JRNL 10 – Infographics

The population of New York City was 8,008,278 people at the time of the 2000 United States census. Brooklyn was the most populated borough of the city with 2,465,299 residents, and Staten Island was the least populated with 442,588 residents. A decade later, the 2010 census said that the population of New York City was 8,175,133 people, which was a 2.1 percent increase.

The only borough that experienced a population decrease was Queens. In 2000, there were 2,240,510 people there, making up 27.8 percent of New York City’s total. Ten years later, Queens had 2,230,722 residents, only a 0.1 percent decrease. Queens still made up 27.3 percent of New York City’s population.

Staten Island, though the least populated borough, had the biggest increase in population from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, 442,588 people lived on Staten Island compared to the 468,730 who lived there in 2010. There was a 5.6 percent increase in population on Staten Island over the course of the decade.

Brooklyn remained the city’s most populated borough from one census to the next. With 2,465,299 residents in 2000, Brooklyn made up 30.8 percent of New York City’s population. Though Brooklyn only made up 30.6 percent of the whole population in 2010, the borough still experienced a 1.6 percent increase to 2,504,108 people.

Manhattan had the second biggest change in population percentage from 2000 to 2010. 48,678 new people moved to the island during the 2000s decade, bringing the total to 1,585,873 people at the most recent census. The 3.2 percent increase accounted for 19.4 percent of New York City’s total population.

While ranking in the middle for both percent change from 2000 to 2010 and percentage of total population, the Bronx had the most individual people increase in the decade. In 2000, the Bronx had 1,327,454 people living there. In 2010, there was 1,385,108, and addition of 52,458 people.

(Stats from nyc.gov)


JRNL 10 – Guest Speaker: Leah Bush

Leah Bush did not set out to be in the journalism field. In college, she had been a philosophy major, and did not start working in journalism until much later. She was working with the Red Cross when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and began doing more writing and investigating while with them. From there, she started blogging more and wrote about a lot of social justice issues for free, so she could get her foot in the door.

Bush eventually started writing for the local newspaper in Oyster Bay, where she learned more about the field and how publishing a newspaper actually works. When Patch started, she started freelancing for them, still covering local news. When an editor at the site left she took over temporarily, and learned about how a news website is run, which is totally different than a traditional newspaper. Bush had to format posts and schedule them, and had to know HTML code for the site to keep it organized. “You’re competing in the most oversaturated environment for people,” she said about the area that Patch covered. After becoming the editor of the Northport Patch, she became more aware of how to write for online journalism. “People have a very short attention span so you want to be aware of that,” she said when talking about how visual aids can be helpful. “Visuals are everything today; it’s all images that get your attention.”

When describing how to package a story for online publication, Bush talked about the different elements to include. The story is obviously the most important part, and pictures should be included on the first post. Then everything should be shared on different social media platforms. If it can’t be a part of the first story, audio and video can be made into a follow up later. Bush also said that if the story needs to be published right away, a photo gallery with deeper and more descriptive captions can be posted first.

“The biggest thing you have going for you is being a storyteller, because everyone loves a story,” Bush said. “Never stop learning, stay on top of everything.”

JRNL 10 – Election Day Storify

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won his reelection bid Tuesday after defeating Republican opponent and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Though Astorino won 46 of New York’s 62 counties, Cuomo won the election with 54 percent of the vote. Astorino won almost all of upstate New York, only losing in Erie, Onandaga, Tompkins, Broome, Albany, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. The votes carried in those counties as well as New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties were enough for Governor Cuomo to win.

Cuomo wanted to break his father’s vote percentage from the first time he ran for reelection in New York. Though he will remain governor, Cuomo did not pass former governor Mario Cuomo. Twitter user Robert Embree tweeted, “Andrew Cuomo hoped to beat his father’s 1986 margin of 33 points in the NY Gov’s race, but instead only leads by 14 points, less than he had in 2010.”  There were one million more Cuomo supporters during his first campaign in 2010 than turned out to vote this year, and he did not win in the landslide that his father did in 1986.

Astorino showed his appreciation for all of the New Yorkers who voted for him on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting, “A million thanks for all your support. We won 46 of 62 counties yesterday, but sadly fell short on vote. Please stay in touch!” Astorino’s supporters shared their thoughts on his social media as well. One of many Facebook commenters, Adam Miller said “I hope this isn’t the only time we see your name on the ballot!”

Cuomo supporters celebrated the current governor’s victory, also sharing their thoughts on different social media sites. Instagram user Leonardo Vega posted a picture he had taken a few days prior to the election with Cuomo, and captioned it “Selfie with #governorCuomo.” A comment from Carter McCallister on Governor Cuomo’s thank you message on Facebook said “Congratulations! #TeamCuomo.”