“Does Your Travel Journalism Website Need a Refresh?” 

By Robert W. Bone

At its March meeting, BATW members and guests enjoyed an unusual and inspiring three-part program when they gathered in downtown Berkeley near the campus of the University of California.

The main event took place in the atrium of the two-year-old super-modern Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). Led by BATW member Lee Foster, author of several successful travel books and his website fostertravel.com, the lively discussion and Power Point presentation focused on the design and construction of modern websites and their value to today’s travel writers.

Besides Foster, presenters also included Jeffrey Samorano, a professional website designer, and BATW member John Sundsmo. Together with his wife and fellow BATW member, Lee Daley, they produce the website Travel Examiner (travelexaminer.net).

(Lee Foster has organized a summary of the day’s presentation, with two Powerpoints and a YouTube video. See it on his website here.)

The morning program ended with a buffet luncheon provided by the city promotional firm Visit Berkeley. It was followed by a guided tour of several current exhibits in the building led by museum personnel.

Several members completed the afternoon by attending a performance at the nearby Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The play was “Office Hour,” the latest production created by famed producer Julia Cho.

Many thanks to Judith Horstman, BATW President, who coordinated this meeting along with Lee Foster.