Student Work 2017

These are examples of work produced by students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for their 2017 Master's Project in New Media. Profiles of our New Media students can be viewed on our student profiles page.

Below are student projects. Some are linked to trailer previews of their projects. In some cases full websites are embargoed as they are pitching them to publications.

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Condition Blue

A look into policing in Stockton, California

Stockton is one of California’s poorest cities with one of the nation’s highest crime rates. This project explores the tense relationship between the city’s police and residents of color and looks at a national initiative designed to help the two communities rebuild trust.

Leslie Cory

Leslie
Cory

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City of Smoke

How Mongolia's capital is coping with its air pollution crisis.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is one of the most polluted cities in the world during the winter. This project looks at the city’s complex public health crisis and explores how government and community organizations are responding.

Peter Bittner

Peter
Bittner

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A Town Divided

A rural Arizona town clashes over mining

This project follows Patagonia, a rural Arizona town once known for its thriving mining industry, and its bitter divide over a new mining project. Some residents believe the project will create new jobs and economic prosperity, while other believe those promises are overblown and are concerned about potential environmental damage.

Lucas Waldron

Lucas
Waldron

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Debts and Dreams

How for-profit colleges are failing students

In September 2016, one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges, ITT Technical Institute, closed its doors. This project investigates the effects of this closure and examines a larger system of for-profit colleges misusing federal funds and misleading students about educational outcomes.

Paayal Zaveri

Paayal
Zaveri

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Doctor Exodus

How the mass emigration of Puerto Rican doctors left the island with a shortage

Between 2005 and 2013, twelve percent of all of Puerto Rico’s medics and surgeons left the island for the United States. This project investigates the effects of this exodus on the Puerto Rican health care system and on the lives of its residents.

Mariela Patron

Mariela
Patron

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Hong Kong Through Her Eyes

A young lawmaker challenges China’s control of her homeland

This project tells the story of Regine Yau, who won a seat in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council at the age of 24 and ruffled political feathers with her outspoken stance in favor of Hong Kong’s independence.

Katherine Wei

Katherine
Wei

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Who We Are

How three Egyptian youth experienced the Arab Uprising

This interactive documentary looks at the country’s 2011 Uprising from the perspective of three young Egyptians.

Manjula Varghese

Manjula
Varghese

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Mondo Obama

Contextualizing Obama’s presidency

This project looks back at President Obama’s eight years in office, using archival media to put his two terms into historical context.

Gabriel Tolliver

Gabriel
Tolliver

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Mountains Are Ours

A group of Afghan women find freedom in mountain climbing.

In a country where women have few freedoms, a group of aspiring mountain climbers push boundaries and venture up the mountains above Kabul.

Atia Musazay

Atia
Musazay

Manjula Varghese

Manjula
Varghese

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Tale of Two Stadiums

A comparative look at the Pontiac Silverdome and the Oakland Coliseum

As the Oakland Raiders head to Las Vegas, many ask what will become of the Oakland Coliseum stadium.

Juan Reyes

Juan
Reyes

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Advancing Waters

A look at the effects of flooding in coastal cities

Flooding has the potential to leave 760 million people without a home by the end of the century. This project explores how three coastal cities –– Manila, Rotterdam and Los Angeles –– are tackling the issue.

Robin Simmonds

Robin
Simmonds

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Chasing Lithium

Charting the next world's next resource in the evolution of energy

From mining in the salt flats of Bolivia, to battery design in U.S. Labs, to China's electronic waste economy, this project explores the human, geopolitical, and environmental costs of our dependence on lithium batteries.

Rachel Hiles

Rachel
Hiles

Nina Zou

Nina
Zou

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Silenced

An investigation into the murder of journalists throughout Mexico

Since 2000, about 90 journalists have been murdered in Mexico. There are no established protocols to investigate a journalist’s death in relation to his or her reporting.

Yngrid Fuentes

Yngrid
Fuentes

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The Chinese Closet

A look into the spike of HIV cases in China's gay community

For many people, China is a country with modern cities, huge skyscrapers, and the world’s second largest economy. But underneath this modern looking facade, China is still very traditional in many of its culture values. One is the country’s acceptance of homosexuality.

Larry Zhou

Larry
Zhou

Jieqian Zhang

Jieqian
Zhang

Fan Fei

Fan
Fei

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Transplanted

How undocumented immigrants with terminal kidney failure fight to navigate a health care system that doesn't acknowledge they exist

America's 11.3 million undocumented immigrants often struggle with health disparities. They don't qualify for federal programs; their jobs don't carry benefits. Emergency rooms are their only doctors.

