Immigration economics and a question for the editors

Hey everybody,

A big part of the current immigration debate is the impact (or lack of impact) that new immigrants have on the jobs and wages of native workers. For anybody that wants to learn about this but lacks the stomach for phrases like "labor demand curve" and "capital reduction", below is the link to a concise - and in my opinion fair - overview on the subject in this week's The Economist.


Also, right now I'm considering two story topics for the project: the first about somebody who has won the green card lottery in his or her country and moved to New York City, and the second about young foreign-exchange students. Specifically, I'd like to investigate how living here has affected their impression of the United States, and of Americans.

Thomas Friedman used to write that one of the best things the U.S. could do is invite more young students from other countries - especially from countries that regard Americans with distant hatred or suspicion - and let them see for themselves that we're not so bad while receiving a much better education than would otherwise be possible. Over time, the theory goes, many of these students return to their countries and start having an influence in the way America is viewed. Is Friedman right? I don't know, but it would be interesting to find some of these students in New York City and present their stories.

I have a friend from a poor village in Senegal who won the green card lottery and moved to New York when he was 16. The details of his story are amazing but too long for this post - ask me about it in person, if you're interested. But the point is that he finished high school and college here, obtained his citizenship and he is now more fiercely patriotic than most native-born Americans. (And I'm not talking about anything related to the war, just how much he loves the U.S.) He returns often to Senegal to see his family and share his story.

He is only one example, but a good one that demonstrates the potential impact of educating foreign students while they're still young. Is this the case for all, or even for most of these students? Again, I don't know, but I like the idea of looking into it.

Editors, can you tell me if New New Yorkers include people who come here for only a set period of time? In other words, does a foreign exchange student scheduled to return to his country after a few years fit within the theme, or by New Yorkers are we talking about people who plan to settle here?

This is my first-ever blog post - BOOYAH

Actually, it's kind of anticlimactic...


Blogger eblakeley said...

it sounds like you have some great story ideas that you are working on developing into pitches. i definitely think people who are here for a set period of time "count"...although i would like to hear other people's arguments.

why do you think they should count?

4/10/2006 12:05 PM  
Blogger sfeightner said...

a note on style:

the word "BOOYAH" will not be included in the official NYC24 style guide.

your QA editor,

4/10/2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

i think foreign exchange students do count. there still needs to be a nutgraf, which i think you have, to tell a story about exchange students. but they are new new yorkers, and even people who are here for a short period of time both have an impact on the city and are impacted by the city, right?

both sound like great ideas. you have 2/3 pitches done for tomorrow. now write up some multimedia and you're set.

4/10/2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger Cardiff said...

Erin, Anne, thanks for your responses - it's exactly what I was looking for. I'll flesh out those two pitches, plus I'll work on a third related to the economic angle.

I sense that I'm one of the few business geeks in the class, and a balanced story about the economic impact of immigration could provide some context to all the other stories. Multimedia would be challenging because it's basically a talking heads story, but I've got some ideas. In any event, that's where I stand - I'll send you my full pitches on Wednesday.

Sarah, why doesn't BOOYAH make the style guide? And what about BIGGITY-BAM??

4/11/2006 12:53 AM  
Blogger eblakeley said...

cardiff, if your story is on the money, i'll pull rank and make sure biggity-bam gets in.

but i don't know about booyah...

4/11/2006 2:24 PM  

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