After looking through someone of the sites that display Hyperlocal News, I have seen how the stories are mostly about a small group of people like a small community. Some of these sites talk about students’ stories, people’s opinions on certain topics, and mostly about different communication industries. I can tell that these stories might not catch everyone’s’ eyes and might not be as impacting as what they show on TV news, radio, newspapers, or magazines. Therefore, I understand why they do not make money off of it since communication companies would not display something that would not impact and interest a big large group of people. I feel like most of these topics interest people involve in the arts and communications world. I would definitely find these sites interesting to read and a plus is that they are short stories that get right to the point, which makes it interesting to me since I am in the communications major and the arts have always interested me.
For my “Photo Journalism” project, I have thought of two ideas. The first one that came to my head was about showing around Downtown Tampa especially the River-walk. I love to go and walk around and see the sunset. Some people go there to do photo-shoots, others to run, ride their bikes or skateboard, and some go to walk their dogs. But I am also debating on the second idea that came to my mind, which was doing my project about something I been loving to do, which is going to different beaches here in Florida and seeing how different they are depending on where they are located and watching the sunset there. I love to see how the sunset is seen from the different cities of Florida. I love both ideas because they both are part of what I enjoy doing. I think they both would be interesting for viewers to see. Now, I have to decide what idea I would be going for and hopefully, the viewers enjoy it.
Wednesday afternoon, talking to this 23-year-old guy, named is Joel, who has worked for a year as a truck driver going, who goes around the states dropping and picking up a truckload. I am amazed at how he is so young and has different licenses to drive different kinds of trucks. Just hearing all his stories and picturing in my head all the places he is describing to me that he has been at with the truck while working and on his days off. I just say to myself, “I need to make a story about this.” I think it might encourage young people, guys, and girls, who think it is impossible to get the truck licenses and be able to be a truck driver at a young age. Also, this will show people like me, who think had the image of a truck driver is only older men. I honestly believe it can be relevant to Hillsborough Community College students because there can be students who want to get to travel around the states while getting paid. Also, it can encourage anyone out there who needs a job and do not mind driving for long hours far from home. And this guy who has to leave his home for minimum three weeks, where he lives with his mother and his two brothers, works to help his mom economically to maintain their home and other expenses that come with it, since his mother does not work because she has to take care of his younger brother, who is seven months old. I instantly think of talking to the mother, since she could give me her perspective. I will definitely do more research on details about how much a truck driver with the same type of licenses he has made, how much an all over the state driver makes compare to local drivers, what benefits do a truck driver receive from its employer, what is the process and what are the requirements to be a truck driver, and what percentage of young and older people are truck drivers. I am excited to learn more about this Joel’s and his mother’s point of view on this profession.
As some of us have heard, Wal-Mart is one of the biggest international businesses out there and it has a great image for a lot of people. Belgica Miguel, a fifty-three years old employee who has eight years as a Wal-Mart stocker says that working for the company has its pros and cons like any other workplace. (B. Miguel, personal communication, September 11, 2019) An outsider who has never work for Wal-Mart like Joel Solari, a 23 years old student and an employee from a truck company, says “Everyone is always applying at Wal-Mart. Everyone wants to work there. The company has awesome benefits and you will probably always get a lot of hours because they are probably always needing people because of how many departments the stores have and all the job positions that need to be filled. But I do not think anyone can work there, it seems like a serious company who is selective on who they hire. I am sure you would not find drug addicts or drinkers working there.” (J. Solari, personal communication, September 11, 2019) “Although Wal-Mart gives good benefits to its employees like education benefits for GED, high school completion, language training, and professional development, discounts on hotels, amusements parks, rental cars, and also offers dental, vision, and medical plans, the job duties are to be done in a fast pace which can make it feel stressful and most job positions make employees’ bodies feel exhausted by the end of the day since the positions are completely physical.” (B. Miguel, personal communication, September 11, 2019)
Questions I would ask the Walmart employee:
- Would you recommend working at Wal-Mart? Why or why not?
- How was working at Wal-Mart when you first started different from now eight years later?
- What are the pros of working at Wal-Mart?
- What are the cons of working at Wal-Mart?
The person I would like to interview is Paula Galindo, also known as Pautips on You-Tube. She is a Colombian YouTuber who has her own brand of make-up, has been invited by well-known make-up brands to travel to many countries for the make-up brand’s launching parties and events, and is known for her tips to a healthier and fit body. I would love to interview her because she is an inspirational YouTuber who I look up to when it comes to what I want my YouTube channel to look like to others. She also majored in Mass Communications and pursue her YouTube and Make-up career, which makes me feel connected with her because that is what I want to pursue in the future. She has also suffered depression and Bulimia because she has always dislike her appearance thinking she is too skinny and not good enough.
Some questions I would ask her are:
1. What inspired you to get into YouTube?
2. What made you want to talk about your depression on Social Media and YouTube?
3. How did you get to be considered by the well-known Make-Up brands to assist their events?
4. How was your experience going through college and majoring in Mass Communications?
5. How are you overcoming the depression and starting to love yourself?
6. What would you tell your followers and viewers who look up to you that are going through depression or simply are not happy with themselves?
My name is Gabriela Del Rosario Miguel. I am from The Dominican Republic. I came to the United States when I was 11 years old. Therefore, my first language is Spanish, and I speak a good amount of English. I graduated from Spoto High School as a Honors student, which made me so proud of myself while I was overcoming the language difference.
At Hillsborough Community College, I am majoring in Mass Communications. My goal is to transfer to the University of South Florida and after graduating from my bachelor’s degree there, I want to work on International Hispanic TV. In the future, I see myself doing some acting in the future on Spanish soaps, TV shows, and for the big screen.
My goals are to travel around the world and most likely move to a whole new country. In the past, I have traveled to New York, California, Puerto Rico, Colombia, The Bahamas, St. Maarten, and The Dominican Republic.
A side from pursuing my career, I am working on a YouTube channel where I want to post traveling blogs and do and talk about a little bit of everything. My goal with this is to inspire others to want to do more and get out of their comfort zone, and to inspire others to live wild and do what they love, and to make people laugh and get to explore places with me. Also, I want to put myself out there, do what makes me happy which includes recording myself talking and acting (this goes way back since I was little. I would record myself acting and dancing.) and to let people know me a little more.