Got a question? See our new FAQs for residential students

If you’re planning your Newsroom by the Bay experience this summer, you probably have questions on your mind … which is why we publish Frequently Asked Questions at this time of year.

Please click here for our new FAQs for residential students and click here for our commuter FAQs.

Much as we try to anticipate everything you’ll need to know, sometimes we miss something. So if you have a question, please feel free to email us at and we’ll be happy to help.


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NBTB alums head to college, careers as next-gen journalists

Over the past four years, we’ve been blessed to get to know extraordinary young journalists from around the country. Not only do we enjoy their company for a week at Stanford, but often they stay in touch with us and ask us for recommendations as they apply to college.

We’re happy to say we’ve heard from several alums recently who’ve gotten into college and have let us know that their time at Newsroom by the Bay helped them understand who they are and what they want to do in the world.

“I was accepted into Boston University’s College of Communication!” wrote Nebeyatt Betre, who was an NBTB Scholar in 2013. ” Thank you so much for your rec letter! My experience at Newsroom helped me so much. I just thought you’d like to know where I’ll be studying broadcast journalism next year!”

Left to right: Nebeyatt Betre and Patricia Jia met each other at NBTB 2013 last summer. Both are heading to college this fall.

Nebeyatt Betre (left) and Patricia Jia met each other at NBTB 2013 last summer. Both are heading to college this fall.

Patricia Jia, who attended NBTB in 2012 as a Year 1 student, and returned last year as a counselor in training and a member of our Year 2 advanced strand, also has made her college decision.

“Great news! I was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania for early decision, so I’ll be a freshman there this fall,” she wrote.

“I couldn’t have done it without the opportunities you have given me at Newsroom by the Bay; those weeks of intensive journalism practice have helped me develop my passion for the field, and I hope to major in communications.”


Esme Argueta, center, interviews a San Jose Earthquakes player during NBTB 2013.

Esme Argueta, center left, interviews a San Jose Earthquakes player during NBTB 2013.

Esmeralda Argueta, another NBTB Scholar in 2013, will graduate in June from Castlemont High School in East Oakland. This fall, she’ll head to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she will study environmental science and journalism. Esme spent last summer at NBTB writing stories on climate change and healthy cities (click here for “One Step Closer to a Greener Life”). 

“NBTB was an experience I will never forget,” Esme wrote to us. ” I learned through many passionate and dedicated writers the meaning behind being a journalist; it is telling a story with heart and true consideration for others. I was lucky to meet so many students who loved writing, and we had the most supportive and down-to-earth leaders who were there for us in every way.”

Simon Greenhill takes the mic during the multimedia showcase to describe his team's pop-up website project.

Simon Greenhill takes the mic during the multimedia showcase to describe his team’s pop-up website project.

Simon Greenhill, a Year 2 student last summer who is now considering admissions offers from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as UCLA and Tufts University, offered this observation: “I think that NBTB helps convey interest in journalism and helps breed new, exciting ideas in its students — this allows students to prove they’re passionate about something while also applying their newfound skills to journalism programs in their communities.”

It wasn't all work and no fun for Ethan Parets, who played a lot of Frisbee at NBTB 2013.

It wasn’t all work and no fun for Ethan Parets, at right, who managed to play a lot of Frisbee at NBTB 2013.

Finally, from Ethan Parets, whose smile lit up camp from the moment we met him, comes this: “Newsroom By The Bay taught me skills and provided me with experiences that directly led to my acceptance to all seven of the journalism programs I applied to. The opportunities seized during my time at NBTB transformed me into the writer I am today and I am thrilled that I will be part of the Northeastern University Class of 2018! Thank you both so much!”

If you’re an NBTB alum and you’re getting good news, please email us at or tweet @NewsroomBTB. We’re proud to see you becoming the next generation of journalists!

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Commuting to NBTB? Check out our FAQs for info you need!

Are you planning to commute to NBTB this summer, but you’re wondering about when you can plan to go home each day? Or how many meals are included in your program fee? Or what will be happening during the week/during the weekend?

Then please click our new Commuter FAQs (frequently asked questions) for answers to these and other questions.

We’ll also be posting Residential FAQs later this month.

If you don’t find the information you need in any of our FAQs, please email us at and we’ll be glad to help.


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Several spaces remaining — apply, pay now to reserve yours!

Students line up for a gourmet taste test at the TCHO chocolate factory in San Francisco. Photo by NBTB staff.

Students line up for a gourmet taste test at the TCHO chocolate factory in San Francisco. Photo by NBTB staff.

Good news — we have just a few spaces remaining for  Newsroom by the Bay 2014 (June 23-30, with early arrival options the weekend before), so we’re extending our early-bird rates of $2,195 (residential) and $995 (commuter) indefinitely, until we’re able to close the doors on this year’s application process.

Our application deadline is rolling, which means that you may apply at any time, and we will accept you if you are qualified. But your space is not reserved until you pay.

As of the end of the day on April 1, our early payment deadline, we had approximately seven residential spaces left and five commuter spaces.