Noelia González

Noelia
González

Jieqian Zhang

Jieqian
Zhang

Brett Murphy

Brett
Murphy

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Port Feudal

Port truck drivers, misclassified as independent operators, become indentured to their trucks

As the trucking industry was deregulated in the 80s, truckers, mostly poor, mostly immigrant, flooded the market. Companies took advantage of this cheap, high-turnover fleet by labeling their drivers independent contractors instead of employees. See trailer

Brett Murphy

Brett
Murphy

Jeremy C.F. Lin

Jeremy
C.F. Lin

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The Wait

Inside the Lives of Asylum Seekers in Germany

Germany opened its doors to refugees from all over the world, and specifically those fleeing Syria. But this humanitarian problem has been touted as one of the worst refugee crises since World War II. This project aims to provide perspectives absent from much of the current news on refugees around the globe — a peek into what life is like for those who have made it to Europe in search of safety, freedom, better lives.

Melissa Bosworth

Melissa
Bosworth

Lakshmi Sarah

Lakshmi
Sarah

Fan Fei

Fan
Fei

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Lure of ISIS

A look into how ISIS uses modern, online propaganda to attract westerners

Since ISIS declared a worldwide caliphate in June 2014, thousands of people have traveled to Syria from around the world to join the cause. Our package explores the motivations of westerners who join ISIS and the role the Internet plays in recruitment and radicalization.

Mara Van Ells

Mara
Van Ells

Chole Shi

Chole
Shi

Alice Kantor

Alice
Kantor

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Health Access for Undocumented Americans

A look at the health insurance option for the undocumented

Few, but a growing number of options exist for the 3 million undocumented immigrants in California to get health insurance.

Naomi Nishihara

Naomi
Nishihara

Nicole West

Nicole
West

Alicia Vargas

Alicia
Vargas

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Driving Poverty

How driver's license suspensions amplify inequality

Authorities issue driver’s license suspensions to keep unsafe drivers off the road, but they also issue suspensions for failure to pay fines and fees and for non-driving related offenses.

Harriet Rowan

Harriet
Rowan

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Keeping Tabs

Keep up with everything interactive, multimedia and immersive on the web

An curation and aggregation of interactive media in the form of a newsletter and website.

Sasha Lekach

Sasha
Lekach

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Mozzified

A pop-culture website dedicated to Muslim millennials

To “mozzify” is to take from American culture and re-interpret through a American-Muslim lens. The idea came about when Mozzified’s founder, Zainab, and her friends would jokingly call each other “mozzies” while in school. This was later to define a particular culture they experienced as young American Muslims.

Zainab Khan

Zainab
Khan

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The Privilege Project

Twenty-two strangers discuss personal experiences regarding their gender, race, and wealth.

We hear the term privilege often, and are expected to know about it, but are rarely given the opportunity to discuss the concept.

Lena Dakessian

Lena
Dakessian

Zainab Khan

Zainab
Khan

Shaina Shealy

Shaina
Shealy

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Tapestry Story Reader

An app for finding great literature

Phil coded an app that aggregates hard-to-find independent literary work. Authors can also upload their own pieces.

Phil James

Phil
James

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Mid-Market News

A hyperlocal website serving Mid-Market San Francisco

Mid-market news serves a community along Market Street that includes the Tenderloin and Civic Center neighborhoods. It covers tech, gentrification, arts, non-profits, housing, and crime.

Ted Anderson

Ted
Anderson

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Do Arms Embargoes Work?

Exploring the effectiveness of symbolic embargoes

A project that takes a closer look at arms imports and embargoes in countries subject to European Union sanctions.

Jeremy C.F. Lin

Jeremy
C.F. Lin

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Demographic Danger

A story on access to abortion services in Texas and Louisiana

An Israeli hospital maternity ward promotes Israeli–Palestinian coexistence.

Shaina Shealy

Shaina
Shealy

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Undue Burden

A story on access to abortion services in Texas and Louisiana

A documentary film about the plight of women getting access to abortion services as legislative opponents attempt to shut down clinics.

Gina Pollack

Gina
Pollack

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Blind Boys of Alabama

A documentary film on the Blind Boys of Alabama

Born blind and in the deep South, a group of young boys found success through singing gospel.

Jacqui Ipp

Jacqui
Ipp

Jeremy C.F. Lin

Jeremy
C.F. Lin

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