The Media School

Bloomington recognizes students during Youth Art Month

April 18th, 2019

Bloomington High School South senior and artist Jack Owens has been in love with art since elementary school. She has had her art featured at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center all four years of high school during Youth Art Month.

“It changes my perspective on my own work and how it’s perceived,” she said. “… Having that be accepted and having that be observed and liked by people that I don’t know gives me a little bit more confidence in my abilities.”

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WFHB made news director Wes Martin fall in love with radio

April 2nd, 2019

Wes Martin had never been in love with radio or broadcast media, but he always enjoyed reading the news. Hours of exhausting work at Meadows Hospital, a mental health care facility, were beginning to take a toll, but he still wanted to do something meaningful. So, Martin began to volunteer at WFHB as a reporter.

“It was unbelievable to me that I could read a press release and not really know anything about a story, and call up somebody and interview them about it,” he says. “And to me that was liberating, because you don’t have to be an expert in every field to report about it.”

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Talking to strangers helps improve reporting skills

March 28th, 2019

Before this assignment, I had not been given the chance to do on-the-street interviews for a news story.  Like many news stories, most of my sources have to be experts or directly related to the heart of my story. This time I enjoyed being able to put the focus of my story on what the citizens of Bloomington are saying.

One of the most challenging aspects of this story was finding sources to talk to while I was walking around Kirkwood Avenue. A major reason for this was the weather which kept people inside. I also noticed that when I would tell some people the subject of my story, LGBTQ+ representations in film, they would feel uncomfortable talking about the subject and decided not to answer instead. This made it harder for me to have a broad demographic, I tried to include opinions from as many different ages as I could.

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Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about LGBT+ portrayal in film

March 26th, 2019

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the representation of the LGBT+ community in film, according to a series of random interviews along Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 9, 2019. They agree it has lacked in the past and is continuing to improve.

Interviewees had mixed feelings about popular movies being remade to include members of the LGBT+ community. Some residents in the community were excited by the idea of more LGBT+ representation in the film industry. Other residents had less of an opinion and felt that they would be unaffected by the film remakes.

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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 21st, 2019

LATEST NIELSEN REPORT SHOWS HOW HEALTHY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY REALLY IS

Jan. 19, 2019

Bobby Owsinski, Forbes

Nielsen Music’s recent report shows that the music industry improved from 2017 to 2018 and that music enthusiasts should expect 2019 to be even healthier. Streaming has helped improve the industry and revenues continue increasing.

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Bio: Courtney Stapleton

Courtney Stapleton
Courtney Stapleton is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in journalism with focuses in photo and sports journalism. She is also pursuing a Spanish minor. Courtney has a small portrait photography business and interns at the Walter Center for Career Achievement. Her hobbies include photography, music and traveling. This summer she has a photojournalism internship in Cuba through Rooster Global News Network. After graduation, Courtney hopes to move to Colorado to continue her photography business and work as a photographer or social media expert for the Denver Nuggets.