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Local DJs prepare for a return to Bloomington nightlife

April 21st, 2021

Indiana University senior Alex De St Jeor misses the time when bars and restaurants on Kirkwood Avenue were filled with music. Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, he’s missed the disc jockeys and live musicians who enliven Bloomington’s nightlife. 

“One of my favorite things about going out was the DJ playing everyone’s favorite songs,” said the 22 year old. “It just added to the experience.” 

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Music lover Malissia Buchanan creates local DJ and karaoke service

April 1st, 2021

At just 8 years old, Malissia Buchanan moved from her hometown of Batesville, Mississippi to Bloomington with her mother and father. Her parent’s love for southern classics, as well as the emergence of 70s rock in her childhood, birthed a thirst for music that would follow her for years to come.

Today, Buchanan sits at Starbucks patio on West Third Street modestly sipping an iced coffee as her red hair blows in the gentle wind. The outdoor speakers blare a scratchy radio hit as she bounces back in forth in rhythm.

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COVID-19 introduces new challenges to journalists

March 25th, 2021

Beginning as a reporter only a semester ago, I had only minimal experience of the process before the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic causes challenges for the journalism community not only because of underlying health issues, but also because of the social shift due to COVID.

It has become more accepted to conduct interviews online due to the circumstance, but this can limit the comfortability of a face to face response from interviewees.

Last week as I traveled to campus to interview students, I noticed that social tensions were high. Of the nearly 10 people I approached to ask a few questions, only […]

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Students use streaming platforms amidst COVID pandemic

March 11th, 2021

Students at IU Bloomington have mixed feelings about new entertainment habits created due to limitations of public entertainment venues during the pandemic, according to interviews conducted on Indiana Avenue on Feb. 24. 

Why it matters:  
Rather than spending free time seeing a new feature film or a live show, these IU students would rather stay in and stream their favorite content.  

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On the Beat – Arts & Entertainment

February 25th, 2021


Feb. 10, 2021

Konstantin Toropin, CNN

Musician Bruce Springsteen was charged with DWI and reckless driving at a New Jersey national park this past November. The case caused a pause in the airing of Jeep’s new promotional campaign about unity.


Feb. 7, 2021

Chris Richards, The Washington Post

Musical artist The Weeknd makes waves with Super Bowl halftime performance in a year like no other. Reportedly spending $7 million […]

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Bio: Gyan Partlow

Gyan Partlow
Gyan Partlow is a senior at Indiana University pursuing a degree in Media Advertising. In recent years, Gyan has worked part-time service jobs in the summer while completing various freelance graphic design projects. During the academic year, he is an active member of the Music Industry Networking Club at IU and spends free time producing music of his own. Post-graduation he hopes to work as an advertising director in the music industry. Gyan is particularly interested in visual communication and design. This semester she will report on Arts and Entertainment for the Bloomington Beat.