On a Thursday morning in October—just an ordinary Thursday, not any one in particular—the staff reporters of Oakland North scattered across town with a simple mission: To spend one hour observing what Oaklanders do on a typical day.
For our student reporters, this was an exercise in listening to dialogue, chronicling action, keeping a sharp eye out for detail and learning to really pay attention to the quirks and rhythms of a city in motion. From 11 am until noon, they posted up in parks, on trains, in shopping centers and in cemeteries, waiting to see what the city would tell them. And each of them wrote you a postcard.
You can read their messages, see their photos and—in one case—listen to their audio here:
Last-minute gift shopping at Oakland International Airport by Cassady Rosenblum
Gardening at Mosswood Park by Ryan Lindsay
Riding through Oakland on BART by Rosa Furneaux
Taking PE class at Lincoln Square Park by Yesica Prado
Buying a sandwich at Bakesale Betty by Margaret Katcher
Working at Jack in the Box by Khaled Sayed
Jogging at Lake Merritt by Rachel Loyd
Skateboarding at Town Park by Brian Krans
People watching at Jack London Square by Cameron Clark
Climbing the stairs at Joaquin Miller Park by Katie Parish
Talking on the phone at Rockridge Safeway Plaza by Brianna Flin
Thinking about death at Mountain View Cemetery by Andrew Beale
Koi watching at Pacific Renaissance Plaza by Tian Chenwei