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Local nonprofits adapt to the pandemic through virtual fundraising, flexibility

April 21st, 2021

Last February, IU student Varun Gopal walked into the callout meeting for Student United Way at IU, a club that works to better the community through volunteering, and was immediately offered a fundraising director position.

Just a few weeks after he began working in that position, the COVID-19 pandemic halted the club’s activities for the rest of the academic year. Gopal said it was his mission to make sure the club came back during the fall semester in full swing.


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Bloomington nonprofit My Sister’s Closet’s executive director Sandy Keller never planned on a career in the nonprofit sector

April 1st, 2021

Sandy Keller never planned on a career in the nonprofit sector. With a marketing degree, she started a company called Absolute Marketing & Research in 1992, where she found that many women looking for employment assumed the company was a temp agency and ask for help with their resumes or finding a job. And Keller did it for free.   

“It wasn’t something that I actually planned to do,” she said. “It was just one of those things that you see something that’s needed at the time, and you think, ‘Well, I can help here.’”  

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Finding out just how different journalism is during the pandemic

March 25th, 2021

Reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic was more difficult than I had initially thought it would be. However, good reporting and journalism are crucial to keep people safe and informed during these times, so I knew I needed to re-familiarize myself with the process. My experience reporting during the pandemic was challenging and discouraging, but it also taught me several valuable lessons.

My first semester with the Indiana Daily Student was the fall semester of 2019. I worked on the health and public safety beat and did that for the spring 2020 semester. In this role, I would attend police press briefings several times a week, in person, I would meet sources face-to-face for interviews and I would even go up to strangers and ask them for an interview.

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IU students say demonstrators need to be mindful of safety guidelines while protesting during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 11th, 2021

Extra precautions need to be taken while protesting during the pandemic, since large crowds that are not social distancing are in one place, according to three students interviewed Feb. 24, 2021, in Green Acres. 

Why it matters: Social distancing during the pandemic slows the spread of the coronavirus, as many transmissions happen when individuals are in close contact for long periods of time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The students interviewed recognized the importance of protesting, and the dangers of it during the pandemic. 

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On the Beat – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021


Feb. 10, 2021

Simone Jasper, The News & Observer  

Lawmakers in at least 17 states are proposing athletes compete based on their biological sex. Some bills would ban students assigned male at birth from playing on girls’ teams. LGBT advocates are firing back against these proposals.

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Bio: Benjamin Price

Benjamin Price
Ben Price is a junior pursuing both a journalism degree and a political science degree at Indiana University. Ben has written articles, drafted social media posts, and reported at the Indiana Daily Student for two years. He has also interned at the Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, working on months-long investigative pieces about hot-topic issues. He also interns at the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as a digital intern where he helps publish articles and write social media posts. After graduation, Ben hopes to work in a digital position at a large newspaper.