For this particular NewsTrust review, I analyzed the story “Blacks in South L.A. have a bleaker jobs picture than in 1992.” There are multiple areas in this article where important facts are included. In the third paragraph, the author uses statistics in order to reveal the unemployment rate. Specifically, the author states, “In two areas of South Los Angeles- Florence Graham and Westmont- unemployment is almost 24%. Back in 1992, it was 21% in Florence Graham and 17% in Westmont.” This set of statistics and use of facts is important because the author reveals how bad the unemployment rate currently is in Los Angeles.
A second area where the author included facts was in the sixth paragraph of the article as the author states, “A post-riots report said the area needed an investment of about $6 billion and the creation of 75,000 to 94,000 jobs.” It is clear that this statement includes facts because as stated, the author collected this information from a post-riot report. These facts are important because from it is evident that in order for there to be improvement in jobs, such as job training programs to help unemployed individuals, a large sum of money and a high number of jobs are required.
At another point in the article, the author describes how before the L.A. riots, almost 50% of South L.A. was African American; however, evidence and facts are once again used in order to support how the number of African Americans living in South Los Angeles has decreased as the author states, “Now South Los Angeles is 30% African American, according to U.S. Census data, and black-owned businesses that once had a stronghold in the area have declined steadily.” The author clearly uses facts during this statement because the source, or the U.S. Census data, is stated in the article. It is important that the source is stated so that readers know that the information is reliable.
One of the last important facts in this article can be read when the author states, “The demographic shift has made it even more difficult for African Americans to find good jobs, said Vernon M. Briggs Jr., a Cornell University labor economist who has studied the effect of immigration on blacks for more than three decades.” This is an important fact used by the author because it not only explains why African Americans are experiencing trouble finding jobs, but we know that this information is coming from a reliable source, or a labor economist from Cornell University who has studied immigration and black individuals for a long time.
There are no specific areas in the article where interpretation was not supported by the fact. The author of the article never states his own opinions or feelings about the issue, but instead uses facts and statements by other reputable individuals in order to support his statements. While other sources that are quoted throughout the article might express their opinions or beliefs about the issue, the author of the article does not.