the campus newspaper at San Francisco State. She was responsible for covering the many events and festivals on campus and throughout the city, her favorite being the Treasure Island Music Festival. Her main areas of interest have shifted and grown over time and now lie in photography, breaking news and social media.

In the near future, Emilia hopes to be a part of a team covering breaking news in the Bay Area, using her skills in reporting and photography. Traveling around the world to cover natural disasters and the aftermath has always been a desire of hers.

“I am always ready to capture an irreplaceable moment in time with my camera by my side,” she says.

Emilia can be reached at: , Twitter @esfsu or Instagram @emreportss

Khaled Sayed is a photojournalist and filmmaker who likes to tell a story no matter what the medium. Photography was his hobby growing up, and as he learned more about its power, it became his vocation.

Khaled was born and raised in Egypt and is fluent in both Arabic and English. After graduating from law school in Egypt, Khaled moved to the U.S. to study film and multimedia. He attends City College of San Francisco where he has worked as photo editor, layout designer, and online media manager of Etc. magazine and The Guardsman.

Khaled has also published photo essays, including an award-winning essay on Egypt and many opinion pieces about current political events. He freelances for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bay Area Reporter.  Khaled has developed strong camera skills and post-production tools, including Photoshop, Lightroom and Photo Mechanic. Khaled does all his post-production work himself, but believes in getting it right in the camera.

Khaled covered the Egyptian revolution in 2011, and created two multi-award-winning feature-length documentaries: Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution and Stories from Tahrir. He has written three books: Rebel, Tannoura and Cairo Islamic Architecture.

Recent Awards and Recognitions

2015 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), three awards: Video Journalism, Online Content Editor and Social Media

2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), three awards: Magazine Story Photo Essay, Magazine Photography and Video Journalism

2014 Sports Shooter Academy merit scholarship for 2014 workshop

2013 Official Selection, Feature-Length Documentary, Luxor African Film Festival

2012 Winner, Visionary Filmmaker Award, Awareness Film Festival

2012 Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Silicon Valley African Film Festival

2012 Winner, Documentary (HM) Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, Equality

Khaled can be reached at: , Twitter @khaledfilms or Instagram @khaledfilms

Patrick Cochran is a 26-year-old Philadelphia native and aspiring journalist.

Moving to San Francisco three years ago was his “smartest decision ever.” While Philly was a love/hate relationship, his relationship to San Francisco is “pure joy.”

Patrick studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is now a journalism major at City College of San Francisco. A staffer for the school newspaper, The Guardsman, Patrick enjoys reporting on the eccentric nature of CCSF.

Patrick has a good deal of experience covering sports: He won the journalism Association of Community Colleges award for Best Sports Game Story at the 2015 JACC convention. His dream job, though, is covering crime for a major newspaper or Web site.

Patrick can be reached at:

Students 2014

Calla Camero is approaching her senior year at San Francisco State University with a major in journalism and a minor in labor studies.

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, she moved to San Francisco two years ago to grow in a bigger city that provided more opportunity.

Her interest in journalism began with a passion for writing and developed into a desire to voice current issues through investigative reporting. She contends that Bay News Rising epitomizes this by giving her the opportunity to report on the incredibly relevant minimum wage issues in San Francisco.

She hopes to be a voice for this generation, to exhibit how journalism is imperative to society as a whole and a part of everyday life. “It all starts with storytelling.”

Will Carruthers is entering his fourth year as a journalism student at San Francisco State University.

Will is pursuing a career focused on environmental issues and urban studies. He has experience with written, radio and video journalism, including contributions to the Golden Gate Xpress.

Will grew up in Santa Rosa, a rapidly expanding city in the North Bay that is large enough to have a unique blend of problems and small enough to seem bland and suburban. Santa Rosa was Will’s introduction to politics, activism and journalism.

