Public Radio Reporting Class


2006-07 Intermediate Class
This year’s public radio reporting class took on the subject of public education, studying financing, small schools, no child left behind, charter schools and budgeting reforms. When we stumbled on studies that show that more students may drop out of oakland schools than graduate, we were shocked. That became the focus on our stories in a documentary called “The Drop Out Dilemma.”


The Drop Out Dilemma

As students around the city take the stage to receive their diplomas, many others will quietly leave school without graduating. Oakland has the highest drop out rate in Alameda County. Studies show that more Oakland students will actually drop out than graduate. Here are the stories:


Story Directory: 2006-07 Intermediate Class

Sandhya Dirks: The Students
Thea Chroman: The Teachers
Hallee Berg: The Small Schools Movement
Jackie Kennedy: Middle School
Sarah Gonzalez: Keeping Kids in School
Melissa McDonough: Cycles of Reform
Carmen Aiken: After School
Shira Zucker: Vocational Ed


2005-2006 Class

The first Mills public radio reporting class took on the hefty subject of redevelopment in Oakland. We studied the history of urban renewal and development policy and then students chose stories about current development in Oakland: their reports ranged from an exploration of citizen committees to oversee development to new urbanism to the uses of eminent domain. These two half hour mini-documentaries aired on NPR-affiliate KALW (91.7 FM) in San Francisco in January, 2006. The Mills College Public Radio Reporting class of 2005 was awarded "student journalist of the year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.


Story Directory: 2005-2006 Class

Annie Abernathy: Jobs
Alexandra Kostoulas: Eminent Domain
Kristen Darling: Woods Street
Thea Croman & Illana Murphy: Fruitvale
Halle Berg: PACS
Adina Lepp: Jobs
Illana Murphy: Fruitvale


2006-2007 Class

The 2006 Introduction to Public Radio Reporting class is a chance for
students to learn about the craft of reporting and the basics of journalism,
while also examining the history and contemporary social issues of Oakland.
For the final project, each student picked a local non-profit to profile, as
a way to better understand the issues in our city and to explore how
community members are seeking to address them. Students who take the Intro
class are eligible to do documentary and feature reporting for broadcast.

Story Directory: 2006-2007 Class

Carmen Aiken: East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
Megan Burns: Mentored Youth
Sandhya Dirks: Bridging the Digital Divide
Sarah Gonzales: Young Women and Prostitution
Elizabeth Kendrick: Women of Color Resource Center
Jackie Kennedy: Women's Choice Clinic
Silvia Kim: Domestic Violence
Emily Leavitt: Stagebridge
Dyanna Loeb: Future of East Oakland
Ashlie McDonald: Boy's and Girl's Club
Melissa McDonough: Sustaining Ourselves Locally
Jessica Mosqueda: Bay Area Immigrants Coalition
Melody Sage: Food Not Bombs
Caitlin Wicks: The Farmers Market
Shira Zucker: Asthma Epidemic


Next Generation Project

Next Generation Project 2006

A Mills student radio program based on a collaboration between Mills College, National Public Radio (NPR), and KALW-FM radio was broadcast on KALW, 91.7 FM on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 1 pm and 7 pm, and aired again on Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 3:30 pm.

The radio program is part of NPR's Next Generation project. Next Generation Radio is a weeklong series of student training projects designed to give students interested in radio and journalism the skills and opportunity to report, write, and produce their own radio story.

Five Mills students worked with seasoned journalists to create radio reports examining the theme of the generation gap.

Story Directory: Next Generation Project

Alexandra Kostoulas: Mainstreaming Greek Identity
Alma Nava: Immigration Rights
Hallee Berg: Gay Identity
LaJeana Reagan: Black Youth and Politics
Thea Chroman: Exploring Jewish Identity Among Generations