Final Story Pitch – Myrka Moreno

It’s been a year since Haruka Weiser was found dead on University of Texas campus. Though St. Edward’s is just about five miles from UT, the question of safety is still common in students and parents. This past semester, campus was locked down as a man carrying a gun was suspected to be on campus. He wasn’t a student, nor was he targeting students, but the location of St. Edward’s, in the middle of South Austin, often puts it in the middle of crimes. What is the protocol for on-campus crimes and surrounding neighborhood crimes? Is St. Edward’s as safe as it claims to be? We will delve into this topic using resources from UPD and interviewing students, parents, faculty, staff and neighbors. For our interactive pieces we will use a video showcasing safety concerns and interviews. We will also have an interactive map detailing crimes.

https://stedwards.app.box.com/v/2016asr → here is the link to St. Ed’s annual fire and safety report for 2016

Pgs 43-46 list crimes that happened on campus (residence facility, on campus, non campus, public property), the professional educational center, St.Edward’s University in France, and Wild Basin

HEADLINES – MYRKA MORENO

Two students injured in fire at Mallory College

Two students suffered small burns after trying to put out the fire that broke out at Mallory College after 6:30 P.M. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 7 P.M. but the damage is estimated $1,500.

Man pleads guilty to burning cross with racist intent

Fred R. Thornton, 32, plead guilty to burning a cross on the driveway of a mixed couple. Thornton was sentenced nine months. Two other suspects will be tried next month.

Pencils recalled after accidentally encouraging drug use

After fourth-grade student Arthur Metzler pointed out that the anti-drug pencils that read “Too Cool To Do Drugs” can have a different slogan when sharpened, the Britton Pencil Co. recalled the product.

Passengers survive after brutal plane crash

After the single-engine propeller plane lost power, the pilot Herbert Young, 25, crash-landed striking three cars. Young suffered minor injuries and passenger Sarah Shields, 19, was hospitalized for a possible concussion.

Brace yourselves, winter is coming

The long awaited season is coming in full force with expected below-freezing temperatures. Freeport highway crews are preparing by salting down highways and roads.

Midterm Final – Moreno

Every year, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at St. Edward’s University selects 35 students to receive their full-tuition scholarship. The students are either migrant workers themselves, or children of migrants.

Theila Galvan (’15), Guadalupe Aguilar (’15) and Eduardo Castellanos (’16) are current CAMP students who have worked in the fields themselves and continue to do so. All three students are from all over the Rio Grande Valley but travel up north every summer for seasonal farm work.

Students’ Hometown

Students’ Working Town


Theila Galvan began traveling up north since she was four years old. “Although I was too young to work, obviously, I would stay with family while my parents went out to work.”

This past summer, after her freshman year at St. Edward’s, Galvan traveled up to Missouri where she worked in potato farms and factories sorting out rotten produce.

“It was difficult to not fall asleep when you have been up since five in the morning and have to stare at potatoes all day,” Galvan says.

Although her parents both have stable jobs and no longer depend on migrant work, Galvan accompanies her aunt in order to have some extra cash for herself or pay her on-campus housing.

Galvan never expected herself to attend college, “at most I thought I would get a two-year nursing degree.” But when she learned about CAMP, her life completely changed, and not only through education.

When CAMP scholars arrive, they are provided with a routine hearing and vision screening. In her first week as an independent college student, Galvan learned she was 40 percent deaf in both ears and would be needing hearing aids.

“I cried. Not only because I did not want it to be true, but because I knew my family would never afford them,” Galvan says.

Fortunately, CAMP staff would drive her to her appointments and helped her find donors willing to help her pay for her hearing aids.

Guadalupe Aguilar (right) proudly holds the Migrant Farm Worker’s flag she painted herself at the annual Cesar Chavez March in Austin, Texas.

 

Guadalupe Aguilar started her first day on the field at the age of 12, much younger than the usual teens. While legally she was not old enough to work, her parents had been working long enough with the same contractor for him to let it slide.

“I did not like working in the field at that age. I just wanted to have a normal summer like every other kid,” Aguilar says.

But her baby sister was only a few years old, and she understood that her mother could not work as much. “We have only ever depended on seasonal work for income, so I did what I had to do to help my parents.”

