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For the Tuesday program, My Media, that I go to, Ms. Lorretta asked us to think about what topic we want our video project to be on. This is a project in which we will write and record a video about a topic by interviweing peolple (including other ways) to find out information.

My plans for my video project is to interview and report on a group called the Social Justice Institute. They are a group that focuses on what young people of today feel is the greatest problem in society. It could be racism, education, bullying, etc. Each individual group will go about and try to help solve that problem in the way that they choose to. I am going to try and interview the top directors of this associations (Dr. Ronda Williams) and a few youth people who are working inside the group. I am also going to tell a few people who know nothing about the group and fill them in on what they do. Then I’m going to ask them questions about what they think of the SJI: how it could affect the society? What are your thoughts on this association? IS this a improvement to society…something that will help people?–and more questions like that so that I can get a quick fill on how the community thinks this organization could help or hurt them. This will help me compare and contrast the organization to the people the organization is trying to help. I will also report any more interesting data that I find while working on this final assighment. I’m really excited to start, work through and complete my project!

My Media Homework Assignment: 

The assignment was to interview a family member and write a story (100-150) words about it. I interviewed my mother, who told me about her encounters with racism and then her thoughts on the topic of it and all forms of discrimination. Here is my story:

 

 Only being a young child, LaVora was unaware and confused about racism when she first encountered it. But now, as a grown women, she has her own personal view and voice about the topic, and discrimination in general.

 “Racism—and other discriminatory acts—is a system of advantage based on that act. Find people who are at a disadvantage, and help them gain that privilege,” LaVora says.

LaVora first experienced racism at 7. She was riding her bicycle when a little white boy (about 5) was getting into the car with his parents. He saw her and pointed, saying, “Look! There’s a Nigger!”

“That was the first time I ever felt different because of my race,” LaVora said, “I felt ashamed, like something was wrong with me, but excited to tell my family”.

At 24, in the restaurant she worked in, a man ordered his food and then said: “Hurry up Nigger!” She responded by throwing his soup in his lap. “I wasn’t going to just let someone call me a nigger and get away with it.” LaVora stated.  It was the last time anyone called her that

LaVora believes that everyone should be appreciative about the privilages and advatages they have on other people, because there is always someone out there who is at an disadvatage. But sadly, we take them for granted everday.

1. How do you feel about the decision you made in bringing the flats back to life?

I asked this question to try to personally put him in my questioning because he is the mayor, so I’m wondering whether or not he really wants to see the city improve in the way that the people are asking him to.

2. How greatly did the city affect your answer on bringing the flats back to life?

I asked this question to find out how he thinks the city had an effect on his answer, so the people could know how greatly they influence there mayor. He is speaking for them after all.

3.  Because Cleveland holds many of the world’s famous places, did you find it a problem that the east bank of the flats wasn’t as alive as it soon will be, because maybe if it was then it could have brought in more people and business, etc.?

I asked this question to find out whether or not it was a priority issue—not just because the people wanted it—but because maybe it could help the community in one way or another.

4. What are the plans for restoring the east bank of the flats?

I asked this question because I wanted the people to be able to recognize what he had planned out for them so they could know what was coming.

5. How are these improvements to the flats going to affect the community?

I asked this question to understand the consequences of this decision and notice how greatly it would affect the community and its people. For example: Will businesses boom? Or is it in the center of popular traveling centers, so people will stay in hotels there more often? Etc.

6. What are some new buildings and places that you think will draw people into the flats?

I asked this question to get a quick feel of what type of things will be there. For example: Will it be filled with big flashy buildings at night, or cafes on every corner?

I asked these questions, essentially, to find out answers for the community so that they’d know what’s headed there way and what the process and thinking behind it was.

I asked my questions in this order because I tried to ask the most important things first, for the reasons explained in the last My Media class. This was, when writing an article you want to have the good stuff on top because everything might not be able to be used. And if you asked the best questions then maybe yours will be the one that is publicized, out of everyone else’s. I also asked them in this order because I tried to think about what his answers might be to former questions asked and then ask those questions. But at the same time I tried to ask questions with a new feel that might be able to flow with any recent answer given, because of course I don’t know what his answers would’ve been to my questions in the first place. I wanted to get the most information that I could get out of six questions.

How good are you’re interview skills?

My interviewing skills are okay because I haven’t interviewed that many people in my life.

