The Mosaic summer journalism workshop offers high school students an introduction to reporting, newswriting, photography, web posting and blogging. We target students in underserved communities in Santa Clara County, including schools that do not offer journalism classes.


With a 4-to-1 student-instructor ratio, and with a 2-to-1 student-adult ratio, Mosaic offers intense instruction and guidance from media professionals. In two weeks students produce a print and online newspaper. At the core of the program are Mercury News reporters, photographers and alumni, as well as Mosaic alumni. Students put out a print newspaper and post their work online.


Mosaic has had a highly successful track record in opening opportunities to students and helping to diversify the nation’s newsrooms. We’ve launched hundreds of young writers and photojournalists, broadened horizons and altered students’ academic trajectories and plans. Fourteen percent of alumni, a survey shows, have become media professionals. Others have gone on to make their mark on the world in different ways.


As Mosaic marks its 25th anniversary this year, it has taken on a renewed sense of urgency. With attacks on the press and the struggles of the newspaper industry, the need to train journalists and support quality, watchdog journalism has never been clearer.


Mosaic 2018 was held in mid-June in San Jose State University’s Spartan Daily newsroom. We are grateful to our key sponsors,  the Mercury News, the Bay Area News Group, San Jose State University and the California Chicano News Media Association. We also would like to thank our funders, the Dow Jones News Fund, Simone Otus Coxe and Elaine Elkin for enabling us to provide a high-quality program, free of charge, to students.


To support Mosaic, please make out checks to:

CCNMA/Mosaic Journalism Workshop

℅ Joe Rodriguez

898 E. Taylor St.

San Jose, CA 95112


We appreciate your support.