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We’re off for the summer — see you in September!

on May 13, 2016

Oakland North is a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and now that it’s summer, our students are on break to work internships at other publications. We’ll be back to train a new class of student reporters in early September. If you like what we do at Oakland North, please consider donating to our Hyperlocal News Fund. You can learn more about us here.

If you’ve found us over the summer, here are a few highlights from the coverage done by the 2015-16 Oakland North news crew:

Listen to all 7 episodes of our new Tales of Two Cities podcast on SoundCloud! (We’ll continue the series in the fall once our new students have received their audio training.)

Oakland’s 12-year-old boxing star heads to Junior Olympic tournament by Isara Krieger.

Audubon Society rescues heron and egret chicks in downtown Oakland by Nailah Morgan.

Despite loss of thrash metal scene in Bay Area, musicians find reasons to keep playing by Libby Leyden.

Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools by Erika Alvero.

For refugees, resettling in the Bay Area comes at a high price by Atia Muzasay.

Charter association sues district over quality of facilities by Katherine Rose.

Oakland’s Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue helps baby animals return to the wild by Erika Alvero and Angelica Casas.

Oakland city councilmembers propose soda tax for November ballot by Serla Rusli.

NPR’s Morning Edition goes live from Oakland’s Youth Radio by Brad Bailey.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing by Sam-Omar Hall.

Oakland to host “first ever” marijuana museum exhibit by Martti Penttila.

Africana studies community research center has a welcome debut by Agatha Kareere.

Cephus Johnson and the men of Black Lives Matter by Teresa Cotsirilos.

Oakland schools make LGBTQ representation a priority in history curriculums by Erika Alvero.

As the marijuana industry heats up, street dealers think about going legal by Nailah Morgan.

Is this Oakland startup an Etsy for home-cooked food? by Isara Krieger

At Oakland’s Death Café, gathering to gaze into the abyss by Nailah Morgan and Brad Bailey.

Artist’s love for driftwood anchors Gneiss Wood in Oakland by Libby Leyden.

Oakland native documents forgotten communities by Angelica Casas and Brad Bailey.

Anti-violence organization serves deaf community survivors by Erika Alvero.

Historic deli faces closure from increased rent by Libby Leyden and Isaac Smith.

Men Creating Peace works to reduce domestic violence in Alameda County by Nailah Morgan.

Children’s author encourages youth to get creative in videos at 90-second film festival by Katherine Wei.




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