Facebook - It started in a Harvard dorm room

Becoming a social empire ... re-defining how we share information


By KC Badala, Emily Castillo, Cate Cutcliffe, Lizzie Chadbourne, Joseph DeRose, Pierce Freeman, Taylor Galla, Matthew Geffen, Scott Hogan, John Hassen, Scotty Jacobs, Isabelle Kitze, Alexandra Kitze, Christian Kuhn, Megan Lindsay, Eliza Ross, Ashley Salinas, Danielle Slatkin, Maddy Suennen, Tyler Sylla, Bridget Went and Nell Winer - from Branson, Drake High, Marin Country Day School, Marin Academy, Marin Catholic, Mill Valley Middle, Redwood High, San Domenico, San Rafael High and Tam High Schools

image of the FastForward Adventure Reporters posed outside Facebook HeadquartersE veryone knows about the virtual Facebook “wall.” It’s a place where friends write “what’s up,” “I miss you,” or even “what’s the math homework?” and “Happy Birthday!” The real, tangible, Facebook wall is not seen by the normal public, but as reporters we got a unique look inside Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. The real life Facebook wall is filled with colorful scribbles, signatures, and little messages, like “Facebook is great.”

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ABC’s of News Broadcasting

Cheryl Jennings and the team at the abc7 News studio give FastForward reporters a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into broadcasting the news

By Isabel Alamin, Gabriella Bello, Joseph Blair, Gemma Callandra, Miguel Friedman, Ella Hoberman, Kendall Islam, Jack LaMarre, Elise LaMarre, Talia Rizzo and Christine Watridge
- rom Del Mar Middle, Hall Middle, Lycee Francais La Perouse, Mill Valley Middle, Miller Creek Middle, Old Mill, Redwood High, Ross, Sinaloa Middle, Saint Hilary, Ross and Tam High Schools

Our group of reporters eagerly looks around, taking in the scenery of the abc7 News station where Cheryl Jennings and her co-workers put on their daily news show. Walking through a jungle of wires and equipment, we step into the only open space to see a camera smoothly gliding across the floor. "Stand by. Ten seconds" Joey now says, the cameras positioned for action.

This is the home of Emmy-winning Cheryl Jennings and the Channel 7 news team. To witness the confident and effortless Cheryl in this habitat, one would think that she is a natural for the job, yet she didn’t always want to be a news anchor. "I actually wanted to be a model," she admits, then adding, "But I was too short."

Then, while watching television, she saw two women reporting the news and thought that would be a really interesting job. In the credits of the show, she saw that two more women were producers. Soon after, she called up the four women and asked to interview them for a school project.

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