Mosaic Journalism returned to the Spartan Daily newsroom on the San Jose State University campus this summer. South Bay high school students learned reporting and photography from professional journalists and produced a newspaper covering community news. See stories below.

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A day in the life

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For almost 30 years Mosaic has offered high school students from diverse communities professional training in journalism through an intensive two-week summer workshop held at San Jose State University Students learn the nuts and bolts of reporting, news writing, photography, multimedia and social media.

 

Mosaic alumni have gone on to work for the nation's top newspapers, online sites and other news outlets. Learn more

 

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La periodista Celina Rodriguez de San José visitó nuestra sala de redacción e hizo unas entrevistas con los estudiantes y los maestros sobre sus tareas, las noticias y sus aspiraciones. Vea el video aquí.

 

Radio journalist Celina Rodriguez interviews students and staff about their Mosaic experience.

Mosaic Summer Program 2022

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Opinion: Dump the
SAT for college
admissions

By Eryn Gandotra

Being thrown into a world pandemic during my freshman year at Santa Clara High School destroyed every ounce of confidence I had for scoring well on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. My main priority was safety – not studying for the single test that would determine my entire future.

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Opinion: Overturning Roe is an attack on women’s autonomy

By Dacia Cobian and Mia Felix-Ennis

The U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to serve and protect the American people, yet its decision overturning Roe v. Wade was a direct attack on women’s right to their own bodily autonomy.

Safe abortions and contraception give women the chance to be safe and healthy if they choose to abort.

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‘Lightyear’ disappoints ‘Toy Story’ fans with weak character development

By Alli Wang

Buzz Lightyear went to infinity, but not beyond. In the long-anticipated Pixar spinoff of the “Toy Story” movie franchise, “Lightyear” features a bad combination of rushed character development and poorly executed references to other sci-fi movies. That might explain its low sales in its opening weekend.

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Upcycled-clothing designer flourishes in San Jose downtown

By Angela Choi

The blue paint on the downtown San Jose storefront announces a Vietnamese bakery. But if you peek through the metal bars on the South Second Street window, what you see are racks of clothing, walls adorned with jewelry and mirrors, and shelves piled high with lace, linen and boxes of fabric scraps.

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Opinion: CARE Court, awaiting Assembly vote, violates due process

By Alli Wang

California doesn’t need more courts to solve the mental health and housing crises. Instead, we need to reimagine mental health care systems without creating a new onerous court system. “CARE Court,” aims to create a multimillion-dollar program that aims to help unhoused individuals. 

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San Jose Made provides street space for small businesses

By Saira Ahmed

San Jose Made was founded in 2011 with a mission to provide opportunities for small businesses and creators to showcase their work. One of its newest events is Sidewalk Shops, which has been hosted every Saturday at Moment in San Pedro Square, starting in May and running through October.

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Opinion: Let’s downsize Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

By Abby Cordobes

Should we designate one day a year to celebrating our parents, showering them with love to
show how much they mean to us?

I don’t think so. I’ve seen people take their parents out on Mother’s and Father’s Day to extravagant outings instead of spending genuine time together as a family.

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Opinion: Federal Miranda ruling reduces police accountability

By Alli Wang

Californians want to be able to address police brutality. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 6-3 ruling on Vega v. Tekoh will loosen the requirement that police ensure Miranda rights, or essentially Americans’ right to remain silent in police custody when questioned by police.

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Recycle Bookstore emerges from pandemic stronger than ever

By Khadeejah Khan

On a recent Tuesday, Recycle Bookstore customer Melissa Kim found her way through the

messy, yet organized science

fiction aisle, searching for new editions of her favorite book,

“Lord of the Rings,” as the bookstore’s Persian cat, Emma, roamed around.

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Opinion: Immigrant elders should accept that respect needs to be earned

By Jasmine Sessoms

Mutual respect. It’s something every individual deserves, and like everything else it’s not something to take for granted. When you take it for granted, you lose the privilege of earning it. When you’re a child or grandchild of immigrants, you are expected to “respect your elders.”

Mosaic Vision 2022