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Final Project Pitch – Saloni

Pitch: The police officers in MacArthur Park face a unique challenge in that their region is rife with illegal activity, most of which they are aware of, but they are forced to prioritize some crimes of over others due to their division being under-funded and under-staffed. From wide-scale illegal vending by undocumented workers to small-scale drug trafficking, these are crimes that the police have come to accept as unavoidable, thus focusing more on heavier crimes such as drug violence, drug rings and domestic violence. I want to show how the Rampart LAPD has used community policing as a means to police the areas of ‘lesser’ crimes without expanding too many police resource.

Angle: Because the Rampart PD faces this unique challenge, their approach to community policing is equally interesting. Each member of the Rampart LAPD takes the time to get to know their community and be present in the region to show residents that there is a police presence should anything go wrong. For example, in order to deal with the 500-600 illegal vendors in the area, they have resident leaders who are part of the vendor community and act as middlemen if the police need to convey a message. Instead of using police time and funds, these vendors are made to sort out their own issues before bringing in a police presence. Similarly, vendors are respectful of the police because they know that they are being ‘allowed’ to continue this illegal activity.


Officer Frank Garcia – Senior Lead Officer, Rampart LAPD

Officer Flores – Rampart LAPD Bicycle Unit

Officer Gomez – Rampart LAPD Bicycle Unit

Andrew Said- Community Prosecutor

Residents/ Vendors



Rollover Audio Clips


Thing-link interactive photos

Map of Macarthur Park and vendors




Digital Footprint Assignment

I did my peer review on Marina Peña. At first glance, Marina’s online presence is simple and to the point: she has a Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and a number of articles on Annenberg Media. I cannot be sure if I just did not look hard enough, but seems like she does not have an Instagram, Flickr or accounts on any of the other big social media sites. It is worth mentioning, though, that her name is on the common side so I might have just missed it.

On Twitter, Marina makes her ambitions to be a journalist clear – almost all her content is connected to current events. For example, a good number are retweets from news sources with an added line of her opinion, or her live-tweeting from Annenberg related events. Her latest tweets are videos of her interviewing celebrities Kendrick Sampson and Shailene Woodley at a rally for clean water at MacArthur Park, both of which were really interesting and perhaps indicative of her interest in environmental reporting. However, she isn’t particularly active on the site, opting for short bursts of tweets every few days and very little engagement with other Twitter users.

On Facebook, Marina shares similar videos to those on her twitter- stories from big news sites that relate to her interests. There are no inappropriate photos or content, but it is quite an open profile giving the public access to photos dating all the way back to 2010.

Marina’s LinkedIn profile is really clean and conveys her experience and skills in a thorough manner. Specifically, her fluency in 4 languages is very impressive, as is her initiative to directly link to her articles, making it easy for potential employers to find her past work.

On Annenberg Media, Marina has a number of articles on varying topics such from LGBTQ matters to entertainment, which always a good way to show variety in writing.

Overall, I think Marina has a good overall presence, even a quick glance gives you a clear idea of just how passionate she is about reporting. Nothing incriminating or inappropriate showed up even after extensive research, so she does not need to worry about future employers holding anything like that over her head.

Other than that, I think Marina’s only considerations should relate to whether or not she wants to be a top result on google, for which she would have to put in a concerted effort due to her name being fairly common. If, however, she prefers to be more on the private side, I think she has the perfect amount of information available to the public.

Photo Bingo + GIF Assignment

A Day at the 34th Annual Central American Independence Day Festival located near MacArthur Park.

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As we walked through the fair with our large cameras, the man in charge of operating this carnival ride offered to let us ride for free. The ever fearless Rachel was the only one with the courage to accept- resulting in this beautiful gif. Not pictured- Rachel screaming in terror as the ride started to swing upside down.   [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE GIF]