Our educational philosophy is grounded in the idea that students learn best by doing, and no one knows that better than our faculty and staff, who combine real-world experience with a thorough understanding of journalism fundamentals.
Our faculty are among the best journalism educators in the country. Guest speakers contribute insights and experience from the world of professional journalism and emerging media. Our talented team leaders are available day and night to help students both inside and outside the classroom. Our 1:8 ratio of faculty/staff to students enables us to be attentive to our students’ academic and personal needs.
Beatrice Y. Motamedi is a teacher, writer and youth media advocate. She is a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and California state director for the Journalism Education Association. Beatrice has worked as a public school teacher; a staff writer and editor for United Press International, the San Francisco Chronicle and WebMD; and a freelance journalist. She was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University and graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University. Beatrice was a 2010-11 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow; her three-part series on inner-city teens and stress was published by the Oakland Tribune. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The International Herald-Tribune, Newsweek, Parenting, Salon, AlterNet, Wired, Health and Hippocrates as well as in two literary anthologies. She served as associate editor for 24 Hours In Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave (Macmillan: 1996), the landmark book on one day in the life of the Internet. Beatrice taught at The Urban School of San Francisco, where her students won more than 200 awards, including the NSPA’s Pacemaker and the Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership. Currently, Beatrice is a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford, where she is developing a student-run global newswire. She also serves on the advisory board of America’s Wire, a Maynard Media Center project to identify and communicate stories about race, ethnicity and class overlooked by the mainstream press. Contact Beatrice at email@example.com.
Paul B. Kandell, the 2009 Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, and the 2009 California Journalism Teacher of the Year, earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and reported for Newsweek before becoming a high school journalism instructor in 1996. In addition to advising two award-winning journalism publications — Verde magazine and The Paly Voice — at Palo Alto High School, he serves on the board of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and has served on the Student Press Law Center’s Advisory Council Steering Committee. The Paly Voice is a five-time winner of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Online Pacemaker Award and one of only two scholastic journalism winners of the Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. A frequent presenter at local, state and national scholastic journalism conventions, Paul has served as co-director of Internet Youth Journalism Advising, an adviser-training program formerly headquartered at San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, and director of the East Palo Alto Journalism Institute, an educational/internship program designed to help youth leapfrog into scholastic journalism programs and pre-professional media opportunities. The lead writer for the University of California’s model Advanced Journalism curriculum, Paul also is one of the leading writers for 21st CenturyLit.org, an online curriculum for promoting digital, information and citizenship literacy in American high school English classes. He is one of the driving forces behind Palo Alto High School’s $10 million media arts center, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. Contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2014 teachers and team leaders
Betsy Snow (faculty) graduated from the University of Michigan, and taught English in Bulgaria as a Peace Corps volunteer. Once in San Francisco, she relied increasingly on photographs to tell her stories and to supplement her teaching. The intrigue of truth and context of images led her to pursue her art credential; she began teaching digital photography in 2008. This move precipitated her return to journalism advising and in 2010 she launched The MArk, the feature magazine of Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, California. Now a certified journalism educator, Betsy revels in watching The MArk find its voice as she continues redefining her own. See Betsy’s work at snowfoto.com and @snowfoto on Instagram.
Casey Miller (counselor-in-training) is a rising senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif. She writes for her school newspaper La Puma as a news editor, and regularly writes blog posts for Huffington Post, in the Teen Section. This is Casey’s second year participating in the NBTB program, after an amazing experience in Year 2 in summer 2013 as photo editor for the “One Day, One Story” pop-up website. This year, she will be returning as a CIT. Casey hopes to pursue her passion in journalism in college. Some of her passions other than journalism include travel, photography, and softball. She looks forward to seeing returning campers and counselors this summer, as well as new campers to inspire her!
