The Media School

Ironically intangible: perception of independent bookstores doesn’t match reality

April 18th, 2019

Amani Haddox, a voracious reader and 18-year-old student at IU, loves shopping at bookstores. He has enjoyed browsing bookshelves since he was young, but he fears the market for independent vendors is failing.

“So, it’s dying, but at a slow pace,” he said. “Online is on the rise. Finding actual, like, physical books? No. That’s dying.”

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Freelance writer, radio host Michael Glab uses platform to promote others, not himself

April 2nd, 2019

Michael Glab sat attentively in a corner of Hopscotch Coffee on West Dodds Street. The quaint local café is perched on the edge of Bloomington’s B-Line Trail. The smell of fresh coffee and gentle whir of conversation almost overpower Glab’s deep, resonant voice. But not quite.

He has an authoritative and easygoing manner, and his thoughts are poignant and concise. His work is well known in Bloomington. Yet, none of this matters to Glab when he considered his career.

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Bloomington residents weary of 24-year-old with camera, microphone

March 28th, 2019

I chose to find out what the residents of Bloomington think about reading. I asked about their reading habits, if they prefer reading physical books or e-books, and about where they prefer to get their books from.

Getting sufficient information out of interviewees was difficult, I found, because my questions were not open-ended. I had to follow up on questions to make sure I got each subject to speak at length about his or her preferences. It was difficult to design questions any other way, however. Asking “why” after each response was a necessary inconvenience.

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Bloomington residents prefer books, bookstores to e-readers and the internet

March 26th, 2019

Though their reading is often split between physical texts and e-books, Bloomington residents prefer books when reading for pleasure, according to four random interviews conducted downtown on Feb. 13.

For local fiction writer Ian Woollen, 61, the distinction between the two is functionality.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

February 21st, 2019

HOW JOURNALISM SURVIVES: AN INTERVIEW WITH JILL ABRAMSON
Jan. 20, 2019

Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson argues there is a divergence between newsworthiness and “chasing audience.” The issue exposes a need for news organizations to adopt long-term business plans to address digital news consumption.

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Bio: Peyton Crantford

Peyton Crantford
Peyton Crantford is a senior at IU studying journalism and informatics. He has worked as a shift supervisor at Starbucks for nearly eight years. In 2017, Peyton took a year off from college to pursue freelance graphic design. That experience showed him how important structure and creativity are for his career goals. Peyton also enjoys writing, and learning new computer programming languages. He hopes to find a career that employs his multi-faceted skillset in a creative way. Peyton has lived in Indiana for his whole life, so when he graduates he wants to move somewhere new.