About Oakland North

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism have been running Oakland North since 2008. Here are some of their adventures.


Oakland North is a news project of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. We started in 2008 with support from the Ford Foundation, but currently operate as an independent local news organization supported by UC Berkeley and your donations.

Oakland North, and our sister publication Richmond Confidential, are entirely staffed by graduate student reporters at the J-School. During the fall semester, our students are reporting for our core “boot camp” class in learning to report, a class we fondly know here as J200. In the spring, a smaller group of students pursue the continuation course, J201, as an elective, working on more complex, ambitious reporting pieces.

Our goals at Oakland North are to improve local coverage; to experiment with online and digital media; to teach young reporters to excel in their fairness and commitment to accuracy; and to listen to you–about the stories and features that most interest you, the issues that concern you, the information services you want, and the reporting you’d like to see undertaken in your own community. We aim to explore new ways to give communities back the coverage they’re losing as regional newspapers shrink–and also to be inventive about what digital journalism can do for all of us in the future. We’re learning new ways of telling stories in sound, in pictures, in cellphone dispatches, through data visualization, through social media and in other forms of reportage still under development.

Here are just a few of our

A Life Fulfilled — Charles Berkowitz’s touching multimedia report on the life of Teddy Berger-Greer, a four-year-old with a rare cancer called neuroblastoma. The story started as a short piece for Oakland North, and became a piece for the Creativist.

As the economy sinks, homeless people move onto abandoned boats — Amina Waheed investigates an economic phenomenon happening in Oakland’s marina community.



Oakland North’s Race to the Airport — in order to test the premise of Oakland’s new “BART to OAK” airport connector (that a BART train will get you there faster) we staged our own test. Four racers, traveling by bus, BART, bike and car had to make it from Bakesale Betty to the airport — while carrying a Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Who would make it there fastest, and with the most intact pie?

Five Teenagers — Kate McLean, Mario Furloni and Richard Parks tell the story of five teenagers involved in the Teens on Target anti-violence program.

We hope to keep Oakland North a source of news and community conversation, and we welcome your comments and insights.

You can connect with Oakland North on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. We welcome tips, questions, corrections and submissions for “You Tell Us,” our community op-ed page, at staff@oaklandnorth.net. Please keep in touch! – The staff of Oakland North


  1. I would like to submit a news release but do not see where I should send it.

  2. To RaiderNation!,

    The Raiders are not going to win the AFC West in 2012! or ’13 or ’14. The Raiders aren’t overhauling the team to win in the future……. The Raiders aren’t a trying to build a winning team for next year.

    The Raiders aren’t a bad football team (Say What?!?)…..The Raiders are a stock that is being used by the NFL to make Billions in 2014.
    The NFL controls the Raiders. ESPN and NFL Network already know about it and the last AL Davis roster is purposely being erased along with many of his staff as one last way to pay him back.

    Its not about revenge, its about money. The NFL wants the Raiders to be a billionaire or corporation owned team.


    Their purposely losing. The NFL controls the front office and they really don’t want the Raiders winning as a mom & pop owned club.

    What fans need to understand is this is the NFL and how it works. Ex-Raiders picking Reggie McKenzie was a front. The NFL tells Mr. McKenzie and Allen what to do.

    ESPN already knows about it…..they really enjoy seening Al’s club erased by the NFL.

    This isn’t a conspiracy theory. AEG and Farmers’ Insurance Group are going to be moving to partner with or own the club. Fans will be fooled into supporting a system that was behind them losing in the first place.

    Fans shouldn’t contact the NFL front office but the NFL Network because they really dislike Raiders, AL and RaiderNation and they are the news center for the NFL.

  3. d

    about the monster in the lake you guys need to cut that bull**** out just to get someone on oakland page site be real and creative and real people will follow to much junk i dont want to view silly sh**! lol

  4. Professionals Guild is hosting a Huge, upscale New Year’s Eve party at the Oakland Marriott. For more info you can see the Professionals Guild Website or look for posters inside BART trains.

