Every year students from J481 take part in a semester long documentary project on a topic of their choosing. This year they will joined by talented students from the school’s editorial, infographics and multimedia sequences to document the stories of North Carolina’s emerging Latino communities. Between 1990 and 2000 the number of Latinos in the state grew nearly 400 percent according to the U.S. Census. The cultural and economic impact is undeniable. A 2006 study by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill estimated the economic contribution of Hispanic immigrants in North Carolina at more than $9 billion. Yet, issues surrounding illegal immigration, including access to education, remain hotly contested. In what will be an ongoing project, we hope to use all of our resources to produce a site that takes an uncharacteristically intimate look into an incredibly diverse group of new North Carolinians.
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Photo by Traci White (from last year’s award-winning project On the Line)