NBTB Co-Director Beatrice Motamedi gives the morning chalk talk before students head to classes and then afternoon activities.

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_Motamedi_FINAL_for_NBTBBeatrice Y. Motamedi is a teacher, writer and youth media advocate based in Oakland, Calif. She is a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and California state director for the Journalism Education Association. She was named Journalism Educator of the Year (High School Division) by the California Journalism Education Coalition in 2012. Beatrice has worked as a public school teacher; a staff writer for United Press International, the San Francisco Chronicle and WebMD; and a freelance journalist specializing in stories about cancer, diabetes, children’s health and healthcare for people of color. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Beatrice was a 2010-11 Fellow in the California Endowment Health Journalism program at the Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism at the University of Southern California; her three-part series on inner-city teens and stress was published by the Oakland Tribune. Beatrice’s work has been published 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 also 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. Currently, Beatrice teaches journalism at The Urban School of San Francisco. Her students’ newspaper has been nominated twice for the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker Award, winning in 2012. Her students have also won top honors from the NSPA for Design of the Year and Multimedia Story of the Year, as well as the 2010 Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership, numerous NSPA Best in Show awards, and top honors from the National Federation of Press Women for best front-page layout and best news video. Beatrice is program director for the Student Voice Project, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing literacy in inner-city schools through journalism study. She is also on the advisory board of America’s Wire, a wire service produced by the Maynard Media Center on Structural Racism to identify and communicate stories about race, ethnicity and class that are overlooked by the mainstream press. Contact Beatrice at bymotamedi@gmail.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 (http://voice.paly.net) — at Palo Alto High School, he serves on the board of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and 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, a traveling 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, a six-week educational/internship program designed to help EPA 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 2014. Contact Paul at pkandell@gmail.com.

Summer 2013 teachers and team leaders

AdrienneAdrienne von Schulthess (team leader, The Star) is a sophomore at Stanford University, studying political science and environmental protection. She is also a reporter for The Stanford Daily. As a senior at The Urban School of San Francisco, Adrienne won the 2010 Wikoff Award for Editorial Leadership and led her staff to 2nd place Story of the Year for coverage of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearings on California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage. Her work has been featured on the PBS Newshour, and she recently appeared at the NSPA/JEA National High School Journalism Convention as a panelist on “A Changing Culture: Covering Marriage Equality.” Following her stint at NBTB 2013, Adrienne will travel to Belize, where she will be working with the World Wildlife Fund on the country’s aquaculture industry.

Angela_resized_5Angela Pearson (team leader, The Watchdogis a native of Kansas City, Missouri. She is a dual major in journalism and political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  On campus, Angela serves the photographer and member of the Mizzou Black Women’s Initiative, a student organization dedicated to providing a supportive sisterhood and academic resources to freshman and transfer students. Recently, Angela served on the steering committee for the 2013 Columbia Women’s Leadership Conference. Angela has been a fellow for the Sue Shear Fellowship, a public policy institute tailored to promoting female participation in public policy. She is currently a Communications Intern at the UMB Bank Headquarters in Kansas City. Upon graduation, Angela anticipates entering broadcast journalism as a political reporter.

Brendan_resizedBrendan O’Byrne (team leader, The Voice) Brendan is a rising senior and history major at Stanford University. He has served as executive editor at The Stanford Daily as well as news desk editor and deputy editor for the paper. Originally from New Orleans, he has interned at The Times-Picayune and has worked as a digital intern for GMMB, a strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C.

fashion show 2 Emma Steiner (counselor-in-training)  is a junior at Windward School in Los Angeles where she is online editor of the school’s online and print news source, The Windward Bridge.  She has participated in her school’s journalism program for the last five years. To further her love of writing, Emma became involved 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.  In addition to writing she loves to cook and listen to music. A Year 1 student in 2012, Emma is very excited to be returning to Newsroom by the Bay as a CIT!

Eric_resizedEric Burse (faculty) graduates this June from the Annenberg  School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Burse is double-majoring in broadcast and digital journalism and political science. He currently interns at “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” He is the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Student Journalist of the Year, and was a featured speaker at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco in April.

haileywaller_resizedHailey Waller (team leader/afternoon athletics coordinator)  will graduate cum laude in June from the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Calif. She started The Mainsheet Online for her school and pulled together a staff to sustain the website in the years to come. Hailey started as a (happy) camper at NBTB in 2011 and came back the next summer as a counselor-in-training. She plans to continue pursuing journalism and feels grateful for the wonderful opportunities it has given her thus far. Some of her passions are bioethics, creative writing, and all things French. Hailey looks forward to working with the wonderful NBTB staff this summer. À bientôt!

Tichenor_resizedJordan Tichenor (team leader, The Outlookis 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, Designer for Ethos Magazine and Associate Editor for Flux Magazine, both at the University of Oregon. 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.

