Data Mapping Exercise Ibarra

How Children in Poverty in Travis County has Changed from 2014-2015

TRAVIS COUNTY– Fourteen Travis County school districts saw a decrease of children in poverty from 2014 to 2015, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

With fifteen total districts represented in the county, only Coupland ISD experienced an increase of children in poverty. Coupland ISD saw an increase from 10% of children in poverty ages five to 17 in their schools to 13% of children in poverty in their schools — a 34% increase.

In contrast, Lake Travis ISD experienced a 30% decrease of children in poverty. Following closely behind are Eanes ISD and Hays Consolidated ISD with 25% and 29% decreases, respectively.

Travis County school districts comprise: Austin Independent School District, Coupland ISD, Del Valle ISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Eans ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, Johnson City ISD, Lago Vista ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, Manor ISD, Marble Falls ISD, Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD.


Midterm Story Draft Ibarra

CABRA is a student-led fashion magazine founded by St. Edward’s University students. The aptly named magazine (cabra means goat in Spanish, Portuguese, and Galacian) features fashion articles written by St. Edward’s students. However, unlike other student publications on campus, like Hilltop Views, CABRA is not housed in the School of Humanities; it is housed in Student Life. Why? ____find out why____

Whose idea was the magazine? and why?

Like other student-led publications, CABRA publishes their magazine on Issuu. ___why choose Issuu over other online publication site? why not print; does it have to do with funding or environmental reasons or another reason?___

Since its inception in fall 2015, CABRA has published three issues — one per semester. ___find out why there is only one per semester____ There is no uniformity in the artistic, high-fashion style of the magazine’s cover. (is there? ask if there’s a goal to be achieved with each cover)


Photo Slideshow: It might be fun to join at a photo shoot for the magazine; I could take photos of the photographers taking photos or something like that…. maybe not.

Audio: If I could convince the interviewees to meet me at the digital media center sometime during the week, it would be cool to give them the chance to insert their voice into the story.

Video: The video would be similar to the audio; however, it might be too big of an undertaking given that audio is already a challenge for me. Perhaps if I could take a video of a photo shoot, that could give the reader/viewer insight into what it takes to produce a magazine.


Midterm Story Pitch LAUREN IBARRA

CABRA SEU–CABRA is the incredibly successful St. Edward’s fashion magazine that is housed in Student Life. I would like to discuss CABRA in the context of the growing media-oriented student population and the obstacles they’ve faced trying to start their magazine at school. Who’s idea was this? What was the initial plan? Where are they taking it from here?


I know this isn’t silhouette, but as you were playing around with shadow, here’s an interesting article:
I think this one would look even better if you were down farther (for more of an angle) and we saw, for instance, just her arm from the elbow…

Thought Exercise Four Lauren Ibarr

  1. 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. (4 points)

Direct: “I see people taking to-go boxes,” he says. “They give you to-go boxes if you ask for them, but we weren’t allowed to do that.”

Indirect: Cardenas says it is strange being on Google’s campus, watching the regular employees drive around on company-supplied bikes and scooters and taking food home.

  1. Write down one question you imagine the reporter asked to get one of these quotes. (1 point)

What does it feel like when you’re working and you see others taking food home?

  1. 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.  (5 points) You didn’t finish this exercise.


Media Critique Lauren Ibarra

Johnathan Weisman, Matt Flegenheimer, and Eric Schmitt co-wrote the article “Democrats Demand: What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?” for The New York Times. The author’s incorporated a list at the beginning of the article to identify key points. Throughout the article, there are embedded Tweets.

The writer uses interactive media techniques to share the raw questions that politicians are asking of President Trump. Given that Trump’s chosen medium to communicate with the public is through Twitter, this makes a lot of sense.

I think there’s a strength to using the Tweets; they enhance the written story.

  • Introduction (Is the name of the work and author/creator identified? Is there a clear description of the argument or purpose of the work? Do you provide a preview of your evaluation of the work?) ___________ /


  • Summary of the interactive media element(s) and news story (What is the subject of the news story? How does the creator use interactive media storytelling tools and techniques? How does the creator use these within the digital news package?) _________ /


  • Critical evaluation (What are the strengths and weaknesses of the interactive media elements? Do the interactive media elements add to an understanding of the news story topic? Does the structure of the digital news package favor a particular point of view? Do the interactive media elements provide unique perspectives on the topic? Are they essential to the digital news package or not?) ________ /


  • Conclusion (Does the conclusion summarize the main argument of your critique? Does it offer a powerful close for the critique?) ___________ /


  • Writing style (Is the critique clear, concise, organized, and well-written?) ________

Thought exercise 2 IBARRA

Payday Nation

  1. Do the interactive media elements help you to understand the problem of predatory lending? Why or why not?

The visual elements helped me to understand what the article was really talking about in terms of tribal payday lending operations. I have great reading comprehension, but I’m a visual learner.

  1. Who might benefit from reading and engaging with this content?

People who could possibly be victims of the tribal payday lending operations and voters would benefit from reading and engaging with this content. The former because it might help them to understand why they should resist getting loans–even as a last resort; the latter because an educated voter-base could help vote-in regulations on these companies who take advantage of the poor.

Map: Where is Childhood Homelessness Getting Worse?

  1. Why do you think there are such differences in the percentage change in childhood homelessness from state to state? Does the map help you to understand causes or reasons for the different increases?

I guess it depends on the ability of the state to support its poor. The map doesn’t really help me to understand causes or reasons for the different increases, but I imagine that if I were to watch the video I’d have a better understanding of why the percentages changed.

  1. Name the two states with the highest percentage of homeless students as a “share of all students.” (Be careful, not looking for percentage change)

California and Texas… I think. It would be easier if the map was glitch-y on my computer or if the information was accessible on a table.

5. Explore the Frontline web app “Concussion Watch” and answer this question: What creative techniques are used to attract your attention?

I love how they organized the concussion by position media. I just thought it was aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, on the page with all the players, I thought it was a good choice to include photos of the players to put a face to a name.

  1. Does the interactive web app “Concussion Watch” help you understand the issue of concussions in the National Football League? Why or why not?

I think it would have been helpful to put the link to the documentary in a more obvious place where the user could find the information. On that page, you’re able to find more videos and articles about the concussions in the NFL.