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Meet the guest speaker: First Amendment attorney Paul Boylan

Meet the guest speaker: First Amendment attorney Paul Boylan

May 20, 2017

We’re delighted to welcome Paul Nicholas Boylan as a guest speaker and seminar leader this summer. Boylan received a Freedom of Information Award today from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for helping the North Coast Journal in a two-year battle to force the city of Eureka to release a police video showing the arrest of a 14-year-old boy […]

Meet the guest speaker: Lakshmi Sarah, VR journalist

Meet the guest speaker: Lakshmi Sarah, VR journalist

May 18, 2017

Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality — today’s buzzwords are fast becoming tomorrow’s immersive storytelling, the next wave of new journalism. Virtual reality journalist Lakshmi Sarah will show NBTB students the new media landscape during her evening guest speaker presentation on Friday, July 7. Born and raised in California, Sarah is an educator and journalist with a focus on the […]

Just hit pause: ‘Arresting Knowledge’ tour heads to NBTB

Just hit pause: ‘Arresting Knowledge’ tour heads to NBTB

May 16, 2017

If your mother says she loves you, check it out. And if you’re smiling, chances are you know something about journalism, including the mindset that makes journalists some of the best critical thinkers around. Don’t assume. Follow the money. Question authority. What’s your source? Any beginning journalism class begins — and ends — with phrases like these. […]

Meet the teachers: Eric Burse, iPad video and media law

Meet the teachers: Eric Burse, iPad video and media law

April 29, 2017

We’re resisting the urge to say that he’s back … but he is. And we couldn’t be happier. Eric Burse, one of our most popular instructors, will return for a fourth year at Newsroom by the Bay this summer to teach iPad video and a new seminar on media law. A law student at the University of Kentucky, […]

Say hello to NBTB 2017’s counselors-in-training

Say hello to NBTB 2017’s counselors-in-training

April 15, 2017

Every year it seems like the real fun of camp begins when we select our CITs — the counselors-in-training whose energy, enthusiasm, ideas and most importantly teen wisdom are what help us make NBTB the camp that works hard and plays hard. We count on our CITs to keep students on task, communicate their creativity and concerns […]

Apply to be a counselor-in-training at NBTB 2017

Apply to be a counselor-in-training at NBTB 2017

December 21, 2016

If you attended Newsroom by the Bay last summer and you think you can help us build a better NBTB in 2017, please check out our counselor-in-training application and apply now to join our team. Counselors-in-training are our eyes and ears, helping fellow campers learn about our program, greeting and introducing our guest speakers, and […]

NBTB 2017 application is live — apply and pursue your passion

NBTB 2017 application is live — apply and pursue your passion

November 13, 2016

Student journalists have had a lot to say in the presidential campaign that ended with the election of Donald John Trump as our nation’s next president. And whatever one’s politics, it seems certain that student journalists again will be covering, commenting and creating impactful stories about America, both at home and abroad, for the next […]

Worlds Apart: Shining a light on homelessness in San Francisco

Worlds Apart: Shining a light on homelessness in San Francisco

July 5, 2016

It was a tale of two cities, as only Newsroom by the Bay students could tell it: Worlds Apart, a pop-up website on San Francisco’s homeless crisis, combined on-the-ground reporting, photography and videos by Year 1 students, with intensive support by Year 2 students, including website design, research, editing and publishing. Worlds Apart was launched on Tuesday, June […]

Day 1: NBTB students take on design thinking

Day 1: NBTB students take on design thinking

June 28, 2016

By Maggie McAden and Lisa Shen NBTB 2016 Camp Communications Counselors STANFORD — Less than 24 hours after students arrived and checked into Newsroom by the Bay’s 2016 summer program, they’re already at work reporting, shooting and forming their journalistic goals. Team Hawkeye has designed a theme for their website based on the popular Facebook […]

A concert by pop sensation Manika and a post-concert press conference gave Summer 2011 students a chance to cover a breaking news event with tweets, blogs, stories, photos and videos. 

Students at Newsroom by the Bay are taught by some of the nation’s top journalism educators. They have the opportunity to meet and learn from professional and college media guest speakers. And they practice what they learn using the latest digital tools. Our program blends tried-and-true journalism curricula with 21st century digital literacy and multimedia training.

Our goals are to:

  • improve students’ writing and critical thinking skills;
  • inspire them to jumpstart or to otherwise improve their schools’ journalism programs — or to join a publication staff in college;
  • offer students a chance to experience life on one of the most beautiful university campuses in the world.

We believe that students learn best by doing, and that writing and editing stories works best when students are addressing real world issues for a real audience. We also emphasize the spirit of the newsroom — the ability to learn together, make ethical decisions together, push each other to the highest level, and experience the laughter and fun of true collaboration.

Students in both Year 1 and 2 programs attend morning classes, work on stories during afternoon lab time, and attend guest speaker presentations or special events each evening.

