Online Journalism Assignment 3

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I watch a lot of sports shows and one of my favorite shows on ESPN is Outside the Lines. The show focuses on issues happening within sports and tells stories of athletes or fans being affected by the issues. This is just a short clip of the in-depth video Outside the Lines did focusing on domestic violence in the NFL and women representation in the NFL. I really like how the show produces in-depth investigations in sports issues and the quality of the video.

Online Journalism: Assignment 1

Multimedia is giving journalists the opportunity to tell stories in a different light. I think multimedia gives readers an opportunity to be more involved, for example when it’s a graph or photo story where you click next. Readers are more engaged and more likely to read a story that has a graph, or any type of visual or video and multimedia has really helped journalist branch out. I’ll be using mu iPhone a lot and my recorder to capture noise. I’m the new sports editor for Golden Gate Xpress and really want my section to include more multimedia’s with stories, so for the final project in this class I would really like to make a video that has to do with sports. I’m not positive yet what exactly I will do with it, but I know it will include sports. I’m well with placing shots for videos, but audio editing is a little difficult for me. That’s something I’ll need to work on this semester.

Final Thoughts

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As the semester comes to an end, so do my adventures in the beautiful Richmond District and it’s a very bittersweet feeling.

When I first started reporting in the Richmond I didn’t know what to expect or where to start with my reporting. Knowing little about the district, I was out of my comfort zone not feeling comftorable walking around in an unknown area and speaking to strangers.

IMG_2613As the weeks rolled by, I began to appreciate everything the Richmond offered. It’s the perfect mixture of a nature-lovers paradise with the Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, and Land Ends Trail surrounding it, while Clement and Geary Street spice the neighborhood up with the various shops and restaurants. It’s a neighborhood filled with a variety of cultures that’s all about helping and supporting residents. Those were the very reasons that made me feel right at home in the close Richmond community.

There were moments this semester that I wanted to pull my hair out, but I continued to push through it because I knew from the beginning that this reporting class would help me grow as a journalist. At the end I not only learned so much about my community, but I also learned a lot about myself. I’d like to thank all the people of the Richmond that were kind enough to speak with me and share their stories with me. I’d also like to give a big thank you to anyone that took the time to check my blog out throughout the semester, it truly means the world to me.

I’m going to miss my weekly adventures in the Richmond and speaking to the community, but I’ll always return to Land Ends Trial and I’m extremely excited to attend Outside Lands this summer!

-Liz

Clement Street Farmer’s Market

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Richmond District residents scurry down Clement Street between 2nd and 4th Avenues with reusable bags on their shoulders and wallets in hand, ready to buy the fresh, organic produce the Clement Street Farmers Market vendors have to offer. Children skate down the street, while their parents shop for produce and chatter away with vendors or neighbors enjoying the bright, sunny Sunday morning.

Each booth offers a variety of products that include strawberries, grapes, kale, peaches, carrots, gluten-free baked goods and even authentic Mexican food where the vendors of the booth prepare homemade style tortillas for the tacos they sell. For those very reasons, the farmers market has become a popular place among Richmond District residents. As Inner Richmond resident Kathy Jordan, who lives a couple blocks away from the market described it, “It’s a perfect place where I can do all my vegetable shopping and catch up with my neighbors.”

Richmond District residents Kathy and Alex Jordan walk toward the Clement Street Farmer’s Market.

Richmond District residents Kathy and Alex Jordan walk toward the Clement Street Farmer’s Market.

Clement Street is known for having a variety of restaurants and boutiques that focus on supporting local San Francisco products. Since the arrival of the farmers market in the area, there has been a new sense of positivity among the Inner Richmond community as well as a little bit of negativity among a few business owners and residents.

Plans to bring a farmers market to the area was always up in the air with many community groups trying their best to make many resident’s wishes a reality, but struggled to do so. The main issue in starting the farmers market was needing the approval to close down 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue as well as finding a community group that would support and manage the market. On June 23, 2013, the wishes of many residents were granted as the Clement Street Farmer’s Market made its first debut in the Inner Richmond.

The Clement Street Merchants Association and Supervisor Eric Mar approached us to help them start the market,” said the Clement Street Farmers Market Manager, Jessica Wilson, who is also part of the Agricultural Institute of Marin that manages other farmers markets throughout the city. “It was a long process that took us about four almost five months to get the proper permits to start the market, but it was all worth it.”

