Undocumented immigration issues call for more than building a wall

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An application for permanent residence in the United States.  [photo by Jessica Johnson]

As undocumented immigration has emerged on the docket as a pressing issue throughout the presidential primaries, flaws with the process have become evident, such as shady, under-the-table payments to undocumented workers, terrifying, middle-of-the-night raids by the Department of Homeland Security, and negative rhetoric that has shaped public opinion about immigrants, according to Dr. Margaret Thompson of the University of Denver.

As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 11.4 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.  They also estimated that undocumented immigrants amounted to about 5.1 percent of the U.S. workforce.     Continue reading

Fox31 photojournalist shared insight into news industry

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People filter in and out of the Fox31 Denver lobby on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. [photo by Jessica Johnson]

Though modern technology has changed many aspects of news and media occupations, Fox31 News photojournalist, Cody White, has been able to utilize people skills, quality composition in photography and videography, and overall high caliber products for the news station, in order to maintain his success as a photojournalist, according to White on May 10 at Fox31 News, Denver.

Photojournalism is a type of journalism that utilizes images, whether moving or still, to convey a news event.  Though many people think of photojournalists and photographers as being one and the same, photojournalists in the field of broadcast journalism are heavily video based, according to White.

A media study by the Pew Research Center revealed a widespread trend of declining newsroom personnel.  In order to combat this decline, those still working in the newsroom are required to be versatile and take on a vast array of tasks that were not always demanded of their profession.  White, a veteran photojournalist for 18 years, is not immune to the increased demands in his profession.  Continue reading

Jazz vocalist attributes success to interdisciplinary career focus

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Kathy Kosins (left) discusses her business model for jazz musicians in the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, room 229, on Monday, May 9, 2016. [photo by Jessica Johnson]

Successful R&B and jazz vocalist, painter, and jingle writer, Kathy Kosins, gifted University of Denver music students with her interdisciplinary business model, or as she called, “the art of hustling the gig,” in her anecdotal lecture in the Lamont school of music on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Kosins was inundated with musical influences from the time she was very young, through her father’s clothing store, Kosins Clothes.  According to Kosins, the high-profile patrons of the clothing store that she met, including Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, incited in her an interest to be a performer.

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DU wind ensemble enamored listeners with European setlist

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Joseph Martin conducts the wind ensemble for their final piece of the concert, “Aegean Festival Overture” by Andreas Makris in Gates Concert Hall, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. [photo by Jessica Johnson]

University of Denver’s wind ensemble, directed by Joseph Martin, teamed up with the Colorado European Union Center for Excellence to deliver a profound musical experience, transporting listeners to England, France, Spain, Denmark, and even to Greece with cultural songs from abroad, in Gates Concert Hall on May 4, 2016.

The wind ensemble is one of multitude of ensembles offered by the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.  Members not only rehearse together regularly, but are also each assigned to a small chamber ensemble to further their musical abilities.   Continue reading

Controversy mounts over transgender bathroom policies

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A University of Denver wall that allows students to express themselves sports the phrase, “Protect Trans Lives.”  Sunday, April 24, 2016,  Driscoll Green, University of Denver, Denver, CO [photo by Jessica Johnson]

After juggling the benefits and challenges of allowing transgender individuals to use public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, companies such as Target, and state legislators in states like North Carolina have incited controversy through the release of transgender policies that dictate which restrooms should be used by whom.

Target released a statement on April 19, 2016, that they were officially instating a policy allowing transgender individuals to utilize restroom and changing facilities corresponding to their gender identity, regardless of biological sex.   Continue reading