Don Bott (faculty) has advised high school publications since 1986, when he founded his school district’s first bilingual literary magazine. During his tenure as adviser to The Stagg Line newspaper, his students have won seven National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker awards and the Journalism Education Association Impact Award, as well as California Journalist of the Year and 1st Place for both NSPA Story of the Year and News Photo of the Year. Don was named Dow Jones News Fund Teacher of the Year in 2002, and was honored with the Journalism Education Association’s Diversity Award in 2008. He also gives presentations at national journalism conventions on topics from design to diversity. Most recently, Don helped pioneer the Stagg Online (www.staggonline.net). Don earned his bachelor’s degree in literature from University of California, Santa Cruz, and his master of arts degree in English from Sacramento State. He is most proud of his column written about his son and published on Father’s Day in the Chicago Tribune. Contact Don at email@example.com.
Emma Steiner (team leader) is a senior at Windward School in Los Angeles where she is Editor in Chief of the school’s online and print news source, The Windward Bridge. She is headed to Tufts University in the fall to begin her undergraduate education. She has participated in her school’s journalism program for the last six years. To further her love of writing, Emma works in the Studio for Writing and Rhetoric at Windward School, which was opened to give students the opportunity to receive help with their writing from their peers. Emma is so happy to be back at Newsroom by the Bay as a team leader and to share her passion for journalism with others.
Eric Burse (faculty) graduates this June from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a multimedia journalist with a passion for working both behind and in front of the camera. He writes, shoots, edits and enterprises his own news stories. The National Association of Black Journalists – the largest group of minority journalists in the nation — recently recognized him as their Student Journalist of the Year. Eric interned for NBC Network News from 2011 to 2013, gaining experience with Nightly News, CNBC, the TODAY Show and Nightline. Eric did his undergraduate work at the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
George Chen (team leader) is a junior at Stanford University, majoring in biology with plans to attend medical school. George is currently the editor-in-chief of the The Stanford Daily and most recently led a redesign of its website. In the past two years, he has served as the Daily’s football beat reporter, managing editor of sports, and executive editor. Last spring, George and two other Daily staffers co-authored “Rags to Roses,” a book documenting the rise of Stanford football. In his free time, he likes to swim and watch football.
Jordan Tichenor (team leader) is finishing up his senior year at the University of Oregon, where he is majoring in journalism with an undeclared emphasis in mobile production. In addition to his work with such programs as OR Magazine and JAM (an after school program aimed at teaching 5th grade students elements of journalistic storytelling), he has been heavily involved throughout his college career and across many student news outlets in Oregon, including positions as editor-in-chief of The Advocate at Mt. Hood Community College, production manager at The Torch at Lane Community College, news intern at the Eugene Weekly, and news editor at the Emerald Media Group, where he helped lead a major rethinking of the news cycle with a new emphasis on community journalism. He has won multiple Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards for his news writing, design and website work, and was one of the recipients of the 2011-2012 Oregon Newspaper Foundation scholarship, as well as the 2012-2013 Arlyn E. Cole scholarship. Jordan has a passion for educating those with an interest in journalism, and truly believes well-educated journalists are essential to making any political or social system work.
Katherine Knott (team leader) is a rising junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in journalism with an emphasis in magazine writing. She worked for MU’s student newspaper, The Maneater, and interned for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. As a Maneater staff writer, Katherine has followed the football team as it won a division title and traveled to the Cotton Bowl. She also covered the wrestling team, traveling to Oklahoma City for the NCAA wrestling championships and witnessing history as Missouri won a national title. A native of Las Vegas, Katherine wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal during high school. For the last four years, she has served as a counselor at a summer camp for military kids. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Lisie Sabbag (team leader) just finished her freshman year at Emerson College in Boston, where she is double majoring in journalism and Writing, Literature & Publishing. She currently writes, edits and designs for YourMag, Em Magazine, Gauge Magazine, and Atlas Magazine, writing feature stories ranging from a behind-the-scenes look at competitive eating to covering the Boston Ballet. She is also the design director for Emerson’s student publishing house, Wilde Press, publishing two titles every semester. Before Emerson, she wrote for Verde Magazine at Palo Alto High School, earning NSPA Feature Story of the Year 2013 for her rape culture exposé , “You can’t tell me I wasn’t raped.” Lisie is excited for her first summer with Newsroom by the Bay.