As a freshman in college, Will studied electrical engineering because of his passion for handmade projects. After losing his taste for the math and desk work involved in engineering, Will  pursued journalism, which now allows him to explore his wide range of interests and create important products on his own.

Airha Dominguez is a senior student at San Francisco State University.

She studied community college in San Diego and transferred to SF State to pursue a B.A. in Journalism. Taking classes to fulfill her sociology minor requirements, she discovered her interest in topics related to income inequality, discrimination and sexism. She would like to write stories that accurately portray communities that do not receive appropriate representation by mainstream media.

Born in San Diego and growing up in Tijuana, Mexico, she is the daughter of a lawyer and an elementary teacher. Proud of her Mexican heritage, she is the first generation of her family to go to college in the U.S.

Her transition from high school in Mexico to American community college was challenging. She adapted to a new school system while simultaneously learning a new language. She appreciates the challenge of studying journalism, where using precise and clear language is crucial.

With a passion for dance, she started dancing ballet, tap and jazz at the age of five, and she quickly developed a strong appreciation for the arts. She is currently earning a Classical Dance Certificate from City College of San Francisco.

Chloe Johnson studies journalism and history at San Francisco State University.

Originally from the East Bay, she has lived on both the East and West coasts, but has recently returned to her native San Francisco to finish her degree.

Having been interested in journalism for several years, her original intrigue stemmed from her love for writing, but after an internship with the Examiner and then writing for the Golden Gate Xpress at SF State, she realized there is much more to journalism than words on paper.

She discovered her love for the excitement of meeting new people for each assignment. She found a passion for the detective work involved in asking difficult questions, and a sense of pride to be given the opportunity to speak for people who might not otherwise have a voice.

Her education and experience have taught her fundamental journalistic skills, like how to write with unique style, use concise prose, complete assignments on short notice, and appreciate the challenge of getting in touch with people.

She also enjoys blogging, reading novels, baking, spending time with loved ones, and exploring cities.

Frank Ladra is a senior at San Francisco State University, majoring in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism and minoring in labor studies.

His interest in journalism began at City College of San Francisco, when a course in career success and life planning introduced him to the world of storytelling through photography. Since then, he has taken on photo editor positions for The Guardsman, ETC Magazine, and most recently Golden Gate Xpress.

A California native, he has lived in several cities across the U.S. and has traveled to several countries around the world, studying cultural diversities and capturing unique national beauty in his photos.

Unique to the industry, Frank’s combined writing and photographic skills tell a vivid story through imagery and emotion.

Frank also enjoys culinary arts, music, and keeping up with friends all over the world thanks to the wonders of social media.

Danielle Parenteau is a senior at San Francisco State University majoring in journalism with a minor in philosophy and religion.

She became a journalist to combine her love of writing with her passion for social justice.

She is currently a freelance reporter for the Bay Area Reporter. In the fall of 2012, she interned at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, where she contributed to the award-winning piece “Friends in the Shadows,” which is about how corporations and developers give money to the city to win lucrative contracts and otherwise influence the government. She spent most of 2010 and 2011 on the staff of the Cypress Chronicle, the multimedia student news organization at Cypress College, starting out as a reporter and finishing as editor-in-chief.

She is especially interested in covering the LGBT community, Native Americans, women’s rights, the environment and animals. She also enjoy covering sports, particularly baseball and hockey. Her favorite overall sports team is the L.A. Kings.

She lives in a 100-square-foot SRO in downtown San Francisco with her mother and financially supports the two of them.  Having a long history of struggling economically gives her a personal understanding of the countless challenges people face in trying to survive on little money.

Kevin Skahan recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

As hard as it is to admit, he accredits his mother for his decision to major in journalism. It only took him four years in community college, taking random classes, to realize she was right all along. After getting sick of bossy chefs yelling at him in culinary arts classes and falling asleep in sociology classes, he finally took his first journalism course in community college and has been in love with the field ever since.

