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Community Supported Agriculture helps farmers and enriches community

April 18th, 2019 No comments

Erik Anderson, 27, walks down the rows in the hoop house, giving a detailed family tree of mizuna, bok choy, and other leafy greens. He is the farm manager of Sobremesa Farm in Bloomington, a community supported agriculture farm. This year Sobremesa Farm has 27 members of its community-supported agriculture program, five more than last year.

Sobremesa Farm is the collective vision of Juan Carlos Arango and Robert Frew that became a community-supported agriculture farm five years ago. What was two acres of pasture, is now farmland that Anderson has supervised for the past year. It produces organic, sustainably-farmed food for Bloomington residents.

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Hunger affects Bloomington residents living in food deserts

April 18th, 2019 No comments

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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Eliminating housing poverty is Habitat for Humanity CEO Wendi Goodlett’s goal

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

In Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County CEO Wendi Goodlett’s office, the star of the room is a framed poster of Habitat’s 2007 Women Build event. Her predecessor hung the poster, and when Goodlett moved into the office in July 2018, she realized that this event was her first ever with Habitat.

“I got my start with Habitat at Women Build in 2007, and I didn’t know anything other than that they build houses and they get to pay an interest free mortgage,” said Goodlett. “I got to work alongside the homeowner that day and get to know her a little better. I was hooked immediately. I just fell in love with it.”

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Tamara Lowenthal discovers how music can connect people

April 2nd, 2019 No comments

Tamara Loewenthal dances effortlessly with the Ritmos Latin Dance Troupe. Her long, blond hair flares around her head, and a smile never leaves her face. Although it’s an open house for the new Lotus Firebay, it is more than that. It’s all about the music.

Sixty-year-old Lowenthal, grew up in Nazi Germany, and she was forced to move from place to place. However, music served as way to connect her to her new home in a small town in Pennsylvania.

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Interviews with strangers spark thought-provoking conversation

March 28th, 2019 No comments

Before I went out into Bloomington to do this story, I was skeptical that people would know or care about the housing market. I was wrong. Everyone I encountered, whether they are new in Bloomington or long-time residents, had something to say.

My story follows the current housing market in Bloomington. My main focus is whether people want to live in houses or apartments and why. I also plan to dig deeper into how a college town controls its housing market when the university town plans to increase student population.

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Person on the street interview wasn’t as difficult as I thought

March 28th, 2019 No comments

This was my first time to interview strange people on the street and I felt nervous to talk with people who I don’t know. I am an international student; therefore, I feel nervous to ask native English speakers questions. Much of the daily work of journalists require asking people for information.

I have to prepare more about my questions and background for the topic. After I did these preparations, I told myself to be confident and walk on the street.

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Difficulty interviewing Bloomington locals

March 28th, 2019 No comments

After reporting and writing the person on the street story, I discovered how difficult to find subjects interested in my beat.

I’m focusing on health and fitness and interviewed around 10 subjects, but I was only able to find a few individuals who were interested in working out.

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Asking questions to strangers is hard, especially in the rain

For something so conceptually simple, the Person on the Street story was far from easy for me. In fact, I think it was the hardest assignment in the entire class. To preface this, I’m a perfectly outgoing person when it comes to social interactions with people I know. That even extends to people in classes or in other social settings where I neither explicitly know them or don’t.

But for complete strangers, it’s different.

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Local random interviews teach valuable journalistic lesson

March 28th, 2019 No comments

The random person on the street interviews proved to be a difficult journalistic practice for me. This was not my first experience conducting random interviews; I utilized this technique for WFHB, a local radio station in town. Although I had this prior experience, I still felt like pulling people off of the street was rather daunting, because I didn’t want to bother anyone. Naturally, people were wary about being approached by an unknown person with a mic and a camera.

In this current media climate, journalists are already regarded as “untrustworthy.” It is much easier to conduct interviews with […]

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Bloomington residents concerned about housing market imbalance

March 26th, 2019 No comments

Bloomington residents have mixed feelings about the current housing market and whether it is affordable, according to four random interviews along Kirkwood Avenue on Feb. 16.

Opinions vary on the current housing market. With IU gradually bringing in more students, random Bloomington residents on the street said they are looking for affordable options and are stuck between houses and apartments.

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