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COUNCILMAN JAMES RODRIGUEZ CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO!

AND A HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE HOLIDAY!







The Insite was invited down by the staff of Houston City Councilman James Rodriguez to his Cinco De Mayo celebration.  It was held in downtown Houston at the House of Blues.  Dozens of friends, employees, family and friends turned out for the event.  Some of the people in attendance: Gracie Garcia, James Rodriguez, Previn Jones, Marc Campos, Janaeya Carmouche, and many more.  For those of you who are wondering exactly what this Cinco De Mayo is all about here’s the explanation:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.[1][2] The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 51862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][4] The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.[5]

Cinco de Mayo is not “an obligatory federal holiday” in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily.

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THE NEWS BUSINESS IS A CHANGING!

THE CHRON’S JASON AND MICHAEL DEAL WITH MULTIPLE DUTIES LIKE THE REST OF THE MEDIA!

With so many corporate cutbacks and layoffs many news outlets are struggling to survive.  If advertisers are not spending then your local television station and newspaper are not making any money.  That means those who work in the industry have to work harder to hold onto their positions.  

As one news manager once said you have to do more with less to keep your gig.  That’s exactly what’s being done in Houston.  No longer are there large web staffs transcribing reporter’s stories.  Reporters are doing it themselves in addition to their on air duties.  No longer are newspapers like the Houston Chronicle leaving the video to television stations.  They’re shooting footage themselves.
That leads me to this post.  I ran into two newspaper employees.  Jason Whitmer and Michael Paulsen.  Both are camera lugging photographers for the Chronicle.  Jason, who’s been with the newspaper giant for 10 months, was hired for a very specific purpose.  His job is to capture the video. Hanging around his shoulder is a professional grade high definition camera.  Anything captured by his eagle eye will be placed on Chron.com.  If you would’ve caught Whitmer ten years ago his position wouldn’t have existed at the Chronicle.  
Jumping from angle to angle is still photographer Michael Paulsen.  He’s been a part of the Houston newspaper for the last 4 months.  But not only is he taking still photos, he whips out his handy cam and shoots video.  This is part of his job description. Their responsibilities tell us we’re in a changing business.  A business that demands more from an employee with less.  
When asked what the Chronicle workers think about their changing roles in the field, they tell the Insite, “it keeps us on our toes.” 
But Paulson and Whitmer are no different than the Insite.  If you catch me out on a scene I’m dragging a still camera and a laptop.  I’m writing for the web and taking pictures for a blog.  But I think I’m one of the few reporters who love the challenge.  There’s nothing like covering every aspect of a story.  After all, it’s now part of the job description.  It’s also a requirement if you want to keep your job in this changing news business.  
By the way, Jason and Michael – thanks for dropping by the Insite!
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METRO COPS KILLS FIRST SUSPECT EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE AGENCY!