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The Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism prepares reporters for the next era of journalism. Our students learn to report and interview and how to tell their stories in the most effective medium – print, video, audio or photography. As they progress, students use their skills more broadly in investigative, political, business, health, international, science and other reporting classes. Our progressive and flexible curriculum ensures that students are deft and versatile with skills they need for the quickly evolving news industry and job market.

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Telling App

(2020)

One of the biggest challenges the journalism industry faces is reaching and engaging young people. Telling App is a mobile application for teens that consists of games, local plus global news feeds and a mobile toolkit for self-publishing journalism articles.

Katcher received a 2014 AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship to develop the HTML5 hybrid application. The project can be seen online at TellingApp.com.

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New Path

(2019)
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School Crossing

(2019)

School Crossing is the story of the Venezuelan children who have turned to Colombia for an education. It follows two Venezuelan families with children enrolled at the Megacolegio de la Frontera in Cúcuta, Colombia. One family has relocated to Colombia and is grappling with growing xenophobia towards the migrant population.  The other still lives in Venezuela and faces a complicated daily journey to cross the border.

Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the history of the continent and its education system is suffering the consequences. Roughly half of all children in Venezuela are not enrolled in schools due to a lack of water, food and transport, and teachers. In response, Colombia has opened its doors to a flood of educational refugees, modifying its policies to enroll all Venezuelan students regardless of their immigration status. There are currently over 140,000 Venezuelan students enrolled in schools across Colombia.

SMASH

(2019)

The dirtbiking world is a fast paced adrenaline frenzy for pros, enthusiasts and fans alike. When not on the course, daily life for some riders is a far cry from the crowd stirring feats for which they are known.

Smashley is 22 and known for her dirtbike flips, but it was a leisure ride down a hill that nearly took her life before she even began stunt riding. After she recovered from multiple severe injuries, she told a friend she wanted to stunt with him. She says she’ll never stop riding.

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Colors in Crisis

(2019)

California had nearly 6,000 new cases of HIV infection in 2011, the highest in the nation. Of those affected, the gay Black and Latino communities are at highest risk. This story takes place in Los Angeles and follows two men who have lived through the epidemic and converses with youth who are advocating for change while navigating their own lives.

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Cover page of School Crossing

School Crossing

(2019)

School Crossing is the story of the Venezuelan children who have turned to Colombia for an education. It follows two Venezuelan families with children enrolled at the Megacolegio de la Frontera in Cúcuta, Colombia. One family has relocated to Colombia and is grappling with growing xenophobia towards the migrant population.  The other still lives in Venezuela and faces a complicated daily journey to cross the border.

Venezuela is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the history of the continent and its education system is suffering the consequences. Roughly half of all children in Venezuela are not enrolled in schools due to a lack of water, food and transport, and teachers. In response, Colombia has opened its doors to a flood of educational refugees, modifying its policies to enroll all Venezuelan students regardless of their immigration status. There are currently over 140,000 Venezuelan students enrolled in schools across Colombia.

Unfounded Pt. 1: The Voice of the Familes

(2019)

In June 2013, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly called for an audit of Child Protective Services in 3 counties because a child was taken from his parents with was determined to be unjust cause. Since, countless families throughout the state have reported mishandled cases on the part of CPS. This story visits the lives of parents who say they have been wronged by the system.