With a little over 30 restaurants, clothing boutiques and cafes running down the closed section of Clement Street for the farmer’s market, many businesses and residents were happy to see the market debut. However, over the past couple of months, a few have changed their minds, whether in a positive or negative aspect.

“Initially, I did have an issue with the market when it first started because we were hurt by it, but now it has really helped our store,” said Park Life co-owner and member of the Clement Street Merchants Association Derek Song. “Our store get’s really packed on Sundays. It has raised our business by 40 almost 50 percent on Sundays alone.”

The location of the market is on a crowded business area that can either help or hurt a shop. For Song and other small shops such as Seedstore Clothing and Story, the farmer’s market location is useful in attracting residents to their business. Despite the positive outcomes the farmers market has brought to shops in the area, Song mentioned there’s still a few number of owners that are saying “they are off by 50 percent in sales on Sundays.”

One of those few owners that reported losing business and is not very happy with parking issues caused by the farmers market was Johnson’s Acupuncture, located at 245 Clement St.

“It’s not that I don’t like the farmer’s market, but it really creates parking issues on Sundays. Parking is already restricting and having the market right in front of us causes a lot of parking problems for our patients,” said Karen You, who isn’t pleased about the closed down street section in front of their location. “Our patients are affected by it and now have to park three or four blocks to come in for their appointments.”

You’s father, Johnson You, spoke in a recent meeting involving members of the CSMA and members of AIM about the parking issues that are affecting their patients.“Everyone else is for the market,” said You. “There’s not much that can be done about the parking.”

A few residents browsing through the market shared the same parking concern as You. Alex Jordan, who lives a few blocks from the farmer’s market said the Sunday event has created a lot of parking hassle near her home, especially right now when there’s construction occurring throughout Park Presidio Boulevard.

“I really enjoy the farmer’s market, but on Sundays my street is always filled with cars. It makes it difficult for me to leave and doubles the traffic near my home,” said Jordan who avoids driving on Sundays due to traffic in her neighborhood. “There’s always ups and downs to any situation, I guess parking is the issue for the market.”

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Other shops such as Park Life, Story, Seedstore Clothing, Kisha Studio and The Mysterious Rack continue to show strong support for the farmers market expansion and believe the market has helped connect the community with local merchants.

“We’ve only been open for six months and thanks to the farmers market so far our Sundays are going well,” said Angela Butler who is a cashier at the vintage clothing shop, The Mysterious Rack. “We’ve received a lot more curious people stop by to check out our store. With the expansion of the market, we’re really excited to see how our shop will grow in sales.”

The Clement Street Farmers Market manager Wilson is aware of the issues some business owners have, but as she mentioned “the market is still growing and it has changed the district in a positive way” since its debut.

“You still have those few businesses that aren’t all forth with the market,” said market manager Wilson. “The market has really helped people in the Richmond District connect with each other and be aware of what’s going on in their neighborhood. We really appreciate the support of the community.”

May the Fourth Be With You

Yes. I will admit it. I love Star Wars!

Even if you don’t like Star Wars, you should still visit the Lucasfilm Headquarters! In the main entrance you will see the Yoda statue and once you enter the lobby you will find a life-size Darth Vader! Just remember not to touch anything!

The Lucasfilm Headquarters is located in the Presidio and is within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. I visited the site back in February. Since it’s May Fourth, I figured today is the perfect day to share pictures from my adventure.

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Diving Into Richmond District History: The Sutro Baths

Inside of the Sutro Baths

Inside of the Sutro Baths

Built in 1894, the Sutro Baths were created by the self-made millionaire and former San Francisco mayor, Adolph Sutro. Sutro’s vision for the Baths was to provide a swimming facility where all San Francisco residents could hang out and enjoy various activities.

The structure was made out of iron, wood, and a glass rooftop that covered over three acres on the coast of Ocean Beach in the Outer Richmond. The large structure contained seven swimming pools with various temperatures, slides, trapezes, springboards and a high dive. The Sutro Baths also included a museum that displayed Sutro’s personal collection of artifacts from Mexico, China and Egypt as well as a music hall where competitions, fairs and concerts were hosted.

IMG_2492In 1898, Sutro passed away and the Sutro Baths were then ran by his family members, mainly his grandson. In an effort to attract more individuals, Sutro’s grandson added an ice skate rank, a dancing hall, and an indoor beach to the Sutro Baths.

