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

April 18th, 2019 No comments

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 No comments

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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Jim Manion, WFHB, and their impact on local music

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

As a 16-year-old, Jim Manion wanted to work at the University of Evansville’s radio station. He had an interest in music, and his father was a broadcaster, so he naturally drifted toward radio. He was turned away because he wasn’t enrolled at the university.

“I came home very disappointed because you had to be a student,” he says. “So I just went home, got out a cassette recorder, and pretended [to be a DJ] for a while.”

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

March 28th, 2019 No comments

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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Asking strangers for interviews: challenging but imperative

March 28th, 2019 No comments

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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Climate change sparks meaningful conversations with strangers

March 28th, 2019 No comments

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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My first street reporting experience

March 28th, 2019 No comments

From the broadcast booth, to a cold street in the winter. The setting changed, however people with opinions is a constant.

In my experience as a radio producer, people do want to talk to you. The 15 minutes of fame motivates callers and people to interact with the show. This exercise was unique in my journalism career. I had to change up my interview method to a print format.

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

March 26th, 2019 No comments

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 – Labor & the Economy

February 21st, 2019 No comments

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN THE JANUARY JOBS REPORT

Jan. 31, 2019

Eric Morath, The Wall Street Journal

In the wake of the federal government’s shutdown, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its report of January’s labor market Friday, Feb. 1. Common trends such as the hiring rate, unemployment rate and hourly wages are expected to remain steady.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

February 21st, 2019 No comments

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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