OLLI Course on Bay Area Journalism
I'm looking forward to teaching a course, starting in late January, for UC Berkeley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). It's called "The Rest of the Story: Radical and Alternative Journalism in California, 1939-2009."
The idea is to survey California's key outlets for political journalism--including KPFA, Ramparts, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Daily Kos, and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)--to better understand our niche in the national media ecology.
To help us do that, I've invited Peter Schrag, Larry Bensky, Adam Hochschild, David Weir, and Susan Gardner (executive editor of Daily Kos) to join me in a conversation with OLLI's members.
It's an exciting prospect to speak with people who have made such huge contributions over the years. And many of these folks were involved with two or more key organizations. Adam wrote for Ramparts before he started Mother Jones. Larry was also with Ramparts before he landed at KPFA. David wrote for Rolling Stone (see image above) before he co-founded CIR. Peter has written for The Nation for decades, including during the McWilliams Era, in addition to editing the editorial page of the Sacramento Bee. So I imagine we'll get some interestingly layered perspectives.
To sign up for the course, click here.