Mosaic testing online pilot program
More than 500 high school students have participated in the Mosaic journalism program since its inception in 1993. Since that time, the program has gone through a number of iterations in the face of changing needs, and 2020 is just such a time.
This year, Mosaic is moving into remote reporting and writing. We have been running a small pilot program to teach journalism via Zoom. We're proud to report that this mini camp has gone well, with students producing stories that are being posted on the home page of this website. Taking what we've learned, we will run an entirely virtual Mosaic journalism program in June. Stay tuned to hear about our students' experiences!
This pilot includes four instructors who are adapting the program to fit online parameters and four students who are busy learning the nuts and bolts of reporting, interviewing and writing stories remotely. The students' bios are below, and their work will soon be published on this website.
Our objective to train tomorrow's journalists, whether in person or online, remains steady and strong. As the realities of the pandemic evolve, we will make decisions about the best way to move forward, so stand by.
For information about the program, donations and other ways you can help Mosaic, contact co-director Sharon Noguchi at
Born and raised in San Jose, McKayla Castigador is a freshman and journalist on Summit Rainier High School’s newspaper staff. She’s also on the school’s basketball and track teams. McKayla aspires to follow in the footsteps of her family members who are in the medical field and become a doctor. She wants to help those in need to do her part to make the world a better place. Her Filipino heritage makes her feel unique and stand out. Yes, she is American, but definitely Filipino, too. With culture comes family, and family is a big part of McKayla’s life. Her family is her invaluable support system that pushes her to do better and thrive.
Katelyn Lowpensky and her Goldendoodle, Milo, were born and raised in San Jose. A junior at Branham High School, she has served as the arts and entertainment editor for the school newspaper, The Bear Witness, for the past year. She was recently elected to be the next editor-in-chief. A member of the National Honor Society, Katelyn also plays on the school’s tennis team and is an avid music fan. She especially likes Harry Styles and Led Zeppelin, artists who she believes defy the norms and break through musical barriers. Katelyn is active in her community as a volunteer at local schools and as a camp counselor. She plans to pursue a career in journalism.
Jessica Reimann is a 17-year-old senior at Silver Creek High School who will attend San Jose State as a marine biology major in the fall. She is the copy editor of her school’s newspaper, The Raider Review. She loves books by John Green, and one of her favorites is “Turtles All the Way Down”. “It's very raw and relatable,” she said. In her free time, Jessica also enjoys writing fiction and playing video games like Animal Crossing. She has several chickens, the loudest being Geronimo and Pepper. She enjoys listening to classic rock, indie rock and music by Harry Styles. Jessica hopes to gain experience as a writer through Mosaic, as well as develop her ability to discuss issues that especially impact young people and her community.
Andrea Saldana, a devoted senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, takes pride in being a captain of her school dance team, the Lincoln Performance Company. Although being a captain can be difficult because it requires working with four other captains to make team decisions, Saldana said she is proud that they are able to come together and look past their differences. “Being a captain means being selfless to put others before you, because at the end of the day, you want your team to be strong and look amazing.” She is also the sports editor and main photographer for Lincoln’s newspaper, Lion Tales. Her passion for writing and photography is sparked by the desire to make things her own. The authenticity of her work can be seen through her ability to view the world from different angles. Saldana will soon attend San Jose State as a journalism major to pursue a career in public relations.