Although the Sutro Baths provided various activities and attractions, they closed down in 1966 due to high cost in maintenance and loss of money.

After the Sutro Baths closed down, the massive glass and wooden structure was burned down by a suspicious fire that sparked a lot of speculation among residents. Speculations of the fire sparked up when a developer wanted to purchase the area to build housing and a shopping center. The developer’s ideas were crushed when he was unable to purchase the site.

The Sutro Baths are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The remains are open to the public with signs that describe the history of the Sutro Baths.

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Profile: Makiko Wisner

As you turn the golden door knob of the wooden door at The Bazaar CaféIMG_1744, the aroma of brewed coffee and pastries dance their way toward your nose filling your body with warmth and leaving your mouth watering for a bite of food. You are then greeted with a joyful smile and a hello from one of the cafe’s baristas or The Bazaar Café’s owner, Makiko Wisner.

In a soft-spoken voice and a smile on her face, Wisner takes customers’ orders and asks them about their plans for the day. To some frequent customers she gives them a hug and asks them how they have been or what’s new with their lives.

“I like making my customers feel at home. It’s one big family atmosphere here at the café,” said Wisner after speaking with a few customers.

Over the last 15 years, The Bazaar Café has become a favorite hang out spot for Richmond District residents. Wisner has made an effort to offer a warm home feeling atmosphere that keeps customers coming back.

“This café is like your home, there’s always good energy and vibes,” said Alicia who works at the café. “Makiko makes sure you come here and feel part of the Bazaar family.”

For that very reason, it’s not a surprise Wisner is a beloved business owner among many Outer Richmond District residents and frequent customers of the café.

Growing up in Japan, Wisner longed for a new adventure and experience. She was always curious and interested in learning about other cultures and studied six years of English in Japan. This would later lead her to move to another country, the United States.

In 1967, Wisner’s curiosity and “the freedom America offered” led to her decision to come and study in the United States. After studying for two years in Oklahoma City, she decided to transfer to the University of San Francisco where she majored in Social Studies.

“I came to America all by myself at age 18 and I adapted pretty well to all the change. I absorbed everything and everything became a bit more natural,” said Wisner “Of course it wasn’t easy leaving my family. It was very hard, but this was a new adventure.”

Graduating from USF, Wisner couldn’t find a job in the Social Studies field. Instead, she bounced around jobs such as working as a senior guide at a museum history exhibit and was later an assistant in a law office.

In 1971, Wisner married to Les Wisner. They had a son who is now 37 years old and have three grandchildren.

“I’ve been married to Les for 43 years now. We started this cafe together and learned together about the business,” said Wisner with a smile and chuckled after she counted the number of years she’s been married. “After 15 years of hosting open mic nights, I still laugh when Les is in the corner of the café clapping really loud and making jokes throughout the night.”

In 1998, the Wisners were looking into opening a cafe where they could showcase local artists and musicians and create an inviting atmosphere for the neighborhood. Just a few blocks from their residence, they discovered a vacant cafe on California Street that soon became known as The Bazaar Café.

“I had no cafe experience. I had to learn from scratch what kind of license to get and what laws I needed to obey,” said Wisner. “You learn so much in the process. I learned how to run a business and deal with people of all kinds.”

The process of learning the new craft of running a café didn’t come easy, especially in the early years of The Bazaar Café.

“We had burglaries in our early years. One guy took the cash register and another guy took some checks we had,” said Wisner. “It was tough recovering from these burglaries but we learned to not keep any money or checks or anything like that out.”

The café is famous for its local musicians’ performances and open mic nights. Wisner enjoys supporting the local music scene of the Richmond District because “it’s real talent here in our own neighborhood.”

“My friend is a local musician and he’s played here once,” said Allison McDonnell who is a frequent customer of the café and attends many of the open mic nights. “Makiko is very supportive in helping local musicians share their music. She really cares about the local musicians.”

As she sits in the corner of the café smiling and looking around the small wooden floored, cozy café, it’s not a surprise the café is always packed and that she is a favorite business owner throughout the neighborhood.

“I love when old customers and people that once worked here come back to visit. It’s a great feeling to see how they are doing and what has changed in their lives,” said Wisner as she smiled and waved goodbye to a customer. “I’m happy with this connection I have with my employees and customers. I love it very much.”