My name is Fernando Gallo and I spend too much time on the internet – but I’m usually working.

I’ve been a freelance journalist for a decade and I now teach college journalists in the Bay Area. I have taught college journalism at Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos, San Francisco State and now Contra Costa College, where I am adviser to The Advocate.

The purpose of this site is simple. I coach writers and edit them hard, so it’s only fair to publish my own work and let them scrutinize. Every writer has room to improve, myself included. But my blog is also a good way to learn about who I am and why I’m a teacher.

Aside from journalism, I teach video production skills for the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC.org), a media nonprofit in San Francisco.

In my downtime, I help run a non-profit (Greening Lodi) in my hometown of Lodi, Calif., and perform marketing consulting on the side.

If you need help with any of that, please contact me!

Greening Lodi

I grew up on the East side of Lodi (now referred to as the Heritage District), and I’m a resident here again. This under-served community is close to my heart, and Greening Lodi has made it an area of focus.

Please visit the nonprofit website to learn more about it, and consider joining us at our next meeting. And if you can’t volunteer, we also accept all donations – which are tax deductible. Greening Lodi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered with the State of California.

Way Too Many Words: My Blog

You’re not going to miss the Coliseum, Raider Nation; you’re going to miss the party

I’ve been putting this off for a while. Now, as any writer will tell you, this is normal. Writers hate the writing process, and the easiest way to get a reporter to clean their house is to assign a deadline. We procrastinate by nature, and we’ve all convinced ourselves that we write better under the …

What does it mean to be a leader? (the second part of Spring Break dispatches)

(Ed. Note – A previous blog was about managing my coed softball team, and it was supposed to be part one. Then a lot of events happened, so it got delayed until now. Here’s part two:) What makes a good leader? This is something I have spent many hours thinking about. What makes a good …