Mosaic moves online
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.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mosaic has moved into remote reporting and writing. We ran a small online-only pilot program in the spring, and taking what we learned we are currently running our full summer session entirely on Zoom
The pilot included four instructors who adapted the program to fit online parameters and four students who learned the nuts and bolts of reporting, interviewing and writing stories remotely.
The bios of the students in the spring pilot are below, and their work is 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 .
Student articles spring 2020
By Andrea Saldana
Thousands of low-income families in poorer San Jose neighborhoods like Washington are being left to fend for themselves as the coronavirus pandemic amplifies across the nation and globe. Local organizations and health centers are creating new ways to distribute food and provide housing assistance.
‘I wanted to help’: Residents reach out to neighbors in one of San Jose’s poorest areas
As California schools switch to online classes during the coronavirus pandemic, students get to learn within the comfort of their own home. Yet they also find many difficulties: mixing their school and home lives, staying motivated and getting help from teachers.
High school at home: San Jose students drift amid distractions
By Katelyn Lowpensky
Teachers across the Bay Area are encountering problematic, confounding, and sometimes mortifying situations every day while adapting to their new teaching environment: their homes. From learning new technology to tending to their children, teachers are struggling to provide their students with the content, inspiration, and support like they received before the quarantine. Teachers know that if they fail, their students lose out.
Virtual teaching, on-the-job learning: South Bay teachers cram two worlds into one
By: Jessica Reimann
The sudden closure of schools caused by COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of many events that define the end of graduating seniors’ high school careers. In the wake of this loss, many students from the Class of 2020 have decided to take the celebration of senior year into their own hands.
San Jose students create new celebrations amid COVID-19 limits
Spring Class of 2020
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.