Remember “the rent is too damn high” candidate Jimmy McMillan from the 2010 New York gubernatorial race? San Francisco now tops rental rates in the nation, due in part to the influx of high tech employees to the city. I teach an “Intro to Online Journalism” course at San Francisco State University, where my students collaborated on a story exploring this issue.
Sixteen students paired up using their iPhones and DSLR cameras to do “man on the street” interviews with residents in the Sunset, Castro, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Marina, Mission, Tenderloin and Bay View Hunter’s Point neighborhoods. We housed all of the videos on a “Meograph”, an SF-based multimedia platform that easily allows you to combine videos, maps and text on a story timeline.