Journalism Workshops

Open to all UCSB students, staff, and faculty

For more information, contact Lisa Osborn at or Leah Bartos at

Wednesday, January 24 at 3:30 p.m., KCSB Newsroom

Covering News in Times of Conflict

With Leah Bartos and Lisa Osborn

In today’s news cycle of fast-paced conflict, news consumers rely on strong journalism to offer a clear perspective and to break down disinformation. Learn how to report your news stories using reliable sources to offer your audience a way to gain a clear understanding of what is happening on the UCSB campus and around the world. Plus, find out how to generate ideas for impactful news, learn tips on how journalists get information, and how to verify the credibility and accuracy of your sources.

Wednesday, January 31, at 3 p.m., A.S. Media Center (Building 434, Rm. 141-H)

Open to all UCSB students, staff, and faculty

Media Literacy: Determining Fact from Fiction in a Misinformation Age

With Leah Bartos and Lisa Osborn  

With more people getting news from social media and other nontraditional news sources, it’s easier than ever for disinformation and misinformation to spread. In this workshop, you will learn how to become a more discerning news consumer (or reporter) by employing journalistic fact-checking skills. Find out how misinformation is consumed, and discover tips for vetting information sources. Plus, learn about the consequences of misinformation and how it’s used as a political tool to consolidate power.

Wednesday, February 7 at 4 p.m., KCSB Newsroom

Field Recording 101: How to Tell Stories with Sound

with Lisa Osborn & Keith Rozendal 

Add depth to your audio storytelling with sound. Learn what to listen for while doing on-location stories and interviews, and how to incorporate additional sound elements to your finished stories. Bring your phone and/or laptop to receive an individualized consultation on how to get the best sound out of your gear with free or low-cost pro audio software and phone apps.

Monday, February 12, 11 a.m., KCSB Newsroom 

Career Talk: Where Your Journalism Career Could Take You

with Mary-Ann Bendel

Mary-Ann Bendel is a pioneering journalist, whose work has taken her to all seven continents. She’s written for some of the best-known news organizations, including CBS, USA TODAY, and Entertainment Tonight. A career highlight: Spending three months on the MV Gondwana, the Greenpeace ship in Antarctica. As an interviewer for USA TODAY, Mary-Ann has talked to many recognizable names and world leaders including The Dalai Lama, Jonas Salk M.D., Lucille Ball, presidents of El Salvador and Finland, and Benjamin Netanyahu (twice).

About the Presenters

Leah Bartos is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 10 years of experience. While a writer at heart, she has also reported, researched, and produced documentary films for PBS Frontline and ProPublica. Projects she’s worked on have won numerous awards, including two Emmys, as well as various awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Bar Association. She earned a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (2011), where she was a Mark Felt Scholar in Investigative Reporting. Leah currently serves as the journalism advisor for Associated Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lisa Osborn is News & Public Affairs Director at KCSB FM 91.9, the student-led college and community radio station on the campus of UCSB. Lisa works with two student news directors and a team of volunteer reporters to mentor and advise on the production of the KCSB 5PM News (Mon/Thurs) and KCSB’s weekly public affairs radio show, Inside Isla Vista (Weds 5PM). Prior to coming to KCSB, Lisa spent most of her broadcasting career as an award-winning reporter and news anchor at Los Angeles radio stations, and a music host (deejay) on a national radio network. She is also a voice-over narrator for phone systems and transit agencies.

Keith Rozendal is the Chief Engineer at KCSB FM 91.9. Keith works with KCSB student leaders in the News, Music, and Archives departments and he mentors and advises a student apprentice in Audio, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. Prior to coming to KCSB, Keith worked as a journalist in Canada, where he won two Edward R Murrow awards for reporting on illegal logging in Russia, Indonesia, Cameroon, and Brazil and for a documentary on rare diseases at  He is also a UC-certified California Naturalist.