Bay News Rising Journalists Take Flight

SAN FRANCISCO – Members of the 2018 Bay News Rising program met this week at Guild headquarters to get rolling on their summer writing projects, which encompass a wide range of timely and hard-hitting topics.

Subjects include immigration, mental health, police shootings and unfair labor practices. To develop their projects, students will stay busy interviewing sources, poring over data and reports, attending meetings and more to really get at the heart of the story.

“We are excited to see what develops from these story pitches,” Carl Hall, executive officer of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, said. “Each has the potential to make the front page of a major metropolitan newspaper.”

Bay News Rising matches professional journalists and union staff with college reporters who want to improve their skills in news gathering and long-form storytelling. The students, who are paid a stipend for their work, are expected to deliver their projects on-time and with the goal of having their work published.

The class of 2018 includes:

Sarah Carpenter – Laney College

Myah Overstreet – San Francisco State University

Simon Campbell – University of California, Berkeley

Erin Stone – University of California, Berkeley

Sarah Lapidus – City College of San Francisco

Bay News Rising is a project of the Pacific Media Workers Guild made possible by the labor and contributions of its members.

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