Disclaimer: I have chosen this article due to my photojournalism project that was also about anti-Semitism. I wanted to see how similar my questions were with another school’s student’s questions.
Jewish communities continue to receive threats and are attacked by anti-Semitism. The University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano interviews a Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about these recent tragedies.
The newsworthiness of this piece is evident with the current and continuous threats and attacks to Jewish communities. To get an inside view from a university Jewish student is a great way to frame a story. It is a first-hand attack, but in this case, it is not a first-hand experience.
The first thing that I notice about the questions asked were the audiences for the questions. Isaac Serna moves from a broad, national, audience to a specific, university, audience and back to a broad, national, audience. The way this frames the story is to allow the Natalie Steiner, the interviewee, to not feel attacked right off the bat. This national view can help Steiner think and begin to concise her thoughts and feelings for when the university questions are asked. Serna asked these questions to inform UTSA and the readers of The Paisano to understand how anti-Semetic acts are affecting the country and the campus.
Secondly, I do believe Serna is informed about the anti-Semetic acts. This is seen through his comment on the rate of anti-Semetic acts and the types of threats towards Jewish communities. On the other hand, I believe he is not well-informed, at least does not appear to be, because he only mentions some of the many threats and attacks to Jewish communities. He also only slightly mentions the cemetery attacks without naming any locations in the beginning of the story. There have been a multitude of locations, and that is important information to include in the story so the audience understands the immediacy of this piece. It is also not just Hillels, JCCs and cemeteries that are threatened. There are synagogues. I am sure there are even neighborhoods or houses that have experienced anti-Semetic attacks that Serna does not report on.
If Serna’s intent was to understand the feelings of one Jewish member, he has succeeded; however, I would have found this interview more interesting and engaging if Serna had asked about her personal feelings on this. He should have also asked what way the Jewish community is reaching out to others in this time of unity. For example, is the local Hillel communicating or sending best regards to those universities that have experienced anti-Semitism. Lastly, what does she think the best way to call attention to this problem to ensure that these acts do not reoccur.