Our Story

Roundhouse News and Review (Roundhouse) is an online journalism platform for Sierra College students, alumni, staff, and community. Roundhouse is tied to curriculum in the Journalism AAT degree of the Communication Studies department. It is built and sustained through Comm 78/79 “Media Practicum I & II,” Comm 71 “News Writing & Reporting,” and Comm 72 “Multimedia Reporting.” It aims to raise student voices and to foreground equity and community building through its production and exchange.

Roundhouse draws its name from local railroad history and roundhouses that would, literally, give trains a possibility to turn around. As such, a roundhouse is a metaphor for transformative learning and life redesign. Further, roundhouses have been structures created by some indigenous nations around the world and locally for healing and cultural survival. We value learning as a space for this and have built areas for cultural work, intersectional identities, and a discussion of pathways within the site. Lastly, a roundhouse is an upward kick in martial arts that resonates as a symbol of empowerment.

As a journalism site, we share publicly-oriented stories that intersect with current events, issues and lifestyles. This includes, but is not limited to, nonfiction features (may incorporate a first-person voice), profiles, reviews, podcasts, digital stories, documentary poetry and more.

We believe that communication can build inclusive community if it is directed to these ends. We are committed to equitably platforming transformative stories—furthering social justice initiatives, voicing identities and growing community.

We’re Roundhouse—Sierra College’s first online journalism platform connecting the corners of Sierra through story.

Meet the Team

2020

Portrait, Eric Pacheco, with cap

Multimedia Producer

Erich Pacheco

Portrait, Nicque McMullen

Journalist

Nicque McMullen

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Journalist

Taylor Hamilton

Kamelia Varasteh

Anchor & Journalist

Kamelia Varasteh

Portrait, Anna Prinzbach

Writer

Anna Prinzbach

Jake Brockhoff

Journalist

Jake Brockhoff

KeAndre Berry

Journalist

KeAndre Berry

Jen Vernon, adviser

Adviser

Jen Vernon