Year 1 program

The goal of our Year 1 program is to teach students the journalism basics that will help them to begin or improve programs at their own high schools. Accordingly, students in our Year 1 program study journalism basics in the morning and put their new knowledge to practice during afternoon clinics and team labs.

Morning class topics include reporting and writing basics; online news and headline writing; social media; hyperlocal reporting; alternative/ short-form story structures  (blogs, podcasts, galleries, polls); introduction to digital storytelling tools; elements of multimedia feature packages; crowdsourcing; and working with School Newspapers Online websites and WordPress. Students take photos, capture and edit video, write stories and post content using iPads.

A midweek reporting expedition to  San Francisco will include city highlights and a visit to a local media company. Options include social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Storify, as well as local newspapers such as Stanford Daily, the Palo Alto Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

During afternoon lab, students take advantage of reporting opportunities, such as a visit to the Hoover Institute’s history archives or the Rodin Museum. Using their iPads, students report, write, edit and post text, photo and video stories, working closely with their team leaders.

For a look at what students produced at NBTB 2014, click on our Student Work and Websites page. Here also is our end-of-camp story on our multimedia showcase.

Year 2 program 

The thrust of our new Year 2 program is to help students to put their multimedia creativity to work in the real world by exposing students to real-life editors and news organizations.

Advanced students spend three days in morning master classes with professional working journalists, learning in-depth about editorial writing, science writing, photography, videography, newsroom diversity and freelance outlets.

Year 2 students also go on field trips to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which are centered on sit-down discussions with editors at leading news organizations. Students have the opportunity to pitch stories, develop personal contacts, and receive feedback on their ideas.

Afternoons are lab time for students to pursue their research and writing. Team leaders and guest editors also help students learn how to pitch and submit their work to local and national news providers, such as Patch, the Stanford Daily, America’s Wire and New America Media. Typically, students participating in this program leave with one to two stories suitable for professional publication.

Students at NBTB 2014 produced individual websites as well as The Globe, a team reporting project based on a visit to the Investigative Reporters & Editors conference in San Francisco. Our end-of-camp story also showcases their efforts.

Breaking it down: a typical day @ NBTB

  • 7:30 a.m to 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast at Lagunitas Dining Hall on campus
  • 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Newswriting basics (Year 1) or tablet publishing (Year 2)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch break
  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Check-in and planning time with team leaders
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  — Team lab time
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m — Downtime
  • 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. — Dinner (and ice cream!)
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Guest speakers
  • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Team time; jazz concert or baseball game; downtime
  • 11 p.m. — Lights out/bed check for residential students

Our evening guest speaker series features professional journalists and news entrepreneurs who have a front row seat on how journalism is evolving. Topics we’ve covered include the power of story and emerging multimedia platforms; student press law and the Web; libel, privacy and photo ethics; and how to create and maintain a digital footprint.

Testimonials

Kaleb Reyes Clyde, Winslow High School, Winslow, Arizona

“NBTB opened my mind on journalism, my soon-to-be major. We went to San Francisco to do multiple stories and it was truly inspirational. From just that week, I immediately knew that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Kaleb Reyes Clyde, Winslow High School, Winslow, Arizona
Helen Delgado, North Salinas High School, Salinas, California

“I just wanted to thank you for a great experience and all the things I learned. I’m currently doing great in my yearbook class and I couldn’t help but to remember you guys. I couldn’t have done what I’m doing now without the skills I obtained in this program. Thank you!”

Helen Delgado, North Salinas High School, Salinas, California
Katie Leslie, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta, Georgia

“I just wanted to say thank you for everything. I learned so much in one week about journalism and I can honestly say that I think I found my calling … I will (hopefully) be back next year for Year 2. I already have tons of ideas!”

Katie Leslie, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta, Georgia
Teagan Sebba, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, Colorado

“Thank you so much for a Newsroom by the Bay experience that I will never forget! During my 10 days at Stanford, I learned so much about journalism, people and myself. I learned that the friends and connections you make now will impact your life forever, and I’m lucky to have made such great friends and connections at NBTB this year.”

Teagan Sebba, Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Telmo DeMorais, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark

“On behalf of the other guys and myself, I’d like to thank you both for an amazing week. Personally, I can say that here, I’ve found many of the answers I’ve been looking for. Our website barely had any views, and I never knew why. Coming to NBTB and meeting people who were super-energetic and would always challenge my way of thinking about how journalism works today was amazing.”

Telmo DeMorais, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Newark
Joey Safchick, rising freshman, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

“I went to Newsroom by the Bay with minimal journalism experience, just a deep passion for reporting and writing. During the intense and exciting seven days I spent at Stanford, the incredible staff helped me hone in on my journalism skills, giving me the opportunity to start a digital news platform at my school the following fall, and intern at the LA Times the next summer. I made long-lasting relationships with my knowledgable and extremely friendly teachers and leaders.”

Joey Safchick, rising freshman, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
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