Our Story

Roundhouse News and Review (Roundhouse) is an online journalism platform for Sierra College students, alumni, staff, and community in northern California. It was founded in 2019 by journalism and communication students on the Rocklin campus. You can read about this story here, “Connecting the Corners of Sierra through Story: The Founding of Roundhouse News and Review.”

Roundhouse is tied to curriculum in the Journalism and Communication AAT degrees of the Communication Studies department. It is produced each semester by students in Comm 78/79: Media Practicum I and II and features stories they write and submissions from others. It aims to raise student voices and 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 are 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 collaborated to name and build areas for cultural work, intersectional identities, and learning pathways within the site in a section called, Crossroads. 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.

Location

“With honor, we acknowledge the Rocklin Campus of Sierra College as the traditional and unceded land of the Nisenan and Miwok peoples. The Secret Ravine, known in Nisenan as Hoyok, is home to an ancestral village site nurtured and protected for generations by local tribal nations and their members. Sierra College commits to an ongoing relationship with United Auburn Indian Community, and other local tribes, to respect the legacy of the first peoples of this land and their future generations who are an integral part of the Sierra College community.”

Sierra College Land Acknowledgment Statement, 2020

Meet the Team

2020

Portrait, Eric Pacheco, with cap

Multimedia Producer

Eric 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