Intersections South LA

Intersections South LA offers online news, features and resources about South Los Angeles. Our coverage area stretches from University Park to Watts and explores quality-of-life issues including education, business, immigration, healthcare and the environment. The site is produced at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. 

LA Press Club recognizes Intersections for South LA reporting

June 29, 2015

Intersections was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club in nine award categories or reporting on topics ranging from Zumba fitness to LAUSD mismanagement, sidewalk tacos to criminal justice. 

LA County vows support for immigrants

February 25, 2015

USC student attempted to flee fatal attack

January 14, 2015

Zumba boom in South LA’s concrete desert

October 30, 2014

A new crop of Zumba studios have taken root in South LA, helping people lose weight and transform their lives.

40 years for four shots

August 22, 2014

Published in collaboration with the LA Weekly

Brandon Spencer is paying a 40-year price for four shots that killed no one.

An unexplained death in South LA

August 13, 2014

Published in collaboration with the LA Weekly

When police officers arrived at a two-room apartment just south of USC last fall to investigate complaints of foul odors, they found a body decomposed beyond recognition. Something else caught their attention, too — the black electrical cord knotted around the man’s neck.

Snapshots from the Watts Senior Citizen Prom

July 14, 2014

Guests shared stories about long lives spent in the ever-changing neighborhoods of Watts and South LA.

City collects 950 guns in buyback

June 3, 2014

A World War II rifle outfitted with a grenade launcher, a 9mm handgun inlaid with silver and a Mexican flag emblem, and the type of semi-automatic rifle used by the Sandy Hook gunman will soon meet the same fate: meltdown. The Los Angeles Police Department collected 950 weapons last weekend in its eighth annual buyback program that gives Angelenos gift cards for guns, no questions asked.

Facing off against pollution in South LA neighborhoods

May 1, 2014

An updated report says ethnic minorities comprise a large proportion of residents in California’s most polluted neighborhoods.

May Day workers’ march will call for living wages (+ Video)

April 4, 2014

Activists will press for immigration reform and livable wages on May 1, International Workers’ Day.

South LA’s street cooks could soon go legit

March 24, 2014

New rules may protect vendors — the majority of them Latino immigrants selling snacks like tacos and pupusas — from hefty fines or having equipment confiscated.

Artist Ramiro Gomez: Painting LA’s ‘invisible’ workers (+ Video)

March 5, 2014

Artist Ramiro Gomez creates paintings of L.A.’s gardeners and janitors, nannies and housekeepers — the fleet of workers who keep some of the city’s most upscale households running smoothly.


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