After moving from Brooklyn, New York to Fresno, Doreen Eley began working the homeless at the Marjaree Mason Center and earned a bachelors in social work and a masters in business administration from Fresno State. “I started working in homelessness about 2001, in working with the Marjaree Mason Center in their domestic violence shelter,” Eley said. “Through that, they had a partnership with Poverello House. They opened up a homeless shelter for women, not with the issue of domestic violence just with other issues surrounding homelessness. It was called Naomi’s House. I was their first director and that opened in October of 2002. I have been doing this work ever since in one way or another.”
Across the nation, students travel to Columbia University for the 94th annual CSPA Spring Convention, March 14-16. Nearly 2,700 student journalists, representing about 310 schools, attend sessions taught by journalism advisers, professional journalists and student leaders. The Fresno Feather New York team, comprised of 10 members attend classes at the university, while 20 Feather staffers remain behind in California. Advisers Greg Stobbe and Kori Friesen teach the session, “Further your digital audience” while editors Mariana Fikse, ‘18, Alex Rurik, ‘19, and Sam Cross, ‘19, instruct the class, “Elements of an Award Winning Team," March 15.
Following the previous day’s five hour flight and a day exploring the streets of New York the 2018 NYC Feather team saw the city from a morning nautical tour and witnessed the sunset skyline of New York from the Rockefeller Center. The staff embarked on a nautical sightseeing tour, given by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Since 1945, the company provides 60 million passengers with a sightseeing cruise of New York Harbor.
Volunteers lined intersections before dawn across Fresno, selling newspapers, March 6. FCS student leadership and The Feather Online staff members hawked newspapers on the street corners of Alluvial/Cedar and Alluvial/Maple. According to ABC30 News, 8,000 people participated in the 31st annual Kids Day through selling special edition newspapers. The fundraising event was organized by The Fresno Bee and ABC 30 since 1988 to benefit Valley Children's Hospital. A $1 (or more) donation buys a Kids Day newspaper, featuring stories from some of Valley Children's Healthcare's 13,000 annual patients.
After visiting San Francisco and interviewing members of the homeless community there, Cross determined to do the same in his hometown of Fresno. While speaking to Brian Martin, Sunshine and Bobby Lee in SF, Cross reflected on the lessons they taught him through the recounting of their experiences and the hope they had for their future. Cross hopes that his coverage of homelessness gives his fellow classmates and peers a perspective on the people affected by the crisis and provides a new perspective on the issue. This article is part one of two in a series spotlighting homelessness in the downtown area of Fresno.
During his Convention opening address, Superintendent Jeremy Brown calls the student body “world changers” and challenges them make a positive impact in the lives of others. Scholastic Journalism Week’s theme of “Student Voice, Student Choice” concurs with Brown’s message.
Best selling author, journalist and producer Denise Kiernan visits San Joaquin Valley Town Hall at William Saroyan Theater, Jan. 18. Kiernan spoke about her book, The Girls of Atomic City, and the untold story of the women who helped win World War II during the Manhattan Project. Kiernan started out in journalism as a freelance writer. Since then she has written numerous other books including her most recent, The Last Castle, which tells the epic story of love, loss, and American royalty in the nation’s largest home.
Spring approaches and athletes prepare for their upcoming seasons playing baseball, tennis and track. Coaches and players anticipate upcoming games and practices. After the last year’s baseball team won the first baseball valley championship in campus history, head varsity coach Noah Heinz seeks to repeat last year’s success. The team only lost two players last season, Connor Martin, ‘19, who transferred to Clovis North High and multi schooler Jorge Castro, ‘17, who graduated high school.
During the month of July, editor Sam Cross attended the journalism camp, Newsroom by the Bay, at Stanford University. After two days of instruction, the student journalists spent a day in San Francisco to find and write a story. Cross decided to write about homelessness as he saw the issue worsening in his own community. Litter crinkles beneath the feet as commuters fight their way through the city, the smell of rotting rubbish fills the air, and to many San Franciscans, these streets are home.
Many downtowns define their city, and they serve as a gathering place for tourists and locals. Window shoppers, commuters and sightseers all flock to downtowns for recreation and work. The heart of the city of Fresno’s downtown, the Fulton District, is currently under construction as renovations to Fulton Street are completed. Area leaders hope to bring traffic back to the downtown area and restore the cities once flourishing downtown.