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Bloomington nonprofits adapt to changes in volunteering and funding to provide relief during COVID-19

April 21st, 2021

Around five years ago, Beth Lintner wanted to actively contribute to her community in a positive way. She thought about volunteering at some local nonprofit organizations but didn’t feel motivated enough. After watching the presidential debate in 2016 and being shocked by some of the comments on social issues, she found her motivation. Two days later, she started volunteering at Wheeler Mission, which provides services to the homeless.

“I was frustrated with the social climate in our country,” she said. “I just was like, ‘Okay I need to step it up.’”

Since the pandemic, Lintner has not been able to continue her passion for volunteering due to safety concerns.

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Abby Ang, local activist, founder of No Space for Hate, exposes local hate groups and protests white supremacy

April 1st, 2021

In August 2019, the scene at the Bloomington Farmer’s Market alarmed Abby Ang. While she protested Schooner Creek Farm, a vendor at the market who support white supremacy, she stood fearful. Armed members of a conservative militia group counter-protested her condemnation of the white supremacists. Some singled-out Ang by name.

Ang was known for protesting white supremacist groups. Just three months after she began protesting Schooner Creek Farm, she no longer attended the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, worried for her safety. The presence of the President of American Identity Movement, a neo-Nazi white supremacist extremist group concerned her especially.

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COVID-19 creates a new normal for reporting

March 25th, 2021

Reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many journalists, but my firsthand experience brought challenges I had not anticipated.

One outcome of reporting in person during this pandemic is I became more aware of my own health anxiety. Approaching people for an interview did not seem daunting, until I was doing it.

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IU students prompted by COVID-19 pandemic to learn more about healthcare disparities

March 11th, 2021

IU students are more interested in learning about social disparities regarding COVID-19 as information on social media continues to circulate. Students from Union Street Center shared their views on Feb. 22.

Background: Since the COVID-19 pandemic, social disparities involving minority communities who have suffered more are being highlighted. Students are learning more about issues such as healthcare and racial inequity.

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On the Beat – Civic Life

February 25th, 2021


Jan. 27, 2021

Maya King, Politico

The Black Veterans Empowerment Council, a coalition of state and national Black veterans’ organizations, wrote an open letter to the Biden-Harris administration asking to diversify senior leadership roles within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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Bio: Esha Gourikrishna

Esha Gourikrishna
Esha Gourikrishna is a junior studying marketing and pursuing a certificate in journalism. Her love of writing has driven her to find a passion for journalism. She has experience in social media management and newspaper writing. She is especially interested in investigative journalism and writing about social issues such as racial inequity and social class disparities. In the future, Gourikrishna hopes to pursue a career in business or investigative journalism.