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Mosaic

For 27 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, and most recently, online. 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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Recent Blogs

Student articles 2021

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Opinion: San Jose should take pride in its lowrider history and culture

Banned in 1992 in San Jose and other cities, what Chicanos viewed as an art form became a crime.

It’s time to legalize cruising again and bring an end to a stigma that has dulled the voices of the Chicano community. Cruising does not pose a threat.

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As drought dries out creeks, fish and wildlife
fight for survival

By Daniela Bravo Berumen 

For over two years, Santa Clara County has been facing below-average rainfall and extreme weather, causing a decrease in the reservoirs that keep the creeks full, according to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Both the creeks and fish are suffering as a result.

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Bay Area high schools report increase in failed grades during pandemic

By Naomi Baron

Distance learning during the pandemic has taken its toll on Bay Area students. Educators say students who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds, whose first language is not English or who have learning disabilities were hit the hardest.

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Looming development worries San Jose Flea Market vendors

By Maya Barrientos 

The 61-year-old San Jose Flea Market — affectionately known as La Pulga — is a community unto itself. a vibrant, historic hub of culture and community. But vendors fear their world will come to an end as plans to build a massive urban village on the land move forward. 

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Roller rink owner helps keep skating — and her community — alive 

By Lupita Fernandez Garcia 

When Santa Clara County approached Liz Ruiz about turning her Aloha Roller Rink - shut down during the pandemic -  into a vaccination center this year, she went for it. “... I can’t think of a better way to use this building,” she said.

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Recovery from
shut down a slow road for flea market vendor

By  Dali Guerrero Fernández

More than a year after the pandemic shut down her business at the San Jose Flea Market, Carolina Vazquez doesn’t feel she is 100% back up again. While she was closed, she not only lost her income, she also had to toss much of her merchandise.