The Media School

Local restaurants push back against chains

April 18th, 2019

Green basil grows in pots in sunny front windows of local restaurant Farm Bloomington, the second Certified Green restaurant in Bloomington and only the fifth in Indiana. Facing downtown Kirkwood Avenue, Farm is full of recycled furniture and locally sourced food, but 20-year-old Bloomingtonian Satchel Wyatt fears the threat of encroaching chain restaurants on the local flavor.

“I like chain restaurants, even in important places.” Wyatt said. “I just don’t like seeing local businesses fail because of competition from huge companies.”

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Political scientist, Ryan Conway becomes farmer and environmental advocate

April 2nd, 2019

A Bloomington Food Policy council meeting seems perfectly usual until a tall bearded sustainability expert with a 6-month-old Belgian Malinois puppy on a leash walks in, determined to change Bloomington’s food network.“

For me a political scientist to suddenly convert myself into being a farmer just seemed like this amazing challenge that would teach me so much about the real work and the food system,” a 34-year-old policy coordinator from St. Louis, Ryan Conway said.

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Climate change sparks meaningful conversations with strangers

March 28th, 2019

I interviewed six random people I found on the streets of Bloomington about their thoughts and experience with climate change. Thankfully, Bloomington has a history of activism and awareness when it comes to climate change so it wasn’t difficult to get passionate responses, but it was difficult to find people willing to respond.

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Climate change disrupts residents daily life in Bloomington

March 26th, 2019

In the aftermath of the recent polar vortex and severe flooding, four random interviewees in Bloomington were worried about climate change and its effects on the city and government on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

They had varying opinions on how to deal with climate change apparent in weather conditions.

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On The Beat – Environment

February 21st, 2019


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Mitch Smith, Julie Bosman and Monica Davey, New York Times

The polar vortex and extreme cold in Chicago and the Midwest caused eight deaths, including a University of Iowa student. These record-breaking low temperatures rose 70 to 80 degrees only days after.

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Bio: Arianne Kelley

Arianne Kelley
Arianne Kelley is a Philosophy and Journalism major with a specialization in Graphic Communications at Indiana University and will graduate in 2020. She is pursuing a minor in Italian and spent the fall 2018 semester abroad in Bologna, Italy. In addition to academic life, Arianne is an aerial silks and circus arts instructor, choreographer and performer for Aerialogy. She also works at the Bowling Alley in the Indiana Memorial Union. Her love for photography has taken her to 10 different countries.