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What’s next?

When asked about the future of their community, Leimert Park residents give ambiguous answers. As wealthier homeowners move in and a Metro station is set to open in 2019, community members reflect on what their home was, is and could become.

Final Pitch

With the incoming rail line in Leimert Park, there are three potential futures for the neighborhood. One possibility is that it will be overtaken by big businesses like Starbucks and will lose a lot of its cultural aspects. Another is that it will look like the Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District’s 20/20 Vision to “revitalize” the area. Or it could look the way city planner Dwayne Wyatt thinks it should look, with incoming businesses franchising and hiring residents of Leimert Park to work there. Basically, the area is going to see a lot of new businesses no matter what, but current residents’ involvement in them is what will determine how well the culture survives. 
I want to do a three-part story where I talk to people involved in each of these possible futures. I’d talk to someone from Metro or Kaiser about the incoming hospital or find out about another business, Brenda Shockley about 20/20 and Wyatt about his own vision. This story is important because people are very concerned with the ambiguous future of their neighborhood, and approaching three different sides of that future would be the most thorough way to report on the issue. I can take photos of important LP businesses, places where new businesses will come up, the spot for the rail station, the people I talk to, etc. I can get audio of trains and interviews. For a webby element, I would want to make a timeline of the progress of the 20/20 initiative.
Backup: I’m curious about the Brooklyn Deli and Mini Mart sandwich shop. Every person I’ve interviewed in LP has brought it up at some point. I think it would be fun to do a past, present and future look at the place.

Tool Tip Sheet: Legend


Legend is an easy-to-use app for making mini videos of animated text. You could use it in a more sophisticated way by posting a video as an appealing visual element in a longer story, or you could use it to post a funny or inspiring mini clip to your personal Instagram. It’s quick and versatile.

To use Legend:

  1. Open it, and the first window will be a text box. Type whatever you want here. Maybe it’s a pull quote, maybe it’s a joke.


2. Then, you’ve got two options. If you want a plain background so the text stands alone, tap “next,” and you’ll be taken to three pages of pretty font and display options for the text.


Your other option is to choose a background photo. You can either take a photo, choose one from your library (videos, too) or search Flickr without even opening the browser. After you’ve chosen your picture, hit “next” to choose a font/display option.



3. Once you’ve chosen your favorite display, you can customize it by picking one of several color schemes. These will change the background color and pattern and the text colors.



4. Now, it’s time to share. Straight from Legend, you can save, message, email, Instagram and do other things with your clip.




That’s about it!

Extra Credit Google Assignment on Victoria Berggren

To investigate Tori’s digital footprint, I started out by searching for her (using her full name) on YouTube. The first channel to pop up was her personal channel, where I could see her audio slideshow for this class, as well as two videos featuring her boyfriend. I clicked back to see what other results came up, and I found a separate account of hers for her journalism work. A few of her videos from both accounts appeared while scrolling through results for “Victoria Berggren.”

Then, I went back to basics and Googled her. I didn’t see anything related to her until a few results down, where I found her on Annenberg Media. Right underneath was a page of stories she wrote for, which I did not know she did! Next, I checked out the Images tab, where a couple of nice photos of her sat in the top row.

My search for Tori on Twitter easily took me to her profile, which seems to exist mostly for journalistic reasons.

Since I was curious to see what difference searching for “Tori” versus “Victoria” would make, I gave it a whirl on Google and actually got some different results. Near the top was Tori’s Medium page, where she had posted some stories for the Media Center.

As expected, I didn’t find anything sketchy about my dear friend Tori online. In fact, people will probably be impressed to almost exclusively find her journalist persona when looking for her on the web. Employment, here she comes.