In the past, the City of Dallas has been predominantly white. However, throughout the 20th century, the city’s population grew in size as well as in its diversity. This has led to Dallas being one of the cities with the richest cultures in Texas. The largest influence and cause for Dallas’s rich culture is due to the ever-growing ethnic minority group: Mexicans/Hispanics. The people from this Mexican community help contribute to their neighborhoods with the small businesses they own such as their panaderías, their paleterías and their elote stands.
Recently, there has been an increase of businesses that have taken parts of the Mexican/Latino culture and have shaped it to work in their favor by making a profit out of it. Non-Latinos make their business in order to cater upscale (white) clients.
A prime example of this is Steel City Pops. Steel City Pops is an ice-cream shop that sells gourmet, all natural popsicles that started in Alabama and later expanded to locations in Kentucky and Texas, DFW area having the majority of these shops. The owner, James Watkins, explains the idea originated when he and his family were on a vacation and came across a shop called “Las Paletas.” “It was a simple store, selling unique sweets called Mexican paletas—more commonly known as pops. But they were so much more than just pops…When we tasted these amazing pops, we decided everyone needed to know about this.”
These kinds of businesses are not necessarily harmful to the community. In fact, this kind of gentrification can actually help communities improve their services, become more profitable, and provide stability to the area. However, one business that opened up in the Oak Cliff area called Corn Connection became problematic.
On Corn Connection’s Instagram, they insulted other food cart vendors, which are mainly Latino-owned businesses. The post read “Elotes with swag. Buy them from the G’s who let the candy drip, Or I guess you could buy them from some roachin’ ass cart in front of Home Depot.”
After Corn Connection’s post came out, hundreds of angry posts appeared onto all of their social media platforms. These posts noted the violence that came about by Corn Connection and attempted to educate Corn Connection’s supporters as to why the post is offensive to the Latino community especially if the business is profiting off of a Latino business to begin with.
23-year-old, Lupe Garcia, helps her father at his elote stand outside of a local Home Depot and when she heard about this post, she was upset. “More than offended, I was deeply saddened by Corn Connection’s comments because it showed a lack of respect to the hard work put into the very businesses that made businesses like theirs possible. It’s one thing to see an idea, like it, and want to put your own twist on it, but it’s another to insult businesses by implying that the people running them are dirty and somehow less worthy of respect. It was a not so subtle attack on Latino business owners.”
After seeing all of the angry posts, Corn Connection’s owner, Miles, said that the post was made by a former employee—a Latino—and that at the time, all employees had access to the account and he never monitored the posts.
Since then, Corn Connection sent out a public apology on Facebook—which is now deactivated. Although Corn Connection and its owners have taken down all of their social media, they say that they will continue running their business, which Miles says is only a part-time hobby.
LULAC Interview Script
Interviewer: Since the annexation of a third of Mexico’s territory following the Mexican War, the number of Hispanics who live in the United States has grown rapidly. For generations to follow, these Hispanics would be harassed by prejudice that would later turn into open acts of discrimination and segregation. This is where the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, comes in. Their mission “is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.” Here, in the St. Edward’s University LULAC organization, President Ashley Guevara is making an attempt to accomplish this mission.
Guevara: We’ve actually accomplished doing the petition for the undocumented students here on campus. That petition we were able to turn it in to the president, Dr. George Martin, and we’re still working with him on a response that he is going to give us. Any questions that he has for us about the petition we’re still answering so I feel like it was an accomplishment that we were able to get over 600 people to respond to our petition and sign it.
Interviewer: Although LULAC is fairly new to the St. Edward’s community, Ms. Guevara has been familiar with the organization from a young age.
Guevara: This is my sixth year in LULAC counting my four years in high school. I wanted to be in LULAC because, well, when I was younger, my older sister was in LULAC first and I got to see what cool things she was doing. She would go volunteer doing clean ups at White Rock Lake and so when I finally got into high school, I knew I wanted to be in LULAC, and, so from there on, I started to go to different events that they’d hold: city-wide, state-wide, and I went to the National Convention once during my high school years.
Interviewer: This summer, LULAC will be hosting their 88th Annual National Convention in San Antonio.
Guevara: It’s the oldest and biggest Hispanic/Latino organization in the U.S. The National Convention, it’s a really big goal of mine. That’s been my number one goal, is getting people to go to the National Convention because I feel like, until you really go to one of the events or conventions held by the organization, you still really don’t get a good understanding because the whole part of LULAC and the reason why it’s set up the way it is, with like presidents and state district directors and things like that, is because they want everyone to know everyone in the organization so that issues can actually be dealt with. Like some of the accomplishments that LULAC has been able to do is get the Pre-K program started, and they’ve also done so much in legislation to where it affects everyone, every each and every one of us in the U.S., and so I’m really excited to, hopefully, take a group of students to the National Convention in San Antonio this year because I feel like it’ll really open their eyes to what different things LULAC has to offer to them and you don’t even have to be Hispanic to be a part of that.
