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Class of 2005


Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley
We teach radio at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Our class focuses on documentary radio production — using the medium to it's fullest — expressive writing and delivery, deep use of sound, capturing a sense of place, utilizing music, archival audio, and interviewing techniques to really bring out a story in its most expressive, surprising and provocative ways. Each year our class has a different story focus.


Spring Semester 2006

This past spring our class chose the New Orleans and Gulf Coast, six months after the Storms.
We wanted to keep a focus on the region, keep the stories there in the eye and heart of the public, and share our storytelling approach with the remarkable group of students that pass through the JSchool.

The class traveled to the Gulf Coast — sometimes alone, some in pairs. Some were housed by local
New Orleanians, Arissa Arendt, a community activist took in four. None of the students had been to the region before. They came up with the story ideas while in class - went for a week each and spent the rest of the semester producing their stories. The pieces are starting to make their way to the air on various venues and NPR shows. We are proud to present their efforts and hope they keep New Orleans, Biloxi, Point Cadet and elsewhere in good thoughts.

"Tough Decisions in Biloxi" Produced by Julie Caine and Michael Fitzhugh
Airs on Mississippi Public Radio, July 25, 2006 (btwn 9-10am Central time)

Point Cadet--what many Mississippians called Biloxi's original neighborhood--is gone. It thrived as a seafood capital in the 50's until global competition pummeled the industry. The 90's brought a slow recovery as it became the nation's newest gambling mecca. Katrina hit the casino barges that lined the coast hard, deeply denting the state's tax base. Looking for economic salvation, Gov. Haley Barbour invited casinos inland to shelter them from the storm--invited them into Point Cadet. Interviewing lifelong residents of one of the last coastal working class neighborhoods, we asked how their futures might unfold
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photos © Julie Caine 2006
Michael interviews Vincent Creel
Statue near Fisherman’s Church
Miss Diva Biloxi pageant

A makeshift church in Pt. Cadet.
Fisherman, Ronald Baker has lived in Pt. Cadet for over 40 years. Ron has never been more than 200 miles from Biloxi in his life. His house was flattened by Katrina.
A remaining shotgun house.

Phong Nguyen, grew up in Pt. Cadet
in a Vietnamese immigrant family who owned most of the houses on his block. Now the only place standing is his grandfather’s house, his family is rebuilding.

Kenny Bahanovich — lifelong resident of Pt. Cadet stands where his front room used to be.

Fixing the Pianos of New Orleans
Produced by Nick Miroff
Peter Spring, went to New Orleans to offer his skills as a piano tuner and helped repair instruments damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Aired on NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition, May-20-2006 > listen

Nick wrote to tell us that his piece was on the NPR 'most emailed' list and has been one of the most requested transcripts — " ...WeSat producers say they've been contacted by listeners wanting to donate money and instruments to Peter, and a guy organizing a radio conference in Russia wrote me saying that he wants to use it as a teaching device for a seminar on radio feature production. What a ride! "

Irvin Mayfield: Keeping Dad Close While Moving On
Produced by Samantha Grant and Heather Smith
New Orleans jazz musician Irvin Mayfield who lost his father in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. Mayfield talks about preseving the memory of a fun-loving, chess-cheating father, while letting go of his public role as a grieving son.
Aired on NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition, June 17, 2006 >listen

Sabine Refuge Still Reeling from Rita's Wrath

Produced by Pauline Bartolone
The Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Louisiana was ravaged by Hurricane Rita in September 2005. Many months later, the massive amount of debris the storm dumped in the Sabine marshland remains, and the area may not be able to act as a buffer between residential areas and coming storms this hurricane season. Aired on NPR's Day to Day, June 12, 2006 >listen

Spring Semester 2005
Creative Radio News Features

Stories from J-school students Yunji De Nies, Sarah Neal, Judson True, and Sasha Khokha were featured on Hot Soup on KQED radio. The series, entitled "A Presence of the Past," is a look at the legacies of past generations and their influence on four lives. >listen

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