UC Berkeley students covering Richmond

UC Berkeley lecturer Eric Simons and Tiffany Neely go over topics to cover with senior lecturer Bob  Calo (center). Photo by Alejandra Bayardo of the Chronicle. The Chronicle this morning has a story about a UC-Berkeley Journalism program that sends students out to cover the gritty city of Richmond for a semester. The students, 18 of them this year, will write stories for the website Richmond Confidential. They cover everything from crime to city government, from features to sports. A

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New dean at UC-Berkeley J-school

Wasserman UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has named Ed Wasserman as its new dean. He has been the Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Tom Goldstein, who has served as interim dean of the J-school since Neil Henry resigned last August, will remain in that position until Jan. 1 when Wasserman takes over. Wasserman was one of four finalists for the position. BayCitizen.org says the others were Ron Elving, NPR’s senior Washington editor;

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Berkeley J-School dean stepping down

HENRY Neil Henry is stepping down as dean of the UC-Berkeley journalism school 10 months after he was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness and then disappeared from campus. A press release from UC-Berkeley says he will return to teaching journalism and will serve as special assistant to the Athletic Study Center, helping student-athletes to maximize their academic experience during their time at Berkeley. Journalist, author and Berkeley professor Tom Goldstein, who served as dean of the J-School from 1988 to

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J-school unveils pledge, student press passes

The UC-Berkeley j-school, under the direction of Dean Neil Henry, is offering press passes to students and asking them to take the following “student honor pledge”: The purpose of journalism is to seek truth and report it to the public. As a student at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, I acknowledge that my work may appear publicly in a wide variety of media formats and outlets, including the school’s local news sites. I will strive to practice the craft at its

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UC Berkeley J-school ponders $5,000 annual fee

According to a UC Berkeley memo posted on the Romenesko blog, Cal’s Graduate School of Journalism is considering charging every student a $5,000 “professional degree fee” starting with those who enter the school in 2011. Neil Henry, the school’s dean, sent a memo asking students already enrolled at the J-school for “advice and suggestions” about the fee. Henry also plans to convene an all school meeting in the library on Sept. 13, at 12:30 p.m., to discuss it. If the

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Josh Wolf in trouble again

Josh Wolf, who served 226 days in prison for refusing to give federal authorities out-takes from the video of a San Francisco protest he shot, is now a journalism student at UC-Berkeley — and he’s in trouble again, the NY Times reports. Wolf was arrested in November inside Wheeler Hall, which had been occupied and barricaded by students protesting tuition hikes. Now he’s facing a seven-month academic suspension (and a 10-page essay). But Wolf says he entered the building as

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Berkeley j-school dean ‘adjusts mission’

“We’ve had to adjust our mission,” says Neil Henry, who’s led Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism on an interim basis since mid-2007 and enters the fall semester as its first permanent dean since the departure of Orville Schell.” It used to be you could just educate students for a career track,” then send them off to work at one of the nation’s roughly 1,500 daily newspapers. Now not only are those papers retrenching, but the future of the industry itself

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Hackers hit UC-Berkeley j-school server

The Daily Californian student newspaper at UC-Berkeley reports that 493 applicants to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism were notified yesterday that hackers may have obtained their Social Security numbers and other private data. The notification was sent to those who applied between September 2007 and May 2009. The security breach was discovered in the second week of July but was only made public on Tuesday. “It just takes time to do the investigation,” said Shelton Waggener, the campus’s

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