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New Oakland North reporters discover Oakland

on August 30, 2010

Oakland North’s 16 new reporters (you’ve seen their bylines all weekend) are in Multimedia Boot Camp this week. They will emerge ready to plan a video, shoot a photo slideshow and or record a radio piece with the best of them. But last week, we found that some of our incoming reporters had a jump start on their tech skills.

During the three hour long scavenger hunt we sent them on, Nicole Jones recorded her team’s BART ride, visit to City Hall and exploration of Chinatown. She both recorded and edited the movie on her iPhone and we’ve shared it with you above.

The new reporters said they loved exploring Oakland and meeting new people all day. They came back with lots of story ideas and some new research skills. The only downside? We editors thought Jones and the rest of the team would take five hours to finish what they completed in just three. Next year, we’re going to have to make this harder.

So tell us: what would you put in an Oakland scavenger hunt if you were hoping to stump a smart, enterprising new reporter?

The reporters shown in the video are Whitney Pennington, Teresa Chin, Terria Smith and Nicole Jones.

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