Multimedia showcase closes out NBTB 2014 — thanks for a great camp!

Interviews with people at Glide Memorial Church gave Team Flame a better understanding of what it means to be homeless in San Francisco.

Interviews with people at Glide Memorial Church and in downtown San Francisco gave students on Team Flame a better understanding of what it means to be homeless.

A multimedia package explaining journalism in the Ukraine, a video about all the different ways we say home (and homeless), and an exclusive interview with the San Francisco Giants’ chief information officer — not to mention a run-in with a life-sized Elmo, of Sesame Street fame — were some of the highlights of our multimedia showcase on Sunday, June 29, closing out our 2014 summer session at Stanford.

A number of awards for Year 1 student work, from Best Use of Social Media to Best Cultural Coverage, also were announced at the showcase.

“It’s astonishing to see the depth and range of content that our students produced in just one week,” said Beatrice Motamedi, NBTB co-director.

“More than ever, we can see that students who collaborate closely in teams guided by experienced team leaders, with access to great reporting opportunities and the right technology, can become remarkable storytellers.” Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 5.19.29 PM

Like the Year 1 students, the Year 2 group produced a website called The Globe, including an in-depth look at the YanukovychLeaks National Project in the Ukraine, in which journalists and citizens worked to rescue 25,000 documents, many with evidence of government corruption and bribery, that were tossed into a lake by President Viktor Yanukovych in February after he was thrown out of power.

Year 2 students also worked on their own individual websites, ranging from “The Decisive Moment” (a look at the surprising epiphanies that mark our lives, by Shawna Chen) to a collection of multimedia stories by Elijah Akhtarzad about “liv(ing) vicariously through the experiences of those with extraordinary access to private worlds.”

Please click below to see our students’ work:

Team Post interviews Elmo, aka Dan Sandler, on the "international fame" of taking a Sesame Street character to the streets of San Francisco.

Team Post interviews Elmo, aka Dan Sandler, on the “international fame” of taking a Sesame Street character to the streets of San Francisco.

After an intense week of finding, creating, and telling stories, our students deserve a well-earned rest and a long and happy summer. NBTB’ers, we hope you get that, and more. Please stay in touch!

—Beatrice and Paul

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iOgrapher gives students a handle on creating stories with the iPad Mini


Daniela Gonzalez, a member of the Sentinel staff, focuses her iOgrapher/iPad Mini unit at a World Cup crowd in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza during NBTB’s 2014 session. Fitting the iPad Mini into the iOgrapher unit gave students a handle on shoots.

Every year, we do our best to put great tools into the hands of great students who want to tell stories and need to be able to tell them in the ways we want to read, see and hear them.

Because our students are doing real stories on the Stanford campus every day, plus heading into San Francisco on reporting trips, we want to know that they have the technology as well as the skills and creativity to get the stories they want.

This year, the iOgrapher — an unassuming red plastic case that acts as a durable frame for the iPad Mini, and gives students a better, safer and easier way to take photos and videos with their tablets — has been a hit with campers and team leaders.

“I think that the most beneficial part was that it stabilized the videos, because normally when you’re just carrying an iPad by itself, the human body is naturally not stable, and shaky,” said Casey Miller, editor-in-chief of a multimedia feature package on the Ukraine, which students compiled after a visit to the International Reporters & Editors Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 27.

“Additionally, this tool is unlike any other iPad accessory that I’ve ever seen, because it allows multiple other pieces to be attached, such as a microphone and a light — anything can be attached to these. And yet they’re so small and compact,” Miller said.

Shahnoor_Jafri_NBTB.2014 Sophie_Sheldon_NBTB.2014Like NBTB, iOgrapher is part of the world of scholastic journalism. Chief executive, inventor and founder David Basulto is the media arts and animation instructor at award-winning San Marino High School in southern California.

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Midday report: Year 1 explores San Francisco

By Simon Greenhill and Casey Miller, Counselors-in-Training

Four hours since they left Stanford, Newsroom by the Bay’s Year 1 students are experiencing the diversity of activities available in San Francisco. Like good journalists, of course, they are also meticulously documenting their adventures using their iPads and iOgraphers.

