[USC] Photo Essay: The Virgin of Guadalupe at Olvera St.
COUNTRIES & CULTURES / Downtown / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / LOS ANGELES / Mexican / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Photo Essay: The Virgin of Guadalupe at Olvera St.

Visit Flickr.com for a photo essay that celebrates images of The Virgin of Guadalupe in all their diversity. Continue reading

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[USC] Seamless public transportation to LAX on its way
LOS ANGELES / Urban Issues / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Seamless public transportation to LAX on its way

Travelers could one day arrive at Los Angeles International Airport via a seamless Metro Rail and people-mover connection, ending decades of inefficient public transportation to one of the world’s busiest transit hubs, Los Angeles World Airports told councilmembers on Wednesday. LAX submitted a report outlining several proposals budgeted at $200 million to the Transportation and … Continue reading

[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)
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[USC] Latino youth learn leadership at the CASA Institute (+ Video)

Today in Los Angeles, Latino students from eight cities across the nation are learning to be the leaders of tomorrow — and to be advocates for their communities. Daina Beth Solomon met the students at La Plaza Olvera in downtown L.A. Submitted for professor David Daniel’s “Broadcast” class at the USC Annenberg School for Communication … Continue reading

[USC] Echo Park resists proposed gang injunction (+ Video)
*VIDEO / Crime & Public Safety / Echo Park / LOS ANGELES / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Echo Park resists proposed gang injunction (+ Video)

The Los Angeles city attorney is moving forward with plans to establish a gang injunction in Echo Park despite opposition from some neighborhood organizations and residents. The injunction, which is expected to get a judge’s approval in October, would restrict more than 300 alleged gang members from associating in public, intimidating residents, possessing firearms and … Continue reading

[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories
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[Blog] Jose Antonio Vargas at USC: Journalism, Immigration + 11 Million More Stories

When writer Jose Antonio Vargas spoke recently at USC, we learned that his struggles as an undocumented immigrant fueled his career in journalism. “If I can’t be here because I don’t have the right papers, what if I’m on the paper?” he had thought as a high schooler. “How can they say I don’t exist?” For Vargas, writing became a way to prove his existence in America, documents be damned. And more important, it motivated him to “succeed my way into citizenship.” Citizenship continues to elude him, though. To push for change, he shares his story around the United States with groups from college students to Tea Party members. Continue reading

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse
COUNTRIES & CULTURES / FOOD / Immigration Issues / Latin American food / LATIN AMERICAN/LATINO / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Miss Chiquita Banana: Here to Stay, for Better or Worse

Imagine a packed movie theater in 1950. An audience awaits Hollywood’s latest picture — but first, the commercials. An animated steamboat appears on the screen, chugging along to cheerful music. Then a beautiful woman alights. Or rather, a banana. She is “Miss Chiquita” representing prominent fruit company Chiquita Banana. By 1950, the filmgoers know her … Continue reading

[Blog] Quote of the Day: “The life of the journalist…” from Cold Comfort Farm
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[Blog] Quote of the Day: “The life of the journalist…” from Cold Comfort Farm

In the novel Cold Comfort Farm (1932), British writer Stella Gibbons spins a tale of doom, dreams, families, and farmland. Not a morose tale, though. It’s irreverent and sometimes wacky — a parody of somber authors who have written grandiose tomes of bucolic life. (Think Thomas Hardy and Tess of the D’urbervilles or worse, Jude the Obscure.)

In the Foreward, Gibbons addresses a letter to a certain “Anthony Pookworthy,” supposedly an esteemed novelist who chronicles “spiritual struggles, staged in the wild setting of mere, berg, or fen.” Right. In the note, Gibbons reflects on her own writing career, making a hilarious jab at both journalistic and literary writing styles… Continue reading