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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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.


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Mosaic en las noticias
Mosaic in the news

Escucha la entrevista de la periodista Celina Rodriguez con el fundador de Mosaic, Joe Rodriguez, y Mosaic Vision estudiante Dali Guerrero Fernández

Radio journalist Celina Rodriguez interviews Mosaic founder Joe Rodriguez and student Dali Guerrero Fernández

Mosaic Summer Program 2022

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Era of school shootings evokes the risks and responsibilities for teachers

By Jay Nguyen

With school shootings dominating headlines, teachers and school staff are struggling as they think more about this potential threat. Everytown For Gun Safety has been keeping track of shootings on school grounds in the US since 2013.  


Juneteenth holiday inspires San Jose advocates to look back — and ahead

By Angela Choi

Alexis Macnab was listening to a news report last month when a question from the interviewer caught her attention: What should people do, seeing as nothing is changing? Her answer was to get more involved — she called it a “numbers game.”


NoonArts and Lectures makes slow comeback from pandemic

By Jennifer Garcia Cabrera

Pianist Sharon Su played an afternoon concert June 17 at the Ira F. Brilliant Center at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose.

The performance was part of the NoonArts & Lectures series, which has brought performing arts to the community since 2013.


San Jose artists, musicians rebuilding after

By Mia Felix-Ennis

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted many aspects of everyday life, including schooling, working and housing. Arts and culture —

made through performance

and people — also were affected

to a huge degree in

San Jose.


As drought drags on, South Bay farmers struggle — and worry

By Theodore Nguyen 

If you were to visit Anderson Reservoir in Morgan Hill, there would be nothing but a dried-up gorge. The empty lake is attributed to its dam’s 10-year restoration program, future water levels post-construction may remain low due to the drought.


Kids add heartfelt messages to care packages headed for Ukraine

By Alli Wang

When 7-year old Zane Zeidler saw the news of the war in Ukraine, he was troubled and wanted to find ways to help. The war had been going on for more than 100 days, and Zane was stressed because he knew a classmate whose grandmother was in Ukraine. 


Santa Clara County
Latino voter turnout

By Scarlett Lopez-Rodriguez

In a primary election with dismal turnout in Santa Clara County, in

which only about a third of eligible voters cast a ballot, even a smaller portion of Latino voters made their voices heard. Only 27% of registered Latinos in the county voted in the June 7 primary. 

Mosaic Vision 2022

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Amid rise in UC applicants, high school seniors seek other options

By Laiyla Santillan 

With the University of California reporting a record-breaking number of applications for the next school year, many high school students are facing the reality that they may have an even smaller chance of getting accepted into their “dream schools” than did students in previous years.


UC Berkeley housing shortage leaves
students scrambling

By Tara Nguyen

A new state law that enables the University of California-Berkeley to sidestep a court-ordered enrollment cap is good news for many students. But the already-existing housing shortage has not gone away and remains a struggle for many students. 


Opinion: More prison time for gang affiliation
doesn’t work

By Dali Guerrero Fernández

Sending youth offenders to prison for longer terms because they are gang members, or because the police claim they are, is wrong — and has proven ineffective. It’s time to abolish harsh sentencing and focus on real solutions to youth crime.