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Wednesday morning, 9 a.m.

on November 25, 2009

Here was the assignment: On a Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., 17 reporters would disperse throughout North Oakland.

No appointments. No press releases. No plan. Just one hour alone with one corner of the city. One pen each, one notepad, one camera.

One hour to watch and to listen. Then one hour to write.

There was no grand design in their destinations, either.  They just wandered out into Oakland to see what unfolded in front of them.

What happens when you don’t have a story?

Sometimes the city writes one for you.

Click the links below to read stories from all over the city.

MacArthur BART Station

Fortune Cookie Factory

Hardy Dog Park

Alliance Recycling

VCA Animal Hospital

Golden Gate Donuts

Office of the Mayor

Lois the Pie Queen

North Oakland Post Office

Kerry House

Great Western Power Company

Construction site at Broadway and West MacArthur

St. Mary’s Cemetery

Claremont DMV

McDonald’s on Telegraph Avenue

Bus stop at 40th Street and Telegraph Avenue

Mama’s Royal Cafe



  1. Anna Bloom on November 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Wow — wonderful!

  2. […] are enjoying a day off, full of food and family and friends. If you have a chance, check out our Wednesday morning, 9 a.m. package. We had a lot of fun producing […]

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