??????????????????Katya Cengel (faculty) has written about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky. She spent almost half a decade reporting from the former Soviet Union for English-language newspapers and publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Salon.com and Marie Claire. She has reported from Africa, India, Europe, the Middle East and Haiti, and she spent eight years as a writer at the Louisville Courier-Journal. Katya is the author of  “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” (University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2012 by The East Bay Express, and was a finalist for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award. Katya teaches journalism at UC-Berkeley Extension and at various writing workshops around the country. Samples of her work can be found at www.katyacengel.com.


Kelsey Reid (team leader, The Vanguardrecently finished her sophomore year at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in public policy with a specialization in urban poverty and crime. She is one of the editors of the UChicago College website and a copy editor for The University of Chicago Political Review. She has also written and edited for other campus newspapers, websites, and magazines. Reid also teaches journalism to middle school students through an after-school program called Take the Lede. She was an editorial intern for City Pages, an alternative weekly newspaper in Minneapolis, last summer and will be covering homelessness and poverty for Street Sense in Washington, D.C. this summer. During 2010-2011, Reid was the editor in chief of The Echo, the Pacemaker award-winning student newspaper at St. Louis Park High School in Minnesota. She was also a runner-up for the 2011 National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Journalism Honor Scholarship. Reid’s piece on a local clinic’s sexual education posters received a 2011 NSPA Editorial/Opinion Story of the Year Honorable Mention. Reid has a passion for journalism ethics and she has spoken to high school journalists and advisers from around the country about how best to cover controversial subjects and to approach ethical decisions and legal challenges. She can’t wait to be back at NBTB for another year!

MaytalHeadshotMaytal Mark (team leader, The Journal) is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University, where she is studying journalism and history. Maytal is an intern with the Medill Justice Project, a group of journalism students who investigate and report on wrongful convictions in Illinois, and a mentor for Medill Media Teens, a program which allows journalism students to mentor inner-city teens in multimedia journalism. In high school, Maytal was an editor-in-chief of Palo Alto High School’s Verde magazine and presented a seminar on formatting print magazines for the iPad at the 2012 JEA/NSPA conference.

MBalmeo_mug_2012Michelle 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 eight-year tenure as adviser, the publications have been ten-time finalists; six-time winners of the NSPA’s Pacemaker award; and two-time Silver and six-time Gold winners of the 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 as President of JEA Northern California and contributes to the JEA Digital Media Committee’s website, jeadigitalmedia.org. This will be Michelle’s third year at NBTB, and she will be leading the Year One Digital Storytelling strand.


Natalie Bush (team leader, The Observer) recently completed her junior year at the University of Missouri as a strategic communications major in the Missouri School of Journalism. Last year, Natalie interned with the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee. Her interest for journalism was sparked in her high school’s publications room at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind., where Natalie was  co-bureau chief for a quarterly magazine and was a section editor for an award-winning yearbook, including earning a Pacemaker and having been inducted into the NSPA All-American Hall of Fame. At the 2010 NSPA/JEA spring national high school convention, Natalie earned an honorable mention for yearbook copy and caption writing. While in high school, Natalie attended summer journalism camps, and she values the benefits that summer newsrooms can bring.

Patricia_KabobsPatricia Jia (counselor-in-training) is a rising senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. She has been a section editor for both food & entertainment and features at her school newspaper, The Lancer, and she writes poetry for the school literary magazine, Mindframes. However, her favorite job is writing food reviews, and she dreams of getting paid to eat and write. She definitely wouldn’t mind being a guest judge on Iron Chef or having her own Food Network show. In her spare time, Patricia experiments with baking and bikes to downtown Mountain View to explore the library and eat gelato. Since discovering the creativity and cultural diversity of Bay Area food trucks, she has started a blog on Mountain View Patch.com, dedicated to interviewing these businesses and trying anything from Korean tacos to fermented tofu. Patricia attended NBTB 2012, where she explored, ate and published her way through Stanford’s food offerings, including Ike’s sandwiches.

Scott_CameraScott Landis (faculty and head team leader) is a writer, photographer and tablet app developer based in Portland, Ore. He previous helped found, and worked as the Senior Editor for the music magazine Independent Clauses. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Magazine Journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication where acted as the Editor in Chief for the University’s first iPad based magazine, OR Magazine using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which earned semi-finalist status as a Adobe Design Achievement Awards and helped establish a category for digital publishing in the subsequent year. Scott has since shifted his focus toward iPad, and other tablet computer publishing opportunities. He is currently the Digital Publishing Specialist in charge of development and distribution at Storycode, a Portland based digital publishing agency and Adobe Digital Publishing Preferred Partner. He is also helping establish a Digital Publishing curriculum at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he will be teaching this summer. Contact Scott at scottclandis@gmail.com.

IMG_2565Steve 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.

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