Refunds cannot be made after May 1, and typically we fill camp before then. The deadline for international students is April 15, so we expect more last-minute applications from overseas as well as from students attending the national high school journalism convention in San Diego, April 10-13.

So if you are serious about getting a taste of journalism at Stanford this summer, apply now and get us the required recommendation from an adviser or teacher. We’ll respond as soon as we can. Payment will be due upon receipt of your invoice.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at, or call us (Paul at 650-575-7745 or Beatrice at 510-282-7379).

Hope to see you at Newsroom by the Bay this summer!

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Discover the Stanford Daily at Newsroom by the Bay

Ever wonder what a campus news operation looks and feels like? At Newsroom by the Bay this summer, students will get a close-up look at the Stanford Daily newspaper. Indeed, we’ll be holding most of our classes in the Daily’s central-campus headquarters.


Eric Burse, who will be returning to NBTB this summer to teach his popular iPad video course, takes a question during his class at the Stanford Daily last June.

Dating back to 1891, the Daily is an independent publication and one of the best college publications in the U.S. For the past three years, we’ve been proud to have editors-in-chief and senior editors from the Daily among our team leaders and multimedia showcase judges.

Daily editor-in-chief George Chen, a biology major who’s already published a book on Stanford football and the Rose Bowl, will be one of our team leaders this summer.


(Left to right): NBTB 2013 students Esme Argueta, Edward Perez and Chizobam Nwagwu interview San Jose Earthquakes player Mehdi Ballouchy during a visit to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Stanford is the world’s second-largest university campus, so there’s plenty of news to report, including sporting events at Stanford Stadium. Last year, NBTB students got press-box access to a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game, and this year we hoping to give similar opportunities to even more NBTB’ers when the Los Angeles Galaxy comes to town.

We’re excited that NBTB students will once again be able to join the world of student journalism at Stanford.

If you’re interested, you’ll need to apply right away — our early bird deadline extension ends April 1.  Click here for our application.

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We’re filling spaces — apply, pay and reserve yours! 

Mid-March finds us filling spaces as accepted students send us payment and registration packets. It’s an exciting time for us as we read through the applications we get from students who are so curious and committed to the future of journalism around the world.

We’re happy to report that students will be joining us this year from Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey,  Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Hawaii, plus our home base of California.

And while we can’t release names, we can tell you that among those we expect to see at NBTB this summer are a budding photojournalist from Pakistan; a hockey player from Kahului, Hawaii, who covers the Chicago Blackhawks; and a student editor from California’s Central Valley, whose school website “sits in the corner, unused” and who wants to come to Newsroom by the Bay so she can learn how to change that.

“I think that Newsroom by the Bay would inspire me to pursue a career in journalism by exposing me to new techniques that would make my work a lot better,” wrote one accepted student, who is the social media sports editor for his high school in Virginia. “And there are very few summer opportunities that could teach me the things the Newsroom by the Bay will.”

We couldn’t agree more. So if you want to learn by doing (our camp motto!), consider joining us this summer at Stanford.

Apply now, get accepted and pay by April 1, and you will receive our early bird discount. Residential students pay $2,195 and commuters pay $995 for our eight-day program, including instruction, field trips to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, a personal iPad for the week, tickets to events such as a San Francisco Giants game or the Stanford Jazz Festival, and reporting opportunities on the beautiful Stanford campus.

For more information, please click on “Apply” above.


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Get your game on and report sports at Newsroom by the Bay

Calling all sportswriters, broadcasters and social media editors: One of the best things about being at Newsroom by the Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area is having access to major-league sports opportunities, including professional baseball and soccer.


NBTB 2012 students take a break while walking the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco before a Giants game. Below right, a photo taken from the Giants dugout shows players warming up before the game begins.

This year, we’re happy to report that the San Francisco Giants will be in town during our June 23-June 30 program week. We’re arranging for a private tour of AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco, including field and press box access, plus tickets to an evening game against archenemies the Cincinnati Reds or the San Diego Padres (stay tuned — we’re working out the details).

Giants3Also this year, the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team will be playing at Stanford Stadium against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, June 28, with fireworks following the end of the game. NBTB students got press access and game tickets last June. Based on popular demand, we’re planning on sending a larger crew of NBTB student journalists this year.

All of these opportunities will be open to each NBTB student through a signup and lottery during camp. Space will be limited, though we will try our best to make sure that each student has an opportunity to attend at least one of these reporting and sporting events.

Fireworks explode over Stanford Stadium and Hoover Tower after a San Jose Earthquakes game during NBTB 2013 last June.

Fireworks explode over Stanford Stadium and Hoover Tower after a San Jose Earthquakes game during NBTB 2013 last June.

So if you’re a would-be broadcaster, sportswriter, social media editor, or just someone who wants to write a story about how a ballpark smells, feels, tastes and sounds (hey, someone actually did that story!), check out our online application and apply now. Our Early Bird discount rate of $2,195 for residential students and $995 for commuters expires on April 1.

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