Media Tours

Many of today’s new media call San Francisco home and we’re excited to offer 11 media tour options throughout the city exclusive to convention attendees.

All tours take place Thursday, April 25 and are $15 with limited space (the maximum capacity is noted under each individual tour). No more than two students per school may sign up for any one tour. Only those who register online will be able to sign up for media tours. Tours will be marked as “FULL” on the online registration form once the tour limits are reached.

To register, go to If you are an adviser who plans on attending a tour, you must also register. Please indicate you are an adviser when registering. Tour participants should meet at the tour desk in the atrium at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at the start time. All times are listed as the time you will meet to depart and approximate return time.

UC Berkeley School of Journalism
9 a.m.-noon, 15 attendees

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is among the top graduate journalism schools in the United States. The college is designed to produce journalists with a two-year Master of Journalism degree. Our tour takes you on Bay Area Rapid Transit ride under the San Francisco Bay, a walk across one of the world’s most beautiful college campuses, and a sit-down with faculty members. Transportation: BART and walk

KQED Radio, TV and Digital Media
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 30 attendees

KQED serves the people of Northern California with community-supported radio, television and digital media alternatives to commercial media. Our tour takes you to the San Francisco home of this local institution, the FM radio facility, the TV studios and control rooms, KQED Interactive, and the KQED Education Network, including a Q-and-A session with KQED staff. Transportation: Chartered bus

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 30 attendees

Zynga is the world’s leading provider of social game services with about 311 million monthly active users. Its games include “Words With Friends,” “Draw Something” and “FarmVille 2.” Join us for a tour of Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters — an eclectic space with an arcade, coffee shop, gym, plenty of dogs and a product brief. Transportation: Chartered bus

San Francisco Chronicle
9:30 a.m.-noon, 25 attendees

The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest circulation daily newspaper in Northern California, and with more than 12 million unique visitors per month, its website, SFGate, is the leading news and information website for the Bay Area. Our tour will have you sit in on a newspaper editorial meeting in the Chronicle’s historic newsroom followed by a discussion with SFGate staff. Transporation: Walk

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)
9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 50 attendees

Join us for a tour of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a private, specialized, accredited college educating students for associate and bachelor’s degree programs and careers in the fashion, interior design, digital arts and entertainment industries. The tour will include visits with local fashion bloggers from 24X7 and ASTONISH. Transportation: Walk

GLBT History Museum
12:30-2:45 p.m., 20 attendees

Local and national press have been witness to key events in the gay rights movement, many of which took place in San Francisco. Our window into that history comes through the GLBT History Museum (in the city’s Castro District), the only full-scale, stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media history and culture in the United States. Our docent-led tour focuses on GLBT media history and includes a look at some special periodicals from the museum’s archives. Transportation: Streetcar

12:30-2:45 p.m., 20 attendees

Visit the headquarters of Twitter, an online social networking service and microblogging service that has become a core tool of many journalism organizations. From its home base in San Francisco’s “Social Media Gulch,” join us to see how it all comes together in a facility that offers a game room, charming lounges and a rooftop garden with a dazzling view of the city. Transportation: Streetcar

1:30-4 p.m., 25 attendees

As the world’s fastest-growing and largest live streaming platform with more than 50 million unique monthly viewers and a network of produced and user-generated content, Ustream is fundamentally reshaping online media. Join us for a tour of Ustream headquarters and a sit-down with key staff. Transportation: Streetcar

AT&T Park Press Box
1:30-4 p.m., 25 attendees

The San Francisco Giants baseball team — one of the nation’s oldest — has won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball, including the 2010 and 2010 World Series. This tour takes you to the press box and interview room at the heart of the Giants’ home stadium, AT&T Park, and for a Q-and-A session with the folks who run it. Transportation: Streetcar

Cartoon Art Museum
2:30-4:15 p.m., 25 attendees

From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone. Located downtown in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, the museum is home to more than 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space. Join us for a docent-led tour of this one-of-a-kind treasure. Transportation: Walk

Univision 14
3:15-7:30 p.m., 20 attendees

Univision 14 (KDTV) has been the leading station among Bay Area Hispanics since 1975, with the Emmy Award-winning “Al Despertar,” the only locally produced Spanish-language morning show. KDTV is home to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Spanish-language news, the most popular novelas, the biggest Latin music concerts and awards shows, and the fan-favorite soccer teams & tournaments. Our 3.5-hour tour includes a light dinner, a live newscast and meet-and-greet with anchors and reporters. Transportation: Streetcar