At Santa Rosa Junior College, he wore several hats at the student newspaper, from staff writer to various editorial positions, including editor-in-chief. At SF State, he developed a love for multimedia storytelling and copy editing as online copy chief for Golden Gate Xpress and an editorial intern for

Kevin has a passion for telling stories that bring out the personal side of big issues like gentrification and minimum wage so he can connect with his readers.

Marlene Sanchez is a fourth year student at San Francisco State University, majoring in photojournalism with a minor in English.

She has always enjoyed writing short stories and journal entries, but now wants to refocus her passion and write for the public.

Born and raised in Salinas California, she lived in the same house for 17 years, so it was a drastic change for her to move to the city on her own. Coming from a small town, she wanted to make a difference in the city.

Since living here, she has developed a love for writing profiles and stories about gentrification, evictions, labor issues, action and obituaries. She is striving to gain more experience in the field and rediscover what life has to offer in this new environment.

Mary Strope received a B.A. with a focus in English and history at The Evergreen State College and is pursuing her post-graduate education at City College of San Francisco.

She has written for The Bold Italic, The Faster Times and She interned at BUST Magazine and today she is covering small business and the minimum wage in San Francisco for Bay News Rising.

A San Francisco native, she has lived in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and even in Yellowstone National Park for a six-week period while working there, which she said was a story in itself.

She loves to write about feminism, fashion, and the media’s impact on society. She also knows a lot about clothing.

Cody Wright is a junior at San Francisco State University, majoring in journalism with a minor in urban studies.

To Cody, journalism seemed like a perfect fit: it promised adventure and danger, along with the expectation of dissemination of information that is critical to democracy.

He was a staff writer for the Santa Barbara City College newspaper, The Channels. Since then, he has continued to writing pieces for classes at SF State and poetry in his free time.

Raised in a working-class family, the issues of workers rights, equality and economics have always fascinated him. He is also interested in covering the environment, action sports and health. Writing for Surfer Magazine would be a dream come true.

As a California native, he loves his home. He recognizes that San Francisco is a difficult place for most people to survive economically, especially journalists. Having worked in the restaurant industry since he was 15, he considers himself fortunate to have always found a way to make it work. He applauds the experiences and lessons he has gained in the industry, which he plans to cherish for life.

Anna Rubenstein is a junior at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences and Oberlin Conservatory of Music, majoring in both politics and jazz trombone. Her parents met while on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle and are longtime Guild members. She was even on the picket line during the 1994 newspaper strike—in a baby sling!

Since then, she has studied writing, public policy and music. She has been on staff at Oberlin’s long-form journalism magazine, Wilder Voice, but Bay News Rising is her first foray into writing published copy.

Twelve years in San Francisco public schools has imbued her with a strong interest in education policy, arts education in particular. Other journalistic interests include public sector labor, political economy, and the local arts community.

Program Assistant Sara Bloomberg is originally from San Diego. She studied journalism at City College of San Francisco and has a background in Politics and Language Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

She cultivated a foodie habit after working in retail food service for several years and in 2011 decided to pursue a career in journalism. Since then, she has covered issues ranging from urban farms, housing, illegal gambling, small business, food and the accreditation crisis at City College of San Francisco.

Sara has lived in San Francisco since 2009 and has freelanced for KQED, SF Bay Guardian, 48 Hills Online, The Ingleside Light, El Tecolote and The Portrero View.

Project Advisor Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez is a born and bred San Franciscan who found a way to protect his beloved city through reporting.

He has covered stories from Tucson to San Francisco, from Occupy Oakland to battles for the night sky. Joe started in journalism as a reporter and Editor for City College of San Francisco’s The Guardsman, and later freelanced for a number of publications, including the Agence France-Presse, the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Magazine.

Now as a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian he raises hell with city politicians and the burgeoning tech industry. His role in the summer program as an advisor is to serve as a voice for student needs, and utilize his seven years of teaching experience in crafting student workshops.

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