  5. OAKLAND TECHNCAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLES CONCERT FEATURING MIC GILLETTE OF TOWER OF POWER – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH 7:00 PM – OAKLAND TECH HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM ON 42D TREET AT BROADWAY You’re not going to want to miss this evening, when Tower of Power founding brass player, Mic Gillette, headlines a performance with Oakland Tech’s fantastic Jazz Bands! Tickets are $10 – cash only – at the door. Please come and support our local music students.

  6. I am a native of Oakland born and raised who has moved to DC. I welcome keeping updated on Oakland issues. Thank you

  7. what happened to the weekly newsletter?


    Is there a email list or weekly newsletter to sign up for??? This is great ;D!!!

  9. Tatiana Siegenthaler


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  10. Carolyn Vallerga

    To rectify your poor photo essay of 94602 I suggest you interview organizations like the Dimond Improvement Association. Include photos of Glenview and Oakmore as you advertised you had but did not. I cannot express how disappointed I am in the cursory attention to the 94602. As a UCB graduate 1969 I am ashamed of this poor work of the UCB Journalism department. You have offended 94602 by just walking down Mac Arthur Blvd without venturing into the districts themselves on Fruitvale Ave.and Park Blvd. The beautiful Dimond Park on Fruitvale Ave should have been included. I am disgusted. Your program has an excellent goal but only if you are accurate. This” photo journalism” has been inaccurate and is so sloppy!!! Shame on you and your department. I donate money to keep UCB current and viable but is this what I get from a world famous school.

  11. Maret Bartlett

    The Oakland Tech High School Jazz Bands will perform at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland on Monday, April 15th, at 7 pm and 9 pm. Tickets cost $15, and the performance is a fundraiser for the Oakland Tech Music Department. Please come celebrate the end of “tax day”, and hear our students perform pieces by the Masters of Jazz: John Coltraine, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and more!”The Oakland Tech High School Jazz Bands will perform at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland on Monday, April 15th, at 7 pm and 9 pm. Tickets cost $15, and the performance is a fundraiser for the Oakland Tech Music Department. Please come celebrate the end of “tax day”, and hear our students perform pieces by the Masters of Jazz: John Coltraine, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and more!

  12. Thomas

    Mr. Chavis,

    I can structure your school system so that you don’t need government funds. Plus, I can make the tuition payments for your students.


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  13. andrew danish

    is there a way to get a weekly email digest sent as a reminder to read your blog?

  14. Hi,
    Where can I send a press release about a downtown gallery/performance event we are hosting?


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  18. Tom

    Your story on the Oakland Raiders was very off, The Raiders Were a symbol of pride and sucess for blue collar people and have always been far ahead of the times in pro sports. Whats been happenig to the Raiders IS, there are new stake holders AND the NFL inside the front office of this famous team. The new stake holders are wallstreet people and that means they don’t want to do anything but make money. Fans beleive Al Davis alone caused the Raiders’ problems but the NFL was pressuring Al bring in a Wallstreet company or billionaire to make the team more valuable and build a new stadium. They will not tell you this but that means poorer fans get priced out of these stadiums, corporations run the team and players are treated like stocks and temp employees. They hated AL because he refused Not to pay players what they were worth. Almost ALL of you 32 NFL clubs are partnered with a billionaire and they build whole districts to make money off fans but they don’t show any loyalty to the fans. Al didn’t want to do this and thats why the Raiders have had problems. The new stake holders are from Illionois, Rochester New York and there has been some talk of members of the 49ers owning a stake in the team. That means after Al Davis passed away stock was sold without his permission.

    The Raiders front office will try to get rid of every Davis era player even if he can help the team win. The stake holders want to move the team and they have been trying to get Al’s family to sell and if losing will help that they are happy the Raiders are not winning.

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