For this assignment, I want do a video interview with either one or multiple zoo trainers. I want ask them how they got into the zoo trainer business, if they were always interested in it, and the process that they have to go through while training brand new animals and how they train the already trained ones new tricks. I would also dig into what kind of animals they are training and the animals’ background/facts.
Ok, but remember that are telling a story. So, what is the story? Are you doing a profile of a trainer, following this person through their day, showing us how they work with the animals. Remember the narrative arc we discussed in class.
In the Feb. 12 NBC News article titled “Alec Baldwin Sets ‘SNL’ Hosting Record, Melissa McCarthy Returns as Spicer” by Jillian Sederholm, Sederholm writes to inform people about the SNL sketches and how there were mixed reactions about them. To show the audience this information, she adds interactive media elements to help reinforce the descriptions of the episode along with why people reacted the way they did.
In this news story, the author wrote about the recent SNL episode that aired and the sketches SNL decided to do over President Donald Trump and other politicians. Within the article, Sederholm used interactive media elements such as video clips and GIFs from the episode in order to emphasize her descriptions that would follow the video clip or GIF.
I believe that the interactive media elements that were used in this story helps the readers understand what is going on and help them grasp the actual comedic affect rather than just reading a description about it. If the reader did not know what SNL was and did not watch the episode, the reader might assume that SNL was being serious. For example, the sentence, “McCarthy went on to stuff an enormous stick of gum into her mouth, attack a reporter with a leaf blower, and lift her leg high into the air to show off a pair of Ivanka Trump-brand heels during an infomercial to shill for the first daughter after Nordstrom declined to pick up her fall line,” does not have much of a comedic affect when it stands alone and sounds like they are purposely offending the character McCarthy played. However, with the addition of the clip of the sketch along with the GIF of McCarthy swirling the pair of heels in the air, the reader can recognize that everything that occurred in the sketch needs to be taken as a joke rather than seriously. Therefore, by simply showing the original clips, Sederholm is able to tell the story from an unbiased point of view, leaving the audience to be able to interpret what they will from the SNL episode. One of the weaknesses of using the video clips would be that they basically tell the whole story meaning that the descriptions in the article are a bit unnecessary. However, they still help with the comprehension of the tweets that were inserted into the article.
Overall, this news article was able to convey to its readers what the author wanted to portray; a better understanding of what is circulating around on social media due to these sketches on SNL.
- Identify two quotes, one direct and one indirect (you may include partial quotes), from Mr. Cardenas that appear in the passage. Write the two quotes below and identify them as direct or indirect.
- Direct: “You feel like you’re different,” he says. “Even though you’re working in the same place, you’re still like an outsider. And it’s weird because you’re actually protecting these people.”
- Indirect: He says he usually stands in the lot for eight hours and gets a lunch break.
- Write down one question you imagine the reporter asked to get one of these quotes.
- What does a usual shift look like for you?
- Identify a potential source for a news story of your choosing (think back to thought exercise #3). Write down the source and four potential questions for your interviewee.
- For a news story about immigration, a potential source would be a U.S. immigration official.
- Have the recent raids been targeted to all immigrants or just those with criminal records?
- Is it possible for lawyers to be able to call the raids unlawful and stop immigration from deporting immigrants?
- Will all the states, regardless if they agree with the raids or not, raid the homes of immigrants?
- What is your reaction to those who are protesting against the raids?
- Brainstorm possible news story ideas. If it helps you may think about news story ideas by using some of your own life experiences and those of your family, friends, neighbors and community. Think about what makes the stories interesting and important, select 2 and write them down.
- Immigration, deportation and detainment
- A well-known clothing store closes all of its stores
- Think about news values (timeliness, proximity, conflict and controversy, human interest, relevance), pick one of your story ideas from question #1 above and explain which news values are present in your story.
- I would choose the story idea of immigration. With the recent events with the presidential election, there have many stories about immigration. The story of immigration is always developing with new laws put into place that can cause conflict and controversy. Additionally, there is the value of human interest because there are some people who come from undocumented parents but were born in the United States and their parents are at risk of being deported. Therefore, they look more into stories that deal with immigration and deportation.
- Identify and list potential sources and interviewees for your story.
- Someone who is an immigrant
- Someone who has a parent who is an immigrant
- Government lawmaker
- Think about some of the interactive media elements from thought exercise #2. What types (photos, video, interactive maps, etc.) of interactive media would add depth and understanding to your story?
- I would have an interactive map to show the number of immigrants in one place and how they would be affected if certain laws that Trump executes were put into place. Additionally, I would add video clips of an interview explaining their concern and/or talking about their experience (if they are willing to).
- Explain why the public would find the story relevant, interesting or important.
- The public would find the story relevant, because, as previously mentioned, with the newly elected president, there are many controversies over policies he might implement that deal with immigration and how the country deals with it. Many of the people in this country come from immigrant parents or they are immigrants themselves and, therefore, must be informed of what their future might hold.