While Aguilar no longer works in the fields, she still travels to Indiana with her parents and works at a local school with other migrant students. Her parents still rely solely on migrant farm work for their annual income.

“They only make about $29,000 combined yearly, but it is tough for them to find a part-time job in the few months when they aren’t traveling up north.”

Eduardo Castellanos watches the performers at the annual Cesar Chavez March.

Eduardo Castellanos is a freshman at St. Edward’s who is currently struggling with the decision if he will return next year or not.

“My parents don’t want me to take out loans, and we don’t have enough money for me to afford housing on-campus,” Castellanos says.

He knows the opportunity CAMP has given him is more than he could have ever imagined. But, his family predominantly relies on their migrant income which he fears is not enough.

Castellanos, however, is determined to finish his education at St. Edward’s.

“I’m going back to Ohio this summer to save money for books and housing, and I’ll probably get as many jobs as I can next semester.”

 

Midterm Story Draft – Myrka Moreno

Ok. So, are you profiling a migrant worker and/or an undocumented person? is this a story about the CAMP program? If so (for either of these), where are the people? Stories need characters. And what is your multimedia? Your story can be no more than 400-600 words and should not repeat the interactive, but should complement it. This has potential. 

From Cinco de Mayo to the tragic story of Tejano music star Selena, Latino culture has always been a prominent component of America, but there is a massive part of the culture that is often overlooked. Migrants are seasonal agricultural farmworkers that travel across the nation for months at a time to work demanding hours under rigorous conditions.

While not all migrants are Latinos, a large portion of workers identify as Hispanic of Latino. According to a 2014 report by Farmworker Justice, seventy-six 76 percent of all farmworkers are Hispanic or Latino, with seventy percent being native Spanish speakers. AP Style/numbers = write them out from one to nine; write the numbers from 10 up.

There are approximately 2.5 million migrant farmworkers, yet their stories are hardly ever heard. Many of the workers are undocumented, but an exact number is unavailable because most are afraid to speak about their citizenship status.

The work they do does not make it any easier to be an undocumented immigrant in America. They leave their home for months at a time, often leaving family behind including children as the harsh conditions are not ideal. They start their work days before sunrise and finish after the sunset.

Their kids follow their family into the fields as soon as they are old enough to work. The money is not enough for college, but enough to live life with a few luxuries like a nice car and name brand clothes.

This often discourages the kids from continuing their education. Some drop out of high school, while others end their education career after receiving their diploma.

The College Assistance Migrant Program is one of the few organizations that aims to change that. They offer resources and scholarships to migrant students in a few college campuses across the country.

Some, like the one here at St. Edward’s, pay tuition for a select number of students. But most of the students are first-generation college students whose families still spend their summers in the field, making the experience just as difficult.

Most migrant workers live solely off the money they make during farming season. So one less body in the field can be tough for families.

Midterm Story Pitch – Myrka Moreno

A migrant is defined as a person who moves from place to place to do seasonal work. Many migrants in the U.S. are Latinos who face discrimination everyday. They are often seen as lazy or job stealers, when what the job entails is quite rigorous.

Migrants travel throughout the country working in agricultural jobs during farming season. Some depend on the money they make in one season alone until the next season comes around. The living conditions are harsh and the work is even worse.

Migrants are often unseen and unheard of, yet play a major role in the U.S. agricultural community. Conditions have become worse for workers, who are often away from their families months at a time. Now they face the threat of stricter immigration laws, travel bans and proposed border walls that will make the separation feel greater. OK, so you have stated an issue. What is the story? Are you going to profile a migrant worker? If so, do you have someone in mind? Where will we see this person? What will he/she be doing? Try to focus this issue and to think about how you would shape it into a story.

PHOTO MYRKA MORENO

Do you know how I wrote this caption? Click on the photo and up will come a template. Click on the little pencil and up comes THIS template. Write away. Nice shot. A bit distant, but good lighting.
I want to see more restaurant and less parking lot. Unless the point of the story is that Curra’s is doing a thriving business!
The three of these shots together are really nice. You get close to her, so we can see how much fun she’s having. And there is motion. Nice job.