The Life of a Mission District “Paletero”

“Palateros,” the men who push ice cream carts, have become a staple of the Mission District.

These days, there seem to be more and more of them. I caught up with one of them and he says the life of a “paletero” is difficult. He emigrated from Mexico looking for work and found none, which is why he became a “paletero” — an honest profession, he says.

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I-Phone Photos

The other day in my Intro to Online class we had a guest speaker, Carlos Gonzales, one of the remaining staff photographers with the Chronicle. He said he has a friend who sold all his equipment and now only shoots with his iPhone. I instantly fell in love with that idea. Also, I was informed that the advisor from our sister publication, Oakland North made an amazing multimedia piece about the 54 bus in Oakland, which you can see here:

The Fifty Four from Richard Koci Hernandez on Vimeo.

So I decided to ditch my Canon EOS 40D for a bit and shoot only with my iPhone for everyday-life and on assignments. Here is what I got.

Kimberly Chua applying makeup.

Nicholas and Kimberly of Mission Loc@l

Gerardo and his son arriving at the Mission Council, a substance abuse center in the Mission.

Kenya and family on their way out of the Mission Council, a substance abuse center.

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Crimes in the Mission

As reported by Mission Local. You can see all the links here.

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I’m Back!

Hey folks, I am back from D.C. and San Diego. Now that that I think about it, its crazy going from literally one corner of the country to another in a span of two weeks.

The ride to D.C. was quite possibly the best journalist experience thus far. I am currently doing a story board for my four chapter multimedia series on the trip.
Also i constantly sent updates from the bus to Mission Loc@l which you can see here.
Also very proud to have made the front page of New American Media earlier this month.
Going on this trip I also decided to take some risk, one of them was shooting film for the first time. I think I did pretty good for being the first time around but I don’t think I will do it anytime soon because it is terribly expensive. Here is one of the photos of many of my subjects from the trip.
more to come later.

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Going to Washington D.C.

Exciting journalism news.

I will be doing an embed with the San Francisco Organizing Project as they go on a seven day bus ride From San Francisco to Washington D.C. to demand comprehensive immigration reform.

Basically they are leaving next Wednesday and will be going to eight different cities do press conferences until we reach Washington D.C. where they will do a massive rally.

I will shoot video and photos, record audio and write a print story at the end of it and publish it at Mission Loc@l. Also I will be having talks about possibly doing audio for NPR’s Latino USA .

Sounds like an awesome opportunity right? You only live once.

The only catch is that I have to put in $100. Someone from the Mission Asset fund said she will pay for me, but I think it can be seen as a conflict of interest so I am going to try to get Mission Loc@l to pay for it, but even if they don’t I’ll pay for it myself.

Here I come Washington D.C.

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Non-Profit’s Help Low Income Communities to Prepare Taxes

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Supervisor on the Budget

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