Save June 23 to June 30 for Summer 2014 at Newsroom by the Bay


This aerial photo of the Stanford campus was shot by a drone, manned by two Palo Alto High School students who gave a presentation on their flying journalism robot during our Summer 2013 session.

Yes, it’s not even Thanksgiving … but we’re eager to let you know that our Summer 2014 session will take place from Monday, June 23 to Monday, June 30 on the beautiful Stanford University campus. So get out your calendar now and save the dates!

Our Summer 2013 session was amazing, with a keynote by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson, author of “The Orphan Master’s Son,” in-depth talks with pioneering blogger Martyn Williams of North Korea Tech and veteran reporter Michelle Quinn of, and a screening of “The Defector” plus a Skype talk with documentary filmmaker Ann Shin. We also captured amazing aerial photographs of Stanford, thanks to Parker Devine and Matthew Fogarty of Palo Alto High School.

But the highlight of our summer was definitely the website launched by our students, called “One Day, One Story,” about the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions last June opening the door to legalizing same-sex marriage in America.

NBTB students Jacob Cader of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Bronx, N.Y., and Erica Goldhawk of Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif., gave a well-attended presentation on the website on Nov. 16 at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston.

This map, created by Emily Semba of Palo Alto High School, shows trends in same-sex marriages by state.

This map, created by Emily Semba of Palo Alto High School, shows trends in same-sex marriages by state.

“One Day, One Story” was a joint project of the Year 1 students — 60 strong, who fanned out to locations throughout San Francisco and reported, took photos and tweeted the story — and our Year 2 students, who served as editors, working from Stanford to collect, curate and publish more than 20 stories plus photos, videos and some incredible infographics all in just 24 hours.

Within a day of its launch, “One Day, One Story” had collected an astonishing 4,000 hits, becoming a mini-sensation in the world of student journalism.

 Year 1 student Elaine Xie of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose is already looking forward to next summer.

“I’d have to say the best part of camp was the real reporting we did,” she wrote in a recent email. “Being out in the streets of San Francisco and interviewing strangers is drastically different from just sitting behind a computer and writing. I definitely won’t forget the amazing experiences I’ve had at NBTB anytime soon. Can’t wait to apply for NBTB 2014!”

We couldn’t say it any better. Our strength is our students and one of those students could be you. So if you think you’d like to jump into journalism this summer, check us out — we can’t wait to see what your story will be!

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