Johnson was there as the town of Paradise burned. From the rubble of a historic covered bridge to the beloved diner, she covered the wreckage on the ground, sharing the stories of residents and rescuers during one of the deadliest and untamable fires on record. Johnson, who has covered more than 15 of California's most destructive blazes, has stayed with Paradise in spirit since, training professionally as a firefighter in 2019 as she continued to report the human impact of the blaze.
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'Tracking the Data Trail'...
San Mateo resident Amy Jussel, founder of nonprofit Shaping Youth, a media literacy organization focusing on media and marketing's impact on kids, recently released a children's book series to fortify children with inquiry and analysis skills that help prevent data privacy leaks and algorithmic influences by building strong savvy habits of questioning at increasingly younger ages.
"The Secret of the Vanishing Bones: Tracking the Data Trail" instills critical thinking about media through storytelling, developing early skills that help kids navigate their digital exposure in fun ways. The first book of playful pup adventures center around data privacy as the digital dogs detectives sleuth, sniff and dig deeper into questions about media messages and the technology being used.
It's already been selected as a pick for 50 Best Media Literacy Books and the Parent & Educator guide.
The book can be ordered from local bookstores.
Authors join back-to-school panel ...
Books Inc. is hosting a back-to-school panel at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26 , featuring novelists Chris Baron, author of the critically acclaimed book "The Magical Imperfect;" Mae Respicio, author of thenovel,"Any Day With You;" and Jarrett Lerner, author of the hilarious and adventurous sci-fi story, "Geeger the Robot Goes to School."
The event will be presented via Zoom. For more information, go to booksinc.net.
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