See our Storify summary of their day so far.

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And they are off! Year 1 reporting teams head into San Francisco for a day of reporting, writing and capturing news by the bay


NBTB students went on a private tour of AT&T Ballpark and attended a game during our 2013 session.

Year 1 students have all safely boarded the Stanford Marguerite bus and will be hopping on the CalTrain to San Francisco any moment now. They are well-rested and well-prepared for a fun reporting day in San Francisco, with a San Francisco Giants game later tonight.

Each team is carrying a complete video setup including a tripod and iOgrapher mounts, mini-iPads, digital cameras and reporters’ notebooks, maps, MUNI and museum tickets, and most of all … money for ice cream, and a ton of natural curiosity and journalistic critical thinking.

We can’t wait to see what our Year 1 teams produce. Please follow us on Twitter @NewsroomBTB #nbtb14 for more news on today’s events.

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Students immerse themselves in Silicon Valley startups

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By Simon Greenhill and Casey Miller, Counselors-in-Training

The era of stuffy boardrooms and claustrophobic cubicles is decidedly over. That was more apparent than ever for Newsroom by the Bay’s Year 2 students Wednesday as they explored Palo Alto startups on the program’s Silicon Valley field trip.

Students visited Stanford’s Institute of Design, Ideo and Issuu, meeting with executives and touring facilities for a glimpse at the Bay Area’s famous culture of innovation.

“It was really interesting to see how journalism is used in so many different fields, and the innovative ideas circulating around Silicon Valley. It was a really enriching experience overall,” Year 2 student Ankita Bhanot said.

Ideo, a product design consultancy that often partners with the Institute of Design, emphasizes principles of “design thinking” and creativity to solve complicated design problems. The firm’s employees work on design projects ranging from developing needle-less vaccination methods to making popular toys.

“They are so diverse in the things that they tackle and the fact that they make real change are the things that I found valuable in their company,” said Year 2 student Jordan Winters. “It’s not just about one thing, it’s about making something and then moving on to another and making the world better in so many different ways.”

Winters earned an interview with an Ideo employee for her website. She said, “I was really lucky to get an interview with one of the people that gave us the tour and that’s really invaluable that they’re willing to talk to young journalists like us, and being able to really explore their personal experiences is so incredible.”

At Issuu, a digital publishing company, students sat down with CEO Joe Hyrkin. The conversation included Issuu’s latest updates, Silicon Valley startup culture and internet privacy.

“[Hyrkin] had some really interesting insights on where journalism was headed and the future of digital publication.  I’m really glad we got the opportunity to tour these innovative companies,” Year 2 student David Wu said.

Hyrkin’s company specializes in giving small publications a chance to get online easily by adapting PDF files to Issuu’s online reader. With over 8 million monthly users, Issuu facilitates the digitization of print media.

“For me it became really clear that there’s a lot more that can happen digitally,” Hyrkin said. “And just because it’s digital that doesn’t mean you can’t have human interaction as well.”

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Old records and older phonographs

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By Simon Greenhill and Casey Miller, Counselors-in-Training

Students from the Year 1 and 2 programs visited Stanford’s Archive of Recorded Sound Tuesday. As the crackliest of crackly old records—a men’s choir performing in the 1910s—played on an antique phonograph, students learned the history and development of music recording since the late 1800s.

The Archive of Recorded Sound was founded in 1958 and contains over 400,000 recordings, many of which are rare or unique. Guided by sound archives librarian Jonathan Manton, students saw some of the earliest sound recordings, as well as artifacts such as antique music boxes and jukebox players.

“We were one of the first places to collect sound recordings the way people collected paper recordings,” Manton said.

One of the Archive’s main purposes is to preserve and digitize rare recordings in order to make them available to researchers. However, copyright law prohibits the unauthorized distribution of the digitized material, inhibiting its availability to a wider population.

“I had never seen any of the things [Manton] showed us,” Year 2 student Parankush Bhardwaj said. “Those large music boxes, and even the small ones that were considered portable back then and are now obsolete and absolutely horrible—but still incredible.”

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