Yukari Kane: Teaching
Teaching is in Yukari Kane's blood. Her mother was a teacher, as were her mother’s parents. Even after she became a journalist, Kane always hoped for an opportunity to combine the two, and she loves being able to pass on her knowledge to the next generation of writers.
She currently teaches in three locations:
- UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism – Currently on leave to work on her next book, Kane has taught the first year, first semester introductory class called “Reporting the News,” with a focus on the tech industry. (She ran a class publication on Medium called Bay Area Bandwidth) The course, dubbed J200, is a near full-time class, comprising two full days of instruction and intense work in writing and reporting. It is meant to provide students with the fundamentals and tools to succeed at the school and in their careers. During the semester, Kane’s students produce 10 to 15 stories, which are primarily published on the class news site Bay Area Bandwidth. Some students’ stories have been picked up on CNET, Fast Company, Gamesbeat, Hoodline and Berkeleyside.
- San Quentin News - San Quentin State Prison has the only inmate-run prison newspaper in the country. As the Journalism Guild instructor and advisor, Kane teaches journalism fundamentals to men who would like to write for the newspaper but have no experience. She starts with discussions about news judgment and fairness and works through skills such as lead writing, story structure, AP style and interview techniques. Kane believes the inmates’ voices are now more important than ever, and her aspiration for them is to write stories that matter beyond their walls.
- San Francisco Writers’ Grotto - Kane works out of a collective workspace for working writers across genres from poetry and memoir to fiction and journalism. The Grotto offers classes in the evenings and weekends. She currently teaches intro to journalism and the art of interviewing. Check here for the Grotto’s current class offerings, including Kane’s.