what's in the air
Aerial photo of San Diego. Sam Hodgson

About the class

Aerial photo of San Diego. Sam Hodgson

We are documenting the efforts of a special, one-of-a-kind sensor journalism project underway by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University.

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What we learned


Meet our four San Diego neighborhoods

Students Natalia Sevilla and Jack Haworth explore air quality in four San Diego neighborhoods.

Natalia Sevilla and Jack Haworth, students in SDSU’s sensor journalism class, explore the air quality in four neighborhoods — Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Chollas Creek and Bankers Hill — in San Diego that are the focus of the “What’s in the Air” project.

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Understand the science of ‘What’s in the Air’

What’s in the Air explainer: Fine particle pollution

Nancy Kirk and Camelle Sison, students in SDSU’s sensory journalism class, explain where fine particle pollution comes from and how it can affect members of a community exposed to it.

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Continuing the conversation

Air quality experts from the United States and Mexico came together recently on the San Diego State University campus to bring a sense of urgency to the challenges of monitoring air pollution along the border.

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About us

Meet the students

The students share interesting facts about air quality, such as the dangers of fine particles and why the marine layer makes winter the worst time for air quality in San Diego.

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Meet the faculty

A student-assembled air quality sensor. Photo by Leo Castaneda.

Meet the professors and foundations behind this unique sensor journalism class.

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We’ll let you know when big things happen.