In late 2017, on a concrete yard table with papers scattered by the strong winds that swirl in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, schemes were hatched and stories assigned. In December, a two-page, typed, cut-and-pasted proof sample copy was presented to the prison administration. The Mule Creek Post was born.
Kevin Sawyer, a contributing writer and a journalist at San Quentin, has been conducting surveys about issues and reporting on them for years. In this article, he explains his methodology.
An excerpt of a speech for new journalists at an introductory meeting of San Quentin News’ Journalism Guild, which trains people in the community who want to write for the prison newspaper.