Have you had much interviewing experience?

I have only had a few interviewing experiences and they were not for anything outside of school, so mostly they were interviewing family members, friends, etc.

What makes a sucessful interviewer?

What I think makes a successful interviewer is if that person respects the person that they’re interviewing. I think this because if you don’t act like you respect that person’s thoughts then you might not get the easy going person you want sitting in front of you.

What are the most important questions in an interview?

I think the most important questions to ask in an interview is what that person feels about the topic and how they are involved with what they were talking about. I think this because if you involve the person that you’re talking to with you’re story then they might want to say more. Everyone loves to share their experiences!

 

My Media

Homework Assignment: The homework assigned for the My Media class on April 24th was to have watched a local newscast by May 1st. Then we had to find a written article of the casting and compare the two.

 

Occupy May Day protest could block roads, shut down ferry service

(msnbc.com)

My article, “Occupy May Day protest could block roads, shut down ferry service”, is about Tuesday May 1st. May Day is the day to mark the rights of workers around the world or, as some people like to call it, “a day without the 99%” Either way, it celebrates the rights of working men and women. Occupy Wall Street, an organization that was established on September 17, 2011, is an organization that fights against the corrosive power of major economic corporations, like large banks. This group is trying to recapture the meaning and importance of May Day by holding a nationwide general strike on Tuesday, May 1. The strike is supposed to get people to do things differently in general. May Day is like Labor Day which means many people will sacrifice their work, suffer and endure struggles during the protest and strikes. But in the end, they’re not just doing it for themselves; they’re doing it for others too.

 

The TV newscast of this story was extremely interesting to me. Watching the person who was talking and seeing their body movements really made me listen more intently and work hard on grasping the full idea of what they were saying while they talked about there opinions on May 1st, and what they expected to see on Tuesday. One thing I really loved about the newscast was that it showed a chart and then someone related that chart to a real life situation. The name of the line graph was, “Strikes Involving 1000+ Workers”, and you could see that around the year of 1957, it was roughly 480 and by 2007, it decreased way below 100. This meant that strikes were barley happening anymore, which is not good if you’re trying to get a worldwide point across. Bill Fletcher Jr., a man apart of the Center for Labor Renewal, explained that the number of strikes involving 1000+ workers decreased so dramatically due to PATCO. PATCO was the firing of air traffic controls that went on a strike in 1981, by Ronald Regan. He said that what the Regan Administration did suppressed people from taking a stand and going on a strike.

 

“A general strike has one of two objectives. Either it’s a symbolic demonstration of force or you really are aiming to bring someone down. So if it’s one day, it’s a symbolic show and that’s very, very important. I think it shows resistance.” Bill Fletcher said this about the strikes and for me, seeing it made me really stop and listen to what he was saying. His facial expression was so intense and concerned.  I could tell he deeply cared about what he was saying.

 

The written article of my news story was extremely different from seeing it on TV. The paper talked about what roads will be blocked and the groups that wereAnti-Wall Street. It didn’t even give an explanation of what May Day was supposed to be about, or give quotes of people’s thoughts on the purpose for the strikes and protests. The explanation of many things it said was very light and I kind of had to guess what they were supposed to mean but the TV casting let me get the view of five different people and each one of them said what they wanted to say in a comprehensible manner.

 

Overall, the TV viewing was exciting and I felt like it involved me more. I could agree or disagree with what the people were saying and see their reactions to their peer’s views on the situation. However, the written article felt more like a pile of information was dumped in front of me with no real relevance or meaning and I had no interest. It was just another article on the internet.

 

This article is relevant to its readers because people all over the world are under economic pressure. It brings the importance of the situation to surface and possibly enables people to think about making a change towards justice. This story relates to my family and me because we’ve been affected by hard economic times too, and every time some one stands up, like how people do on May Day, I appreciate it because they’re standing up for people like my family and me.

 

I think that this article would hold the interest of readers and watchers because it includes every one of all races, ages and cultures. It talks about a problem that most people have in common, and possibly has suffered from it one way or another. But then it goes on to say how, we the people, have begun to solve it. 

 

 

 

On April 24th I attended a My Media class for the first time. It was really exciting and i already learned a lot. The teacher, Rob and his assistants are really nice and make everything they say understandable. I am so looking forward so the next class!

-Jahci

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