North Oakland Now: 1/20/2010 Happy new semester!

Today Oakland North officially welcomes its reporting crew back to school for the start of the new semester! Our group this spring will include Oakland North veterans from the fall 2009 group, the spring 2009 group, and even the founding fall 2008 group, plus we’ll be joined by some new friends who previously worked on our sister sites, Mission Local and Richmond Confidential. We’re ready to go, and it’s going to be awesome! Stay tuned for more breaking news, in-depth features, and…

Meet the new reporters

This fall, Oakland North welcomes a new staff of 18 reporters, all members of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s class of first-year students. Got story ideas? Questions? Complaints? Please drop us a line at S. Howard Bransford S. Howard Bransford is a lifelong resident of Northern California. Prior to moving to the East Bay, he worked as a staff reporter in the town of Marysville, just north of Sacramento, and later as an independent writer for newspapers and…

Oakland’s May Day, from a youth perspective

  Youth Perspective of May Day from Betty Bastidas on Vimeo. 17-year old Lupe from Oakland, whose parents were recently deported, gives us her perspective on the meaning of May Day for young people in this part of the world and shares her reasons for becoming involved. 

Surfing the world wide couch

Would you ever let two strangers crash on your couch? Recently reporter Alba Mora welcomed two couchsurfers into her Berkeley home. Surfing the world wide couch from Alba Mora on Vimeo.

Arts criticism: Anti-police brutality art show at Mama Buzz

By Madeleine Bair/Special to Oakland North Lisa Calderon, the curator of Mama Buzz gallery, spent a recent Friday tacking labels to a wall in last-minute preparation of her latest show: an artistic response to the killing of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old from Hayward who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Years day.