School of Journalism at UC Berkeley
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
ways. Each year our class has a different story focus.
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 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
"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
photos © Julie
interviews Vincent Creel
near Fisherman’s Church
Diva Biloxi pageant
makeshift church in Pt. Cadet.
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.
remaining shotgun house.
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.
the Pianos of New Orleans
Spring, went to New Orleans to offer his skills as a piano tuner
and helped repair instruments damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
on NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition, May-20-2006
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
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
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.