The Media School

Hunger affects Bloomington residents living in food deserts

April 18th, 2019

Rich Pearson slings reusable shopping bags over his shoulder and unlocks the trunk on his silver Honda. His grocery haul is complete. The 74-year-old Bloomington resident likes to frequent the Bloomington Farmers’ Markets.

He used to grow his own vegetables out of his backyard garden, but since his wife died in 2016, he has turned to alternative ways of getting fresh produce, he said in an April 1st interview outside of Bloomingfoods Market & Deli on West Sixth Street.

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Asking strangers for interviews: challenging but imperative

March 28th, 2019

It’s difficult to be the one to approach another person not just for journalistic reasons but in any circumstance. The intent of conducting random interviews in the name of journalism doesn’t make invading someone’s personal space any easier.

There’s always the chance that what you’re doing won’t be well-received and ultimately you’ll be rejected. It can be disheartening, but that’s the simple reality of it.

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Bloomington residents ready to make changes for a greener community

March 26th, 2019

Bloomington residents are interested in creating a greener city, according to four random interviews conducted Feb. 13 on Kirkwood Avenue.

The city of Bloomington offers opportunities to become aware of environmental issues, but more can be done to build a sustainable community according to residents.

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On the Beat – Environment

February 21st, 2019


Jan. 31, 2019

Jane Black, Washington Post

The acceptance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at farmers’ markets across the United States allows low-income families access to healthful foods. Payment services like Square make it easy to discretely redeem SNAP benefits.

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Bio: Lexie Borja

Lexie Borja
Lexie Borja is a junior at Indiana University pursuing a degree in Journalism with a concentration in photojournalism. She is interested in following environmental concerns and animal rights issues. She works as a Student Manager at the IU Auditorium where her responsibilities include leading the usher staff during performance days and outlining plans for events throughout the academic year. In her free time, Lexie enjoys traveling, hiking, making music and spending time with her dachshund, Puddles. Her professional aspirations include becoming a wildlife photographer for National Geographic.