Michelle Balmeo (faculty) is the adviser of El Estoque newsmagazine and news website at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif. She is a certified journalism educator. During her nine-year tenure as adviser, the publications have regularly received NSPA’s Pacemaker award and CSPA’s Crown award. Michelle was recognized in 2010 as the California Journalism Education Coalition’s Journalism Educator of the Year, High School Division. She was also a 2011 Journalism Education Association Rising Star. Michelle currently serves on the board of JEA Northern California and contributes to the JEA Digital Media Committee’s website, jeadigitalmedia.org. This will be Michelle’s fourth year at NBTB, and she will be leading the Year One Digital Storytelling strand.
Olga Khrustaleva (team leader) is a Fulbright Scholar and graduate student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is an editor and radio producer for Global Journalist, a multi-media project dedicated to press freedom around the world. Previously she worked as a reporter for KBIA radio, NPR affiliate in Columbia. One of her biggest interests is documentary filmmaking, and in summer 2013 she travelled through Central America to produce shorts about SOS children’s villages. Originally from Russia, Olga worked as a news correspondent for The Moscow News and The St. Petersburg Times, English-language newspapers in Russia’s two biggest cities. Before pursuing a Master’s Degree in USA she studied linguistics and international relations. She has been recently awarded a fellowship to work on a project about natural gas and economic consequences of the revolution in Ukraine.
Patricia Jia (team leader) will be a freshman this fall at the University of Pennsylvania, where she will be a communications major. While she has been a section editor for three years at her school newspaper, the Saint Francis Lancer, her favorite job is writing food reviews. Since discovering the uniqueness and cultural diversity of Bay Area food trucks, she started a blog on Mountain View Patch dedicated to learning about these businesses and to trying anything from Korean tacos to donut burgers. After interviewing Ike Shehadeh of Ike’s Sandwiches as a camper during NBTB 2012, then following campers with her camera to document NBTB 2013 as a counselor-in-training, Patricia is excited to return for another year with the Newsroom team.
Scott Landis (faculty and team leader, Year 2) is a writer, photographer and tablet app developer based in Portland, Oregon where he works as the director of mobile development for Storycode (www.storycode.com) and specializes in content development and distribution of tablet applications for publishers and brands. Scott also teaches tablet publication design and development at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is returning to Newsroom by the Bay for his fourth consecutive year as a team leader. Previously, Scott co-founded and served as senior editor of the music magazine Independent Clauses. Scott has worked for numerous magazines and newspapers as a writer, photographer and editor, while writing about technology, economics, music and culture. He holds a degree in magazine journalism from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, where he served as the editor-in-chief for the University’s first iPad based magazine, OR Magazine, which earned semi-finalist status at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon Greenhill (counselor-in-training) is a senior at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif. He is the editor-in-chief of the Sequoia High School Raven Report, and helped launch the newspaper’s website last October, which was an JEA/NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist this year. Last year, he was a Year 2 participant, where he led the effort to launch the “One Day, One Story” student website that covered Supreme Court decisions in the Defense of Marriage Act and California Proposition 8 cases. Next year, Simon plans to attend UC Berkeley, where he hopes to major in economics and/or political science.
Steve O’Donoghue (faculty) taught journalism for 27 years in Oakland, Calif. He founded The Media Academy, a school-within-a-school program built around journalism that is now a small school. Long involved with scholastic journalism issues, he was the 1990 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, California State High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, and the recipient of the Medal of Merit for JEA, the Pioneer Award from NSPA, and the James F. Paschal Award and Gold Key from CSPA. In 2011, Steve received the Carl Towley Award from the Journalism Education Association. Currently, he is director of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative, a non-profit program to revive and improve journalism in the California schools.